How to make & add a hanging loop to your project in 3 easy steps!

September 16th, 2017

 

Do you have a small project–like the Double-sided Button Rick Rack Flower used here as a decorative zipper pull–that you’d like to hang as a decorative zipper pull or wall ornament or tree ornament or attach to something like a gift/package, etc. but you need a way to do so?

 

 

Adding a hanging loop is a super simple way to solve that problem and here’s how to do it in 3 easy steps:

1. ¬†CUT a length of string, yarn, narrow ribbon, bakers twine, etc. I usually go with about a 6 ‚Äď 8 inch length unless I need a longer dangle. If longer dangle is necessary, then cut a longer piece.

Remember, the length of dangle will be 1/2 the length you cut MINUS about 1 inch give or take depending on how close to the end you tie your knot AND whether you are looping around a button (or similar) or through a hole.

2.  KNOT the ends. Make the knot as close to the ends as possible.

Knot the ends.

3.¬†ATTACH to your project. Loop the string around (or through–if there is a hole to insert through), then insert the “folded” end of your loop through the strings of the knotted end.

Click image to enlarge picture and view detail. Pull the “folded” end so that the knot disappears behind the button (or on the back side of your flat item if inserting through a hole.)

If you have a small fabric item that you need to add a hanging hole to, you could use an awl to pierce a hole.

Want the pattern for how to make the Double-sided Button Rick Rack Flower shown here?¬† It’s included as a bonus in my StandZa Zip Bags sewing pattern.

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New Release: StandZa Zip Bags Sewing Pattern

September 16th, 2017

Introducing StandZa Zip Bags

 

StandZa Zip Bags are flat-bottomed bags that are designed to stand up for you and make a statement of their own. The pattern includes 3 fantastic sizes: Bitsy, Giftsy and Glamsy.

Make great gifts out of leftovers and scraps.

No paper pattern or template pieces to fuss with. This is a rotary cut sewing project. Use your ruler and rotary cutter.

· SKILL LEVEL:  Easy enough for beginners, fabulous fun for experts.

 

Amazingly EASY, super cute, flat-bottom standup bags in 3 sizes: Bitsy, Giftsy and Glamsy, made from your choice of vinyl mesh or fabric.

Bitsy makes a sweet coin purse, small decorative fabric candy dish or paper clip holder for your desk. Attach a ribbon handle with buttons and  you’ll have created a gorgeous doll purse.

Giftsy is lovely for:
¬∑¬†Filling with wrapped¬† candies, chocolates, snacks , etc. Make your favorite grab ‚Äėn go bag.
· Organizing/storing kids’ crayons, puzzle pieces or small games.
¬∑¬†Doggie treat travel bag…tuck a baggie full of biscuits or other treats inside. Your pup will love it.
· Making a travel sewing kit or mini first aid kit.
¬∑¬†Making a hot drink gift bag…fill with hot chocolate, tea or coffee packets.

Glamsy bag made out of vinyl mesh makes a fabulous spa gift set. Simply fill with shampoo, conditioner, body wash, loofa, shower poof or glove, plush facecloth, lotion, and other spa type products etc.  Glamsy also makes a great project bag.

BONUS:  Step by step instructions for making the Double-sided Button Rick Rack Flower used as decorative zipper pulls on the Giftsy and Glamsy bags shown on the pattern cover image are included in this pattern.

 

Whip up a slew of StandZa Zip Bags to have on hand and fill with trinkets, treasures or treats for last minute hostess or ‚Äúthinking of you‚ÄĚ gifts. This versatile pattern makes easy, inexpensive and thoughtful gift making all year round.

You may choose to make StandZa Zip Bags out of:

StandZa Zip Bags are perfect for gift making and giving. Use up scraps and small pieces of fabric from your stash. StandZa is very easy to make.

Want to turn some of your fabric stash into cash? YES‚ÄĒyou have permission to SELL finished items using this pattern, no annual limits. NOTE: Our permission applies only to the use of the pattern, not to any fabric company/designer fabric licensing restrictions, where required. For any applicable fabric licensing permissions, you will need contact the specific fabric manufacturer.

Click here to take a closer look and order your pattern today!

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Holy Super-Sized Spooky Sweetpea!

August 6th, 2017

Giant Sweetpea PodsJust one 18″ square of vinyl mesh and some rick rack, ribbon, a zipper and two zipper pulls made these Spooky-Sweet Treat Pods of Deliciousness.

You’ll need to use Sullivan’s Make-A-Zipper On A Roll¬† and cut it a few inches longer than the longest side of your triangle (see pattern for cutting instructions).¬† Also keep in mind– if you’re going to swap out the zipper pulls to a different color than your zipper tape–you must be sure to use the SAME BRAND and SAME SIZE pull as the tape. Test your zipper tape and pulls for compatibility BEFORE using in your project.¬† Not all zipper brands will work.

It’s SEW FAST and SUPER EASY to make this super-sized babies because you omit the interfacing and lining steps! For the zipper pull strings, I used thin strips of recycled bicycle tube. If you don’t have the LazyGirl Sweetpea sewing pattern yet, get it ON SALE NOW. Click here and order yours today.

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Gifty Tags: Quick & Cute Gift Card Holders and Ornaments for Your Holiday Tree

August 6th, 2017

Last year I had SO much fun whipping up these adorable Gifty Tags that I need to get busy and have a new slew of finished tags and card holders on hand:


Using mere scraps of leftover fabric, some thread, some Stiff Stuff and some buttons, I created colorful ornaments and gift card holders using the Lazy Girl Designs Gifty Card Holder sewing pattern, ON SALE NOW at SewThankful, click here to order yours.¬† You could use this style as a package gift tag as well. And the recipient of the gift can recycle it for future giving…it’s like a 2fer.

NOTE:  Stiff Stuff is currently sold out and unavailable from the manufacturer.  They expect to have it available again in mid-late October this year (2017).  I suggest substituting Soft & Stable until Stiff Stuff becomes available again.

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POPCORN AWESOMENESS–make your own microwave popcorn!

August 5th, 2017

Mind blowing…that’s what this was for me.

Made in the microwave…no fuss…no muss…no nasty preservatives.¬† You control the salt and all your favorite toppings!

I have a weakness. Yes, quilts, fabric, threads, sewing and bicycles.¬† But no, that’s not what I’m talking about now. I have a major weakness for popcorn.¬† I always have. Salty, crunchy, (sometimes spicy) and always delicious. POPCORN.¬† Make it sweet.¬† Make it spicy. Make it buttery.¬† Make it any way you want.

I. LOVE. POPCORN.

Air popped popcorn just doesn’t cut it for me and who wants to clean up that funky machine?

I love microwave popcorn…ummmmm. Have you ever checked out the ingredients for that stuff?¬† Uggggh.

Stove-top popcorn is awesome, but the cleanup is a hassle.

I need something fast, easy, inexpensive, relatively healthy (and OK…sometimes not so healthy if that’s what I choose) and inexpensive.

So, when I discovered I can make my own microwave popcorn I was…BLOWN AWAY!

Here’s what you need:

  • Microwave
  • 1 brown paper bag (lunch sack size)
  • 1/4 cup popcorn kernels
  • OPTIONAL toppings:¬† salt, butter, coconut oil, pepper, spices, caramel or any topping of your choice

THAT’S IT! Can you believe it?

Here’s HOW you do it…OMG it’s too easy:

  • Place 1/4 cup popcorn kernels (I prefer organic of any brand, but use your favorite type and brand) in a brown paper lunch bag.
  • Fold the bag down about 3 times with approx. 1 inch each fold; creasing firmly with each fold.
  • Place in the center of the microwave and close the door.
  • Press the “popcorn” button if your microwave has one.¬† If your microwave doesn’t have a “popcorn” button, set it for 4 minutes and LISTEN CLOSELY.¬† After your popcorn has started popping, it will be done when it goes approximately 3 – 5 seconds without making a pop. If you get to the end of 4 minutes and your popcorn hasn’t even started popping you either need fresh popcorn or a new microwave.
  • Once popped, pour the popcorn into your favorite bowl and add your favorite toppings.

Enjoy…amazing popcorn. Healthier. Tastier. And at a fraction of the cost.

 

 

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