Fabric Bucket-Tutorial

I’m already focusing on getting my new year organized, so I thought I would slip in another tutorial that should help do it.

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Organize your home with little buckets made from fabric. This bucket can be made with novelty prints, or fabric that coordinates with the room it will be placed in. The flat bottom and the stiff sides create a small box for corralling your what-nots. Place next to a chair to hold your latest craft project, in a bathroom for washcloths and soaps, or on your desk to organize all your small work tools.

Things You Will Need:

1/3 yard outer fabric
1/3 yard heavyweight lining fabric
1/3 yard fusible interfacing
Measuring tape
Scissors
Iron
Straight pins
Sewing machine
hand sewing needle and thread

Step 1
Cut two 9 1/2-inch-wide by 13-inch-long rectangles from your outer fabric, heavyweight lining fabric and fusible interfacing. Cut two 4 1/2-inch-wide by 6-inch-long rectangles from your heavyweight lining fabric for the handles.

Step 2
Lay an outer fabric rectangle on your ironing surface with the wrong side facing up. Place a fusible interfacing rectangle on the fabric with the glue side facing down. Iron the interfacing to fuse it to the fabric. Repeat with the remaining outer fabric and interfacing rectangles. Stack the fused fabric rectangles and the lining rectangles and trim so they are exactly the same size.

Step 3
Place the interfaced rectangles together with the right sides facing each other. Pin the short edges and one long edge together. If your fabric has a directional design, make sure the long edge that you pin is the bottom of the design. Sew along the three pinned edges using a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Do not turn right side out.

Step 4
Place the two lining rectangles together with the right sides facing. Pin the two short edges and one long edge. Sew the pinned edges, but leave a 3-inch opening in the center of the long edge. Do not turn right side out.

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Step 5
Open the outer bag and place your fingers in one bottom corner. Fold the side seam down to match the bottom seam at the corner. Squeeze out the corner and flatten to form a triangle. Measure 3 inches down from the tip of the triangle. At this measurement, sew across the triangle. The stitch line will look like the bottom of the triangle. Cut off the triangle, 1/4 inch from the stitched line. This creates a boxed-bottom for your bucket. Repeat on the other bottom corner, and the two bottom corners of the lining bag.

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Step 6
Fold one handle in half, matching the two long edges. Pin the long edges together. Sew the pinned edge using a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Turn the handle right side out and press. Top stitch each long edge 1/4 inch from the edge. Repeat with the remaining handle.

Step 7
Turn the outer fabric bucket right side out. Along the top edge, measure 1-inch on each side of both seams and mark. You will have four marks. Hold one handle in your hands and form it into a “U” shape with the ends facing up. At one side seam, place one handle end at one mark and one end at the other mark. Pin the ends in place. Repeat at the other seam with the remaining handle.

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Step 8
Insert the right-side-out outer bucket inside the the wrong-side-out lining bucket. Match the seams and pin around the top edge. The handles will be sandwiched in between. Sew all the way around the pinned edge using a 1/4-inch seam.

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Step 9
Turn the bucket right side out through the opening in the bottom seam of the lining. Press the top edge. Top stitch around the top of the bucket, 1/4-inch from the edge. Hand sew the opening in the lining closed.

Heavyweight fabric for the lining will provide a stiffness to the bucket, helping it to hold its shape. If using lighter fabric for the lining, attach fusible interfacing to it in the same way as the outer fabric.

Have a happy and organized new year! :)

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Shabby Chic Pedestal Catchall-Tutorial

It’s been almost two weeks since I posted anything new! Whew! Where did the time go? Well, the excuse for the first week was getting ready for Christmas, but from Christmas night on my excuse has been the crud. Okay, not exactly the same crud as I have heard most of my friends have had to deal with…just a cold for me…, but what a doozy of a cold.

Time to get my groove on! After blowing my sore nose, taking a dose of cold medicine, pouring myself another hot drink, and pulling up my big girl panties, I am finally ready to get this party going. Uhm…just a figure of speech. I am not quite ready to party.

This project is one I did a few months ago. Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas have come and gone since then, so now with the holidays over, I thought I would finally share this restyled junk tutorial here.

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Another one bites the dust. Unfortunately, that is what usually happens with the basin top of birdbaths. I have never found a used birdbath basin that is attached to its pedestal, so I am assuming that is the way they are all made. I’m not sure why that is, except that is may be easier to ship and transport the purchased birdbath. Regardless of why they are made that way, I am constantly seeing orphaned birdbath pedestals at the curb on trash day. Never one to let a potential restyling project pass me by, I decided to turn one into an indoor pedestal catchall for my bathroom.

Things You Will Need:

Birdbath pedestal
Acrylic latex paint
Paintbrush
Brown acrylic paint
Water
Sponge brush or sea sponge
Old T-shirt
Household cement
Vintage enamel basin

Step 1
Clean the pedestal to remove any stuck on dirt or dust in the crevices. This can easily be done with soap and water, or at the very least a garden hose.

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Step 2
Paint the pedestal using an acrylic latex paint color of your choice. I prefer light colors so that the application of the aging paint will be more visible. My pedestal looked like someone had already started to restyle it, but had stopped after one light coat of paint. I chose a cream color, applying two coats for complete coverage. After the last coat, allow the paint to dry thoroughly. Tip: If your pedestal is concrete, or has intricate design crevices, you will want to use an old paintbrush so that you can scrub the paint into all the tight spots.

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Step 3
Thin brown acrylic paint with water to the consistency of stain. This will allow it to be easily washed, and it will soak into the crevices. Apply the thinned paint over the painted surface of the pedestal using a sponge brush or sea sponge. Rip an old T-shirt into rags. While the brown paint is still wet, wipe it off using the rags. The paint remaining will have stained the surface of the pedestal and settled into the crevices to give the appearance of shabby chic age.

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Step 4
Apply household cement to the top of the pedestal. Center an enamel basin on top of the pedestal. Press the basin down firmly to adhere. Allow the adhesive to dry overnight for maximum hold.

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If you plan on using your restyled birdbath as a birdbath once again, you will want to apply a clear sealer over the painted surface.

I used a vintage enamel basin for this project and chose not to alter its appearance with paint. If that doesn’t appeal to you, you could also use a basket, wooden box or ceramic bowl if desired.

Enjoy and Happy New Year!

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Necktie Angel-Tutorial

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During my thrifty shopping adventures at yard sales, thrift stores and auctions, I often come across bags or boxes of old neckties. Most people aren’t interested in these offerings, which is why the prices are usually dirt cheap. I, on the other hand, am not one of those people who can pass up the sampling of beautiful fabrics, designs and textures. They have to come home with me. My latest score of neckties inspired this necktie angel. It works up very quickly.

Things You Will Need:

Old necktie
Measuring tape
Scissors
Needle and thread
Stuffing
Hot glue gun
1 1/2-inch wooden ball
Blonde curly craft hair
1-inch-wide gathered crochet lace
6-inch round doily
Spray starch
Iron
1/4-inch-wide ribbon
Fishing line

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Step 1
Measure up 10 inches from the front tip of the necktie and cut across the width. You will not need the rest of the tie for this project. Turn the necktie end with the back facing up. Hand sew the flaps of the open end to the lining and along the unstitched edges of the center seam. You want to create a pocket with an opening along the top. Do not stitch the front of the tie to the back.

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Step 2
Fill the tube of the necktie with stuffing. This will fill out the tie to create the body and gown of the angel. Fold the top, open end 1/4 inch to the inside of the tie. Sew a running stitch around the folded opening. Gather the opening closed. Knot and cut the thread. This end is the neck of the angel.

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Step 3
Apply hot glue to the top of the neck. Place a 1 1/2-inch wooden ball over the glue. Hold the ball in place until the glue has cooled.

Step 4
Apply hot glue to the side, top and back of the head. Arrange curly blonde craft hair on the head. Trim and style the hair as desired.

Step 5
Cut a 6-inch length from 1-inch-wide gathered, crocheted lace. Sew a running stitch along the gathered edge of the lace. Wrap the lace around the neck of the angel. Gather the lace and stitch the ends together at the back of the angel.

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Step 6
Stiffen a 6-inch round doily using spray starch and an iron. Sew a running stitch across the center of the doily. Pull the thread to gather the center of the doily. This will form wings on each side of the gathered center. Knot and cut the thread.

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Step 7
Apply glue to the gathered center on one side of the wings. Place the center of the wings on the back of the neck.

Step 8
Cut a 10-inch length from 1/4-inch-wide ribbon. Tie the ribbon into a bow. Apply hot glue to the back of the knot. Place the bow on the center, front of the angel, just below the head.

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Step 9
Cut a 4-inch length from a white and gold pipe cleaner. Form the length into a ring. Twist the ends together. Apply hot glue to the halo and place on top of the head.

Step 10
Cut a 12-inch length of fishing line. Thread one end in a needle. Insert the needle through the neck from one side of the head to the other. Adjust the fishing line so that an equal amount of the line is extending from each side of the head. Bring the ends together. Tie the ends together using an overhand knot. This is your hanger.

Easy Peasy! Now…get your groove on. You still have a week.

Polka Dotted Pony-Tutorial

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This little rocking horse was first pictured in my post on the Sorority Craft Show last month.

I decided with Christmas coming on strong, I would show how it was transformed from junk into the polka dotted pony. This pony sold quickly at that same show. I’m hoping some small child will be captivated by it on Christmas morning.

My kids are no longer little, but I still can’t pass up a wooden rocking horse at a yard sale. They can usually be restyled quite quickly, and they sell really well at craft sales. This rocking horse was quickly transformed into a pearled polka dot pony in just a few hours. It needed a few minor repairs, but nothing a little tender loving care couldn’t fix.

Things You Will Need:

Wooden rocking horse
Optional tools for repairs
Acrylic latex paint for the body
Paintbrush
Card stock
Cricut Expression, or penny and small scissors
Stencil brush
Acrylic latex paint for the polka dots
White, metallic, pearl paint
Water

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Step 1
Make any repairs needed on your horse. My horse had a broken hand grip, loose head and a large chip on one of the rockers. It had also been previously painted with a dimensional paint. The handle grip was originally quite long. I simply cut it down, repositioned it and glued it in place using wood glue. I think the new length is perfect. The head was held on by screws. I removed the screws and added wood glue between the connecting points. The screws were then reattached. Once dry, the head didn’t budge. The chip was filled with wood putty and sanded. Once painted, I couldn’t see the fix at all. Lastly, I used a palm sander to remove all the raised paint details of the horse’s previous life. I also sanded off the eyes and a child’s name so that they wouldn’t shadow through the new paint job.

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Step 2
Choose your paint color for the pony’s new body. I used a lime green wall paint that I picked up at a yard sale. The paint was a little bright, but I planned on toning it down before I was through. Two coats were plenty to achieve complete coverage. Depending on what paint you use, you may need more or less.

Step 3
Make a 3/4-inch circle stencil using card stock. I cut my stencil using my Cricut Expression, but you could trace a penny on card stock and cut out the center.

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Step 4
Randomly stencil polka dots on the horse head, seat and outside edges of the rocker using the stencil and a contrasting acrylic paint. I used brown acrylic paint for my polka dots. Allow the paint to dry.

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Step 5
Thin white, metallic, pearl paint with water. Paint the entire surface of the pony. This will lighten your base coat and polka dots, seal your surface, and provide a dreamy pearl finish to your pony.

Most any wooden rocking horse will work with this paint project. For that matter, any old wooden toy or previously loved wooden furnishing could be restyled in the same way. Note: If your horse has reins or a cloth mane and tail, you will want to remove them. You may find that your horse doesn’t need them after all. If you don’t plan on reattaching them, fill the tack or screw holes with wood putty before painting.

Crocheted Infinity Scarf Pattern-Etsy

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Crocheted Infinity Scarf Pattern

I’m really behind on everything Christmas. In fact, I finally got all most of my decorating done today! That’s right folks. 10 days before Christmas! I’ve made an itty bitty dent at a couple batches of cookies, but even one of those batches was embarrassingly simple. When your teenager belongs to every school club under the sun, you end up purchasing unneeded and overpriced items from fundraisers. I ended up with a $16 box of cookie dough that only made about four dozen cookies. Correction. I didn’t even form the cookies. They were already shaped into patties. All I had to do was throw them on the cookie sheet, put them in the oven and set the timer. Easy peasy. But $16?! Come on!! Needless to say, we are rationing those puppies.

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Crocheted Infinity Scarf Pattern

By now you’re probably wondering what that has to do with the title of this post. Well, nothing really…except that I also like to make Christmas gifts. Go figure.

I need to actually shop. I went out after Thanksgiving and made a start. I also did a tiny bit last week, but since life has just gotten in the way, I’ve tried to steal a few minutes here and there to craft a few gifts.

That’s FINALLY what this post is about. The new pattern I just placed in my store on Etsy. It’s a Crocheted Infinity Scarf pattern that utilizes the granny stitch. Shhh! The finished scarves I have made are Christmas gifts.

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 Crocheted Infinity Scarf

So, just in case you missed my shameless plugs throughout this post, click on any of the titles below the photos to get to my store and the pattern listing. It’s only $1. But that’s not all.  I also have a freebie crochet pattern for lacy wrist warmers that was just published.

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 Crocheted Lacy Wrist Warmers

So, click on the scarf titles to purchase the pattern, and click on the wrist warmer title to grab a freebie pattern. The two pieces together will be a beautiful and thoughtful gift set.