Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Modge Podge Fabric Coasters DIY

This one is so simple! There are about 100k of these tutorials floating around. If you need custom coasters or gifts this is just for you!

You'll need:
Tiles, modge Podge (the finish is upto you,) fabric pieces, paint brush, & clear coat.

Cut your fabric to fit your tiles. You can make shapes or anything you desire.

Paint a layer of MP on your tile. Well do one at a time. Quickly apply your fabric. You have a few seconds to make adjustments.

Smooth, but do not stretch, the fabric over tile evening and flattening it out.

Let it sit and work with your other tiles.

Go back to the first tile and apply 1 or more costs of MP over the fabric. Allow it to set in between layers.

Let it dry completely. Spray your clear coat on top. Let that dry. All done!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Win a mini quilt!

Hey there everyone!
          Do you want to win a mini quilt? This has got to be the easiest contest ever. All you have to do is submit a photo of a quilt you absolutely love. You can email it, post the pin, post the link, find a way to get it to me! From the submissions I will pick my favorite. The winner will recieve a mini quilt. Whats a mini quilt? Its a small quilt used for decoration. Google it :)

Emails can be directed to barlowbabyquilts@gmail.com
You have until June 25th 12:01am. Only one submission per person. If you submit one then find a better one ill count whichever one you like better. You must clearly identify which you like best in that case. AND GO!!!!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Learn to quilt from the best!

Have you always wanted to sew or quilt? One excellent way to learn is to join your local guild. By joining you're insuring that sewing and quilting have a future in your community! You're support a local charity that gives back to the community.

What do they do at the guild? They offer classes of all kinds! Not just quilting but other crafts too. They hold retreats. They volunteer in the community by donating quilts, teaching or reading to children, or even helping veterans in need. Many guild meeting have special speakers who are some well know teachers and authors!

Don't be afraid! Jump in! Meet new people. Many of these men and woman have been sewing for decades! Learn from the best!

In San Antonio? Here's our link: http://www.sanantonioquilt.org/
Google "(your city) quilt guild!"

Be my guest! Come join me next month.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

DIY Starbucks Venti Cold Cup Insert

DIY Starbucks Venti Cold Cup Insert

Tools: Paper, pen, scissors or rotary cutter, ruler, and your sewing machine.

NOTE: You can make a simple insert using scrapbook paper! It's changeable and only involves cutting. No need to spray on glitter, just buy glitter card stock.

Tip: Do not get your insert bulky or it wont fit inside the cup. I found that sewing the insert worked best.

Getting started:
        Step 1: You'll want to make your insert template. If you have a venti cup your insert template will look similar to this. If you have a different size you'll just have to mess around until you get it perfect. I took a regular sheet of computer paper, rolled it, wrapped it around the inner part of the cup and drew lines over the excess. I then cut the excess off and made any adjustments needed to properly fit. It may take you several tries. Make 2 templates in case you want to make another later.

       Step 2: Start with a few pieces. I cut various fabrics into strips or triangles. I took 2 pieces and sewed them together. As you are building your insert you'll want to cut some excess or cut a straight line to make it easy for the next fabric to attach. Keep doing this until your insert is bigger than your template. Check the fitting inside your cup and adjust.
       Step 3: Attach your insert to your template by laying the insert on top of the template and sewing lines or zigzags or swirls all over the two. Be careful not to sew over the same area repeatedly because it will bulk up too much. I attached the template to the insert fabric to give it strength inside the cup. Trim any area that needs trimmed along all 4 sides. Check the fitting inside your cup and adjust.

Here are some examples. Start from the inside and work your way out. You can also start from one side and work toward the other! Let me see what you make!

That vintage feeling

          I love this quilt. Since I haven't shared it here before I figured hey I might as well! It has a really simple design and its super fun. The family I made it for had a very specific feel that they wanted to go with. At the same time we didn't quite know how to get there. So off to the store I went. I really had fun picking out the fabrics for this one.
           They are all so beautiful, random, and bright. While I was making it I thought boy this just isn't going to look ok at all. Honestly I don't usual make quilts that have a real vintage feel. I like to stick with color pallets and matching themes. Before modern advances in fabric making I don't think people had the luxury of going to the store and picking 20 different purple fabrics. Ha.
           So the end result has a very homey vintage feeling. It reminds me of something your grandma would give you and you would cherish for life! I love it! These photos were taken by Whitney at http://www.leavesofmytree.blogspot.com She's pretty amazing. Go check her out!

If you would like to order a similar quilt please message me. If you would like the names of some of the prints let me know. I can find them.