So while searching on etsy.com a couple weeks ago for some buttons to use on my pouches, I came across a seller who sold some of the exact buttons I needed. But instead of ordering the buttons, the seller had the supplies to make these in her store....wristlet Key Fob keychains!! And now I'm addicted!
After the postman failed to deliver my first order (someone out there is enjoying my supplies...grrrr) the seller agreed to reship my order for the cost of shipping only. Which was awesome! I got my package and away I went...How cool are these?
I can't wait to use mine...it seems like I'm always just carrying around my keys or can't seem to find them buried in my bag. I'll be adding them to my etsy store soon!!
Well yesterday I had someone order one of my tea wallets from my etsy store which was my 99th sale. One more sale and I'll have reached my first milestone....100 sales on etsy!! My first sale was on September 19, 2009 and it took me a couple months to really figure out how to get sales using that site.
Just thought I'd share the news. Hope everyone has a great weekend!
A friend of mine was looking for a little pouch to hold a stack of store and gift cards that she was holding together with a rubber band so I came up with this...it took me several attempts to get the size right but I think this one came out good. (I know I'm loving this orange and green fabric right now!!)
Its approximately 3"x5" and closes with the same elastic strap and fabric covered button. I found it to be the perfect size for my new Canon Powershot camera which I had been needing to make a case for...only I can't take a picture of my camera in the pouch since I don't have another camera handy! Go figure!
Yesterday my mother in law came over and had an idea for something to carry your tea bags with you. I thought I'd take the concept of my Crayon Keeper rollups and make one for tea bags. This one will hold 4 tea bags (I even stuffed 8 in there and it still closed just fine) and folds closed to a nice 2 3/4 by 3 3/4 size. Its made with two coordinating cotton fabrics and a matching fabric button with elastic closure.
Hope you like it. I'll be adding it to my etsy store once I have a few completed.
My friend Susie over at Chinny and Poom suggested that I make a little lunch bag to sell in my etsy shop...she was initially thinking of the kind that roll down like a paper bag but then she came across this pdf pattern on etsy. It is super cute huh? I did some research and didn't see very many that had this shape and since you are allowed to sell items you make with this pattern I purchased it. A lot of times when you purchase patterns you cannot sell them. So I'm glad this one does!!
The bag is called "Love your Lunch Box Bag" by Virginia. (Just click on her name to access her blog which has a link to her etsy shop where she sells several different PDF patterns as well as some adorable stuffed owls.)
I'm going to give this bag a try and see how it goes. I'll post it here when I'm done then decide whether to sell or not!
Well, I just found out that the place where I was getting my designer fabric at such a great price is no longer offering their end of bolt specials. I have been able to offer such low prices on many of my items because of the awesome deals I was getting.
I will now have to either search for another site where I can get the same great fabrics at less that retail, or start paying full retail - not something I really want to do. And this will most definitely affect my cost of supplies. Therefore, I will have to gradually start raising the prices of the items in my etsy shop to offset this cost. I will still do my best to remain a high quality well made cost effective shop!
Late last year I made my very first one of these blankets for our MOMS Club fundraiser. It wasn't too hard so I decided I would make a couple for Christmas presents. Well a couple turned into 5, then I made 2 additional blankets for gifts. So thats 8 blankets in less than 2 months. Everyone loved their blankets but these would not be something I would make and sell so I wanted to share a few tips and tricks I learned over the course of making some many No Sew Fleece Tie Blankets...this will be somewhat of a tutorial on how I make them. I've never done a tutorial before so bear with me.
First pick 2 pieces of fleece fabric. I generally do a print and solid. To help you decide how much fleece fabric to use: I used a half yard or so of each type of fabric for a baby blanket. A yard of each for a toddler size. A yard and a half for a small child and 2 yards of each fabric for and adult/teenager/almost teenager.
I lay whichever piece is bigger on the bottom and the other on top with right sides facing out. Once is it all lined up I cut off the excess fabric so both pieces are the same size.
I measure out a 4"x4" square from a piece of paper and cut it out. Then use this patter to cut out the corners of the blanket. Repeat for all four corners of your fabric. You are then left with eight little squares. (note: I used a little bit smaller square for the baby blanket. It makes it a bit harder to tie but still doable)
Now I used all those little squares as my guideline for cutting the strips I will be tying. Like this. Just line your paper square with the edge of the fabric and place a fleece square above it. I found this saved a lot of time having to measure how far to cut the strips!
Then start cutting. I used my thumb as a guide for how wide each strip would be. I'd say mine are just about an inch or so. (A special Thank you to my 4 year old for taking this action shot of me cutting!!)
Once I have about half a side cut, I will tie a few knots to hold the blanket in place in case one of my kids come racing by and gets their foot caught on it...(oh no...this has NEVER happened!!)
Here is the tie method I use:
Hold both pieces of fabric like this:
Loop it around and over your index finger
Bring the two pieces up through the center of the circle and pull both ends through
Then pull your knot tight. This way you don't have to double knot your blanket.
Now repeat this for all four sides. Your blanket will look something like this:
Now you are ready gather your unfinished blanket and plant yourself on the couch or favorite chair, turn on some music or the TV and start tying the rest of the knots. I don't use pins or anything because I've tied a few knots on each side to keep it in place. Just make sure as you're tying your knots you align the top of the cuts for each strip.
And VOILA...a No Sew Fleece Tie Blanket that will sure to keep you warm during those cold winter months. Let me know if you have any questions or feel free to share your own tips and tricks!!
Part of my plans for this year are to get more organized in all aspects of my life - including my sewing. So the first stop...all the great fabric that I use to create my stuff.
I used to keep all my fabric in one of those plastic bins - which almost always would inevitably end up like this:I know...crazy huh? But in my defense, I didn't have a dedicated sewing room or storage space. Plus we were preparing for a move. So we've moved and I've basically taken over half of the office. I grabbed this sweater organizer and thought it was the perfect solution for my fabric chaos. I'm very excited to be taking baby steps to getting organized!
Some of my boy & character fabrics
Blues, blacks and oranges
Pinks and browns
Polka dots and stripes
I still have a couple bags and or bins of fabric to go through but this is a start!
The past couple times I've taken my kids to the park for a lunch play date, both me and the other mom I went with, forgot napkins. I had all my reusable bags but didn't have a napkin...so I had my daughter use one of the baggies as her napkin. Which gave me an idea...I need to make me some reusable napkins!!
They would be good for a couple reasons...the first, well they're good for the environment. Second, they won't blow away. I don't know about you, but I can't even count the number of times that my paper napkins have went sailing when there's a gust of wind. They will also be fashionable and absorbent!
After giving it some thought and looking through my fabric stash, I decided I wanted mine to be 2 ply. Use a designer type cotton fabric backed with some type of fabric. Today I picked up a few different types of backing and washed them. I didn't like the way the white flannel washed so I ditched that. The thick white fabric was pretty soft on one side but I felt it would be too thick once another layer of fabric were added. And so the third choice was a white sort of muslin type fabric that said it was oil and stain resistant...I didn't get the name of it but it seemed to fit the bill. So with that...I will introduce Paper Saver Napkins. (ok there is a theme here....) I had my oldest daughter pick the fabrics since these are going to be the ones we try out for awhile before I start offering them in my etsy shop. I will keep you posted.
This picture shows the front (brown) and back(white)
These are the 3 designs I made for our use...they are the size of a regular square paper napkin when folded like this.
When unfolded, they are 12"x12" The fork and spoon will give you an idea of the size...
This was the fabric my oldest daughter chose for her napkin. She picked the pink and purple for her sister!
So with the start of the new year I've been evaluating the things I want to accomplish. I know the best way to do this is through setting goals and writing stuff down.
Right now I currently have 2 hobbies...sewing and working out...yes, exercise. Both of these things have been something I've interested in for a long time and that I enjoy. I've been dabbling in both of these things for a couple years...but haven't taken either seriously as a business - they've both been a hobby.
So my goal is to turn both of these things which I truly enjoy into legitimate businesses over the next two years so that when its time for my youngest to go to kindergarten I will not have to go back to a 9 to 5 job. I want to be able to take my kids to school, pick them up, stay home with them if they get sick and not have to send them to daycare after school. With that said, I've invested in a Franklin Covey day planner and away we go. I have written down my yearly goals, and each month I have monthly goals/tasks to accomplish that will bring me closer to my ultimate goals.
This blog is specifically for my sewing "hobby", Its A Ten Specialty Creations. (I will be updating my fitness blog and getting my Beachbody coaching business going as well.)
So here are just two of my goals for Its a TEN...
List items on etsy (relist or add new) at least 5 times per week Every month, add a brand new product to etsy shop
So in January I added these to my shop...Table Saver Reversible CoastersStay tuned for more...
I love to create stuff! I started helping my mom sew at a very young age but really didn't start enjoying it until I became an adult. I mostly make crafty things like costumes, home decor, and baby/kid stuff. Another "creation" that I enjoy is decorating cakes. I have one of my older sisters to thank for this. Growing up, she would always make the birthday cakes for our family of 8. Now that I have children of my own...I've started making their birthday cakes!
I hope you enjoy browsing Its*a*TEN Specialty Creations!!
Thanks for stopping by!!! Tami
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