Introducing: Pinterest Community Boards! Sewing and Quilting

Pinterest Community Board Quilting

Have you heard of Pinterest community boards? These are inspiration boards that allow any member of the group to add pins, so you can share a great quilt or sewing tutorial that you’ve run across! This is also a great way to promote your latest and greatest blog posts, tutorials, and patterns. You may add up to 3 pins per day when you join one of the groups below!

We’re just getting our feet wet with with community boards, but we invite you to pin with us.

Follow Fresh Modern Quilts
A place for quilting tutorials and modern quilting inspiration!

Follow Fresh Modern Sewing
A place for sewing tutorials, patterns and modern fabric inspiration!

Follow Both Community Boards
Join both boards when you follow me, @LindsaySews
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Pin with Us!

1) If you’d like to be added as a pinner, just leave a comment on this post with your e-mail address and I’ll send you an invite! Alternately, you can e-mail lindsay(at)craftbuds(dot)com.

2) You may add up to 3 pins per day. Note that we are looking for tutorials and blog posts at this time, and not shops/items for sale.

New to Pinterest?
Check out our Pinterest Tips for Craft Bloggers!

Indygo Junction’s Fabric Flowers + Giveaway!

If you like making fabric flowers, today’s blog book tour should be right up your alley! I’m excited to introduce Indygo Junction’s Fabric Flowers, a book by Amy Barickman.

The book covers 25 different techniques for flowers you can wear or use to decorate with. The flowers can be made easily with coordinating tools from Clover Needlecraft, which takes the guesswork out of making so many different types of flowers. The flowers in this book can be made from regular fabric, silks, wool, upcycled sweaters, denim, T-shirts or ties.

 

The book even teaches some needle felting techniques (using tools from Clover), so you can find great patterns in this book even if you don’t sew. Don’t miss the wedding bouquet of felted roses.

Today, I’m sharing a flower from the book, the Winter White Poinsettia. You may think about poinsettias only around the holidays, but this felt flower could also look great on a fabric wrap belt, hair bow, springtime wreath (think bright colors!) or as decorations for a wedding or bridal shower. You may want to pair it with a felt version of the ruffly flower for a pretty pairing.

Red felt poinsettia from the book Fabric Flowers

Here’s my version! I made it with red felt, and covered the center stitches with a couple of artificial flower petals and a button. This rice bag is ready for the next holiday season!

Indygo Junctions Fabric Flowers

Giveaway!

Enter to win a copy of Indygo Junction’s Fabric Flowers & the Flower Frills Template from Clover! Leave a comment letting us know, “What are you working on right now?” for your chance to win. Giveaway ends Tuesday, 3/5 and we’ll announce a winner on 3/6! Open worldwide.

Congrats to commenter #96, Susan, who said: “I’m working on a quilted table runner for a friend. Thanks for the chance to win.”

A flower a day & 25 chances to win! Don’t miss a stop on Indygo Junction’s Fabric Flowers Blog Tour:

2/2/13 – Indygo Junction Kick Off Post
2/4/13 – Kollabora
2/5/13 – CraftFoxes
2/6/13 – Sewing Secrets
2/7/13 – Princess Lasertron
2/8/13 – Dollar Store Crafts
2/11/13 – Tatertots & Jello
2/12/13 – Family Ever After
2/13/13 – This Mama Makes Stuff
2/14/13 – Amy’s Creative Side
2/15/13 – Today’s Creative Blog
2/18/13 – Lazy Girl Designs
2/19/13 – Skip to My Lou
2/20/13 – The Sewing Loft
2/21/13 – The Crafty Cupboard
2/22/13 – Fishsticks Designs
2/25/13 – Taradara
2/26/13 – Diary of a Quilter
2/27/13 – Craft Gossip
2/28/13 – How Joyful
3/1/13 – Lindsay Sews
3/4/13 – Flamingo Toes
3/5/13 – In Color Order
3/6/13 – See Kate Sew
3/7/13 – Handmade Charlotte
3/8/13 – Sew Caroline
3/9/13 – Indygo Junction Wrap Up Post, Bonus Giveaway & Free Flower Project

P.S.   Use discount code: FFBK8 for 20% off your next IndygoJunction.com order (expires 5/1/13)

Make a Design Board

How to Make a Design Board

I typically lay out my quilt blocks and fabrics on the carpet in order to test out designs. But this method only seems to attract cats or general foot traffic until my blocks are so tossed about that I can’t remember what I was doing in the first place. Do you have this problem?

Enter, the design board! Also called a design wall, a design board is a helpful tool for quilters that works much like a felt or flannelgraph board. Cut fabric squares or quilt blocks will temporarily “stick” to it while you figure out an arrangement you like. The lightweight board can be nailed to a wall or you can slide it under the bed when you’re ready to take a break from your design.

Design Board

Here are two 4′ x 8′ design boards, which create a great workspace when placed side by side. When I’m working on a smaller quilt, I can opt to just use one of the boards. Also, each board easily comes off the wall if I need to move it to another room and work!

To make your own quilting design board, you’ll need:

– 1 Sheet foam insulation 4′ x 8′ (and about 1″ thick), from hardware store
– Packing tape or duct tape
– Box cutter
– Iron
– 4 clothespins or binder clips
– Nail and hammer (if mounting to wall)
– Queen-size batting or two batting scraps at least 54″ x 54″
(I used Warm & Natural, but any type of cotton, white batting would work)
– Staple gun (optional)

In order to get my foam insulation board home in the car, I cut it into 4 quadrants (one cut down the vertical center, and another cut down the horizontal center). This way, it easily fit in the back seat of my compact car! I knew I’d be taping it when I got home, so this was no big deal to me. You may choose to keep your board all in one piece if you can transport it home.

Tip: If you often work on large quilts, you might want to purchase two boards for an 8-foot x 8-foot workspace. Just make sure you have the available wall space for it!

If you cut your board, tape the sections back together with clear packing tape.

Here is what the board looks like all taped together. I decided this was bigger than I wanted to wrangle, so I untaped the vertical center and left it in two halves.

Next, cut a piece of quilt batting 3″ longer than the board on each side. Mine was 54″ x 54″.

Press your batting to make a smooth surface. You can iron right on top of your board.

Once your batting is smoothed out, stand your board upright and use clothespins to secure the batting tight onto one side of the board. Tape the edge of the batting to the board, one side at a time. Flip your board and pin the opposite side, pulling the batting taut. If you have a staple gun, you can use that to secure the batting. Duct tape would also work in a pinch.

Here is what the back of your design board should look like.

To hang your design board on the wall, use the point of your scissors to poke a hole into the back side of the foam board directly in the center and about 4″ down from the top. Hammer a nail into the wall and place the hole into the nail.  You could also attach your board to the wall with sticky mounting tape or adhesive velcro (if you want to be able to take it off and put it back on easily).

Place quilt blocks or fabric swatches on your design wall and arrange as desired. Your quilter’s design board is complete!

As always, if you are inspired to make this project or use any of our tutorials, we’d love to see them in the Craft Buds Flickr group!

Craft Room Organization Tips for Small Spaces

Sewing Room

I recently moved from a larger home to a smaller space, so I had a challenge in front of me when it came to organizing my craft/sewing area. I thought I’d share some tips in case you are dealing with a craft space that also serves another purpose (bedroom, guest room, office or nursery).

I was very overwhelmed at first with all of the miscellaneous boxes of craft supplies. Those of you who have moved can probably relate! In my new home, the closet I’m using for craft storage doubles as a coat and shoe closet, and the bedroom doubles as a guest bedroom and office, so I definitely had a challenge when it came to organizing. But I am here to tell you, it can be done!

Craft Room Organization Tip #1: Utilize Vertical Space

Sewing Room

For items that you do not need easy access to, store them as high as possible to use all of your vertical space. As you can see here, I stored several packages of quilt batting and some scrapbook albums on the top shelf of my closet until they touch the ceiling.

Sewing Room

If your closet doesn’t have shelving above the hanging racks, see if you can add some in. They are great for storing boxes of supplies or handmade items that you don’t need to have in easy reach.

Craft Room Organization Tip #2: Use Hanging Storage

Sewing Room

The back of a door is a great space to use a hanging shoe rack for shoes (if you need it), but also small sewing or craft notions like replacement rotary blades or sewing needles.

Sewing Room

I happen to keep all of my interfacing in this bag. Since my cats like to lick the adhesive side, I now hang the bag on a sturdy plastic hanger in the close so it doesn’t take up precious floor or desk space. And also, the cats don’t mess with it here!

Craft Room Organization Tip #3: Finding the Right Desk(s)

Sewing Room

My husband decided he didn’t want to use his office desk anymore, so I inherited it as a nice cutting table (left). I also have an L-shaped desk that is great for my sewing machine and thread collection. I can easily swivel my chair from one side of the desk to the other, so it’s great for multitasking.

When you choose a chair and desk for your craft room, think about the things you will be doing the most and try to find a workspace to accommodate your biggest needs, whether that’s storage, surface area or both.

Craft Room Organization Tip #4: Put It Away

Sewing Room

I know this will make me sound crazy, but I am a quilter who doesn’t own an ironing board. I mostly just use this portable ironing station, made from an ottoman cushion that I recovered. It’s easy to pull out of the closet along with my iron when I need it. You can toss it right on top of your cutting station or use it on the floor, and it takes up much less space than an ironing board!

Sewing Room

Since I don’t have a large cabinet for fabric storage, I opted for these plastic tubs that I can easily slide in or out of the closet. My fat quarters and large scraps are all on the top layer, and smaller scraps are separated by color in the bottoms of the tubs. It’s really helpful to be able to put them away when we need to use the room as a guest bedroom.

Sewing Room

Our linen closet was originally filled with towels and sheets, but then I realized I could clear up a few shelves by rolling the towels and storing them in the door. (Again, gotta love back-of-door storage solutions!) I stored my large cuts of fabric, scrapbooking and jewelry making supplies in the linen closet, which is just around the corner from the craft room.

Sewing Room

Plastic storage drawers are a great bang for your buck for storing fabric, yarn or other craft supplies. The bins with wheels on the bottom are great for creating a portable workstation, if you like to work out of more than one room. Also, look for under-bed storage boxes if you can use them.

Sewing Room

You can also raid your garage or tool closet for storage solutions, like this great aluminum basket I picked up at a garage sale for 50 cents.

Craft Room Organization Tip #5: Cover It Up

Sewing Room

I covered our computer printer with this handmade cover, so it’s less obvious that this room doubles as an office. If your craft room is a multi-purpose room or office, consider covering larger items (like a computer monitor) and storing smaller items (like pens and paper clips) in storage bins.

Sewing Room

Here’s my sewing machine cover, which I received in a swap and absolutely love! It’s amazing how covering up your machine can made a room look much more “pulled together.”

Sewing Room

Finally, consider adding a curtain under a desk to hide away miscellaneous craft supplies. Use a tension rod and add some fabric to make a hiding place for your works in progress! This is my plan for the bottom of my cutting table.

Do you have any craft room organization tips? Do you work out of a dedicated craft room or share a space with others in your home?

“In Good Hands” Printable Teacher/Caregiver Valentine

 

Are you ready for Valentine’s Day tomorrow? I wanted to have a cute little non-candy item for my son’s teachers so I designed this “I’m in good hands with you!” printable. Just print, cut, mount on cardstock, punch a hole in the upper left, and tie it to hand sanitizer or lotion. I used mini bottles of scented hand sanitizer from Bath and Body Works in the image above.

You can get the free printable here. It’s a PDF you can print or download from Google Docs with 12 tags per sheet. Just click the link and go to “File” in the upper left corner once the page loads. Then choose Print, or if you want to save it choose Download PDF. If you’re already set this year, save or pin this idea for next Valentine’s or just as a teacher appreciation gift!

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