Hopes and Seams

Crafts, refashions, and sewings to DIY my way through life

Archive for the month “August, 2011”

Blooms, Vines and sLeaves


Materials Needed: Kindle or something else you want to protect, two coordinating fabrics, two pieces of felt

Measure your kindle and write down your measurements. Cut 2 pieces of felt the same size as the kindle. Now write down the measurements with a 1/2 inch added on every side. With those measurements, cut 4 pieces: 2 of pattern one, 2 of pattern two. Finally, cut two more pieces, 1 in each pattern, that measure half the length of the bigger patterned pieces (these are to make a little pocket!)

You should have these 8 pieces!

So, let start with the pocket. Grab those two small pieces, stick them together right sides in. Sew the edge along the width.

Now open it up and fold down the crease. Top stitch that edge down and that's it!


Ok, now for the sleeve. Grab two of the big pieces, one of each pattern, and sew them together across their width.

Open it up like you did the pocket (so the right sides are out) and sandwich one of the felt pieces inside.

Now sew back over that same edge you just sewed to secure the felt and give the sleeve a pretty finished top edge. You now have one side of your sleeve. Repeat to make the other side!

Ok, now to put it all together! Lay down one side, layer the pocket on top...

...and layer the second side on top of that! Notice that the same pattern was facing the same way on both sides? Ok, so basically it is a sandwich of the two sides with the little pocket in the middle.

All the layers: Fabric 1, Felt, Fabric 2, Fabric 2 (pocket), Fabric 1 (pocket), Fabric 1, Felt, Fabric 2!

Sew the three unfinished edges shut (the opening of the sleeve will have those 2 pretty finished edges you did when you sewed the sleeves)

Oooh ok this is the best part! πŸ™‚ Flip that baby inside out...

...and look! Pocket is right side out! Edges all smooth! HURRAH!

This is what the back looks like πŸ™‚ How can this not make a person happy?

It's got two patterns going on, but if you know me AT ALL you would know that I needed to add a flower to it. So I did.


Kindle peekaboo

LOVE that it has a printed lining! Don't really love the unfinished seams. I'll try to get rid of those next time I do it, but for now: πŸ™‚

Enjoy! πŸ™‚


A Beanbag for Marthur, Yarthur, or Ourthur

Materials Needed: 7 cubic feet of beanbag beans (try to buy in bulk - otherwise it's expensive!)

...and about 5 yards of upholstery fabric. Ikea fabric ❀

Lay out your fabric and cut such that it's a perfect rectangle. I think my short edge measured about 50 inches, but I honestly don't remember. My beanbag is BIG though, so I think you could probably measure it to less than 50'. Do you see husband in the corner playing xbox?

Fold rectangle in half to make a square, right sides in.

Sew down the top edge and the side edge that is opposite of your folded edge. Sew with a zigzag stitch and reinforce with a straight stitch (keeps it from busting open!) Do you see the two stitches in the picture?

Ok, so you now have 1 edge that is open and unsewn, right? Mark the middle of that edge.

Refold the rectangle such that the point you just marked is no longer in the middle, but on the edge. Since you've sewn the top, your rectangle will now look like this!

Sew that edge shut, zig zag and then straight, but this time leave an opening about as big as your hand.

Grab the bean bag and flip it inside out through the hole! Now your right sides are out πŸ™‚

Try to carefully open your bag of beans and carefully start filling your beanbag through that hole and realize your efforts are futile. Your floor should look like this.The beans get EVERYWHERE.

Fill your beanbag 1/3 through and be frustrated at the mess you're making. yargh!

Have a stroke of genius and use packing tape to attach a cardboard tube to the bag of beans and the fabric. Make sure everything is SEALED and your floor will be CLEAN! YES! When you're finally finished filling (alliteration!) the beanbag, sew up the hand hole.

HEEHEE. Arthur went from this position...

...to this position within seconds. I guess this means more crafting for me! πŸ™‚ Have fun!

A Headband, Sowed

Materials: leftovers from clothesline belt project, hot glue, white felt, 1 hair elastic, needle and thread

Β Β Β  When a large crowd was coming together, and those from the various cities were journeying to Him, He spoke by way of a parable: β€œThe sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell beside the road, and it was trampled under foot and the birds of the air ate it up.

Cut three different lengths of clothesline. My middle one was probably about 2 feet long. Make a manatee if you please. Hey manatee!

Other seed fell on rocky soil, and as soon as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture.

Take one of those measures of clothesline and start curling one end under itself. Hot glue in place.

Other seed fell among the thorns; and the thorns grew up with it and choked it out.

Keep rolling and gluing, making sure the end gets glued under the roll. You can either hot glue it to a piece of felt, or you can just glue it on to itself.

Other seed fell into the good soil, and grew up, and produced a crop a hundred times as great.” As He said these things, He would call out, β€œHe who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

Soon you'll have a big curly spiral like this! When you run out of clothesline, fold it under and glue the end to the bottom of the roll. If you've been gluing to the felt, take scissors and cut close around the perimeter of the clothesline. Repeat with other two...

...and you'll get something like this! Arrange all the spirals in a way that you like and glue all edges down firmly on a piece of white felt. Cut around the felt so the back looks like...

...this! Make sure you glue such that there is a "glue free" line down the middle of the piece. This is where the rope for the headband will go, so make sure you leave that open! You can glue everywhere outside of the center line though, to make sure your piece doesn't wiggle around.

Β Β Β  His disciples began questioning Him as to what this parable meant. And He said, β€œTo you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is in parables, so that SEEING THEY MAY NOT SEE, AND HEARING THEY MAY NOT UNDERSTAND.

Take a left over, unused piece of clothesline and cut it to measure around your head. String it through the strip you left open in the middle of your piece. If you have trouble, try threading it through with a safety pin on the end, or try pinning a ribbon on the end, stringing the ribbon through, and then pulling the rest of the string through (hope that makes sense)

Β Β  β€œNow the parable is this: the seed is the word of God. Those beside the road are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their heart, so that they will not believe and be saved.

Take one end and loop it through a hair band...

...and fold it over the elastic. Grab a needle and thread and secure the clothesline to itself. I sewed it through once, and then wrapped it really tightly around itself several times, knotted the thread, and snipped!

Those on the rocky soil are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no firm root; they believe for a while, and in time of temptation fall away.

Repeat with other end! Your summer head band is done!

The seed which fell among the thorns, these are the ones who have heard, and as they go on their way they are choked with worries and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to maturity.

Isn't it a great little summer accessory? Make sure the elastic is hidden either inside the piece itself, or at the nape of your neck. You can slide the piece around or you can glue it in place!

Texture close up!

But the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverance.

Huh. What you looking at. That's it! Go have fun! πŸ™‚

The Parable of the Sower: Luke 8:4-15

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