Friday, May 22, 2009

4 Squares Pin Cushion Project

Here's a great way to use leftover fabric scraps to create a pin cushion that can hold either your favourite pins and needles or that can hold the pins you will need while you are working on your latest sewing project.

Supplies Needed:
  • Fabric – choose 3 different colours;
  • Stuffing;
  • Thread;
  • Scissors;
  • Sewing Machine; and
  • Button (optional).
This project uses three different colours. One colour will be used for the back and two colours will be used for the front of the pin cushion. Start by selecting the two colours that will be used for the front. From these 2 pieces of fabric, cut out 2 squares that measure 2 x 2 inches from each piece of fabric. Cut the 3rd piece of fabric 4 x 4 inches.

Layout the 4 small squares of fabric, so that one colour (we will call it Colour A) is placed in the top left hand corner and in the bottom right hand corner. The other colour (we will call it Colour B) should be placed with one square in the bottom left hand corner and one square in the top right hand corner.

Take one square of Colour A and one square of Colour B and place them with the right side together. Sew one edge together and set aside. Then, take the two remaining squares, place them right side together and sew one edge together. For both pieces that you have just sewn, unfold the pieces and lay them out flat. Place the pieces with the right side together, with Colour A facing Colour B. Finally, sew one of the long edges together. Unfold the fabric. You should now be looking at one square, made up of two different colours.

Please visit Beautiful Creations to read the remaining instructions and to see a picture of the completed project.

If you liked this project, you can find more free project ideas on my website. Try them out and leave a comment on my blog - I'd love to hear from you!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Tips For Setting Up Your Craft Room

Here are some ways to help you get the most out of your craft room. These tips will help you save time finding supplies, so that you can spend more time working on your favourite crafts.
  1. To maximize your storage space, use all the space available to you and take advantage of unused spaces. For vertical spaces, use tall shelves. Use wall space by hanging up peg boards that can hold smaller supplies, like scissors or rulers. And don't forget about those hidden spaces, such as the space under tables. Rolling bins work great in these spots, where the bins can be tucked under the table and then rolled out when needed.
  2. Place the supplies you use the most in a place you can easily reach, without having to move other supplies out of the way. Place infrequently used supplies in harder to reach areas, such as the top of shelves or the back of the closet.
  3. Have a place for everything and keep it there. Take it out only when you need it and put it back once you are done with it. If you can't be bothered to put it back, then it needs to find a new spot – one that will make it easy for you to put supplies in. The whole point of keeping everything in its place is to keep your craft room neat and organized. If it becomes messy, it will annoy you and then you won't want to go in your wonderful craft room. Therefore, keep it neat to begin with so that you will enjoy working on your crafts.

Please visit Beautiful Creations for more great Crafting Tips. Happy crafting!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Tips for Using Leftover Floss

Have you ever worked on a cross stitch kit and then had leftover floss once you finished the project? Maybe it was a little, but sometimes you can be left with a lot of floss. Did you wonder what you should do with this leftover floss from the kit? Most people just throw it out, thinking they will have no use for the floss. Instead, keep the floss because here are a few ways that you can use it in the future:
  • Use the floss to stitch names and dates on wedding or birth announcements.
  • Put your initials and the date in the bottom corner to show when you completed the project.
  • Use it for small cross stitch patterns, such as bookmarks, or on patterns that only use a small number of colours.
  • Make braids and friendship bracelets or give the floss to a community center so the kids there can make friendship bracelets.
  • If you run out of a colour on a project you are working on, you could substitute it for a similar colour from your stash of leftover floss.
  • Change a colour in a pattern for one from your leftover floss stash to give the cross stitch pattern a fresh and unique look.
I hope that you have found these ideas useful. For tips on how to store your leftover floss, please visit Beautiful Creations for Cross Stitch Storage Tips.

Before you go, leave a comment below to let me know what you do with your leftover floss.