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Friday, May 11, 2012

DIY Luggage Tag

Recently, I took my 3 year old on vacation. This was his first trip on an airplane where he was old enough to remember. He sees his dad travel all the time and is fascinated by his luggage. I wanted to get him his own special luggage for the trip, but didn't find anything just right or within a reasonable price range. I was inspired to make him his own luggage tags using some truck fabric that I had designed for him on spoonflower. Ultimately, he didn't care what the luggage looked like as long as he knew that he had his own. He proudly rolled along his suitcase and donned his backpack with his truck luggage tags, parading through the airports.
NOTE: Unless otherwise noted, in the dimensions, length precedes width. To make your own, you will need the following materials: A piece of fabric that measures at least 6"x12, fusible interfacing, bias Tape, and clear vinyl
Prepare: 1. Cut 2 pieces of fabric 6"x 4" 2. Cut 1 piece of fabric 4.5"x 4" 3. Cut 1 piece of fusible interfacing 6"x 4" 4. Cut 1 piece of fusible interfacing 4.5"x 4" 5. Cut 1 piece of clear vinyl 3.5"x 2.5" 6. Cut a 4” piece of bias tape 7. Cut an 8” piece of bias tape

assembling the luggage tag

1. Align the fusible interfacing with one side of a 6"x 4" piece and with the 4.5"x 4" piece (this will be the frame) and press with an iron. 2. Mark the back of the frame measuring 1" in, on all sides. Cut out the frame leaving about a 1/2" seam allowance. Cut the corners to the edge of the inner corner and press seams inward. 3. Align the clear vinyl to the wrong side of the frame and pin.
4.Attach the clear vinyl by edge stitching along frame on the right side. TIP:The vinyl has a tendency to stick to the sewing plate. Try using a piece of tissue paper or thin paper to place in between the vinyl and the sewing plate that can be removed after stitching. 5. Take a 4" piece of bias tape and sew along top of frame. You can use either a single or double fold bias tape.
6. Align and pin frame to unfused piece of backing. Stitch with a 1/4" seam around.
7. With right sides facing, align and pin both sides together. Stitch with a 1/2" seam allowance leaving a 1 and 3/4 opening at the top. Clip corners. 8. Using the opening, turn the luggage tag right side out. Gently push out the bottom corners. If you want the angled top on your luggage tag, don't press out the top corners. Leave them angled and press.
9. Stitch a 8" piece of bias tape and pin in the center of the opening. 10. Edge stitch around the whole tag. TIP: backstitch over the bias tape to reinforce it.
VoilĂ ! You have yourself a one-of-a-kind luggage tag. Happy Travels!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Upcycling!

Having done quite a bit of wardrobe purging this spring, I put aside those that were not stained or riddled with holes. My little one needed some new t-shirts for an upcoming vacation, and as always, was put off by what's in store for boys. I decided to make some shirts which would prevent the waste of the old, and reduce the use of new materials.
The striped fabric was from an old turtleneck and the red yoke was from my scrap bin. Always save your scraps...you never know!
The striped sleeves were also from the turtleneck and the blue was selvage from an old project.
The green striped fabric was from an old tank top that lost a strap, and the blue was from an old t-shirt that had a hole...they have found new life in this cute little tee!
A graphic tee that had seen better days.
The green sleeves are from an old t-shirt that had one too many holes. The truck fabric is part of a collection I designed here, on spoonflower.com. So never, never toss out ratty clothes. Make new from the old! Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle! On a side note, clearly I need to do some sewing for myself since I seem to have so many stained and holey clothes!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Snow Day!









The Robins in the yard are gone and have been replaced by brilliant white, powdery snow! A perfect day to pull out the wool bean bags! Countless games and pretend play abound. Packaged in a set of three, these softly felted bean bags are soft to the touch and filled with lentils for a lovely weight and feel. Children of all ages will enjoy the colorful bean bags that stimulate creative play.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Springtime Frocks









After a very mild winter, even up here in our little micro-climate of ours, I was ready to put away the woolens and inspired by all the robins in our yard to start designing for the warmer days ahead. I wanted to design a garment that could be worn for those chilly days in spring but could also wear well through summer. These colorful frocks do just that! Right now, they could be layered with your favorite corduroys or wooly tights. The sleeveless top can be layered atop a turtleneck or tee and the blouse paired with a cardigan. In the summer, wear them alone with a skirt or shorts. The fabric is a light breathable cotton with details for added comfort for the active child. It has two wooden button closures that are easy enough for little hands to button. Visit kri-hem.com to place an order!