Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Sew a Zippered Pouch

Here's another sewing project for you to try! I created a zippered pouch that has almost entirely hidden seams so there's no reason to be afraid to give it a try. Don't worry if you haven't had a lot of sewing experience. The best way to learn is to try!

What you'll need:
  • 2 pieces of outer fabric, I used 100% cotton, 8" wide by 6" tall (for a final pouch size of 7" x 5"), ironed
  • 2 pieces of coordinating inside liner fabric, same dimensions as above, ironed
  • 2 pieces of your liner fabric at 2" x 2"
  • 2 pieces fusible interfacing, which can be purchased by the yard at craft stores. I got a yard from Hobby Lobby for $2.99. Fusible interfacing adheres to the fabric by heat, instead of being sewn in. I cut my interfacing to 7.5" by 5.5". You can do some research if you have more questions about it!
  • A 7" polyester zipper of coordinating color to your fabric choice. In my experience, polyester zippers always work better than invisible ones.
  • Thread you don't mind being visible for two small parts
  • Mod Podge and glitter + paint brush (optional)
  • Sewing machine + basic sewing tools; ruler, pencil, fabric scissors
  • Iron and ironing board 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Crafts I'm Excited For 11/6

Hi everyone! So if you know me and my Pinterest, I'm on it quite a bit and I'm always pinning new crafts. Here's some sewing crafts that I can't wait to try. The title of each is a link to the blog, so go check them out!

Microwaveable Heat Packs

Photo by Life as a Mom blog
It's getting colder out, and heat packs are a great way to warm yourself up. I haven't really used them before but I imagine them being pretty nice for my hands when I go out to class in a blizzard, or warming up my bed at night. Plus, you can pick any pattern of fabric and that makes it so fun! Find the DIY here.

Cable Cozy

Picture from Live it. Love it. Make it. blog
As a college student, I travel a lot to go home and to my boyfriend's. I always just knot up my cables and throw them in a pocket. I know this would be a better way to care for them. Plus, it's so cute! I have lots of colored elastic from making my own hairties so I know what that's going to be used for!

Fat Quarter Fabric Trays

Photo by
Face it- you have fabric scraps laying around. And that's ok, because we all do. This super cute tutorial shows you how to use those fabric scraps to make a fabric tray! Isn't that so awesome? I can't wait to make some so then I stop randomly throwing things down on my desk (and losing them). You'd better go check this tutorial out!

Easy Pillow Cover

My first sewing project for my blog, but don't worry, it's an easy one! My sister lives in the dorms and the pillows on her futon happen to be a plain and worn shade of green. Because the pillows are otherwise usable (so there's no point in buying new ones), I decided to cover them with some fabric. This is a simple sewing project as it doesn't require any special fasteners such as zippers or buttons, because overlapping fabric on the back of the pillow holds the cover securely on.

What you'll need:
  • Cotton fabric, amount depends on the size of your pillow, so read more below
  • Sewing machine + matching thread
  • Other sewing basics: pins, fabric scissors, thread trimmer
  • Ruler or measuring tool, and fabric marking tool