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Crayon Bag

While I was away in Charleston & Savannah a few weeks ago an old friend, Sarah, from middle school emailed to see if I would be willing to test her first ever pattern.  Of course the answer was “YES!”.  And then I saw what the pattern was for and the answer became, “YES! YES!”.

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It’s like she had read my mind.  Abi has been using a little bag about 5in x 7in to take with her to church with her coloring stuff.  Needless to say, that tiny bag didn’t hold too much and I was looking for the perfect bag to replace it.  So this awesome Crayon Bag is perfect!

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The bag is the perfect for a normal sized coloring book.  And I love the little crayon pockets on the outside.  It’s such a great and simple pattern for a beginner and can easily be personalized for a boy or a girl of pretty much any age.

She now has it listed in her shop and it’s a steal of a deal.

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Lifestyle Studios Blog Hop: Fabric Gift Bag

Welcome!  I hope you’re all enjoying the little blog hop today. I love seeing all the different ways people use the different products from We R Memory Keepers, don’t you?

Mother’s Day is coming up and I was so excited to try an idea for a gift that I’ve had for a while now. This Lifestyle Studios Design Team Blog Hop seemed like the perfect chance.

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I had tried out the new Gift Bag punch board with paper before.  It took a few tries to get it right, but I finally figured it out (the video I share below especially helped) and the results were so cute!  However, I wanted something a little longer lasting than a paper bag so I decided to try it out with fabric.  I tried a few different ways and here is the one that worked out the best for me.

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Here are the supplies I used:

Applique interfacing
Heavy weight, single side adhesive interfacing (not pictured)
Fabric
Crop-A-Dile
Gift Bag Punch Board
Scissors (not pictured)
Hot Glue Gun (not pictured)

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First, you need to reinforce the fabric to give it some body and structure so it will stand.  Also, if you decide to use multiple fabrics you will need to applique them together.  In the pictures above you can see how I added the heavy weight interfacing to a piece of muslin and cut it down to size.  Then I appliqued the patterned fabrics to the front and used a decorative stitch on my sewing machine to make sure the edges stay down.

Once the fabric is all ready to go, it’s time to get to punching and scoring on the board.  I just followed the directions in this video and it all worked out perfectly. There were a few little adaptations I had to make, but they are super simple.

Some pointers about punching:

You are punching the bottom of the bag.  So, if your fabric has a top or bottom (like mine had) make sure you’re punching the bottom.

Also, you want the right side of the fabric facing up so that the score lines work out the best.

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As for the slight modifications I had to make – the punch isn’t made for fabric so it won’t punch all the way through.  But that’s not a problem at all.  It leaves a nice little score line so that you can just cut along the lines.

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And this is what you’ll end up with.  It’s just like the paper turned out and works just the same.  All I did next was clean up the edges then hot glued the bottom tabs and the side of the bag closed.

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And since the reverse hole punch on the board doesn’t punch through the fabric too well, I pulled out my handy dandy crop-a-dile to add the ribbon holes to the gift bag.

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Ta da!!  A perfect little gift bag for the mothers in your life.  I’m sure they’d love it full of chocolate or other yummy goodies.

Remember that if you want to purchase your own Gift Bag Punch Board or Crop-A-Dile, or anything else from Lifestyle Crafts or We R Memory Keepers through shopwer.com for that matter, you can use my code for 20% off your purchase.

LSS Coupon Code

And guess what’s awesome?  There’s a giveaway going on today over at the We R Memory Keepers blog.  They’re giving away one of these great Crafters Totes.  Who wouldn’t want one of those?  So run over there and try your luck at the giveaway.

Aqua Tote bag

And just so that you don’t get lost on this great Blog Hop, here are those of us from the Lifestyle Studios Design Team that are participating.  Happy hopping!

Aimee’s Armoire
http://aimeesarmoire.typepad.com

Benzie Design
http://benziedesign.blogspot.com

Cokie Pop Paper
http://cokiepopaper.blogspot.com

Cutesy Crafts
http://cutesycrafts.com

Ginger Snap Crafts
http://www.gingersnapcrafts.com

Gluesticks Blog
http://gluesticksblog.com/

Homework
http://www.carolynshomework.com

Kutz Paper Scissors
http://andreayokley-jessup.blogspot.com

Making the World Cuter
http://makingtheworldcuter.com

Midwestern Girl
http://www.midwesterngirldiy.com

Missy Dear (you are here)
www.missy-dear.com

One Scrappin Mama
http://onescrappinmama.blogspot.com

Popsicle Toes
http://shellypop.com

Pretty Providence
http://prettyprovidence.com

Scrap Time
http://scraptime.ca

Sew Craft Create
http://sewcraftcreate.com

Snapping Monsters
http://snappingmonsters.blogspot.com

The Creative Mom
http://www.thecreativemom.com

Tried & True
http://triedandtrueblog.com

Waffleflower
http://waffleflower.com

We R Memory Keepers (the giveaway is here!)
http://wermemorykeepers.wordpress.com

Andrea Worley
www.andreaworley.com

Disclosure: I am a member of the fabric team for LifeStyle Crafts/We R Memory Keepers. I receive products of my choosing in exchange for tutorials and projects shared on MissyDear.

Fabric Easter Basket

I had grand plans this year to design and make a great little fabric Easter basket for Abi.  And then I realized something, my brain doesn’t work while I’m pregnant.  For some reason I just could not figure out the very little and simple math involved in sewing something with a round base. So, after many frustrating and failed attempts at designing my own I found a fantastic tutorial on line and went with that one.

Easy Fabric Easter Basket with eyelets

The pattern I used is from a guest post Owen’s Olivia did for a blog called Somewhat Simple.  If you’re not already familiar with and following those blogs, you totally should be. Go ahead and check them out.  Don’t worry, I can wait.

Are you back?  Great!

So, as I was saying, I got the pattern from Nancy’s guest post HERE.  I pretty much followed it exactly, but I did make one slight change.  Instead of using a canvas fabric for the interfacing I used a pellon ultra firm stabilizer.  I did that mostly because I already had it on hand :) and I felt that the extra structure would be great for a basket that might get some heavy use out there on the hunt.

Eyeleted Fabric Easter Basket

Isn’t it darling?! But once I had it all finished up and showed it to Abi she asked, “But where are the bows?”  because obviously all Easter baskets need bows.

She told me she wanted two bows, one on each side of the handle.  So I racked my brain for a while about the easiest way to add a couple simple bows when it hit me.  I have a perfectly good Crop-A-Dile that has been sitting waiting for a great little project.  Two little eyelets on each side of the handle would be perfect for stringing some ribbon through.

Eylets on Fabric Easte rbasket

So that’s just what I did.  If you’ve never used a Crop-A-Dile before let me show you really quick how I did it.  It looks intimidating at first, but it is really really simple.  I forgot to take in process pictures this go around, so here is the process demonstrated on some scrap fabric. And please excuse the Band-Aid.  For some reason my rotary cutter decided I didn’t really need a thumb anymore.

Fabric Easter Basket DIY

1 – Gather supplies: Crop-A-Dile, your project, and eyelets
2 – First use the correctly sized hole punch on the side of the Crop-A-Dile and punch holes.
3 – Next I found it easier to set the eyelet into the hole rather than onto the Crop-A-Dile.  It was much easier to get it in just the right spot that way.
4 – Use the Crop-A-Dile to set the eyelet into the hole.
5 & 6 – Make sure that the eyelet set correctly on the front and back.
7 (not pictured) – Step back and admire your handy work before tying the ribbon through the eyelets to make your daughters requested bows.

Fabric Easter Basket with eylets

That’s it!  And the best part?  the project only took me about 2 hours (with my prego brain slowing me down and everything) so you could easily whip one of these out before the festivities this weekend.

Remember that if you wan tot purchase your own Crop-A-Dile, or anything else from Lifestyle Crafts or We R Memory Keepers through shopwer.com for that matter, you can use my code for 20% off your purchase.

LSS Coupon Code

And be sure to let me know if you do make one!  I would love to check it out!

Disclosure: I am a member of the fabric team for LifeStyle Crafts/We R Memory Keepers. I receive products of my choosing in exchange for tutorials and projects shared on MissyDear.

DIY Felt Circle Bunting Tutorial // Giveaway {closed}

Felt Circle Bunting DIY tutorial

I have always wanted to make a little bunting made of felt circles for Abi’s room.  The only thing standing in my way is the fact that I would need to speed FOREVER cutting out a billion little circles.  No thanks.

But just recently WeR Memory Keepers released a new line of cutting dies.  They’re called Punch Dies and they are awesome.  Instead of it being one circle cut out at once, it’s multiples with a single run through the die cutter.  In the case of these circles I could get 7 large circle and 10 small ones in a single pass.

Life.  Changer.

So here is the (now) quick and easy project.

Felt circle bunting supplies

First you need to gather your supplies:

Evolution (or any die cut machine you have access to)
Felt in desired colors (my fellow Lifestyle Studio team member, Benzie Design, has some great wool blend in fantastic color ways that I highly recommend – that’s where I got mine)
Circle Punch Die
Sewing Machine

Felt circle bunting cut strips

The first step you’ll need to do is cut your felt sheets into strips.  I found that a 3 inch wide strip was perfect.  With the size of sheet I was using I was able to get three strips of each color.  However, I only ended up using 2 of each and that gave me a TON of circles.

felt circle bunting cut layers

Now just sandwich the stuff up on the cutting platform.  I did the Genius platform, the circle punch die, the felt then cutting mat ‘A’.  I’ve also heard that if you put a cardboard shim between the platform and the die you can get a cleaner cut.  I think I’m going to try that next time.

Then just run them through the machine.

felt bunting cut circles

Viola!  Now you should have TON of little circles that look so cute all stacked up that you’ll have a hard time actually using them.

felt circle bunting placement

Now you just need to decide on a length and the placement order of the circles.  Using two of those felt strips of each color I was able to get enough circle to make 6 buntings; 4 were every other large and small, and 2 were one large then 4 small.  

As for color order I decided to do my first one in the ombre effect and liked it so much I just did that for all of them.

Felt circle bunting feeding

Next just feed them through your machine.  I decided to leave a little bit of stitching (about an half inch) between each circle so that it would get some twisty movement when hung.

felt circle bunting sewing

I loved watching my little pile of colorful happiness appear out the back of my sewing machine.

Felt circle bunting

All that’s left now is to hang them up and admire your handy work!

And thanks so much to Made Shop in Cary, NC for letting me use their shop to take my finished product photos.  We’re moving into an apartment this weekend so there was no place of order for me to get good pictures.  If you’re ever in the area check them out (and let me know so we can hang out :) ).

And remember, you’re more than welcome to use my discount code for any purchases made through the WeR online shop.

LSS Coupon Code

Giveaway Closed

Punch dies winner

Now for the great part right?  The promised giveaway.  We R Memory Keepers and Lifestyle Crafts have made it a great one too. It’s retail value is $50 (!!) and includes:

giveaway prize

1 Circle Punch Die (same as the one used in the above project)
1 Pennant Punch Die

It’s so easy to win and there are options (cuz who doesn’t like options?) or do all  3 for more chances to win!

1 – Like We R Memory Keepers on Facebook and leave a comment letting me know.
2 - Like MissyDear on Facebook and leave a comment letting me know.
3 – Tweet about the giveaway and comment with a link to the tweet. Here’s a sample tweet you can use:
Awesome punch dies giveaway from @weronthenet on @missy_dear this week! Makes multiple cuts so easy! http://missy-dear.com/pfbs

The giveaway will be open until March 12, 2013 at 10 pm eastern time and the winner will be announced on the 14th. So enter soon and let all your friends know to enter too!

If you’d rather just purchase the Circle or Pennant (or both!) Punch Dies and not try your luck remember to use the discount code MISSYDEAR for 20% off your purchase at www.shopwer.com.

Crochet Baby Blanket

As I’ve mentioned before we just moved to North Carolina.  And for a few months we’re living with my sister while we look for a place that we like.

When we were about an hour from pulling up to their house with our big moving truck I sent her a text message that said, “We’re an hour away and I brought the best surprise to show you guys.  I think you’re going to like it.”

Then, an hour later, I walked into her house with my little prego belly and Sue started yelling and jumping up and down.  That was the first that she had heard for my pregnancy and I was 17 weeks along.

Crochet Baby Boy Blanket

We had told all our other family (except my dad who came out 2 days later. I told him then and he cried :) ) at Thanksgiving when I was about 14 weeks along.  We wanted to wait until the doctors took me off of “high risk” status before we let people know.  I waited the few weeks later to tell my dad and sister because they were the only family that we would see in person to share the news.  I wanted to see their reaction, not just hear it.

Well anyway, the point of that little story/tangent was to get to this.  My sister was so excited that the day after Christmas we went out to the yarn store and bought some fabulous yarn for her to crochet a baby blanket for the little man.

Isn’t it gorgeous?  We decided to go with a very simple stitch in a very simple palette and pattern.  I am in love with it.

Crochet baby blanket

The colors we used are (all Kraemer Perfection Worsted Yarn):

Fluff – full skeen
April Shower – full skeen
Winter Lake – half skeen
Sand – full skeen
Winter lake – half skeen
April Shower – full skeen
Fluff – full skeen

and it’s a double crochet stitch with an H hook.

Crochet Blanket

The finished blanket is about 36in x 36in.  Perfect for a little stroller or cuddle blanket.

Pattern Testing

Since this summer I was able to act as a pattern tester for Kate at See Kate Sew.  I love testing out patterns.  It’s so fun to see what great things people are coming up with. And Kate never disappoints on either the quality or cuteness factors, that’s for sure.

The two I tested are the DayDream Ruffle Dress and the Juliet Capelet (sans hood).  You can purchase the patterns for either in her pattern shop.  Abi LOVES them, especially the capelet.  It’s been perfect for the dress up bin.

Daydream dress

^^ I used a burned out cotton for this dress so I had to fully line it.  It took a lot more time, but it was totally worth it.^^

Juliet Capelet

^^ I used a faux suede to make this little capelet.  It was originally going to be part of Abi’s Little Red Riding Hood for Halloween, but I decided at the last minute to make her a full length hooded cape when I found out it would be a little chilly and raining Halloween night.  And please excuse the pic in her pj’s.  We were feeling a little under the weather the day I had to take pictures :) ^^

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