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Saturday, September 25, 2010

C is for Chenille - Roundup and Tutorials

Making Your Own Chenille

This is a great tutorial on making your own chenille fabric from freshvintage.typepad.com.

She does a wonderful job of explaining exactly how to create the traditional chenille fabric.  I actually thought that the piece of fabric she created and then used to make the doll body would have made a beautiful chenille baby blanket.  Click here for her full free tutorial on chenille.

Over at the Happy Things blog, she has a wonderful tutorial on making simple baby bibs backed with commercial chenille. 

Click here for her free chenille tutorial and to take a look at her beautiful blog.  

I have long loved vintage chenille and I always see vintage chenille bedspreads at really affordable prices at flea markets, garage sales, and antique stores. 

Here are some of my ideas to making things out of old chenille:

Diaper Bag
Pillow cases
Baby/Toddler Jacket
Baby toys
Nursing Pillow Cover
Window Valance
Bunting for baby room

You could cover those huge cardboard letter in chenille. 

You could also use chenille to upholster a chair for a child's room or to create a sweet cushion cover for a rocking chair.

Basically, you can look at a vintage chenille bedspread as a huge piece of fabric.  I know some people don't like the idea of cutting up vintage linens, but what good is it just sitting in a closet somewhere.

I would love to see a vintage chenille bedspread made into a whole gift set for a baby shower: burp cloths, bibs, a small crib blanket, baby booties, diaper bag, diaper organizers, mommy journal or photo album cover.  How sweet would that be to present at a shower?


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Friday, September 24, 2010

Free Tutorial Friday - How to Make Mini Hats

See Mini Hats Down And Dirty and 1000's of others - or share your own on Cut Out + Keep

Here is my super simple and speedy tutorial on mini hats.  I use hot glue to make them so simple.

Happy Crafting!

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Momma Loves Her Coffee

Another night of nebulizing Kamille has left me in the fog that I really believe only other moms can understand.  It's only 9 am, but I have actually already been awake for 4 hours.  Sad - I know.  I still haven't made it through my first cup of coffee.  I should put a poll on our blog - how many times have you nuked your cup today?  If I actually got to drink a delicious, hot cup of coffee that had not been reheated about 6 times throughout the morning, it would be like having caviar for the first time.  I really wouldn't know what to do with myself. 

Anyhoo - I came up with this great little treasury featuring some lovely coffee themed items that would make great Christmas or birthday gifts. 

'Coffee - A Love Story' by c1h8r9is

I truly could not decide if this should be titled, coffee - mommy's little helper instead. But whatever the case, you can see what kind of morning I'm having. Thank you to all of the great artists out there who make etsy possible and check out this treasury on my blog www.boutiqueit.blogspot.com.

Upcycled Modern Sta...

Single Sample of Ha...

Coffee Bean Bag - B...

Autumn Spirals Mug ...

Honey Yellow Cup Co...

Coffee stain (set o...

Hand Knitted Finger...


CAFE MOCHA coffee i...

Fun Coffee Bean Bow...

large - Zombie Love...

COFFEE cup Vinyl De...

Coffee mug and bean...

the Cocoa Bean Clut...

Carved Monogram Mug...


Plus, here is a fun breakfast idea for kids.  I started doing this a few years ago because my niece was using so much syrup on her pancakes. 

I start with organic, locally milled buckwheat pancake mix and I add flax seed meal and wheat germ.  No one in our family complains and the are many benefits to the flaxseed meal. 

I add in the milk and make tiny pancakes, about 1".  One great plus is that these cook really fast so they are great for hungry little tummies. 

Then, I either make a tiny stack of pancakes or put out a little ramekin with a touch of syrup in it.  (They really barely use the syrup this way.)

By the way, mini pancakes cold, topped with whipped maple butter and some bacon crumbles make yummy appetizers.  You can also top them with whipped cream and fresh fruit, preserves, etc. 

Good morning and Happy Craftings!

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Healthy & Fun Preschool Snack

I was the snack mom at preschool today.  Kamille have been so excited about it that I really wanted to make a special snack.  I looked for healthy snack recipes online, but many of them had peanuts.  I took the idea and changed it to a strawberry cream cheese dip.  I whipped cream cheese and fresh strawberries in the food processor.
I hollowed out the middle of the apple with a melon baller.  I cut a carrot in 1/2 and used it as the antenna. 

I also thought that it would be fun to do a cream cheese and cinnamon/sugar dip.

Happy Crafting!

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

B is for Bias Tape: Ideas, TIps, and Tricks

What is bias tape?

For a beginning sewing bias tape can be very intimidating.  In fact, I have been sewing since I was 4 and I just started using bias tape about 2 years ago.  I used to have my mom come over and put the bias tape on any project I needed it for.  Then, one day she wasn't around and I had to do it myself.  It actually is much easier to work with than you might think. 

In technical terms, Bias tape or bias binding is a narrow strip of fabric, cut on the bias (UK cross-grain). The strip's fibers, being at 45 degrees to the length of the strip, makes it stretchier as well as more fluid and more drapeable compared to a strip that is cut on grain. Many strips can be pieced together into a long "tape". The tape's width varies from about 1/2" to about 3" depending on applications. Bias tape is used in making piping, binding seams, finishing raw edges, etc.

Commercially available bias tape is available as a simple bias tape, single-fold bias tape, and double-fold bias tape. Single-fold bias tape is bias tape that is folded in half lengthwise on its center line, wrong side together, and pressed. Double-fold bias tape is single-fold bias tape where each half is again folded in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, and pressed.  - http://www.apparelsearch.com/definitions/miscellaneous/bias_tape.htm


What can you do with bias tape?  I created this etsy treasury to show that many kinds of bias tape available and some of the creative projects people are making with bias tape.

'B is for Bias Tape' by c1h8r9is

granny bag sewing p...

Vintage Notions Ban...

Bumble Bee Dolly an...

Kimberly Royal Bias...

Christmas Owl Banne...

Sunglass Case / In ...

Linen bias tape -- ...

Sweet and Simple PO...

Trendy Flared Full ...

Fabric Bunting - Pa...

Handbag Like A Whit...

Out of this world l...

The Wright Rainbow ...

Orange Flowers Chec...



Lisa and I also have a few patterns that use bias tape.  One of my favorites is the rumba ruffled diaper cover. 

We used bias tape to make an easy elastic casing for the diaper cover. 

Here is a great tutorial on applying bias tape from sewneau.com:

Click here to find the step-by-step guide to applying bias tape and many other great tips and tricks.

Another great tutorial on applying bias tape is provided by Wrights - one of the leading commercial manufacturers of bias tape.

Click here to take a look at their free bias tape tutorial.

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Easy and Fun Girl Scout Craft ~ Learning the Law

As co-leader of my second grader's Brownie Girl Scout troop, I am always trying to find cheap, easy and fun ideas for crafts and activities to do with our troop. Our girls are just entering their first year as Brownies! My co-leader and I are also just now becoming more familiar with the concept of Tri-Its. For those of you who are not in scouts, Tri-its are badges that Brownie Scouts can earn by doing a minimum of four activities that have a particular theme and follow the girl scout law

The first Tri-It that we will participate in is "Girl Scout Ways". We thought this would be a great one to do to reinforce what we have learned about scouts over the past two years as well as serve as a good introduction to our two new scouts!

So, to focus on the Girl Scout Law we made these story telling bracelets:

And boy were they easy!

First, we needed the supplies. So with my two year old and a Michael's Coupon, I headed to the store.  This is what I ened up with:
A pair of scissors
stretchy cord
and a bunch of pony beads in 10 different colors. I bought a big bulk tub of beads to save the troop money and yes, I separated all of the colors out myself. Looking back, I could have had my 7 year old sort and count them for a fun little math project but I did it while catching up on the Top Chef Finale:) 
So why 10 different colors? Well the girl scout law is comprised of ten different promises that have been paired with a color code.
Like this: 

So I made up kits for each girl in a snack sized Ziploc bag that contained 2 of each of the 10 colored beads, 10 white beads, and one extra long strand of stretchy cord. At the meeting I gave the girls their bags and explained to them what we would be doing with all of these beads. This allowed us to go over the Girl Scout Law together taking time to review/introduce all of the concept s associated with the colors. I told the girls there are two of each color bead for a reason. One is so that they always have a reminder of the law for themselves and can think about if the actions they take are following the  Girl Scout Law and the other bead is to lend to a friend who my be having a hard time making the right decision. 
All in all the we had a blast doing this activity together! I allowed about 15 minutes to accomplish the bracelet and review the law.

First, help the girls tie a double knot at the end the strand of stretchy cord so that the beads don't fall off when the are stringing them.

Next, Place the beads on in order of the colors of the law and talk about each part of the law as they go. Use the white beads as separator beads.

This is where the girls had some trouble (but not too much). Make sure that you have given them lots of extra cord so that tieing the knot is a cinch. Even though they will ask you for help with this knot, encourage them to seek each other's help. I found that as soon as one girl got it the others either went to her for help or watched and did it for themselves. Which is what we are trying to accomplish in scouts!

Simply cut the cord after a tight double knot has been tied and put on your new accessory! This is a great craft for any girl scout age level. You could use the beads that have letters on them and spell out your troop number, the names of your girls, etc. This would also make a fun swap to use at camp or thinking day.
The girls were showing these beauties off to everyone at school. This project cost our troop less than $6 for 12 bracelets!! Tri-It today!
Happy Crafting Everyone!!

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