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Making the Most of Scraps

10 Jan

What does your stash look like? (I’m talking fabric stash here! Don’t be crazy!) Does it consist of neatly folded, color coordinated, organized fat quarter sized pieces or larger? Because mine sure doesn’t! I have yardage, unfinished kits, kits I’ve cut and promised to get to as soon as I finish my next project, fat quarter bundles, jelly rolls and of course, scraps. When I say scraps, I mean bags of scrap fabric I couldn’t bear to part with after cutting out the piece I needed.
I wouldn’t call my self a hoarder, per se, but my stash is nothing to sneeze at. In a fit of organization I did seperate my scraps into categories by project or color and put them all into their own gallon sized zip lock bags. I have a tote bin full of “coordinated” scrap bags. But what am I going to do with them all? I think all sewists eventually ask themselves that question. You can’t throw them out! What if I need
that?!

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Don't judge!

I can see the inevitable conclusion of my spate of itty bitty fabric collecting. I will eventually be burried with it all, or it will bury me. Something must be done. And since the new year is upon us, I must take the opportunity to resolve to create something with scraps and scraps only.
I’ve actually put this into practice and have made a few things in the past month already. Many of the covers I make include scrap batting and backing from other projects. I did make a Kindle Fire cover for a friend this Christmas:

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Cool girls like skulls AND pink!

From the scraps of this project I created a DS cover for my daughter. She really loved the fabric, and I hadn’t thought of a handmade gift for her for Christmas yet, so I came up with this:

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It’s has space for her DS, a divider to keep the charger seperate and slots for the games. Taking what I knew from making so many Zippy Strippy bags, it wasn’t terribly hard to create!
My challenge has begun, and I challenge you to do the same! I will alternate between scrap projects and new material projects. It may not make a huge dent, but hopefully I will double my finished project total for the year! I will post projects as I go. I would love to hear what you’re creating too!

Lizze

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Handmade Holidays

21 Nov

Hey all! I know we haven’t been around here for awhile. Life has been busy, as usual, and we let things get away from us sometimes.

I have spent a lot of time sewing lately. I participated in my first craft fair (which was a big disappointment), and found out last week that we are finally getting that opportunity to move back to our hometown which I discussed on this blog last summer! So in between packing and purging a ton of crap our family has collected in this house over the years, I have been working on some new gift items for the shop.

These are iPad sleeves that I have been making. I’m taking custom orders as well so if you would like one, please let me know as soon as possible. They can be made in any size with any fabrics!

Lizze made these darling zippy bags too!!! These are so cute and perfect for carrying around anything at all. She made one for me and I use it for a travel sewing kit, but you could put make-up, iPods, use it as a wallet, etc. They are made in several different sizes and she will take custom orders as well.

 

Thank you for your support of buying handmade. It is hard to make a living doing what you love, especially without people willing to support your handmade business. You don’t have to buy from us, but if you buy just ONE handmade item from someone, you make a huge difference  and give the business owner hope and the courage to continue.

Selina

Christmas Sewing in Full Swing!

11 Dec

Sorry for being M.I.A. so much recently. This month is completely getting away from me. I can’t believe we only have 15 more days until Christmas! In between sewing gifts I have also been sewing items to sell. I’ll be in the middle of cutting some pajama pants and I’ll spot some fabric out of the corner of my eye. So, I stop making the jammies and start on something totally different. I have no idea why I do this, but it is really distracting!

I have many knit hat for kids, more latte cozies, and some new mug rugs to list. I’m trying hard to stay focused on gift making though so that I have things to give my family. Taking photos of our items and editing them takes a lot of time for me. Especially now that the weather is so gross. I love taking my photos outside. The natural light makes everything look its best. Having to take my pictures inside is not fun. It takes so many more photos before I get one that I am happy with.

I’ve decided that my best bet is come up with a plan of action and write it down on my white board. My plan is this: sew gifts all weekend (and don’t get distracted by pretty fabrics while I’m doing it), take all of my photos for listing on Monday, and put my items for sale on Etsy on Tuesday. I think I can stick to that plan. I feel like taking photos on the same day every week, and listing items on the same day every week might help me be more productive.

Does anyone else that sells items online have a system that works for them? Up until now I have been very sporadic about my listing habits. I’m now at the point where I feel like I need to be a little more consistent.

I’ll share my photos on Monday after I spend the day obsessing over the perfect shot. One post for gifts I made, and another post for items I’ll be listing for sale. Perhaps even a tutorial for an item that can be quickly made if you need a last minute gift and have been slacking like I have!

Selina

Ruined your sweater? Not so fast!!

19 Nov

The "ruined" sweater has a new life!

I have to admit that I am kind of a pack rat.  And a closet hippie.  I don’t like throwing things away that aren’t really ruined.  This Merino wool sweater is one of those things.  I couldn’t bear to throw it out after it shrank in the wash.  It wasn’t even mine!!  So, I saved it and planned that “one day” I would find a use for it, or give it a new life.  That day came this week.

This is a very lean year for me, and I’m making the most of everything!  I had heard about mittens from felted wool sweaters, and I decided this was the time to experiment.

I used the sleeves to make mittens for myself.  I was sure that since I could fit my hand on the space, it would be just fine.  Well, yes and no.  Mitten patterns are sort of L-shaped for a reason.  The reason is, the angle at the thumb puckers if it doesn’t have enough space.  I made it work and they fit me, well, like a glove!

The second pair of mittens were made from the body of the sweater, and are far more generously cut.  Still, I’m left with so much material! The remainder of the sleeves were cut off and turned into coffee cozies.  I have since blanket stitched them in red, but my stitching looks like hell so I will not share the “finished” photo of them. =)

The neck of the sweater is also a finished edge, and I know it fits over my head.  It became a very well fitting hat with ear flaps, as it was a V neck.

Here is said hat

Still, so much material left!  I then made a small hat for a baby or baby doll.  My next project will be to fuse the rest together and cut out wool ornaments!  Waste not, want not, as my grandma always says!!

All out of one "ruined" sweater!

Christmas doesn’t have to be about excess, sometimes it can be humble and still fabulous!

Lizze

Slacking?

21 Oct

It has been quite awhile since our last post and I feel like I have been slacking off a bit even though we have been incredibly busy.  Lizze has been making covers for eReaders (like the nook, kindle, and eBook). These are great for making sure that your investment is protected and keeps free of blemishes and scratches.

eReader covers

Complete with a pocket for glasses or pens

She has also been working custom order wedding centerpieces.  These are placemats or small table runners that have beautiful applique hearts in your wedding colors. It would also make a fantastic wedding gift for the bride and groom and makes a wonderful keepsake.

With wedding date and names

As for me, I have been making a large order of custom market bags. I have also made a new purse/tote that I have yet to list or take photos of. I also have a quilt top done waiting to be quilted. My buyer is coming to pick up her finished market bags tomorrow afternoon and wants to have a look around my studio to see what fabric I have on hand. She may order more bags! My quilt may have to wait awhile longer.

And for those of you who love my Starry Blossoms quilt (the one I worked on at the lake), you waited too long to snatch it up. It sold last week to a local woman who purchased it for her daughters bedroom.

So, have we been slacking? In the blogging department maybe. But in the sewing area? No way! We are in high gear! Christmas is coming and it will be here before we know it. We’re trying to get as much done as we can so we have a large selection for you. But as always, we take custom orders. If there is something special you are looking for just ask us. We’re willing to work a lot of overtime to get you the perfect gift for that special someone (even if that someone is yourself).

Selina