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Sew Sweet by Meghan {Etsy Shop Opening}

Exciting news today! I have finally done something that I have wanted to do for a very long time…I opened an Etsy shop!!

Sew SweetIt is called “Sew Sweet by Meghan.” For now, I have just posted a couple of simple, sweet buntings I’ve made. I hope to expand it over time, but for now, you have to start somewhere!

The first two listings are for a fabric bunting, which of course can be customized, and a burlap bunting, meant to be customized with words, dates, or really whatever is needed!

You probably remember these sweet buntings from Heather’s baby shower

Fabric 1And burlap bunting is oh so popular, and so versatile. Here’s one of our engagement pictures with the date bunting I made…

meghan-10_2Though it can always be made with sweet words as well…

Love1I hope you will check it out and add me to your favorites if you are a regular Etsy user! If you told me you were a Megster Meter reader, I would probably give you a discount…just saying 🙂

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Baby Shower Bunting

This weekend, I had the honor of co-hosting a baby shower for my boyfriend’s sister. Little Jack is due in July, and they’ve already set up a beautiful little nursery for him with a sweet little farm theme. So we decided to go with the farm theme for the shower!

In keeping with the spirit, I decided to make a little bunting out of cowboy-esque colors and patterns. I bought very inexpensive fabric from Walmart, and I’d say they turned out pretty darn cute:

What you will need:

2 yards of fabric (pick out complimenting patterns! I used 5 fabrics)
fabric scissors
sewing machine (or lots of free time to hand-stitch)
matching/neutral thread
pins
ruler
iron and board

Here are the basic steps I took, if you want to make these yourself!

1. Cut out a triangle pattern from a piece of paper – mine measured 6 inches across the bottom and 7 3/4 inches for each side length. I then used this template to cut out a whole lot of triangles. You can do as many as you’d like, but I believe I cut about 30.

2. Next, I took my triangles and pinned them (right sides together) to the uncut fabric, trying to make the best use of space that I could. I sewed the lengths of each triangle, but left the bottoms unsewn. Basically, rather than cutting out 60 triangles and sewing them together in twos, I took this short cut to make it a little quicker. This picture shows which parts are sewn and which are not:

3. Next, you cut them out. Once you cut them out, you can flip them inside out, which is why you left the bottom unsewn. When you flip them, you should have the right side facing out on both sides of your triangle. Now, you get to iron them flat and you have pretty little triangles!

4. Now, to string them all together, I cut long strips of my left over fabric. I folded each strip in half (right sides out) and ironed the crease. Then I folded the rough edges in, and ironed that as well, so they looked like this on the inside:

and this from the outside:

5. The easiest part is next! I laid out each strip and tucked my triangles into the fold. I put two pins on each flag, pins pointing down so they would be easy to sew over.

6. Last, I sewed a simple straight line across the whole thing, tacking each flag in place. You could sew these together to make longer buntings, but I left them short (five strings of six flags each) so we could hang them all around.

When I chose my fabric, I picked three darker patterns, and two that were light and fun. I planned to use more of the light ones in order to break up the patterns. That said, you can obviously choose patterns and colors however you like. Since I planned to use more of the lighter fabrics, I bought 1/2 yard of each of those (two patterns), and 1/3 yard of the others (three patterns). That is how I came to the conclusion of 2 yards of fabric for 30 flags worth of bunting!

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Crafting Monday: Recycled T-shirt Necklace

This was a craft I’ve been hoping to do for a while. I’ve even had a t-shirt sitting in a clump on my floor that I intended to use. It took me about 15 minutes on Sunday night–easy! However, It is not nearly as pretty as the ones in this tutorial. So I’m not sure if I’ll actually wear it, but I want to share it with you all anyway!

First, you need a t-shirt you are willing to sacrifice.

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Next, you need to fold it in half lengthwise, cut of the hem, and then cut 1/2-3/4 inch strips horizontally, creating several fabric loops.

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Finally, you gather the loops together and tug on them a little to stretch them out. Since my shirt had seams, I gathered them together at the seams. Then, tie scrap fabric around the loops to secure them together. I tried covering up the seams. I think part of my problem here was that I didn’t use a ruler, so the thinner loops stretched out more easily than the thicker ones, creating loops that were slightly different lengths. Oh well.

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And here it is on my jewelry rack. It looks alright I think, but I just don’t know if I can pull it off. Maybe sometime I’ll just DO IT! 🙂

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Crafting Monday: Desk Space Makeover!

So, when my mom was in town a couple weeks ago, we decided it was time to clean up, reorganize, and cute-ify my desk space, making it an ideal place to do both school work and crafts.  Everything we did was easy and cheap, and it made a world of difference!  Let’s take a look…

Here is the before picture:

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And here is the after…

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Purchases:
Three floating shelves from Target
Three coordinating fabrics
New ribbon
Scrapbook paper
Four embroidery hoops

With all this, plus what I already had, I:
-recovered the seat of my chair
-made simple curtains for my little shelves next to the desk
-covered my silver magnet/pin board with fabric
-put paper in embroidery hoops for the wall
-“ribboned” some jars (and will soon be covering the lids with fabric)
-laid cute piles of fabric and ribbon on my new shelves
-and you may notice, I switched the two side cabinets. Not a big difference but it worked out better for what I wanted (moving the printer farther from the entrance and making more space for the lamp and other items on the left)

Here’s a shot of the shelving section..sorry the lighting was bad!  It was at night but I just had to get some shots to share!

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Crafting Monday: Ikea Fabrics–who knew?

I am only just breaking into the world that is fabric.  I am slowly learning the amazing varieties of color, patterns, and textures that exist in crafting land.  And lo and behold, today I stumbled upon a project made with Ikea fabric.  I mean, I knew Ikea had variety, but I had no idea it was like this!  So here are some major props to a) Ikea and b) Craftzine’s awesome lap top tote.

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