Friday, June 14, 2013

Pattern Weight Ideas

So I wanted some pattern weights.  They are expensive for what you get in the package.  You can check them out on Amazon here Dritz Fabric Pattern Weights One (4 pack) of Either Pink, Green or Purple ~ No Color Choice ~ Cut Patterns Without Pinning! (PS If you want to buy those from that link I'd really appreciate the few pennies that I would get from it.)  Really, I had several issues with these.  First the price a little over $10.00 for four pattern weights.  I don't like not being able to choose what color I got but, knew I could probably go into JoAnn's and pick up what color I wanted.  That just added to my issues though because JoAnn's is about 100 miles round trip, I couldn't justify the trip for something I didn't need that day.

I was just going to go with the washers.  I figured they'd be cheaper and really I didn't NEED the "real" thing.  So I figured the next trip into town I'd pick some washers up at Wal-Mart.  While I was looking at them my husband asked what I had in mind.  So I quickly explained and he talked me out of buying them.  He was sure he had stuff at the house that would work.  I just figured I could pick the washers up the next time.

The first thing he brought me were four chunks of metal.  He had cut up a piece he had laying around.  The thimble is there to help show size.  I covered them with Duck Tape.  I'm not sure if washi tape would work because I've never used it.  (I'll wait while you recover from shock.) While I loved them, four wasn't going to be enough for some projects.

So he went back out to the garage, the man collects all kinds of manly stuff like nuts, bolts, and washers.  This time he brought me these.
I wasn't sure at first but after we got them cleaned up I'm in love.  These bolts have a nice weight to them.  I have six of these.  I was now in business!  I had pattern weights.  Then he came back in the house with these:
These are much smaller bolts as you can tell.  These will work great for small projects!

I won't cover the bolts.  I love the look of them.  I have this thing for industrial things.  The only thing I have to caution you about is be sure to clean them up if you are using ones from the garage.

Now go find that spouse of your's that is a collector of nuts, bolts, and metal sticks and see what you can have!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Glitter Shelf

Yes, you read the title correctly.  I glittered a shelf.  Why?  I can!  Really, I was playing around and really liked it so I finished it up and now I'm blogging about it.  The best part?  It is super easy and quick to do.


Base paint color of your choice - I used white craft paint
Mod Podge
Clear Coat Sealer

So this is what my shelf started out as.

It was not pretty.  It was only a dollar though and I can use it to hold ribbon.  I think it was a toilet paper holder in it's previous life.

Step 1:  Sand it.  I needed to get the seal off of it so it would take the paint.

Step 2: Paint it.  I painted mine white.

Step 3. Mix Mod Podge and glitter together.  I used a mix of blues and greens.  I mixed it 2 parts Mod Podge to 1 part glitter.

Step 4: Paint it again.  This time with the Mod Podge and glitter.

Step 5: Seal it with a clear sealer and you are done!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Crafter's Tool Bucket Organizer

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I'm working very hard to get my craft room organized and supplies moved from the basement into it.  I have not only all of my supplies but most of my mother's and grandmother's supplies.  Do you know how man boxes of pins and packages of needles three generations of sewers can have?  I do, it's a lot!  The plastic shelves I did are loaded with various home decor fabric.  I bought a canvas shoe organizer at a garage sale and loaded it with broadcloth fabric and all of that didn't fit.  Then there is the various knitting needles, crochet hooks, paint brushes, well you get the picture that all need homes.  It's a mad house!

I started saving metal coffee cans last year.  I knew I could do something with them.  I have also been looking at a way to have all my tools out on my table but still organized.  Then it hit me, I need a tool bucket like my husband has.  It's a really cool thing, it fits in a 5 gallon bucket and is loaded with pockets.  They are fairly cheap at the hardware store the down side is I don't have room for a 5 gallon bucket on my craft table.  So I designed my own to fit my stash of coffee cans.  They are fairly easy to make, if you can sew a straight line and measure you've got this!  So let's make one together.


  • Fabric - 1 kind for the pocket and another for the liner - this is a great scrap buster
  • Tape Measure - paper and pencil to write those measurements down!
  • Iron and Ironing board
  • Rotary cutter, mat, and ruler
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Can of your choice.

Step 1:  Measure your can.  You need to go around the can (circumference) add 1 inch to this number, the height of the can, and then from the bottom of the can on the inside all the way around the can to the bottom on the outside add 2 inches to this measurement.

Step 2: We are going to start with the pocket.  So you need your first two measurements circumference of the can and height of the can.  My can is 6 1/2 inches tall and 21 inches around.  So I needed to cut a piece that size.

Step 3: Fold top edge of fabric down 3/4 of an inch and press.

Step 4: Then open up, bring raw edge to the press line and stitch down.

Step 5:  Now we need to cut the lining fabric.  This time we are going to use the first measurement, the circumference, and the last measurement, the height, the lip, and the inside of the can.  My circumference was 21 inches and the wrap was 17.5 inches.  I rounded that up to 18 inches and just used a fat quarter.

Step 6: The only tricky part of the whole thing and it's not that tricky.  Lay your lining right side down.  Lay your pocket right side down on top of your lining.  Line up raw edges.  Stitch using 5/8 inch seam.

Step 7: Press the seam towards the lining.

Step 8:  Flip the pocket so right side of both the lining and the pocket is facing your.  Press the bottom again.

Step 9:  Sew your pockets.  I forgot to take a picture of this.  You have to decided how big your pockets will be and how wide.  In the original picture I did four pockets.  On the yellow one I did three.

Step 10: Fold your piece in half right sides together.  Stitch along the raw edged long side and across the raw edge short side.

Step 10: Place the short seam inside the can.

Step 11:  Unfold your organizer over your can.  The pockets should be right side up and at the bottom of your can.

The nice thing about this pattern is that it can be adapted to fit any size of can you have.  You could even do it for that 5 gallon bucket if you have room or if you want to make it prettier than the ones they sell at the hardware store.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Week in Review May 26 - June 1

It's been another week so welcome to the round up!

 My serger went on the fritz.  It's working now, I think. Thanks to that I have a stack of things to finish and only one post for the week.  So most of this week's top 10 will be old ones.  But maybe it'll be new to you.

1. Men's Shirt Refashion

4. Gluten Free Oven Fried Chicken Strips

5. Shelf Makeover with Mod Podge

6. Brassy Apple 

7. Quick and Easy Boot Fillers

8. Blogger Calendar

9. Gluten Free Cheesecake

10. Oklahoma Tornado Relief

Thanks for coming from:
1. Google
2. Pinterest
3. I Heart Naptime
4. Be Different Act Normal
5. Facebook

Thanks for pinning:
1. Sassy Jungle Girl Flip Flops
2. All Things Sharpie
3. 20 Crafty Quotes
4. How to Digitize Your Pattern
5. Men's Shirt Refashion
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