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Felt Flower Design iPhone Case Tutorial & Template

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Felt Flower Design iPhone Case

Felt Flower Design iPhone Case

Felt Flower Design iPhone Case Tutorial – A few weeks back I came across this gorgeous pin of Felt Flower Sachets by The Purl Bee. I totally fell in love with the design but to be completely honest, I’m not really a sachet kind of gal.  It did however, get me thinking – I had been trying to come up with a design for a iPhone case and preferably something out of felt… bingo, the felt flower design but on a phone case.  I went into my Adobe Illustrator program and started drafting a template for the design. In less than an hour, I had completed my beautiful new iPhone case and I just love it! I used a gorgeous charcoal grey for the body of the case because I don’t think it will show dirt easily but use any colour you prefer. I’ve also made a couple variations with pockets but you can add any extra’s on that you’d like – a button for a closure or the middle of the flower would look cute too.

Materials:

Directions:

  1. Download template above. I’ve also included a variation to add a pocket if you’re so inclined.
  2. Cut out template, trace design with fabric pen onto felt and cut out.
  3. Take your long, outer piece of felt, fold in half (pin the outside edges into place) and use a ruler to find the middle.  Lay out your larger petals from that mid point towards the outside so that there’s about .25″ left between the tip of the petal and the outside edge of the case.  Lay out the other 3 petals in the same manner.
  4. Take your glue and put a thin strip along the middle of one petal from tip to tip.  Place back onto case into position.  Repeat with the rest and then do the same with the smaller petals on top.  Really, I just eyeball it to make sure it looks even. Let the glue dry.
  5. Remove pins, unfold felt and sew the petals from the outside tip of one petal across to the second petal.  Repeat with the other two petals so that essentially, you’ve just sewn an X in the middle of your case. *If you’re making the case with the added pocket this is when you’d pin then sew the top edge (closest to the flower design) of the 2 long felt pieces together with a 1/8″ seam.
  6. Fold in half so that the short side (which will become the top opening) are perfectly even and pin edges of case, sew with edges from the top downwards with a 1/8″ seam.
  7. Trim off any stray threads, grab your iPhone and insert into case and admire! (please note that if you already have a protective case around on your iPhone that’s quite thick you may not be able to fit your phone in this case – you’d have to make the template slightly wider to accommodate for the added case thickness ).
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Easy To Sew Skirt – Great For Newbies!

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Easy to sew skirt - great for newbie sewers.

Easy to sew skirt – great for newbie sewers.

Easy To Sew Skirt – Who knew a sewing machine could be so great (well, lots of people obviously – it just took me longer to figure it out).  After I got over my initial fear of sewing, I actually managed to create a few cute projects.  My second project was a super easy skirt for my daughter.  It turned out pretty well and I thought I’d give it another go with some beautiful new fabric and document the process this time – why not help out a few newbies who may be nervous about sewing too. If I can do it, anyone can. This skirt can be made in child or adult sizes.

I originally found this wonderful sewing tutorial on YouTube by craftyamy93 – what a great job she did explaining everything. To watch this fabulous video tutorial go here.

Materials:

  • Sewing machine with corresponding coloured thread
  • Fabric
  • Elastic (thick width)
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Clothing iron
  • Pins
  • Chalk or Fabric Pen/Pencil

Instructions:

  1. To get the size for the elastic, measure the elastic around your waist so that it’s a little snug, cut to size, pin the elastic right sides together and sew – double stitch and finally top stitch.
  2. Measure the length that you want your skirt to be and then add 2″ for seam allowance.
  3. To figure out the measurement for the width of fabric you’ll need, stretch the stitched elastic as far as you can, measure and then double that measurement.
  4. Cut the fabric to the correct measurements.
  5. Turn fabric inside out so that the good sides face each other, pin two edges together and sew with a 1/2″ seam. Iron seam flat. Using a zig-zag stitch, finish the edge of fabric that will be sewn onto the elastic to keep it from fraying.
  6. Create the skirt hem by folding over edge 1/2″, iron and then fold over again, iron, pin and sew.
  7. Take the elastic and mark with 4 pins evenly space out around the elastic (fold in half to find the 4 spots). Do the same for the skirt. Now match up the 4 pins on the elastic to the pins on the skirt and then pin the fabric to the elastic in those 4 spots (fabric about half way down the width of the elastic).
  8. Starting at the first pin, sew using a zig-zag stitch, pulling the elastic taut as you go. Sew all the way around the elastic in this manner. You can also do it a second time around about a 1/2″ down if you choose.
  9. Snip off any stray threads and you’re done.

If you’re up for it, you can add a zipper like craftyamy93 did in her video (I’m just not quite that brave yet although she makes it look super easy).

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Easy-Peasy Crochet Beanie

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Easy-peasy crochet beanie.

Easy-peasy crochet beanie.

Easy-Peasy Crochet Beanie

In an earlier post, I talked about the bucket list of things I wanted to learn.  The first thing on the list was to learn how to knit.  This past summer I took the plunge and started knitting with an easy cowl.  It turned out beautifully (with a big thanks to my mother-in-law Lynda for her guidance and patience in getting me going). I ended up making a number of the cowls, some hats and leg warmers for Noelle.  

I really enjoyed knitting but one fateful day when we were out camping at the beach, my camping neighbor offered to teach me to crochet – game over for the knitting!  Wow, I liked crocheting SO MUCH MORE than knitting. It’s faster, requires a little less attention and it’s a lot easier to fix any mistakes you make along the way. I also find that crocheting is soothing and can put you in a zen-like state once you get going.

So I wanted to show you the very first crochet project (the hat in the photo is the actual hat I made) – the easy-peasy crochet beanie.  It’s so easy anyone can do it. After I made the hat, I wrote down all the instructions that my camping neighbor gave me. Here’s the pattern (hopefully you can make this out, it’s written pretty loosie goosie as this is just the way it made sense to me):

Materials:

  • A size 5 bulky weight yarn. I used Bernat Roving (approx. 60 yards). If you’d like to embellish the hat with a design then you’ll also need a second color.
  • 6mm crochet hook.
  • Yarn or tapestry needle
  • Button if you choose to add a flower

Pattern:

  1. Chain 5 and then join together into a ring with a slip stitch (keep all your stitches loose).
  2. 12 double crochets into the ring.
  3. Chain 3 and then 1 double crochet into the same stitch as the chain 3 from the previous row. Now double crochet in each stitch around and then slip stitch to join.
  4. Chain 3, 2 double crochet in the next stitch then 1 double crochet and the repeat this pattern for the entire row. Slip stitch to join.
  5. Chain 3, 2 double crochet in the next stitch then 1 double crochet in the next TWO stitches and keep in this pattern for the entire row. Slip stitch to join. (If you’re wanting to make a child’s hat skip to step 7)
  6. Chain 3, 2 double crochet in the next stitch then 1 double crochet in the next THREE stitches and keep in this pattern for the entire row. Slip stitch to join.
  7. Chain 3, double crochet in each stitch and join with a slip stitch.  Continue this for each row until the hat is as long as you want it.
  8. Final row, chain 1 and then single crochet in each stitch and slip stitch to join (keep this last row loose or else it will make the hat too tight at the bottom).
  9. Fasten off and weave the ends into the hat using your yarn/tapestry needle.

When I was done, I added in the second yarn color to create the swirl design.  I found an easy flower pattern online and fastened it onto the hat with the button which I just love.

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How to Make Newspaper Seedling Pots

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Newspaper plant pots.

Newspaper plant pots.

How to Make Newspaper Seedling Pots – Well, it’s that time of year to get all the seedlings started. Usually I just get those little plastic seedling trays to start my plants in but I’ve never been thrilled with the result for my tomatoes which grow stronger when started in roomier pots. And well, why not save a few bucks and be environmentally friendly at the same time. Simply use the newspaper you already have in your recycling and you can whip up tons of these little pots in no time.

I found a YouTube tutorial that explained how to make newspaper seedling pots but really, you can figure it out pretty quickly just by looking at these photos.

Materials:

  • Newspaper (the good old Saanich News is what I used – it’s a smaller tabloid size which is great for this)
  • Some sort of can (soup, beans, spaghetti sauce… whatever size you prefer)
  • Scotch tape

Instructions:

  1. Take one sheet of newspaper and fold it into 3 sections so that when you put your can on its side, it’s about 1.5-2″ longer than the can.
  2. Roll the newspaper around the can making sure you have your newspaper hanging over one end (don’t roll too tight or you’ll have trouble getting the newspaper off the can).
  3. Gently put a small piece of tape on the edge of the newspaper once it’s completely wrapped around the can.
  4. On the end of the can that had newspaper hanging over, fold over the newspaper towards the middle of the can until it’s all folded down. Tap and squish down the paper by pushing the can against a table or other hard surface.  Use a small piece of tape to tape it down.
  5. Remove the newspaper pot from the can.
  6. Fill your pot with soil and plant your seeds or seedlings.
  7. At this point I put all the soil filled newspaper pots in a low plastic watertight  tub that fits about 16-20 pots but you can use whatever you want.
  8. Pour water into the bottom of the tub and it will soak up through the newspaper and into the soil.
  9. When your plants are ready to go into the ground, you can either pop them out of the newspaper pot to plant or just put them straight into the ground since the newspaper will decompose (I’ll likely rip off the bottom of the pot to make sure the roots have room to grow).
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