Sunday, May 17, 2015

A Super Old Post About My First Experience Making Bias Binding!

I've been meaning to write up this post for a while now!  Ah life, how it comes and goes...
One weekend event, forever ago, I saw these adorable little girls wearing cute little red, white and blue petti-skirts and I thought "What a crappy mom I am, I don't make cuter clothes for my kids!"  In fact, I don't really make much for the girls.  I made a Christmas dress and coat for Sam in 2011, but I never even finished her Belle costume from March the same year!  I had a plan, I was going to make something for my girls to wear  for 4th of July 2012!  I even had matching outfit panels that I bought (mumble) years ago.  Cut out the panels, started sewing, needed bias binding.  Generally that is no problem, I just "run on" down to the store and grab some up, right?  Well, wanted something cuter than the "norm", something that might match a bit better.  And then I remembered this post from Pinterest!  Sure, doesn't sound too difficult, right?
Well, I wasn't about to invest the buckaroo's into the machine until I knew how hard it really was to make this stuff by hand, not to mention the over-all cost.  Went to my local fabric store armed with coupons.  According to the instructions, I should have been able to get about five yards of tape with just a fat quarter!  For those of you non-sewers, a fat quarter is a pre-cut piece of fabric, cotton, that is 18"x22".  Now what I didn't pay attention to was the difference in the width of my strip, so I bought two fat quarters, they were on sale for 40% off.  I also bought the tape "maker" which is a little metal triangle thingy that sort of "folds" the fabric and then I run a hot iron over it to set it all in.  I had a 50% off coupon for that, and then got 15% off the whole purchase!  Bias tape in the package costs $1.99 regular price and my directions said I needed two packages per outfit!  Basically I bought everything (with the help of my coupons) for the price of the regular tape, but I can keep making more tapes because the "maker" can be used over and over again!  I felt I got a deal at least on that part.  Then I started freaking out about how much time it was going to take me to make it all!  Well, it didn't take much time at all!  It might have taken me just over an hour to cut, sew, press, then measure and cut my strip.  The pressing the bias using the machine may have taken about 30-45 minutes.  But take into consideration, this was my very first time making bias tape!  Best news though, because I was making such a small about of bias tape I only ended up needed one fat quarter!  I loved the way the final product turned out and I can't wait to make more tapes!  Instead of using the plain-old solid kind, now I can use complementary fabrics that add a little pizzazz!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

In the Hoop

I have taken a little break from blogging, you know, in case you haven't noticed.  And some of you, like the one or two of you that read my blog, may have been wondering, "What happened to Heidi?"  Well, I've been around.  I'd love to say that I've been "busy" but that hasn't completely been the case.  Mostly, I ended up taking a break from blogging because I simply did not have enough time in my day for everything going on.  Not that it was all that much, but between working, homeschooling Samie, Evie's lack of wanting to sleep, and my "new" obsession with in-the-hoop embroidery, I just didn't have enough time (or thoughts left in the day) to get down in print.
Thanks for hanging out while I got my stuff together!
So, I am in the process of re-vamping my Etsy shop.  Eventually I will get back on track making baby items, cause I do really love those!  For now though, my shop is filling up with super-fun, in-the-hoop embroidery items.  Don't know what ITH (in-the-hoop) embroidery is?  Well, in short, it is projects that are mostly or entirely made in my embroidery machine hoop!  Go have a look at my Etsy shop, go on, I'll wait...
Tee-hee, yup, masks, tic-tac-toe boards, felt puzzles, even non-paper dolls!  They are almost as much fun to make as they are to play with!

So what prompted me to come out of the shadows and share all of the happenings with you?  Well, I just finished a project for contest I entered, and while I may not have won, it's really just another example of how machine embroidery has really got me stitching out of my comfort zone!  If you have an embroidery machine or are thinking of getting one, be sure to check out Whimsy Willow Designs!  Super cute embroidery designs and they stitch out beautifully!  The owner, Sara, also has a Facebook group, be sure to check it out if you are on Facebook, for freebies, updates and special sale info!  WWD has an amazing monthly membership, for one low price, you get ALL of the designs released that month!
It was the fan group and the monthly membership that started me getting crafty in a whole new way!  The challenge was, take the WWD ITH Feather design, stitch it out, and make something super creative with it!  Let me tell you, those judges may have had a more difficult challenge than the contestants!  Be sure to check out the fan group for the creative ways other ladies used this design!

Once I saw the feathers, I had a few ideas.  I really liked the idea of doing a headdress, a feather necklace, or some dream catchers for my girl's room.  Someone else posted the most beautiful headdress I could have ever imagined!  I knew I just didn't have the idea well enough in place to do a necklace, and after searching how to make a dream catcher, I knew that was the direction I wanted to go in.  Evie is obsessed with blue and anything Frozen themed, Samie loves pink and her favorite movie is Sleeping Beauty, so I took those two "themes" and I ran with them!  For Evie's feathers I did shades of blue thread and Samie got shades of pink.  I embroidered the feathers on white cotton calico with a white-on-white, tonal vine print.  I used this video tutorial for directions, as I have never actually made a dream catcher before.  I learned from the video that I would "need" something to represent the "spider" for my dream catchers, so I went back through the WWD website and found a few designs I wanted to add to my projects, a snowflake, for the Frozen theme and a rose, for the Sleeping Beauty theme.  I had a bunch of yarn that I knew I could use, glow-in-the-dark thread that I wanted to use for the spider web, all I needed was a ring.  BAM, found some left-over glow sticks with the adapters, and I was ready to roll!
Sorry ya'll, no tutorials, just used the video, the materials listed and a hot glue gun!

Okay, gotta run.  I can't promise any routine in my posts, but I'll do my best to keep you more in the loop, or should I say "in-the-hoop"!

Have a super-craftastic day!