Tuesday, July 28, 2009

How to Make a Lanyard

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This is out last “Back to School” project that we have. I was a middle school teacher before becoming a stay-at-home mom. We would have to wear an id badge and have our keys. Our school gave us a lanyard to wear in our school colors (orange and black) but I always wanted to have something a bit cuter. So this is for all the teachers out there!
Materials:
  • an old lanyard (we are going to use the clip and the hook off of it. You could also buy the pieces new)
  • Six 2.5 X 9 inch strips of coordinating fabric
  • thread
  • sewing machine
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1.) Sew FIVE of your strips together end to end to make a long strip. Save the last piece for later.
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2.) Fold in half the long way (right sides together) and sew to make a long tube.
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3.) fold you extra strip in half the long way (right sides together)and sew to make a tube.
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3.) using a safety pin turn your tube right side out (by pushing the safety pin through and pulling it out.)
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You should have something that looks like this!
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4.) top sew two lines on each strip.DSC01309
5.) Fold the end of each side over about 1/4 of an inch and sew a hem.
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Now you should have a long strip and a short strip and the lanyard parts.
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6.) Fold the long strip in half and push both end through one side of the clip.
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7.) Fold over one side of the strip over the other and sew it finishing the edge.
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8.)now fold over the clip and sew through all four layers. I got back and forth to reinforce the seam.DSC01313
9.) With the short strip. feed one of the ends through the metal clip.
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10.) Feed the other end through the other clip and fold to over lap the end from the other clip.
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11.) Sew a box with an X though all the layers.
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Now you have a cute and trendy lanyard! DSC01317



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Sunday, July 26, 2009

How to make felt apple wedges

I took a couple of weeks off of theFruit Sorter Project. It is summer and I needed to play with my little boy! : ) But I am ready to work on it again! We have already made bananas, strawberries. and orange wedges. Now we are going to make apple wedges!

Materials:
Red and white felt
Scraps of brown and green felt (optional)
white and black thread
Stuffing (Not pictured)
Sewing machine


I used the same pattern at I did for the Orange wedges.

1.) Pen your pattens to the felt. The circle goes on the white and the oval goes on the red.

Cut out your pieces.


2.) On the white circle zig-zag stitch 2 seeds (one on each side of the circle- right and left)


3.) Fold the circle in half so that a seed is on each side. Sew the folded edge.

4.) Pin the red oval to one side of the white circle.
Top stitch around the edge.

5.) Pin and top stitch the other side, leaving 1-2 inch hole to add the stuffing.
6.) Fill with stuffing.


Optional stem:
A.) Cut out a small rectangle out of the brown felt and a leaf shape out of the green felt.

B.) Sew the leaf to the stem


c.) Fold the stem in half and sew together.
7.) Attach the stem to the top of the apple (optional) and top sew the opening closed.

And now you have some cute apple wedges for you children to play with!

I am still trying to decide if I can make a pear or not... I have not found a good pattern yet. So, next week might be a pear or the baskets.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Featured Friday-The Stiletto Woman Magazine

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

How To Make Reusable Snack Bags

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Continuing on in our Back To School theme, these snack bags will go perfectly with the reusable lunch bag we posted a couple of weeks ago! These bags are great for sending a snack with your son or daughter (or yourself!)! They take the place of zip lock bags so it is a great/cute way to be green! I used the iron-on vinyl again for this project so these bags can be wiped or washed out if needed!
Materials:
  • 2 coordinating fabrics (one for the liner and one for the outside)
  • Velcro
  • iron-on vinyl
  • coordinating thread
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1.)fold your fabric in half and cut out a rectangle that is 7 X7.5 inches on the fold(the 7 inches should be on the fold). Cut out a rectangle for the liner and the outer fabricDSC01272
2.) on the liner fabric, iron-on the vinyl using the packaged instructions to the RIGHT side of the fabric.
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3.) fold your fabric so that the right sides are together and the wrong side is facing out. On the folded edge cut out a square from each corner. the square should be about .5 X .5 inches
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4.) sew the two vertical sides together on the liner and the outer fabric. I use a 1/4 inch seam allowance
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5.) Square off the corners by pulling the corners of the square apart diagonally so that the seam you just sewed is in the in middle of the edge.
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6.) Sew the edge to finish squaring off the corner. Do this to all 4 corners (2 on the liner and 2 on the outer)





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7.) Cut out a strip of Velcro that is the length of the side of the bag. Sew the Velcro 1/2 down from the top of the liner (on the vinyl side).
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Sew the other half of Velcro onto the other half of the liner. So the liner should have Velcro on the vinyl side going all the way around it.
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8. Place the liner into the outer fabric right sides together
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9.) Sew around the top of the bag with 1/4 seam allowance. Leave a 2-3 inch opening to flip right side out
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10.) Flip the liner and outer fabrice right side out and push the liner inside the bag. The vinyl is a little stiff so you might have work a bit to get it in. Top sew the opening closed.
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There you have it! A cute reusable snack bag! I just flip mine inside out and rinse if off once we have used it and let it dry for the next time!
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