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Sunday, March 8, 2015

Kid Wallet

The Story of the Kid Wallet
A few month back, my son designed a wallet for himself. You can see his little drawing in the picture below, along with his completed wallet. 

Recently, he has been looking for some ways to earn extra money. I decided to create a job for him in the shop so that he could work for the money while at the same time learn a little bit about what I do and what it means to run an Etsy shop. 

First we did a little redesign on the wallet, improving some areas he wanted to see changed.

Next he helped select some fabrics to put together, starting with boy wallets because, in his words, there just aren't enough things in my shop for boys. He's right. Smart kid.

Then I had him take some pictures for me for Instagram.

The kid loves computers. And probably knows more than I do about using them already. So I put him in charge of adding a picture at the end of our listings that explained the wallet and the donation he'd be making with the sale of each one. $5 from each wallet goes toward helping with flood relief in Malawi.

He helped me add the listings to our Etsy shop, and diligently checked the site several times the first day to see if he had any views or customer questions or sales. Very professional. Very business-like.

After the first day, he did indeed have his first sale! And so I showed him how to print the invoice, write a personal note to his customer, package the wallet and mail it off.

This weekend, we planned out a few girl wallets and posted those as well.

And he was excited to put his $5 in the offering box for Malawi at church today.

:) allison

Monday, February 9, 2015

Travel Cord Wrap Winner

And the winner is....
Yeah, the Grammy's were last night. But I'm much more excited to tell you that the winner of the Travel Cord Wrap giveaway is Christina F. Congrats to Christina, and one more thank you to Stephanie for the great idea!

Stay tuned!
Last week, I put together a few ready to ship versions of the Cord Wrap. I will be making a few more and putting up the listings later this week. The ready to ship ones will be $36.00. If you'd like to customize the listing, and have input on the fabrics and colors used, the cost will be $41.00.

Here are a few pictures of ready to ship ones that will be available in the shop later this week.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the giveaway! I hope you all have a great week!

:) allison

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Travel Cord Wrap Giveaway

Giveaway time!
Hi everyone, I'd like to introduce you to the newest DLD item: The Travel Cord Wrap. It was an idea submitted by Stephanie C. during our 5th Annual Customer Design Contest last month, and received an overwhelming 74 votes! This past week, I've been working with Stephanie on the details that she was hoping for and the fabrics that she liked. Here is the final product. There is one there for Stephanie....and one for one of you! Read on to see how to enter!

Stephanie chose a subtle one-sided quilted gray upholstery fabric for the outside and a fun modern flower print called Aretha in Citron by Michael Miller that I picked up from Fresh squeezed Fabrics. You can see a sliver of it here on the cover detail. 

The roll is secured with a magnetic snap that you can see here. 

The midsection will house 4 USB-type cords (and a tape measure in a pinch.) These are from an iPhone, and a few Nooks. There is a Velcro tab in between each cord and a pearl snap on the end. 

The very end section of the roll is a zip compartment which you could use to house other smaller cords, splitters, the plugs that detach from the USB cords - whatever you need it for. 

Opened up all the way, the Travel Cord Wrap measures 6 1/2" tall and 25" wide.
Wrapped up, it is 6.75" wide.
At the stress points (the zipper, the magnetic snap, the Velcro tabs) it is reinforced with fusible interfacing. 

Like What You See?
Then enter to win!
Stephanie gets one for free for having the winning design! Hers is on the left. 
One lucky customer will win the one on the right!
All you need to do is enter in the Rafflecopter giveaway below. There are several ways to enter...pick the ones that work for you...the more avenues you choose, the more chances you'll have of winning! 

1. The contest runs from Monday, February 2 - midnight of Monday, February 9. 
2. You may enter one way or all of the ways listed.
3. At the close of the entry time frame, I will use Rafflecopter to randomly select a winner.
4. The winner's winning entry will be verified. For instance, you actually need to retweet to be given credit for retweeting, etc. ;)
5. The winner will be announced on Monday, February 9th via email and on the DLD page on Facebook. 
6. Contest open to all DLD fans, however, if the winner is outside of the US, winner must pay shipping.

Ways to enter:
Choose the entry that works for you. You can enter one way or all the ways. You will need to travel to some or all of DLD's social media links and spread the love. Then you'll need to return here and document the ways you entered in the Rafflecopter entry form below. 

1. Follow the blog via email: Find the "Follow via email" box here on the blog - in the right margin. It looks like this:

Enter an email where you would like to receive info from DLD, and hit submit. You will get a confirmation email - it might wind up in your spam folder. Confirm your submission and you're set. Only confirmed emails are valid. If you are already a confirmed follower, you're set too! You will also be added to my monthly newsletter which will give you first looks and exclusive coupons from time to time. :)

2. Publicaly share on Facebook. 
Head over to the DLD Facebook page. Pinned to the top spot on the newsfeed is the official giveaway photo, and is what you'll also be looking for on the other platforms. Click on the share button. You'll notice you're about to share with your friends. Click on that little "friends" button and change it over to public - just for this post. Then I can see that you shared! 

3. Repin on Pinterest. 
Look for the giveaway photo on my Pinterest account. Repin.

4. Retweet on Twitter:
Look for the giveaway photo on the the DLD Twitter feed. Retweet.

5. Tag a friend on the Instagram photo. 
Find the giveaway photo on the DLD Instagram account. Tag a friend you think might be interested

Please remember the entry isn't official until it's in the Rafflecopter entry form below. Please ask if you have questions - I really want everyone who wants to participate to be able to. :)

While the contest is running, I will be making a batch of first generation ready to ship Travel Cord Wraps for the Etsy shop. They will be listed next Monday. Good luck everyone and thank you again to Stephanie!

:) allison

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Valentine Tutorial

To Stephanie C. whose Travel Cord Wrap idea won the 5th Annual Customer Design Contest. I will be working with Stephanie the next few weeks, developing a prototype and picking some fun fabrics and then it will be available in the shop for purchase! Stephanie will receive one for free AND one other fan will receive a free one so stay tuned for details!

In The Meantime...
Let's make something together!
This cute heart door hanger is the perfect size for leaving a small treat for your Valentine, give a present to your child's teacher or make as part of your Valentine holiday decor. You can make it with or without the hanger, use them as bowl fillers, sit one or more up on a shelf, lean it against some throw pillows...wherever you'd like to tuck in a little love. Below is a tutorial for making one, and a link to the paper pattern if you don't want to draw one for yourself.

You will need
-1 piece of fabric for the main heart piece. It should be 10" tall and 16" wide. (the cherry fabric)
-1 piece of fabric for the pocket. It should be 7" tall and 6" wide (the red and white dot)
-A disappearing fabric ink pen
-Craft wire, if you like, or pretty ribbon, or pearl cotton - anything you want to use for the hanger if you're making one. Craft wire holds the shape best obviously, but if you don't also have wire cutters, and small grommets...you might want to use something else.
-other basic sewing supplies, pins, sharp scissors, a gauge or ruler, iron and ironing board, thread, etc.

Start with the pocket piece.
Place it right-side down on the ironing board, with one of the short sides at the top.
Using a gauge or ruler, fold the top edge down 1/2" and iron as seen in the picture.

Then, open the crease you just made, and tuck the raw edge up to the ironed crease.
Hold it in place with your finger, and iron again.
Stitch your hemmed edge down, close to the lower fold. If you want to sew from the backside, so you're sure you catch the hem, that's totally fine.

Take the larger, 10X16 piece and fold it, right sides of the fabric together, so that you now have a 10" tall by 8" wide rectangle.
Keeping the fabric folded, draw a large (larger than you want it to be when it's finished) heart.
You can make a symmetrical heart...or I did an oblong one with a little quirk to it. I drew it out on card stock first and cut it out then traced around it with my disappearing ink fabric marker. Don't want to draw one yourself? The pattern piece is available as a PDF here in my Etsy shop.

Once you've traced the heart, keep the fabric folded and cut along the traced lines. You'll have two hearts.

Decide which heart half you like best as the front.
Lay it down in front of you with the right side of the fabric facing up.
Lay the pocket piece on top of it, about 1/3 of the way down, right side up.
The side edges of the pocket need to cover the side edges of the heart.
The hemmed edge of the pocket should be at the top.
See in my picture how the entire bottom 2/3 of my heart is covered?
Then pin the pocket in place.

Lay the back of the heart, right side down on top of the pocket.
Line up all your edges and pin.
You will have a pocket sandwich.
You can sew it this way, but if you feel more comfortable, you can also trim away the excess pocket pieces that stick out beyond the heart edges. Your call.

Leave a 1" - 1 1/2" opening near the top, and stitch all the way around the heart, using a 1/4" seam.
In my picture here, I left the opening on the top right side, where it's most straight, and not part of the pocket.
Clip the curves of the heart, and the bottom.
Very carefully, cut close to the "V" in the center of the heart.
On all these cuts, make sure you don't cut through any of your stitches.

Through the opening you left, pull the heart around to the right side.
Push out all your curves, and press.
Using the opening again, fill the heart with fiberfill to desired stuff-ness.

Now you can either hand-stitch or machine-stitch your opening closed.

If you are not going to hang your heart, you're done!

If you choose to hang the heart, you can use a needle and decorative thread or thin ribbon to push through the top two curves of the heart. Tie a knot in each end and you're done.

I used craft wire and small grommets.
If you choose to do the same, start a hole with a thicker hand-sewing needle.
Then use very sharp, precise scissors to make the hole large enough to accommodate the grommet shaft.
Next push the grommet from front to back through the hole.
Last, use the grommet setting tool and a hammer to set your grommet.
Cut 15" of wire. Thread through your grommet holes and turn up the ends.
(You can also use the wire without the grommets - I've done that before too.

If you feel like, you can tear off a scrap of coordinating fabric and tie it around your hanger.
It looks cute and helps cover your closing stitches.

If you decide to make one of these, I'd love to hear about it!
Let me know if you have any questions!

:) allison

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Contest Entries and Voting

The Entries are in, and the voting is up to you!
This year we had 8 contest ideas.

They are as follows: (listed in the order they were received)

1. Travel cord wrap.

2. Yoga mat carrier.

3. Zippered pouch to hold toys sized for fabric square bins.

4. Lined credit card wallet to help prevent credit cards from being scanned.

5. Reversible wrap skirt with zip pocket.

6. Valentine card chair pocket.

7. Mobile filing cabinet/tote

8. Camera filter case.

The voting will all be done on the Daisy Lane Design Facebook page. No comments left here on the blog will count as votes. Vote for the idea you like best, the idea that sounds most useful, because it's your friend who submitted the idea, give one vote to each entry - whatever the reason, just vote!

Voting will run from Monday, January 19 - Friday, January 23 at 5pm Eastern. The idea with the most votes wins and I will develop the winning idea. Thank you to all who entered this year's contest! Good luck!

:) allison

Sunday, January 11, 2015

5th Annual Design Contest and Giveaway!

5th Annual Design Contest and Giveaway!!

As I say every year - 
any time is a great time for a new idea, but January is the time to make it into a contest!

2014 winning idea - fabric covered headband, now available in two styles
I must confess: I considered not doing it this year. Eek! Weirdly, January has a become a month that is almost as busy if not busier than December for my little shop. People are either switching gears from buying for others and want a little something for themselves, or they are starting to focus on saving, and are buying a cash envelope to start their NewYear Resolution of budgeting. Either way, I'm still pretty busy these days - thank you!
Winning design from 2013 - Jewelry Roll
But then I remembered that some of the shop's very best selling products, including the cash envelopes, started with great ideas from you! (Dale D, seriously, whenever you need another one of those - they are free for you!) And so I couldn't resist. :)

Winning design from 2013, checkbook cover

And last year, we had 19 amazing ideas! 19!!! I felt badly, paring down the list to 5 to make prototypes, and cutting some other ideas because they were just too large in scale, so I'm making some changes this year.

Winning design from 2012, wristlet

What will be this year's winning design:

That is entirely up to you!

Design Contest Entry and Rules:
1. Submit an idea for a new Daisy Lane Design item in the comments section of this blog post by Friday, January 16, 5 pm Eastern. It can be anything I don't already make. 
  • If you're not familiar with my shop click on over here and take a peek around.
  • You can also see lots of what I do on my Facebook page.
There aren't size rules this time, so let the creativity flow.
If two people submit the same idea, whoever commented first gets credit.
Make sure you leave your name so I know who to give credit to.

2. Once all the entries are in, I will compile a list of all the ideas submitted.
3. Voting will happen on the ideas themselves, without prototypes this time. All voting will be done on my Facebook page, via "likes"
4. The winning idea will be developed and two will be made. 

Two people will win!!! One will be the person who submitted the idea - so make sure it's a good one!
More on how we'll decide who wins the other one later. ;)

Hope you're as excited as I am!
Can't wait to see what you come up with this year!
:) allison

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