Thursday, May 30, 2013

Lanyard Tutorial

 Over Memorial Day we went backpacking in the Sierras.  This was my first real backpacking trip on over 20 years!  We had a BLAST!!!    I thought it would be fun to make the children lanyards for the trip.  I bought felt stickers at Joann Fabrics and glued pins to them.  Throughout the trip the children earned pins to put on their lanyard.  I also attached a whistle to the end - just in case they got lost or saw a bear :)

Here is how you can make one - they are super easy!!  (excuse my ironing board cover - I need to get a new one!)

BEFORE YOU SEW THE ENDS TOGETHER.....slide a keychain ring or D-ring onto your lanyard.

Now, unfold the ends and pin them right sides together.  Sew a 1/4" seam and press the seam.  Then refold the lanyard and give it a final press.

Top stitch all the way around the lanyard on both sides close to the edge.  Making sure the seam is at the back of the neck, s

lide your D-ring or keychain to the opposite end and sew a little square with an "X" to secure.  (See photo below for placement)
 Last year, I sewed all these lanyards for Girl's Camp.  They are lots of fun to make - you can choose any fabric - you can even piece the fabric if you have time!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Voting

I have 2 quilts entered in the Blogger's Quilt Festival.  The voting is going on NOW!!  I would love if you check out the quilt festival and vote for your favorites.  The links are below to my quilts!!!

 If you like my "Ava Baby Quilt" click HERE and vote.  It is #30

 If you want to vote for my "Love Birds" Wall Hanging Quilt, click HERE.  It is #27.

Thanks so much!!!!!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Vintage Sheet Pillowcases, New Bedding, & the Bengal Cat

I bought new bedding for my bedroom!  That is always a big deal for me!  Are you like me & need like 5 pillows to sleep???  Which means I needed more pillowcases then the 2 that came with the sheets.  I got out the box of vintage sheets and came up with these!

This is how to make them: (this will make 1 standard size pillow)
Cut the main fabric on the fold measuring  21" high and 26" long (fold is on the long side)

I used the lace ruffle off a different sheet.  I cut this 1 1/2 inches away from the ruffle seam.
Sew it to the edge of your pillow fabric.  Press seams.  The lace on the sheet was super crooked.  I came up with a way to cover it up.

I bought this bolt of lace in the LA fabric district.  50 yards for $15!!  I will be using it on everything!!

Sew the lace covering the seams.
 After the trim is sewn on, fold the pillow right sides together and sew the 2 sides.  I didn't sew French Seams, I just zig zagged so it wouldn't fray.

 I love how they turned out!  So does Marbles!  He loves my new bedding and sleeps there everyday now!  The quilt is Tahari from TJ Max, sheets are from Target.  I was hesitant about buying sheets from Target.  I LOVE these!  They have super deep pockets and a double row of elastic to keep the sheets in place.  And they are super soft and comfy!  The quilt at the bottom of the bed was $16 at Home Goods!


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Vintage Sheet Peasant Dress

I am participating in "The Easiest Sew-Along Ever" over at Windsor & Main.  This dress is my project.  It began with a big box of vintage sheets. 

 I narrowed it down to a pink set of sheets.  I bought these at a thrift store in Virginia when I was out there for spring break.  I love them!  The fabric is so soft.  I also had this pillow case with embroidered kitties on it.  The pillowcase had stains on it.  I decided to make a little apron for the dress using the kitties.
The apron is attached to the dress.  I also added some crochet lace to the hem of the dress.  The tie of the dress is made using a white sheet.  This dress is 100% upcycled!!!  I love it!



Saturday, May 18, 2013

Quilted Placemats

I made these cute quilted placemats for the Therm O Web booth at Quilt Market!  Click HERE to visit the Therm O Web blog and to see the full tutorial!!  I love Therm O Web products - they have a fantastic blog with tutorials everyday!  I love being a part of their design team!!


Monogram Pillow - Bridal Shower Gift

 I am still not over my throw pillow obsession!!  Lately I have been giving them as bridal shower gifts.  I love making personalize gifts!!  This one was for a friend who loves aqua!!

It turned out cute & she loved it!!


Friday, May 17, 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Wallhanging Entry

  If you are joining me from the Blogger's Quilt Festival - Welcome to the Jedi Craft Girl Blog!  I am Amanda and I love sewing and quilting and crafting and creating!! 

This is my quilt entry in the "Wall Hanging Category"  This cute little bird quilt measures 32" x 37" and I do hang it on my wall.  I originally created it for Valentine's Day.  I loved it so much and the colors work in my house that I still have it up!!

Most of the fabrics are Moda.  I machine appliqued the birds, hearts, and tree and I quilted it on my machine.

I love that the applique is not perfectly centered and it has a scrappy feel!

Thanks for stopping by!!