Thursday, June 27, 2013

Upcycled Blue Jean Camera Case-How to


 
Upcycled Blue Jean Camera Case

Well, I used my last piece of my cut-up blue jeans to make this little bag for my camera.  I don't know if you are like me, but I find myself throwing my camera inside my purse as I rush out the door.  I worry about it getting knocked around in there, so I decided to make something to protect it a little more AND be cute to look at too!

I started by drawing blue stars all over my blue jeans.  I tested the sharpie out on a scrap piece of blue jeans first.  I washed it in the sink and dried it and it did not smear at all.

I then decided to design my lining fabric with simple red stripes.

I then cut my outer fabric (the stars) and my lining fabric (the stripes) to the same size.  I chose 5.5" x 8.5".

I then ironed some Fusible Fleece to the WRONG side of both pieces of outer fabric.  I usually iron first and then cut the fleece to match the fabric I'm fusing it to.  I've been using this 100% Polyester fleece with all of the iPad Sleeves I've been making, and I really like how much cushion it gives to protect whatever will be inside.

Next, you need to face your outer material (with the attached fleece) RIGHT sides together and then sew around 3 sides, leaving the top open.  I used 1/4" seam allowance.


I like to cut off the corners and along the sides, as close to the stitches as possible to reduce bulk.  Be sure NOT to cut into your stitches.



Do the same thing to the striped inner lining: RIGHT sides together, sew around 3 sides using a 1/4" seam allowance.  BUT....the one difference for the lining (AND THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT OR YOUR BAG WILL BE MESSED UP) is that along the bottom you need to leave a small opening so that you can turn your bag inside out.  I usually try to leave a hole the size of my fist or a little smaller.  This bag was so small, though, that the entire bottom was about the side of my fist.  In the above/left picture I marked the area to leave an opening with double pins.


This is the size of opening that I left at the bottom.


At this point you can now turn your outer fabric right side out.  I use the little dowel to push our the corners.


 You will then attach a piece of elastic to one side of your bag (your back).  I usually use an elastic hair tie for this.  Place the elastic about 1/4" from the top.  Be sure your loop is pointed down.  Sew back and forth over the elastic until you feel it is secure.




Then, flip your bag over and attach a button to the front.  I just guesstimate where to put the button.  I use my sewing machine, but you could hand sew this if you like.  I personally try to avoid hand sewing at all cost.  :)



Now it is time to attach your lining to the outer star material.  The picture on the left shows how I slipped the lining fabric (still wrong side out) over the star fabric (now right side out).  Make sure your elastic is tucked down inside.  That is where it is supposed to be.

You will then begin to sew 1/4"  seam all the way around.  I accidentally sewed straight across-DON'T DO THAT!  In the right picture you can see where I took off the arm of my machine.  I was hoping to slide the bag around that piece and make a nice circle around the fabric.  The hole was too small, but determined to avoid hand-sewing, I managed to make it work.

This is where that hole at the bottom of the lining comes in.  You will pull the star fabric through that hole.



It should now look like this!


Push the lining into the bag.  WAIT!  You still have that little hole (in my case HUGE!) that needs to be sewn up.


Sew that puppy up and then stuff it into your bag and you are....

FINISHED! :)




Upcycled Blue Jean Camera Case

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Sewing Napkins for the 4th of July

Well, I've never sewn napkins before, but when my daughter brought me this material from the stash her Grandma gave her, I had to try it! 


I wanted this to be a sewing project for my 7 year old, but she was not in the mood to sew.


 She was up  for making the napkin rings.  We grabbed a toilet paper roll and wrapped it with some string.  She did one and I did one.  We'll have to do some more later. We then hot glued on some beads and that was it! 


Hope you enjoyed my Day 2 of something Red, White and Blue.  Come back tomorrow for another patriotic post.  I have not made it yet, so hopefully it will be finished by tomorrow!

Have a great day!

Blessings,
Gina

Monday, June 24, 2013

Blue Jean Flag Banner

 I'll be trying to post something Red, White 'n Blue every day this week. I do not have ANY 4th of July decorations, so I'm trying to work on that.   :)






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Friday, June 21, 2013

Upcycled Blue Jean iPad Sleeve

If you haven't already noticed, I'm on a little Blue Jean upcycle kick right now.  Do you want to know why??  Becasue worn out blue jeans are cheap!!  Or, in this case...free.  I'm sure most of us do not have the money right now to be running out and buying all those beautiful fabrics.  However, I need to continue sewing, so I can get better.  Thus, the blue jean!

I have been wanting to have another go at the iPad cover/sleeve.  I made one other and posted about it here.  I think it turned out pretty good.  I gave it to my Mom for Mother's Day and she said she loves it.  I was just happy the iPad actually FITS into the sleeve.  I do not have an iPad of my own, so I have to just go by the manufacturers measurement, or what other tutorials suggest.

Enough chatter....here is my latest iPad Sleeve.


Blue Jean iPad Sleeve








  This button I ripped off of the pair of blue jeans the material came from.  I knew it would come in handy.  Next time I'll leave a LITTLE more fabric around it to work with.

  I could not find a red or white pony tail holder in my entire house.  How is that possible with 3 girls living here?!  Anyway, I had to use some elastic I had on hand.  It is SO satisfying when I can make something from supplies I already have on hand and not have to spend a single penny!  It makes me happy. :)







I designed this myself.  I'm so please with how it turned out.  AND, no popped seams this time.  The top is a little funky, because I had to add on extra fabric to make it long enough.  This can be fixed next time by actually measuring the blue jeans before I start cutting them to pieces. :)

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Upcycled Patriotic Clutch Made from Fused Plastic Bags




On my last post, Fusing Plastic Bags into a Sewable Material, I mentioned that I had made a bag out of some of my fused recycled plastic grocery bags. 


 As a reminder, this is what it looked like before it was made into a bag.


And...voila!  Here is the Patriotic Plastic Bag Clutch.  My sweet daughter was nice enough to model it for me.






She just got the Texan coin purse from her Texan born Mee Maw.  Matches perfectly!
I wanted to add some velcro, but I ran out.  I'll have to add that later.

 A little Decorative Trim and hot glue on some stars and hearts, and we are set for the 4th!

And there is the Blue Jean Upcycle.  I had to get that in there.  I had never thought of using blue jeans for a lining before, but it's nice!

Making a bag from Fused Plastic
 This project turned out so much nicer than I ever imagined.  It's actually very lovely and perfect for the 4th!  By-the-way, if you like the bracelet my little girl is wearing, hop on over to my post on the Blue Jean Rosette Bracelets. 

I'd love to know if any of you have ever tried fusing plastic before.  I'd love for you to leave me a comment or question.   

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Friday
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Frugal Fit Family 
My Turn For Us
Weekend Wonders 
Craftberry Bush 
All Our Days 
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Craftionary 
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Diane Rambles
 Organized 31 
Happy Go Lucky -Shine on Fridays
One Artsy Mama-Shine on Fridays
One Tough Mother-Shine on Fridays
Young & Crafty-Shine on Fridays
 A Peek Into My Paradise 

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Your Home Based Mom
Cheerios &Lattes
Little Inspiraton
It's Overflowing
Or So She Says
 Six Sister's Stuff 
Tatertots and Jellow
A little CLAIREification
 Be Different...Act Normal 
Serenity You

Monday 6/24/13
An Original Bell 
I Should be Mopping the Floors
Alderberry Hill
That DIY party 
Mad in Crafts
Uncommon Designs -Monday Funday
C.R.A.F.T.-Monday Funday
Lines Across-Monday Funday
That's What Che Said-Monday Funday
Creatively Living-Monday Funday
An Extraordinary Day-Monday FundayTiti Crafty
Keeping it Simple 
Sew Can Do 
Craft-O-Maniac 
Flour Me With Love 
The Dedicated House
Clairejustine
Skip to My Loue
Crafts a la Mode
Say not sweet Anne
Alderberry Crafts
Cherished and Handmade Treasures 
Pinkapotamus 
Creating My Way to Success  
   DIY Home Sweet Home
 Craft and Repeat 
 Kathe w/ an E

Tuesday
 Our Delightful Home
 Funky Polkadot Giraffe
If It's Not Baroque
Nap-time Creations
Sugar Bee Crafts
Adventures of a DIY Mom
Ladybug Blessings
Jennifer Juniper-Hope Studios
Crafty Confessions
A to Zebra Celebratons
Him and Her
Sarah Lynn's Sweets
Get Your Craft On
Be Betsy
Lolly Jane
the diy Dreamer
Hickory Trail 
Stone Cottage Adventure
 Riusa & Crea (Creative Reuse)-9th party
Salt Tree 
 Not Just a Housewife 
Someday I'll Learn  
Cupcakes and Crinoline  
 Recycled Fashion 

Tuesday Afternoon/Evening
JAQS Studio 
 From Dream To Reality-evening
Oh MY!Creative
Smart School House 

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We Like to Learn as We Go!  
Ginger Snap Crafts 
Ashley's Dandelion Wishes
 Lil Luna 
 My Girlish Whims
 Someday Crafts - patriotic category 
Two Girls and a Party
SNAP!
Southern Lovely 

Thursday 6/27
Live Laugh Rowe
Organized 31
Simply Dream & Create
The Crafty Blog Stalker 
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Krysta Steen
A Jennuine Life
All Things With Purpose
A Glimpse Inside
Fireflies and Jellybeans







Have a great weekend!


Blessings,
~Gina