Sunday, March 23, 2014

Rounded Corners on a Minky Blanket. . . Without Satin Binding

I had another crafting fail.  This one was salvageable but I wasted a couple of bucks on a package of binding and I wasted a couple of hours with a seam ripper.  Not my brightest idea.

There's a co-worker who is having a baby.  It's her second baby, but first boy.  I wanted to make her something small, something sweet and something for her boy.

I have a problem.  I love to look at fabric in stores and online.  I go, peruse down the aisles (or click away on the pictures) and forget that I hate to sew.  I hesitate to say that I can't sew, because I can.  I just don't want to.  I hurry through it.  I don't measure.  I don't pin.  I don't take the time I need.  Even if I have the best of intentions, I will eventually give in to my inner ADD self, push the petal to the floor and start whirring through my project.  It will usually end up like crap.

I have seen photos and tutorials for making minky blankets online.  They're gorgeous and, if you've ever touched minky, you know it's like rubbing your face on the side of a puppy.  It's that soft, that luxurious.  I wanted to make a minky blanket.  I wanted to make one so bad.

I bought the prettiest chevron minky and waited until it came in the mail.  I trucked that minky down to Hobby Lobby and bought a pretty satin binding in the most beautiful shade of blue to put on the edge of this beautiful minky blanket I had envisioned in my head.
I wanted the corners to be rounded because, for some reason, I thought this would make it extra special.  I took my extra special dinner plate and my extra special sharpie and I traced an extra special line around the corners, after folding the minky in half. 
I cut it. . .
. . . and got my extra special rounded corner. 

I looked online for how to put satin binding on rounded corners and I found some tutorials that looked promising.  I used a lot of pins, used a needle and thread to gather the satin and pinned some more.  It was a big step for me to be using pins. 

Then I sewed it.  I was extra careful and even went slow around the corners.  Kind of.

I snipped the gathering thread, took out the pins and ended up with this.

Ugg.  Not something I'd be proud of gifting and definitely not something I'd be thrilled to receive.

I thought it might be that the stitching was too far in.  I went around a second time, tacking the binding closer to the edge.  Did it help?  No.  It actually made it worse. 

I spend another half hour ironing all around the binding, thinking that it just needed a little tweeking.  Ha!  Then I showed it to my daughter, thinking I might be being too tough on myself.  Nope.  She agreed it was crap.

I sighed, turned on an NCIS rerun and started unpicking.

Two hours of Leroy Jethro Gibbs later, it was unpicked and I was about ready to throw the whole thing into a closet and think about it later.

But, the siren call of the minky was beckoning.   Evil stuff.  It's just so touchable.

I flipped the minky, pretty sides together, and pinned.  I sewed. . .

. . .flipped it right side out, pinned and sewed again.(notice the dirty green zebra stripe socks on the table?  Classy, right?!?)

The result:

This was much better and something I'm willing to gift.  It took a lot of time and effort but that was mostly my fault.  Mostly.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Washi Tape Gift Wrapping

I know I've been really excited about my washi tape exploration!  This stuff is so much fun.  It has also, officially, made my life easier.

I HATE wrapping gifts.  I hate it with a passion!  I am not good at it and I think that it's a colossal waste of time.  I'd use gift bags but they're so expensive, especially when you need a big one.  I usually make my daughter wrap the gifts but, after wrapping all the Christmas gifts this year, she has announced she's done.  She no longer enjoys it.

I had an awkward gift to wrap (remember those towels with spatulas?).  I found a white merchandise bag leftover from when I was doing trade shows and I slid the present in.

I folded the edge over and sealed it with washi tape.  I ran a double line, and then ran the double line perpendicular.  I took one of the t-shirt flowers my daughter and I are making and glued it to the front.  Add a tag. . . done!  This took less than five minutes, was stress free and was almost enjoyable! 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Washi Tape Clipboard

I mentioned a while back that I bought some washi tape on sale.  I decided to dress up a clipboard.

Start by laying down your tape in a pattern.  I lay tape in several different directions to get the pattern I wanted.

When you are finished, coat the tape with a light coating of ModPodge.

I wanted to dress this up a little more, so I took a washer.  I cut out a piece of cardstock the same size as the washer and put a letter sticker in the middle.

I glued the circle to the top of the washer and then coated it with Diamond Glaze.  The glaze gives a dimensional coating over the top. 

I let it dry and then glued it to the clip part of the clipboard.


Sunday, March 2, 2014

Gifting Towels

Every time I walk into Target, I check out the dollar section.  Sometimes, especially around the holidays, they will have printed waffle towels for a buck.  I always look for ones that are not holiday specific and I grab a few.

For Valentine's Day, my kids gave some of our family friends towels.  This is fun to do for any season or any reason.  You can change the cut out to reflect the occasion.

They are very easy to make.  Start by printing out your message on a piece of cardstock.  Make sure to change the orientation of your paper to "landscape".  You can fit two per piece of cardstock.

Cut the paper in half. . .
. . .and cut out a shape.  I used a Sizzix to cut out a heart for Valentine's Day.  You could easily free hand something.

I added Washi Tape at this point.  The first one, I folded the washi tape over so that all the stickiness was stuck to paper.  The next two I let them stick to the towel.  I like that way better.

Fold the towel.  Center the message over the front part of the towel and fold the edges under.

I used clear tape on the back to hold it together.

This just cost me three dollars for the three towels.  I had the two pieces of cardstock and the washi tape at home.  Not too bad for three gifts!