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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

DIY Business / Gift Card Holders ~ Tutorial Soon too!

I did manage to fix the business / gift card holder from a week or so ago where my snap pliers put a lovely hole into my fabric, stabilizer and all.  I had them ready for Easter, I just hadn't posted the pictures here yet.  

I first used Velcro that I sewed on in place of the snaps, then covered the hole and my outside stitching by adding an appliqued circle to it. Sorry this picture is a bit blurry, I didn't know until it was uploaded today and I already passed it on as a gift to a close friend.  I will be posting a tutorial on these great quick gifts soon!
The above picture shows the inside view of the card holder.  In the future if not already sewn together, I can do it in a way you wouldn't have to see the circle of applique that you currently see.

One more I made, just the opposite with the bright colors on the outside and a cute green button covering up any stitches from adding the plastic snap to the inside.  The pic was quickly taken when I had it ready to be mailed to a different friend of mine.

Did I mention, Spring is here!!!  It was in the 80's today!  Whewwww hooooo, bring it on Spring!  I am ready!  =) 

Hugs & Smiles, Tiffiny ~ Smilie Mommy

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Easy & cheap (free) DIY 1/4 inch Sewing Guide Tool

This is a cool and easy way to have a quarter inch tool at your fingertips, even if you can't find your measuring tape or special clear ruler!  This tool was first given to me from my quilt instructor during my first quilting class when I made a beginner's sampler quilt, you can click this link to see it!  She told us how to use it so we would know when to stop while we are sewing on our binding.  When you see this special tool you may say something like "Why didn't I think of that?"  That is if you don't already know about this unique tool...hehehe.  Now take a seat if you aren't already, don't want you to fall over when you start to giggle. 

Yes, you are looking at a business card that can either be your own or one of the 100's you can pick up during a quilt convention for free!  Below is a picture of how I made my very own special tool, since I lost my original guide that was given to me from my first quilting teacher.  
Just place your ruler over the corner of the card and mark at the quarter inch mark, viola, it is that simple!  Now you can know exactly where to stop when you are putting on your bindings and need to pause and turn at the 1/4 inch spot.  Just be sure to use something that disappears and won't leave a permanent mark when you mark your fabric.

Hugs & Smiles, Tiffiny ~ Smilie Mommy Follow Me on Pinterest