Crafty Times: Quick Table Runner

It was Sunday afternoon and Max was napping and I thought to myself You should do something with those fabric scraps.  I had some left over fabric from the bunting and Max’s quilt and I wanted to dress the table up for his party.

I gathered my scraps and started cutting.  I cut them all down to 18 inches wide and the widths varied depending on how much was available.

Then I decided how they would be laid out and pinned them.

Then I sewed!  Can you tell this is so easy a dog could do it?  I should’ve just had Diego or Rita make it.  Only issue was that I didn’t measure for using all the table leafs, so it was too short to go the whole length of the table.  So I laid it width wise (?) and it worked out!

Crafty Times: Little Boy Bowtie

There are few things cuter than a little boy dressed like a little man.  Right?  For Max’s birthday I want him to be that cute little man, so I made him a bow tie.

I found this tutorial going around Pinterest and decided to give it a go.  Let me just say that this was so quick an easy that I was able to make it while Max napped with just some scrap fabric.  My only problem with it is that I have a hard time sewing round edges, so my edges are oddly shaped.  Luckily this pattern is very forgiving of crooked stitches.

Isn’t this just the cutest?  I love how easy it was to make and how insanely adorable it is.  These would make great gifts for a birthday or for a baby shower.

One day I’ll make Rob one and they’ll be matchy matchy.

Crafty Times: The Perfectly, Imperfect Quilt

I made a quilt! My first attempt at quilting, ever! I’ve always been interested in it but I always thought it was just way too hard to do. What did I know? I’d never even tried it.

Years ago for Christmas my mom bought me a quilting book for beginners and the fabric to make a quilt. I read the book multiple times but never actually did anything. With Max turning one I wanted to do something special for him and I decided to make a quilt.

I knew I wanted to use some of the fabric I got to use on the bunting I made for his birthday and I wanted it to be the main fabric. When I went to get more fabric I brought a swatch and worked off of that. I chose a green I used in Cameron’s pillow cases and picked a brown, a blue, and a patterned brown with colors. Now, when it comes to design I have a big problem and that is going overboard with color and patterns and a couple of the cardinal rules of quilting according to my book: I chose more than one big print and I mixed stretchy cotton and not stretchy cotton(I’m using technical terminology here). Oh well. I don’t care because I’m just pleased as punch with the end result!

I wanted to do a little something fun with the back instead of just the main fabric. So I made this up all on my own! I’m sure no one’s ever done this before…

Here are the top 5 quilt-y things I learned:

1) Don’t mix stretchy and not stretchy. I did and it bit me in the ass. there are some clearly warped parts, not too bad, but definitely noticeable.

2) Accurate cuts are very important. Duh. No explanation needed.

3) Buy a 1/4 inch quilting foot for your machine. I still haven’t but I’m definitely going to before my next project. I did put a piece of painter’s tape on my machine to mark a 1/4 inch so I would have accurate seams.

4) I hate binding. The pattern I chose had a pretty narrow binding and I think (I hope) that’s why it was so difficult.

5) Quilting is super duper crazy easy. There are a lot of steps, and I think that’s what scared me the most about it, but holy crackers you guys. If I can do it, anyone can do it.

Binding, blech.

I wanted to take it outside and hang it on the clothesline to photograph, but you know we live in Oregon so that was out of the question.

Now I need to decide whether or not I give it to Max now or on his birthday. You know, because he’ll care so much. I’ll probably give it to him on his birthday. Wrap it up nice so he can destroy it. Really it would just be for photos. Whatever, he’ll love it. I’ll tuck him with it at night and he’ll crawl on top of it to sleep. And when he’s older it’ll be the blanket he brings to the grandparent’s house to stay over, and he’ll drag it through the mud and run it over with his bicycle, and it’ll be the final piece to the most amazing fort ever built.

Crafty Times: A Birthday Bunting

Well, there’s only 33 days left until Max’s first birthday (OMGHOLYWHATTHEHELL), which means there’s a party to follow that.  I’ve been brainstorming this party for some time now and I’ve been trying to find some DIY projects to do for decorations.  One of the projects I wanted to do was a bunting.  There are a million tutorials on Pinterest for these things, but they’re also pretty self explanatory.  Here’s how I made mine.

What I used:

-1/2 inch bias tape

-fabric of your choosing

-cutting board and rotary cutter

-pinking shears

-thread

-sewing machine

First thing I did was choose my fabric.  I went to Fabric Depot a couple of weekends ago when they were having their 30% off everything sale (AWESOME) and chose my fabric.  The first one I picked up was the multi colored with the starbursts, and I from there I chose the others.  The blue dots and the brown wood grain were fat quarters (which I was hoping to find all my fabrics in).  I like the main multi colored one so much, I bought 1/2 a yard so I can include it in the quilt I’m (hoping to) make for Max for his birthday.

The first thing I did was iron my fabric so that when I cut and measured, it would be accurately done.  Although, this project requires very little sewing, and exact measurements aren’t important.

Next I measured a 5×5 square and marked it with a dressmakers pencil.  Then I cut out my square and folded it in half.  I marked my first cut on my first square, just diagonally across.  I used my pinking shears for this cut.  I cut all of my triangles from each of my fabrics, 22 in total.

Next I stacked my triangles in the order I wanted them sewn.  This is probably the easiest part, I mean the whole thing’s easy but cutting out all those triangles was more tedious than this.  All I did was slip each triangle into the fold of the bias tape, and sew.

When I was done sewing, I ironed each triangle again to get the crease from folding it, out.  Then, done!

This took a grand total of about 3 hours total, but only because of a sick baby.  Sick babies are the worst, and by that I mean that it’s the worst when babies are sick.  He’s getting better, thankfully.

I just love the finished product.  I think this is going to be one of those party staples for each of Max’s birthdays growing up.

Crafty Times: Christmas Things

Every year I tell myself that I’m going to make my Christmas gifts and every year I fail at doing so.  But not this year!  This year was different.  I had the motivation!  I had ideas! I had the supplies!  Well, some of it.

My first project was a stocking for Max.  He could’ve just used an old one of ours, but I wanted him to have his very own.  And I wanted to make it.  I found this pattern on Pinterest.  BTW, isn’t Pinterest just the greatest?  You can follow me here.  Ok, getting off track.  So I found the pattern, got the specs on how much fabric I needed and went to Jo-Ann’s with my coupons.  I chose three different fabrics, some ric rac and some buttons for accents.  It was a super easy pattern to follow.  It took me an afternoon to make (it probably shouldn’t have taken me that long, but when you’ve got a baby at your feet putting everything in his mouth you can’t get much done).  I’m so pleased with the way it came out!

For my second project I made a set of pillowcases for my brother.  I, again, found this pattern on Pinterest and the name is true, the easy pillowcase.  It was maybe the easiest sewing project I’ve ever done.  Well, all the sewing projects I’ve done are super easy because I can barely sew a straight line (but that’s going to change this year, people!).  I took notes on what I needed and grabbed my coupons and went back to Jo-Ann’s.  I got a killer deal on fabric because they were running crazy sales.  I bought extra of the main fabric, the brown houndstooth, because I want to include it in a quilt I’m making for Max for his 1st birthday.  Both of these pillowcases took one afternoon, but if they were done without the ‘help’ of a baby around it probably would’ve taken only an hour or so.  Again, I was so pleased with the results and I think Cameron was too:

My third project never actually got done before Christmas.  In fact it’s still not done, but I am in the middle of it.  It’s a gift for my brother for his 21st birthday which is tomorrow (!!!).  Also found on Pinterest, and also super easy it is a picture transfer to wood.  The reason it wasn’t done for Christmas was because I waited until 3 days before to go find gel medium, which everyone seemed to be out of.  Well I got some the other day and started last night.  My only complaint is that you need about 12+ hours for this one.  Once it’s done I’ll do full review and you can see how it came out!