Monday, May 4, 2009
Design Your Own Fabric (Stamping Technique) and Sewing Kit in a Jar
I'm making lots of homemade gifts at this time of year for teachers, mothers, sisters etc. and most of them are made from paper. Here's one that I think you'll love that required some fabric, which I wanted to match The Angel Company's beautiful Mimi Paper.
It was so simple to make my own, using a variety of stamps. The TAC catalogue gives a list by each paper line of what ink will coordinate, so I just stamped away and I LOVE how it came out! I got this Sewing Kit in A Jar idea from Martha Stewart, but I dolled mine up a little more. I used feminine words and my mini alphabet to make phrases like, "Sew cherished" and "Sew delightful" and, of course, "Sew Loved." I hope these gifts will be the perfect blend of sentimental, yet useful.
The pincushion top is made by adding the fabric and some batting to the mason jar lid. If you peek under the lid, there is a pretty needle holder. I made that by punching two circles of cardstock and scoring one of them on my Scor-Pal. Place the circle at the 1 inch mark and score at 2 and 2 1/8. Rotate the circle 180 degrees and repeat, then fold and adhere to the other circle for strength. Hot glue everything together and add some ribbons and buttons, just for fun!
Inside the jar, I'll stash scissors, thread, buttons and safety pins. This will be a perfect kit to keep at a desk or in the kitchen, so you don't need to get your big sewing basket for a quick repair. I'm keeping one for myself and of course, when my daughter Katelyn saw these, she had to have one too! Have fun making these for everyone on your list!