My sister (an avid blogger and beginning sewer/quilter) has recently introduced me to how valuable blogs can be (I admit, I was a big skeptic when the whole blogging fad began), because many quilter/crafter blogs include project ideas, picture tutorials, and free patterns. I have found some pretty cute stuff online and thought I'd share the links here. These are small projects, so more experienced quilters may not be interested, but if you are just beginning or want something quick and easy, I thought these were fun. (Just click on the links to see the project).
- I'm anxious to try this as it looks easy, and is oh-so-cute!
- holds four tea bags so you don't have to carry them loose in your purse. She also gives directions on how to cut this to make a regular wallet to hold ID or credit cards (I'm thinking this might be useful for all those frequent shopper & discount cards we end up collecting, so they don't fill up my regular wallet!)
Tutorial on How To Make A New Ironing Board Cover
- I love the picture she had of her craft room and how well her new cover matched.
Criss Cross Coasters
- these may actually be pretty common, but I had never heard of this stack-and-sew technique until last month when a friend showed me a potholder that had been made in the same way. I just tried a coaster last night from some leftover squares in a charm pack, and it only took me five minutes to make it! Super easy and cute! (Also, check out the sidebar on the left of her page as she has some other tutorials for adorable little crafts - I love the unusual advent calendar
Under Cover Crate
- this is a way to make a pretty cover for those plastic crates we store stuff in. I love this idea! (You actually have to download the instructions for this one; its in a pdf format.)
- my mom made some of these with friends several years back, but didn't have the pattern any more and asked me to find it online. This website did multi-colored chickens, but my mom used all one color and I think I like that better. She also uses wild fringe for the "comb" so it looks a little more "funky" than if you cut it out of felt. I think she also used fabrc folded into a triangle for the beak, and it was cuter than this felt beak. But anyway, here's the basic idea, and if my mom gets some made soon, I'll post a picture so you can see the modifications. I love these little chicks!
Checker This Out
- this is one of those giant checker games for the floor. Ok, this may not be THAT quick and easy (Although I don't think I'd actually make the checker pieces like she did, it would be much easier to buy those!), but its really cute and only takes basic quilting skills. This fabric she used is currently at Hobby Lobby and I love how hers looks!
Fabric Shopping Bags
- if you like reusable bags and want to make your own, here's a free pattern.
- what a cute way to dress up a notebook and give it our own unique look! I can see making these for some of the little girls in my life! Boys too, with some appropriate fabric!
Hope you enjoy! I will be on the lookout for more fun projects and will post them again if there is an interest. I love doing quick & easy things like this in between big projects!