Using Up Fabric Scraps

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We've moved!

We’ve moved!

So this past weekend I was determined to craft. I had been pretty neglectful to the “Crafty” portion of this website. So I went on a mission to find something to do and I came across a plain, white picture frame that I bought in college…and never even put a picture in it. Now the curious part of this is WHY have I held on to this picture frame for approximately 10 years (and no less than 5 moves)?!

My Set Up

So I grabbed my ModgePodge, a paint brush, some scraps of fabric, and glitter…because you never know when you will need glitter…and then I stared. And I put on Big Love on my iPad. And then I started chopping up the fabric and covering the frame with ModgePodge.

Now I had no science or plan with this. I just knew that I wanted to use all of this stuff on something!

Step 1 – ModgePodge the frame…well at least one side of the frame since the MP dries so quick.

My ModgePodge loaded brush

My ModgePodge loaded brush

Step 2 – Chop up my fabric scraps and start placing them around the frame. I did my best to shop the pieces into different shapes and sizes so that there would be some variety.

Like pen to paper...or fabric to frame

Like pen to paper…or fabric to frame

Step 3 – Then I ModgePodge’d the fabric down on the sides, adding more where needed to cover the frame.

This whole Modge Podge process reminded me of elementary school where you put glue/paste all over your hands and then peel it off.

Step 4 – Attach the ends of the fabric to the back so that it looks “finished”

Step 5 – Cover the whole darn thing in ModgePodge!! This will seal in all of the little threads from the fabric scraps and give the entire thing a nice shine.

At this point I *could* have been done…but that wouldn’t really be like me. And I did have some ribbon and glitter out, but where would I be crossing the over crafting line? I decided that glitter was the line. So I added a strip of ribbon down the right side and a bow.

Step 6 – ModgePodge on some ribbon for an accent. And then whip up a simple bow.

Now of course I couldn’t rely on the MP to keep my simple bow together so I busted out my trusty needle and thread for a quick couple of stitches. Just enough to hold it in place. I left the thread exposed, but purely because I didn’t have anything to put over it. Project for another day?

Step 7 – Bust out the hot glue gun!! Again I needed something a little stronger than MP to attach the satiny ribbon to my frame so I brought in the heavy duty reinforcements.

Step 8 – Have a cute little girl make a picture to put inside πŸ™‚

My daughter claimed this frame from the second I started working on it. It now lives up on the shelf in her room where she can see it every day…with her Disney memorabilia.

This whole project took me under an hour, even with multiple stops to tend to my midgets and having to shoo them away from the hot glue.

I can’t wait to grab some super cheap frames from Goodwill and use up more of my scraps of fabric and ribbon! What do you do with your scraps?
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A Glimpse Into the Future

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So while I am trying to get my life together her is a glimpse into what I am working on for some upcoming posts!

Bacon and Egg cups

Bacon and Egg cups

Bacon and Egg cups with a side of avocado. Delicious. Simple. Paleo.

Snuggle Flannel

Snuggle Flannel

Amazing patterns of snuggle fabric that was ON SALE and I HAD A COUPON! This is going to be the start of a flannel quilt because when I try something new I try something big and new…but exciting!

Paleo Banana Muffins

Paleo Banana Muffins

My littlest helper and I made Paleo Banana Muffins the other day. He eventually had to be given his own bowl with ingredients that weren’t really part of the recipe because he kept sampling and declaring “So Nummy! Mmmmmm!” And he was right…they are so nummy!

Homemade Lara Bars

Homemade Lara Bars

I cannot get enough of these Homemade Lara Bars a la Chocolate Covered Katie! All of her recipes are amazing! As always I have my own little twists when trying other people’s recipes, but simple and droolworthy!

ALSO, I am doing Thanksgiving this week πŸ™‚ My dad is coming down to visit and we haven’t spent a holiday with family in 3 years so we decided to bump it up a few weeks. I had originally hoped to make it all Paleo, but that probably won’t be happening since my eldest has already requested (actually kind of demanded) my dinner rolls! Also, my dad thinks I am nuts with “this Paleo thing.” πŸ˜‰

Well that is just a little taste of what is to come!! Please let me know what you think and If there are any crafts or recipes I should try!

 

 

 

The Thrift Store Princess

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So I realize that is has been almost 2 weeks since Halloween and a week since my last blog. I apologize. Life has been having it’s way with me! Between work, kids, and preparing for company (which includes Thanksgiving 2 weeks early) I have been a bit preoccupied. I have still been creating, I just haven’t been publishing. I am hoping to catch up this week…somehow.

Anyway…on to my Halloween costume! I was a princess! I typically make whatever costume my kids tell me. It is a bit of a game. Last year I was a horrible version of Tinkerbell…

So we hit the thrift store on the Monday before Halloween (which also happens to be the day that the whole store is half off) to scour the goods for something that could be a princess dress. The two smallest midgets and me walked up and down the aisles and nothing was workable. I was afraid I was going to have to come up with something else :-/ BUT THEN while giving the long dresses section another once over I found it!!

THE DRESS!

THE DRESS!

So I quickly scooped this up (for $5!!) and took it home and twirled and twirled and twirled. I have always liked a good twirling dress and this was PERFECT. And then is hung in my closet for the better part of a week. I would look at it a few times a day waiting for inspiration. Then finally after trick or treat (did I mention that I needed to dress up for a party that Saturday, not on Halloween) I sat, watched Parenthood, drank an adult beverage, and got crafting!

Sequins

Sequins

Back of the sequins strip

Back of the sequins strip

Since I am new to crafting and sewing and the such I wasn’t quite sure if I was supposed to sew the entire strip on like a ribbon, or cut the sequins off and sew on by hand…I went with the latter. πŸ™‚

Pile of sequins in my lap

Pile of sequins in my lap

I decided to sew these pretty little things onto the waistline to give it some umph and make it more princesslike. Nothing too complicated just a simple up and down stitch to secure them. Shockingly they all staying in place!

The master at work

The master at work

All the pretty sequins right in a row

All the pretty sequins right in a row

 

After finishing that I decided to embellish the bottom of the dress as well. I tried to find some tulle to make it a bit fluffy, but alas all of my tulle was the wrong color and in small strips from making tutus. So I just took 2 small gathers halfway up and added a few sequins to make them stand out. I also decided to add a little gathering to the bodice to add some emphasis πŸ˜‰ This was mostly because this was a super simple bridesmaid dress and it was very conservative.Β I don’t have any pictures of these alterations because by that time the adult beverages were hitting me and I forgot to take a picture.

In the end it came out perfect!

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Thrift Store Princess!

Thrift Store Princess!

^^^ You can see the embellishments really good in this picture taken by my friend Brett LandryΒ !

Sorry again for being so long between posts!! I will try and be better about that πŸ™‚

-AM

Halloween Crafts: Bat Bow

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Adorable Bat Bow!! Super easy.

Adorable Bat Bow!! Super easy.

Isn’t this bow precious?? When I lived “up north” I never would have thought about putting my daughter in crazy or large bows…but when you move to the South you just have to. (It’s kind of like how I am freezing in my house and it is like 65 in here…seriously I am wearing a scarf!)

So anyway….in order to make this pretty little bow you first have to gather your simple materials.

My materials...don't mind the messy work station!

My materials…don’t mind the messy work station!

Today I used a piece of scrap fabric (maybe 2 in wide when folded over), coordinating thread, small foam bat from a Target craft kit, hairpin base, scissors, and glue gun. I wish I could give you better measurements on the piece of fabric I used, but I just grabbed some scrap. I will do better next time!

So the first thing you do is sew a pulling stitch. (Please keep in mind I am an uber beginner at sewing, so I don’t really know proper names of things…that’s why I use pictures!)

Make a pulling stitch.

Make a pulling stitch.

After you “sew” the entire piece of fabric pull on the thread so that the fabric starts to gather. This is going to let you give it some shape.

Complete the pulling stitch

After you have gathered the fabric mold it into a circle, or another shape if you feel adventurous! Once it is shaped sew it together so that it will not unravel. Mine is very sloppy…pardon πŸ™‚

Seal the Circle

 

You will want to also sew where the 2 edges meet/overlap and then flatten your flower looking object. Use a regular stitch here.

Again, pardon the sloppyFlatten the flower

 

Next, put a small dollop of hot glue on the back of you bat (or any other shape you have chosen) and press it into the center of your flower.
He had it coming!Β I'm a lil off center

Mine came out a lil crooked, but I did that to help cover my imperfections in the fabric. After that is cooled cut a small piece of coordinating scrap felt and hot glue it to the bottom side of your flower. This will make attaching to the hair clip easier.

felt!

 

Lastly, dab a little hot glue on your hairpin and attach your flower…voila! A quick and simple Halloween hairbow!

Attached!TA DASend me pictures of your hair bows! I would love to see them πŸ™‚ Happy Haunting!