Category Archives: Sewing

Jewelry Hanger

Good day all!  It is a rainy fall day here in Arkansas!  Looks like it is trying to flood us! I really don’t mind the rain sometimes, today, however it is aiding my narcolepsy in kicking my eyes closed!  It’s okay though, my brothers are home (recent additions to the Zoo) and they will keep me entertained, stimulated, and awake!  I am so thankful for my baby brother!  He hasn’t always done right, but he has always loved me and made me smile!

Well, enough of the random thoughts!  On to my latest project!  We are doing homemade gifts for Christmas, so I am making all sorts of things.  I decided to try my hand at making a jewelry hanging for a friend, so here it goes!

I used a comforter cover, which conveniently had buttons!  Yay!  I cut it at 34″ long and 6″ wide.  There are 3 layers to make it have some bulk so that it would be sturdy.  My picture didn’t get the top, but I used ribbon sewn to the top to hang it, which is why it’s slumped in at the top.  I was going to use wire, but I couldn’t find my wire cutters.  
I made the ring holder using scrapbook rings, but there again I was going to use wire….  The  piece that holds the ring holder on is sewn directly to the fabric so it won’t come off, hence using something that could be unclipped.  😀
The material that holds the necklaces is cut at 4×6.  With two pieces of material for the outside and one in the middle.  I did them like you would a pillow, layering the front of the material to front of material, then the middle backing on the top.  Sew it around 3 sides then flip it right side out.  Fold in the top halves and sew shut.  
I took the part to hold necklaces/bracelets and sewed it directly onto the fabric.  Once I got it where I wanted it, I buttoned the button to figure out where to do the top.  It’s made so that you can pull the button hole material up.  I sewed the button hole material on the top only, leaving enough on the ends (about one to two inches) to overlap so that I could fold it over.  I used fabric glue on the back so that there wouldn’t be anymore seams.  

Here are some other DIY gift ideas you can do:

I would love to hear your ideas for homemade gifts!  I’ll be posting more as the days creep up to Christmas!  Which reminds me, I have a tab of things full of Christmas stuff, gifts decor etc is my goal to fill it!  Stop by and check it out!

Remember, entrance to the Zoo is free so long as you don’t feed the animals!  I’ve found that once you feed them, they want to stay!  (Plus some of them bite, but we’ll talk about that later!)

Creative Itch

Originally posted 2011-11-08 15:54:00.

DIY Rustic Placemats & Pattern

For those of you who don’t know, I’ve not had my sewing machine long. That’s the only excuse I have for not being able to sew anything in a straight line! LOL. I suppose I will get it eventually, but right now I’m practicing with my projects. Although I realize the smart thing would be to practice and THEN make projects, but then that would set some sort of presidence and I would have to read directions before putting things together and read them before playing with new electronic gadgets, would hate to go and do something like that! It would open up so many doors for have to do things the way they are supposed to be done, and I just  don’t think I could bare the perfection!
I wanted to do placemats to go with the coasters I made. Rustic still looks good without perfection, so I figured I would be okay! I got the pattern from Jo’s Country Junction, it was free. Go and check it out. Here are the basic directions:
28 squares cut at 2 ½ by 2 ½
4 pieces of fabric 10 ½ x 14 ½
4 pieces of backing 16 x 20
1.  Sew 5 squares end to end. Press seams open. Make 8 sets.
2.  Sew a set on each end of the 10 ½ x 14 ½ materal. Press seams open.
3.  Sew 8 squares together, press seams open.
4.  Sew them to each side of the 10 ½ x 14 ½ fabric. Press seams open.
5.  Turn both sides of the placemats front to front, sew together leaving a portion unsewn.
6.  Using the hole, pull the material right side out. I like to start with the corner so that I can ensure the        corners are pulled out of the way.

7.  Once it’s pulled out all the way, fold in the unsewn parts and sew them together. I went all the way around the mat to keep there from being a line, as my sewing machine isn’t bulky enough to go through close to the edge.

Well, here is my not so straight lines and cutting! Hope you like them!!!
I used my Cricut using A Child’s Year cartridge. I cut the images at 4 inches. Then I used black vinyl paint with a toothbrush to brush it into the material.
I chose images that would go with memories from my childhood, since these are gifts for my Mom.  They may not be perfect, but she’ll be too distracted by the good memories to see the flaws!!!  (See how tricky I am!!!)
As a personal side note, I’ll let ya in on some of the stories!!!  Okay, the first one is a reminder of my brother when he was little.  From 3 on up, he loved fishing. He had this professional sized tackle box they had found in the lake and given to him.  He also had a five gallon bucket, to carry the fish in of course!  He would carry this bucket, tackle box, and his fishing pole down the hill to go fish in our pond and our neighbor’s pond.  He would be gone hours.  Meanwhile, our wonderful neighbors would be taking him snacks and drinks.  Then, after those long hours of hard work he would come walking up the hill, slowly with his body dragging as if he had been working at the factory all day!  He once brought back a perch that he loved.  It was going to be his pet.  He kept it in the bathtub until Mom could convince him to let us keep the fish in the horse troff.  He cried that night, worried about his poor fish.  After he finally went to bed, I guess Mom snagged the fish and took it back to the pond.  He cried.  A lot.  Yep, my baby brother.  All grown up now, but I have so many stories like this one!!!  😀  Love that kid!
Autumn Blessings Wall Hanging
DIY Coasters
Blessings Can

See where I’m linking here!  You’ll find some great ideas, Promise!


Originally posted 2011-10-24 19:18:00.

Easy and Addorable DIY Rustic Coasters

This year we are doing homemade Christmas.  We are attempting to do no shopping, only using our talents, so we shall see how this goes!  I will post more DIY gifts as time goes by, but this is my one for the day!  I used stuff I had, so I didn’t have to buy anything!

My Mom is using country decor for her home, so in the spirit of making stuff for Christmas, I decided to make her some coasters.  I wanted them to be rustic, so I wasn’t too worried about being perfects.  I think they turned out great!  I felt good about them!  Of course, now I’m nervous, all the world’s judges!  😀  I’m just gonna trust that you’ll love them as much as I think my Momma will!

I cut an old pair of jeans that would have otherwise gone in the trash into 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 squares.

I cut cotton backing two at 5 x 5 and 2 at 4 1/2 x 4 1/2.

Fold the edges in on the 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 pieces, pinning and sewing them so that the edges will be folded in since cotton tears so easily.

Next take the denim pieces and sew it to the folded backing.  You’ll get the results looking like the ones that say Turn -N- Burn and 3 barrels 2 hearts 1 dream.

To get the other affect, take the 5 x 5 pieces of cotton and fold it over the denim.  Take the edges and fold in so that they look like the edge of a sheet or pillowcase.  There’s a word for it, I just can’t think of it now!

Anyway, pin them down and sew the two pieces together.

Now, to the fun part!!!  Decorating!!!

I used my Cricut to cut a cowboy hat from the Paper Doll Dress Up cartridge at 3 inches using thick cardstock.  I took the outline and firmly held it down, then used a toothbrush to spread on the paint.

I wouldn’t suggest using the toothbrush you brush your teeth with, but then that’s just me.  I’ll stay out of your business!  LOL

After the paint dries, carefully tear or cut the places where the Cricut forms lines in the design and use them to trace in your lines.  Just make sure you line it up the way you want it.  I used a Sharpie to trace, then went back and traced the edges.

With rustic, perfection is not preferred!  😀  You know that worked very well for the Zoo!!!

Since my beautiful and talented Momma once rode barrels in rodeo’s, I used phrases that went with that theme.  Except Cowgirls Don’t Cry, which is from a Reba McEntire song that ALWAYS makes me think of her!

Hoping she loves it and it inspires you as well!  Enjoy!  Many more gift projects to come!!!  I’ll be making place mats soon too, I promise to make that tutorial more simple!!

Originally posted 2011-10-19 01:42:00.

DIY Earring Holder

Hello All!  For some reason, the original post of this won’t post correctly, so I’ve redone it.  Hope you enjoy!
First, I will start off by apologizing for not sticking to my own agenda!  It’s been busy at the Zoo and I had to take some family time to get some things done, so posting was neglected!!!!  I’m not gonna promise it won’t happen again, because I would probably be lying!  😀  However, I will do my best!!!
I took an old frame that I had bought at Dollar Tree a while back and decided to re-purpose it!   It no longer fit my decor anyway!

I painted it first with a solid color, then again with glitter paint.
Here is a closer pic so you can see the glitter paint.  Please excuse the dot, this was before I  got rid of it!!!
I had an old wire mesh strainer that was coming apart from it’s holder, so I took the wire out of the broken strainer to use for my holder.  😀
I used my hot glue gun to glue the mesh down after stretching it out.  Just remember, it dries fast so you have to move fast!  I would glue an area, clamp it, then move to the next area.  If you don’t have clamps, you can use some heavy object, just do one spot at a time.  Messing up is an easy fix, just peel off the glue and do it again!  It won’t mess up the paint, so no worries!!!

I used some balloon ribbon to hang it.  Since the frame had designs cut into it, I simply ran the ribbon through.  If your frame doesn’t have design cut through it, you could use a pop tab on each side or just glue the ribbon directly to the frame.  I liked that since I didn’t glue it directly, I could easily change the way it is hung.

Here is the finished project.  I took a knife and ran it between the
ribbon and my thumb to  curl it.  Different directions make different
curls.  If you use metallic ribbon, remember to curl on the back side
otherwise it won’t curl!!!

Originally posted 2011-10-14 05:52:00.

Presser Foot Sewing Kit by Simpzia


If You Have a Sewing Machine You Must See thisSometimes I think sewing projects are like a drug. When I get my sewing machine going I can completely out of all my problems and all my issues as I concentrate on each stitch as the machine feeds the material through. When I am sewing, I am gone to a world where the only thing that matters is my machine. That’s a nice place to be.
I had the opportunity recently to try out the SIMPZIA 42 Pieces Domestic Sewing Machine Presser Feet Kit Set and I’m so excited with the new places that my sewing adventures are going to go. I had absolutely no idea that there were so many accessories in so many ways to go thousands of dollars. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still down for a very expensive embroidery machine but that’s not happening any time soon. Until then, what does accessory set I have the tools necessary to do so many new projects and, given the expensive toys that are sewing machines, this set takes my inexpensive sewing machine to a whole new level.  I really cannot say how much I love this set!  It really expanded the horizons of my inexpensive machine!

Included in the set:

1 x Stitch Guide Foot
1 x Universal Presser Foot
1 x Open Toe Foot
1 x Zipper Foot
1 x Nail Button Pressing Foot
1 x Plastic Invisible Zipper Presser Foot
1 x (A9) Applique Foot
1 x Round Bead Foot
1 x Sewing Press Foot
1 x Satin Stitch Foot
1 x 6mm Roll of Lace Presser Foot
1 x Zig Zag Foot
1 x Open Toe Embroidery Foot
1 x Large Opening Presser Foot
1 x Cording Foot
1 x 1/4″ Quilting Foot
1 x Braiding Foot
1 x Standard Presser Foot
1 x Straight Stitch Foot
1 x Overcast Foot
1 x 5 Hole Cording Foot
1 x 7 Hole Cording Foot
1 x Edge Joining Foot
1 x Double Welting Foot
1 x Invisible Zipper Foot
1 x Fringe Foot
1 x Adjustable Bias Tape Binder Foot
1 x Shirring Foot
1 x 3mm Narrow Edge Presser Foot
1 x 6mm Wide Edge Presser Foot
1 x 3mm Roll of Lace Presser Foot
1 x Roller Foot
1 x Sewing Beads Presser Foot
1 x Buttonholing Presser Foot
1 x Darning Foot Low Shank
1 x Blind Stitch Foot
1 x Darning Foot
1 x Zipper Foot Low Shank
1 x Kint Foot
1 x 7-Groove Pintuck Foot
1 x 9-Groove Pintuck Foot