Welcome to the first day of giftables month! I have been doing a lot of selfish sewing lately but its time to kick my butt into high gear and get sewing for everyone else but of course you’re coming on this journey with me! And were starting with the tween girls in my life, who are both getting brand new, trendy outfits for their American Girl Dolls.
I think every one who loves to sew wishes they had more time to commit to it. I don’t think I have ever met anyone who creates anything really that doesn’t want more time to devote to their passion. For me obviously that passion is sewing but, as I have mentioned in about all of my previous posts, I have had really little time to dedicate to sewing lately.
When I do have time its really only in quick half-hour chunks or a quick few minutes in between all of the other things that I have to do on a daily basis. I shared a while back that I am in the process of making a quick, one block at a time, but repetition is never something that I have liked very much and I have found myself searching for other quick and easy projects that I can accomplish in a small amount of time. Five of these quick and easy projects have really stuck out to me and of course I just had to share them with you all as well! They are all projects that would be great for beginner as well so bonus points for that too!
A new year means that it is time for a new tutorial designed exclusively for Sew Uprising blog followers! Today’s tutorial is for one of my favorite quilt blocks to sew, a twisted four corner block. It is a very simple quilt block, using only HSTs and full squares in the design, and is quick and easy to piece. Put a bunch of them together, however, and I just love the clean, geometric pattern it creates!
One of the first successful sewing projects I ever made was a really simple zippered pouch. The tutorial I followed was the most basic of tutorials but I was so proud of the results. Since then my sewing skills have improved, marginally but they have improved none the less.
Not long after that I wanted to make the idea my own and after a few hours of experimenting I figured out the secret to pretty looking zipper ends was going to be french seams. Since then I have made hundreds of these quick-to-sew pouches and fall in love with their simplicity more and more every time. I detailed the process of making them below. As usual, a free, downloadable version of this post is available in my Craftsy shop!
Being an adult is hard. And expensive. So, so expensive.
No matter how empty my bank account gets however there are some things, like my wine budget, that I refuse to give up on. I will eat ramen for a week if I can reward myself of Friday night with a great bottle of moscato. So in an effort to continue being able to spend all of my *extra* cash on endless bottles of sweet, sweet wine, I have become a couponer. I am still learning and I am sure that I will never be good enough at it to become an extreme couponer, but on my last grocery trip I saved about twenty five dollars and I was pretty proud of myself. I mean, that is three bottles of The Naked Grape Moscato!
And now that I am officially *dedicated* to couponing, I need a place to store all of my coupons that, hopefully, will keep me from dropping them and watching them fly all over the place while standing in the check out line which, yes, did happen. Twice.
I love the idea of quilting. I adore the time spent picking the perfect fabrics, comparing endless options, the intricacies of piecing a quilt top, and even the whole process of putting the thing together. I made a few quilts back before I left for college and have been craving to make another one ever since I got back into sewing. Living in a small apartment however, there really isn’t room for me to spread out and make a full size quilt. When I got the urge to make a new quilt a few days ago the impulsive side of me said to just do it, to take over the entire apartment with half square triangles, batting, and backing but the practical side of me knew that I really do not have the time to commit to a project like that right now.
In an effort to fulfill my urge to quilt while acknowledging the annoying, nagging reasonable part of my brain i came up with the idea of turning a classic quilt block into a throw pillow in the colors that I eventually want to redo my bedroom in. It is a super simple project that utilizes basic quilt piecing techniques to create an interesting throw
Anyone else a sucker for great packaging? I end up buying things I probably don’t need because of their beautiful packaging more than I care to admit and these pretty little tea canisters were one of those purchases..
I have more tea than I could probably drink in a life time but that didn’t stop be from buying more when I saw the Harney and Sons Fine Tea company teas in Target. The vintage tin can packaging was just begging to be turned into something pretty for the apartment.
Side note: I loved the actual teas too, the chai was my fav! I plan on getting some more on my next trip to the store.
In all honesty though they sat around in a pile of potential craft supplies for quite a while before I figured out just what I wanted to do with them. It wasn’t until after a trip to the craft store to get supplies for my birch tree canvas project when I was browsing the clearance section and found a premade bridal bouquet on clearance that I thought they would make the perfect little flower pots. The ranunculus and lavender bouquet instantly caught my eye and was only $12. Score! Add in a foam flower block and I knew I had the making of a very unique and pretty DIY.