Ice Week and Auctions

New Release, Projects, Updates

My kids school, like many kids schools, has a yearly auction to raise money for the PTA. Since I am not much of an auction goer I opt to help out by making stuff, preferably stuff that involves the kids or school in some way. Last year I made a Hang Ten Jacket using fabric my daughters 1st grade class designed using nature objects and negative print making.

This year I introduced her 2nd grade class to ice dying for Ice Week.

With the guidance of Beth Mastrudeh we devised a way to do the dying safely in the classroom by premixing the dye with water and freezing it instead of dusting the dye on top of the ice cubes. It created a bit of a different effect but was equally lovely and safe to demonstrate to the kids.

At the end of Ice Week after the kids had been studying how ice works I came to visit the class. I gave a little talk on dying fabric before they watched as the ice cubes melted and mixed dying they fabric before there eyes. The kids had lots of great questions and were excited to see the fabric once the ice had all melted. At the end of the day I took the fabric home, washed it and then took it to the studio to be turned into handbags.

The fabric became two handbags, one fold-over clutch with a leather asymmetric bottom and the second a rectangular clutch with leather strap. Ready for the auction!

This year they are running the auction a little differently and included a public online auction which the bags are a part of. Want a interesting one of kind handbag? Go bid and support a good cause!  (The photos on the link aren’t the best but I am including plenty here and below)

 

Testing and Final Dyeing

 

The Final Bags – bid on them HERE

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New Releases

New Release, Projects, Tutorials, Updates

Like some of the tutorials I’ve done but don’t want to dig back in the blog to find them? Well I am currently working on making them available as pdf downloads on my etsy site.

Available so far Doll Dress Tutorial, Lace Earrings Tutorial, Coffee Cup Sleeve Tutorial, Breast Pad Tutorial and Two in One Dress/Skirt Tutorial. More to come as I manage to go through the archives and get blog posts converted to useable pdf documents.

Little Craft Pop Up!

Popup Shops, Updates

I will be joining Little Craft Pop-Up to help celebrate Luma’s 5th Anniversary this Friday October 13th, 12:30pm – 3:30pm downtown Santa Cruz.

I will be stocking my Kangaroo Collection of practical but stylish unisex pants, shorts and t-shirts for kids made from up-cycled clothing.

Come celebrate with us!

The 17th Annual 17th Ave Spring Show

Popup Shops, Updates

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The 17th Ave spring show is fast approaching! 15+ studios across 4 buildings will be open to the public to meet the artist, see their work and get a glimpse into their creative world. This is the 17 annual show for the 17 Avenue studios that house artists of various styles and disciplines offering an variety of goods and services. This is a family friendly and free event.

I will be there both days in building 4, studio 55, so if you can come stop by and say “Hi!”

The day before…

Popup Shops, Studio, Updates

Tomorrow is my first popup shop in the studio! Terribly last minute, it was last weekend the I realized the month was almost done a we hadn’t done our monthly popup. After a quick check to see if anyone else was interested, Ed and I landed on tomorrow (March 25) as the day. Needless to say I have spent the last week frantically trying to build some amount of stock to have on had and forgot to properly advertise.

Here hoping I’m not the only one there.

(for the record the address is 980 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz, Ca – Building 4, studio 55)

 

Studio 55

Studio, Updates

Today I finally moved my sewing machines into the studio. Now it feels like I’m really moved in.

It has taken a lot of work to get this far. When I first called about the space and they said it had no roof I went to see it totally expecting not to take it. Although I was happy to find that it wasn’t open to the elements, it was dark, dirty and neglected. I could tell though with a little work it could be really good and after some deliberation ended up taking it. (My landlord promising to install new lights and make modifications, helped my decision).

The artist in the space before me was a welder and primarily used the space for storage since he did all his welding outside for fire safety reasons, hence the neglect. In fact he never even put his name on the door, merely covering over the previous tenants name with painters tape. He did kindly leave some nice flower pots and such behind making our little courtyard even nicer. The artist before him used the space as a gallery and installed the wall, originally a T shape. One of her painting tags is still taped to the closets wall, I think I’ll likely keep it there.

After moving in I painted all but the back and exterior wall (due to water damage), cleaned (they changed colour when I did) and painted the floor. I built the clothing rack out of plumbing parts from Ace using this tutorial. I added chalkboard paint to the edge of the divider wall for note taking and added the head on the door. My lovely neighbour Lynn moved out in February and left me a bookcase and a hand stencilled table. Slowly the space has come together though there are always projects to do.

I currently share our half of the Q-hut with Ed Smiley, Laura Cook, and Mott Jordan, all good company.

Project Post – Swaddles to dream

Projects

I have been using the project feature of the Threadbias.com site and really enjoying being able to track my projects. Periodically I will be posting copies here.

More up cycling for my Aden and Anais swaddles. This time I’m making dream blanket. I have one for my daughter and she loves it so I figured since 4 swaddles = 1 dream I’d make one for the wee boy from our extras.

I wanted to get this project done quickly since it’s one I have been meaning to do since before we moved back in February so I opted to do what I call “cheater” knit binding instead of the cleaner typical technique. Cheater binding is nice enough and much easier and quicker to do, great for a beginner. The one I’m doing doesn’t require a serger but I will note another one that does.

Materials: 4 swaddles (I used ones by Aden and Anais but any brand will do), knit jersey for binding.

Prep:

  1. Undo the hems of all 4 swaddles. (Not mandatory but I find it easier if I do)
  2. Iron the swaddles.
  3. Match up swaddles along two edges smooth out.

Sewing:

  1. Baste swaddles together along matched edge with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
  2. Since my unmatched edges do not meet they will need to be trimmed. The easiest way to do this is snip the edge of the swaddles at the shortest length and rip (scary but effective).
  3. Baste ripped edge at 1/4″ SA.
  4. Snip and rip the last edge.
  5. Baste at 1/4″.
  6. To trim corner: find something that is the desired size of curve. Place on fabric and cut around it. The blanket is now ready for binding.

Since bias tape doesn’t come in a knit I made my own. Normally I’d use a rotary cutter and quilting ruler but since I haven’t unpack those yet I improvised. Using a piece of 1 1/2″ wide elastic as a pattern piece I cut out strips of the jersey. The nice thing with jersey is it doesn’t need to be cut on the bias so it doesn’t use too much yardage to make.

Tip: it is much easy to cut jersey (or just about any fabric) if you use underlay.

Adding cheater knit binding: 

  1. Seam binding to blanket at 1/2″ SA right sides together.
  2. Fold binding over SA covering stitch line at the back.
  3. Edge stitch the binding along the folded edge on the right side, careful to catch all layers.

Jersey doesn’t really fray so edge finishes are not as necessary as with a woven. It does however tend to curl which in this case helps clean up the finish on the under side of the blanket with washing (see example in photos below).

Cheater binding with a serger: This is basically adding ribbing to the edge and top stitching it down and can be seen in my Baby Stuff project (Teal and white burp cloth) or in the photos below. It is also super fast so great if time is an issue.

  1. Fold binding in half and serg to blanket edge right sides together.
  2. Press binding out covering SA.
  3. Topstitch binding to SA.

 

Project Post – Leftover Skirt, a tutorial

Projects, Tutorials

I have been using the project feature of the Threadbias.com site and really enjoying being able to track my projects. Periodically I will be posting copies here.

After finishing the Sweet Pea Dress I had bit of swaddle left so I decided to make a skirt for the little girl.

Fabric: leftover Aden & Anais swaddle and leftover brown slug jersey from the A&A Sweet Pea Dress

Pattern: a bunch of rectangles. Not very exact or anything but this is what I did.
Waistband – Hip plus ease wide x desired (what looked right) hight. I folded the whole thing in half to make the elastic casing.
Skirt – max hight x max length I could get out of the remnant of swaddle, I then cut it in half so pocket could be added in the side seams.
Pockets – what I could get that would fit a child’s hand folded in half.
Skirt lining – same hight as skirt minus about 1/2″ x hip plus ease.

Sewing: Prep sewing – instead of serging I folded the short edge of the skirt and the pocket opening edges of the pockets for a clean finish. (I don’t have my serger set up yet and didn’t what to have to do so). I then did a french seam on the bottom of the pockets ending 1/2″ from the open edge.
Adding pockets – I seamed the open edge of the pockets to the side seams with at 3/8″ SA and the under stitched the SA to the pocket. Next it sewed the side seams with a 1/2″ SA.
Waist band – I seamed the single seam with 1/2″ SA making a tube. I then folded it in half. And place the seamed elastic inside.
Joining the two – I used a double line of gathering to match the skirt to the waist band. I then basted the two together with a 3/8″ SA. This just kept things more stable and manageable to put the lining in.
Lining – I seamed the single seam making a tube. I then seamed it to the waistband/skirt combo with a 1/2″ SA. I kept the SA facing down towards the lining and under stitched it in place.