Thursday, November 20, 2014

make a wish - geekcrafting for samantha - hermione granger's beaded bag (part 8 - finished bag)

Well, the journey is done!  

After months of sewing -  and months of all of you waiting for me to finish blogging about Hermione Granger's beaded bag . . . 

Here are pics of the finished project.

Feel free to post any questions or comments or even links to your version of Hermione's bags you are working on.

I'd love to see them!

Thanks for hanging around to read all this.

Happy sewing!

If you want to revisit any of my posts 
detailing the making of this bag,


Here is my bag next to a picture of the Noble Collection's bag.




The drawstring was long enough, that it could be worn crosswise against the body.








And some closeups so you could see the beading and embroidery a bit better.










Wednesday, November 19, 2014

make a wish - geekcrafting for samantha - hermione granger's beaded bag (part 7 - inner lining, drawstring and opening of bag)

Almost done!   Can you believe it?

Inner lining of bag

I unfortunately did not have enough satin in one shade of purple to make my inner lining.  I then opted to use the purple velvet I had left for my lining.

Because of the scraps I had left, I ended up making two half circles and sewing them together.
Then with the wrong sides of the bag and lining facing each other, I sewed it together, leaving an opening.


I turned the bag inside out and hand-sewed the opening shut.

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Drawstring channel

I made sure my bag was nice and flat.

Then I pinned the two sides together on either side of the drawstring channel I had marked out with the basting stitches.

I didn't want the fabric shifting as I used my machine and sewed along the basting stitches.

I then painstakingly picked out all of that basting.




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Opening of the drawstring

Now VERY carefully, I cut 2 openings through the outside layer only of the bag to create an opening to thread my drawstring through.

I made sure to keep the holes parallel to each other on either side of the bag.

Then I treated both of them like buttonholes and hand-sewed around them for reinforcement
I used the dark purple embroidery thread for this.

Here are some helpful links on hand sewing button holes.








After they were done, I cut two lengths cording for my drawstring.   I made sure that each length was just  few inches longer than the circumference of my bag, when laid out flat.

I whipped out my handy, dandy Dritz drawstring threader and pulled both drawstrings through the channel.  Then I knotted the ends of both of the drawstrings.

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Drawstring Ends

After studying that Noble Collection video review of their bag, I saw that the knotted ends of the drawstrings were covered, embroidered and beaded.  This was by far my favorite part of the project.


You can see the plans I drew up for the embroidery and beading pattern below.




I decided, as with the tassel,  I padded the knots at the ends with some batting.

Then I took my little pattern I came up with and traced it on transparency paper with a Sharpie.





I did it twice, one for each knot.


I took two small squares of the dark purple satin and hand hemmed the edges.  I chose not to put any stabilizer behind these pieces because I was worried about it being too bulky.


I was wary of drawing the pattern on the satin for me to follow when I had to embroider.  You could always use another method if you wish, but I didn't want to play around with transfer paper or the washable pencils/markers.

 I pinned my transparency patterns to my squares.


 I ran basting stitches along the lines.





Once finished with that, I tore away the transparency paper VERY carefully and used the basting stitches as my embroidery guide.

For the flower design I decided to chain stitch in DMC E436 (Light Effects Golden Oak). 

In the center of the flower, I stitched a star using straight stitches with DMC E301 (Light Effects Copper).  

In the center of each flower petal I sewed a small grey bead.

Here is what one of the squares looked like after the embroidery.




After I finished both squares I then wrapped them around the padded knots at the end of the drawstrings.  

I sewed the squares securely around the base of the knot.  Then I trimmed off any excess fabric.  

To cover the ends, I stitched two rows of grey beads at the base of each knot.

Then I made one final knot at the base of the grey beaded rows.

I love how they turned out!








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Opening of the bag

The last part!  Are you excited?

The final part of embroidery I decided to do ( again after doing a final viewing of the Noble Collection bag) was to whipstitch in the DMC 809 (Delft Blue) around the opening of the bag.  then I decided to whipstitch in the opposite direction with my black and gold thread combination.

Gutermann metallic thread 9990 (Gold)
Gutermann metallic thread 1000 (Black)

I tried to make it look interesting by alternating going over the existing blue whipstitch, and then going under it.  Occasionally, I would also thread a grey bead onto my black/gold thread and stitch that onto the edge as well.


Here are a couple of photos of the opening of the bag.








Can you believe it?!  That's it!  

We're done!  

The following post will be photos of the finished bag in all its glory.

Want to go back and see everything that went into this bag?  


Monday, November 17, 2014

gobble. . . .gobble. . . .gobble. . .foam turkey puppet

One year, inspired by a picture of my friend's daughter wearing a turkey hat, I decided to whip up similar looking foam puppets for my daughter's pre-k class.

After a lot of cutting, and severe hand cramping . . I think they turned out kinda cute.




Gobble, gobble!  Hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving this year!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

make a wish - geekcrafting for samantha - hermione granger's beaded bag (part 6 - tassel)


We are in the home stretch!

Now to make that beaded tassel.

Again, as a reminder, here are the types of beads I used.


My initial thought was to:


2.) cover a large wooden bead with batting

3.) cover that bead with an embroidered fabric

4.) Thread the tassel through the bead

5.) sew the  whole thing through the bottom of the bag




I did attempt this, but was not pleased at all with my results.

So instead, I opted to make an extra long tassel.

Instead of having one head for the tassel, I created two, tying it off so a second one was created under the first.

I then added batting around the first head to make it rounder and fuller.

I added a wee bit less batting around the second head to make it rounder as well.

I then took the two small rectangles I embroidered and beaded ( see my pattern in the photo above.) and sewed them around the heads.

After that, I created my own beading pattern for the lower part of the tassel.  


Basically, if you can't understand my chicken scratch above, here is my pattern:

( all beads are round unless noted otherwise)

4 grey beads
1 light yellow bead
1 FLAT black bead
1 light yellow bead
2 grey beads
1 dark yellow bead
1 FLAT brown bead
1 dark yellow bead
1 grey bead
2 light yellow beads
1 FLAT black bead
knot the end of the string

You may be able to tell that I did not bead the entire thing.  I felt it would become to heavy for Stephanie to carry around.  Instead, I decided to bead just the outer layer of the tassel.

I then sewed it through the bottom of my bag.

Finally I decided to add a couple rows of the grey transparent beads at the point where the tassel meets the bag, between the two tassel heads and finally at the base of the second tassel head.

Here are pics of the finished tassel.









We are really getting close to the end now!  Be patient! 

frozen birthday party favors

So, whose child here likes the movie Frozen?


Mine, mine, mine!!!!!

So it really shouldn't have surprised me when she decided one week before her birthday party that she wanted it to be Frozen themed.

So a-crafting I went at full speed.


Since the location of where we had the birthday party was covering the Frozen paper goods, I focused on the favor bags for the kids.

Elsa's crown and Sven's reindeer antlers seemed a good  mix for the boys and girls to have.



Here are the links to both patterns: 

Elsa's crown


 Sven's antlers


I opted to make both out of craft foam sheets.  

For the crown, I used a gold glittery sheet for the base.  For the jewel, I cut the shape out of a white glittery one and painted it over with blue glitter glue and metallic blue paint. Once dry, I simply used  hot glue to attach it to the crown base.

For the antlers, I chose a plain sheet of brown craft foam

After tracing and cutting out the pattern,  I used my daughter as a guide and measured some elastic to secure to the antlers and crown.



Since there were many little girls in attendance, I opted to make them snowflake wands.  



I went to the dollar store, and thankfully there were some cheap snowflake ornaments out on the shelves.  These were already spray painted silver and covered in glitter.

I took them home and gave them all a good coating of a clear acrylic spray to make sure that glitter stayed on really well.

While those dried, I took some wooden dowels and wrapped a wide blue satin ribbon around them.  Over that I wrapped some silver rick rack I had on hand.  
Once that ran out, I substituted with a thin metallic silver ribbon.

I then took 3 different ribbons which matched the color scheme: blue, sparkly white and a blue printed with snowflakes.  I cut them to a length I liked, and folded them in half,  and hand sewed them to stay in a v-shape.

I then hot-glued the ribbons to the back of the wand.


For the front of the wand I took round rhinestones in varying sizes and shades of blue and white and used them to embellish the snowflake.

I also added a rhinestone at the base of the wand.

To hide the mess of hot glue on the back, I took a small length of light blue tulle and gathered it into a small pouf.  I hand sewed that and glued it over everything behind the snowflake




For the favor bags, I made some snow related tags. 

 Purchased a snowflake punch from one of my craft stores.

I used some metallic blue and white scrapbook paper to make the snowflakes and glued them on to blank tags with a little stick-on rhinestone embellishment.



Here is a finished bag!


Inside:






Some snowflake stickers

Two Entemanns powdered mini donuts.  
Labeled : "Edible snowballs"


For the few boys who came to the party ( who were not into Frozen as much as the girls were), I subsituted the wands with Superhero coloring packs and the bubbles with superhero bubbles.  
I was also able to locate Olaf ( the snowman) cups so they did not have to have the pink and purple ones with Elsa and Anna on them!














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