Thursday, March 16, 2023

Rope Basket with Fabric Decoupage

 Rope Basket with fabric decoupage

Hello there and Happy Thursday!

I've been wanting to have a decorative basket to store my lap quilts in. I've seen lots of beautiful ones online and in stores. After doing a little research and some planning I decided make this a DIY project and make a small basket.

I wanted my basket to have a fabric lining and thought what a great opportunity to use more of my scraps!

Grab a drink, sit back, and I hope you enjoy my rope/fabric decoupage basket diy journey!

Materials I used

  • Old Dollar Tree plastic basket
  • Dollar Tree nautical rope
  • Dollar Tree nautical rope in cotton
  • Mod Podge
  • Hot glue gun and sticks
  • Fabric Scraps  - various strips from Tim Holtz's Electic Elements collection
  • Dollar Tree Rope Basket DIY, Fabric Decoupage

Fabric Decoupage

1. Pressed fabric and made sure one edge was straight
Dollar Tree Rope Basket DIY, Fabric Decoupage

2. Using a brush I applied Mod Podge to the wrong side of the fabric.

Dollar Tree Rope Basket DIY, Fabric Decoupage

 3. Gently laid fabric strip inside and outside basket.

 4. Continued adding fabric strips until entire basket was covered.

Dollar Tree Rope Basket DIY, Fabric Decoupage, Home Decor DIY


Basket Bottom

To give the basket bottoms a finished look, I cut out cardboard circles from a cereal box using the basket bottom as a template.

Once the circles were cut I did quick test to ensure they fit.

I covered the cardboard circles with scrap batting and more fabric.

I secured the fabric covered cardboard circles to the bottom of the basket, inside and out with hot glue. I also added some of the decorative rope around the bottom of the inside fabric covered circle.

At this point I was loving the basket inside!

Rope Decor

I removed the tape from all of the nautical rope bundles. Beginning with the natural colored rope I placed a little hot glue at the bottom of the basket to secure the first strand of rope.

I continued wrapping and gluing the rope around the perimeter of the basket stacking each row on top of the previous, making sure to keep the rope taut and flush so the fabric did not show through.

I finished out the last strand of rope at the very top of my basket. I didn't place any rope on the inside because I wanted the fabric to be seen in its entirety.

Dollar Tree Rope Basket DIY, Fabric Decoupage

Dollar Tree Rope Basket DIY, Fabric Decoupage

This was a super fun project - I love my up-cycled Dollar Tree rope basket.  I'm ready to make a larger one.

Dollar Tree Rope Basket DIY, Nautical Rope Decor, Fabric Decoupage

Tell me what you think -- I'd love to know if you tried this before or plan making one in the future.

Until next time....Happy Crafting!

Thursday, March 9, 2023

More Quilted Spring Tulips

 Hello there...happy Thursday!

Quilting Class

I took a class last month titled " A Morning Mystery - Unique Quilted Spring Tulips"! It was a free class at one of the local quilt shops. We were asked to bring several 10 x 10 scraps in spring colors, cutting tools and mat, a small sewing machine if you have one or use one of the display machines in the quilt shop.

Six of us arrived at 8 am, after introductions and machine setup we got started. We all knew the final product would be something resembling a tulip - the mystery however was unknown! We quickly learned that the mystery was paper piecing!

I was excited...I love paper piecing! The teacher gave a quick and thorough instruction and demonstration on paper piecing techniques.

** The photos I show are my finished projects. We only made the quilt blocks during class time.**

Project #1

Our first project focused on simple squares and rectangles - a four inch curved log cabin quilt block. 

We made 4 of the curvy log cabin quilt blocks, arranging the top two blocks with the narrow strips coming together and the bottom two blocks with the wider strips coming together - hence the tulip!

Quilted spring tulip potholders set of two

Quilted spring tulip potholders

Project #2

Our second project again focused on squares and rectangles, this time irregular or wonky shaped.  Another log cabin quilt block, this time playing close attention to color placement so that the flower design really pops.

Improv spring flower potholder

Project #3

The final project focused on odd angles and sharp points. I actually had to do this one a couple of times before I got it right!

Spring quilted tulip potholders or trivet

I had lots of fun - lots of laughter and joyful frustration was shared by everyone. We did manage to get all of our blocks pieced during class time.

As you can tell I turned all of my blocks into potholders/trivets!

Custom Order

My final tulip projects to share is a custom order for one of my customers.

I did not have a pattern but was inspired by the Tulip Market quilt pattern by Corey Yoder.

I used several 2.5 inch strips from my Alison Glass Sunprint stash for the tulips and yardage for the background fabric .  I took extra care to make sure the text fabric was going the same direction throughout.

The set of 4 placemats measure 13 x 17 inches

Modern quilted spring placemats

The matching quilted table runner measures 16 x 40 inches.

Modern spring quilted table runner

Until next time happy crafting!!

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Spring Tulip Quilted Table Runner

 Hello there! Happy Tuesday!

A pieced tulip quilt block makes a perfect accent for any spring table setting!

Using the scraps from my flag placemats here, I paper pieced this simple and beautiful table runner. 

Quilted Spring Tulip Table Runner, Scrap Quilt Project, Paper Pieced Red Tulips

Quilted Spring Tulip Table Runner, Paper Piecing Project, Red Tulip Home Decor

This runner measures 14.5 x 34 inches and I used the Holland Quilt Pattern by Sew Up Patterns to create the tulip blocks. I highly recommend this pattern if you enjoy paper piecing and like the "dutch tulip" look.

I mailed this runner yesterday and I'm hoping the recipient loves it as much as I do!

Until next time...happy crafting!

Thursday, March 2, 2023

Quilted Flag Placemats

 Hello there...happy Thursday!

Quilted Patriotic Decor

Flag Placemats

I made a set of four quilted cotton placemats in a cute flag pattern for a customer. She requested that they be at least 14 inches tall and 18 inches wide and wanted the red to be floral prints.

I pulled from my Bonnie and Camille red and navy stash to make the placemats.

Quilted Flag Placemats, Set of 4, Shine On Fabric, red, white and blue table decor

Quilted Flag Placemats, Set of 4, Handmade, Red, white and blue table decor

Curvy Log Cabin Table Runner

She also asked if I could make a small table runner in red, white, and blue. 

This table runner measures 12.5 x 24.5 inches and consists of 8 curvy log cabin quilt blocks, in red, white, and blue.  The white fabric has a small floral print, and I added a machine appliqued flower design in the center of the table runner resembling the white fabric.

February Challenge - Sewing Group

Our February challenge was to turn an orphan quilt block into something functional. 

I turned an 8-inch triangle log cabin quilt block into a small cross body purse! Sorry, I don't have a before picture.

Until next time - happy crafting!

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Baby Gifts

Hello there...happy Tuesday!

Last week was super busy with baby gifts!

 I've been selling personalized baby gifts on Etsy since 2010. Once I became a grandmother in 2018 my shop was only open 6 months out of the year to accommodate my travel/babysitting schedule. 

My newest grandson will be arriving sometime in March, so I'll be closing the shop in a week before heading to Texas.

Thankfully, I've been blessed to have repeat customers who contact me directly when they need something.

I wanted to share a few of the items I've made this past week/weekend!

Giraffe Gift Set

personalized baby boy gift set, bib, burp, bodysuit, giraffe them

Magnolia Gift Set

personalized baby girl gift set , embroidered bib and burp cloth

personalized baby girl gift set, embroidered bib and burp cloth,

Madras Gift Set

personalized baby boy gift set, embroidered bib and burp cloth, nautical theme,

Gator Gift Set

personalized baby boy 3 piece gift set, embroidered bib, burp cloth, bodysuit, gator theme,

Whimsical Auto Gift Set

personalized baby boy gift set,

Water colored Floral Gift Set

Sibling Shirts

Thanks for stopping by, until next time Happy Crafting!

Friday, February 24, 2023

Spring Tulips - Quilted Wall hanging

 Hello there...happy Friday!

I love springtime and nothing says spring like tulips!

This past week I've been sewing all spring things and have one finish to share with you today.

I saw this Twirling Tulips video by Misty Doan with Missouri Star Quilt Company and became inspired to try it, with my own spin of course :)

In the video Misty uses their Drunkard Path template. I am terrible at sewing curves - for every good attempt I have five failures, and five times I pull out my seam ripper!  I know practice makes perfect but I'm not there yet.

I pulled out my trusty Creative Grids Round Up tool to cut the drunkard path pieces. The Round Up Tool allows you to cut both 4- and 5-inch drunkard path pieces. I used five-inch drunkard path pieces for my wall hanging. I used Heat - N - Bond lite behind each square before using the Round Up Tool.

Twirly Tulips, Creative Grids Round Up Tool, Drunkard Path

After cutting I arranged the pieces on a 6.5-inch background fabric forming the tulip shape.

Tulip Quilt Block - Creative Grids Round Up Tool

I then sewed the 4-patch together and voila a tulip appeared!

Tulip Quilt Block, Applique, Creative Grids Round Up Tool, spring quilts, spring decor

I used scraps from my Sherri & Chelsi basket to create the tulips. I love the colors and ditzy prints which have a lovely spring feeling to them.

The tulips were fun to make, I used rayon thread and a blanket stitch around each flower. My finished quilt measures 36 x 36 inches.

Quilted Spring Wall Hanging, Spring Tulips, Handmade Wall Decor, Scrappy Applique Quilt, Round Up Tool

Twirly Tulips Spring Quilt

Now I must decide wall-hanging or table topper?

What do you think?

Until next time .... happy crafting!

Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Sweet On You Blog Hop

 Hello there...happy Tuesday!

Today is my turn to join in on the "Sweet on You" blog hop, hosted by Joan with Moosetash Quilting.

I know Valentine's Day has passed, but it is one of my favorite days of the year and I waited until the sweet on you blog hop to share my projects!

I am sweet on red and sweet on hearts!

Hubby and I started dating in February 25 years ago! Every year in February since we've been married, I put little decor items out in red or heart shaped trinkets as not so subtle reminders :), and yes, we do try to something special on Valentine's Day!

This year hints include the following:

Couch pillow for him-

Brigitte Heitland's foundation paper pieced pattern for the L-O-V-E letters can be found here.

Couch pillow for me -

Seasoned Homemaker's foundation paper pieced heart pattern can be found here.

table setting for two -

you + me = us table runner

Decoupaged office door hanger-

Foam roses at the front door - 

And my favorite creation this month - our entry way table decor

I made the tray with all Dollar Tree items and the vase is a wine bottle covered with twine.

Overall, it was a great Valentine's Day this year, dinner with friends and a show at the theatre.

I would like to thank Joan again for hosting this Sweet on You challenge...this is my first blog hop!  It's great seeing what other makers are featuring.

Be sure to stop by the other bloggers to see what sweetness they are sharing!

Tuesday Feb 21

Vicki's Crafts and Quilting

Creatin' in the Sticks

Quilt Schmilt

Ms P Designs USA

The Crafty Grammie - you're here!

Vroomans Quilts

Words and Stitches

Until next time...happy crafting!

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