Monthly Archives: October 2011

Camera Strap

A friend of mine asked if I could make this strap for her camera.  It was easy-peasy.  And dresses up the camera so nicely.  Another thing I need to add to the list of stuff to make myself.  It has a nice layer of batting in the middle of the strap to make it a little easier on the neck too!
Doesn’t it look so cute on her?


A Lego for your Legos

A typical gift starts for me in this fashion.  One, I decide what kind of gift I want to give, ie. bag, arts and crafts gift, apron, etc… Then, I google image the particular gift to decide what kind of style or which tutorial I want to follow.  Once that is decided, I tweak the design to personalize my gift a little.  So, when I was faced with a lego gift, I went through my process and was actually a little taken back.  There really aren’t a huge selection of lego crafts.  Unless I want to melt crayons into little men, which are kind of cute.  Oh, I also saw a tutorial for a lego backpack that they strongly advised no one to ever try!  My next thought was that I’d get some lego fabric and make a backpack out of it and put the birthday boy’s name on it.  Turns out, you can only order lego fabric from Japan and it’s kind of expensive.

Plan C, I decided I wanted to make a bag, shaped like a lego that birthday boy could then place his legos in when he wanted to take them on-the-go.  After I finally came up with an idea I searched around a little to help me accomplish this.

I found a tutorial online for a rectangular bag... and set about making it.  It took me a while to decipher the tutorial, but finally got it down.  The tutorial said that it was fine to use peltex, a heavy duty stabilizer, but it definitely was tricky to work with.

I had the idea of the pegs on top, and then remembered that my sewing machine has all these fancy stitches I never use and so I sewed LEGO on the top of each peg.  I then actually sewed the buttons to the bag and used fabric glue to secure the fabric on.  I’m sure there was an easier and better way to do this but I couldn’t come up with it in my timeframe.  I also was disappointed that the glue discolored the fabric a little and so it looks a little grungy.

Finally, I found a lego font that I downloaded from fonts101.com, and printed the birthday boy’s name onto some fabric using the freezer paper method.  Stay tuned for some of my future freezer paper endeavors!

Whew, it was a lot of work for this somewhat lego shaped looking bag!


Arts and Crafts Party-the present

The perfect gift for a little girl’s arts and crafts party…The Crayon Roll!  I love this quick and easy gift.  I used this tutorial for the basic design but I tweaked a few things here and there.

I had seen on some pictures of the crayon rolls where they used a different fabric for each of the colors and fell in love with the idea.  I will always use this when making crayon rolls from now on.  I also like making the pockets for the crayons invisible so no one has to know how much trouble I have sewing a straight line!To accompany the crayon roll I decided on a big obnoxious artist’s beret  paired with this super cute artist smock.  Unfortunately, this model was super upset that I made him don such girly clothes.  Our photo session didn’t go well.  This guy had no problems with modeling for me, I’m not sure if I should be worried or not!Hopefully the budding artist will get great use out of these gifts!


Arts and Crafts Party

My friend recently held a party for her cute little daughter who was turning 3.  I had told her I would love to make the cake and really had a blast doing it.  Once we nailed down and arts and crafts theme, I knew this was the cake I wanted.  It was actually a super easy cake to do.

Also,while on Pinterest sucking the hours out of my day researching other ideas, we came across this super cute cake ball palette.  Also a party must!


I really had a great time helping out with this party!  Thanks friend.