Misc. Crafts, Quilting, Sewing

My First Quilt

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So a few months ago I started quilting!  This was my first quilt and as you can probably see from the picture, it is nowhere near being perfect!  BUT I had a blast making it despite the imperfections.

I am a very novice sewer so this was a big step for me.  I barely knew how to operate my sewing machine before tackling this project!  I had zero idea how to quilt really so I watched a ton of Youtube videos to learn more.  Here are the ones I really enjoyed and can highly recommend if you too want to learn!

(I’m listing websites which will have the most info then you can follow the website onto the youtube tutorials)

Alanda Craft   I love love love Alanda!  She is an amazing teacher and my most favorite sewing youtuber.  She makes everything look so easy!  I have learned so much from watching her!

Made Everyday  Another great one is Made Everyday, hosted by the super fun, Dana!  She is so fun to watch and very funny and informative.  Her projects are super easy to follow and perfect for the beginner.

Professor Pincushion  A wealth of knowledge comes from Professor Pincushion!  In fact watching her quilting video made me first want to learn the craft.  Here is the video that first inspired me! 

 

And last but certainly not least is Melanie Ham  She is a great instructor too and has TONS of tutorials, classes and lessons for the beginning quilter, both free and paid.  Check her out!!

Since sewing my first quilt I’ve done a couple more, plus many smaller projects and I can certainly say I am hooked!  I’m really enjoying creating what I hope will be family heirlooms for my children that they will pass down from generations.  It’s not the mistakes in your quilting that matter, it’s the love you put into them that counts.  

Have a great day and be sure to check out those sites, you’ll be glad you did!!

 

 

Misc. Crafts

Ribbon Charm Book Marks

Hello everyone!  Today I have a super easy, fun project for you!  These are book marks made from lengths of ribbon and charms.

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To make these pretty books marks you will need:

ribbon of various lengths and sizes

ribbon crimps, also in various sizes and in either silver or gold or both

jump rings in silver, gold or both

misc. charms OR you can create your own beaded dangles or tassles if you desire

Scissors

pair of flat nosed pliers for jewelry making

super glue or jewelry glue (optional)

To begin cut a length of ribbon measuring 12 inches (this seems to be a good standard size but feel free to make it any length!)  Make sure your cuts are straight so the ribbon crimps will look neat and tidy!

Pick out the appropriate size ribbon crimp for your ribbon.  If you can’t find an exact fit just use the closest one.  This is also a good time to get your jump rings and charms ready.

Next, apply a thin strip of super glue, such as the one below.  I like this one because it’s a gel so it’s not as messy.  (you do not have to use adhesive but I feel it gives you added strength, plus it keeps the ribbon ends from fraying).

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Carefully place your ribbon crimp over the ribbon end, centering it.  Now you can use your flat nosed pliers to squeeze the crimp shut, make sure you do this on each side of the crimp.

This is one style of ribbon crimp that I purchased from Walmart.  Not sure which brand, but these are a bit harder to squeeze shut.

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I actually prefer this brand/type.  I got these at JoAnn’s and they are much easier to work with.  (sorry, again not sure which brand, but they have little dots on them!)

The next step is to add your jump rings.  There are many videos online about using jump rings if you are not sure how to do this.  Basically you want to use 2 pairs of round nose pliers, one to hold the jump ring steady and the other to open the jump ring.  Open it wide enough to slide on your charm, then attach to the ribbon crimp (make sure you have it the right way around!) and then close your jump ring.  Now you’re finished!

It’s so much fun to personalize your bookmarks with your charms.  Here are some more samples:

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I hope you enjoyed this simple, fun craft and will try it for yourself!  All of the materials came either from Walmart or JoAnn’s and are all very inexpensive and easy to use!

Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting my blog today!

Hugs to all!

Beth

Misc. Crafts

Fun & Easy Glitter Glass Stone Craft

Today on my blog I wanted to share a really easy, fun craft that’s economical too!  Glass, Glitter stones!  These are perfect for all kinds of DIY projects, whether you use them as is, or make them into magnets, rings, wire wrapped jewelry, the possibilities are endless!

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So here’s what you need to make these:  glass, flat round stones.  I got mine from Joann’s but I believe you may be able to find these at your local Dollar Store.  I got a big bag for about $6 and have tons left over after making these.  So they go a long way for very little money!

Next you will need some nail polish in fun, interesting colors and if you can find some with glitter added that’s even better.  I got lucky because my 15 year old daughter has a HUGE nail polish collection and I had no trouble finding some good colors.  The dollar store is again a great place to get this stuff.

You will need some Mod Podge to seal your stones and also some glitter, fine detail glitter is better than the chunky kind for this project.

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The first step is to paint the flat sides of your stones with the nail polish.  Depending on the color you may want to add multiple layers.  A lot will depend on what you plan to use your stones for.  If you want to make them into magnet, you will want to have a solid color such as the stones above so that the magnet doesn’t show through the front of your stone.   Once you’ve painted your stones you can sprinkle them with some glitter or…..

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let the nail polish dry completely (I like to let mine dry overnight) and then add a layer of Mod Podge and a thick layer of glitter.  Let this stage dry overnight again, then add another layer of Mod Podge, letting THAT layer dry overnight as well.  Once dry the glitter will be smooth and hard and you can now add magnets or do whatever you wish!

If you decide to add magnets to the back of your stones be sure to use one strong enough to hold your stone.  I used a thin piece of magnet and it did NOT work.  The stones are a bit heavy!

You can also use pattern paper, or papers cut from a magazine on the back of your stones rather than nail polish.  Simply trace the picture you want using your stone as a reference then cut the image out.  Mod Podge the image to the flat side of the stone with the good side showing through the other side.  Allow to dry completely and you will have a beautiful creation!

I plan to use my stones in our garden this year, I think they will look so neat nestled among the flowers, almost like “fairy” stones!

Hope you enjoyed this easy craft and if you decide to try it yourself I’d love to see what you create!

Thanks for stopping by today and have a wonderful Easter Holiday!