Saturday, November 12, 2011

I'm Back, Finally!! With A Tutorial Even!

Wow, not having a computer is rough, but I finally have my power cord back, woohoo!!  I could have kissed the delivery man!

You know, the good thing about not having a computer is I got a lot more sewing done.  I get distracted easily by blogs, email, facebook, and Pinterest.  I can go looking for one thing and before you know it an hour has gone by! How does that happen?  It's like a time warp because I can tell you one hour in a car with two kids does not go by that fast!

Anyway, I have been cranking out projects for The Kilgoris Project and I am making a bunch of totes with handles.  Turning all those handles was a big pain, so I came up with an easy way and I will share it with y'all here!  Do you have any idea how excited I was to figure out that turning handles could make the switch from being the bane of my existence to a 30 second quick fix!

So I am pleased to bring you the Easy Inside Out Tutorial.

Your inside out handle
A safety pin, the bigger the better (Seriously, that's all you need!)

Stick your pin through one side of either end of your handle.

Now stick your pin inside the tube and scrunch up your fabric all the way onto your pin until you can grab the pin on the other side.  So, your pin went all the way through your tube and is coming out the other end.

Go to the end of your scrunched up part and start pulling the fabric over onto itself while you keep hold of your pin.  (You do not want to see close up pictures of my hands, so I didn't practice what I preach here)

Once you get a little bit pulled onto itself the rest slides easily and quickly.

Now just take out your pin and press!

Voila, you have a handle!!  And I could have turned my entire pile of handles in the time it took to write this tutorial.

If you have any questions or anything wasn't clear just let me know!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Friday, November 4, 2011

Sewing For Africa

I have two more weeks to finish sewing projects to donate to sell at the Kilgoris Marketplace to benefit The Kilgoris Project.  TKP is an amazing program that is totally transforming the lives of a community of people living in Kilgoris, Kenya.

My friend from church is one of the major players in this organization and a few months ago she asked if I would sew some things to donate.  She had at least 5 rubbermaid bins of fabric that people had donated to her and a bunch from Africa directly.  I filled up one bin with a bunch of fabric and I have been busy sewing ever since.  I made a bunch of random stuff until I finally figured out what the majority would be.  It turns out that fabric cards are fabulously cute, so I have a ton of those.  Then I made these adorable journal covers too, which I don't have any pictures of yet, oops!

Here are some of the cards I finished this week!

Love these, Amy Butler fabric!
Fabric Greeting Card
Christmas Cards
African Fabric Cards
Fabric Greeting Cards
Fabric Greeting Card

I hope the people who come to shop think they are as cute as I do!! If you are near the Charlotte, NC region and want to check out our local artists please come to the Marketplace. It is going to be November 18th and 19th at Kadi Fit in Cornelius.

I am linking up to Sew and Tell Fridays for the first time today!!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Charity Quilt Blocks

For our first CMQG project, we received fabric from Jay McCarroll's line from Free Spirit.  This was our first guild challenge and we decided to each make two blocks with the fabric we received and then build one or two quilts to donate.  Here are my quilt blocks.



Once the quilts are pieced together and quilted I will show off the finished product!!

Our quilt guild is having a sew-in on Saturday and I'm so excited! Four hours of uninterrupted sewing sounds like heaven!!