Totally Tipster- How to Organize a Button Box

Hello!  It’s a Totally Tipster day around my house today.  I have been making blessing outfits for my grand babies, and came to the button part of the pattern.   Oh no, ugh! —  this is always such a chore because my button box looks like this:

Come on, I know that most of yours look very similar to this as well:).  Now, I like the look of a button jar or the feel of running buttons through my fingers, but this is not a decorative button box.  It is supposed to be a working button box.

I dug around looking for matching small white buttons for about 30 minutes, and finally said, “Enough already!! It’s time to fix this!”I took out a package of large safety pins that I had in a drawer and got to work.

I divided the buttons by color and then started pinning button sets on pins.   It really didn’t take that long, and they look so pretty!

Not every button had a matching set, so I left those  alone in the box for single button projects.   

I just love LOVE LOVE how easy it is to find buttons now!  Pick a colored pin and off I go:)!  SWEET!!

I hope this Totally Tipster Tip helps some of you get your button collection under control too.  Please feel free to leave  me a comment if you do:)!

Until tomorrow–


 

Totally Tipster – How to Make a Super Quick and Easy Ironing Board Cover

Ok, this post is going to be a little bit embarrassing for me because it shows my lack of emphasis on keeping everything clean as a whistle in my sewing room, but hey, I’m creating here, right?  

So… I go through ironing board covers in record breaking speed.  I like a hot iron with a lot of steam.  That puts a lot of wear on my cover.  Here is the embarrassing part… this is what mine looks like after a few months worth of quilting.  Yuk!And here is another just to make you feel good about yourself today.  I will take the prize for worst ironing board cover!I don’t even like the fabric.  It is what I had in my cabinet at the time, but it is too loud for my taste.  My quilt  blocks kind of get lost on this board, and I can’t really take a picture of anything while ironing because everything clashes with the cover.  It is definitely time for a new one:)

A friend gave me this bolt of canvasy type cream material that is now going to be designated the ironing board cover material.  I have years of covers here!  Thank you friend!!I am going to love the plain, neutral color.:). 

So here is the Totally Tipster Tip—  I don’t sew anything.  I cut out my fabric and pin in over the original cover.  Easy easy, fast, fast, easy!  What took me so long?

  • Here is a picture of the underside of my ironing board with the pins holding the fabric in place-
  • I removed all of the pins, there were about 25 or so.
  • I used the old cover as a pattern for the new one.  This will be your first time, so just use a piece of newspaper and trace the top of your board.  Lay it on your fabric and add 5″ all around.  It doesn’t have to be exact, just make it bigger than your board.
  • If you like, add a little bit of batting for extra cushioning under the cover.  I put it on top of the original cover that came with the board. 
  • Trim it around the edges.  No perfection needed.  I just used batting scraps.  Whatever I had:)
  • Lay your fabric on top.  I have to fold my fabric at the end because my board is attached to the wall cabinet 
  • Start at the nose and start pinning under.  I pin one way and then the other to make it tight.  I don’t worry about the pins coming back up.  If the fabric feels secure, I keep going
  • I like to use the long corsage pins, but there are a lot of yellow headed quilting pins under there as well.
  • Just keep pinning all the way down one side and then go to the other and pull tight and pin as well
  • Keep pinning, tightening any loose spaces as you go.

All done!!  Doesn’t that look better?  It’s Totally Tipster! It literally took twice as long to write this post as it did to cover my board!  

New resolution–I will NOT let my board get so messy next time!  I have even cut out extra so I’m ready to go.  

I have one more bonus ironing board tip for you-  

  • I sew while sitting on a rolling chair, I have placed my ironing board to the side of my sewing machine just high enough for me to roll over and press while I am still in my chair.  It is SWEET !!!

There you have it, a super fast, super easy ironing board make over.   If you give this a try, I would love to hear about it:)

My Bullet Journal and Scrap Happy Book Cover Tutorial 

It is that “Scrap-Happy” time of the month again:)  Yea!  I am always happy to be linking up with Kate and Gun, it keeps me motivated to use those scraps!:). — I have always been a note-taker, journal keeper.  I have a Sunday journal that I take to church and write about the talks and lessons.  I have a tangle journal where I draw and sketch.   And I have several other small journals either on my phone or lying around the house.

It wasn’t until I read Emma’s post about Bullet Journaling @ Emma’s Craft Projects that I realized that I have been a bullet journaler for years.  I just didn’t know there was a name for it.  Thank you Emma!!

I  searched online about bullet journaling and learned that most people use a fancy journal with thicker paper, but I had a bunch of term notebooks left over from a project I did with a church group a while back.    While the paper is thinner and bleeds a bit, I have always liked to use pencil for sketching and note taking, So I am just alternating and working around to avoid too much bleed factor.  Waste not, want not right?

 I took one out and started journaling.   Fun, fun, fun!  Now all I needed to do was to make it pretty.  I gathered up some scrap fabrics and notions and covered it.  It was super easy.  Here is the “recipe”:

Materials:

  • Two scrap coordinating fabrics
  • Permanent spray glue – i.e. Loctight
  • 2 pieces Heavy weight cardstock
  • 1 ribbon
  • Decorative washi tape (optional)
  • Fire stick
  • Paper towels or newspaper

Instructions:

  • Measure the front of your journal leaving about 1.5″ from the spine. 
  • From the main fabric, cut two pieces of fabric the width  minus 1″ and the length plus 2″–  mine measured 7″x9″.  I cut my fabric 6″x11″.
  • From the accent fabric cut two 2.5″ strips the length plus 2″.  Mine measured 2.5×11″
  • Sew the accent and main color pieces together with a 1/4″ seam, press open, and top stitch on both sides of the seam
  • Sew a stitch 1/4″ from the edge of the accent pieces, press on this line, top stitch on the pressed fabric.  Sewing done!
  • Lay out some newspaper or paper towels to cover your work space.
  • Place one of your sewn fabric pieces face down and spray heavily with glue.
  • Gently place it on your book and smooth it out with your hand making sure it is bonding completely.
  • Place the book back on the paper. Open it and cover the free side with a paper towel
  • Trim the corners, fold the corners down, spray corner gently with glue and fold the sides down. Repeat these steps for the other side.
  • Measure your page and cut the cardstock large enough to cover all of the folded fabric leaving about 1/4″ around.
  • Spray the cardstock and glue to the front.
  • For the back- cut a piece of ribbon 3″ longer than the length of your book.
  • Cut one edge of the ribbon on a diagonal and quickly sear and seal the edge with your flame stick.
  • Glue the straight side of the ribbon to the inside of the back of the book about 1.5″ from the spine and 1″ from the top with the tail going up away from the book.
  • Glue the back of the paper and place it over the ribbon to create a book mark.
  • Cover the inside edges of the spine with Washi tape for a pretty finish

Done!!  Isn’t that pretty?   I am just in love, love, LOVE with my new journal!  

 Here are a few of my pages–

I have so many fun ideas that I am excited to journal about and keep track of in this pretty bullet journal.  It is going to be  a SWEET year!

Totally Tip-ster! – On the Go Fabric Organizer

Happy Tuesday to you!  Like many of you, I like to work on hand work at night while relaxing and watching a show.  I bet you do too, right?

But sometimes those little pieces can be a bit tricky to transport and keep organized from my work station to my evening chair or to the car for traveling.  Well, I have a Totally Tipster Tuesday tip for you today:)

I am guessing that you have an old coupon organizer laying around your house.  I did.  But if you don’t, these handy organizers are just a dollar or two at your local Walmart or corner pharmacy.A coupon organizer is the perfect size for those small appliqué or paper pieces. Plus, it fits in your purse for easy take along sewing. SWEET!It even comes with handy dividers to keep sections separated so you won’t have to dig around to find the pieces for each flower or leaf etc.  For very small paper pieces, I  recommend putting them in a small envelope and then in the divider so the don’t migrate under the dividers:)When each piece is turned, sewed, or pieced they fit happily back in their divided space.  They can easily be carried back to my normal working area without falling to the floor or getting mixed together.How easy is that?  They look so pretty all separated and organized by color and style.  It is so Totally Tip-ster!!  

I hope this helps and inspires some of you.  If you have any fun ways to transport your projects, I would love to hear about them:)  

Have a super SWEET day!

Totally Tipster! – Thread & Bobbin Storage

I have quite a few thread spools.  Maybe not as many as some of you and maybe quite a bit more than others.  I am sure you all have your own working system on how you like to store yours. 

For years I have used two wooden thread racks  that I mounted on the wall behind my machine.  I love to look at the pretty colorful thread when I enter the room:)

Here is my Tipster Tip-

  1. Buy extra bobbins for your machine. – I bought 20, but will be buying more.
  2. Invest in a peg rack.- they are about $20. on amazon.  –SO Sew worth it!!
  3. Store your thread and matching bobbin thread together on the same peg.
  4. If your spool is too tall for the bobbin to fit as well, cut a straw to your desired length and place it over the peg to lengthen it.

Now that is Totally Tipster!!  What an easy fix!

I lengthened my smaller rack the same way, but my pegs are too wide for my bobbins.  Bummer…  oh well, there is a bobbin rack attached to the top of my board.  It works but not nearly as well as the skinnier pegs on the other rack..

I like how the straws give stability to some of my more awkward embroidery thread.

Storing my thread this way has been such a time saver for me.  It makes finding that matching bobbin a SWEET dream!  No more holding up bobbins to see if it is the thread.  Just grab and sew!

Thank you for dropping by my blog:)

Reindeer Presents

We have a fun Christmas tradition at our house.  The kids have always been able to open one gift, usually pj’s, on Christmas Eve.  I’m sure many of you share in this tradition.  But what makes this extra SWEET here at our home is the fun reindeer wrapping.

I found this cute pattern in a holiday craft book over 15 years ago, maybe longer.  I spent a good amount of wrapping time cutting out the reindeer on a heavy cardboard and gluing features on his face and hooves. 

I obviously can’t give out the pattern here, but I think it would be really easy to come up with something similar by checking for cute designs online, or even just freehanding a drawing yourself!  Maybe even changing it up with a cute elf holding the present instead?

I also decorated a gift tag with “open on Christmas Eve” written on it.  My family knows not to throw these cards and reindeer away.  I place them in a folder and use them year after year.  Yea!

My children are not little any longer.  They have, all but one, left the nest.  And yet, they still look forward to their Reindeer PJs .  Sometimes a reindeer even brings my husband a new set of pjs!

Last year, I made all of the girls these super fun frilly pj bottoms.  They were made with a home made pattern that I talked about here.   I  had so much fun making them:)

This year it was the boys turn for homemade pjs.  I found a fun pattern online for joggers called Brassie Joggers.  I bought some cool fabric that screamed boy to me.  I was able to whip up 4 pair of men’s joggers and a cute pj set for my grandson in no time at all. A couple of afternoons is all it took:)


I found the pattern to be a bit tricky though because the PDF file came with the sizes layered.  My MAC did not separate them by layer so I just had to guess on the correct size.  

I had my son come and try his on early to make sure everything was a go. He informed me that the pockets were too small.   So I had to enlarge them as well.  I’m glad I did though.  I’m sure they will be more useful now.I like the top with the elastic and the draw string.

I’m sure that Rudolph and the rest of the reindeer are eagerly looking forward to Christmas Eve so they can share their pj surprises.  I know that I am!

Crocheted Power Cords

My phone cord is splitting at the seams.  It is on its last leg for sure. Ugh!!  I know I’m not alone here.  This is the inevitable fate of all plastic covered cords.  I bet you have one or two of these beauties around your house as well.I have been seeing fancy phone cords advertised on Facebook and have been tempted to buy a bunch to give as gifts.  Then I thought to myself, “Why should I spend $20.00 on a cord when I can crochet one instead?!”  Why not?

I had some sock yarn that has been waiting for me to learn to knit into socks for a long while now. (I don’t think socking is ever going to happen).  Wrapping my cord will have to be this yarn’s fate.

Here is how I did it:

  • Cover the split cord with electrical tape

  • Start wrapping yarn by laying about a  6″ tail on the cord and then wrap around it for about 1/2″
  • Place your 2.5mm crochet hook under the cord, hook the yarn and single crochet around the cord.
  • Repeat this all the length of the power cord.  It is fun to see the different colors peek their heads out with the fun variegated sock yarn🙂
  • When you come to the end of the cord, where the ridge is higher from the plug. Cut yarn with a 12″ tail and fasten off 
  • Finish this last 1/2″ or so by circling the tail around the cord and placing the end under the loop and pulling tight. -this is like the crossover of tying your shoe lace.
  • Repeat the crossover knots until the end of the plug.
  • On the last loop, go under three times, pull tight, and cut thread.

There you go!  Easy, easy:) It took me about an hour from start to finish this cord.  Doesn’t it look great?!  That is a whole lot stronger and cooler than that flimsy rubber coated original.

I enjoyed making this so much that I covered a not so tattered cord as well!  How could I resist when I have all of that beautiful yarn?

I hope I have inspired you to hook some SWEET power cords for yourself and maybe even a few for your loved ones.

Thank you for dropping by and reading my blog.  Please feel free to comment if you have any questions.