Besides cards, it is lots of fun to see everyone's creavity with 3D projects. I usually make a cute 3D project to trade. This year I am obsessed with fabric so I figured it would be a cute idea to use as my 3D swap. 2 years ago a fellow demonstrator in my stamping group gave me a fabric coaster. I thought it would make a great swap idea. You could make a bunch of them as a gift for someone or if you are a demonstrator... this is a great way to showcase our fabric! Each square is made with all of the fabrics that come in a package.
Directions are below:
First you will need 5 squares that are 4" x 4". Mine are made with 2 each of 2 fabrics and one for the back.
Take 4 of the squares, fold them on the diagonal and press them. It is much easier to work with when they are pressed. Once pressed, you will over lap them going over and then under.
Next place the overlapped squares on top of the square for the back. It should be right of the fabric against the overlapped squares ( wrong side should be facing out).
Once all of the pieces are together pin everything together, as shown and the sew around the entire edge.
After you sew around the entire thing, by reaching through the overlapped side, turn the whole thing right side out. Quickly press it again and then resew around the edge to finish it off!
I really went a little overboard with my convention gifts this year. I was so excited that 4 girls in my downline were able to go to convention this year so I wanted to make it extra special. I even learned how to sew for this one!
I made these adorable little totes out of our fabric (which I am totally in love with now) and filled each basket with all kinds of goodies including a pin for them to put on their convention bags, a journal to write notes down in so they remember everything they learned at covention, a little bit of chocolate (everyone needs that) and 2 big shot daisies.
Here are a couple of the items close up so you can see how good they came out. One picture is without the cellophane so you can actually see the items. "I AM" is this year's convention theme,
Interested in making your own baskets? This was a really easy pattern. You can find the tote pattern here: www.stampers-den.ca. She wrote out really great and easy to understand instructions. I never sewed before and couldn't believe how easy they were to make!
So who needs Vera Bradley when we can make our own version. Isn't this the cutest makeup pouch, wristlet or whatever you want to put in it bag?
The hard part of this one was figuring out the zipper but if we can do it, anyone can!
This was made with the fabrics in the Spice Cake Fabric package. They are great cause they all coordinate. The solid brown o the bottom was purchased at a local fabric store to compliment our great fabric
Interested in making your own? You can find the instructions here: www.modabakeshop.com. It is called the "Strippy Charm Pouch"
We have been doing a lot of sewing projects lately. Make sure you check out my blog the week we are at convention. I will be posting all of the great things that we have been working on! You won't want to miss some of the cute projects that we did! We figured we should attempt a tote and this is what we came up with! The most economical way to make these totes is to make sure you like all fabric in the package so you can make 3 totes or you could use a different fabric for the inside and won't need as much fabric. I have to be honest and tell you that it did take 5 packages of fabric but you would get 3 totes out of that.
These totes were done with a solid black (from a local craft store) and the patterens are from Timeless Portrait. My next tote is going to be from Floral District. I think that fabric would make an amazing summer tote!
If you are interested in making your own you can find the directions here: www.bijoulovelydesigns.com. It was from 5/20/2010 and it is caled the Market Tote. I will say that we changed the size of the handles to make them a little longer. Ours are 27"x2" instead of 21" x 2". Since our ribbon coordinates so well, we tied a piece of ribbon on for a little accent!
This card was one that we got to make at convention last summer. It features some great products including the hearts and vine from Best Friends Forever that will be retiring on May 31st.
Another fun thing to do is to use fabric as an accent on your cards. This card used the black & white flower pattern from Timeless Portrait
We have been playing with fabric a lot lately! Wait until you see some of the great projects that we have been working on. You are going to be really surprised.... It is turning into a new addiction! Watch Out!
Convention is filled with so many great traditions and fun things. One of the fun things to do is make a roommate gift. I always try to think of something special that would make them go "WOW!!!". I think I did it again! This year I decided to involve my mom since sewing is not something I am good at. We used the NEW Flirtatious Designer Fabric.
We made a little pouch to hold all of the tools that you need when you travel for stamping (classes, convention, etc). Along with the fabric I cut out a flower with the Big Shot (Did you know that you could use your Big Shot with Fabric- AMAZING!?!?!) Added a couple of buttons with linen thread and the Crochet Ribbon to finish it off.
I filled it with a couple of things that she might need and made a special tag that could be put on her convention bag. The tag is actually 2 pieces of fabric with a couple of ribbons tied on.
This is another one that we made (There was no way I could make something this cute and not make one for myself!) This is made with some of the retired jumbo buttons.