Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Iron Craft Week 13 - Animals

So this week we were supposed to make something for or inspired by animals.  I had this great idea.  A chenille doggy pillow.  My boxers think soft and fuzzy is the only way to go.  So I thought "Oh I know I'll make them a new pillow and get rid of those ugly ones on my floor."  Well, I ran off to the sewing room.  I grabbed some yellow fabric, left over from my purse lining. I whipped up a pillow, took a bunch of pictures to show you how I did it.  I was even days early for this project.  I should have known that if on Saturday I was almost done with a project due Wednesday I was screwed.  Well when it got to the point to wash and dry it I was just beside myself with excitement.  When it came out of the dryer though it was not a dog pillow.  It's not even big enough to be a cat pillow.  Oh well I've got this cute square anyway. lol

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Lunch Box Purse

So my dear mother-in-law bought me this:

Yep it's a Spongebob Squarepants lunch box.  I loved it!!  The only problem, I don't take my lunch to work.  I work just a few blocks from home so I walk home for lunch.  I wanted to do something with it so more people could see it.  So I made it into a purse.

I redid it several times so stick with me and my pictures.

First I traced the top on to yellow fabric.

Then I estimated the size I would need for the bottom and sides for the blue fabric.

As you can see I over estimated.  :-)  We'll deal with that in a few minutes.

Then I took some Pellon and fused it to the blue and the yellow to had a little padding.

Then I took that handy dandy spray glue and sprayed the inside of the lunch box.

I put the blue fabric back in and then trimmed it up as best I could.

I glued some ribbon around the edge.  Just to make it pretty. :)  I forgot to take a picture of this step.  I don't know why.

I decided I needed a couple of pockets.  I made one and sewed it to the yellow side since I hand't stuck it on the lunch box.

Since I'd already stuck the blue down I made another pocket.  Put some elastic around the top to help hold stuff in it. (Ignore the wet spot on the fabric.  I spilled water on it.)

Then I used Modge Podge to glue the pocket onto the blue fabric.

Well what do you think?  I can't wait to go somewhere so that I can carry it.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Flashback To Childhood

I love Google.  I really do!  Sometimes I Google just random things that I really already know about.  Today I googled Aleene's Tacky Glue.  I don't need any, I just wanted to see what came up.  Well the first thing that I found was this thread.  In that thread I found Inspired at Home.  On the website I found all these great crafts that I did as a kid.  I just wanted to share them with you and see if any of you made them too.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Bargello Quilt

One of the contestants participants at Iron Craft made a bargello checkbook cover.

Is that not gorgeous?  It reminded me of my love of bargello quilts.  I've also wanted to make one.

Seriously cool right?  Ok well I think it is and thanks to this website I am going to make one.  Well it's on my crafting to do list anyway.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Iron Craft Week 11 - Green

I haven't done an Iron Craft challenge since week 3.  This blog was born because of it.  I felt my photography blog needed to be just that, my photography stuff.  I couldn't figure out how to include photography in all of those challenges.  Plus there were a few other crafty things I wanted to participate in and didn't want to tie up the other blog with it.

This week's challenge was green.  And this is what I made.

I think it's super cute and the best part is that it was super easy.

I popped out some die cut letters because I'm poor and can't afford a Silhouette or a Cricut.  (I can't even win one!)

I sprayed the back of them with some tacky spray glue.

Then I laid them out on my shirt.  This is also when I realized I forgot the shamrock so I printed one off real quick and cut it out.  (I have a paintbrush shape in photoshop.)

I changed into grunge clothes (no picture of this I don't want to scare off new readers.) broke down a Pepsi box and put some bleach into a spray bottle.  I put the box in the shirt and sprayed some bleach on it.  I got it a little wetter then I had wanted but I think think it's super cute!  (Note: I flipped it over and did the back too! I also went outside to do the spraying.)

I peeled the letters and shamrock off and then soaked in my bathtub full of cold water.  Then I washed and dried it normally.

I saw this idea, they did designs on a t-shirt, somewhere on the interwebs.  I don't remember where or when. I didn't bookmark it or if I did it's saved on the crashed computer.  If it was your original idea, you rock!!  I fell in love with technique and may end up bleaching all kinds of t-shirts.

All photos were taken on my iPhone.

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Saturday, March 12, 2011


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