Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The SavVy {Seasons} Swap

I just mailed out my swap for The SavVy {Seasons}. I was a day late! But I have a really good excuse: It was my first time sewing binding on by hand. There was a bit of a learning curve and a lot of seam ripping but now I've got it down. Although this time took me a lot longer then I'd like to admit and left my hand aching I no longer fear the hand sewing! In the future it will go much smoother and that is exciting. I looked at a lot of videos and tutorials and found most of them to be very vague... until I happened upon this one and it made all the sense in the world. I just wish I had found it before I did an especially crappy job on two sides of my project, but those got ripped out and all is well.

So I guess I should show you the project since you still have no idea what it is. It was a table runner:

A Partridge in a Pear Tree Anyone?

Bird Detail:

Front & Back:

My new labels for my work. I ordered a swatch with my logo from Spoonflower:

I have also been trying to think of ways to use my precious Donkeys in Wellies fabric without compromising too many of the donkeys and here are two I came up with, an ornament and a mug rug.

But wait... there's more! I made these gift tags and I plan to make them for my own Christmas gifts.

Here is a pdf file of the tags I created in case anyone would like to make their own: Gift Tags.

Print these pages on card stock. On the pdf you will notice the first tag is larger with a grey border. Use this tag to cut pieces of fabric the appropriate size.

Then I used an actual tag to fold the fabric sides around and press them down. I folded the to long sides first, then the diagonal sides and finally the ends, the whole time using my iron to press the sides over. I then popped out the tag flipped it over starched it and gave it one final press from the top. The starch helps to hold folded under edges in place.

You can now sew or use steam a seam (which I did) to make any sort of fabric designs or use a whole piece of cute fabric and be done with it. Tip when placing your design make sure that the end with the diagonals is facing your left hand. That way the "To: & From:" isn't upside down when you flip the tag over.

Then just set the two on top of each other (wrong sides together) and sew an outline. Mine stayed together pretty well during sewing with no help, but I am thinking a piece of double sided tape will help anyone wary of this method. You can't pin because you will put a hole in the card stock.

I then snipped just inside of the circle on the tags and added a 3/16" eyelet. Add a string or a ribbon and your tags are ready to go!

Also, there a couple of small tags I added so I wouldn't waste space when they printed. Using a regular size tag as your cutting template should give you the top of a small gift tag.

My SavVy Seasons swap is complete! I can't wait to see what is coming to my house.

It's now off, I hope you enjoy partner!! Sorry the tree isn't for you it is just a prop for the photo!


Nellie's Niceties said...

Wow! You've prepared a very generous package for your swap partner. It all looks fab!

Coisas da Laura said...

Thank you for the pattern and tutorial!!
I'm sure I'll use it!
Thanks again !

amy and the bad cats said...

your table runner is fantastic, and i just love the donkey fabric!