Monday, March 2, 2009

Chocolate suede Nintendo case

I created this Nintendo DS carrying case from the tutorial so generously provided by Mad Quilter here:

Mad Quilter

I embroidered the leather to start--first time with that and the design isn't 100% perfect. I should've used a sharp needle instead of the universal.

Chocolate suede Nintendo case open

The leather was a bit bulky to sew through, and I broke 2 needles squaring off the bottom of the bag. I opted not to topstitch the top edge of the bag. It's a good thing I like the contrast lining rolling up around the top edge of the leather!

Chocolate suede Nintendo case inside

There are 8 game slots inside the pouch--plenty of options for my little Nintendo junkie!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Making the inexpensive special

I was wandering around Ikea the other day and found some pretty nice sheets marked down to $3.99 per piece. Of course $12 for a set of king sheets sounded pretty good to me! I got cottage blue fitted and flat sheets, but the only remaining pillowcases were a soft taupe. The mis-match wasn't going to stop me on my bargain hunt! In about a half hour, I added a bit of vintage (through modern invention) embroidery to the pillowcases to tie them to the sheets. The embroidery files are available on Ebay through Vintage Machine Embroidery.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Quickie Valentines

I don't like to spend a ton of time on the kids' Valentines. I like them to be cute, but the fact is that kids just want the candy! I saw these packets of Wonka Fun Dip Valentines at Aldi, and I knew they would be perfect for a fast project.

You'll need a sheet of 12x12 paper for every 3 Valentines. You'll also need the free printable located here: Secret Agent Josephine

Cut your paper at 9.25 inches. Turn and cut at 8 inches and 4 inches to get 3 strips at 4 inches by 9.25 inches. Holding paper horizontally, score at 5/8 inch, and then turn and score at 4.25 inches. Turn up the short tab and staple close to the fold. Decorate your cover and tack your treat inside. Easy!

Friday, January 16, 2009

January To Do

I'm resolved to be against resolutions. They're meant to be broken. Instead, I'm posting a list of goals. They (you know THEY are always talking) say that you're more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down.

Here goes nothing!

1. Locker hook new bathmat, thereby using up scraps
2. Finish 2nd Cracker Box Christmas ball. It's started, I swear!
3. Post some things to my Etsy stores. Both of them.
4. Knit new Odessa for my daughter. Yarn and needles are in stock.