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Sewing Clear Pouches (Easy)

How to, Project Ideas, Tutorial, Sewing, Diy, ReviewsGabriela SimsComment

Hi everyone! I have been doing some sewing lately to keep in line with my resolution for crafting this year and I came across this amazing pattern for making clear pouches. I was on Pinterest and found this great pattern with some great pictures and easy to follow instructions.  I was able to cut a bunch of these out and then sew them very quickly. I used ribbon for some of them, but eventually opted to just use the fabric and switch up the sewing order to assemble them faster. 

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 Zelda fabric! 

Zelda fabric! 

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 Chococat everything! 

Chococat everything! 

 Hiw cute are these birds?

Hiw cute are these birds?

 Harry Potter fabric. 

Harry Potter fabric. 

 Zelda fabric again.  

Zelda fabric again.  

If you have some cute fabric that you have been wanting to use, this pattern is great because the size is perfect for a travel makeup bag, pencil case, or toiletry bag.  As you can see with the photos above, I got carried away and made several. If you are going to do any embroidery like I did, cut your fabric first and then just center the design in your hoop.

 Hey Mickey! 

Hey Mickey! 

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 These will hold brush markers and colored pencils! 

These will hold brush markers and colored pencils! 

These are easy to mass produce and a little less intimidating if you want to make bags, but you are not super confident in your zipper installation capabilities (no shame, I'm just saying). Thanks for stopping by, until next time, happy crafting.

-Gaby

Quiltologie Mini Quilt Kit Review

Quilting, Tutorial, Decor, Reviews, Crafts, Sewing, How to, DiyGabriela SimsComment

Hello there everyone! I saw these wonderful quilt kits at JoAnn and decided to try one out. They come with everything except the batting, fusible web, and thread, but if you quilt, you already have those things! The pattern has all of the cutting and piecing instructions; so you can get started right away even if you do not have any batting handy. I did my cutting all at once and then started piecing.

 

 These are eyes! 

These are eyes! 

The most satisfying part was getting all of my fox blocks done.  This is also the most challenging part, if you make it through this, everything else is a breeze.

 

 

 Pressed and ready! 

Pressed and ready! 

I finished with some simple FMQ and this is now proudly displayed in my cube at work! 

 

 This was before the "final" press. 

This was before the "final" press. 

I had a great time making this and I was able to complete it in a weekend, but you could do it in a few hours if you focus. I think it's totally worth the price and if you use a 40% off coupon, you can get it for under $10. There are several patterns available, so if you want to start quilting, these are great! Thanks for stopping by, happy crafting!

-Gaby

Two Tutus and a Cape

Sewing, CraftsGabriela SimsComment

Hi everyone, back today with some projects I've completed for some of my friends with children. I was inspired by some super cute designs I saw and decided to tackle making tutus! Garments! I have gone from casually sewing to feeling confident enough to make actual clothes. So I started by cutting my tulle, I used bolt fabric instead of the rolls.  

 

 A relaxing part of the process. 

A relaxing part of the process. 

Then I made my waistband and started applying the strips.

 1st piece. 

1st piece. 

 Once that was done, I cut my ribbon using my wood burning tool's cutting attachment.

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I added tulle until it was the correct size and then sewed the ribbon on, this was the most time consuming part.

 

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After some trimming, here is the final product. 

 

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I enjoyed making that one so much that I tried making another one with an elastic waistband...and Pom poms inside!  This was actually faster than the one above, it just required elastic and Pom poms in addition to the tulle.

I cut my tulle and sewed it. 

 

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Then added Pom Poms. 

 

 Almost finished. 

Almost finished. 

Then added elastic. 

 

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And here is the finished product! 

 

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If you are making a gift for boys, you can try making a cool cape!

 

 Some appliqué using my embroidery machine. 

Some appliqué using my embroidery machine. 

Complete with 2 colors and Velcro. 

 

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Next time I'll be back with another self binding blanket and a baby quilt! Happy crafting! 

When Sewing Takes Over

Graphic design, Scrapbooking, Blankets, Diy, Graphic, How to, Crafts, Drawing, Sewing, Color, QuiltingGabriela SimsComment

I have been busy making things like there is no tomorrow! I just realized I haven't posted anything in over a week, so today, here is a crafty, sewing showcase.

Let's start with the baby quilt that is a companion to the "Amelia" quilt I made. 

 

 Just like the other one, but different colors.

Just like the other one, but different colors.

I also decided to try working on my own fabric by putting my drawings on mug rugs and I started with one of the Jelly Friends, Tamber Melon and my resident Meowfox Mr. Snugglekins.

 Hi guys! 

Hi guys! 

Then I coordinated background fabric and attached them to the centers. 

 

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Finally I applied backing and binding. 

 

 All done!  

All done!  

 Posing as a mini rug! 

Posing as a mini rug! 

I cannot stress enough how happy it makes me to create things and I am so happy to have a new way to create by being able sew things and quilt.  I wish I'd been doing it forever, but I'm happy I started at all. I encourage you to start doing whatever it is you would like to do, today!!! I have learned to knit, crochet, paper craft, and sew...in the last 5 years! I keep telling anyone who will listen that I am so happy I started seeing because there's this whole world of fabric and patterns that I have access to now! I am really enjoying sewing and I look forward to improving as I keep working! Tomorrow I will be posting a video about making inked backgrounds for your layouts, happy crafting!

Quilt Fabric Storage Idea with the Big Shot

Sewing, Diy, How to, Quilting, Crafts, Storage, TutorialGabriela SimsComment

Hi everyone! I just started using my Sizzix Big Shot to cut fabric and I had an epiphany. I'm a modern quilter and I love jelly roll quilts. I was cutting some fabric last night and decided to "kit" my jelly rolls. 

 

 Cutting 2.5" strips

Cutting 2.5" strips

 Strips galore! 

Strips galore! 

Then I put them into groups I would probably use together. 

 

 I tied the rolls with scrap strips from cutting.

I tied the rolls with scrap strips from cutting.

Then I can just stack them up and save space! This would make an awesome gift for a fellow quilter as well. Hope this helps organize your stash, happy crafting!