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Customized Camera Case

5 Mar

Once upon a time I had a bright orange camera, it was protected by a cute brown and white floral Vera Bradley wallet with a little pocket for my extra battery. Then some how, magically, the camera, case, and extra battery disappeared. I searched high and I searched low, I searched in and I searched out, with no trace in sight. Time was ticking and Saturday Studios were quickly approaching so I gave up and bought a new camera, but a case was out of my budget. Here is my solution:

Supplies:

Leather scraps – or fabric scraps

Embroidery floss

A thicker gauge needle

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I traced the outline of my camera on the leather scraps, making sure to leave some room around the edges to take in consideration the thickness of the camera. The leather scraps are placed so that the faces that are touching will become the exterior of the case and what is being traced on is the interior.

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Since the leather is pretty hefty, I used large bobby pins to hold it in place while I stitched the two pieces together.

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I then used the embroidery floss to do a not-so-professional looking stitch around my template. Then I just trimmed the edges down to a little less than a quarter of an inch from the stitching.

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Once it was all stitched, I flipped the leather right side out and stretched into the corners. I tried my camera inside and it fit nice and snug, but was difficult to get in and out of. That is where the brown strip of leather comes in.

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I just made a few cross stitches at the bottom seam, top edge and stitched the ends together. This allowed for a small pull on each end of the case to help with putting the camera in and taking it out.

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Here is an image of how the top strap just moves to the side while taking the camera out or putting it in. The strap also acts as a catch in case the camera tries to slide out on its own because I assume that over time the leather will naturally stretch a bit. This project took me a little over an hour to whip up and is a simple, customizable way to protect your electronics. I am going to leave mine very plain but this project can be personalized in a million ways – different types of fabrics, paints, bleaching, size it down for a phone, size it up for a laptop!

Heather

Pinecone Garland

12 Dec

Christmas season is in full swing and the carols have been playing in my car since Thanksgiving! If you don’t know yet, Christmas is my favorite, but now that I’m not living at home anymore, I have ZERO Christmas decorations(besides an adorable snow globe). I knew I needed to fix this ASAP. Michaels was having a sale on pinecones, I knew my family had some string lights to spare and -get ready for this- Two Girls have their first official sponsors! Janlynn, a craft supplier based out of Chicopee, MA, has offered to send us some project supplies and feature our projects on their Facebook page!

IMG_0026Woo! Look at all the fun things we got! And just in time because I was running very low on embroidery floss and this package was overflowing with all different colors of thread.

IMG_0027And wouldn’t you know it, there was some sparkly Christmas colored thread just aching to be used in this project.

IMG_0029To start, I just tied the tops of the pinecones with gold and red embroidery floss, making a loop at the top.

IMG_0034There ended up being about 50 pinecones in two bags from Michaels.

IMG_0036Here is the step that I would skip if I did the project again, I just wasn’t quite sure where I was going to take it at this point. I had strung all of the loops along one long piece of string. I ended up using the loops and just tying each one to a bulb along the string of 60 lights, so the extra string was unnecessary.

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The embroidery floss shimmers in the light and the pinecones cast beautiful shadows.

IMG_0056I had originally planned on hanging the garland in my room, but I knew that sharing the Christmas cheer with my roommates was a better idea, so the garland found its home on our entertainment area.

What’s great about this garland are the many ways it can be customized – paint, glitter, colored lights, no lights, ribbons, etc. and they fit both fall and winter decor. So get into the holiday spirit with an easy project that’s bound to liven up the atmosphere!

Heather

Reader Feature – Abbi’s Embroidered Earbuds

14 Jul
Abbi over at The Lovely Prelude tackled the tangle-free headphone project and they came out fantastic! Take a look at her take on them and don’t miss her blog because it is equally as adorable!
Keep those reader submissions coming, we love to see what you guys are making too!
–Emily Jo and Heather

Embellished Onesies

12 Apr
┬áThis project was definitely one of those “fly by the seat of your pants” ones. Before I started all I knew was that I wanted to experiment with paint and patterns and that these onesies would be modeled by an adorable one year-old named Amelia.
Supplies:
Pack of onesies
Tape
Paint
Fabric
Embroidery Floss
I had bought that little spray bottle with the idea that I could do a spray paint style with regular acrylic paints that had been watered down, but I never got around to that so maybe next time!
Here you can see I started using the tape to mark off areas that I wanted to paint.
Then I just dove right in! This type of tape did not result in the sharpest of edges, so if that’s the look you are going for, I had read that contact paper works much better. The way I did it had a watercolor effect that I ended up really liking.
I love polka dots (what girl doesn’t?!) so I knew one of them had to be spotted and used a sponge that I cut into a circle to achieve that effect.
Just dip in the paint and dab on the fabric. Again, not very crisp lines but that ended up working well with the others I made.
Here are the four all together. Very cute as is, but I wanted to add a little something more.
So I picked up a shirt on clearance at Kohls and got to cutting it up.
I wanted to make heart patches to sew onto the onesies so I made a few heart patterns until I was happy with the results.
Then I just traced them with a pen on the opposite side of the fabric and cut them out. I made sure to pick a material that I knew wouldn’t end up in a frayed mess, so this jersey knit was perfect.
Using embroidery floss in corresponding colors, I sewed a heart onto each of the onesies.
All four ready to be wrapped up for the birthday girl!
Happy birthday Amelia! I’ve had so much fun watching you grow over the past year and cannot wait to see what the next year brings!
–Heather

Update:
Little Miss poses for a picture in her onesie! She’s a natural!

Tangle Free Headphones

28 Feb
That majorly addicting site, Pinterest, strikes again! I saw a pair of headphones with embroidery floss wrapped around them and knew I had to try it out for myself. 
Supplies:
Embroidery floss – and tons of it!
Scissors
Headphones
Here we go! This project instantly brought me back to elementary school days and making friendship bracelets. Lucky for me my embroidery floss collection was pretty extensive.

Begin by making just a simple knot around the end. I cut the string to three times the length of the cord I was covering and it wasn’t enough – I will show you later how to fix that issue. 

Using the ball-up-the-ends method to keep things less tangled. 

To cover the cord, I just did a simple chinese staircase style knot. To start, separate the colors and pick the one you want to show up first. I chose yellow. Then I tucked the yellow underneath both the cord and other strings, leaving a bit of a loop on the other side. 

Then I put the yellow back through the loop and pulled tight. Continue doing this until you want to switch colors.

Starting to look substantial! The added thickness and softer texture help combat those annoying tangles in the cord.

So here is where I needed to add some length to my strings. I just did a simple knot, and then to ensure it didn’t slip out, I dabbed a little bit of clear nail polish on the knot. I snipped the ends and was good as new!

Once you’ve reached the splitter part, just knot the end.

Now for the headphone ends. For these I cut the string to five times the length of the cord and that worked out just about perfectly. So even though it may seem like a lot, you’ll go through it quickly.

Finally finished! And to put them to the test I tried my hardest to tangle them and they passed with flying colors.

My phone is looking nice and snuggly with its revamped set of headphones! This project took a long time, so consider making this a day-long project or spread it out over a couple days – I was able to watch multiple movies while working on this. A perfect way to make a lazy day seem not so lazy!
–Heather

Found Object Keychain/Zipper Pull

4 Jan
The holidays left my wallet pretty thin this year, so I put on my thinking cap and sorted through my supply drawer to see what I could create this week without spending a penny. Lucky for me, I have been crafting since I was little so that supply drawer is actually very full. This week I decided to dust off my bead collection and make a fun zipper pull for my purse.
Supplies: (Just suggestions, feel free to get very creative!)
Scissors
Key ring
Cell phone charm/zipper pull string
Safety pins
Button
Beads
Hemp
Embroidery floss
Leather string
Wire
First I laid out all of my supplies to figure out where to begin.
This is the aforementioned cell phone charm/zipper pull string. It comes with a ring attached so you can hang it from your zipper or cell phone! The string end was a bit big for my beads though so I used a little wire and strung the beads through that first to force them on.
Then I just used that piece of wire to string my end bead on. Once it was secured I wrapped the ends of the wire around the top of the star.
Next I put the zipper pull onto a larger keyring and strung a leaf pendant with some hemp and braided the rest of the string.
Here come some cute little shells to add to the mix. I strung those on hemp also, knotting the shells into place.
Then I beaded some safety pins and attached those with some embroidery floss. These could also come in handy if I’m ever in need of a quick safety pin fix!
I also had this beautiful flower button lying around so I added the button and some beads to a piece of leather string.
And I decided there just weren’t enough beads already, so I used the leather string again and just made a section of only beads.
This sassy purse just got a little sassier!
And easier to open, though I will hopefully be keeping it closed for a little while so my wallet can fatten back up!
–Heather
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