Posts tagged ‘applique project’

October 4, 2012

farm hugger

An addition to the coffee cozy repertoire…(search “coffee hugger” or click on similar tag below to see history..)

A mini replica of a friend’s farm to enhance hot beverage enjoyment!  First step:  make a crafty plan

Initial materials:  felt, embroidery thread, linen, 1/8″ black grosgrain ribbon, sparkly corduroy, buttons, black & off white vinyl, ultra suede, bead

The cute cow ended up being too tiny to make….but the poppies are perfect.

“If it weren’t for the coffee, I’d have no identifiable personality whatsoever.”  ~ David Letterman

March 21, 2012

ham? hmmm…

Kids = specialness.  Here is a coffee cozy design by one such kiddo…

The original drawing:

Design delivery:

To most, the only thing that makes sense…is that it makes no sense!  …”You know, HAM…Hamster??!!!”

However, following through on an imaginative drawing gives completion satisfaction & dream realization.  Hopefully giving encouragement to continue being curious & creative.

Plus, project process involving materials, placement & color decisions exercise the brain, too.  And it makes a great birthday present for Daddy!

“When a thing is funny, search it for a hidden truth.”  ~ George Bernard Shaw

January 27, 2012

landscape hugger

I may have to join over-crafters anonymous.  The panoramic hugger below was super fun to make:

Start with house placement, using different textures & stitches…

Add trees, french knot flowers, roof details, tiny doors, bead handles.  Last, add more trees & clouds…

Finish with a print fabric on reverse, green grass on lower edge & blue sky up top.

“I think an example is the best thing you can leave behind.”  ~ Warren Buffett

January 6, 2012

java tweet

Ain’t she the cutest widdle birdie?

Design inspiration found in craft paper:

Materials for the birdie:  ultra suede, cream corduroy, embroidery threads (highly recommend the kind that does not unravel into six strands), & beads

Materials for  cozy:  light grey felt, grey herringbone, cream & green fabric liner, iron-on adhesive

Directions for lettering can be found on post “java hugger 2”.  Since this cozy was especially made for my friend who is a Master Seamstress, near perfection was sought.  So… a bit of undoing along the way was necessary (beaks don’t pucker)…which can be tricky with fuzzy felt.  Every stitch was worth the time!

Cut the fabric (double check orientation) lining 3/8″ wider all around, turn under the top & bottom edges so they match the size of the felt piece.  Use iron-on adhesive to secure into place, blanket stitch long edges.

Test on coffee cup, pin together, blanket stitch.  Turn inside out, blanket stitch on the inside without poking through finished side.  Additional stitches may be needed here & there to seal together.

When considering colors for projects, I think about the 60-30-10 idea in room design.  60% main color, 30% another color, 10% accent.  The idea helps when choosing color & material placement. 

“The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.”  ~ Jon Hammond

November 14, 2011

fowl play

Feather a doll’s nest with cute applique fleece blankets:

Similar to a previous post:  http://edit423.com/2011/10/07/monkey-biz/

Using coordinating & complimentary colors, shiny ric-rac, beads & rhinestone buttons for eyes.

Find a picture & use as a pattern by cutting out the different parts, or create your own bird, animal, design, etc..

Use iron-on adhesive to adhere bird parts & blanket, straight or machine stitches around the edges depending on the part.  The fleece blankets sport the perimeter knot pattern. 

Christmas is around the corner…maybe a surprise original will be under wraps?

October 7, 2011

monkey biz

Knotted edge fleece blankies for dolls – a simple project for kids, plus a wide range of creative options for all.

  • cut fleece pieces to desired size
  • apply appliques or decorations, use iron-on adhesive where possible 
  • flower above:  flannel with blanket stitch & button middles
  • monkey:  draw or find clip art, cut coordinating fabrics (ultra suede, button eyes, pink gingham cheeks), mixture of machine, blanket, straight & cross stitches (click pic for close-up view)
  • snip edges 1.5 – 2 inches deep, 1/2 inch wide all around
  • tie fringe in knots all around
  • ask Gramma to sew matching pj’s

 

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