Fabric Pumpkins Tutorial

Looking for an easy DIY pumpkin? Look no further! Here’s a cute way to make them out of fabric. You could even have an older child make or help make…

Free Pattern Features: Halloween Pillows

Looking for ways to add some Halloween fun to your decor? On Craft Buds we’ve featured Halloween printables, fabric pumpkins, and owl smores. Lots of other crafty sites have been…

Jack-o’-Lantern Shirt Stencils

Looking to add some Halloween fun to your family’s wardrobe? Here’s a shirt idea for either you or your kids to make. It would also be a fun project for…

Fresh Picks for Thursday, 3.17.11

Here are this week’s inspirations! If you’d like us to consider your project for Fresh Picks, fill out the submission form here.

Tokyo Subway quilt

Elizabeth at Oh, Fransson! is raffling off this beautiful Tokyo Subway quilt to one lucky winner. To enter the giveaway, make a donation to the Red Cross Japan Tsunami fund by Wednesday, March 23 and let her know.

Kirsten’s Lucky Charms notebook at The Crafting Chicks, with tutorial

Despicable Me games, attire and minion birthday decor at Obsessively Stitching

Meg’s quilted pan handle at Monkey Beans


Giveaways Roundup

If you haven’t stopped by, make sure you check out the Craft Buds Giveaway Roundup, with 22 current giveaways to enter! It’s updated each week, and you are always welcome to link up your craft supplies or handmade giveaways.

Sherbet Pips Charm Pack Giveaway

Melissa at The Polkadot Chair is featuring Lindsay’s travel changing mat tutorial! And Mary’s going to be on One Pretty Thing!

To celebrate this and the launch of Craft Buds, we’re offering a giveaway of two Sherbet Pips charm packs. In case you haven’t heard, these new Moda precuts are flying off quilt-shop shelves like hot cakes. Melissa even featured them in her recent zig-zag skirt.

Giveaway is now closed. Congrats to the winner, #39 Marci at Marci Girl Designs!

To enter, just follow this blog and leave a comment letting us know you did! (You may be a public follower on Google Friend Connect, RSS subscriber or newsletter follower.) For a bonus entry, “like” Craft Buds on Facebook and leave a second comment.

One winner will be selected via Random.org on Friday, March 18 at 9pm.

Tutorial: Flat Iron/Curling Iron Travel Case

My flat iron is hands down the best thing that’s happened to my hair. I don’t travel without it! It seems like like straightening my hair is one of the last things I do and then I can’t pack the flat iron or I wrap it in a towel to avoid burning my clothes. Enter the flat iron travel case! This baby means I can straighten my hair then immediately pack it up for storage or for traveling.

For this project I used an upholstery weight fabric and a silver quilted ironing board fabric cover. I found the ironing board fabric at my local JoAnns. My flat iron is a CHI 1″ ceramic so that’s what I’ve based all my measurements on. The trickiest part of this project is measuring correctly.

Here are the measuring guidelines I used:
1. Length: Measure the length of your flat or curling iron not including the cord then add an extra 1/2″. The CHI is 10 1/4″ so once I add the extra 1/2″ I’m using 10 3/4″.
2. Pocket width: Measure the diameter around the widest part of your flat or curling iron and add 2″. CHI diameter at the widest point is 5″. Add 2″ and my pocket is 7″.
3. Flap width: Use half of the measurement of your pocket for the flap. That’s 3 1/2″ for me.
4. Total width: Add together the pocket plus the flap (7″ + 3 1/2″ = 10 1/2″) then subtract 1/2″ (10 1/2″ – 1/2″ = 10″).

Now you’re going to match up right sides of the flap and the pocket and stitch them together. I found that the fabric fed more smoothly with the batting side of the quilted fabric facing up.

Open it up and place it on top of your remaining piece of fabric with wrong sides together and pin. Stitch a seam down the flap 1/8″ from the seam between the two fabrics.

Now trace out and cut the corners on the flap. I used a drinking glass.
At this stage you can cut an optional plastic mesh to add to the flap to help stabilize it. When the project is all done this makes wrapping the cord around the flap easier. I used a sheet of plastic mesh (also called plastic canvas) that I found near the yarn in JoAnn’s. This is the same mesh you may remember stitching yarn through to make a tissue box cover as a kid–or at least that’s how I remember it! I cut it to fit the flap but left a 9/16″ border. I wanted to make sure that when I added my 1/2″ bias tape there was no chance I was going to hit the plastic with my needle.

Once the mesh was cut I did a loose stitch all around the piece to hold it together. Just to reduce the possibility of hitting the mesh with the sewing machine needle, I started sewing at the X and went almost all the way around, slid the mesh into the opening then finished stitching the rest of the way back to the X.

Now you’re going to add bias tape all the way around and it’ll look like you’ve made a hot pad. That means you’re almost done!

Now fold your pocket over. Stitch three seams, one just to the side off the bias tape and two seams on the bias tape. You really only need one seam, but the three seams help stabilize the area where you’ll be wrapping the cord around.

At this stage I added the strap. It may be easier for you to add it while you’re stitching on the bias tape. As is, I had to seam rip a half inch opening, inserted the strap, folded it over, then stitched it down. You can click the image below to enlarge it to see exactly what I did. You’ll also see that I stitched a decorative button and a snap onto the strap. I used a strap that was 8 1/2″ long, and tucked 3/8″ under the bias tape and folded the end with the button over 3/8″ to reinforce it. In case your flat/curling iron has a longer or shorter cord than mine, you may want to put it in the pocket and wrap the cord around the flap then measure how long your strap needs to be rather than using my measurements.

Here’s a close up of the button/snap area:

And you’re finished! Ready to travel or organize!

PS. Click on any of the photos for a larger view!

Fresh Picks for Friday, 3.11.11

Here are this week’s fresh picks! If you’d like us to feature your project, fill out the submission form here.

Grrr…. dinos!

Dino Tails at Running with Scissors

Dino Tails tutorial at Running with Scissors

A fun and funky way to freshen up wall space!

Fabric embroidery hoop wall

Fabric embroidery hoop wall at EmmmyLizzy

A place to lay your heads.

His and Hers pillows at Honeyscrap

His and Hers pillows at Honeyscrap

Til next time!

Giveaway Roundup

Have a giveaway going on at your site and want to promote it here? Add a link to your giveaway and include the end date so people don’t miss out on the fun!

Example: 9/28 Birthday Giveaway @ Lindsay Sews

Hoping to win a giveaway? Check us out every week for a new list of current giveaways! Just remember to read and follow the rules for each giveaway to make sure your entries are valid.

Blog Giveaways: Questions to ask before you host one

Jessika Hepburn at ohmy!handmade ran an article this week called Giveaway Guidelines, to Give or not to Give.

Basically, she brings up the idea that bloggers should be cautious before agreeing to host every giveaway under the sun for free. While some say that a blog’s editorial space is valuable and the blogger should be paid to host giveaways, others think that the craftsperson or Etsystore owner donating product for the giveaway should in fact be paid for contributing.

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Should you host giveaways for free on your blog?

So who’s right? Jessika agrees that every situation is different, but some key questions to ask are:

  • Who contacted whom?
  • What has been the result and traffic pattern of past giveaways on the blog?
  • What are the giveaway policies?

“If you are a blogger wanting to do giveaways wait until you have built your traffic up enough to have people contacting you or try pitching a giveaway idea to a major company with a big marketing budget,” she suggests.

Coming up later this month, Jessika says we can expect another post on her favorite types of giveaways with examples of fabulous & ethical giveaways that are great for everyone. Check out the full post here at ohmy!handmade.

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