iPad Cover

Yep, I made my own iPad cover and with out a pattern to boot! I am pretty proud of this project. It turned out so much better than I had imagined it would. I even added a magnet to the front cover so the screen would wake when opened and sleep when closed. I’d still be using it if I hadn’t spilled coffee all over it.

Materials:

  • iPad for Pattern
  • felt for inside
  • vintage fabric for outside
  • heavy card stock for front cover folding panels
  • colored elastic for closure
  • fabric glue

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I kinda miss that case. Maybe I’ll make a new one for my iPad Mini and do a tutorial…

Put a Serger in my Stocking Contest Entry

Pretty Prudent had a socking contest two years ago. Put a Serger in my Stocking was a fun and festive holiday crafting contest. 

Heres the guidelines:

Create the winning Christmas stocking using knit fabric in some way and you will find a Brother 523 PRW Serger under the tree. Use jersey (even old t-shirts!) to create braids, fringe, trim, patches or even an entire quilted stocking! Take a look at our stocking tutorials like the Patchwork Baby Onesie Christmas Stocking and Jaime’s Quilted Stocking (with free pattern) or maybe our Granny Square Stocking or Super Last Minute Felt Stockingwill inspire your creation. Just remember to incorporate knit/jersey fabric! Stay tuned as we post more knit stocking tutorials over the next week! Visit Sewing with Knits 101 for a refresher course and jump into designing the winning entry. You’ve got this! We will collect all of your droolicious entries and our panel of judges will select a winner!

 

I jumped right in reusing my hubby’s work shirts from his time at Apple Inc. These are my ‘droolicious’ entries!

First a traditional red and white stocking with a little non-traditional ruching. I used my ruffling foot on my sewing machine and sewed a tube then finished the toe and added the white top to fold over.

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The other, a pocket stocking. I made a stocking and then added different size pockets. I think its perfect for a teen age girl. Put the big stuff in the stocking then the little stuff that usually gets lost. I loved this stocking! 

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I didn’t win but I did have some cute stockings to show for my work!

Color My Summer Contest Entry

Kojo Designs hosted Color My Summer Craft Contest a few summers ago.

These were the guidelines:

The judging criteria:
We are looking for that Aha! factor. As in…
Aha! I wish I thought of that.
Aha! Now, that’s clever.
Aha! I am SOOO making that this summer.

It doesn’t have to be complicated, or require a lot of skill {although it can}. It just needs a lot of creativity and ingenuity. Oh…and a lot of summer. You can interpret that however you like.

The rules:
1. It needs to be a new project. Don’t post it, or any pictures of it, on your blog in any form until after the contest is over. We want the judging to be as fair as possible.

2. The contest begins today, May 2, 2011 and ends Tuesday, May 24, 2011. The project must have been created during that time period. All entries must be submitted by 8 PM MDT on May 24, 2011.

3. Submit a maximum of 3 pictures of your project and a short description to this email address

I had a couple of ideas but only finished one, the One-handed Sarong.

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It is so simple to make its kinds funny. There were lots of great entries you can see the top ten here.  I ended up with the first prize, wahooo! I was suppose to do a tutorial for Kojo Designs way back 2 summers ago but found myself amidst a windfall of personal tragedies right after the contest finished and never submitted it. So here is it!

Tute coming soon…

 

Embroidery Endeavor

I tried embroidery for the first time when Pretty Prudent hosted another great contest “Use Your Words” Its not hard but very time consuming and kinda hurt my hands. Not a hate but not in love.

Heres the guidelines:

The Contest: You + Words + Needle + Thread = Embroidery Joy. 
Use embroidered text or font anyway you see fit to adorn a fabric item in a creative way. Use letters to create something as short as a monogram or as long as a novel. Embroider by machine or by hand on any item you want, from samplers to bags to sheets to clothes to whatever your crafty mind can dream up. Just make sure you “use your words” somewhere on your project. We will collect all of your droolicious entries and our panel of judges will select a winner!

I went out and bought a huge pack of embroidery floss and did a ton of research on embroidery technique. I made two projects.

The firs,t a kite for my daughters nursery. The words I used are from Mary Poppins, one of my favorite movies as a kid. “Let’s go fly a kite.”

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The second project was a set of faux mirrors for my craft room. the center one said “Who’s the craftiest of them all?” I cant find a picture of the end result but when I do I will post it.

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They turned out amazing. I didn’t win but it was fun. it turned out to be a definite crafty crush. It was exciting for the duration of the project but this was May 2011 and I haven’t embroidered again. Nope, haven’t picked up a embroidery needle in literally years. Needless to say I didn’t fall for it.

Elmo Party

 

 

I helped a friend with her Daughters Elmo Birthday Party. Parties are my favorite! So much you can craft!

Made these printables. The first cupcake toppers and stickers. The second, the postcard invitation.

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Also, made these Dorothy the Goldfish snack bags and Elmo’s face hats with yarn pom-poms on top.

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It turned out to be a great little party!

 

Sweet on Paper

A couple of years ago,  Pretty Prudent (then Prudent Baby) held a paper crafting contest, giving away a fancy Brother Printer. “Sweet on Paper” Contest. I love Pretty Prudent they are one of my favorite blogs and as I said Paper is my favorite craft medium. This contest is perfect for me.

The Contest: You + Sweet Treats + Paper= Crafty Goodness. Use pretty paper in anyway you see fit to adorn or package a baked good, candy, or other sweet treat. Print, cut, tape, glue, mod podge, and embellish to your heart’s content. We will collect all of your droolicious entries and our growing panel of all-star judges will select a winner!

I got a little crazy and created a few (okay, several) entries.

First, the Nest Place Card. This got me second place and my first Silhouette machine! I used these for Easter dinner. They are card stock shredded and then wrapped around a pencil. I left it wrapped over night then hot glued it to a circle of coordinating paper. On easter I filled them with little egg candies and a little flags with the guests names and happy easter on a little tooth pick flag.

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Second, the barn treat box. I made these for a farm themed baby shower. I also made a cake and matching cookies (I will share later). They are plastic baby food containers wrapped with paper. This was in the top ten and they were a big hit at the shower too.

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Third, Dorothy the Gold fish treat bags. I made these as favors for a friends daughter’s Elmo themed birthday. I made the fish bowl to fold over a plastic baggie then sewed around the edge and cut off the extra. The top was still resealable! So fun!

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Third, the ring box was “Last fling before the ring’ bachelorette party favors with Ring Pops.

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Forth, cookies for a tea party.

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Fifth, trick miniature picnic lunch for my hubby’s April Fool’s gift. I told my hubby on April 1st that I had packed him a lunch and it was in the car. This was waiting for him in the front seat.

It was made with another plastic baby food container. I wove the paper shreds and then wrapped the box. Filled it with my hubby’s favorite food shaped gummies. So cute, right?

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Last, my personal favorite. Bake Sale labels. I hade cut the vintage stove with an Exacto knife. I used them later for a birthday and a house warming gift.

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See? I got a bit carried away. What can I say? I love me some paper!

As I said I got 2nd place for the Nest Place Cards and placed a couple other times. So I didn’t win the printer but was unexpectedly awarded my first Silhouette machine! It changed my life. Seriously.

alway have, always will.

I have always been a little crafty. Some would say very crafty. I love to craft. I love to try something new. I have frequently experience  short lived, crush of sorts on different crafting techniques. Some times the crush turns to life long love like with paper crafting. Others like fimo clay last only a few weeks. Follow me for the ups and downs of teenage like ‘love’

the next few post will be results of my crafty crushes.