Thursday, July 30, 2015

SEWING DIY: Fleece Bean Bag Body Pillow

For those days when you just don't want to get out of bed, but want to seem productive, I bring you this massive Fleece Bean Bag Body Pillow. Head to Fairfield World to make your own enormous pillow for your lazy day needs. Because let's face it, some days you just don't want to be a responsible adult and I respect that adult choice. Secondary choice is to prop this up against a couch and become a floor potato, right in front of a huge TV, surrounded by crafts, snacks, and cats. Not that you've seen that happen in this house...but you can sense it does. Happy Makery!

I'm a Master Maker for Fairfield World. They supplied me with their products to make this project. They paid me to make this massive pillow. The remaining supplies...fabrics, thread, sewing machine, expensive college, and years of skill, were paid for by me...though grandma helped with those last two.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

SEWING DIY: OlyFun Paint Splatter Play Mat

Over on Fairfield World, I made this OlyFun Paint Splatter Play Mat, for the messy kid in your life. This is an abstract project, taking advantage of OlyFun not fraying like traditional fabric. No hemming needed! I used my freehand embroidery foot on my sewing machine, to sew on the paint splatter. This foot allows me to draw with thread, which adds to the artistic vibe of the play mat. I chose a bright palette from the 18 available OlyFun colors. Head over to Fairfield World to make your own abstract artsy play mat using OlyFun!

I'm a Master Maker for Fairfield World. They provided with me with the OlyFun and paid me to make this project. The concept, work, instructions, and photos are my own.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

BAG DIY: OlyFun Cactus Crossbody Bag

This OlyFun cactus crossbody bag is perfect for festivals and theme parks. It's big enough to hold a water bottle, money, IDs, keys, and lip balm. The OlyFun is a great fabric for quirky bags. It cuts like paper and doesn't fray, so any shape is possible. It comes in 18 colors, and takes paint well. Cactuses are having their well deserved moment. I've seen a lot of faux cactus projects, so I wanted to offer a new and wearable project to the mix. While I was in the midst of making this bag, I found colored hook and loop tape at Jo-ann. The light pink is perfect for the cactus flower closure. You can see all the colors I bought, over on my Instagram. Pineapples are also having a moment. With my trip to Hawaii coming up in mere days...a pineapple bag might be needed in celebration of a much needed tropical vacay.

Speaking of Instagram, I'm transitioning my photo content into two accounts. My original account is now for more personal life stuff, which lately has been a lot of abstract photos. My 2nd account for just Crafty Lady Abby projects...from process to final. Both accounts are public, so follow both if you want...or just the one you dig.

I'm a Master Maker for Fairfield World. They send me their products for free and pay me to create projects. OlyFun is my favorite of their products to play with, which is why you see me work with it so often. Speak of OlyFun, Walmart, Jo-Ann and Hancock now all carry it. There are more colors available online than in store. Walmart sells craft packs online and by the yard (4-10 colors) in stores. Walmart also carries a refreshed range of Fairfield World products including batting and Poly-Fil, in different sizes and weights. Jo-Ann sells it in project sheets and by the bolt online, but in-store, you can buy it by the yard. I use the yards for big projects, my Weeping Angel costume for example. The craft packs are what I use the most often. The project sheets are 12"x12", which is perfect for most computerized cutting machines. I've already tested OlyFun in my Silhouette Cameo, and it cuts perfectly! It's better with simple than complex shapes on my machine, but it cuts well with scissors and craft knives too. Ok, enough of this stuff...time for what you came here for!!!

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1) Using a pencil on the Kiwi OlyFun, draw a cactus. It can be any size or shape you want. Keep in mind where you want to add the strap ends. They work better placed at the the top of cactus arms. Using scissors, cut out your cactus

2) Trace your cactus 3 times onto the Kiwi OlyFun. Cut out the three additional cactuses. You should have four now.

3) Using the pencil on Bubblegum OlyFun, draw 3 different size flowers, matching them up to your cactus arms. Cut them out with scissors. Trace the two smaller flowers once. Trace the bigger flower three times. Cut those additional flowers out and match them up.

4) Pick two OlyFun cactuses that reverse each other. These will be the bag outside. The other two will be the inside lining pieces. Using the white paint and detail brush, paint little cactus spines on the Kiwi cactuses. I did a pattern, inspired by my friend Barry Lee's artwork, but random is good too. I have this print of his...for obvious pirate loving reasons. When they dry, match them up with their inside pieces.

5) Cut a piece of hook and loop tape about 1/2" smaller than the width of your center large flower. Separate the tape and place it on opposite flowers. At the sewing machine, stitch the tape on around its sides. Make sure the tape and flower sides match up when put together. Separate them.

6) Match the center flower pieces with their mates. Each one should be a tape and plain piece. At the sewing machine, with pink thread, stitch the mates together about 1/4" from the sides.

7) Sammich the the big center flowers at the top between two matching cactuses. Pin in place. At the sewing machine, with green thread, stitch around the center cactus arm, making sure to catch the flower's bottom. Repeat for the other cactus and flower sammich.

8) Wrap the tape measure across and around your body, at an angle from one shoulder to the opposite hip. I like crossbody bags to hit high on my hip, about where the waist of jeans would sit. Arrange the tape measure ends about 6" apart. Add 1". Write down that measurement.

9) Cut out a long rectangle of Kiwi OlyFun 3" wide by that crossbody measurement long.

10) Fold the long rectangle in almost thirds lengthwise, overlapping the long edges down the center. Pin in place if desired. At the sewing machine, wide zigzag stitch down the center, catching both long edges at once.

11) Sammich the little flowers over the strap ends, so the bottoms match up. Match the flower edges up. Pin in place. At the sewing machine with pink thread, stitch around the flowers 1/4" from the edge. Trim the flowers if needed, so the sides match.

12) Sammich the strap ends between the two cactus sammiches. Overlap the edges about 3/8" inch. Pin the cactus top and sides into place, matching them up as best as possible. Remember the painted sides are the outer. Leave the closure opening without pins, as that's finished.

13) At the sewing machine with green thread, stitch around the bag 1/4" from the edge. Remove the pins as you sew. Overlap the stitching about 1/2" up the closure section, for re-enforcement. Trim the bag edges, so they're all even.

I used the Kiwi and Bubblegum OlyFun colors for this cactus crossbody bag. I think the Clover, Pine, Orange Crush and Lemon Drop OlyFun colors could also work. I painted little spines, but stripes would look smashing too. There are all sorts of cactus varieties that could be transformed into a bag. My bag is a floppy at the top, which works fine for keeping my stuff inside, if it's not stuffed with a water bottle. It add stiffness, you could insert stiff interfacing like the 2 Sided Stiffen Interfacing by Fairfield World. It's not available in stores or by the yard yet, but that's being worked on. Anywho, enough rambling on for now. I hope you all have a magical week making, art, creative chaos, smiles... Happy Makery!

Friday, July 24, 2015

WOOD DIY: Chalkboard Checkerboard Game Tray and Pieces for Walnut Hollow

Over on Walnut Hollow, I made a Wood Chalkboard Checkerboard Game Tray and Pieces. I used a Walnut Hollow serving tray, Creative Versa Tool, Hot Stamps Letter Set, acrylic paint, Mod Podge Ultra Matte Chalk Finish, and Mod Podge Clear Chalkboard Topcoat. This game board can be used for multiple games, other than the obvious chess and checkers. The game board and pieces have a chalkboard coating, so they can be drawn on with chalk. I'm loving the clear chalkboard finish, that turns any surface into a chalkboard, eliminating the need for pre-mixed chalkboard paint. I used it over paint, but you could topcoat paper or other surfaces. If you're family is like mine, you'll get a lot of use out of it. I'm going to test it on a beach trip tomorrow with two tweens. I hope it keeps them entertained on the long car ride there. Head over to Walnut Hollow to learn how to make this project!

I'm a blogger and influencer with Walnut Hollow. This means I get paid to design projects using their products that they send me for free. Plaid Crafts provided me with the new Mod Podge formulas to use in projects, for free. They hold up to what they claim to be, which means I'll happily use them in projects. My dad cut and my daughter sanded the wood game pieces for me...but I don't think the FTC requires I disclose that part. 

Saturday, July 18, 2015

FALL 2015 COUTURE: Viktor and Rolf

Viktor and Rolf's Fall 2015 Couture collection gives us a literal interpretation that fashion is art. I've always been intrigued by their work. Their couture collections are where they explore construction and the artistry of creations. There are many artforms, and clothing is one of the most collected and utilized. Though often couture is impractical, it's a way to showcase your skills in a dramatic display. This collection is comprised of wearable pieces that are constructed to hang on wall, harking to the most classic of art forms, painting. The inspiration uses impressionistic and abstract artwork. Given the surreal concept of a melted or broken framed oil painting, these artistic choices are fitting. While these might not we wearable in the traditional sense, I can see this collection being redesigned for ready to wear. Printed dresses, skirts, and jackets with the impressionist artwork and gold frame borders, in pleated silhouettes. Something softer and more wearable with a nod to the original vision. To fully appreciate the craftsmanship of this work, I encourage you to watch the runway video below the collage.

To fully appreciate their vision, you must watch their presentation.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

BAG DIY: Enid Collins Inspired Wood Box Bag for Walnut Hollow

I love a good quirky bag. I've made a lot of weird bags, but mine don't compare to the queen of kitch, Enid Collins. I'm a regular contributor on Walnut Hollow now! WEEEE! This means that monthly I get to make my own projects using any of their products. For my 1st contributor project, I chose to make an Enid Collins Inspired Wood Box Bag. This purse incorporates decorative painting, basic drilling (for handle and latch) and lots of sparkle. I noticed a lot of Enid's box bags used big gems, so I raided my stash and built my design around what I had on hand. Check out Enid's original designs for inspiration to make your own version.

Friday, July 10, 2015

WOOD DIY: Printed Box with Woodburned Stamps for Walnut Hollow

Over on Walnut Hollow, this month's theme is Summer Camp. I made woodburned stamps and printed this box using DecoArt Americana Acrylic neon paints. I've been on a geometric kick lately, which turned out to work well for this project. I tried burning different shapes, and the geometric ones printed the best, so I used those on this wood box. This box is intended to hold keepsakes from camp, and get stashed in a camp bag. I didn't go to summer camp as a kid, but there are adult summer camps popping up now. I'm all over that! I'd stand the heat and bug bites for craft summer camp! Who's in? Everyone right?!? Head over to Walnut Hollow to see how to make my Summer Camp Printed Box with Woodburned Stamps.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

SEWING DIY: Quilted Fabric Bookmarks

These quilted fabric bookmarks use two new fusible interfacings by Fairfield World, Smooth and Stick. These are a great cotton fabric scrap buster. I used some of my recent fabric stash additions, from JoAnn and Walmart, to make these for my daughter. She reads about 10-15 books a month, and wanted some fancy bookmarks. My best friend gave her a wooden bookmark recently, for her birthday, which she loves using. These bookmarks more durable than their common paper counterparts, making them great for readers of all ages. Make your own Quilted Fabric Bookmarks over on Fairfield World.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

LIFE UPDATE: June Edition

I've been on a mini hiatus, to work on some personal projects and catch up on life. I haven't been in the mood to write more tutorials than the bare minimum. I have a long list of projects, separated up into which site they are for, of which I can swap around at will. Sometimes, I stare at it, am unenthused, and decide to watch Bones on Netflix instead. Some life updates, last month, Alex got off school for the summer, I turned 35, my beloved great aunt Fran passed away, and I broke a toe (a few days ago). I know, half bummers, which has affected my motivation greatly, but it's been faltering for months as I deal with life in general. I don't feel like this is the place to discuss my emotional well being. If you don't see posts very often, know that I'm quietly handling some stuff that I don't want publically discuss, but I haven't forgotten about my blog...or the others I work for...because that's 3 now, I think. So, that last bit is a good part.

My band League of Space Pirates has been busy working on the 2nd spaceship set for our Live From Space show. I've been documenting the progress of that on my personal FB and my public Instagram. I should share those photos here too, so I'll work on rectifying that when I feel like it. I've been taking a lot of abstract, art, and nature photos lately, which has increased my Instagram followers a lot. I changed what kind of photos I was taking...aka, less cats and more art. I documented the scenery of our trip to Tennessee to see my relatives for my great aunt's funeral. These travel photos surprisingly were well received, and I've been on a roll since then, incorporating abstract and art/project photos too. Follow me on Instagram, at Crafty Lady Abby, to see what I'm making, photographing, and documenting. Here are some of my favorites.

We need more road trips past the East Coast. Father's Day Wood Burned USA Road Trip Map @walnuthollow #cre8time #DIY #create #make #woodburning #wood #pyrography #paint #watercolor #travel #roadtrip #map
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Today is 4th of July, which is my couple anniversary with my husband. Aka, remembering the day I got him drunk, made out with him, and drove his busted windshield car to see fireworks together. I think I even spent the night, but in a non-sexual, we were just tired sort of way. 14 years later, we're still together and goofy...perhaps more goofy because of that 12 year old girl we live with...our daughter Alex. Romantic, I know! Anyway, we are off to have smexy lunch at Maggiano's, because anniversary, and they have delicious food. Then, we are going to see fireworks out in the country, where the city lights aren't so bright, but the fireworks are extra bright and big!

Friday, June 19, 2015

BAG DIY: Rainbow Crocheted OlyFun Crossbody Bag

This crocheted crossbody bag is made with OlyFun yarn, and is rainbow for LGBTQ pride month. I created my own yarn out of OlyFun. You can see my OlyFun Yarn tutorial over on Fairfield World. I'm a Fairfield World Master Maker, so they provided me with the OlyFun for this tutorial. If you are comfortable with crocheting rounds, changing colors, and transitioning to rows, then you can make this bag! It's worked in mostly double crochet, so it works up fast. I chose a rainbow pattern, but you can use any color combination that you wish, or all one color. OlyFun comes in 18 colors, so you have a lot of choices. This fabric doesn't fray and cuts like paper, making it perfect for this use. When crocheted, it makes a thick and sturdy fabric, great for durable bags!

CRAFT LEVEL: Intermediate. Be comfortable with working in rounds and joining yarn ends.

TIME: Weekend project. Half cutting OlyFun yarn and half crocheting

These are NOT affiliate links. I was not compensated for this tutorial. Fairfield World did provide me with the OlyFun for this and all OlyFun projects.
  • OlyFun yarn in desired colors. I made my yarn with,
  • One 1" Red or Orange plastic button
  • Size K (6.50mm) crochet hook - For crocheting
  • Size G (4.25mm) crochet hook - For sewing & weaving
  • (Optional) Stitch markers - If you need help counting rounds & rows
  • (Optional) Tapestry needle - I prefer a small crochet hook for sewing and weaving with any yarns, but many people prefer a tapestry needle. A tapestry needle is large and long, with a dull point
  • CH = Chain
  • SC = Single Crochet
  • DC = Double Crochet
  • SS = Slip Stitch

BODY: With the Jelly OlyFun Yarn, make a slip knot. Chain 22 stitches.

ROUND 1: 2 SC in 3rd CH from hook. 1 SC in each CH until the end. 3 SC in last CH. 1 SC in each CH till you reach the beginning. SS into top of 2nd CH, completing the round.

ROUND 2: CH 2. 1 SC 1st SC. 3 SC in 2nd SC. 1 SC in each SC till the end of the row. 3 SC in the 2nd SC where you made 3 SC in one CH at the end. 1 SC in each SC till you reach the beginning. SS into top of 2nd CH, completing the round.

ROUND 3: CH 2. 1 SC 1st SC. 3 SC in 2nd SC. 1 SC in each SC till the end of the row. 3 SC in the 2nd SC where you made 3 SC in one SC at the end. 1 SC in each SC till you reach the beginning. SS into top of 2nd CH, completing the round. This completes the bag bottom.

ROUND 4: Now you'll be working on the body, still in the round. CH 2. DC in each previous SC in the round. SC in the 2nd CH.

ROUND 5: CH 2. DC in each previous SC in the round.

SWITCH COLORS: Insert hook into top of 2nd CH. Lay the working Jelly OlyFun yarn over the hook. Lay the new yarn color, Blueberry, over top of the working yarn. Pull both through the CH. Lay new color over hook. Pull only that color through the loops, creating one CH. Make a 2nd CH. Cut the 2 tails about 3" long. Lay them together along the stitches, and work over them, to make the transition more sturdy.

ROUND 6: 1 DC in every stitch in the round. SS in the 2nd CH.

ROUND 7 - 9: CH 2. 1 DC in every stitch in the round. SS in the 2nd CH. On end of last round, follow the Switching Colors instructions.

ROUNDS 10-25: Repeat the instructions for switching colors, and rounds 6-9. You will switch colors every 4 rounds.

FLAP: We'll be working in rows, to create the flap with a buttonhole, using Cherry Pop and Orange Crush. This will be a continuation from the body creation, not separate.

ROW 1: Turn. SS in the 1st and 2nd DC. CH 2. 1 DC in each of the next 25 stitches.

ROW 2 - 6: Turn. CH 2. 1 DC in each stitch till the end. When you get to the end of the 6th row, switch colors to Orange Crush, by adding it when finishing the last DC.

ROW 7 and 8: Turn. CH 2. 1 DC in each stitch till the end.

ROW 9: Turn. CH 2. 1 DC in the next 10 stitches. CH 4. 1 DC in the next 11 stitches.

ROW 10: Turn. CH 2. 1 DC in the next 10 stitches. Make 4 DC over the chains, not in them. 1 DC in the next 11 stitches. At the end make 1 CH and pull the yarn through about 4". Cut off the remaining yarn. Pull the tail, locking in the stitches. You'll weave this in during finishing.

STRAP: I based the strap measurements off my own body. You can easily alter the length by using more or less chains to start, and width by adding more rows. With the Cherry Pop. CH 150 stitches.

ROW 1: 1 DC in the 3rd CH from the hook. 1 DC in each CH till the end. Switch to Orange Crush by adding it when finishing the last DC.

ROW 2: Turn. CH 2. 1 DC in each stitch till the end. Switch to Lemon Drop by adding it when finishing the last DC.

ROW 3: Turn. CH 2. 1 DC in each stitch till the end. Make one CH and pull the yarn through about 4". Cut off the remaining yarn, leaving that 4" tail. Pull the yarn tight, to lock in the last stitch.

FINISHING: Finishing the bag involves weaving in any loose ends, adding the button and strap.

  • With the flap down, determine where the button hole intersects with the bag. I found mine to be in the middle of the orange stripe
  • Lift the flap up. Press the button against the bag
  • Start sew the button on by poking the Orange Crush OlyFun yarn through the inside of the bag bag and a button hole, like you would do with thread. I found folding the yarn in fourths helped it pass through the button easily. Leave a 4" tail
  • Sew through the holes in an X, twice. You can do more passes, if you want it more secure. I found two Xs (4 passes) was enough. You can use a small crochet hook or tapestry needle to sew with
  • Cut a 4" ending tail. Tie the starting and ending tails together 3-4 times
  • Use a tapestry needle or small crochet hook to weave the tails into the crochet. This hides the tails and strengthens the button sewing

  • Use a tapestry needle or small crochet hook to weave the tails into the crochet. This hides the tails and strengthens the crochet
  • Line the straps up with the ends meeting the bottom of the red stripe, on the sides. Make sure the strap isn't twisted
  • Start sewing from the inside the bag. Leave a 4" starting tail. I used Cherry Pop OlyFun yarn
  • Sew the strap on by passing the yarn through the bag and strap, making stitches
  • When you get back to the start, cut 4" ending tail. Tie the two tails together
  • Use a tapestry needle or small crochet hook to weave the sewing tails into the crochet
  • Repeat for the other end of the strap
  • Use a tapestry needle or small crochet hook to weave the all of the ends into the crochet.
  • For the crochet work, if there are two tails together, weave them in the same direction
That's all for this tutorial. I'll be working with OlyFun more in the future. You can see all the tutorials I've created using OlyFun on my blog and on Fairfield World. There are plenty more creations by the Master Makers team, to keep you inspired to make many things. That's all for today! Happy Makery!


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