Category Archives: scraps

Hexie addiction

Yeah I love these things.

Scraps and fun fabrics. Some of my favourite things.

Also, storing them in this fun container I found while thrifting.

Quilting as you go spill over.

I’m completely and utterly enjoying my Craftsy Patchwork Quilt as You Go class, it’s ridiculously fun and informative.

I’m still working on my bag but I was looking through the mountain of scraps that was laid out in my workspace and I glimpsed this girl and was insipired to use the techniques to whip up a scrappy cup cozy.

I even got brave and tried some free motion quilting outlining on the girl and unicorn. I wasn’t very precise wiht it, just wanted to sort of go around the outline and big features. It’s such a cool effect. It didn’t take long to quilt some straight lines and free motion parts but boy does it make a big difference on the cozy. Sort of turns it into a little one of a kind work of art!


I think I may have found a new favourite quick and scrap busting project!

Wheee fabric surprise!

I got some beautiful Marimekko fabric cuttings from my elementary school friend Annhy! Thanks to the wonders of Facebook and now other such social media we can be in touch with all sorts of people we wouldn’t konw a thing about otherwise! So while we went to school from grades 3-7 together in Toronto she now lives in sunny Miami. Strangely she’s got 2 adorable little boys just like me.

A while back she wrote asking if I’d like some odds and ends of Marimekko fabric she had lying around. Free fabric? I’m in! I pulled them right out of the package and photographed them. I suppose in hindsight I could have ironed it all. Oh well.

This particular piece is HUGE. Not sure what I’ll do with any of it yet but I’m sure something will pop into my head.

Creative Bug class.

I was hanging around last night with some people, mostly just to be in the company of others. They were geeking out with various games, roleplaying things and such and I was just happy to be out and about. I actually got to a lot of things I’ve been meaning to do. Things I wouldn’t have sat down and done at home, I would have let myself get distracted by chores and such.

I watched some Craftsy classes, I read some of my online magazines and I watched a Creative Bug class. I watched this fun bracelet making class while I was out and then got home at around midnight, put the kettle on and started to find the fabric I wanted to use so I could take the project with me to embroider. But then I got inspired and decided to quilt together scraps and make my bracelet out of those.

When I tried to insert a fun snap I discovered my bracelet was too thick. I chose a thick interfacing so note to self not to do that next time, but also I think the quilting, depending on where you had seams, would effect the snap being able to work too. I had to resort to velcro, but it still works. I was going to add a fun wooden button to it too but I think that would make it too bulky. Can’t wait to give another one a try.

Now of course my favourite section is the sewing classes, but there are lots of fun other classes to watch too.

And yes, I write notes on my hand. Had to remember the mall and berries today. It was super important.

Fabric swap anyone?

Ok I’m sooo ready for this.

I think I’m so ready that I’ll play twice.

Fine print –

– scraps must measure at least 2 inches by 2 inches, there is no maximum size but it is supposed to help you destash your scrap bin so sending fat quarters probably won’t help with that.

– scraps must be unwashed, clean, and in usable condition

– fabrics should be of relatively the same weight, cottons/linens/light canvas so allow for quilting or use in the same project

– be able to send 10-ish ounces to your partner mailed by May 27th

Leave a comment with your blog or email and I will match us up on Monday May 20th and send an email to you and your swap buddy.

Magnet oops giveaway.

So I mentioned making magnets and sometimes while crafting things go a bit wrong.

These lovely magnets are indeed, lovely, however they have a few bumps and bruises.

A few have spots on the back where the fabric didn’t quite catch in the button machine. And while this doesn’t effect the look from the front, or the fact it’s still a magnet they’re a touch substandard for selling. Soooo I’ve decided to do some clearing out and give them away. They’ll be fine holding things onto magnetic surfaces and with normal use. If you start poking at that little sticky outtie bit of fabric it’s going to fray and possibly peel off the magnet.

So if you would like to win either the 7 little magnets or the 7 big magnets leave a comment below! I will choose 2 lucky people and get them mailed out next week. Leave a comment before Friday, March 22nd. I’ll draw the winners on the weekend and send the emails!

Magnet crazy!

Well I went a little nuts over the March Break making and packaging magnets.

It was easy work, just time consuming, and it resulted in me taking over the kitchen table many times while the kids played with friends or came in for a game or snack.

I just used some little baggies and cut some cardstock to fold over and staple. Then I use a MOO sticker to cover the hideousness of a staple. Pretty simple and easy. Now I just need to order more stickers. I use the MOO MiniCards for giving away SewTara magnets, price tags and just usual business cars. I love their stuff.


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Since it’s March Break and I have a 10 day stretch of no school I’ve been taking over parts of the house.

The kitchen table has fallen victim the most.

I’ve been working on small projects, hair clips and more magnets. If you follow me on my Instagram I’ve been moving around and creating various things.

Haven’t really hit the sewing machine yet since that’s in the basement and at least, even if my nose is buried in my crafting, I feel like I’m there for the kids. They’ve been enjoying the break by playing wii, having friends over, mastering Angry Birds on the iPad . . We have also hit swimming, gone for walks and hit indoor play places. So I’m going to say the break isn’t going too badly so far!

Pretty fabrics

I splurged and got myself some fun Japanese fabric scraps the other day from this shop, Beautiful Work.

They arrived ridiculously quick. All the way from Japan.

I love how I can mail a cup cozy to the US and it takes ages to arrive but fabric from Japan got to me in just under a week.

Silly postal mysteries.

Did you hear?

Michelle Patterns are all on sale for $5!

I know I rant and rave about this lady and her stuff all the time, but yeah I’m doing it again. Also, how appropriate I post this the same week as my digital hoarding post.