Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Hangin' Around

I saw these hangers on several websites and just had to try them myself... that is just my nature and in my bones - I want to make everything I see!  I do have a long list of projects that I want to create and you will be seeing them on my blog over time.  

With 2 weddings in my future, I thought I would start on these adorable Bridesmaid hangers.  I will do my best to show you how they are made.

First, I went to Michael's and bought 12 Gauge Aluminum Wire in a package of 15 feet. (40% coupon used, of course!)  I was only able to get 3 hangers from one pack.

I dug up my needle nose pliers. Looks like they have seen better days!  
I wrapped cloth tape around tape the tips of the pliers so they wouldn't leave any marks in the wire while bending and crimping. 

Wooden Hangers ~ Walmart in a package of 5 for about $5. 

 I started at the left side of the hanger and wrapped the wire around the notch.  (You can also make the name and then drill small holes to glue the ends in if you don't like it wrapped around the hanger.)  I am all about easy though, so I wrapped...

I used websites to look at lettering and wrote the names on paper and used that as a guide for bending the wire.  When doing the "a" or "o" or other round letters, use a tube of something that is round to wrap so it is smooth, such as a handle on a broom or bottle, that is the size you need for your letters.

After finishing the entire name, you can add a ♥ if it is a short name or you can then attach it to the other end of the hanger and cut off the excess.

My first attempt was with Size 18 Gauge wire.  This was what one tutorial suggested using.  Didn't work for me.  It was hard to bend and was very flimsy when finished.  12 Gauge is the way to go...

Suggestions for some variations:  

Hangers can be Black, Dark Brown, Light Brown or White.
Hangers can be painted any color, also!

Wording:  Bride - Bridesmaid - Maid of Honor 
Mrs. Brown (or whatever) - Groom

*Add a ribbon or flowers for a nice detail at the top*
Here's a preview of the hangers I am working on for a June wedding... I still need to finish Lindsey, Leigh and Nicole.

~ Darlene

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Shoes and a Little Surprise....

At one point of my creative spurt over the winter, I got hooked on baby shoes...

I am posting pictures but at this point I am not including directions or a tutorial.  This is just for the pure enjoyment of looking at these adorable creations...


I know this is about shoes but I just had to show you the bib and Onesie that coordinates with these shoes....too darn cute!!!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Cover Me

I was asked to make a Kindle cover by a friend, so I went to work...doing what I love to do....I don't like to use or read patterns,  I usually get an idea of how to make it and then wing it.

These instructions are only the steps that I use to make the covers.  They are not specific in dimensions or detailed in description.

First, I cut the front and back out of the main fabric about 3-4 inches bigger than the Kindle (or Nook, iPad or other device) and cut batting the same size.

I quilt the fabric without pinning or any markings by starting in one corner and sewing an X.

I then sew 4 more rows, 1 on each side of the X.

The last lines are created by sewing a big Diamond starting at the top center.

Sew 3 sides, leaving the top open and clip corners.

Turn the top to the size of the Finished Length and press fold. (When figuring your finished sizes, don't forget to take into account the thickness of the Kindle.)

Turn right side out and press.

Cut 2 rectangles for the lining that are 1" wider than the finished width and 2" longer than the finished length.  Sew 3 sides, leaving the top open, clip corners.

Turn the top to the size of the Finished Length and press fold.
Cut a piece of  3/4" - 1" wide Hook/Loop tape to a length about 2" shorter than the width.

Pin and sew one part to the top of the main cover about 1/2" down from the top.

Insert the lining inside the main cover and pin sides and front.

Make a flap 2" narrower than the width. Allow for seams.

Layer batting then front and back of flap (right sides together) and sew 3 sides leaving bottom edge open.

Clip corners. Turn, press and top stitch 3 sides.

Attach other piece of Hook/Loop tape to inside of flap.

Insert the lining into the outside.

Insert flap between lining and cover.

Pin securely and top stitch around the entire top edge, being careful to sew through both the lining and cover.

A wrist strap or pockets can also be added to customize.

Happy Sewing,
~ Darlene