Crafty Attention Issues

I’ve narrowed my crafty focus in the last several years, but sometimes I feel like there’s so many things I want to try and I want to just try them all now. What? I still need to go to work? And make dinner? Boo.

 

I’m currently crocheting a blanket and a pullover sweater (except I haven’t picked that up in several weeks…but it’s still sitting on my end table so I’m going to say it’s in process).

 

My list of sewing projects…oy. There are deadlines for a couple of things – burp cloths and flannel heat packs. And there are other things on my ‘want to try’ list. Like zippers. Can’t be that hard, right? And rolled hems. And making skirts. And I’d like to duplicate a garment. And really…I’d much rather shop for fabric than clothes, so if I can shop for fabric to *make* clothes, I think that would be swell.

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Shark Week Heat Packs

I am cracking myself up over here.

 

I recently made some flax seed-filled heat packs (you can check that out here). After talking to a friend who had been laid low by some killer cramps, I decided a ‘shark week’ themed pack was in order.

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I giggled the whole time.

 

I made these the same size as my last batch (I cut my fabric 9″ x 12″ so the finished product would be roughly 8.5″ x 5.5″, once you figure the seams in) but instead of a single oil per pack, I used a combination of clary sage, lavender, and frankincense. Clary sage is great for balancing hormones, lavender is good for practically everything, and frankincense promotes peace and wellness.

 

5 – 7 drops of oil per 1.5 C of flax seed is a pretty good ratio. For these I used 4 drops of clary sage, 2 drops of lavender, and 1 drop of frankincense.

 

Hopefully these will help a few friends have a less crappy week!

Aromatherapy Heat Packs Using Flax Seed

This is another one of those ‘write this down so you don’t forget’ posts. Because that is a thing I do. I am so sure I will remember how to make something, I go to replicate it a few months later, and…um…what measurements did I use? What did I do first? Yeah. I would like to blame my terrible memory on my kids (seriously, having kids literally changes your brain), but I’m pretty sure it was like this before.

Anyway, onto the show.

First of all, I’ll have to add the pictures later because I’m not on the ball enough to take pictures as I go. I forgot I was going to preserve this for posterity. (Update: Yay pictures!)

Materials:
-flannel (1 yd = 12 heat packs)

-flax seed (check your local feed store…way cheaper than the grocery store)

-sewing stuff (I suppose you could sew these by hand…how much time do you have?)

-small funnel (You know what works? The funnel-looking thing from your breast pump.)

-measuring cup, large-ish bowl, spoon

-essential oil

After you wash and iron the flannel, measure and cut  9″ x 12″ pieces. You’ll be able to get 12 heat packs out of 1 yard of fabric. (You can measure and cut with scissors, but holy cats does this make it easier.)

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With right sides together, sew around 3 1/2 sides, leaving a few inches open to turn right side out and fill with flax seed. Clip off the corners before you turn so it’s not as bulky, then turn right side out.

 

Measure 1.5 C of flax seed into a large bowl. Add 5 – 7 drops of your selected essential oil. Mix so the oils are distributed well. Using the funnel, scoop the flax seed into the flannel pouch. Top stitch closed. (I go across the entire side so it looks nicer.)

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Miscellaneous notes:

1.5 C of flax seed weighs about a half a pound.

Flax seed works better than rice…rice has water inside the grain, which eventually evaporates and it will no longer retain heat. Flax seeds have oil inside them, which makes for a much longer lasting heat pack.

Heat for 30 seconds at a time until you get a feel for how warm you want it to be.

Artisanal Burp Cloths

There’s a story there. Of course there is.
I made burp cloths as a baby shower gift for a coworker of my husband’s. I showed him the finished product and he declared it amazing.

 

Um, it’s a burp cloth.

 

“It’s an artisanal burp cloth! You could sell it to a hipster for $40!”

 

I needed to make a few more and, since I hadn’t bothered to write down how big I made the last set, I couldn’t remember. (I do this all the time. I figure I’ll remember details about a project and then I don’t. Which usually doesn’t matter…a lot of the things I make are one-offs because they’re for specific people. But sometimes it does.)

 

So! This is more of a reminder than a tutorial.

 

-flannel

-towel in coordinating color

-sewing stuff

 

  1. Cut the flannel to 9″ x 15″.
  2. Cut the towel to be a bit larger. (It doesn’t need to be exact or even particularly straight.)
  3. Pin. (Yes, I know you hate pinning. Do it anyway.)

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Cutting the towel bigger accomplishes two things. You don’t have to measure/cut exactly (I don’t have a rotary cutter and mat, so cutting precisely is a bit of a pain) and if the fabric slides around on you a bit (yes, it’s pinned, but it still happens), no worries.

4. Sew.

5. Realize the hand wheel is greasy because your kid was messing with it.

6. Swear you will make a cover for your sewing machine

7. Sew for real this time.

8. Trim the towel and clip the corners.

 

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9. Turn right side out.

10. Top stitch all the way around.

11. Sew across (middle and the middle of each half)

12. Curse the towel fuzzies that are now covering everything.

13. Admire the artisanal burp cloths.

 

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Also it’s more efficient to assembly line this if you’re making several at a time.

 

 

New Item and Custom Makes

After finishing all the custom orders I had on my list before Christmas, I took a bit of a break from crafting. Partly to do Christmas with my family and partly because I was a little over sitting in front of my sewing machine.
But!

 

I’m back in the saddle.

 

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This plaid flannel infinity scarf is a pretty classic red and black plaid.

 

I showed you this infinity scarf in an earlier post

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I had a few other custom orders for the holidays. This ‘mommy & me’ set…

 

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This one was tough to make (the fabric was soooo silky and I had to match up those stripes!) but I was proud of how it turned out (I matched up those stripes!)…

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And this one is just lovely. The material was soft and turned out to be a beautiful scarf. I think it’s a bit heavy for accessory wear, but perfect for a winter scarf.

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Yesterday a friend and I made 4 car seat ponchos, but that’s another post for another day!

 

 

Last Christmas Make

I had a bunch of things to finish for others to give as gifts, which meant hard deadlines. The only other project I wanted to finish for my own gifting was an apron for my son. And now it’s finished! I’m so pleased with how it turned out.

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I wanted a pocket on the front but didn’t like the way it looked when I laid out just the same fabric. I didn’t have any scraps of red in my stash that were quite the right shade so I went with some grey jersey. Cotton probably would have been better, but I think the jersey is fine and I was determined to use what I had on hand.

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As for the other details, I finished the ends of red grosgrain ribbon. I didn’t want it unraveling and looking ratty.

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J has been interested in helping in the kitchen and is getting to the point where he’s more helpful than not. I want both my kids to learn to cook and bake…so far they’re both interested and enjoy it. It’s all part of my master plan…I figure they can eventually be responsible for dinner one night a week, not to mention being able to feed themselves once they leave the house.

Crossing Things Off the List

I love crossing things off a list.

 

My current projects (a pullover sweater-type thing for myself and a blanket for my daughter) are on hold until I get the projects on my list (mostly things people are buying; one thing I’m making as a gift) finished. This past weekend I crossed a TON of stuff off! I was thrilled to have so much crafting time on Saturday.