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“Sew Cute” Handmade Greeting Card


cards 077“Sew Cute” Handmade Greeting Card

 

Here’s my latest handmade greeting card – and once again the theme is about something I HATE – sewing!!!!  But I do love “pretend” sewing so here it is for you to view!!!!

To make the quilt block I used a Fiskar’s Quilt Star punch and stacking square punches.  First I punched the shapes and then attached a piece of fabric to each shape.  Allow the glue to dry then cut the excess fabric off.

It was “Sew Easy!”

 

THANKS FOR TAKING A LOOK!!!

Framed Mini “Crazy Quilt”


Framed Mini “Crazy Quilt”

I love quilts, who doesn’t? But I’m not willing to part with the big buck for them and sewing on a button tests the limits of my sewing abilities! Basically if it can’t be glued, then it just doesn’t happen for me! And, hey, I’m must admit I’m some kind of fierce with glue! Would you be surprised that you can “quilt” with glue? Well, you can make something that can PASS for a quilt. Ok, it can pass for a quilt if you are approaching the big 5 – 0 and have been severely myopic since the 5th grade and really, really need bi-focals but have been putting them off for a long time now because you are already nauseated. But hey, I’ve never looked better in the mirror!!!!

Did I mention I also have a lot of “fake” quilts around? Those bedspreads that LOOK like quilts but aren’t! And of course my “faux-quilt” crafts.

So, here is my latest “faux-quilt” project. I’m presenting the project to you “warts” and all. I hope you will learn from my mistakes, I know I did!

Materials

• Mini frame

• Quilt-like material

• Embroidery thread

• Light colored cardstock

• Tiny buttons

Also Needed

• Needle

• Fabric glue

• Tongue depressor and/or toothpicks

Cost: This is another one of my favorite crafts: FREE or under $1.  I had all the items on-hands leftover from other projects except for the frames and I bought them just to have around should inspiration strike!

  • Mini Frame:  I got a box of 12 of these frames at a garage sale for 75 cents.  Another place to look for small frames is a thrift store.
  • Material & thread:  These were both from what I had on-hand.
  • Other materials:  Again on-hand.

Photo Tutorial

Thank you for reading my post. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial. If you have any questions or something is not clear, please let me know so that I can improve the tutorial.

Please take a moment to leave a comment and rate this post.

Thanks again.

buggalcrafts a.k.a. melba

Vintage Look-A-Likes: Mini Hat Pins & Mother’s Day Give-A-Way!


Vintage

Look-A-Likes:

Mini Hat Pins

I am so happy to say this was featured on Craft Gossip in the post More Mother’s Day Gift Ideas!!!

These faux-vintage cuties inspired by real vintage hat pins are made using corsage pins or T pins and buttons or beads!  Pictured are a few I made to inspire you to make your very own set.

Vintage is all the rage now but I’ve long wanted my own set of old-fashioned hat pins.  I just haven’t yet scoured the antique shops to find them.  But with all the blogging and pinning on decorative straight pins my mind turned to making my own “look-a-likes” to grace my pin cushion.

You can use vintage (or vintage look) materials or “new-fangled” plastics to create your very own set of lovelies that are as unique as real hat pins.   Use beads and buttons and lace from your mother’s or grandmother’s stash to make a memory craft for your sisters, daughters, granddaughters or other family members.  Almost everyone has a place this small memory can be pinned – in a pin cushion, in the top of a photo frame, even in a hat (be careful not to get stuck!).

Like my tea-cup pin cushion?  A link for a similar project tutorial, a cookie cutter pincushion, is listed below.  Wouldn’t these make a nice Mother’s Day gift?

https://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2012/05/12/cookie-cutters-not-just-for-cookies-anymore-post-27-ladybug-cookie-cutter-pin-cushion/

MOTHER’S DAY GIVE-A-WAY: It being Mother’s Day I am giving away a “kit” with materials to make a dozen pins (does NOT include glue): corsage pins, T-pins, lace, beads, and seed beads.  Simply follow, rate,  pin or share this post then comment below letting me know you have done so.  My random number generator (a.k.a. my granddaughter) will choose a number for me and that person will win the “kit”.  Give-a-way ends tonight (May 13, 2012) at 12:00 midnight CST.

Ok, NO – NOT EVEN ONE – comments on Mother’s Day.  SO I will leave the give-a-way open until the Sunday AFTER – May 20th!  Still time for u to enter!

 Materials

  • Corsage pins, 2 inch
  • T-pins, 2 inch
  • Seed beads
  • Beads
  • Buttons, shank backed
  • Lace

Also Needed

  • Scissors
  • E6000 glue
  • Paint to match lace & buttons
  • Toothpicks
  • Pin cushion

Costs: 

This is an “on-hand” project aimed at using up those bits & pieces you already have in your craft and sewing stash.  I had everything I needed already so the cost of all my mini hat pins was $0!

  • T-pins & corsage pins: $1 and up.
  • Beads & buttons: $1 and up.
  • Lace: $1 and up.

Skill Level: 

Novice to Expert and All Crafters In-between!

Photo Tutorial:

Photo 1: Assemble materials. Dig in your stash for any stray beads and buttons. This is a great project to use “onlies” and beads from broken jewelry, vintage or modern!

Photo 2: I only had a few corsage pins on-hand so I added a bow to the top of a T-pin to be able to use these. These also worked really great for the buttons I used as it gives you a place to securely glue the button so it doesn’t slide around. Paint the “t” of the T pin to match your lace or the back of the button in order to make it less visible (optional). .Insert a T pin into the middle of a 2 inch piece of lace.  Skip this step with the corsage pins.

Photo 3: Tie a knot in the lace.

Photo 4: Apply a dab of E6000 glue to the top of the pin with a toothpick and thread on beads or buttons. Push it securely against the top of the pin.  Wipe of excess glue and hold it for a few seconds for the glue to set. Add a dab of glue before adding each bead. I used three beads on most pins but if you have small beads you may want to try five. Since the E6000 is not going to set hard as a rock immediately you have plenty of time to change your mind about the bead arrangement. Stick your pins in a pin cushion to allow them time to dry.   It will take about 12 hours for the glue to set permanently. And that’s it – your very own imitation hat pins are ready for display and gifting!

   

Photo 5: Once your Faux-Vintage Hat Pins are dry they are ready to package for gifting.

                                           

To gift your faux-vintage hat pins glue fabric to an index card. After the glue dries cut a piece of wide enough to hold three or more pins with pinking shears. Make a fold in the card and then insert the pins through it. So no one will get stuck, use E6000 glue to attach a large button to a round mini eraser, let dry overnight then stick it on the end of the pins.

Thank you for reading my post. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial.  If you have any questions or something is not clear, please let me know so that I can improve the tutorial.   

Please take a moment to leave a comment and rate this post.  Really, please do – I’d love to hear from you.

Thanks again.

buggalcrafts  a.k.a. melba

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