Worktable Wednesday- Mermaid Days Project Bag


Happy Wednesday, crafty friends! On Monday, I shared a fun technique of adding fabric to paper note cards, and today I thought I’d continue on that line and post another fabric project that I’ve been working on.


As most of you know, I took up cross-stitching again at the beginning of this year. And I’ve been noticing that many of the stitchers I follow on YouTube and Instagram have these adorable fabric project bags to hold their patterns and supplies… and of course that made me want some project bags, too.


Now I’ve been floundering away at sewing for many years, but I’ve never, ever tried to install a zipper. Thank goodness for video tutorials, right? These zipper pouches are actually quite easy to make once you get going, and they are so perfect for holding my stitching charts, fabric and floss, and needles and scissors, as well.


I mixed two fabric collections for this project bag. Both older fabric lines from my stash, including the adorable Mermaid Days collection from my favorite artist, Cori Dantini. I found the free whale pattern online, and with the help of some Therm O Web iron-on adhesive was able to make this super cute raw-edge applique for the front of the bag. And if you look very closely, you can see that I added stitching around the edges of some of the fish on the background for a bit of a quilted look.


These prints are so playful and fun, and perfect for stitching during the summer months. This is now the 4th bag that I’ve completed, and I’m on a roll. I’ve added boxed corners to one bag for holding thicker supplies, and tried some different shapes and sizes on others. Now that I’m no longer afraid of zippers, who knows where this can go?

I’ve got more fabric projects up my sleeve, so will be back with another share soon. Until then, enjoy the rest of your week. And thanks so much for stopping by!


The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:

Blend Fabrics: Mermaid Days Collection by Cori Dantini
Moda Fabrics: Bobbins and Bits Collection by Pat Sloan
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Fabric Friday- A Fairy House Pillow Tuck


I know many of my paper peeps out there can relate when I say that I have a pretty big stash of paper scraps that I have a hard time throwing away. And just like my mountain of paper scraps, I tend to collect, and keep, and hoard my fabric scraps, too. Because you just never know when that tiny sliver of fabric may come in handy!


You may remember this orange ticking print that I used recently on those shabby fabric carrots in my spring shop. After cutting all of those, I was left with quite a few scraps… too small for anything new, but too pretty to end up in the bin. So I challenged myself to find something to do with them…. and the other ten gazillion scraps I have lying around. And I came up with these. Sweet little fairy house pillow tucks.

I very much enjoy adding stitching to my projects, so I created a small fairy scene from a variety of bright and happy fabric prints, and embellished it with hand-embroidered details. The raw-edged applique gives that lovely frayed shabby look I love so well.

Of course, I barely made a dent in my mountain of fabric scraps, but I was pleased with some of the teensy details I was able to squeeze out of the tiniest of pieces. My clunky fingers could barely hold onto the center of those flowers, but I did it. So I’m calling that a win… even if I still have a ton of scraps to go!

I’ve added both of these pillow tucks to my shop page, and you can find them here if you’d like to take them home. Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a super fabulous weekend!

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Fabric Applique NoteCards with Therm O Web

AudreyPettit Thermoweb iCraftBirdNotecardsIf you are looking for last minute, quick and easy Mother’s Day ideas, we are sharing them this week on the Therm O Web blog. From fabric projects to quick canvas wall art, and more, we’ve got you covered with lots of inspiration for projects Mom is sure to love.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb iCraftBirdNotecards3My mom always manages to find the most amazing greeting cards. She spends tons of time picking out the perfect one for every occasion. I know she loves them..and I also know how pricey store-bought cards can be. So for this Mother’s Day, I put together a quick and easy notecard set combining two of my most favorite things, fabric and pretty paper.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb iCraftBirdNotecards2These cute and whimsical little birdies are actually fabric appliques, made from fabric scraps. I drew simple oval shapes onto the fabric and added quirky hand-drawn pen-work for the legs and features. Simple stamped sentiment banners are stitched to the sides. It was all so quick and easy with the help of Therm O Web’s double-sided iCraft adhesive. I’ve got the complete step-by-steps up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Just one more day until my boy comes home!! 🙂

Raggedy Rabbits

Lately, the girls and I have become smitten with rag dolls. All kinds of rag dolls, monster dolls, and zombies. I know they are not everyone’s cup of tea, but I think they are simply adorable, and my zombie Pinterest board is overflowing with projects I’d like to make.

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I am particularly taken with Junker Jane’s amazing work. And Valerie Weberpal and Julie Arkell…..and too many more to name. Yes, I am crazy for these creations.

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Fortunately, my crafty pals are crazy for them, too.  So we’ve been trying our hand at a few of them on our recent crafty play dates. And since it’s Easter time right now, of course we’ve been making rabbits.

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This is Polka Dottie Lottie, named for all the fun polka dot fabrics and ribbon on her, and inspired by this sweet bunny by Mindy Lacefield. I’m loving the bright orange and green color palette to her. So perfect for spring. She’s got a bit of vintage lace and vintage millinery, too. And a wide band of cream lace around her collar that I’ve been hanging onto for something special. Makes me smile.

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Then there’s this little cutie, inspired by this stinkin’ cute bunny. Bobbins & Bits fabric by designer Pat Sloan for Moda Fabrics, and more vintage millinery. So happy to find a good use for some of my favorite vintage pieces.

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As my dad would say…..they are so ugly that they’re cute. 🙂

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Yes, I am smitten.

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And fortunately, they all seem to be getting along well…..

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Thanks so much for stopping by. Wishing you all a wonderful day!

 

CSI Special Agent- Case File #118

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I’m excited to be playing along this month as a Special Agent over at the CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration blog. Case File #118 is now open for investigation.

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Along with the lovely color palette and case file clues, it’s sketch week, too. The challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to create a layout based off the sketch using all five colors, at least two clues from the evidence, and one clue from the testimony. Here’s how I solved the case.

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Here are my two kiddos. My sweet, adorable, goofball kiddos, posing for family photos on Christmas day. I don’t ask for much….just a couple of decent pictures, that’s all. And I guess I did get one. But there’s a weird magnetism between those two. They just can’t sit next to each other for more than a moment without some kind of shenanigans kicking in. Some wrestling, or tickling, or squashing, or in this case, a good old poke in the eye. Seems to be how they show affection for each other. I do believe it must be love.

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Not sure how expertly I cracked the case this week. I seem to have had a wee spot of trouble with the color scheme. What looked in my scraproom to be Eyeshadow – seafoam green, taken from her eyeglasses -, and Eyeliner – bright teal, taken from her headband  – in fact just look like one color in the true light of day…..and what I was convinced was Blush – dark cantaloupe, taken from her hair  –  now appears to be simply tones of pink. But hey….besides that clear epic fail of the color scheme, I would say I nailed it! Haha

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The clues I used:
White background
Arrows
Doodling/ Pen work
Fabric

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And for my testimony, I chose to hide my journaling in a pocket behind the first photo.

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Even with a bit of a miss on the color palette, I had a ton of fun working with this week’s case file.  And I’m happy to say I once again managed to use some super old items from my stash. To learn more about CSI Case File #118, and to see how the rest of the detectives solved this week’s crime scene, please visit the Color, Stories, Inspiration blog.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful day!

Pinteresting with Therm O Web

This past week, the Therm O Web girls were sharing projects on the blog inspired by Pinterest. I don’t know about you all, but I am ready to think spring. My Pinterest boards are literally bursting with tons of great spring inspired project ideas that I’ve been looking forward to trying, including some super adorable rag doll bunnies, like my guy here.

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I adore working with fabrics, and love coming up with ideas for using up some tiny bits of leftover fabric scraps, so this project was just what I was looking for. It’s cute and fun, and better yet, super easy to put together with the help of Therm O Web’s fabulous Fabric Fuse Tape and a little trick I discovered for fabric piecing.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb BunnyRagDolls6This project is so easy in fact, you don’t even need a pattern. Just start with a folded rectangular piece of basic fabric, such as cotton, linen, or muslin, and add on strips of fabric, lace, and trim. Leave it simple, or dress it up with hand-stitching and appliques, the choice is up to you.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb BunnyRagDolls5Add a simple embroidered face. Folded tubes of fabric for arms and legs. Rounded ears to tuck in the top. So easy and fun.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb BunnyRagDollsEven a child can do it, as you can see with this little grey guy the Missy Nik whipped up. I’ve got all the directions, as well as my original Pinterest inspiration, up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.

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And did you guys know that March is National Craft Month? Now is a great time to stock up on some of your favorite crafty supplies.

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Thanks so much for stopping by, my friends! Today it’s supposed to reach 72 degrees here. Perhaps spring really is coming after all! Hope you all have a beautiful day in your neck of the woods, too!

Spring Pillow Tuck with Sizzix

I’ve been playing with my fabric scraps again. Totally inspired by the bright colors to pull myself out of the winter doldrums and create something springlike and happy.  This time, a fun and funky pillow tuck I made for the Sizzix blog.

Audrey Pettit Sizzix SpringPillowI’m all about trying to find new and creative ways to use my supplies. I know Valentine’s Day is over, but that doesn’t mean you have to put away the hearts yet. With a little imagination, basic shapes can take on new forms, like this little flower I made from the new Hearts, True Affections die. It’s definitely a unique twist on the norm, but that’s what makes it so fun.

Audrey Pettit Sizzix SpringPillow2The Hearts, True Affections die has three basic heart shapes to choose from. I used both the solid shape, and the outline shape to create my funky flower, in a bit of a mixed-media combination of fabric, floss, and water color paper. The whole thing was given a shabby finish with a liberal smearing of gesso, for good measure.

Audrey Pettit Sizzix SpringPillow3Water coloring has become a very hot trend again, and I’ve been slowly dipping my toes in the water. The outline here is actually water color paper that’s been sloshed with a range of green water colors. Since water color paper is much more sturdy than regular cardstock, it can really stand up to the abuse. After adding the outline to the top of my fabric, the two were hand stitched together, and then lightly tacked to a fabric backing. I stitched only the bottom and a couple of small tucks in the center, then left the rest free to float and bend.

Audrey Pettit Sizzix SpringPillow4I added a very shabby pair of hand-stitched leaves and a stem made from scrap wool, and viola…a flower emerges. Finished off with a spring sentiment embroidered from my own hand-writing. A few coiled rosettes and a big, bright fabric bow finish my design. It’s funky, but it makes me smile, and that’s all that matters. If you’re interesting in learning more, I have the complete step-by-step tutorial up on the Sizzix blog today.

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Thanks so much for stopping by, my friends! Wishing you all a very happy day!
P.S. Looking ahead to tomorrow..

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Sizzix Die Cutting Supplies

Fabric: Bobbins and Bits Collection by Designer Pat Sloan for Moda Fabrics
Floss: DMC
Fusible Fleece Interfacing: Therm O Web
Ink: SEI
Gesso, Water Colors, Water Color Paper, Felt