Saturday, February 15, 2014

Embroidered Felt Bookmark Tutorial


I’m a craft leader for our local MOPS group.  I love it, but in my 4th year, it gets a little harder to come up with ideas for our next craft.  I’m so happy that they created Pinterest. I’m a Pinterest addict!  I saw this pin and thought it would make a great craft.  I changed a few things and love how it turned out.

Supplies: felt, white or black elastic, embroidery floss, needle, hot glue

1. Cut 2 circles out of the felt. I cut circles with my Sizzix. Hand embroider your design on one circle. circles

2. Cut your elastic to the length that will fit around your book.


3. Hot glue ends together to make it strong.


4. Using your hot glue gun, make a line down the middle of one your circles and attach your elastic to it.



5. Next, put a ton of glue on so the bookmark doesn’t come apart when stretched.


6.  Place your top circle on immediately before the glue dries. And it’s done!


My girls had a snow day last week so we turned it into a craft day.  My 7 and 5 year olds are starting to learn how to hand sew and this was a perfect craft for them. I did a lot, A LOT of threading needles and tying knots.  I did put the bookmarks together for them. Here is a picture of their finished bookmarks.


I also made some bookmarks with cutting out shapes with my Sizzix and attached them to the front instead of hand embroidering. Here are two examples of ones that I made.



These make great gifts and are easy enough to make. Hope you Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Patricia Tunic by Sis Boom - Review

patricia tunic
It’s no secret that I love to sew! I got into sewing a few years ago when I got a sewing machine for my birthday. This was just after my second daughter turned 7 months old. I’m a stay at home mom, and I found that crafting and sewing gave me a creative outlet and things that I could actually finish and accomplish on a day to day basis. 
Don’t get me wrong, I love being at home with my girls, and wouldn’t trade it for anything. But it’s a never ending job and things like dishes, laundry, and cleaning are never completely done or finished, maybe for a few minutes and then they are not finished anymore. Smile  
So sewing, crafting, and making jewelry have been a great way to be creative and something I wish I had started when I was younger.
I wanted to share one of my favorite patterns, the  Patricia Tunic by Sis Boom.
This is my favorite shirt pattern by Sis Boom. I absolutely love how comfortable this tunic is and the fit is fantastic! This pattern is very detailed with great pictures for every step.  The best part is you can print off your size and not have to piece all the sizes together and then cut your size afterwards (like most pdf pattens).
I’ve made two tunics so far and hope to make one more this winter/spring. I made both of my tunics in Amy Butler fabrics. The blue tunic is made in Amy Butler’s Lark Dreamer Ivy Bloom Cobalt Blue. The purple/orange tunic is in Amy Butler’s Love Sandlewood Tangerine.


I followed the directions exactly for this pattern except, I did shorten the side vents and did a slightly gathered sleeve.  I love how it turned out!
I’m in a group on Facebook called the Scientific Seamstress Lab Group and it’s wonderful to share your finished projects and even to ask questions or get help with the Sis Boom/ Scientific Seamstress patterns!