Monday, October 15, 2012

Swag Bag - Crochet Handles

Hello All,
Well...I must admit I really enjoy making these bags. This time I modified the bag by adding a crochet handle instead of the round bamboo handle.

To do this I followed the instructions given here
This was a really fun project. I'm sure I'll be trying it again.
I also decided to make a cute little bag for my niece to wear to church this past Sunday.


It was just several rows of half double crochets and I single crocheted the sides together. It has a black lining to match the flower.
Happy Krafting!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Another Crochet Swag Bag

Hello All...

Well, I must admit...this whole crochet thing has become my latest obsession. I have made about 6 bags in the last 10 days. They are just so easy and I love the way they turn out. Once again I used the tutorial from One Virtuous Woman and this time I used the Read Heart Team Spirit yarn.
Since most on New Orleans is obsessed with LSU and The Saints I started with LSU. I know the yarn photographs blue but it's actually purple.
I Love it!
Happy Krafting!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Crochet Handbags!

Hello All,
I decided to give this blogging thing another try :-).
As you can probably tell, I love "ALL THINGS CRAFT"! Which is why my posts range from paper crafts to embroidery, to sewing, to my latest thing...crochet! I have been busily watching tutorials pn how to make these adorable crochet handbags. I absolutele love them but more than that I LOVE how quick they are to make. INSTANT GRATIFICATION AT ITS BEST!
Both of these bags were from One Virtuous Woman on YouTube. Check out her website  HERE
The first is called a granny bottom bag and it's super easy! This one take quite a bit of yarn, however.

 The second one (and my personal favorite) is called the swag bag and it is also super easy. It only requires one skein of yarn (Red Heart Super Saver) and it works up really quickly!

I loved making these and I KNOW I'll be making more! Check out the link above if you wanna give it a try.
Happy Krafting!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Recycled Jeans - 3

Well... I decided that since I was on this denim kick I'd try something new.
I've been wanting a denim skirt and All the ones I've seen have been too short or too expensive. I want a knee length skirt just for errand days. I saw a video by NaturalLady1 and it looked sooo easy that I decided to give it a try. I took a picture of each step but you should see the video for clarity.
First, I started with a pair of jeans that were way too long and I cut about 13 inches from each leg.
Then I took out my trusty scissors and began to rip (my seam ripper is M.I.A.).
Halfway there...
Almost, but not quite...
I had to rip all the seams out joining the legs in the center, then up the front to where the zipper ends, then...up the back all rge way to the seam that is shaped somewhat like a V.
Then I pinned the back straight down and sewed in a seam from top to bottom.
After sewing the back I took one of the leg pieces I cut earlier and placed it under the V created by my earlier ripping. I pinned this into place and sewed it in using the same type of double seam that is in the rest of the "skirt".
This is what the seams looked like.
And here is the finished skirt!!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Recycled Jeans - 2

Practice! Practice! Practice!
My first attempt at making a purse from "upcycled" jeans went OK. However, I tweeked it a little. First, the last purse was made with kids jeans and I found it to be too little for any of my stuff.
I used adult sized jeans this time.
Second, the closure on the last one was BAD. I decided to add a zipper (this took some work).
Third, I experimented with the strap and made raw edged strap that is sealed with a zig-zag stitch.
I like this one much better!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Recycled Jeans!

Hello Again!
Have you ever wondered if there was ANY way to recycle your old jeans. If you're anything like me you HATE to hrow things away. I'm always asking myself "What can I make with that?" Well...y mom was throwing out some of my niece's old clothes and I noticed this old pair of jeans.
That started me thinking...A PURSE!
I dug a little deeper into the "trash" bag and found a red, striped button down shirt. I decided to use it to line the bag.
Here's the finished product.
If you want to try this project HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED:
(1) an old pair of jeans
(2) any old shirt, skirt, etc. for lining
(3) scissors
(4) pins
(5) sewing machine
(1) Cut jeans just across the crotch (save the legs)
(2) turn the jeans inside out and pin across the bottom
(3) Sew the botom closed on your sewing machine
(4) make a "pocket" to go inside your bag with the lining fabric
(5) place the lining inside the jeans and machine sew or hand sew the lining in
(6) use the legs to make a strap and attach
(7) cut a piece of the lining fabric to make a sash to go through the belt loops

Friday, February 10, 2012

I Got A New Cartridge!

Hey All

I just got a new cartridge! I'm a little slow about my crafting lately. Busy, Busy, Busy when you're trying to take care of 12,10, and 6 year old boys. However, I've been wanting to make favor bags alot lately. Most of the favor bags I've seen are for the larger, 12x12 cricut. I only have the original , 6x12 cricut. I recently saw a few videos using the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge and cutting at 5.5. The bags were a nice size so I decided to buy it!! Stay tuned for my FAVOR BAGS!

Happy Krafting!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Shower Favors

Hello All
It's been a while since I've posting any of my crafts. Carpal/Cubital tunnel had me down for a while. But I had to come out of "retirement" to help out a friend who's hosting a baby shower next weekend. I made 30 cute little purse favors to be filled with something yummy, I'm sure.
I cut the purse template on lavender cardstock and made the handles with brown cardstock. I use a 1 and 1/4 inch scalloped circle punch for the tag and backed it with a 2 inch scalloped circle cut with the cricut Forever Young cartridge.
I attached the handles with these adorable sparkly brads from Michaels.
Here's all 30 of them ...ready to go.
With the leftover paper I decide to make a banner. Its a Girl!!!!
Hope you like!!!!
Happy Crafting!