Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Music decor

My fiance is a muscian, so i made him some music decor for his apartment. I bought some music note fur from joann fabrics and cut a circle two inches bigger all around than a regular toilet seat cover. Then i sewed some elastic about two inches smaller than the circumference of the circle on the edge. when i was finished the elastic pulled the fabric under and it laid perfectly on the toilet seat cover. i also made a no-sew blanket from black and music note fleece. i purchased the fleece from joanns and cut them 2 yards by 60". Then i cut three inch slits around the entire border on both layers of fabric. at the corners i cut out a three by three square. When i was done cutting i then tied the under layer to the top layer on each strand. After all the tieing i ended up with this blanket. It is sooo comfortable and very very warm. a little too warm for Florida. I also two pillow cases to go along with the blanket. i cut a long piece of fabric 50" x 19" and folded it in half and sewed the two sides together. then i sewed the blank band onto the edge for some contrasting effects. my last music decor are these little felt flushed music notes.
i printed out music notes off the computer to get the appropriate size and used the pattern to cut out the notes from felt. i zig-zaged the borders and stuffed them with some poly plush. on the tips i attached silver ribbon so you could hang them up.

Just a little note

I made this "card" to go along with the anniversary wall hanging. The note is written on opaque music note scrapbook paper. I wrote a little note on the music sheet and glued a little edge a vintage spool of thread. Along with it i painted a wooden heart and painted our anniversary date on it.


I used several techniques to create this wall hanging for my fiance. The background is plain muslin then i painted red hearts all over. Inbetween the hearts i wrote Forever & Ever in script across the muslin. for the overlay in the middle i used gauze and scrunched it in the center. i used iron on transfer paper and printed out pictures of me and my fiance in black and white on beige fabric and stitched around the edges and stuffed them with poly fill to make them plush. i took one of the flowers he gave me and dried it out and stuck it in the gauze. for the border i used some scrap cotton lace and attached it all around. it turned out pretty nice.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Corduroy Jacket

I made this five button down casual corduroy jacket for my boyfriend. I put two pockets with blue contrasting cotton lining. On the inside is all hong kong finishing with blue cotton bias. I even put my label on the facing in the back. My boyfriend wore it enough to get me an order.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Valentine Dream catcher

What better wind catcher to have than your heart? as long as the dreams are nice. I made this for my fiance to hang over his bed... i think he will. i transformed a wire hanger into a heart shape. Then i wrapped a yarn around the heart contiounsly. Afterwords i interlocked threads through the center and tied off little knots for security. i attached little gold pony beads on the end instead of feathers. i love pony beads they are so fun and come in all colors. (i love buttons more).

More Mobiles

I made a mobile for my Free People valentine swap. After making that one i ahd to make another one. This one i made for my fiance, hince the blue. I again constructed it out of soda cans and wire. but this time i added more hearts and a little bit more design. i beleive i will have to make mobile creating part of my crafting. they are sooo cute, fun, and easy to make. you can use different mediums. like yarn string paper buttons.... oooo my next mobile i think. i hope you enjoy them as much as i do.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Screen printing the E-Z way

Preface- So I found a great website to order labels but i cant decide on a design so i decided to print my own labels until i decide. One of my teachers told me about this process and there are several ways to print via the computer but her way is the most inexspensive.
I printed my own labels on an inkjet printer using freezer paper and either a woven or knit fabric. I created a nice design in photoshop ( or you can use word or paint) and layed the labels out so they had a nice seam allowance on all for sides. Then i purchased freezer paper from the supermarket (publix) and ironed the shiny side onto the back of my fabric. The freezer paper allowed the fabric to become sturdy just like real paper. then i simply placed the fabric through the printer and in five seconds i had a screenprinted label. **frezzer paper is what ou package meat in for the freezer. but it does have instructions for how to use with appliquing.
At craft stores there are several different kinds of fabric paper you can buy. the ones that have paper on the back and you print then peel the paper off or the sheets that you print on then iron the design onto a peice of fabric. Well you get like 4-8 sheets for 10+$$$. Freezer paper works just as great and you get like 10ft in a role for 3$. Plus you can iron on whatever type of fabric you like! My first project i used the same color of fabric i created a collection out of for a runway show and printed labels so they could match my collection. then i created a nice little active sportswear outfit and wanted labels for the outside of the garment. so i ironed on knit fabric and printed onto that.
My last project I designed fabric on the computer for a swimwear collection for one of my classes. we were asked to print samples. so i pulled out my freezer paper and some swimwear fabric and printed right onto the fabric. It is sooo great, fast, and inexspensive.


I love vintage sewing machines. Singers are so classic and interesting. Opne day i would love to have acollection of vintage sewing machines, but for right now ill just stick to taking pictures. I took theses pictures at the south west florida fairgrounds. they have a town that is modeled after country living. all these little cabin houses with vintage house fixtures and little "nick-nacks" they even have a school house. i wish i took more picks. sorry guys. but i hope you enjoy these.


This valentine I decided to particpate in the Free People valentine swap which includes people all over the world. So they sent me an address and a name for my valentine sawp buddy and i got to work. i really love mobiles so i decided to make a valentine mobile. i was sooo exicited but didnt know where to start being a beginner. so i researched alot of Cadler's mobiles and other modern designers and found out they are usually made out of medal and medal wire. So i gathered some recycled coke cans and some medal wire with some heavy duty wire cutters and got to work. I cut all these little and big circles and some heart shapes. Then I punctured the medal with a sharp neddle and wrapped the wire in the hole. I did this in several different patterns and then attached all four medal assortments to a main medal circle. i hope my valentine swap buddy enjoys the mobile. i enjoyed making it so much i might make another one. if you want to see other Free People Valentine swap check this out.