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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Gift Card Holder/Change Purse Tutorial

Change Purse Tutorial
The holidays are nearly here. And as we make our final preparations (ok, I just started shopping this week) I am reminded of all the small appreciation gifts that I will be giving out this year: teacher gifts, something for the bus driver, the karate instructors, and of course stocking stuffers for the kids. For some of those gifts, I am going to give gift cards. And instead of putting them in the little cardboard sleeve you get from the store, I'm going to give those gift cards in these little pouches, which, when the holiday is over and the gift card is spent, make great little change purses as well.

The change purses are small so you don't need a lot of fabric. If you have some scraps in your craft room, you might not even need to buy anything new.
What you'll need:
2 pieces of fabric that measure at least 9.5" tall and 5" wide. (You can buy 2-1/4 yards of fabric, or 2 fat quarters, or use what you have around.)
One piece of medium or heavyweight sew in interfacing.
A 3.5" piece of Velcro (one side is the hook side, one side the loop side)
Other items:
thread to match or contrast
a few pins
rotary cutter and mat (optional)
iron and board
something to push the corners out to a point - a chopstick, small dowel, rounded scissors, tube turner)

Step1: Cut your materials.
I've cut one main piece (the red swirl) one inside piece (the blue dot) and one piece of interfacing to 9.5" tall and 5" wide. This is done most easily with a rotary cutter and blade, but you could measure it out and cut with scissors. If you'd rather a pattern piece, they are available as a pdf - just let me know!

Step 2: Layer your fabrics.
First, I placed the interfacing down on a hard surface. 
Then, I put the main fabric down on top of it with the right side of the fabric facing up.
Last, I placed the inner fabric down on top of the main fabric, so that the right side is facing down. 
I have them all staggered in this picture so you can see all the layers, but you'll want to line all the raw edges up. See there? The two pretty sides of the fabrics are touching.

Step 3: Getting ready to sew.
OK, here are all my edges lined up. And I've pinned my layers together.
I am going to want to leave a little opening when I sew.  I'd like that to be along one short edge.
A little trick I use is to mark my starting point with a green pin and my stopping point with a red pin.

Step 4: Sew the layers together.
See here? I have my little fabric sandwich in my machine, starting at that green pin.
Using a 1/2" seam I am going to stitch all the way around my project in almost a complete rectangle.
When I'm nearing a corner, I don't want to stitch all the way to the edge of the fabric, but turn the fabric at about 1/2" from the edge.
I'll stop when I reach the red pin and leave the space between those two pins open for turning.

Step 5: Trim your corners.
Being careful not to snip any of the stitches, I'll trim all four of the corners at a 45 degree angle.
This is why it was important not to stitch all the way to the edge in the previous step.

Step 6: Turn the pouch right side out.
Through the little hole in the bottom, I turned the pouch to the right side.
Then I'm going to use my tube turner dowel to reach inside and push each corner out so they look crisp and clean - no dog eared corners.
After that, press well, taking special care to turn the raw edges of the opening in to the wrong side.

Step 7: Close the opening.
Using a longer stitch length, I'm going to sew across the entire short edge where the turning opening is.

Step 8: Position and sew on the Velcro.
I placed the pouch down with the inner fabric facing me, and the edge I just stitched at the bottom.
(I have it folded up in this picture, but you don't need to at this point.)
I placed the fuzzy half of the Velcro down from the top edge about 1/4" as seen here.
Then I stitched all the way around the Velcro strip.

Then I folded up the bottom short edge.
The rough half of the Velcro will go here, 1/4" down from the stitch edge.
Hold it in place, but then open the pouch back up again. You don't want to stitch it on with the pouch folded shut or you won't be able to use it!

Here's what it'll look like when you open it up.
I just pinched it between my fingers and lifted the pouch up, letting it open.
Then I stitched the rough Velcro in place as well, right where you see me holding it.
(The fuzzy Velcro is on the other side, at the opposite end.)

Step 9: Finishing up the pouch.
After attaching the Velcro, I laid the pouch back down with the inner side facing me.
Then I folded the bottom edge up 3" and pinned it in place on the sides.

Starting from the bottom left hand corner and using a longer stitch again, I stitched up one side, across the top, and down the other side of the pouch.
I made sure to back tack several times at the spot where it transitions from red swirly fabric to blue dot there in the middle. That's where most of the stress will be when you're reaching in and out for coins.

All done! ready for giving and gifting.

If you have any questions about this tutorial, feel free to ask!
If you try making one, I'd love to see it!
Kits for this item, with all the materials pre-cut and ready to go are available in my etsy shop: change purse kit

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Guess My Treasury #2

Snowman Giveaway
Last week, we had our first treasury giveaway. The theme was "My Favorite Things" and our winner, Shannon C., won a set of fabric gift tags for guessing correctly. Everyone who had the right answer, and you all did - was entered to win and we just drew names.

It was so much fun, I thought I'd do it again! This week, there is a new treasury on Etsy that you can view here. All you need to do is take a look at the treasury, and come back over to the blog and leave your guess about the theme here in the comments. Even if you are not the first person to answer correctly, you will be entered to win!

Up for grabs is this cute little snowman. He is made of tea stained chenille, and stuffed with beanbag pellets and fiberfill. He wearing a homespun scarf, and knit cap. His eyes are glued on buttons and his carrot nose is made of orange clay. He'll stand up because of the beanbag pellets. A super cute rustic winter decoration!

Do you want to win a snowman? What's your guess? Winner will be picked at random by our resident 7 year old on Saturday morning!

Don't forget about our first ever DLD sew-along. You can read all about it in the post below this one!


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

First Ever DLD Sew Along...and our winner!

Winner of the Mini Giveaway...

Congrats to Shannon!

Come Sew With Me!
I've been told by a lot of people that they wished they lived closer, because they would love to take a sewing class over at the shoppe. I couldn't agree more! I wished you all lived here too! But since that isn't the case, we're going to try the next best thing: a Daisy Lane Design sew along.

Now, I realize it's December. Trust me, I'm at DEFCON Christmas over here. But I also realize that the holidays are the time that a lot of people are gifting handmade items. And I know that gift recipients appreciate handmade goodness that is beautiful AND practical. So for this, our very first sew along, we are going to try it even though it's the busiest time of the year. Don't worry - we are going to keep it simple and useful.

This is a simplified version of my shop's popular change purse. (I make them with pearl snaps, but that requires snaps and a snap setter.) I've sold several of them in the past month, mostly in the local shops where I feature some of my ready to ship items. They are great for change, clearly, or a few folded bills, but they also double as a...wait for it...gift card holder!

So, picture this. You buy a few gift cards for the people on your list. Don't be shy about it. Gift cards are great. They're easy to ship to far away family and friends, they give an experience as well as some cash and everyone gets to pick just what they want - perfect!

And now you can make a personalized little holder for that gift card and your lucky giftee will have a change purse long after the holiday is over. Sound good? What to try it? OK!

What you will need:
1 fat quarter (or two if you want the inside of your gift card holder/change purse combo to be different than the outside)
1/4 yard of Pellon 50 heavyweight interfacing
some sew-in Velcro
your sewing machine, thread, iron, pins, etc.
You will have left over stuff to make at least one more pouch from these measurements.

HOWEVER! if reading that list overwhelms you, and the thought of driving to the fabric store makes you tired, I am offering DIY kits with pre-cut pieces of fabric and interfacing, and the velcro. All you'll need is the machine and thread and such. Kits are on sale for $10 and will also come with a PDF pattern so that you can make more of these in the future. If you'd like to purchase a kit, you can do so through my etsy shop by clicking here

Secondly, I think it would be fun to see your projects! So I've set up a Sew Along Projects board on my Pinterest account, so that we can all see what fabrics you picked and how your projects turn out. If you'd like to be able to contribute to that board, let me know and I'll get you on there.

The Sew Along will be live on Monday, December 15. That gives you several days to get or order your supplies and still leaves several days for you to complete your project.

And if you've read all the way to the bottom of this post...thank you...the first person to order a kit will get my sample change purse as a gift absolutely free. That way you'll have two to give for the price of one! Hooray!

Hope you can join us!
:) allison

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Giveaways... Continued

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Thanks-Giveaway! 
It was a lot of fun hosting and I want to congratulate Michele S, who won the giveaway. Michele, we'll be in touch this week, so you can choose your needle size and yarn. Squeeeeee!!! Free loot!

Would you like the giveaways to continue?? You would?? What do you know - me too!

Up for grabs: this set of three hand and machine stitched holly gift tags. Use them as an embellishment to a Christmas package, as ornaments for your tree or as a gift to someone who just loves to give gifts! Strung with jute, the hole is reinforced with a metal grommet. Tag is lined with interfacing. 

This time we're going to play a little game. Give some etsy love to other shops. 

I have set up a mystery treasury on etsy. The treasury is set up around a secret central theme.
To enter:
1. Visit the treasury by clicking here.
It would be swell if you could visit some of the shops, favorite some of the items, spread some love around. (this isn't required, but it sure is nice)
2. Click back over here and in the comment section below let me know what you think the theme of the treasury is. 

From the list of correct entries, I will use my handy-dandy, super impartial, 7 year old winner selector (aka my daughter) to choose the name of the winner on Wednesday, December 3rd. 

Like this idea? You may want to subscribe and stay in touch - we're going to do a few more in the coming weeks. :)

Also going on this week:
Quilt Class part 2 on Tuesday, Dec 2


Daisy Lane Design's first ever sew along - stay tuned

:) allison

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Thanks- Giveaway!

Thanks - Giveaway!

As we roll into the holiday season, Paige at Great Pacific and I would like to say thanks in a tangible way. So....we are hosting a giveaway starting today and running through Tuesday, November 25th.  You can enter until midnight that night. We've teamed up to put together a little package of crafting goodness that will help kick start your shopping for the holidays or something you can keep for yourself!

Included in the giveaway:

- one Daisy Lane Design craft tote bag 
- one skein of your choice of Fable Fibers Hand Dyed Yarn (the owner is a friend of Paige's and Paige carries a nice selection of her yarns at the Shoppe.)
- your choice of one set of knitting needles OR crochet hook 

This gift is valued at $56 and all of it will go to ONE lucky winner!

All of the items will be on display at Paige's shoppe for the duration of the giveaway entry time if you want to take a peek - but this is not just open to local pals - anyone can enter! Paige will help give you a "tour" of the Fable Fiber skeins that she has available and you'll be able to select the color that is your favorite as well as select the hook or needles that best suit you.

There are lots of ways to enter, and you can pick the number of entry options you like. However to be considered for the prize, you MUST:

Follow the Daisy Lane Design blog. 
Go to Great Pacific's blog and follow her. 
Enter in those two parts of the Rafflecopter giveaway below.

There's lots of ways to earn extra entries in the giveaway, 
but these three steps need to be followed in order to win. 

Will it take a little leg work on your part? Yes! But it's taken a little leg work on our part to put this all together, and after all the turkey we're going to eat in a few days, we could USE the legwork 
(in fact, too bad it's only virtual leg work!)

The winner will be selected at random, by Rafflecopter 
(that's why you have to make sure you record your entries there! Muy importante!!! K? K. :)

Winner will be drawn and announced on Wednesday, November 26 and if you are local, you can pick up your winnings on Small Business Saturday, November 29th. If you are an out of area winner, your items will be mailed to you the following week.

Good Luck Everyone!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

DLD Holiday Gift Guide

The Countdown is On...
I promise not to panic if you don't. 
Here are some ideas at a variety of price points for the people on your list who enjoy handmade items. Lots of these things are ready to ship or available either at Great Pacific Gallery in Point Pleasant or Intentional b in Bradley Beach, NJ. Custom orders are always welcome...as long as you don't wait til the last minute! Last day for custom orders for holiday gifts is 2 weeks before you need them - 3 if they need to be shipped. Prices reflect ready to ship items. Custom items may be slightly more.

For the Stocking Stuffing
$10 - Coin Purses.
I have a bunch of these pre-made and they will be delivered to Intentional b this week for locals. 
They are conveniently sized to hold store bought gift cards! So it's a two for one gift if you're going that route. Great for teachers, bus drivers, and other appreciation holiday gifts - adds a special personal touch. Made with two coordinating cottons, interfaced and closes with a pearl snap. Cute cute.

For the Sipper
$12 - Custom Coffee Cozies
(these three pictured are the only ones in stock and are clearanced at $8 each.) 
My most popular gift for teachers is a coffee cozy. Pair it with a coffee shop gift card or a mug and you have a great gift. Can be made up in any color. Perfect for male teachers if they enjoy a specific sports team. Yes, I'll even sew up other NFC teams besides the Giants....I just won't like it. :) Buy 4 or more at once and get 25% off. Made of 2 coordinating cotton fabrics, lined with cotton blend batting. Loops over a button. Fits standard disposable coffee cups.

For the Drooler
$14-16 Infant and Toddler Bibs
Have a little one in your life that you are buying for? Consider a bib. Available in two sizes, infant and toddler, these bibs are super absorbent with a batting layer in-between. They are cute on both sides, so they are reversible and they close with a pearl snap, so there is not messy velcro to deal with in the wash. The in-stock ready to ship ones are down at Interntional b. Or you can custom order one or more!

For the Crafty Betties
$18/each Crochet Hook or Circular Needle Holders
Know someone who loves to crochet and/or knit? Do they need a pouch to store their tools? These are great for just that! Made of two coordinating cotton prints or solids and lined with batting, each pouch closes with a pearl snap. Bonus: The one on the left is great for holding pens...the one on the right could be used as a sunglass case!

Crafty Betties continued
$25 Crafting Project Bags
Great for carrying just your current project to the coffee shop or the yarn store for a little work night. Patterned after a small brown paper bag with grab handles, these bags are lined and interfaced and have a small side pocket for holding your tools so they don't get lost at the bottom. Yarn and tools not included.

All crafty betty items are available at Great Pacific Frame Shoppe in Point, or as a custom order through my etsy shop.

For your Girlfriends (or yourself!)
$29-36 Wallet Clutch with Wooden Buttons
The newest clutch design from DLD. Sized to fit cash envelopes, but also can come with a zippered inside pocket and/or credit card slots. Convertible strap makes it either a short strapped shoulder bag or a wristlet. Real wooden buttons are hand-sewn on in coordinating thread. Truly a show stopping beauty. 

For Something Personal 
$22-28 Personalized cosmetic cases - available in lots of different styles.
One of the shop's most popular items throughout the year, these are great gifts for anyone on your list that you'd like to have something personal. 

Monogram one letter: $22
True Monogram (three letters, not pictured): $23
Greek Letters $23
Rosette: $25
State: $25
State with heart in specific spot: $28
Custom order includes choice of chevron color, choice of solid letter/rosette color. The inside color is the same at the solid on front. 

For the Homebodies....or the Homesick
$30 State pride totes with heart
Great for that someone who really really loves where they are from, or misses where they used to live. Perfect for college kids away at school or a grandparent whose grandkids are far flung. Black and white chevron bag, you choose state, state/handle color and where to place the heart.

DLD Gift Cards
Any amount
Daisy Lane Design gift cards can be used on DLD merchandise or sewing classes. I ask that you please not use them in Great Pacific or Intentional b, because they are separate businesses, but I can make up anything you see there that you'd like to use a gift card for. Available in any denomination.

Hope that gives you some ideas for your gift list this holiday season. Of course, there are lots of items I make that are also available for the holidays - just wanted to highlight some new and popular ones. Let me know if you have any questions!

:) allison

Monday, October 20, 2014

Food Donations Being Made This Week

Thank you to everyone who donated food this week! We collected a good variety of non-perishable food items and they will be taken to The Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties later this week. If you'd like more information about volunteering or donating food at this location, you can see their website for more information. 

We were only able to get a few bags made to put the food in, but hopefully they will be a blessing to whatever family receives them.

The bags make a great carry-all and can be used for just about anything!

If you are interested in making a tote, and filling it with food to donate to your local food bank, email me at daisylanedesign@yahoo.com, and I'll send you the pdf for making one of these cute bags. Maybe you can even just fill it up with something for a elderly neighbor, whip some up and bring them to a nursing home filled with some toiletries or treats....they can be a blessing to lots of different people! 

Also, this weekend, I discovered this sign in the window of the subway at Aldrich Plaza on Rt 9 here in Howell. If you know anyone who can benefit from this location's generosity, please let them know! And if you're hungry for a 6" Italian BMT someday, please consider supporting this business which is trying to do its part. :)

Our next Create and Donate is scheduled for 
Sunday, November 16 from 2-5 pm.
We will be making zip top pencil cases for Operation Christmas Child
It is an annual campaign run by Samaritan's Purse. 
Pricing will be as follows:
Attend the zipper class and make a cute pencil case: $30 - plus your materials.
Attend the zipper class and donate your pencil case to be included in an Operation Christmas Child shoebox: $15 plus materials.
Attend the zipper class, donate your pencil case and bring another item to be donated and your class is free! (You just need to bring your supplies)

We will also be collecting items at the shop to fill shoeboxes. Directions for filling shoeboxes and the items that are ok to include can be found here. If you are considering donating - please read over the list before purchasing. There are just some things that can't be sent or accepted, and these items will be weeded out before being packed in a shoebox.

If you would like to donate supplies to make pencil cases, or if you are coming to the Create and Donate, here is what you need:
One 9" zipper in the color of your choosing
a fat quarter or 1/4 yard of 100% cotton fabric print (nothing with guns, military or violent themes).
a fat quarter or 1/4 yard of solid colored fabric or muslin.
1/4 yard of lightweight fusible interfacing.

If you are interested in purchasing a pencil case for yourself, as a gift or to include in your own Operation Christmas Child shoebox, you can find the listing for these in my shop here. These will be available for purchase through November 10, and for each one purchased, $7 will be donated to Samaritan's Purse.

Hope you all have a great week!
:) allison