Saturday, April 28, 2012

Playing with Bubbles

When we moved to Crystal River last year, Claire wanted her room decorated in a certain famous kitten .... she got it. I am not going to say that I did not fight it all the way, with my history making beautiful boutique rooms for customers, and all the gorgeous one of a kind decor out there .... she wanted basic, kitten stuff, down to the bedding {ok, so I did enjoy buying SOME of it, and I also made her some paintings, so, it was not ALL lost}.
Now that we have lived in the water for one year, and we swim s often, and well, basically our lives revolve around the boat and the water, she has realized that, perhaps the famous kitten was not as "area appropriate" as mermaids. So, this is how all this got started.
"Mommy, I want to re-do my room in Mermaids", I say "cool, let's do it ... in the summer!" {Natalie has a whole new idea for her room too, but when we get to that bridge, we will cross it so stay tuned}. We are still on the "planning stage", you know, browsing the internet, looking at ideas, making a list of what she likes. Of course, she requests I make her a Mermaids fabric, no problem! Let's do it! Completed with wall decals and all.
Luckily, and coincidentally, Spoonflower teamed up with Robert Kaufman and hosted a contest {called Fabric8} where the theme was pen and watercolor, modern type of stuff. I think to myself, these mermaids would look great in watercolor. So, I took a "go" at it, and almost one month later, I finally had the "Playing with Bubbles" fabrics lined up for the contest.

This is just a preliminary collection, I am sure I will make changes as the project moves along, bedding, accessories etc, I will play with it more! Spoonflower is undergoing some changes in their color-charts, so I am waiting for that change to take effect so I can proof and make available the rest of the prints. They will hopefully be available mid May, I will keep you posted! As for the contest, they will decide on 100 participants {from over 700 who entered} on that round, from there, if my Mermaids get in, it will be my responsibility to get votes for my fabric, there will be a second round from 100 contestants, they will then go to 8, and then to 1. First place meaning that the fabric will be available through RK Fabrics vs Spoonflower. Exciting! I will share the 100 contestants as they are selected so you can cast your vote on May 3rd!
Anyway, as I usually try to offer a tutorial when I am introducing a new fabric {does not always pan out that way, but I try!}, Claire and I made up a bag, that took us 30 minutes to make! So, behold the 30 minute bag:
I am offering, for a limited time {not sure how long, perhaps a couple of weeks?} the pattern free! Download it by liking my facebook page here.
If you have any problems downloading the pattern, please email me, I will gladly send you the PDF File :) 

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

TUTORIAL: Simple Gadget Sleeve

Make your own simple gadget sleeve with this quick and easy to make tutorial. You can use it for your MP3 Players, Tablets and Laptops utilizing your favorite fabric prints! The skill level on this tutorial is EASY-PLEASEE!
 What you are looking at above, is a sleeve made for my daughter's Nook Color, the fabric used is "Natalie's Library" {can be purchased here} ad a coordinating pink dots fabric from Riley Blake Designs fabric.  repeat goes one way only, wen you make the cap for the cover, if you do not make this into 2-3 separate pieces sewn together with the print going different directions, you will end up with the print upside down. If you have a print that goes all ways, then you do not need to break the main pieces into 3 like I did.

In the below tutorial, I included some steps needed for the specific needs of this design, for example, the fabric 

Items Needed: 
Main Fabric {varies depending on the gadget}
Coordinating Fabric {varies depending on the gadget}
Fusible Fleece
Coordinating Thread

 Step 1 CUTTING: 
Grab your Gadget {Natalie's Nook Color pictured} so you can measure how big to cut the pieces. You can measure your gadget or use it as a guide as in the picture. I cut the fabric about 2" wider.

 The first thing I cut, was the front of the gadget sleeve, this should be thicker than the gadget {2" in my case"and about 2" shorter than the gadget, although you can make it the same length of the gadget} Remember, I am doing the sleeve this way because of the way the print works, you can also make one entire piece instead and just skip to the appropriate step.
Then, I cut the same piece, in the coordinating fabric {will do this for all pieces}
Above, you are looking at the 3 visible pieces of the sleeve. Left: back of sleeve, center: front of sleeve, right: cap. The back of the sleeve should always be at least 2" larger than your gadget, the front can be made in the same size as your gadget or shorter as in the picture, the cap needs to be about half the length of the  gadget.

As you see in this image, there are 6 pieces total. {could be 2 depending on the print}. The Main Books fabric is placed keeping in mind that once the pieces are folded, they face the correct orientation. 
The pieces you see sewn together are as follows:
Left: front of the sleeve
Center: back of the sleeve
Right: cap
 Another piece you need to cut, is s shown above, the strap that will hold the cap closed. It should be about 1" wider than the sleeve pieces, as shown.
Lastly, you need to cut a square, the same width of the sleeve, I also added a trim made from the coordinating fabric, you can leave this out if you want. 
 Cut one layer of the fusible batting, iron it under the outside part of the sleeve.
Sew the border on the pocket, by placing it along the top of the piece, right sides together, sew.
 Fold the fabric twice inside, as shown above
Sew it closed, place where the back of the sleeve would go, in this case, it was easy to determine for me as I was using more than one fabric, making the back already marked, you might need to use some marking technique to figure out where to place the pocket.
Right sides together, sew over the raw edge of the pocket piece.
Fold over, and sew over the same edge, to seal the material and prevent fraying.
Grab the strap piece you cut a little while ago.
Cut batting, same length, half the width. 
Iron batting under the piece. Towards the corner.
Doing it towards the center, fold one quarter of the material inside, on both sides. Iron it flat to preserve the shape.
Fold in half, you will end up with a similar shape to above.
Sew over each edge of the band, then place where you would like the band to work. In this case, I placed it about 3" from the edge of the sleeve.
Sew the band to the sleeve, cut any excess.
Grab both sides of the sleeve, place them {you ca use pins} right sides in. 
Sew them together, starting from the area where the band is {the opposite from the cap piece is}. Leave the edge open, it will look somewhat like a pillowcase.
 Turn outside in, on this image, I ironed the sleeve. 
Folding inside, close up the edge, and sew it together.
Fold the sleeve to it's appropriate length, then sew around the entire sleeve, double up on seams around the edges.

You are done! Hope you enjoyed making this cutie with me!