My First Sewing Project – Roll Up Brush Organizer

Hi everyone!

I apologize for my absence over the last two weeks!  I’ve been ridiculously busy!  After this week things should slow down again!

I went home this past weekend and spent Saturday with my Mom learning how to sew on a machine.

As you know, I’ve been crafting all my life but machine sewing is not something I’ve ever really tried!  My mom and I figured that now was as good a time as any for me to learn!

My mom found a pattern on Pinterest that she thought I’d like, and we got started!

IMG_5969Here are my supplies.

I picked two complementary fabrics out at Jo-Ann’s.  The yellow looking one is actually a very pretty light cream with gold flecks!

IMG_5972We laid out the cutting board and all of our supplies on the dining room table.

IMG_5978I sewed the lining and outer fabric together with the tying ribbon and then folded part of it up to create a pocket for my brushes.

IMG_5985A little action shot for you!

Sewing the large pocket was pretty easy!  I had a ton of trouble when it came time to sew the individual brush pockets though!  The sewing machine wasn’t being very nice to me and kept jumbling up my thread at the beginning or end of almost every stitch!  The seam ripper and I became great friends during this portion of the project!

The sewing machine and I eventually got it figured out, and I was able to finish all the individual pockets several hours later!

IMG_6014Here’s my finished organizer!

IMG_6026I created several different sized pockets to accommodate the various sizes of my makeup brushes.

IMG_6032The pockets also fit my Tombow markers!

IMG_6022All rolled up with a pretty mint bow!  So cute!

I got quite frustrated during certain portions of this project, but I absolutely love how it turned out!

The colors and pattern are PERFECT!

Do you enjoy sewing?!

What was your first project?

Happy Crafting!!

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DIY Hand Embroidery – Cursive Name

Hi everyone!

I love writing my name, so I decided to embroider my name on some pretty fabric!

IMG_1601Supplies:

  • Fabric (I got mine at Jo Ann’s.  Isn’t it beautiful?!)
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery floss
  • Pencil
  • Needle

IMG_1605DMC Floss Color:

  • 451 – grayish brown (I promise it matches in real life!)

IMG_1598Start by writing your name (or the name of your friend 🙂 ) on the fabric.

IMG_1606Just Back Stitch over the pencil lines.

This project is super easy but also very pretty!

IMG_1614Finish off the Back Stitch and dot your I’s (or J’s) with a French Knot.

I love how this project is super quick but turns out so pretty and thoughtful (such a good gift idea!)

Happy Crafting!!

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DIY Hand Embroidery Motif – Swirly Twirly Design

Hi everyone!

I have more embroidery to share with you!

IMG_1035Supplies:

  • Stitched Blooms by Carina Envoldson-Harris (get it here)
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery floss
  • Needle
  • Fabric
  • Sharpie
  • Pencil

IMG_1040DMC Floss Colors:

  • 158 – dark blue
  • 162 – light blue
  • 164 – light green
  • 600 – pink
  • 605 – light pink
  • 744 – yellow
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Design courtesy of Stitched Blooms

This is the motif we will be using.

IMG_1045Print out the motif and trace it with your Sharpie.

IMG_1047Trace the motif onto your fabric.

IMG_1053Start with the green thread and Back Stitch the leaves.

IMG_1055 IMG_1058 IMG_1060Once the leaves are done, we’ll move on to the yellow portions.

IMG_1065Back Stitch the “stems.”

IMG_1070Add in some Lazy Daisies.

IMG_1073 IMG_1076Repeat!

IMG_1079Use the dark pink thread and the Stem/Outline Stitch for the swirly portions.

IMG_1085 IMG_1092It’s starting to look so cute!

IMG_1095Use the light blue thread to Back Stitch the little paisleys.

IMG_1099 IMG_1100Once the paisleys are stitched, separate your six strand thread into two strands of three.

IMG_1106Use one of the strands of three and Straight Stitch the lines inside the paisleys.

IMG_1110 IMG_1114Once the light blue is done, we’re going to move on to the dark blue.

IMG_1118Use a Lazy Daisy for the large teardrop.

Be sure not to pull your thread too tight.  You want to maintain as much of the teardrop shape as possible.

IMG_1120Use the Back Stitch for both crescents.

IMG_1126Once the crescents are stitched, separate your thread into two strands of three like we did earlier with the light blue thread.

IMG_1128Use the Scallop Stitch for the inside portion of the crescents.

IMG_1132 For a finishing touch, we’ll add a few light pink stars.  Take your pink thread and split it into two strands of three.

IMG_1134Use the Star Stitch to make little stars.

IMG_1139Once the stars are stitched, our project is complete!

IMG_1147So cute and playful!

Happy Crafting!!

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DIY Ribbon Memory Board Tutorial

Hi everyone!

I’ve been a busy little bee and have a few crafts to share with you!

I made three ribbon boards while on my little crafting binge!

IMG_0136Once my ribbon boards are complete, I’m going to hang them in a collage type of arrangement on my bedroom wall.

My bedroom is pink, green, and navy blue, so I picked fabrics that would complement my color palette!

IMG_0132The white fabric I chose has a subtle paisley pattern to it.  So cute!

IMG_0125Here are the supplies for my pink gingham board.

DMC floss color: B5200 – white

I couldn’t decide what width ribbon I wanted to use.

IMG_0208I eventually decided on the 3/8 inch ribbon.

IMG_0131Here are the supplies for my white ribbon board.

DMC floss color: 3840 – light blue

IMG_0281Half way through the project I changed my mind on what color and width ribbon I wanted to use.

I finally decided on a 3/8 inch cornflower blue ribbon.

IMG_0121Here are the supplies for my blue, floral pattern board.

DMC floss color: 151 – light pink

IMG_0175I decided on 3/8 inch ribbon for this board too.

IMG_0111Supplies:

  • Canvas (2 – 11 inch x 14 inch, 1 – 12 inch x 24 inch)
  • Buttons (7 for the smaller boards and 11 for the large board)
  • Fabric
  • Batting
  • Ribbon (3/8 inch)
  • Embroidery floss
  • Scotch tape
  • Staple gun
  • Needle
  • Scissors

IMG_0138First, iron your fabric.

I have a steam iron, so I let my fabric dry while I prepped my board for its fabric.

Next, cut two rectangles of batting to the size of the canvas. IMG_0141Using the staple gun, staple the batting down in each corner of the canvas. IMG_0143Use little batting scraps to cover up the staples. IMG_0149Lay your fabric face-side down and place the canvas (upside down) on top. IMG_0152Wrap the fabric around the edge and staple the fabric to the back. IMG_0155Pull the fabric taut over the canvas and staple on the other side. IMG_0157When doing the sides, pull taut and fold the fabric like you’re wrapping a present before stapling it to the back of the canvas. IMG_0163Repeat on the other side.

I trimmed my fabric after taking this picture.  If yours looks like mine, you might want to do the same! IMG_0167When you turn your canvas over, this is what it should look like.

Now comes the frustrating part! IMG_0177Cut your ribbon and lay it out in a design similar to this. IMG_0180Use Scotch tape to tack down the ribbons where they intersect.

The next step involves flipping the board over, so you want the tape to hold the ribbons in place. IMG_0187Use the staple gun to staple the ribbons in place.

When stapling, pull the ribbons taut and at an angle, so they smoothly fold over the edge of the canvas.  Does that make sense? IMG_0197Use embroidery floss to sew on the buttons.

You want to create tufts, so make sure you pull the thread really tight. IMG_0198The first five buttons are the easiest!

The other two are much more difficult because the wooden part of the canvas is in the way.

If you have patience, you can still sew on the buttons like I did. Simply pull the canvas away from the wooden backing and sew underneath.

If you lack patience, you can just hot glue those buttons in place. IMG_0304Once your buttons are in place, the project is done!  IMG_0301The pink gingham board turned out so cute! IMG_0307My finished white and blue board! IMG_0310All three boards!

I absolutely love how these turned out!

I can’t wait to hang them up on my wall!

Happy crafting!! Bow signature pink

Fabric Fun!

Hi everyone!!

I LOVE crafting, so naturally, I LOVE buying craft supplies!!  I have a project coming up that will involve fabric, so today I went to my favorite fabric store, The Sewing Studio, to get some supplies.

My trip was pretty short today, because I was with one of my friends.  When I go alone, I can spend over an hour wandering around!

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These are the fabrics I ended up purchasing!  I didn’t notice it at first but it seems like I had a color palette in mind!

I’m in LOVE with the silver and white material on the far left.  I will most likely end up using this fabric for my project!  It has a tiny bit of sheen to it, which I think will really make my project POP!

You might be wondering what my secret project entails, but I just can’t tell you yet!! It’s a gift for a friend of mine, and I don’t want to spoil the surprise!  I will be sure to post the project tutorial after she’s received her gift though!

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