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Friday, April 30, 2010

.:Guest Blogger - Amanda @ SugarBee Craft Edition:.


Hi I'm so excited to be here! I am Mandy, mom of 4 and lover of all things crafty. You can check out all sorts of fun over at my blog, http://www.craftedition.blogspot.com/ . I focus on simple crafts and sewing projects - I'm no expert so I figure if I can do a project than so can you! Today I want to show you how to make a quick and easy purse from discarded jeans - there are several ways to do this and some can be involved. This way is not. I love how you can use the front and back pockets for odds and ends like change and chapstick - this is one functional bag! Here we go:


Gather your supplies - the size of jeans determines the size of the purse. I used child jeans for a child's purse. You'll need fabric for the liner - I used a curtain panel that I found at a garage sale and knew had potential (I have a slight obsession with using sheets in sewing).




Chop the legs off the jeans and use them to trace around for the size of your liner (cut 2 liner pieces)




Flip the jeans inside-out and sew up the bottom (I used my serger but just a regular stitch with work)




With your lining pieces right sides together, sew up the edges and bottom, leaving the top open


Cut a strip of fabric and jean however long you want the handle to be. Sew the pieces with right sides together then turn the handle right-side out. Or you can sew the pieces right-side out if you want a raw edge look




After it was turned I topstitched to make it fun - see the squiggles:




Ok, the boring prep work is done - now for the assembly. Roll the top of your lining down a couple of times so it won't show a raw edge - you can sew it down if you'd like but I just held it in place.




Then set the lining inside of the jeans and slowly stitch along the edge of the lining - you stitch through everything like belt loops and such, but beware of rivets (those metal things) - they'll break your needle for sure.




When you get to where you'd like the handle to attach just slide it inbetween the lining and jeans - if you look close you can see how I had to seap rip because I finished and realized I had a purse with no handle - oops!




That's it - you're done! Easy, right?! I jazzed mine up a little with a detachable fabric flower (here's my how-to on that) and made a string from the fabric to run through the belt loops. The flower can be stuck anywhere on the purse or even in the little girl's hair so she can accessorize herself to match her bag.




Here's this one and another one I whipped up for a little girl's birthday - to do the embroidery or anything like it, do it before you sew the bottom of the jeans together.




Children were hovering while I tried to take these pictures (you probably noticed the Little People Bus sneaking into the background) - one in particular stayed the duration of the purse photo shoot constantly asking "are you done" "who's that for" "is it going to be mine" "I love that" - well missy, with that kind of desire, of course it's yours - enjoy!




Don't forget to swing by and check out my blog, SugarBee Craft Edition - if you're the link-party type, I host one on Tuesdays - - and I occassionally do a surprise giveaway to one of my followers, so become a follower and who knows, maybe you'll be next to win something fabulous! Thanks for having me here!


Thursday, April 29, 2010

.:Things to Try Thursday - Ruffled Tank:.

I saw this idea from Lynette at Get Your Craft On, and I know I just have to try it. Reece would look so darling sporting one of these this summer!


Check out Lynette's tutorial here!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

.:Mouth-Watering Wednesday - Corn & Black Bean Salad:.

My good friend Sarah shared this recipe with me, and it's been a favorite in our house ever since! It is great to eat as a salad, but our favorite way to eat it is with chips, like a salsa.

Enjoy!

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can corn, drained,
6 oz. monterey jack cheese, cubed
1/4 c sliced green onions
1/2 c cilantro, chopped

1/3 c lime juice
1/2 c olive oil
1 clove garlic, pressed
1 t salt
1/8 t cayenne pepper

Combine first 5 ingredients. Whisk last 5 ingredients, pour over bean mixture, mix. Chill.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

.:Tutorial Tuesday - Butterfly Wing Onesie:.

My mom and I were at this awesome fabric store here in Utah, Material Girls, and we saw a picture on a pattern book for a onesie with wings on it. We thought that we could probably figure out how to do that without buying an entire pattern book.

Here's what you need:

- onesie (or a t-shirt would work too, for older kids)
- fabric
- interfacing
- iron
- sewing machine/accessories


The first thing I did was a Google image search for butterfly wing outlines. I picked out the one that I liked and printed it. Then I used it to freehand the wing a bit bigger.


Next I traced it onto a folded piece of paper so that I could give myself a little bit of a body to attach it to the onesie.


Then pin it onto your fabric (I doubled mine up) and cut it out. This will give you double fabric of the entire wing set.


Next pin the pattern to your interfacing and cut it out. After you've cut it out, trim around it again, going in about a quarter inch.


Iron on the interfacing to the wrong side of one of your pieces of fabric.


Pin both wrong sides together, and do a quarter inch hem around the edges.


I then frayed my edges to mess them up a little bit.


All that's left is to sew the wings on to your onesie! Don't look too closely at mine - I had a little mishap so it's a little crooked!


Now put them on the cutest baby body you can find and you've got yourself a photo op!


This onesie is size 0-3 months. I think next time I would do a smaller set of wings for that small of a onesie so that they would stay up on their own better when the baby is lying on their tummy. The bigger size of wings, like I used here, is good for babies that are sitting up, because then the wings will naturally stay out like they are in the picture that I am holding the onesie up.




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