Sunday, January 30, 2011

Simple Valentine's Day Gift

My boyfriend of 4 1/2 years moved to California two weeks ago for work. I'll be following after him in a few months when I graduate from college, but for now I needed something light-weight and inexpensive to mail him for Valentine's Day.

Inspiration struck when I saw this scooter tray on one of my favorite blogs, Noodlehead. I've been meaning to get a catchall for all that stuff from my boyfriend's pocket that's always scattered all over the bedroom. So I thought to myself, "Why not make one?"

The only problem was that there was no tutorial! So I had to figure out how to do it from the picture. So I picked out some fabric and decided to give it a shot...

Success! Things even fit in it.

It came out so nicely I decided to devote part of next weekend to making one for my Dad and Grandpa, whose birthdays are both the week of Valentine's Day. And I just love the sailboat fabric...masculine and still aesthetic.

It's really easy and I saw lots of people commented that they wished there was a tutorial on the blog I copied it from. Maybe I'll make my own tutorial for it...keep your eye out!

See you next time!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Valentine Bunting, part 2

I finished my Valentine's Day bunting!

I ended up buying Steam-a-Seam and using that to put the hearts together, so it was really more of an ironing project than a sewing project. The most sewing I did was when I sewed on the little loops. But it was still a fun craft project. I think it looks cute and it certainly spiffies up my apartment for Valentine's Day!

This project has really inspired me to do some more decorating for Valentine's Day, so I can't wait for the All You Need is Love series over at Craftiness is Not Optional. Be sure to check it out yourself!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Valentine Bunting, part 1

Hi blogging world! I know I haven't posted in a long time. Forgive me! My boyfriend moved to California for work, my dog had surgery and is now undergoing physical therapy and I started a new internship. Needless to say, I haven't had a lot of time (or motivation) for crafting.

However, tonight I got in the mood to do something simple, so I decided to make some Valentine's day bunting. I didn't have a tutorial, so I decided to wing it. Turns out, it was harder than I expected. After messing up the first two hearts, I decided to just wait until next weekend to finish it.

Here's the unassembled bunting, though. I'll put it all together next week.

It was a great way to use up some scrap fabrics a friend had given me and some from making my Christmas stockings. I can't wait until I get a chance to finish it so I can enjoy it in my home for a few weeks before Valentine's day!

Happy crafting! See you next time.
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