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"Summer Social" Guest Post — Make a Ruffled Laptop Bag Refashion!

5 Aug
 
Hi Tatertots and Jello readers! My name is Ellie G. And I am the president of the Tatertots & Jello fan club. {tee hee} Really, I just love Jen and this blog. I’m so honored to be here.

I blog at Less Cake {more frosting}. I get asked a lot if it’s a food blog. And it’s not. It’s about all the things I love…so definitely food is included, but not exclusive. I also love things like: making stuff, Mod Podge, Diet Coke, graphic design, and frosting.

 

My husband and I are going on a trip for our 12th anniversary. (can I get a “WHOOT” for making it to twelve?) In the preparations, I decided that it would be nice to take the laptop with us so we can talk to our kids on Skype. But I don’t really want to carry it, because I am without a cute laptop bag.

So, of course, I mentioned that I ought to buy a new laptop bag, for the trip.

And I was greeted with, “but we have a laptop bag downstairs.”

 

 

THIS THING?? Seriously? This is what I have to carry? It’s a super sturdy bag, and has lots of pockets that I love. But seriously? My husband is in advertising, and I just yearn for having something that isn’t a promotional item! But, alas, my idea for a new bag was shot down. And I am stuck with this little beauty.

But never fear! I remembered what I did last Spring with my new camera bag and I decided I’d try my hand at making this bag less REI and more “Ellie G”.

 


I started with some elastic lace. I actually have a whole bolt of this stuff from a FABULOUS trim and notions store in Phoenix. (that I was introduced to by Miss Whippycake herself!) So I have a lot of it on hand. I love it! It’s super vintage-ee and looks like it’s already been loved a couple times.

I sewed it on to the front flap of the bag in rows. Because of the elastic, it was pretty essential to pin before sewing. Plus it maintains nice straight rows.


When working with stretchy materials, you really have to compensate for the stretch. In this instance I DIDN’T want to use the elastic properties, so I tried not to stretch. But some stretching is inevitable. So don’t do any exact trimming until after you’ve sewn each strip. You can cut the excess and get a perfect finish!
 

Manipulating a big heavy bag to go into my sewing machine was tricky, at times. But I really didn’t want to disassemble it. This is supposed to be a pretty quick project! There were a few rows I just couldn’t work out. So I just hand-stitched the last couple.

 

Then I used a loop of vinyl to make a cute bow. Just a rectangle, with a strip wrapped around the center to pinch. Easy peasy!

The key to working with thick materials is a really long sharp needle, and upholstery thread. They are essential!

 

I definitely will feel much more confident carrying this yummy, ruffled bag with me on the plane. I know, I know…..I shouldn’t care that much. But I do. So sue me!

You can do this too. Even though you don’t have this exact bag! Look at the bags you might want to get rid of, or look at thrift store bags with a fresh eye. You might be able to transform them into something fabulous!!

Oh my goodness Lara– that is adorable!!!
I love it.
Ellie G. is one of my favorite blogging friends IRL too. We started talking through comments and I mentioned that a new Hobby Lobby had opened up near my house. It turns out that it was across the street from Ellie’s house. So we went to lunch and became fast friends!!!
Ellie is one of the most creative people I have ever met. 
I love her projects — they are a mix of modern and colorful. 
Plus, Lara makes amazing printables!
Like this calendar for August
 {Like this Calendar for August}
And how awesome is this Teacher Printable? Perfect for the first week of school!
xoxo


PS — I’m in San Diego. Have you ever been here? It’s GORGEOUS!! I have a big crush on this town. We had a great time at the Clever Girls Party last night. So fun!!! #BlogHer

Silhouette Heat Transfer Project and $250+ GIVEAWAY!!!

17 May

UPDATE — GIVEAWAY CLOSED.
Winner is #3850 Jess @ If Only They Would Nap.

  Have I ever told you about my Airstream Dream?? 
It’s always in the back of my mind.
I have a folder of camper ideas on Pinterest and I’ve  posted about it too. 
I would love to get an old Airstream and restore it.  
It’s one of my life dreams.
My husband? He’s not on board yet – lol! 
In the meantime, I am collecting ideas.
And when Silouette contacted me about their Heat Transfer discount this month, I decided that I would love to make a little Camper Tee.

I will be posting a tutorial soon.
Layering heat transfer colors together is a little tricky and I have some tips I will share.
Happy Camper!!! 
I am happy with the tee’s until I can get the real thing 🙂 

And guess what???? 
The Silhouette folks contacted me to see if I wanted to give a Silhouette machine away this month to one of YOU! 
Of course I said yes! 

I can honestly say that the Silhouette machine is my favorite crafting tool ever

So this is what you will get: 

  • A Silhouette SD Machine
  • 3 Rolls of Silhouette Heat Transfer Material
AND, I have a GREAT discount code for you too: 
Get a  Silhouette + heat transfer bundle for only $219.
Awesome!!

Included in the bundle:

1 Silhouette SD machine
1 package white flocked heat transfer material
1 package teal smooth heat transfer material
1 package dark pink smooth heat transfer
Use Code: TATER

A Silhouette + heat transfer bundle for only $219.
That is an awesome deal — more than $120 off!!
Included in the bundle:
Use Code: TATER
The promo runs from now (Tuesday, May 17) to Wednesday, May 25th. 
If you aren’t sure how to enter, Click 
and add the Silhouette SD to your cart. 
When you checkout and use the
coupon code: TATER. 
The heat transfer material will automatically be
added to your order. 
Here’s how YOU can win YOUR OWN 
Silhouette machine and heat transfer supplies: 
  • Head over to the Silhouette site – what is your favorite color of heat transfer material? one entry. 
  • Leave a message and like the Silhouette Facebook page. one entry each. 
  • Leave a comment or follow the Silhouette blog – where you can get great tutorials. one entry. 

  •  Tweet, facebook or post this giveaway on your blog. one entry each. Tweet — {“Enter to win a Fabulous Silhouette craft cutter @jenjentrixie’s blog http://bit.ly/chqT0C”}
And if you want another entry: 
  • “Like” the TT&J facebook page — when it hit 10,000 likes I will be having an awesome giveaway!! {It’s a place where I love to connect with people and share projects} one entry.
{Giveaway ends May 23rd}
xoxo

***And, if you already have a Silhouette and want to get some Heat Transfer material for fun Summer fabric projects, all Heat Transfer Material in any color is 25% off from now until the 24th — just type in TATER in the discount code box at checkout 🙂

Have a Happy Day!!! 

PS — Check out the other Silhouette giveaways this month at: 

Lil Blue Boo

Silhouette Heat Transfer Project and $250+ GIVEAWAY!!!

17 May

UPDATE — GIVEAWAY CLOSED.
Winner is #3850 Jess @ If Only They Would Nap.

  Have I ever told you about my Airstream Dream?? 
It’s always in the back of my mind.
I have a folder of camper ideas on Pinterest and I’ve  posted about it too. 
I would love to get an old Airstream and restore it.  
It’s one of my life dreams.
My husband? He’s not on board yet – lol! 
In the meantime, I am collecting ideas.
And when Silouette contacted me about their Heat Transfer discount this month, I decided that I would love to make a little Camper Tee.

I will be posting a tutorial soon.
Layering heat transfer colors together is a little tricky and I have some tips I will share.
Happy Camper!!! 
I am happy with the tee’s until I can get the real thing 🙂 

And guess what???? 
The Silhouette folks contacted me to see if I wanted to give a Silhouette machine away this month to one of YOU! 
Of course I said yes! 

I can honestly say that the Silhouette machine is my favorite crafting tool ever

So this is what you will get: 

  • A Silhouette SD Machine
  • 3 Rolls of Silhouette Heat Transfer Material
AND, I have a GREAT discount code for you too: 
Get a  Silhouette + heat transfer bundle for only $219.
Awesome!!

Included in the bundle:

1 Silhouette SD machine
1 package white flocked heat transfer material
1 package teal smooth heat transfer material
1 package dark pink smooth heat transfer
Use Code: TATER

A Silhouette + heat transfer bundle for only $219.
That is an awesome deal — more than $120 off!!
Included in the bundle:
Use Code: TATER
The promo runs from now (Tuesday, May 17) to Wednesday, May 25th. 
If you aren’t sure how to enter, Click 
and add the Silhouette SD to your cart. 
When you checkout and use the
coupon code: TATER. 
The heat transfer material will automatically be
added to your order. 
Here’s how YOU can win YOUR OWN 
Silhouette machine and heat transfer supplies: 
  • Head over to the Silhouette site – what is your favorite color of heat transfer material? one entry. 
  • Leave a message and like the Silhouette Facebook page. one entry each. 
  • Leave a comment or follow the Silhouette blog – where you can get great tutorials. one entry. 

  •  Tweet, facebook or post this giveaway on your blog. one entry each. Tweet — {“Enter to win a Fabulous Silhouette craft cutter @jenjentrixie’s blog http://bit.ly/chqT0C”}
And if you want another entry: 
  • “Like” the TT&J facebook page — when it hit 10,000 likes I will be having an awesome giveaway!! {It’s a place where I love to connect with people and share projects} one entry.
{Giveaway ends May 23rd}
xoxo

***And, if you already have a Silhouette and want to get some Heat Transfer material for fun Summer fabric projects, all Heat Transfer Material in any color is 25% off from now until the 24th — just type in TATER in the discount code box at checkout 🙂

Have a Happy Day!!! 

PS — Check out the other Silhouette giveaways this month at: 

Lil Blue Boo

Spring Sweater Refashion #4 {Tutorial}

22 Mar
green sweater header
Welcome to my quest to refashion my wardrobe!
My fourth Spring Sweater Refashion started off as a plain, green sweater from Target.
It hung in my closet without much wear because it was so plain and I wasn’t sure what to wear with it.
straight on
I decided to add some embellishments to one side of it, using some of my fabric scraps from my craft room. This is a 1.5 hour project, just because making the rosette flowers are a little time consuming.
But totally worth it, I think!!
green sweater and fabric


Here’s what you need:
  • Sweater or cardigan
  • 7-8 different coordinating fabrics {I used some fat quarter squares that I had in my fabric stash}
  • Sewing machine
  • Needle and thread
  • Fabric Glue {optional}
Here’s what you do:
green sweater cut fabric
1. Cut your coordinating fabric in 1 inch strips.
green sweater ruffle strips
2. Take two of the fabrics and ruffle it up by sewing a big seam down the center of the fabric. I used 4 feet of 1” strips to make the ruffle on my sweater.
green sweater zig zag
3. Once the strips are ruffles, lay them on one side of the sweater in a zig zag pattern.
green sweater pin the ruffles
4. Pin the ruffles in place. Then sew the ruffles onto the sweater.
green sweater make rosettes
5. Now make some fabric flowers with the other fabric strips. I have a fabric rosette tutorial on how to make fabric flowers if you want to check it out.
I made 9 different flowers in different sizes. To make the flowers different sizes, all you do is use different lengths of fabric strips. The shorter the length of fabric = the smaller the flower.
green sweater weigh down
6. Once your flowers are done, use a needle and thread to attach them to the sweater. I also put some Beacon fabric glue under the flowers to keep them even more securely in place.

after green and white
7. If you are using fabric glue, you can use some weights like books to press the flowers onto the sweater securely. Note – if you are using fabric glue, be sure that there is some wax paper underneath the sweater so the fabric glue doesn’t seep through the front of the sweater onto the back. I found this out the hard way – lol!
fray check
8. And if you don’t like the frayed look of the unfinished edges, use a product like “Fray Check” on the edges. This will stop the edges from fraying.
closeup green and white
Then you are done!
Enjoy your new, unique sweater!!

xoxo

This post sponsored by


PS I have a fun Home Decor tutorial coming up tomorrow!

Guest Project — Turn a Purse into a Stylish Camera Bag!!!

18 Mar
Hello, fellow readers of Tater Tots and Jello!  This is Valerie, from The Crafter’s File Box.  
I am super excited to hijack Jen’s blog today and share with you my tutorial for making a regular purse go to fab camera bag!

I am sure you have all see the amazing camera bags that have been out there lately.  They look like a purse, so they are still feminine, but the insides are made to function like a camera bag. 
LOVE IT!
What I didn’t love was the price.  I would rather spend the $$ on equipment than a bag, so I created my own.
Here’s how you do it…

STEP ONE:  Find the right kind of bag.
Look for one that has a more rigid outside, like leather or coated nylon, which is what I am using here.  Then, look at the innards.  You want to find one that has a larger base, with SEAMS going down the middle and across the two ends.  Lastly, check to make sure you are comfortable with the strap.  You want to make sure you can wear it AND shoot with it on. 
STEP TWO:  Turn the bag inside out.
STEP THREE:  Open the seam along the middle with a seam ripper.
Stop about 1/2 inch before the ends.

STEP FOUR:  Make the bottom.

(Is it totally childish that I laughed a bit at typing “bottom”?)
Cut plastic needle point canvas to the dimensions of your bag’s bottom. (snicker)
STEP FIVE:  Cut headliner fabric to fit the canvas.
Headliner fabric is the fabric they use to uphoslter car ceilings.  I found mine at Jo-Anns.  You could substitute any foam or neoprene type fabric’s here.  If you would like to make your bag even more plush, you could double the headliner fabric here and wrap the canvas twice!

STEP SIX:  Wrap the fabric around the fabric and sew ends closed.
It doesn’t have to be pretty or perfect.  This will be going inside the lining, so no one will ever see it!
STEP SEVEN:  Repeat Steps 4-6, but use the SIDES of the bag as your template.
You might have to sew the canvas together at places to make it long enough to wrap the whole bag.  I simply
overlapped it for about two bars and did a straight stitch down.

Your finished pieces should look something like this!
STEP EIGHT: Reinforce your bag.
This is where we give your regular bag more support so that it can cushion your camera in safety.
This is done in two parts, going through the hole you cut with the seam ripper at the bottom of your bag.
Take your long, side piece and “stuff” it through the bottom and put it into place at the sides.  It should look like this when done.

After the sides are in place, put the short, bottom piece in place at the bottom.

STEP NINE:  Pin the bottom closed with straight pins.
Try to follow the bags original seams and make sure the raw edges are folded over so it looks neat.
STEP TEN: Sew closed with a blanket stitch.
You can stop here if you don’t carry additional lenses, but for those of you who would like lens dividers… read on!
STEP ELEVEN:  Repeat Steps 4-6 , but this time measure the width of the bag.

You will want to add about 1/2 inch to your measurement on the sides, so you can sew a velcro strip on each side.
STEP TWELVE:  With a high adhesive glue, like E- 6000, apply glue to the mates of the velcro on the divider.

STEP TWELVE:  Apply the glued pieces to the sides of the bag where you want the divider.

…and it should look like this after you insert the divider!
Ahh.. safe and cozy lenses. 🙂  You can repeat as many times as you like to give yourself a custom made inside.  Also, you could cover the divider with a custom fabric to match the insides for a fun, high end look.  Just sew on the velcro AFTER sewing on the fabric.
And that, my friends is how you go….

Thanks for having me at Tatertots and  Jello, Jen!  Hope to see you all over at The Crafter’s File Box from time to time!
Disclaimer: I cannot guarantee the safety of your camera if you use the tutorial.  You assume all risks if you make your own camera bag using this tutorial. I can say that I have used my bag for over a year now, with no incidents whatsoever.  Use your best personal judgement and care when handling an sort of electronic equipment.  Whew! Had to get that out there! 🙂

Valerie — that is GENIUS!!! 



I love it!! Thank you so much such an awesome tutorial!!! 
If you don’t follow The Crafter’s Filebox, you are missing out!  

Valerie has great ideas on her blog!

Like:


{Royal Tea Towel tutorial guest post by the Magic Bean on The Crafter’s File Box}

https://importtestsite.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/151.jpg
 {check out Valerie’s Amazing Kitchen Redo – love that colored beadboard}

And, Valerie has a beautiful and smart new business. She has come up with these beautiful camera strap covers that ZIP Zipcoverz.  Such a great idea!!

You will love the ideas at The Crafter’s File Box! 




xoxo



PS It’s Friday. You know what that means!!! It’s time to show off YOUR ideas. Come party with me at The Weekend Wrap Up Party tonight — it’s gonna be fun. The linky goes up at 6 pm {MST}. I can’t wait to spotlight YOU! 




xoxo

This post sponsored by

Guest Project — Turn a Purse into a Stylish Camera Bag!!!

18 Mar
Hello, fellow readers of Tater Tots and Jello!  This is Valerie, from The Crafter’s File Box.  
I am super excited to hijack Jen’s blog today and share with you my tutorial for making a regular purse go to fab camera bag!

I am sure you have all see the amazing camera bags that have been out there lately.  They look like a purse, so they are still feminine, but the insides are made to function like a camera bag. 
LOVE IT!
What I didn’t love was the price.  I would rather spend the $$ on equipment than a bag, so I created my own.
Here’s how you do it…

STEP ONE:  Find the right kind of bag.
Look for one that has a more rigid outside, like leather or coated nylon, which is what I am using here.  Then, look at the innards.  You want to find one that has a larger base, with SEAMS going down the middle and across the two ends.  Lastly, check to make sure you are comfortable with the strap.  You want to make sure you can wear it AND shoot with it on. 
STEP TWO:  Turn the bag inside out.
STEP THREE:  Open the seam along the middle with a seam ripper.
Stop about 1/2 inch before the ends.

STEP FOUR:  Make the bottom.

(Is it totally childish that I laughed a bit at typing “bottom”?)
Cut plastic needle point canvas to the dimensions of your bag’s bottom. (snicker)
STEP FIVE:  Cut headliner fabric to fit the canvas.
Headliner fabric is the fabric they use to uphoslter car ceilings.  I found mine at Jo-Anns.  You could substitute any foam or neoprene type fabric’s here.  If you would like to make your bag even more plush, you could double the headliner fabric here and wrap the canvas twice!

STEP SIX:  Wrap the fabric around the fabric and sew ends closed.
It doesn’t have to be pretty or perfect.  This will be going inside the lining, so no one will ever see it!
STEP SEVEN:  Repeat Steps 4-6, but use the SIDES of the bag as your template.
You might have to sew the canvas together at places to make it long enough to wrap the whole bag.  I simply
overlapped it for about two bars and did a straight stitch down.

Your finished pieces should look something like this!
STEP EIGHT: Reinforce your bag.
This is where we give your regular bag more support so that it can cushion your camera in safety.
This is done in two parts, going through the hole you cut with the seam ripper at the bottom of your bag.
Take your long, side piece and “stuff” it through the bottom and put it into place at the sides.  It should look like this when done.

After the sides are in place, put the short, bottom piece in place at the bottom.

STEP NINE:  Pin the bottom closed with straight pins.
Try to follow the bags original seams and make sure the raw edges are folded over so it looks neat.
STEP TEN: Sew closed with a blanket stitch.
You can stop here if you don’t carry additional lenses, but for those of you who would like lens dividers… read on!
STEP ELEVEN:  Repeat Steps 4-6 , but this time measure the width of the bag.

You will want to add about 1/2 inch to your measurement on the sides, so you can sew a velcro strip on each side.
STEP TWELVE:  With a high adhesive glue, like E- 6000, apply glue to the mates of the velcro on the divider.

STEP TWELVE:  Apply the glued pieces to the sides of the bag where you want the divider.

…and it should look like this after you insert the divider!
Ahh.. safe and cozy lenses. 🙂  You can repeat as many times as you like to give yourself a custom made inside.  Also, you could cover the divider with a custom fabric to match the insides for a fun, high end look.  Just sew on the velcro AFTER sewing on the fabric.
And that, my friends is how you go….

Thanks for having me at Tatertots and  Jello, Jen!  Hope to see you all over at The Crafter’s File Box from time to time!
Disclaimer: I cannot guarantee the safety of your camera if you use the tutorial.  You assume all risks if you make your own camera bag using this tutorial. I can say that I have used my bag for over a year now, with no incidents whatsoever.  Use your best personal judgement and care when handling an sort of electronic equipment.  Whew! Had to get that out there! 🙂

Valerie — that is GENIUS!!! 



I love it!! Thank you so much such an awesome tutorial!!! 
If you don’t follow The Crafter’s Filebox, you are missing out!  

Valerie has great ideas on her blog!

Like:


{Royal Tea Towel tutorial guest post by the Magic Bean on The Crafter’s File Box}

https://importtestsite.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/15.jpg
 {check out Valerie’s Amazing Kitchen Redo – love that colored beadboard}

And, Valerie has a beautiful and smart new business. She has come up with these beautiful camera strap covers that ZIP Zipcoverz.  Such a great idea!!

You will love the ideas at The Crafter’s File Box! 




xoxo



PS It’s Friday. You know what that means!!! It’s time to show off YOUR ideas. Come party with me at The Weekend Wrap Up Party tonight — it’s gonna be fun. The linky goes up at 6 pm {MST}. I can’t wait to spotlight YOU! 




xoxo

This post sponsored by

Spring Sweater Refashion 2011 {#3}

8 Mar
  Welcome to the next installment in my quest to refashion my wardrobe 🙂
My third sweater refashion started off with a plain white cardigan from Target. 
Add a few chiffon flowers and you have a sweater refashion that is super easy, fast and requires no sewing machine. 
To make this easy sweater refashion, all you need is: 
  •  Chiffon fabric for the flowers.
  • a Candle
  • Buttons
  • Needle and Thread
  • Fabric Glue {optional}
  • Take your chiffon fabric and cut out four different sizes of circles.  I cut mine out as a 3 inch, 2 inch, 1.5 inch and 1 inch circles. You can use a circle template if you want a perfect circle.
  • Light a candle and burn the edges of the circles. Rotate the material slowly all the way around each circle. 
  • Once the circle edges are burned, lay the circles on the sweater in the place you want them. I arranged the circles 2-3 circles per flower. 
  • Then pin the flowers on the sweater. 
  • Now sew the buttons in the circle of each flower. 
  • The last thing to do is put a circle of fabric glue under some the edges where the flowers are droopy. Or you can put a quick stitch through the material.
Voila — you are done!! 
{total project time = 30 minutes}
Now you have a sweater with some personality!! 

I added the flowers around the back for a little fun. 
Now – go find some old sweaters and create make some new creations!!!! 
Thanks for stopping by!
And if you do make a sweater refashion, let me know. I’d love to see it!!!

PS — I am linking up to these fun parties. Check them out!!

and these other super fun parties — be sure to check them out!! 

  

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