DIY Canvas Art Inspiration

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

One of my favorite DIY crafts, aside from sewing of course, has always been canvas art. It wasn’t until about a year ago though that I really gave it a try. After spending hours and hours on Pinterest, I found a few ideas and got to work. The first three that I made are actually in my bedroom now about my bed, and I still think that they’re the best ones I’ve made to date!
You can use stencils, stickers, different paint mediums, and about a million other things to make your canvases your own, so just give it a try!

Quick Key Wristlet

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Hey everyone! We all have keys that we need to carry around with us, which brings the question, what do we carry them on? The answer for that is simple: the quick key wristlet!
Here’s what you need:
  • 1/4 yard of cotton fabric
  • Cutting mat (not pictured)
  • Rotary cutter
  • Quilting ruler
  • Thread snips
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Key hardware
Step 1. Cut two 2-inch by 13-inch pieces of fabric using the quilting ruler and rotary cutter. Make sure that if your fabric has a linear pattern on it that it is aligned correctly

 Step 2: Iron the fabric pieces to fold inside, making the piece around 1 and 1/4-inch wide.

Step 3: Pin the two pieces together, with the wrong sides facing in. That’s right, the wrong sides facing in! Usually when you sew, it’s the opposite, but not this time!

Step 4: Top stitch the two pieces together, using a complimentary colored thread. Try to stitch as close to the edge of the fabric as possible. Remember, this stitching will be very noticeable, so it’s important to stay as straight as possible!

Step 5: Using the thread snips, carefully cut the thread remaining on the fabric.

Step 6: Fold the fabric in half with the bobbin stitching facing out. Pick your key hardware and slide it onto the fabric. Pictured below are a few hardware options I found at Joann’s Fabric.

An Unexpected Snow Day

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Don’t you just love it when you have an unexpected snow day? I know I do!
I woke up with my alarm at 5:45 (way. too. early.), checked online, and saw that we had a delay. So, I set my alarm again for 7:45 and went back to sleep. Then I woke up with my alarm again, checked online, and yay! no school! After pretty much wandering around my house all day, I finally got productive around 3:00. I spent most of the afternoon working on a sewing guest post… check back soon for more details! Then I set up another guest post, this one to post on my blog from a different mystery blogger, and now I’m writing this!

I'm on Etsy!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Hey everyone!
I’m starting off 2015 with a bang (as you can already tell by our new and improved blog design thanks to Ã‰clatant) with my very own Etsy shop! I am beyond thrilled to be selling Designs by Sophie products online, and hopefully to more than just family and friends! So why don’t you go check out myshop and see what you think!

iDesigns 2015

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Here we are… Approaching the end of winter break….  I can’t say I’m happy about that, but I am happy about all the things that I’ve done with iDesigns over the past week or so! In all honesty, I’ve worked almost 12 hours every day so far! There’s of course my new Etsy shop that I just opened today, but also, I’ve found some amazing teen blogs that have inspired me to the extremes, I’m finally happy with the design of my blog (largely because Sarah at Ã‰clatant), and most importantly, I’m back to posting regularly!
Research, research, research. I have spent hours and hours over break researching how to maintain a successful blog. And let me tell you, it was time well spent! One of the best sources I have found is 100% She. Is. Amazing. Just amazing. The tips are perfect and totally applicable to beginning blogs, and she has a lot of downloadable, and most importantly, free, templates, like the blog business plan and the style guide.