Friday, May 28, 2010

Business Card Case

Here we go again...another felt project.  So, once again I refused the felt recommendation and made it out of heavy weight home decor fabric.  I actually used the same fabric as the photo album cover.  I decided to give the brag book to my mom (so she can show off pictures of her 5, soon to be 6, grandchildren) and I thought it would be much cuter if the business card case I was making her matched.  So, now she has a set. 

We both have the hard metal cases for our business cards, but mine just recently broke.  This is the perfect replacement.  It was also very quick and easy.  A great solution for a quick gift idea for a co-worker or friend.  These would also make great gift card holders...they are the perfect size.

This project was provided by Lauren Brandy and

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Felt Photo Album Cover

I cheated on this one a little bit and didn't make it out of felt.  I don't normally work with felt because I don't really like felt.  I can't believe how many of these project sheets want you to make all of this stuff with felt.  So, I am revolting.  I am rising up against the felt lovers of the world and refusing to join them.  I like fabric. So, I made my album cover out of a heavy weight home decor fabric.  I think it is much cuter than felt and will keeps it adorable appearance longer.  Felt tends to show it's age and with a brag book like this one that will be taken in and out of my purse, I don't want it to show it's wear and tear.

Now I will step down from my soap box and move on.  This is such a great project.  So quick and there are so many possibilities to make this unique.  I just bought a small brag book photo album from the dollar store and used up some fabric scraps I had laying around and now it looks like a million bucks.  Ok, maybe not a million bucks, but definitely worth more than a dollar now.

This project was provided by Emily Montgomery at

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Teapot Cozy

It has been rainy and cold around here for about a month, so I have been drinking a lot of hot tea these days.  That means the tea pot is sitting out on the stove every day and now I have something to cover it up with.  This was pretty quick and easy to make.  I didn't use bias tape around the lower edge, instead I just tucked the raw edges in and hemmed it.  I think it turned out just fine like that.  I also didn't line it, but you could use a heat resistant lining material to be able to use it when the teapot is still warm.  I only plan on having it on the tea pot when I am not using it, so I just didn't bother with the liner.  Either way, this makes a great gift for a friend or family member.  It's quick, easy and you could personalize it with an initial or name on the front. 

This project was provided by Ann DeOtte at

Friday, May 14, 2010

Clothespin Bag

I must admit, I stared at this project sheet for hours trying to figure out another use for it.  I don't have a clothesline in my back yard (I guess you can probably tell from the fact that I had to take a picture in my bathroom) and I don't even own any clothespins, so I didn't know what I would possibly need this for. 

I was obviously not having a creative moment, because I didn't come up with much.  Possibly a storage bag for hair accessories...or mittens...or plastic grocery bags. 

I am sure there are many, many more uses...but, I gave up.  I decided to make this for it's intended purpose and pass it along to someone who does have a clothesline in their back yard.  And I had just the perfect fabric in mind.  My sister in law was thrilled with it.  She has two little boys who steal her clothespins from the laundry basket while she is trying to hang the clothes, so this will hopefully keep them out of her stash. 

This project was provided by Christy Hemby at

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Fabric Flower Brooch

This project, so far, has had the most vague directions!!!  I read the instructions and then I read them again and then again and then I finally had to form a committee (committee = my mom and I) to discuss the possibilites of how to form these flowers.  Finally, after several hours of intense thought and discussion (might be a little overdramatic here), we figured it out.  Once I got past that challenge, these were very quick to make.  I don't know what I am going to do with it, since I don't ever wear a brooch.  Maybe I will attach it to a purse.  Hmmmmmmm...

This project was provided by Solveig Petch at

Friday, May 7, 2010

Bicycle Lunch Bag

Although I have a bicycle (and I must say a very nice bicycle) leaning against my garage wall with the intention of someday becoming an avid bicycle rider, I don't ever ride it.  In fact, it doesn't even have the front wheel attached right now.  So, this isn't really a project I could use.  But, I am sure my niece and nephews are bicycle riders and perhaps one of them would like one.  Anyway, I do have a few complaints about this project.  The instructions don't call for you to add the velcro closures until you have the bag assembled.  This makes it very difficult to add the velcro strip that goes on the body of the bag.  Pretty hard to get that area into the machine and not catch the backside.  It is a very crafty idea, but just a little heads up for those of you (and by you, I mean us) who don't think 5 steps ahead and adjust the instructions after applying your own knowledge to the project. 

This project was provided by Lenore M. Edman at

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Zippered Pouch

I promise this didn't really take 2 weeks for me to make this pouch.  More like it took about 30 minutes.  I just got overwhelmed with other non-calendar-challenge projects.  I can't believe it has been 2 weeks since my last post.  AAAHHH!! 

But I digress...

This is such a great project.  I have a zippered pouch that I always carry in my purse for loose change.  I didn't make the one I have, but I will certainly make many more of these in the future.  The one in the picture has already been given away as a gift, case you were wondering...she LOVED it!!! 

The main reason I love this project is because I am one of those really picky people who refuses to carry a wallet and purse that don't match or at least coordinate.  So, now I don't have to worry about the coin purse clashing either.  I tend to always make my own purses and sometimes my own wallet and now my own coin purse. 

This project was provided by Cindy Hopper at