Thursday, December 9, 2010

*Guest Post Thursday* Repurposing A Canvas Bag (AKA Making It More Awesome)

Good morning!  Today my good friend Laura is here to share with us a quick and easy redo for a canvas bag.  I actually saw one really similar to her finished product in a catalog the other day!  Also a reader, Pam, inquired about the candy canes on the banner of my  blog - the tutorial to make them is in this online mag - so fun to make!  Good luck Pam!  Now let's all read Laura's tutorial!

 
I've been wanting a big serviceable carry-all canvas bag for a while but I'm a cheapskate. I pilfered this canvas tote from my mom's stash of reusable grocery bags. It looks like it was free from a company. Let's get rid of that logo.

Here's the other side:
Pick your fabric--I went with plaid (2 different kinds for fun) because I'm a plaid-lover right now:
Cut out a piece a little bigger than you need. I don't measure because I'm lazy! Also I'm a very apathetic crafter so if I don't hurry and complete it in one sitting, I might never finish it. I just wanted to cover the pocket on this side but you'll see what I did on the other side in a minute. 
Do the same thing on the other side! Here's where I felt like a creative genius. I used an old flannel shirt and cut it so that the buttons and pocket stayed intact. Then fold each edge under and iron it flat so you have some nice edges:
Pin that nicely ironed fabric to the bag:
Slide the bag around the arm of the sewing machine (get your mom to thread it because you can never remember how) and sew a straight line on each side (pivot at corners...hopefully you know what pivot means).
There. That looks nice:
Flip it over and do the same on the other side. Just be careful and know how much fabric your machine can stand at once (mine groaned a little because of the thick canvas but it was fine).
Stash your sketchbooks, records, and converse shoes inside and you are ready to go meet your hipster friends for lunch!
  
Thanks Laura!  This could also be a nice gift -inexpensive to make too!  Hope everyone is having a lovely week!
jessica

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Handmade ornament tutorial and GIVEAWAY WINNER!!

First things first - I am happy to announce that the winner of the Bridget&LucyGiveaway is...(chosen by Random.org)  Heather(asmusacres)!!!
She uploaded 6 projects to the Flickr pool!!  Busy girl!  You can see them here.  Thanks so much to everyone who entered - hopefully we can do another one soon.  So Heather send me your address via email and I will get your prize shipped!
Now, onto the project for the day.

This is an ornament I created that was inspired by several sources.  First place was here - felted dryer balls.  Then I was browsing Anthro and saw this ornament:
Very festive and a great way to use up yarn scraps!  So I used the dryer ball method and made lots of felted yarn balls to create this ornament.  Here's the tutorial:
You will need:
yarn
easter egg
hot glue
Step 1:  Make a whole bunch of small yarn balls and felt them as shown here.  I made 18 yarn balls then got really tired of doing that so I cut off some pom pom trim and added those for filler :)  The Anthropologie ornament has yarn balls all of the same size, but I didn't have the patience to do that - so mine is a little funky, but I like it that way.

Step 2:  Prepare the base of your ornament.  What did I use?  A plastic Easter egg.

Cut a small piece of yarn and thread it through the tiny holes in the top of egg (most of them have these).

Tie a knot on the inside of the egg.  This is how you will hang the ornament.  Close the egg and now you are ready to start gluing!

Step 3:  Using a hot glue gun, glue the yarn balls all over the egg in whatever pattern makes you happy.
And that's it!
Hang it on your tree, or use it to decorate the outside of a gift!
 Happy crafting
-jessica