Easy Curtains

I bought this fabric before I left Hancock Fabrics last September because it is just the cutest weave I have ever seen (I bought what was left on the bolt).

Anyway, I made a tutorial on Youtube. Here’s the link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHRgqbsVQ8k&context=C438b8bbADvjVQa1PpcFPGr6hEfP6xLfshG6gWOACtU6lib_OmM7c= 

And they turned out so beautiful!

Crayon Art

You know this guy?

Yeah, he’s pretty much a viral sensation, Yao Ming is. Why you may ask? Just look at that face! Every time I look at it I laugh, haha… haha.

There has been a project circulating the internet: Crayon Art! The concept is to melt crayons  over a canvas. It is so pretty; I just can’t stand it. So of course I had to try it. And since I love this picture of Yao Ming, I decided that somehow, this beautiful man and art must be combined.

You will need:

Poster board or canvas(size of your choice)

Crayons (for the size of my poster board I bought a 120 pack)

Picture to be transferred

Masking tape

Exacto Knife

Hot glue gun

So start out by taping a big rectangle area on a box. I realized soon that it’s hard to pull off tape from a box, because the box peels off with it. You know those Mac Laptop boxes? Those are perfect because they are smooth and non-stick. You could also use the shiny side of a poster board probably because it’s non-stick. Don’t use the poster board you’re going to mount your art on.

Once you tape the picture on the masking tape layout, use the exact knife to cut out all black areas of your picture. Yeah, this is time consuming.

Getting the tape off and into the right places on the poster board is a little tough. It takes a while, definitely a process.

Hot glue Crayons up top, finish laying out your taped image. How did mine turn out? Eh, not perfect, but I was satisfied.

Lay out some protection because we’re going to start melting crayons. I ended up using two trash bags.

Use a hair dryer and melt the crayons as much as you wish. Give the hair dryer breaks sometimes, I wouldn’t let it overheat.

So I stopped at this point. Now all that needs to be done is taking off the tape.

It’s done! Now, I’m not an expert when it comes to crayon meltage, but I think this looks pretty good.

Doesn’t he look happy?
Yeah, maybe just a little demented.
Just don’t stand too close.

Scarf Dress


It was my sister Sarah’s idea.

She bought this silky dress on clearance years ago but never wore it. I was wearing a silky scarf when I went to her house yesterday. It could have been her paying respects to my endless pool of crafty. Maybe it was to lighten the load to her next visit to the thrift store. Either way, I walked out the door with a dress and was told to gut a scarf out of it.

 

Here is the dress.

Let’s make a scarf!

Start out by cutting out the side seam of the dress on one side so that you can open the dress wide.

 

If your dress has a zipper, you can salvage it. Free zipper!

Use a seam ripper for those hard to get places.

Your dress should be open now.

Mine was a little “bunchy” near the top. I cut off the bust line and the upper back sections. This took away the gathering on the rest of the fabric.

Spread out a scarf as your pattern piece to see where to cut.

Smooth pattern scarf out

Pin in place

Trim fabric 1 inch outside the pattern to allow room for a seam you will make later. If you have a serger, cut normally.

Snip, snip. After you’re done cutting, fold down the fabric to match the pattern scarf’s size. Pin. You can fold down the fabric twice to keep the fabric from fraying (shown below). Make sure that your folding doesn’t make the scarf smaller than the pattern scarf.

Sew the seams all around your new scarf!

It turned out SO cute!

Leave a comment if you try it! I would love to hear how it worked out for you. Thanks for reading.

Vacation is lovely

I can’t tell you how great it feels to be on break.

I have been sleeping in, drinking lots of milk, and and seeing people I love. Now this may sound kind of  ordinary… It actually  is a big deal because 1. I couldn’t sleep in at school, 2. I rationed the milk I buy to last me a whole week, and 3. I didn’t really have many friends at school.

So yes, I am very much enjoying myself visiting home! Christmas was wonderful; I loved every moment just sitting with my family drinking in the good-feeling of being home.

I made my sister an AWESOME Christmas present,

                          if I do say myself.

 

Using this pattern..
Simplicity 2685

 


 

 

 

 

 

I made this bright, beautiful bag!

 

I think she loved it, which makes me happy. I love my little sis.

Now the question is what else should I make?