Today, I’m over at Skip to My Lou for the Holiday Bake Craft Sew Along. I’m sharing how to add a pretty handmade touch to a tote bag. This bag would be so cute for your sister, your mom, a girlfriend, a teenage daughter…the list goes on and on! Stop on by over there and check it out!!
Over here… I get to treat you to a SEW Amazing giveaway as part of our crafty series.
- 2-3-4-5 stitch capability-provides more stitch variety
- 1,300 stitches per minute-professional speed for faster results
- Fully automatic self-adjusting tension system-keeps stitches balanced and even
- Easy threading diagram-easy threading saves time
- Stitch width adjustment-keep seams strong and prevent bunching on any type of fabric.
How cute are these Black Cat Treat Boxes for your Halloween tricksters? I tried out several new-to-me products from Silhouette this month and put together this little box. Using the Chipboard and Adhesive-Backed Cardstock products, I was able to download the black cat treat box template, cut it out from both products, and assemble a sturdy box with some cute colorful accents.
I seriously could not believe how easily the machine cut cleanly through the Chipboard.
Then I just repeated the same cut twice on the cardstock, peeled off the sticker backing and laid it right over all of the chipboard for the black finish. Before overlaying the face, I taped a strip of orange and touches of white over the eyes and nose/ears.
The adhesive-backed cardstock holds it all together – I love that I didn’t have to pull out any sticky glue for the layering. Using the Chipboard and the thick cardstock together really makes for a sturdy box. And the simple eye and ear coloring is the perfect way to bring three dimensional life to this treat box! I had a tiny bit of extra chipboard on just one side (really random), but it was easy to just trim it off with scissors.
From October 15-24, Silhouette is offering a killer product bundle – a whole lot of fun stuff you can experiment with, including the chipboard and adhesive-backed cardstock I used in this project. Also, can I just say “TATOO PAPER”. I didn’t take pictures of my experiments yet, but I was way too excited to find out that I can create my very own temporary tattoos with this paper and my Silhouette!!! AHHH! Anyway, here are all the products that come in each bundle:
· 1 cardstock essentials pack (new product)
· 1 pack printable adhesive kraft paper (new product)
· 1 pack printable clear sticker paper
· 1 pack temporary tattoo paper
· 1 pack printable cotton canvas (new product)
· 1 pack chipboard
· 1 pack printable silver foil
· 1 pack printable magnet paper
· 1 pack double-sided adhesive
And here are the bundles with either the Cameo or the Portrait machine! You can also save 30% off of all specialty media this month. Here’s the link to find these bundles at the discounted price: October Silhouette Promotion ! Enter the code, GIRLINSPIRED, at checkout. Happy Shopping!
Hello!! I’m slowly recovering from the end of the school year and Addie’s birthday, coupled with returning from the most overwhelming and wonderful fabric shopping weekend ever! How are you? I finally got all of my bags from Fabric Weekend unpacked, my fabric mostly washed, and all of it stashed someplace other than on top of my sewing table. I have yet to cut into any of it, but I’m pretty happy just looking and petting! I’m excited to share some pictures and report on the weekend a bit while it’s still fresh. If you haven’t ever been shopping in the Los Angeles fabric district, maybe this will give you a few ideas or pointers should you go! I should also add that, although I carried my camera all the way to L.A., I didn’t pull it out a single time, so I have a lot of phone pics and they’re mostly all of fabric. But I swear I was with so many wonderful, talented ladies who share a love of fabric, sewing, and blogging. The social aspects of the weekend were completely incredible and inspiring!
We started off our weekend at FIDM – the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising – in downtown L.A. where we were treated to a tour of the campus. There were so many displays to look at and classrooms to drool over. I found myself plotting out how we could move to Southern California and I could go back to school for Fashion Design. Ahhh, it was so cool. We also popped in to the Scholarship Store on campus where I picked up some really fun fabric for $1-2/yard. Great start to the weekend!
After FIDM, we headed to Michael Levine, which is the heart of the fabric district, I think. The owner, Larry, gave us a spectacular tour of the warehouses and they.were.amazing. Floor to ceiling warehouse floors with aisles and aisles of fabric. Michael Levine also provided a lunch for us and fun goody bags – I felt so honored to be part of the whole experience. By the afternoon, I was totally wound up and ready to shop. I didn’t make a shopping list going in to the weekend, but I knew I was looking for three main things: a variety of knits so that I can gain more experience with knit garment-sewing, leather for who knows what, and good quality apparel fabric. I did the mad dash over to Michael Levine’s Loft for knits by the pound. At $2.50/pound, the fabric mostly comes out to about $1-2/yard and it’s a big loft of bins to dig through. I found a number of knits and also some fluffy stuff that I’ll use for party decor – tablecloths, backdrops, that sort of thing. I spent most of the rest of the afternoon in the main Michael Levine store. I bought some Liberty of London, silk, Heather Ross for Kokka cotton linen, some sweatshirt material, hand-dyed silk ribbon, the list goes on and on. Too much beautiful fabric in that store – things that I don’t have access in an actual store at home. It was amazing to see so many types of fabric in person, feel them, compare them. Awesome!
We also ran around to some of the smaller shops in the late afternoon. It was so exciting. Everything you could possibly want is available in the fabric district – buttons, ribbon, elastic, snaps, spikes, fabric of every kind, lace trims, EVERYTHING! I bought zippers for a quarter each and spikes for some unknown project of the future. As the shops closed, I felt like I hadn’t even scratched the surface of the fabric district.
The next day, we headed to MOOD. It was a beautiful store, and again, whatever your need might be, they had it there. I spent many wavering minutes at the large racks of leather – small hydes in every color were available and pretty affordable. How to choose??? I also focused on the silk department and then just wandered down the aisles. Fabric is just so beautiful, particularly when you can see one type of fabric in, like, 50 shades of pink. haha! The salespeople were super friendly, although they didn’t seem to get excited when we sang, “Thank you, Mood,” as we left. Do you think everyone says that?
I went with a few of the girls back to the fabric district that afternoon and was able to pick up some really inexpensive knits ($1-3/yard) from several of the stores – I really liked Angel Fabrics, got several things I’m pretty excited about from there. And then…
It was time for Girl’s Night Out, a quarterly event hosted by Jessica, The Sewing Rabbit. What a great event! Jess is just so amazing and committed – I could barely pack my clothes for the weekend and here Jess organized an entire dinner, complete with swag bags full of goodies, and such a good time for everyone to chat and laugh as the weekend came to an end.
I headed home with my (three) suitcases stuffed full of fabric and so many good memories. I’m so grateful to have been included. Here are some organized pictures of my haul from the weekend! I can’t wait to start playing with it all!
I want to say thank you to Andrea, Bev, and Justine, who put so much time into ensuring an amazing weekend for all of us non-locals. You girls are truly incredible! I’m also so thankful to the sponsors of the weekend, Michael Levine and Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Store, in particular. It was a dream to see the behind the scenes at Michael Levine and have access to such a variety of gorgeous, quality fabrics. And it was also wonderful knowing that I didn’t have to haul every last sewing supply back from L.A. because I have Jo-Ann just down the hill from me at home and they have all the staples. I better get sewing now so that I can be ready for the next weekend dedicated to good friends and fabric shopping!!! Be sure to enter yesterday’s HUGE GIVEAWAY of fabric and a SERGER and I’ll leave you with my very favorite picture from the weekend…
Tomorrow, I’ll be posting loads of pictures and tidbits from my weekend of shopping in the L.A. fabric district, but today, I am SO excited to share this incredible giveaway with you all! FIVE winners – there’s fabric, there’s a Craftsy class, and you can even win a SERGER!!! Don’t miss this one, guys!
Giveaway prizes, rules & entry:
One GRAND PRIZE winner!
Brother 1034D serger! (donated by GoToPatterns.com)
Four lucky winners will receive $150 in prizes!
$50 to GoToPatterns.com
$50 to LowPriceFabric.com
$50 for a class at Craftsy.com
Giveaway open internationally to contestants 18 years or older. Contestants must enter their email address to be added to the LowPriceFabric.com and GoToPatterns.com email newsletters to win. All prizes are awarded in the form of gift certificates. Winners responsible for paying shipping. Gift certificate value of serger is $210. Contest open from June 11, 2013 through June 20, 2013 EST. Winners will be notified within 24 hours of winning. Winners have 48 hours to claim their reward. New winners will be chosen if prizes are unclaimed. Winners will be emailed their rewards within 7 days of claiming their prize.
ONE ENTRY per person. This contest is being held on multiple blogs. Please enter only once. You will be counted only once.
Admittedly, this is really soon to share another Silhouette project, but I was so excited to use this machine, I signed up for ALL the upcoming promotions – hahaha! And, I’m glad I did because I just found out I get to give away ANOTHER Silhouette Portrait electronic cutting machine!!! The heat transfer materials for the machine are one of the products that I have been drooling over for quite a while! I didn’t have a lot of time to get fancy with this first heat transfer project and I have been wanting to cut out this little bicycle for so long, it had to be done before anything else. The bicycle is one of the images that is included in the free set of heat transfer downloads that you get when you purchase the heat transfer kit. Could it be any easier? I put this bicycle onto a fabric frame that I also cut out with the Silhouette using the sewable fabric interfacing. I first ironed the background frame onto a plain-ish pillow; then I used a really narrow, short zig-zag stitch to go around the whole thing. After the pillow was ready, I ironed on the bicycle heat transfer. Done! You can find a simple, envelope-style pillow tutorial here.
Silhouette is offering a promotional price for their Heat Transfer Starter Kit as well as the Cameo or Portrait cutting machines. You can purchase any of these products through the following promotional link: Silhouette Heat Transfer Promotion . The promotional price is available from June 4-June 15, 2013 using my affiliate code: GIRLINSPIRED . Have fun! I think I might get some of the printable heat transfer material – that looks super cool!
Some projects come together quickly and some just do not. I have had the pattern for this Weekender Travel Bag pinned on the wall organizer in my craft room for months. Settling on fabrics and purchasing the supplies just seemed so daunting for some reason. It took the perfect excuse to finally give me the push I needed to get this project done! A weekend of fabric shopping in Los Angeles was what I needed.
Tomorrow, I’ll be headed down to L.A. to meet up with old and new blogging friends for two days of shopping at some of the best fabric stores in the country! To say I’m excited is the understatement of the year! So more on that in a minute. First, let’s talk about this Weekender bag. Isn’t it awesome? I was first turned on to this Amy Butler pattern when Ashley posted her quilted weekender bag last year. I love her quilted version, and perhaps my desire to replicate the scrap, quilted look was part of my hangup getting this bag going. Knowing that I was headed off for a weekend of fabric shopping though, I felt compelled to use some of the amazing fabrics I purchased on my last big fabric shopping trip (Jess wrote about that trip here). I paid an arm and a leg for a 1/2 yard of the Kokka retro typewriter fabric and I wanted to use it for a project that would really showcase its cute quirkiness. It was just enough for the outer main pockets on the bag. I used some gorgeous Anna Maria Horner fabrics for the other main pieces and lining of the bag. And then I had the genius idea to also use some leather on the bag.
I really, really love the look of the leather. The piece I had was small, but I was able to get two end pockets as well as two blocks for the center of the handle straps. LOVE how it looks. It actually makes me want to do another bag out of all leather – wouldn’t that be amazing (and impossible to stitch through all the layers?) Note how I’m setting myself up to rationalize all kinds of fabric purchases this weekend??
The bag took some time to make, but it wasn’t terribly slow going It was finicky sewing through so many layers while trying to stitch right along the piping, but it mainly took arm strength to hold everything in place while guiding it through the machine and I just had to go slow. I used a heavy duty sewing needle and stitched the entire bag without breaking it. I also used store-bought piping – making my own piping for this project was a major progress halter – sometimes you just have to take an easier route, you know?
On the inside of the bag, I added a pocket for more organized packing. I really want this to be a one-bag carry all for a weekend trip and I thought a few separate spaces would aide in that. I was also determined to do zero handstitching on the bag and deviated from the pattern instructions to secure the lining around the zipper and to the inside of the bag. Basically, I pinned the lining along the underside of the zipper and then topstitched right over the main zipper stitches to catch the lining underneath. I also sewed a few stitches here and there along the piping to catch the lining underneath. The fit of the lining inside the bag could be better. The lining is just so flimsy compared to the stiffness of the main bag – it doesn’t really smooth out into the space on the inside – maybe some interfacing on the lining would help with this, I’m not sure.
Overall, I love the bag. I’m excited about the quirky fabric combinations and the leather accents. I also love the functionality of the bag with its large design. I still would like to make a quilted version at some point. But, this bag is ready just in time for my big weekend of shopping! The plan is this: pack a few clothes, pjs, and makeup in this bag; stick my wallet, camera, and laptop into my camera bag; and then check two huge, empty suitcases to fill up down in L.A. and haul home. What do you think – good plan? Wish me luck!
Here’s a little more information about the sponsors for Fabric Weekend!
Michael Levine is a staple in the Los Angeles Fabric District. Between their main store, the upholstery fabric store and the Loft where you can buy fabric by the pound, you will always walk away with bags of fabric you can’t wait to use. When Graham and I made the quickest trip EVER to the L.A. fabric district last year (we were there for less than an hour, after driving 7 hours straight and on our way to a wedding), the must-visit destinations were the three Michael Levine stores. And for good reason! I am so SO excited to spend a good part of my trip in there without the rush. I shared a couple pictures and tidbits from my first trip here. I am also excited to find out that Michael Levine has an online store, too – AWESOME news for all of us non-locals. The website is lowpricefabric.com and you’ll love it.
Thank you to Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores for sponsoring Fabric Weekend 2013. Even in a fabric heaven like Los Angeles you still know you can find exactly what you need at Jo-Anns. Jo-Ann’s is the closest fabric store to me – a 45-minute drive away – and I am in there all. the. time. I love supporting a company that, in turn, is supporting us bloggers. They also sponsor the Girl’s Night Out event that Jessica, the Sewing Rabbit, organizes quarterly. Guess what we’re all doing this weekend? That’s right – Girl’s Night Out, L.A., baby!!
Of course, I’ll be sharing lots of details and fabric finds when I get home, but you can follow me on Instagram all weekend long if you like! It’s going to be exciting!