Monday, June 19, 2017

Oh The Glitter!

I've been quiet on the blog lately, or so it seems to me!  There are several things I'm working on that would love to have a dedicated post all to themselves, but alas...they must wait! Boo!  I don't like when that happens!

I have two quilts that need quilting that I haven't shared.  Although I have shared them on Instagram.  A mini quilt in the works using Painter's Palette Solids.  Totally patriotic colors. Another patriotic quilt that I was messing with for little or no reason.  A block pattern/tutorial that ties in with the Painter's Palette Solids quilt.  

Plus, I've been trying to work around the house painting walls from a drab horrible color to a crisp clean shade of gray.  All the while taking care of an elderly dog that cannot be left alone for fear of an accident, a fall or getting stuck in corners.  

And lastly, I've been planning/scheming on a trip the end of the month to Minnesota.  I'll be meeting up with two of my sisters and then packing up my Mom and shipping her back to Oregon.  She had moved to Minnesota in hopes of being around her relatives and family, but due to some unexpected developments things took a turn for the not so good.  

Busy I have been!  So, it seems fitting that I was still able to carve out a few precious moments to make something totally ridiculous, frivolous and probably destined for the trash heap!



Far be it for me not to share the 'good, the bad and the ugly'!  I still think it's important to share or show our not so perfect projects.  If only to show we are all human.  Or to get feedback, encouragement, tips and tricks or even for some simple conversation!  



I saw the Glitter Bomb Pouch in Love Patchwork & Quilting Magazine issue 46 and tucked it away for a future fun project.  The pattern is by Laura Cunningham @laura_zuckerkuss on instagram.  Not long after this issue, I bought some clear vinyl for one project my daughter Britt and I were going to do with her god-child.  We would be making clear placemats full of glitter, glamour and gorgeousness!

With vinyl on hand, I set about making some pouches.  Not pouches.  Pouch.  One pouch.  No more.



I found the glitter we used in the placemats.  The easiest part I believe!  Supply collecting.



I settled on fabric for the outside, the lining and a zipper.  Moving along at the speed of sound!  My initial plan was to make this one for my daughter.  Once the fabric pieces were prepped it was time to roll out the vinyl and give it a cut.

 

Vinyl cut.  Note to self:  do not use a sharpie to trace on the vinyl for this project!  Pieces cut and ready to stitch together per the pattern instructions.  

Once they are stitched I can add the glitter.  That's when the party should start.  



It's looking like a party to me!  I was feeling pretty good at this point!  The zipper is a bit long!  Doesn't matter...it'll get cut off and no one will ever know!  Except that I have now broadcast it!



What did this little distraction teach me? 

Adding glitter in between vinyl created a sticky situation!  The glitter sticks to the vinyl and doesn't shake free.

Using a sharpie on something clear means...you will see the sharpie!

Vinyl is not easy to turn inside out.  It sticks, it's thick it's nearly impossible.  

Do not use a thick vinyl.  I used a 20 gauge.  Fine for placemats, not so much for pouches.

Think on your feet!  The pattern calls for square corners.  I tried.  There was no way they were going to be pretty, crisp and square.  I ended up giving the corners a curve.  Which was easier to turn, but still a sticky situation!

And...far be it from me to let this little pouch take me down!  It only made me want to try something different.  Give the already cute pattern a bit of a twist to it.  

And...since I'm a cheapskate...still allow me to use the thick vinyl I already have on hand. Why buy more, right?

What are your adventures in vinyl?  Good, bad, never tried it?!

Stay tuned.  I'm determined to make a couple more in the next couple days!  I want to make something...decent...good...cool for my sisters!


17 comments :

  1. As long as we learn from our mistakes!! Thanks for sharing your discoveries with us. Of course you mentioned coming to Mn, when, where,maybe we can meet!!!

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    1. What I should be learning is not to make pouches! It seems like I always get myself in a mess or two! I’ll try my new idea and see where it leads.

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  2. I've never tried it but I have a metric ton of glitter and other shiny things. I will keep this one in mind for sure. And like I say "I learned one way not to do something" :)

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    1. I’ll be sure an post my new idea on a glitter pouch…if it works!! If you have clear vinyl and glitter, these pouches can be really cool! Children love ‘shiny things’!! The placemats we made with my daughters god-child is also a great way to use part of your ‘metric ton’ of glitter!!

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  3. Your glitter/vinyl pouch still turned out cute! I have never sewn with vinyl as I think I am vinyl challenged. Hope all turns out well with your mom and sorry to hear that things took a turn for the not so good.
    Nadine Willis Northern Cali.

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  4. This is so cute Jayne. I bet it was a sticky challenge though. Kudos to you for sharing all of your work - the incredible, the good, and even the frustrating projects. Social media can make the reader feel like she is the only one with challenging projects because much of what is shared is the perfect. It is important to keep it real.
    This pouch has a cute look though and it was genius to round the corners. I bet it was mainly the thickness of the material that created the hardships.

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  5. You sure can stick with these challenging projects all the way through completion. Thanks for sharing what you learned along the way. It is a really cute idea.

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    1. And then after I’m finished with them, I think what a waste of time!! I’ll try another time just because I will not let this little basic pouch get the best of me!!

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  6. The marker should come off with hairspray! It usually works.

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    1. What a great tip…now where is my hairspray?! I will use that tip on my next Glitter Pouch!

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  7. Have fun perfecting this Jayne. I haven't used a lot of vinyl but I do know it sticks to the sewing machine feet.

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    1. It is sticky! I use a teflon foot when using vinyl and it helps a lot. You can also put painters tape on the bottom of a foot and it glides right over the vinyl.

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  8. That is a cute pouch. I hate sewing with vinyl because it is sticky. I've made luggage tags and used tissue paper so I could sew on it. They did not need to be turned.

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  9. Hi Jayne,
    Thanks for sharing the Sharpie tip - never would have thought of that. I learned (the hard way) when making luggage tags with vinyl not to use pins . . . clips are a much better choice. I didn't have them at the time, but now do. HAHA I cannot imagine having to turn the vinyl - talk about difficult! Nice pouch though. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  10. That's a fun project, and placemats would be just as fun! Thanks for sharing this on Midweek Makers

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  11. Thank you so much for sharing! I actually really like your project - and I know my granddaughter would as well! Thank you for sharing!

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  12. Such a brave lady, ready to try ANYthing! Thinking of you and your vinyl wip things....can one reuse the vinyl from sheet sets packaging?!? How is THAT for cheap? :) have a safe fun trip to MN!

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