Monday, June 14, 2010

Upcycled Pleated Beauty Bag

I knew I'd revisit the pleated beauty bag soon than later.  I just love the unique look to this pleated beauty.  I'm all for reducing, reusing, recycling.  But, don't get me wrong, I'm not all about mother earth, more for preserving this great world God has given us for future generations.  Anyway, getting back to reducing, reusing, recycling.  I try to find ways to make my crafting less expensive and repurpose items already out there.  Which is what I did for this bag.

I found a pair of linen pants at the Navy thrift store for a $1.  I was taking a bit of a risk that I'd get enough usable material out of one pair to make another pleated beauty bag, but they were size 18 so I thought that might help me.  The color was perfect for some leftover fabric from the bag I made myself.  A new word has emerged lately, that word is upcycle.  I particularly like this word, it is truly what I did with the pair of linen pants I picked up.

I knew right away who I was going to make the bag for, a beautiful young lady who was graduating from high school and moving on in her life.  I wanted her to know how beautiful she was and how special she was to us and those around her, and to God! 

Thank you for stopping by to visit Modge Podge Crafting, stop back soon to read about a Quilt-for-Life I made for Isaiah and yet another pleated beauty handbag I'm making for another friend.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Sweet Cupcake - Cupcake Pincushion

The question was...what do you sew for a an experienced seamstress for her birthday?  I wanted to make something special and unique.  While perusing the internet for more sewing project ideas (like I really need more project ideas I have projects pouring out of every corner of my crafting area) I ran across Portabellopixie blog by Sandi Henderson.  I knew I had stumbled onto something good!!  After reading about her new book release I ventured over to her shop and took a peak at what she had to offer.  I knew the moment I laid eyes on the cupcake pincushion pattern it would fit the 'special' and 'unique' I was looking for in that birthday gift I wanted to give!  After some searching, I discovered that pretty much everywhere on the net offers the pattern for the same price, but I was in a hurry to get started so I ordered it from a seller off eBay who promised to ship the pattern the next day to me.  In the mean time, I went shopping for the yummy fabrics that would make this sweet treat.

Let me tell you, her pattern directions are excellent and one step better were the color step-by-step pictures!  Ahhh, perfect for a visual learner, like me!  I got busy right away to make this darling little cupcake.  This was my first time sewing a swirl seam (not sure the official name) and I was quite nervous at first that I was going to royally mess it up.  Thankfully, it turned out much better than I expected.  I learned a little bit as I did each seam what works best for matching up the edges.  They weren't perfect, but I had decided that 'good enough' would be good enough, especially since I wasn't certain I could do any better the second go at it.  

So....the finished product!  It is a rather large pincushion.  It is stuffed with poly pellets in the bottom for weight and a small layer of poly along the frosting part with SOS pads for the rest.  The SOS pads worked great for stuffing and will help sharpen and keep sharp all the straight pins that find their new home in this yummy new pincushion.

Thank you for stopping by Modge Podge Crafting.  Come back again soon!