Make Madness 2018 – Day 15 | Dog Paw Applique

If you’ve followed me for any length of time, you know that I really like to get the most use out of any material I use: fabric, yarn, paper, etc.  I really dislike waste and after any project, I’ll set aside the remnants for other potential uses.  I don’t always know what those will be, but something always comes up.

So with that in mind, I have a fairly good sized stash of scrap fabric.  While browsing Pinterest, I came across an idea to just begin sewing all the scraps together in a hodge-podge fashion and making full pieces of crazy pieced fabric.  I didn’t really want to go down the quilt-piecing road (although it’s always an option) because I wanted to explore the idea of creating applique pieces.

 

 

 

 

 

I organized my scraps into color families and chose the purple pile today.  I sewed the pieces together fairly randomly until I had a solid sheet about 10″x 15″.  (The eagle-eyed among you will spot the fabric I used for the dog’s collars from Day 2 of Make Madness 2018.)  Then I applied a piece of Heat’n Bond Ultra Hold Iron-On Adhesive to the back of the fabric.  With the released paper still attached, I drew and cut out dog paw shapes.  Because the fabric was such a mixture of prints and colors, each paw was different.

 

Then I removed the release paper, and ironed the paw onto a piece of solid fabric.  For today, I chose a scrap piece of duck cloth.  Making sure the paw was securely attached to the duck cloth, I used my sewing machine to sew the paw pad outlines.  My free motion sewing leaves a lot to be desired, but that’s just a matter of practice, practice, practice.

I’m really pleased with how the paw turned out and can see using this technique in the future.

Until tomorrow,

Grace

 

 

 

 

 

You know what one of those paws would look good on, don’t you?  Yep, a dog bed. Or two.

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Make Madness 2018 – Day 14 | Sock Gnomes

A couple of months ago I found a tutorial (video below) on Facebook that showed how to make Christmas gnomes out of socks.  Specifically those fuzzy socks that look like slippers.  The end result was super cute and today I thought I’d give it a whirl.

I followed Jenny’s instructions and while her gnomes are really detailed and adorable, I was pretty happy with my result.  I used a faux fur for the beard on the gray gnome and braided some yarn for the pigtails on the pink gnome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Until tomorrow,

Grace

 

 

 

 

 

 

So gnomes?  Not sure what they are, but they look fun.

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Make Madness 2018 – Day 13 | T-Shirt Yarn

For several months now, I’ve made a serious effort to have a “Use it up, Wear it out, Make Do or Do Without” attitude. I’ve been doing a lot of decluttering and after spending hours sorting through piles of stuff, I find myself wanting to buy a tiny house and live a minimal existence. 😉  Not really (I know my limits), but I definitely am trying to be satisfied with less.

With that in mind, I need to replace the bathmats in our bathroom. While it would be super easy (and faster) to go to the store and grab a couple of mats, I thought I’d try to make some myself… out of t-shirt yarn.

So t-shirt yarn was today’s Make Madness project.  I shot a video showing how to do this and my end results but there are a bazillion tutorials out there – just search “t-shirt yarn”.

Here’s a quick video of today’s Make Madness.

Until tomorrow,

Grace

 

 

 

 

 

I heard you mention dog beds. I’ll be here until they’re finished.

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Make Madness 2018 – Day 12 | Mini Lined Envelopes

Today I wanted to make something using the paper I dyed on Day 7 of Make Madness 2018.

So I grabbed my We R Memory Keepers Envelope Maker and made several mini envelopes.  So much fun.

I love to line my envelopes and usually use scrapbook paper or any patterned paper, but today I decided to try using decorative napkins.  They worked great.  It’s important to remember that napkins have a backing piece that needs to be removed or else the decorative top won’t stick to your paper.  I used a glue stick to attach the napkin and they look super cute.

These are great for tucking in lunches, as gift card holders or as additions to any mixed media or junk journals.  Really the possibilities are endless.

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a quick video of today’s Make Madness.

Until tomorrow,

Grace

 

 

 

 

 

Are they big enough for, say, a cookie?

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Make Madness 2018 – Day 11 | Lotion Bars

 I don’t know about you but I suffer from incredibly dry skin especially in the winter.  I’m constantly on the look out for lotion that will actually moisturize my skin without having to spend a small fortune.

I’ve seen recipes for lotion bars around Pinterest and today I decided to give them a go.  I regularly make soap so I had all the ingredients and was particularly drawn to the recipes that contained Shea butter.  Shea butter has wonderful moisturizing properties and always makes my skin feel very soft.

I was all set to make a simple lotion bar with coconut oil, beeswax and Shea butter when to my dismay, I found that my Shea butter was rancid.  So I had to resort to making my lotion bars with out it.  There were several recipes on Pinterest and they basically all said the same thing:  1 part coconut oil, 1 part beeswax, scent from essential oil.

So that’s what I did.  I used 1/3 cup of each oil, 10 drops of lemon essential oil and 10 drops of peppermint essential oil.  I melted, constantly stirring, the oils (which are solid at room temperature) in a heat safe Pyrex bowl over a saucepan filled with water at a rolling boil.  Once the oils were melted, I added my essential oils, stirring the whole time and then carefully transferred the oil to my silicone ‘dog paw’ mold.  [Yes, dog paws]. You can obviously use any shaped silicone mold.
I let the paws cool and as they cooled, they hardened.  I also popped them in the fridge for 30 minutes to ensure that they were completely solid before removing them from the mold.  Don’t they look amazing?  I need to make sure Mike knows they’re lotion and not white chocolates.
They are wonderful to use, smell great and would make great gifts.

 

Until tomorrow,

Grace

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you need a paw you just need to ask.

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Make Madness 2018 – Day 10 | Tiny Gnome

 Today I sat down to make something out of the embarrassingly large collection of wine corks I have.  A few were individually acquired ;-), but the majority were found at garage sales.  Last summer, it seemed that everyone was getting rid of their wine corks so I snapped them up with great intentions of making “cork” boards and every other wine cork craft I could find on Pinterest.

I love taking something that could end up in the trash bin and making something out of it.  Today it was a tiny gnome.

I found this pattern on Ravelry and with a few minor modifications, I made this tiny gnome. He was easy to make and a great use of my sock yarn scraps.

 

 

Here’s today’s video showing the results of my efforts.

Until tomorrow,

Grace

 

 

 

Sure that gnome is cute, but I think I look much cuter in a scarf.

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Make Madness 2018 – Day 9 | All about the Heels!

Since making my drawstring bag yesterday for the As Time Goes By sock pattern by Susan Burzynski  I decided to spend today putting the heel in as well as the heels on another pair of socks.

My nephew gave me the book Sock Architecture by Lara Neel for Christmas a couple of years ago and I’ve been wanting to work through all the different constructions of socks.  There seem to be a bazillion!

 

 

 

 

 

Today’s two heels were made in two different ways.  The heel on the As Time Goes By socks is a short row garter ridge and the heels of my vanilla socks (which I’m calling A Sunny Day at the Beach) are made with the Fish Lips Kiss Heel pattern by the Sox Therapist.  This is an amazing pattern for only $1 because while it shows you how to construct the heel it also tells you about the history of sock making and walks you through making a pattern for the specific dimensions of your foot.  I found it fascinating and additionally it’s a wonderful heel because you don’t have to pick up stitches like you do with the traditional heel, flap and gusset heel construction.  I’ve made that traditional construction using a pattern/tutorial by Stacy of Very Pink Knits.

I loved both the short row and the Fish Lips Kiss Heel and plan to try other heels that are found in the Sock Architecture book.

Here’s today’s video showing the results of my efforts.

 

Until tomorrow,

Grace

 

 

 

 

 

 

We know how to heel. We don’t always do it, but we know how.

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