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Crumms= Summer Crafts

Updated on April 14, 2015
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I'm into a variety of crafts, mostly making jewelry. My creativity comes from my father's side. Me I'm into too much! I go through phases.

Summer simmer

I think during the summer I usually do more crafts (when I'm not reading) as I'm usually inside in Air Conditioning.

I prefer to chillax in the A/C sewing, beading or whatever my muse decides to 'torture' me with. Usually it's something I don't have around the house that I need & cannot find in the store and the reason I call it 'torture'.

I AM NOT a summer person, I'm one of those people that misses taking a sweatshirt in the car in the summer because the air conditioner made it so cold. (when my mom got her Camray in the 90s we would have to do this) With the heat and humidity getting to be worse each year I usually don't go out, as with my allergies (even when I take my meds it's very difficult to breathe & well I seem to have backwards arthritis.. all my pains hurt more during the hot wheather. So unless I know it's going to be somewhere colder or preferably the pool or beach, I try to do stuff that hopefully does not take too much movement and doesn't irritate me by making me feel sticky.

Here are some past summer projects, one I just did (& will make at least one more) as well as when I come up with them.. future ideas.

Beach Babe earrings - + How to Summary or http://www.squidoo.com/make-your-own-earrings

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These are the first I made over Father's Day weekend. I meant to make one, then do a how to as I made the 2nd but oopsstep 1 gather your supplies  earring itself (hook, leaverback etc), crimp beads, wire or monofiloment line and the beads you want to make intoa variety of ideas for youupon closer look I included other style beads and exotic blue sea seed beads and crystalshere is a closer look at the assorted beads I used in the first pair and will use some in the 2nd pair I makestep 1: either draw or arrange the beads how you want them try a few different ways so you can see which looks best (still working on the full page)Step 2: double a piece (maybe 3-6 inches long) of 32 gauge wire (sometimes it's just easier to use thinner wire) also add a crimp beadStep 3: Crimp the bead at the end to stop & secure beadsStep 4: try a couple of the designs out (ref. back to step 1 here I have 2 different layouts which ended up  turning intoStep 5: once you have the arangement right, add your jump ring to hook, & 'string' on to jump ring& all finished
These are the first I made over Father's Day weekend. I meant to make one, then do a how to as I made the 2nd but oops
These are the first I made over Father's Day weekend. I meant to make one, then do a how to as I made the 2nd but oops
step 1 gather your supplies  earring itself (hook, leaverback etc), crimp beads, wire or monofiloment line and the beads you want to make into
step 1 gather your supplies earring itself (hook, leaverback etc), crimp beads, wire or monofiloment line and the beads you want to make into
a variety of ideas for you
a variety of ideas for you
upon closer look I included other style beads and exotic blue sea seed beads and crystals
upon closer look I included other style beads and exotic blue sea seed beads and crystals
here is a closer look at the assorted beads I used in the first pair and will use some in the 2nd pair I make
here is a closer look at the assorted beads I used in the first pair and will use some in the 2nd pair I make
step 1: either draw or arrange the beads how you want them try a few different ways so you can see which looks best (still working on the full page)
step 1: either draw or arrange the beads how you want them try a few different ways so you can see which looks best (still working on the full page)
Step 2: double a piece (maybe 3-6 inches long) of 32 gauge wire (sometimes it's just easier to use thinner wire) also add a crimp bead
Step 2: double a piece (maybe 3-6 inches long) of 32 gauge wire (sometimes it's just easier to use thinner wire) also add a crimp bead
Step 3: Crimp the bead at the end to stop & secure beads
Step 3: Crimp the bead at the end to stop & secure beads
Step 4: try a couple of the designs out (ref. back to step 1 here I have 2 different layouts which ended up  turning into
Step 4: try a couple of the designs out (ref. back to step 1 here I have 2 different layouts which ended up turning into
Step 5: once you have the arangement right, add your jump ring to hook, & 'string' on to jump ring& all finished
Step 5: once you have the arangement right, add your jump ring to hook, & 'string' on to jump ring & all finished

Summer Sleeves (for non cloth - Chairs) - 2013

This time I've got the one up on my Muse!! I beat'em to an idea. My computer chair's arm's be it the cooler months or the warmer always fels sticky but its the 'leather' So I decided being as it's a hand me down anyway (but was a new looking one when i got it) I'd just make some quicky 'sleeves' for it so my arm doesn't stick to the chair's.

Because I hate my arms or legs to stick to plastic, vinyl and other types of sticky material etc of a chair mostly in the summer I came up with the idea to make Chair sleeves. I did this from a worn sheet that mom was going to get rid of & I seem to be the master of repurposing stuff... so I thought this way if something spills on them I can just throw them out & make new ones. Now I just need to get to making the seat cover. Hopefully it doesn't take me long to figure out how I want to do that, then sew it. (with my new machine though I don't think the sewing will take long.

I'm not able to draw well, nor do I have the work space to make patterns so any projects I do, I do them all free hand. No matter How much I measure or how many times it doesn't work for me. Though if anything comes out big.. better to come out bigger than smaller (where normally you cannot do anything about it)

This is my quick way of making chair sleeves (or cover)

My Pieces I rippped from the top of a sheet literally that's how worn it was. Hey I figured if they rip or something spills on them then I just wouldn't care. I have too many projects I want to do to fuss (and still have yet to try to use my new sewing machine to try to start my 'quilt') Anyway...

Each piece was from the end so I didn't have to sew the corners, I just put the end 'hood part' over the back part of the arm, & then sewed a hook & eyelet to it where the arm curves to it will stay on, the rest hangs loose.

Supplies

*Fabric New or re-purposed

I am upcycling a part of a used bed sheet as it makes it easier & a little less work.

I have a little over 24" Long x 8" wide just cut that top part of the sheet off (the doubled part that you pull up to your neck) (which I ended up cutting a bit off of)

*Fastners - Velcro, buttons, snaps, clasps, hook & eyelets or you can just sew it together (but beware this may make it rip easier. (My fabric is a bit thin so for me it probably will. (well more likely by someone else who sits in it)

*Sewing supplies. - Pins, Thread (whatever color) (faster above)

or you can use fabric or craft glue or a hot glue gun to adhear the fastners to the cloth

my sewing machine - I started out with that Rex portable sewing machine

that was my training machine even though I had used a real sewing machine in Home Economics, I think in Junior High School but that was the only time I used one! I couldn't remember how to thread it & all that. Franky, I still cannot 'thread' the bottom bobbin even though you just pull some of the string out.

Euro-Pro Dressmaker 998B Sewing Center
Euro-Pro Dressmaker 998B Sewing Center

I LOVE this one so much better than the one I was 'training' on. It actually has a foot pedal so I am hands free to keep (or try) the fabric steady. Also it has the A/C plug that I don't ahve to worry about using it & the batteries starting to dye in the middle of the project like the other one I had did. (It didn't ahve the outlet plug grrr but the again what do you want for getting an 'as seen on tv' thing for at least half off! Anyway I'm getting off the topic here. The Dressmaker I got well, my parents purchased for me in a Thrift store and EVERYTHING came with it! It was still brand new. There's a bunch of Thread, extra bobbins already with thread on them, Measuring ribon, & so on. The Sewing machine has a light on it so you can see what you are doing easier, you can also include batteries if you take it with you for a class or whatever reason you would (I think it was 4 double 'A' it needed.) There's an off & on (i guess in case you are not comfortable with the foot pedal as well as a speed button to give yourself more juice.

 

Fabric

make it from scratch with something solid or patterned (or a little of both) or even make a patchwork version. (maybe in a 'twist'

Patchwork

Below is the original patchwork body pillow case, but being as the pillow itself seems distorted (I think from the time of purchase) I think I'm going to go back to it & add on (what I can) to making a very large blanket.

I will likely add some large pieces from used t-shirts that I like that were mine, or ones from my mother that were really nice to add more bold colors & designs

Patchwork BodyPillowcase - but thik I'm just going to turn into a full on quilt & keep adding

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Side 1 ALL done by hand!!!Side 2
Side 1 ALL done by hand!!!
Side 1 ALL done by hand!!!
Side 2
Side 2

Sew sew sew - What's your verdict?

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      Gregory Moore 3 years ago from Louisville, KY

      Neat idea. I am one of those people that would rather we warm than cold.

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