Sew Ready to Play 2015 Recap!

Wow! What a great way to celebrate 5 years of Sew Ready to Play!! A huge thank you to everyone that participated in, what I think is, a super fun sewing series!
It’s been so fun seeing what everyone came up with and what your favorite games are! In case you missed a day, here’s a recap of all the great tutorials!

Thanks again everyone!!!!

Checkers Quilt with Busy Being Jennifer

Today’s guest is Jennifer, from Busy Being Jennifer! And she is one busy lady! You’ll have to check out her blog to see all the fun things she’s up to! She has so many fun things, I wasn’t sure what to expect from her for the series. We met through our do.Good Stitches Circle, so to see a quilty project is no surprise! I love it! Take a look…..

Helloooooo Sew Ready to Play Friends! I’m Jennifer, the crafty, sometimes blonde mind behind and I’m so happy to be here today!

Sewing is pretty much my favorite thing! Well right after coffee, my puppy and the husband (in no particular order of course ;) )

When Louise asked me to be a part of her Sew Ready to Play series, I jumped at the chance… and then had the hardest darn time coming up with an idea! I was too busy reading and crafting as a kid to really be interested in many games. I remember playing card games with my grandparents, and then I remembered how much I loved to play checkers with my Nana! And then I knew exactly what I wanted to make!

Button Checkers and Fabric Board 1

This Quilted Fabric Checkerboard project came to me in an instant! And playing with large buttons just seemed to be the perfect touch!

Here’s what you need to make your own Quilted Fabric and Button Checkers Game!

8 low volume fabrics

8 contrasting color fabrics (I went with my fav Teals & Aquas)
Quilt Batting

Backing fabric

Rulers, cutting mat & rotary cutter

Sewing Machine and coordinating thread
Pinking shears

12 Large Buttons in 2 different colors.

Making the Fabric Checkerboard

Step 1: Cut 1 8.5 x 2 inch strip from each of the 16 fabrics. Sew 4 strips together, alternating LV and Colors (as shown). Iron seams flat.

Step 2: Cut the sew together strips into 4  2 inch wide sections. Mix and match and sew the strips together in groups of 4 to make squares. Press the seams open.

Step 3: Sew the 4 squares together to make 1 large square. (for a total of 64 “checker” squares)
Step 4: Square up your large block. Add some 1.5 inch sashing around the edge. Layer your checkerboard top over a piece of quilt batting (slightly bigger than the “board” piece) and add your backing piece (Slightly bigger than the batting piece). Quilt all three layers together.

Step 5: Square up the whole quilted piece and trim with pinking shears.

Button Checkers and Fabric Board

All that’s left to do is set up your buttons and get to playing! Have fun!!

Button Checkers and Fabric Board 3

I hope y’all liked this quick and simple sewing tutorial! I’d love it if you’d drop by and said hello!

When I’m not sewing, I’m probably blogging, chilling on Facebook, wasting time on Pinterest or sharing pics on Instagram!


Thanks Jennifer!!
Be sure to stop back by for more!

Sept 7th- Debbie from A Quilter’s Table

Sept 9th- Jennifer from Busy Being Jennifer

Sept 11th- Ari from Max California

Sept 16th- Stacey from Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy Crafts

Sept 18th- Karly from Paisley Roots

Sept 21st- Louise from I’m Feelin’ Crafty

Sept 23rd- Narelle from Cook, Clean, Craft

Sept 25th- Al from Shaffer Sisters

Sept 28th- Rachel from Let’s Begin Sewing

Sept 30th- Marci from Marci Girl Designs

Pinterest Try Tuesdays (or Wednesday..)- Homemade Sand Art

Well, I guess it’s Pinterest Try Wednesday this week! And sorry I missed last week’s Pinterest Try Tuesday!


This week we tried to make Homemade Sand for a Sand Art project! Did you make these as kids? I loved making sand art! When my son decided to have an art party birthday party this year, I knew we had to make sand art, but he had no idea what I was talking about.

I just happened to have a little sand art kit from the Dollar Tree that I had been holding onto for a Stocking stuffer. So I pulled that out and he fell in love too! Yea! I knew he’d love it!

So this week’s Try isn’t from one particular blog pinned to Pinterest. I read a bunch of How-To’s here and there. I need to make ALOT, so I decided I didn’t want to try the using food coloring and drying it out. I wanted more instant results.


There are a lot of tutorials out there that say to use sand and sidewalk chalk.


Well, I got what looks like sand and sidewalk chalk…. Not the colored sand look I was going for…


But most tutorials online seem to think that grating the sidewalk chalk into salt is the best idea. So we did that! The results were actually pretty good! I grated it using the fine side of the grater. And the day we did it, it looked great.


After it sat while you can see the two different textures between the salt and the ground sidewalk chalk.


You can see how after a few days the salt/chalk starts to separate a bit.

I even found a box of 52 pieces of chalk for 4 bucks! I was ready to go with it! I was ready to grind a bunch of chalk with salt for hours on end to prepare for the birthday party activity. But in the end, we’re buying colored sand for the sand art birthday party activity!


The bought sand is, of course, easier. But it’s brighter and the right texture for the project!

The homemade sand would be perfect on a day were the kiddos are bored, you have bottles, sidewalk chalk and salt! You whip some up and there you go!

Pinterest Try Tuesday- Handmade Geodes

This week I gave the boys a choice. We skimmed through my pinterest board, Fun For the Kids, and they decided to try the Handmade Geodes!


The original tutorial for this project is from the Dollar Store Crafts blog. And it’s a pretty good tutorial! We followed it pretty closely on the first round, but had to make some alterations for the second round!


It’s a great and easy project! It only takes a few minutes to get it set up. Then the waiting and the watching begins! We made one batch and another friend wanted to try, so we made batch two!


I had all the materials except for the Borax. We used regular pipe cleaners, but supposedly it works with metallic pipe cleaners even better. I also got nervous about using our drinking glasses for the Borax mixture, so I used plastic cups. If you use plastic cups, make sure it’s a pretty heavy plastic, because you will be pouring boiling water into them! Then you’ll also need some sort of string, I used clear thread, skewers, wash clothes and boiling water.




To start, we tied the thread around the ppe cleaner and then balled up the pipe cleaners. The boys had way too much fun with this! Although our friend did wonder why we were doing this outside with my white background and why I was taking soooo many pictures!



This is the parent step! Boil water. Once it’s boiling add the borax. The original directions called for about 3 tablespoons per cup of water. I recommend about 5 tablespoons of borax per cup of water! Then pour the water into the cups to cover the pipe cleaner balls.


Cover and wait! In about 5 hours they will start to crystal. But we left overnight. Some we left even longer than that!



We ended up with more crystals on the cup than on our geode, but the second batch with the extra Borax totally helped getting more crystallization!


Our favorite geode is the very rare donut geode!


The blue and the green are the best. The results of the 5 tablespoons to one cup batch!


This is the result from batch one, 3 tablespoons to 1 cup. Not a very good coverage of crystals….



They look good from one side. But the other???? Well…. Not so much….



I don’t know about you, but we’re having a great time with this little Tuesday series! It’s been fun seeing if these projects really work (I’ve seen those Pinterest Fail photos!)! I wonder what we’ll do for next week??? hmmmm….

If you have a project you want us to try, let me know!

Quick and Easy Cord Tacos- a Super Simple Tutorial

Have you seen these cord tacos?? I’ve been seeing them in magazines and catalogs. And of course, I pull the ‘I can make that’ routine!


Everywhere I have seen them, they are about 5 dollars a piece. Granted, a lot of them are leather, but still…. If you’re like me, you have scraps of vinyl and or leather around from other projects and you have a pile of snaps. So it’s going to be way cheaper then what they are selling them for! And I don’t need mine to be leather anyway!


I do a lot of my blogging on my laptop in the living room with a table next to my chair. And on my table is this cool basket full of cords. It drives me nuts, because I go to grab a cord and they all come rolling out!


The fix? Cord Tacos! And I love that the ends stick out, so I can see exactly what I am looking for!



Seriously, these are SO easy to make. It took me about a half hour to make all 5. If that! You need a little bit of vinyl or leather. Scissors. Something to draw a circle with. I used my dollar store compass. And a snap set.

I used the marine grade vinyl because it doesn’t have the flannel backing on it.


Draw your circles. I made mine 3 and 5 inches in diameter. The smaller size is probably going ot get the most use. It’s perfect for the cell phone chargers, etc. I did make one smaller for my fitbit charger, about 2.5 inch diameter.


Cut out the circle.


Locate where you want the snap and mark it.


Punch a hole through both sides.


Install snaps.


And that’s it! You’re done! See why I didn’t want to pay 35 buckaroos?


I’m so excited that I finally sat down and made these. I tore the page out of the catalog and it’s been sitting on my sewing table since Christmas. And speaking of Christmas, wouldn’t these be perfect stocking stuffers? Um, YES! You can do them in leather for a more sophisticated look and vinyl for a more colorful, fun look!



Tote-Ally Awesome Teacher Gift! A Tutorial and a Printable!

I think Teacher Appreciation Week might be this week…. I’ve been seeing a lot about it in the blogosphere, but our school doesn’t celebrate for a couple more weeks!


So since most people seem to be doing it earlier than we do, I thought I’d post my tote bag project. We made a bunch for preschool teachers last year. Actually, my plan is to give these as end of year thank you’s, but I know some of you out there do more for Teacher Appreciation week.


I think my favorite part is the tote bag pocket! I made these and debated on how to print them. Iron-on? Directly on to the fabric? Or Spoonflower? Spoonflower won! It’s sized to print quite a few pockets at once! And in different colors. You are welcome to go and buy it on the Spoonflower site for your own projects!

We are still fans of superheros, and in my book, teachers are pretty  much superheros! I know I could not do what they do! Even though my kiddo just says he plays all day, I am amazed at what his teachers do! And how they have him tricked to thinking he’s playing all day when he’s actually reading! That is some super powers at work!


The kiddo helped me pick out the fabric for each of the bags. I used pretty much all fabrics from my stash! Oh, yeah! Loving using the stash! He even went so far as to pick each fabric for each teacher!


And since the fabrics were all from the stash, the sizes of the bags vary a little here and there!



And we made the tags, too! And we’re sharing the love with ya! You can download the PDF for the tote-ally awesome tags here.


Would you like to make your own tote? You can make it for yourself too, if you’d like!


For materials, it doesn’t take too much. I used a home decorating weight fabric for the totes. More cotton from the stash was used for the lining. The spoonflower fabric for the pockets. And webbing for the straps.


Of course, the first thing is to cut all the pieces! For the top of the bag my pieces were approximately 12×16 inches. The bottom piece is approximately 7×16 inches. You’ll need 2 of each of these. The lining is approximately 18×16 inches and you’ll need 2 pieces. The pocket is 5.5×11 inches. The webbing is 45 inches on each side.


Fold the pocket in half and center it on the front of the bag. Pin it in place. Pin the webbing over the sides of the pockets. Align both the pocket and the webbing with the bottom of the front piece.


Sew on the webbing, stopping an inch from the top of the bag. Do this on the front and back.



Sew the bottom of the bag and the top together, right sides together. And topstitch. Do this for both the front and back.


Now sew the front and back together along both sides and the bottom. Do this for the lining, too. Leave a 3 to 4 inch hole in the lining stitching.



Sew the bottom corners of both the outside and the lining together. Align the seams to create a triangle at the corners. I sewed a 3.5 inch corner. Then cut the corners.


Put the lining inside the bag, right sides together, and sew along the top edge.



Pull the bag out through the hole in the lining. And sew together the hole.


Then topstitch!


And you’ve got a tote! Pretty easy!


And if you make a lot at once, you might just get a little silly!





I might just have to make more!!! Do you think you’d make some?



No Sew Easter Egg Placemats- a Crafty Tutorial

I was all prepared to do a bunch of crafty Easter decorating, but I can’t kick this horrible cold. Needless to say, I haven’t gotten as many projects done as planned! But we did some sunny spring weather and we headed outside to do an Easter craft!


First we did a fun and totally kid friendly project with stamping with toilet paper rolls. Then we glued them together with Speed Sew to make placemats!



With eggs and without!


Want to know what you need? Fabric for the front and back of the placemats, fabric paint, a bunch of toilet paper rolls, Speed Sew (you can sew these too, but I chose to use the Speed Sew). I also use toothpicks to spread the glue around, but they were MIA for the photo!


First step… Cut your fabric into 13×19 inch rectangles.


Put out the paint and get those rolls in there!




How to get the egg shape? Just pinch one end. Or put a little more pressure on one side of the roll to squeeze the round shape into an egg shape. It takes a little getting used to, but it’s not hard!



Then stamp! At first I thought we could use both ends of the toilet paper roll, but you can’t. You’ll want to use the top to add pressure to get your paint on evenly.


I was going for a more graphic look. But my little helper went all artistic on me and started painting Easter Egg Heads! I was specifically told that this one CAN NOT become a placemat. It will be hanging on the wall!


Iron a 1/2″ hem on each side.



Now comes the Speed Sew! No sewing involved! (You can sew if you prefer, but now I have a way to not sew!) This step doesn’t need much glue. Just a little to tack it down.




Glue the top and bottom together, wrong sides together. This step, I made sure to get really good glue coverage along the edges. Do this along each edge.



And you’ve got some placemats! Yea!!



We had fun making these! I wish I had had some cardstock with me to make cards, too. It would have been a great project for some easter cards, but we ran out of time before our family date night! What do think? Look like fun?



No Sew Lap Desk Tutorial with a Speed Sew Giveaway!

When we go most places the kiddo leaves with a handful of legos…. Then he drops the legos in the car…


So I wanted to make him a lap desk to hold those legos so they don’t end up all over the car! And that’s what we did!


I kept looking for a fun lap desk with sides, but I couldn’t find any since they are mostly made for laptops. Then I was wandering through Goodwill one day and noticed a tray! Oh, yeah! It hit me, I can make it myself. Hello? WHy hadn’t I thought of this before???


Want to make one? It’s super easy! Of course, I got the tray at our local Goodwill. You’ll also need poly fill microbeads, cardboard or foam core, fabric, speed sew, hot glue and some trace paper.


First, you’ll want to trace the outline of your tray and then cut it out of your cardboard or foam core. I used the foam core just becuase it’s what I had closest to me!


Cut your fabric. I cut mine about 3 1/2 inches larger than my foam core on each side. In hindsight, I’d probably go a bit thinner, maybe 2 1/2 inches.



Next, pull up the corners so that you have a triangle of fabric like in the picture above. Pin along the long side of the triangle. Do it for each corner.


And in comes Speed Sew! Have you used this stuff? It’s little blurb is, Don’t sew it, Speed Sew it!’ You put this glue on the fabric, hold it for a minute and it’s like it’s been sewn together! I love it! I’m trying to figure out how to make a no sew quilt for those readers out there that want to make a quilt but don’t sew! Not sure if I’ll be able to do it, but I’m working on it!



Unpin your triangles and glue along the line between the two right sides. Put the glue on a piece of paper or cardboard and use some sort of spreader to apply the glue. I didn’t have great luck with getting the glue where I wanted it when I applied directly to the fabric. Other people might be better at this than I am, but until you know, stick with a spreader!

Don’t cut the rest of the triangles!




Center the cardboard back in the middle of the fabric. We’re gluing the fabric to the cardboard. Start with the corners and gather around. Then do 3 sides. Not all four! Just three! Then go around and make sure you have a nice border of hot glue all around.


Use a funnel to fill the lap desk with the micro-beads. This can get messy! They kinda fly around…. So SLOWLY fill the funnel. I tried to speed it up and pour directly into the lap desk. But it made a mess! So I recommend the funnel!


Once the lap desk is filled, hot glue that side closed too! Then push on the lap desk and if you have any holes, micr-beads will start flying! Fill in the gaps if needed!


Lastly, hot glue the lap desk to the tray! i had to work fast, before the hot glue dried!



Then give it a test drive! The kiddo was very pleased with it and it ready to take it out on the open road!


What do you think? Would your kiddos like one? I bet they would!! I want one for when I’m crafting in the car on road trips! hmmmm… I might have to make another one!


And now for the giveaway! 2 tubes of Speed Sew! It dries in minutes, doesn’t wash out and can be used for crafts and fabric repairs. I bet it would be a great way to hem things if you don’t want to sew it! I just thought about that!

When you check out their website, you’ll see a bunch of red icons. Click on these for some silly tutorials with Owen Clark and Josh Rimer.

And their FB page has tons of links to other tutorials! I just had even more ideas!!

Giveaway is closed!

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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

As you might have noticed we like Dr Seuss around these parts! And with his birthday coming up, I thought I’d do a little wrap up of all the Dr Seuss crafts we’ve done just in case you want to get your craft on to celebrate the big birthday celebration!

Dr Seuss Collage-ImFeelinCrafty

1. The Lorax mask is a fun and cute project. The puffs came from a craft store, but you could also use pieces from a feather boa!

2. Ok, yes, we (I) love the Lorax and the Truffula Trees. We made little ones on pencils.

3. And we made life size Truffula Trees, too!

4. A little tutorial on lining envelopes using old Dr Seuss books!

5. How about the fish that does not approve of that Cat in the Hat? Make a stuffie fish! This post has a printable Thank You tag too!

6. Print the Dr Seuss Hullabaloo pattern pieces and change up your Hullabaloo game for the occasion!

7. And who doesn’t love a good Pin the Hat on the Cat game? Print your hats here.

What are you doing to celebrate the day in Dr Seuss fashion?


The 5 Minute Quiver Tutorial- No Sew, Even!

Soooo… Do you have kids? Do they ask you to make them all sorts of things? Mine does. The other day he started making arrows out of straws so that he can shoot them in the house. But if you have a bunch of arrows, you need something to carry them in. Right?


So a quiver it is! OK, yes, I had to google it. We kept calling it an arrow holder, but I knew it had a name. A quiver is an arrow holder!


Honestly, I put him off for a little while. I wasn’t exactly sure how to do it….


Then I was looking for something and found this strap I salvaged from a bag headed to Goodwill. I knew it would come in handy for something! Boy was I right!


As soon as I found the strap, I knew exactly how to make a quiver! Easy Peasy!


I used black felt, a little bit of ribbon, hot glue and scissors. If you don’t have a strap, you could also use a long piece of ribbon or webbing instead of the little pieces of ribbon and the strap.


First cut out your pieces.


Then glue the little pieces of ribbon to the one of the long sides. (or your long piece of ribbon.)


Then hot glue along the long edge.


And hot glue along the bottom.


And yep, add the strap and you’re done! Seriously, 5 minutes.


So next time your adorable little kid asks for a quiver (or the more kid friendly term, an arrow holder.) you can say, ‘YOU BET.’  And if you whip it up right away, the kiddo will think you are a super hero!


Mine was pretty excited!



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