Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Samantha Walker Blog Hop

Hello! :)  Welcome to the Samantha Walker blog hop. If you just left Jimmi's blog then you are on the right track. If not, you can begin the hop on Samantha's blog here. Leave a comment on my blog to enter for a chance to win a fabric bundle from Samantha's Enchanted Garden line...or Cowboy 2 collection with Riley Blake Designs.

This month I decided to play around with some of Samantha's fabrics.  I am not a seamstress by any means, but I remember the basics from school and I can handle simple projects. 


My first project is a sweet little pincushion, made just for my heart shaped Trinket Pins.  The fabrics used on this are from Samantha's original "Wanna Be A Cowboy" collection. This collection is still in stores, but it's  a little hard to find, as the line is retired. I found the Pink Small Flower print and the Stripe fabric at this online store. If you like these fabrics make sure to check out "Wanna Be A Cowboy 2" Samantha's new collection that will be available soon.

Here is how the pincushion was made.
  1. I removed the lid from the box and used it to cut a slightly smaller heart shape, that would fit inside the box. Then cut a strip of patterned paper (or cardstock) and cover the sides of the box.
  2. Next cut a strip of the striped fabric. Fold, then press one edge of the strip. Pin the folded edge to a  length of pleated ribbon, then stitch together. 
  3. Glue the raw edges of the strip to the inside of the box as shown (pic.3).
  4. Take the heart you cut previously and cover it with Poly-fil.  Then cut a piece of the Small Pink Flower fabric that's large enough to over the stuffing and heart
  5. Cover the heart with the fabric.
  6. Use some embroidery thread to stitch the fabric together in the back.
  7. Next, cover a chipboard heart with the striped fabric and stitch around the edges. Adhere the chipboard heart to the center of the larger heart. Then stitch a large button through both layers of chipboard and Poly-fil.
  8. Fill the center of the box with styro-foam, or whatever you have on hand, then  adhere the padded heart to the center of the box.

Samantha Walker Supplies:
Wanna Be A Cowboy - Pink Small Flower and Stripe fabrics (Riley Blake Designs)
Other Supplies:
Creative Imaginations - Dot Cardstock
Maya Road - Pleated ribbon, chipboard heart and Heart Trinket Pins
Basic Grey - Button
Fancy Pants - Crochet trim
Hobby Lobby - Heart shaped box, Poly-fil (stuffing).
Other - styro-foam

After watching this video on The Crafts Channel, on turning a pair of jeans into a skirt, I decided to try altering a pair of my little girl's cargo pants.  I had her pick out a fabric from the Enchanted Garden line and she chose the Butterfly print, one of my favorites too.

Here's her new skirt
 I added a matching belt...

  and a few details to the pockets.

Now all she needs is a matching shirt!  Hmmmm...I feel another project coming on! :)

Next up is the talented Julie Bonner. Click the logo below to hop on over to her blog.




37 comments:

creative patti said...

Okay, I am new to your blog and all I can say is WOW!!! your creations are Amazing! I so want to learn to sew! It is the only hting that I don't know how to do!!! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful projects.

Leah Crowe said...

I'm with Patti above me.. wow wow on your hop projects. Both are so stunning. I need to learn to sew, as my DD would adore a skirt like that.

Becky said...

okay I am seriously in love with that pin cushion

{raisingAlexis} said...

I am inspired now to alter some of my 9yo's clothes ... love the "new" skirt!

I am a new follower - love your ideas and the fact that you provide the instructions so we can have fun too!

Angie Blom said...

wow.. this is just fantastic. Ilove it.. I have so many jeans that my daughter won't wear.. I might just get her wearing a shirt though. I have to give this a try. love the butterfly fabric.. beautiful. Ilove your pin cushion too.

Jimmi said...

Oh my goodness you ARE a seamstress!
:)
both of these projects are really fabulous!

Debc06 said...

Great projects. TFS
Debbie
http://craftywizard.blogspot.com
debbie_craine at hot mail dot com

Guiseppa said...

Wow...who says you can't sew! Wonderful projects! That skirt...how fun!

Christi Snow said...

*gasp* Look at how creative all this is...feeling the need to pull out some fabrics...or better yet, go buy some of Samantha's cute ones! smiles...

Jingle said...

Jen, these are so fantastic! I love your pin cushion. *sigh*.

Manhattan Mandie said...

Ok, first of all I LOVE the pincushion, sooo cute! And with your directions I'm thinking even I *might* be able to do that too :) And then I saw the SKIRT!!! That is just too cute! Really, really makes me want to learn to sew!!!!

Marcy said...

Gorgeous projects!!

Eva said...

Holly Molly, this is seriously GORGEOUS....both your pin cushion and that skirt! I a seriously considering sewing again, after seeing you and Samantha with the cute skirts!!

Samantha Walker said...

Everything you craft turns to gold! The pin cushion is amazing...and what a cute take on an altered skirt. Love the fabric belt!

ScrappyScavenger said...

Time to go wipe out the thrift store, thanks for the inspiration! ScrappyScavenger/yahoo

Erin said...

I would soooo wear the skirt!

Becky said...

I think you remember more than the basics of sewing. The box and skirt are very, very well-done on top of being too cute!

Clare D. said...

The fabric looks even better close up and what a sweet pin cushion! Maybe, I may make one! cjdempsey9 at msn dot com

Erika said...

ADORABLE!!! Love the projects.

sharon g said...

NO WAY! Those are too cute! Great job. Your daughter must love the "new" skirt....

Lillian Child said...

That pincushion project is just fabulous (and thanks for the tutorial)! And that skirt creation is so lovely!

Ziggyeor said...

Oh that's cute! I love the skirt. I'm now wondering if I can do that to the pair of jeans that I have and make them all cute!

Carisa said...

omg, this is stunning! i can't sew worth crap but this fabric is def calling my name.

Katie said...

Sweet pincushion and super cute re-purposed skirt! What a great idea! TFS!

Anne said...

WOW! Awesome projects! I just love that pincushion:)

MaryNSC said...

that is so cute and such a great idea.. One day I hope to Learn I can sew a straight line..:O)

Tabitha said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE your projects. I have made skirts out of jeans before but they never looked like that. Super cute. Now I wanna pin cushion like your too. Thanks for the pictures on the how too. Thanks for sharing.

Susan K.Weckesser said...

How fantastic is that skirt! AWESOME!!!!!

Melissa said...

I NEED that pin cushion:) Really, I do:) I adore your daughter's new skirt!!! Thanks for the inspiration...

Scrapfaire said...

Wow, if you're not much of a sewer...I don't believe it!! Fabulous projects! TFS!!

ruth said...

Adorable pin cushion & skirt....love!

Sandie said...

So so cute. You are such a talent. And I was looking at your layouts. Wow double wow.

Mallika said...

I love that adorable pincushion
Skirt is gorguss
Hopping

Life On the Scrappy Side Store said...

OMG! I am so glad you had that music playing or I might not have seen all your talent bellow! Not that I don't like music but I have a head ache and just had to turn it off and was amazed at all the beautiful creations you have done I am now a follower of your blog! such wonderful talent! thank you for sharing Love the projects you did for the hop also that skirt is adorable! tfs
Barbara

Annette said...

Love your pin cushion, it is so cute! The skirt is adorable too! You are definitely beyond the basics, you are an awesome seamstress!

Babydoll said...

Hey lady!! I haven't been on here in a while. I see that you are still making gorgeous projects!! Loving that pin cushion. :)

The Rose Family said...

The pincushion looks like such a fun idea! Thanks for the easy to follow directions!

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