Tuesday, November 6, 2012

chapstick holder keychain




Always loosing your chapstick? Time to make a chapstick holder keychain!! Keep your chapstick on your key ring and you will always have some handy... unless you loose your keys ;).


The dimentions used are for a regular size chapstick tube.
What you need:
- two 7x2 pieces of fabric {look through your scrap pile!}
- one 7x2 piece of lightweight iron on interfacing
- one grommet
- basic sewing supplies



Iron on the interfacing to one of the 7x2 pieces of fabric.


With right sides together, sew around all four edges leaving a gap for turning. Use the edge of your sewing foot as a guide for the seam allowance. {it is about 7/16th of an inch}


Clip corners.


Turn, press, and top stitch one of the short ends.



Fold the top stitched end up 2.5 inches and pin like so...


Starting at the bottom, top stitch up one side, across the top and down the other side. Stay close to the edge but make sure that you are sewing through all the layers...


See stiched sides here....


Check to make sure your chapstick fits and make adjustments if nessesary.


At the top, mark where to put the grommet, cut the hole and attach the grommet.


I put a little super glue {or you can use fray check} around the cut edges of the hole to prevent fraying and wear and tear. I use super glue because it is cheaper and you can get two small bottles of it for a dollar at the dollar store!


Attach a key ring.


All finished!

Easy, little project! These would be great gifts and stocking stuffers for friends and family!


Have fun!




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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

tiered plate stand



Here is a project that I completed this past summer. Rummaging at Goodwill I came across some plates and candle holders to make a tiered plate stand.

The supplies for this project were very inexpensive. The plates and the candle holders were less than a dollar a piece.

I used a two part epoxy to bond the pieces together.



I chose three different dish sizes. The largest one is a shallow bowl. They all have a scalloped edge. One silver details and one gold.It was fun to go through the plates at Goodwill. I saw a lot of fun designs but I chose simple, white designs to make it more versaltile.


The candle holders were brass. A tall one for the bottom and a shorter one for the top.


{excuse my unfinished project in the background :)}

I used the epoxy to bond the candle holders to the large and medium dishes first. I allowed them to dry.



Glued the the rest together...



Use for treats...


jewelry organizer...


tea? :-D


It is currently in my sewing room to hold and organize thread, buttons, etc.

Keep an eye out for fun plates at thrift stores, rummage sales, or even your own old plates to make your own!


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Thursday, October 25, 2012

bias tape maker

Every time I am at the craft store I linger by this bias tape maker thinking that it would make my life easier since I struggle when it comes to making bias tape. I really don't enjoy it.



If I need a lot I usually just buy it and it never comes in fun colors and patterns. Then I was at Walmart {our Walmart has a pretty awesome craft section!} and found it on clearance for $30!!!!


{blurry picture of machine in motion}

It took me half a second to snatch it up. Usually I have seen them go for $60+! So it must have been fate.



Now it is so fun to make bias tape. So easy and fast with this little gadget!



{yards and yards of bias tape in minutes!}

Anyone else have a bias tape maker? Any tips on making bias tape?




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