Thursday, April 23, 2015

How To Sew A Brush Roll

Hello! Today I'm sharing a super handy sewing project that even beginners can handle. I'm going to show you how to sew a brush roll! 

Brush rolls are the perfect way to organize paintbrushes, makeup brushes, crochet hooks, knitting needles, colored pencils, pens... anything, really!

Today I'm making a brush roll for a friend who is a watercolor artist and I'm going to show you step-by-step how to make your very own.

As I sewed this brush roll, I took pictures all along the way. Then my camera card got eaten by the dog... okay, not really. I don't even have a dog. But the card did become corrupted and I lost all the pictures. Boo! So instead of as-we-go photos, you get my little computer illustrations. 

1. Purchase and Gather Supplies. I purchased all my supplies at JOANN Fabric. 

You will need:
- 2/3 yard of Fabric A
- 1/2 yard of Fabric B
- 1 package decorative elastic. (At my store, it was located by the thread and zippers.)
- coordinating thread
- fabric marking pen

2. Cut and Press. Next, cut two rectangles: one 40x23inch and one 14x23inch. With wrong sides together, press (that means iron) the two triangles in half along the dotted lines, as show in the illustration below:

3. Sew pocket. Fabric B will become the pocket. Place the folded Fabric B on top of the flat Fabric A, matching the bottom and side edges. Pin in place, then stitch around the outside edge, leaving a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Using a disappearing fabric pen, draw straight vertical lines spaced across Fabric B, then stitch through all three layers of fabric, using the drawn lines as guides. Back stitch at the beginning and end of each vertical line. 

4. Elastic. Cut two 7-9 inch pieces of elastic. Fold elastics right sides together, and pin to left edge of fabric, aligning edge of fabric and ends of elastic. Stitch in place. I placed the lower elastic 3" from the bottom edge and the upper elastic 7" from the bottom edge.

5. Sew together. Fold the top edge of Fabric A down and align it with the bottom edge. Everything will be sandwiched inside, with only the wrong sides of Fabric A showing. Stitch around the entire outer edge, using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Leave a hole on the right side to allow for turning.

6. Finishing Up. When everything is securely stitched together, clip the bottom two corners diagonally, making sure not to cut past stitching. Turn brush roll right side out. Straighten corners and press entire project. Top stitch around the entire outer edge, making sure to catch the opening you used for turning so that it will be sewn closed.

I love how my brush roll turned out! I think these two fabrics are really cute together and I can't wait to give this gift to my friend!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Easy Crochet Throw Pillow

Today I'm going to show you how to crochet a throw pillow. If you are relatively new to crochet, this is a great project for beginners. If you know how to start with a chain, single crochet, and turn, you are in business!


2 skeins Caron Simply Soft in Persimmon
Size N crochet hook
large-eye blunt needle

This project is crocheted with two pieces of yarn at a time. Just take one yarn end from each skein, stick them together, and crochet as if they were one piece of yarn.

Now for the easy part. Are you ready?

Chain 25. Single crochet 50 rows. Tie off.

That's it!

You'll end up with a big rectangle, like in the picture above.

To turn it into a pillow, fold it in half and insert a pillow form. Using a long piece of extra yarn and the blunt large-eye needle, sew a whip stitch to close up the three open sides. Here's a picture of the whip stitch for those of you who are visual, like me:

Pretty easy, right? I LOVE this pillow. The texture is exquisite and the color is scrumptious. Next I'm going to use the same method, but add stripes by switching out colors. Wouldn't that be cute?!
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