Door Draft Blocker

I haven’t posted in a while, so let’s start this set of upcoming posts with a super useful item. A door draft blocker! I needed two for different reasons. First, the block the beer closet from getting dust, pet hair, and other items into the precious beer area. The second is to keep the kitty litter in the cat closet. Sometimes he is messy and gets the litter everywhere! Then we tread on it while walking down the hall, it’s the worst.

 

  1. Measure your doors! The beer door is 30-inches, the cat door is 24-inches and the width of both is 1 1/4-inches

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Cuts!

Length, is obviously just a bit longer than the length of the door. I did 26-inches on the brown, for the cat door and 34-inches on the gray for the beer door.

Width is 15 inches: 1/2 inch on each side for seams, 6 inches on each side for the stuffing and a middle section 2 inches long.

 

3. Seams: I  did the seams two different ways to see which I like better, time will tell.

 

For the gray I did a serger edge on each of the long lengths. Always finish serger seams with some fray check.

 

 

 

 

 

On the brown fabric I did a folded over seam. I ironed a 1/4-inch fold on each long edge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Pin: Fold each side in on the long length. For the folded edge, ensure to keep the edge folded while pinning. I left an approximate 1-inch gap between the fabric.

 

 

 

 

On one of the short edges fold under the end to seal the end, leaving the other end free.

 

 

 

 

 

5. Sew. For the serger edge, sew at the inside edge of the serger thread. On the folded over edge give a little less than a 1/4-inch seam allowance.

 

 

 

 

 

Sew the folded under short edge closed.

 

 

 

 

 

6. Stuff and seal closed. The obvious stuffing material is the acrylic stuffing that you can buy from the store. I stuffed these with old clothes that weren’t going to make it to the thrift store. Always cut off buttons, take out zippers and save those!

 

 

 

 

 

7. Apply to the door.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In use on the beer closet:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In use on the cat closet.

 

   

Wedding Coozies

I am at the time in my life where all my friends are getting married and making babies. I’m at the tail end of weddings and engagement parties for the year. For 3 different couples I made these ‘his’ and ‘hers’ and ‘hers’ cozies for the engagement parties or welcome dinners.

Supplies:

  1. Black Quilt Fabric
  2. White Quilt Fabric
  3. Satin Fabric (I bought searching through the remnant bin, 1/2 off!)
  4. Lace Ribbon
  5. White Elastic
  6. Flowers
  7. Typical sewing supplies

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First determine dimensions. I cut the back side of each out of white and black; rectangles of 4-1/2 by 9-1/2 inches. The bride front was two white rectangles at 2-3/4 by 9-1/2. Then a skirt was cut at 3 -1/2 by 11.  The groom front were two panels, 4-1/2 by 5 and 4-1/2 by 5-1/2.

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To make the groom front I pinned the two panels together as shown below with a piece of white fabric as the “undershirt” – do not sew.

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For the bride front I first gave the skirt a hem on three sides by folding the edge over twice and sewing. Then I pinned the skirt between the two white panels giving it ruffles and make sure to keep it at least a half inch from the edge. These were sewn together with a 1/4 inch seam.              wpid-20150803_211146.jpg

For each the bride and groom the front was sewn to the back, right sides together. Be sure to pin in the skirt as shown below so it does not get caught up in the hem, and sew with a 1/4 inch seam leaving a 2-inch gap on one short side to be able to reverse the coozie.

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After the coozie is reversed, put the two elastic bands folded in half into the open section and pin. Then give it a hem around all 4 side, reinforce the elastic bands with another pass over that section. For the groom sew down the front along where it should still be pinned, the groom was done with black thread, it was the only time I had to switch thread. The final move is to sew buttons on the opposite side of the elastic.

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The veil was made with one zig-zag seam with the top of the ribbon folded over by a half inch. Then an elastic band was inserted in the loop, and sewn closed. Flowers were sewn along the front of the band. I also put a matching flower on the groom’s coozie in the pocket area.

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Final products shown on a bottle before flowers were sewn on.

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Final products shown on cans.

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Two of three couples that were recipients shown below. They loved it and that was the real purpose of making these!

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Fabric Coasters

I’ve been wanting to make coasters for some time now since the wooden coasters I got in Ecuador are falling apart.  You may think: “Can’t you just sew two pieces of fabric together and call it a day?” Well, no because then you still have condensation seepage through the fabric or heat transfer from a hot cup. I can do better than that.

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First I started with some 4 by 4 squares I had left over from various quilts or other projects. I had a few other small scraps of fabric that I cut into 4 by 4 squares. The fabric color choice was to have a set of multi colored coasters to use while gaming; each person in our group has their own game colors they use everytime. The colors are typically red, yellow, orange, blue, green, purple, and black depending on the game. I didn’t have any black scraps ready so I used dark blue. My typical color is blue which is prevalent in every game, Kyle is always orange but will settle for yellow. The coasters will prevent our game pieces or cards from getting wet when we have drinks while we game! The owls are just cute extra fabric I wanted to use up.

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Next I needed some insulation. I used left over fabric batting. Remember – Never throw anything out! These were small and oddly shaped pieces that I was able to cut into 4 by 4 squares.

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Batting still doesn’t account for the condensation issue. I need plastic! I’ve made these before with painters plastic and I prefer to use that. However my stash was out and right now I’m not buying new supplies unless needed. Instead I can upcycle some plastic bags!

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I tried my rotary cutter first and it worked! Shown below are the bags cut into 4 by 4 inch squares.

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Time to make sandwiches! Put the two fabric squares right sides together. Then lay a plastic square, insulation square, then plastic square on top and pin.

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Next sew the square around leaving a gap along one edge for flipping. Then cut off the extra trimmings and thread.

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Next flip your squares so that the fabric is on the outside.

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Pin the mouth shut.

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Sew around the outside edge. (For a wedding present I made some for a friend and I added a 2-inch square seam and it really popped. I’ve also done some with a spiral square seam pattern and that also looks really good. I imagine you can do all sorts of seam patterns to add extra zest to the coasters and to make them lie flatter.)

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Finally a finished product! The coasters work on hot and cold beverages.

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Note: Since there is plastic inside, do not use these as mini oven mitts. They are machine washable, but I’d let them air dry.

Shell-Cork-Frame Wall Art

My front door was naked after Christmas! I want to crochet some snow flakes for Jan/Feb, but in the mean time this will do.
I started with an empty glassless frame, shells collected in the outer banks, corks, and some painted flowers. The flowers and butterflies are from a wall decoration I found at the thrift store. I cut off the gold pieces and spray painted them various colors. There is no seal coat, which was not a smart thing in hind sight.

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After a bit of hot glue, I was done!

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I used a piece of cotton yarn as the loop with a dab of hit glue on the knot to seal it. This is pretty heavy for its size due to the shells.

If you love crafting I recommend a thrift store trip once a month to nab cheap frames and miscellaneous decor to repurpose. In addition drink loads of wine to keep a steady supply of corks on hand. If you collect shells get no more than you think you’ll need because shells contribute to the local ecosystems.

I added another frame after some thought.
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Beer Can Mosaic Wall Art

For their one year anniversary we decided to Make Tapped Gastro Pub in Virginia Beach some well thought out art.  We bought all the beer that Tapped carries in can form, then my lovely boyfriend drank the beer so that we could use the cans to make mosaic/stained glass type wall hang. First Kyle stained the wood a nice dark color. Then I painted their logo.

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Next we washed the cans then cut off the tops and bottoms to achieve a aluminum rectangle.  Then I cut the pieces into small shapes to fit around the logo. In addition I added the outer boarder in a basic square/rectangle pattern.  I made sure to cut out the logos of each beer can separately so they could be seen and identified as beer that Tapped carries.

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For each shape, I used hot glue then put the piece down with a pair of tweezers. I need a better method than hot glue, because it adds too much depth to the artwork and makes the finishing step very hard.   To finish we added coats of poly until there was a smooth uniform gloss over the artwork.  Hot glue also creates some mess when pressed flat so I had to use an xacto knife to cut out any excess.

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The final product pre-poly and then hung up in the restaurant.

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Next I wanted to do some more small scale stuff so I made these coasters. Here they are unfinished.

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Wine Cork Decor

The first thing I tried to make from wine corks was a turtle. This is still my best work and my favorite object.  The base was from a wooden decor bucket that broke.  I hot glued the wine corks on and the head is made from a champagne cork bottle.  The feet were cut with a box cutter on a cutting board. I have yet to find a better tool for corks than a box cutter.

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The next project was taken straight from buzz feed/etsy. I made wine cork boards with bottle cap pins. Pretty straight forward. I later learned that if you do not have a deep picture frame, cut the corks in half.

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I then made a giraffe because I wanted to be adventurous. Never make anything with long appendages. Make things that are pretty dense. Less chance of them falling apart.

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Finally I made a sailboat! The floor boards are from the same wooden decor bucket as the turtle, except I used the sides because the base was used.  I used mostly Rapadin River wine corks; it seemed fitting.  The sail is made from foam paper with various beer and wine wrappers. When I first started the sail looked like shit, but after I got enough of the right color wrappers, it looks just fine.  I usually keep bottle caps in the sailboat now.

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At first the turtle sat on the front room table. But then I put it on the wall with some crab shells I had. It looks awesome.

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Bottle Cap Decor

 

 

 

 

 

I got the idea by drinking Sam Adams Octoberfest beer. I thought ‘hey, if, i can drink enough of these, I can make a pretty cool pumpkin!

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And that is exactly what I did! I used a metal hanger for the structure of the pumpkin; I separated the hanger and then bent it into a roughly oval shape. I then glued the caps on with hot glue. This sat on my front door for the month of October.

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For November I attempted a turkey.  This one is moderately 3D. In the very back are the feathers made from similar colored caps. The body is an oval shape made with mostly gold and brown. The front, the neck, are made from strong bow’s black caps. My roommate suggested that I add googly eyes, but eh. Here it is shown on my front door.

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The caps collected for December.

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Shown are the front and back of the Christmas tree I made. I have a wreath on the front door for December, so this sits on our table at the front of the apartment. My boyfriend likes it, but I’m not sold on the concept. I think it looks a tad tacky.  Really the only thing I may keep is the pumpkin and maybe I’ll make a 2D Christmas tree next year.