Saturday, April 25, 2015

Travel Scarf with Hidden Pocket

I found some great knit fabric with stripes on one side and lace on the other. It would be great for an infinity scarf.  I also purchased some teal pom pom trim.  And using this tutorial attached it along the length. But before I did, I added a hidden pocket with a invisible zipper. The pocket is big enough from my phone, some cards and cash. Pretty simple!

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Other Travel Accessories

A couple of other travel accessories:

Passport Holders

Martha herself was the source for this one.  Did you know that you can use Modge Podge on fabric and it will turn fabric into almost vinyl so you can cut it w/ clean, unfrayed edges, Martha genius!

Lingerie Pouch

This was a great tutorial for helping me make it - Crafting: Zippered Lingerie Pouch

Jewelry Roll

I basically used this tutorial - Travel Jewelry Organizer by Gwenny Penny

Large Makeup Pouch

My travel back pack fills up better when everything lays flat, so rather than a boxy cosmetic bag and made the lingerie pouch with vinyl lining, and with vinyl pockets.

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

Fun Concrete Pots

Click here to see my source of inspiration, as well as some tips and hints.
Above are my supplies.  I used the paintbrush to apply Vaseline to the inside of those three pots. Then while wearing my gloves, safety glasses, and face mask, I mixed the cement into the bucket with the water.  I poured the cement into the pots, shaking it, and taping the sides to help w/ air bubbles, which I don't really mind, makes it look more cement like.  Then after about 5 minutes, I placed the cups to make the wells.

I kept pressing the cups, but you could put rocks in them to keep them down. The cement gets hot. 
After about 20 minutes, I put the pots between some newspaper and then cracked them with a hammer, and then took off the broken green pot form. They were drying really fast and looks like some cracks were forming, so I misted them and put them under plastic. Look at the cool brush strokes from the Vaseline.

I sanded them and it takes out the rough edges and the cracks.  The top is a before picture the bottom is after I sanded it.

I added some white sand to help stabilize the air plant.

Somebody should have cleaned the windows!

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Makeup Travel Pouch

I like matching accessories but it's hard to find a complete collection that fits my needs and style, so because of Pinterest, lots of online tutorials, I committed to making my own set.  This is one of my favorites - a travel makeup pouch.

What you need:

  • Two pieces of vinyl/laminated fabric/oil cloth (one clear - I used 8 gauge),  7 1/2" x 15"
  • One piece of fusible interfacing or fleece, 7 1/2" x 15"
  • Two zippers longer than 7 1/2" (I used 9 inch)
  • One piece of outside fabric, 9" x 16 1/2" 
  • Thread
  • Ribbon
  • Zipper foot is extremely helpful

1.  Sew your zippers onto the clear vinyl
Fold over the short ends of the vinyl about 3/8 of an inch. It should stick and hold enough. Now with the zipper face up, center it along this edge of the vinyl. You can't use pins as the holes are visible, so I used clothespins. With the zipper foot, run along the edge of the zipper and the vinyl. Sew both zippers on, with the zippers going the same way.

2.  Attach the clear vinyl to the pattern vinyl
Place the clear vinyl (with attached zippers) onto the other piece of vinyl. Move the zippers into the middle (not like the picture shown). And then baste (I used 3.5) around the whole thing, I used a zipper foot because it's along the zipper on two edges.

Fold in half to find the middle, and the mark. I used a whiteboard marker to it would wipe off. Sew down this middle, not basting. Trim the zipper to match the edges. 
3. Iron on the interface
Center the interface onto the wrong wide of the fabric and iron on.

4. Sew on the ribbon
Flip over the fabric, center the ribbon along the length of the fabric and sew along both edges of the ribbon.

5. Attach the vinyl to the outside fabric
Place the vinyl onto the fabric, fold over fabric twice, pinning as you go. Form 45 degree mitered corners.  Sew all the way around, keep the ribbon straight out, so that it gets sew into the edge as well. And that's it!
PS After using this, the ribbon can get a little tedious, so I am going to cut off on side of the ribbon and replace with a button, and sew a loop into the other ribbon, so it just buttons close.
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