Friday, April 30, 2010

Drill Bit Holder

My dad asked me if I could make him a holder for his metal drill bit set. I was more than happy to try and make something that would work for him!

So the first thing I did was make a pattern for what I wanted and the measurements I needed. Then I cut those measurements out of denim material and sewed all the way around with right sides together, except for about 5 inches in one area, and on one of the sides lower about two inches. The 5 inches is so I can turn the denim the right side out, and the 2 inches is so I can add ribbon stuff that I can't remember the name of to save my life.
I then cut off each of the corners so it would lay flatter.
Then I turned it the right way, ironed the whole thing so the edges would be nice and straight, and sewed around the whole piece. Where I left the 2 inch gap I put this ribbon stuff in between the pieces of fabric and sewed along the edges too.
Then I cut another piece of material the size that I wanted to add all the drill bits. I sewed along the top only, and then the sides and bottom I sewed to the back piece. After that I measured and marked where needed to be sewn to make the little pockets.
Then for the final touches I sewed a straight line down the very middle so the pieces wouldn't come apart. Then with the pockets I left one of the pockets empty so that the pieces wouldn't be in too big of pockets and the heads wouldn't hit each other. So I sewed the top of each pocket I wanted closed. Then just to add something I did a zig zag stitch along the middle of the pocket.

With the ribbon stuff I bought a D ring and one of the sides I sewed two rings to the top.
And this is the final product!!
My Dad really liked it and said it worked perfectly for what he needed! Woohoo!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Pillows for my new Bed Set

I decided to make these pillow slip covers for my new comforter that we bought. Make it and Love it has a great tutorial for slip covers HERE. I made most of the pillows with that tutorial. But I really wanted a cylinder pillow and so I kind of used the idea of that tutorial, but kind of changed it up.

The first thing I did was cut a piece of fabric the width of the pillow and then I measured all the way around the pillow and added about 5". Then I sewed about an inch down on both ends of the longest sides. For the rounded ends I found a bowl that was the size of the pillow and cut out a different fabric out.Then i just pinned the edges on and sewed all the way around and overlapped the end. (I hope that made sense.)
This shows the overlapped end.
This shows the finished edge.
And then the finished pillow!!
Here's the next pillow that I did. Make it and Love it also has THIS tutorial for making pleats. I loved how this turned out! I wasn't very happy that I did it with white cause it just didn't pop like I wanted it to. So I added the flowers and pieces of fabric to it. I also added buttons to the middle of each flower, but I did that after I took the picture.
This is the back of the pillow above. On each pillow I added button holes and buttons so they would fit more snug and lay more evenly. I liked how that turned out better.
The brown pillow in the middle I made with a regular slip cover tutorial and then I added THESE yo-yo's with buttons in the middle.
I really love how it turned out! I love my new bedding! Now I can't wait to make curtains and add other little things to made our room a little getaway!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Diaper Cake

I threw one of my friends a baby shower, and decided as part of my gift to her and for decorations for the shindig I decided to make a diaper cake. I have made these in the past for my sister's showers and love doing it. So any chance I have to make one I take it!

1. The first thing you do is get all stuff you want to put on your cake. I have done it with toys, bottles, onesies, binkies, and other baby accessories. This time I decided to make it more like a decoration with ribbons and flowers. Items you need:
Diapers (obviously!)
wooden dowels
stuff to decorate the cake with

2. Then you need to wrap the diapers.
To do that you open up the diaper like so.
Then you simply roll it up and put a rubber band around it. I rolled up enough diapers for the bottom that would fit the piece of cardboard I cut out.
3. Once you have the base you want you get a really stretchy rubber band and put it around the whole layer of diapers. I did a 3-layer cake so once finished all the layers the way that I wanted and put a rubber band around the whole thing, I cut the ribbon I liked the size of the cake and pinned it in place.
4. After that I put the layers on top of each other and took my wooden dowels and shoved it in between the diapers all the way down. I found a pack of wooden dowels that was the perfect size of the cake so I didn't have to cut any of it down. I've also bought a long wooden dowel and cut it to the size I need.
5. Once I finished that I put flowers in where I wanted them. I just cut the stem off and stuck it in the cake.

On the top of the cake I put a teething ring to help the flowers stay up. I just used a cardboard box that I cut off one of the sides and then covered it with wrapping paper. Then I added a few toys as well.

The cake was a hit at the party and my friend loved having some diapers for her baby!!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Little Book of Peeps

** My sister-in-law, Melissa, (who is also an author on this blog) inspired me to create this **

Because we live far away from family, I thought a picture book of all my son's relatives (up through great-grandparents) would be fun to look at and remember all the peeps who love him! It's real simple and easy - exactly what I like! Here's a few things I did:

1 - After gathering the pictures I wanted, I mounted them on cardstock.
2 - I then printed out the names of each relative and adhered to the picture.
3 - I used mounting squares to attach the pages to each other (front and back).
4 - After laminating, I punched holes in the side and added 2 rings.

You could be as simple or fancy as you want. The best part is, I can keep adding as the family gets bigger.

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