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Customize your camera with a handmade strap

May 27, 2011

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For a friend’s birthday, I decided to make her a camera strap cover (like this one) in her favorite color, purple. After doing a little research, though, I discovered that her camera’s strap was a skinny one, and not the size of the Digital SLRs that most covers are sized for.

I began searching for tutorials that help you make a complete strap (not just a cover) and came across this great one from Ikat Bag. It took only about an hour and a half or so to pull together, and I love how it turned out!

The vinyl straps are actually black dog collars I found at Big Lots for only $1 each (complete with all the needed hardware). The black-backed vinyl came from my local JoAnn store.

I deviated from the pattern a bit and added some fusible fleece to the inside to make it more padded when it hangs around your neck. I hope she likes it!

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Free chemo hat PDF pattern

April 10, 2011

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Some of you know that I am the founder of a local charity called Brimming with Love. BWL’s mission is to provide free handmade hats to patients across the DFW area undergoing cancer therapy.

About 8 years ago, Milly Ralsky, one of our volunteers (who was 83 at the time) contacted me about a fabulous pattern she wanted to share with us. She had been making it for nearly 40 years to benefit local hospitals. In honor of Milly, we call it “Milly’s Tie Hat”. It’s a simple sewing pattern (with just two pattern pieces) that is reversible…so you get two hats in one! We receive several requests for the pattern each month from folks all around the world, so I decided it was finally time to learn how to make downloadable patterns.

I’m thrilled to share that Milly’s Tie Hat pattern is now available in PDF format on the Brimming with Love website! It is 100% free for non-commercial use. Interested in making one for someone you know or donating your time and talents to Brimming with Love? Check out our website for more information. It’s amazing how such a small thing like a handmade hat can make a big difference in someone’s day that is undergoing cancer therapy.

For those that decide to check out the pattern…let me know how it goes! I’d love to see pictures of your finished hats or any feedback you might have on the pattern. Now that I’ve dipped my toe in the water, you might see more downloadable patterns here in the future!

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All done with the anthro-inspired quilt!

March 13, 2011

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So what do you think? I put it on my bed and immediately went…now I need to make some cute matching pillows! *lol* I decided I couldn’t wait to share the finished project with you, though, so old pillows will just have to do.

I ended up quilting every vertical row and every other horizontal one. My lil’ Kenmore machine was strugglin’ a bit with the size of the king-size duvet, but it came through in the end.

The canvases above my bed are prints from the Kelly Rae Roberts collection (manufactured by Demdaco). Love her work. It has such a positive energy and always makes me smile!

Thanks again to the gals at kojodesigns for the great tutorial. I couldn’t be happier with my new anthro-inspired bedding!

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Anthro-inspired quilt progress

February 28, 2011

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I’ve made a little progress on my anthro-inspired quilt, and I thought I’d share it with you.

This weekend, I started joining the 56 knotted squares together into rows. Here are the 8 stitched rows in a messy heap ready to be stitched together.

I then joined the 8 rows together to form the front panel for the King-size quilt, adding lots of gathers along the way. We’ll just say it required *a lot* of straight pins. *lol* Thank goodness for magnetic pin cushions!

Now, it’s time to attach the finished cover to the duvet and stitch in the ditch. Hopefully, it will fit inside my lil’ Kenmore machine. I purchased some quilt clips to compact everything a bit. If they work, I’ll be back with a finished project soon!

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Anthro-inspired quilt

February 20, 2011

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So the brilliant gals over at kojodesigns have created a fabulous tutorial to make your own anthropology-inspired quilt. It was the Season 5 winner of the So You Think You’re Crafty competition (pictured below). It’s a stunner, right?

I love the fresh white color and soft jersey fabric, and decided to make one for myself! Since I had no material to re-purpose, I went to my local Target store and picked up a couple sets of King-size jersey sheets (for only $20/each) along with a thin duvet (also $20). Not bad, considering the inspiration quilt has a $300 price tag!

Interested in making one yourself? Check out Part 1 and Part 2 of the kojodesigns tutorial.

I started Part 1 this weekend by cutting out a plethora of 18″ squares, marking them for knotting, and gathering/sewing the center knots. You only need 56 but I made a few extra, just in case. I have to say the first few I did were not very “knot-like” at all! *lol* The jersey I’m using is pretty thin. I found it helped to modify the circle size (I used around 5 1/2″ instead of 6″) and just continue to mess with the fabric until the knots look the way you want. In the end, I don’t think it matters that much, because part of the charm of this project is that each knot is unique.

I laid out the squares on top of the King-size duvet to get an idea of what the finished quilt will look like. Here’s a sneak peek…

Next step is lots of gathering, stitching, & quilting! I’ll be sharing more progress with you soon!

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