Wednesday, August 20, 2014

DIY Puzzle Bags






Materials:

Extra wide double fold bias tape (1/2” wide)
12 or 16 gauge clear vinyl
Velcro
Coordinating thread

Instructions:


Measure the height and width of your puzzle, making sure to include the thickness of the puzzle. Add about 1-1.5 inches to the width so that you can easily slide your puzzle in and out. You are essentially making a vinyl envelope, so you will need to double the height of the puzzle and add a few more inches for the flap. For example, a standard sized wooden Melissa and Doug puzzle measures approximately 12.5” W x 9” H. I cut my vinyl to 13.5” x 22”.


Make a mark on each long edge, approximately 5” in from one of the short edges. This will be the top of your envelope, and you will end up with a 5” flap.

Set your stitch length to 3.5. On the opposite short end, sew a strip of bias tape. Back stitch at both ends and trim any excess bias tape. (Tip: I highly recommend using Clover Wonder Clips (http://www.amazon.com/Clover-Wonder-Clips-Per-Pack/dp/B004ZKPX8A) when sewing with vinyl, as they do not leave holes and are easy to reposition).





Next, cut a 3” long strip of velcro. Set your machine to a zig-zag stitch with stitch length of 2.5. Attach the hook side (scratchy side) approximately 2.5” in from the edge you have just encased in bias tape, centering it. I find it helpful to use a small piece of painters tape to mark where I want to place the velcro. Sew around all four edges of the velcro with a zig-zag stitch.






Fold the edge with bias tape/velcro up to the 5” flap marks you made earlier and clip in place. Make sure the velcro is facing out. Fold one end of the bias tape into a triangle then fold down. 



Beginning at one of the bottom corners, sandwich both layers of vinyl inside your bias tape.  Clip in place. Set your machine to a straight stitch with a stitch length of 3.5. Sew along the edge until you reach the first flap corner. Sew right up to the edge then backstitch. 




Remove the envelope from your machine and trim threads. Fold the corner and clip in place. 


Beginning a few stitches before the corner, sew around the corner and continue along the edge. Repeat steps for next flap corner. Continue sewing the bias tape around the edge of the envelope until you reach the end.






Fit your puzzle inside the envelope and close the flap snuggly. Mark where the loop/soft side of the velcro should go. (It’s best to place the soft side of the velcro on the flap so it doesn’t scratch your hand when you slide the puzzle in and out.) This should be approximately 3/4”-1” in from the edge. Make sure it is centered/lined up with the other side of the velcro. Attach to the inside of the flap with a zig-zag stitch, stitch length 2.5.




These bags are also useful for storing slightly thicker items.


My two year old daughter can easily open the bags and enjoys sliding her puzzles in and out. 

No more missing pieces! Now all your puzzles can be stored neatly together on the shelf.


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Time for Tea!

After seeing this pattern by Ric Rac for a plush tea set, I couldn't wait to make one for Vera. I chose a fabric line called Happy Go Lucky by Bonnie and Camille for its colorful, playful prints. I gave the set to Vera for her birthday and she loves playing with it! The other day I caught her trying to pour water into it from her sippy cup and had to laugh. It was a little damp but otherwise unharmed. I guess that's one downside of a plush tea set; only imaginary tea served here!




Overall, I didn't have any problems with the pattern, but I did make a few minor changes. I felt the teapot handle was a little floppy so I shortened it at each end by about 1/2". I also made a small bag filled with rice and put it inside the base of the teapot. This helped weigh the teapot down a bit and keeps it from tipping over. (Make sure you freeze the rice overnight so you don't have any critters hatch inside you teapot!)

Looking forward to many tea parties with my little girl!


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Vera Turns Two!

Vera turned two this month and we celebrated with a circus themed party. So blessed to have spent the last two years as her parents!




Vera in her birthday dress


The "concession stand" was decorated with a ticket and burlap garland. I wasn't able to find turquoise tickets anywhere so I bought white ones and painted them.


I made a chocolate cake with buttercream frosting, using the same cake recipe as last year.


The cake was decorated with circus peanuts, red striped paper straws, and a bit of wired pom pom trim, as well as a little ceramic monkey that belonged to Vera's grandfather.


Ready to cut the cake!



Popcorn, mini corn dog muffins, and pretzels!



Paper fans for the table centerpieces



We tied bags of cotton candy to a vintage ladder using strips of shredded paper. This made the bags easy for guests to tear off.



Party favors included clown noses and goldfish soap.





What's a good circus without a sideshow act?


I made felt beards using some of the free templates found here and here.




DIY Link Roundup

Cake recipe
Wired pom pom trim
Mini corn dog muffins recipe
Paper fans
Clown noses
Goldfish soap
Beard templates


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Thanks from Minnie Millery!

A huge thanks to all my wonderful customers who helped Minnie Millery reach 100 sales! Enjoy 10% off any item in my shop, through August 12th, when you enter coupon code ONEHUNDRED.



Thursday, May 29, 2014

$26 Folding Floor Cushion


The idea of a folding floor cushion for kids is nothing new; I've seen several variations of this project online. However I still wanted to share because I think it's such a great project. To make my cushion, I loosely followed this tutorial by you and mie.


Materials and cost:
4 extra firm pillows: $24
1 full sized bed sheet or approximately 2 yards of fabric. I got a vintage sheet from the thrift store for about $1.
8 5/8" or larger buttons: $1

Total cost: $26

I made a few minor changes. Since my fabric was fairly thin, I ironed light-weight interfacing into both hems along the long side of the cushion cover, where the buttons would go.


It fits perfectly on the floor of Vera's closet, making a comfy place for some quiet reading. One of the best things about this cushion is all the different ways you can fold it. It would also make a great floor cushion for movie night.