Category: Crafty Ideas

It’s All About The Kids Craft Blogging Event – Day 3 – Free Kid Friendly Patterns From The Fat Quarter Shop

Welcome to Day 3 of the It’s All About The Kids Craft Blogging Event.  Today, I want to share a  sewing project with you that is kid friendly, as well as some free kid-friendly patterns from the Fat Quarter Shop who is also a sponsor for this blogging event and is giving away several gift certificates too!

The Fat Quarter Shop team has written an easy  to follow “pocket N pies” pattern that you can download in PDF format.    FQS has shared that this design would be appropriate for age 7 and up.
And they have also created a very helpful youtube video tutorial:

For those that have problems watching this embedded video, or are using a MAC, here is a direct link to view it on Youtube:

In addition to the pocket and pies apron being a great kid friendly sewing project, an excellent apron for in the kitchen, it is also an excellent apron to wear when doing messy craft projects.  And, I found some cute fabric, to compliment the towel.  And there was enough fabric left over that I can make a matching  pencil roll up.

The Fat Quarter Shop has many free projects with video tutorials, and here are a few that kid friendly projects that would be great fun:

Kitchen Towel:
Coffee Koozie:

And definitely check out the fun Makin It Cute templates at the Fat Quarter Shop, from Me and My Sister Designs. You can make sweet 3D embellishments that you can use to decorate with, or use as an applique’ on bags, towels and more.  The possibilities are endless and it makes for a great kid friendly and/or family craft night project.

Makin It Cute:

In 2014 Kimberly and the Fat Quarter Shop team hosted a super fun quilt-along to help raise funds for Make-A-Wish.  Their goal was to raise $10k and to help them reach their goal, their Wishes Quilt is now at auction.  ONLINE bidding closes November 30th.

You may wish to check out this online auction and place a bid, or maybe you can be a PR Angel and help FQS raise funds for Make-A-Wish by increasing awareness of this auction with all of your quilty, as well as non-quilty friends.  The url for the auction is:

Did I mention a Giveaway ?

Fat Quarter Shop has sponsored the “It’s All About The Kids” blogging event and generously donated six $25 gift certificates.  You’ll find the giveaways for these certificates on various blogs participating in this event this week.  And, followers of SewCalGal can use the rafflecopter form below to enter to win one of these $25 gift certificates.  

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I will use the random number generator to select one lucky winner, any place in the world, on Sunday, November 2nd.  The winner will be announced on this post and I will also send them an email to notify them.

Don’t forget several blogging friends are joining me this week, to help share insights on kid friendly projects.  Here is the schedule and links to all the participating blogs.  You’ll also find some great giveaways in this hop, including six giveaways sponsored by the Fat Quarter Shop for gift certificates.

Monday, October 27th

SewCalGal – Event kick off

Tuesday, October 28th


Wednesday, October 29th


Thursday, October 30th

I Have A Notion  

Friday, October 31st

Jacquelynne Steves, The Art of Home

Wendy Sheppard/Ivory Spring 

If you are a blogger or non-blogger and would like to join the fun and share insights on projects suitable for kids, tips, or tutorials, as appropriate, you are also welcome to join the fun and add a link to the linky below.  Non-bloggers can upload photos in a Flickr group called “It’s All About The Kids”. An InLinkz Link-up

You can find the Fat Quarter Shop at:


Celebrate National Craft Month – win up to $500 Worth of Prizes!

Time to let everyone know this is National Craft Month, which SewCalGal prefers to call International Craft Month!  A perfect month to spend more time being creative and crafty.  And, I’m wanting to share insights on a couple of fun opportunities where you can win prizes this month, simply by crafting (just about any craft project).
Were you a child of when there was craft time in the schools ?  How do children todaylearn to be creative?  How do you CRE8TIME for crafting?
Get Crafty and Be Cre8tive this month.
What will you CRE8TIME for ?  Will you be quilting, sewing, doing embroidery, painting, drawing, beading, scrapbooking, cardmaking, mixed media arts, or other crafty and creative activities?  What ever you do make some crea8tive time and encourage others to do so too, especially young ones!
CRE8TIME is an awareness campaign, supported by the CHA Foundation that empowers crafters to find time and devote it to their particular hobby, and to create a place for them to share their experiences with the creative community at large. The goal is to get former crafters to rediscover their passions, and to welcome new crafters into our community, generating an increase in crafting and craft material sales.
While anyone can participate, they also have a Tool Kit for to help businesses create containing customizable marketing materials to help promote and celebrate CRE8TIME in your store.

And the Craft and Hobby Association is having a photo contest:
March is National Craft Month! What better time to discover the joy of crafting and all its many benefits? To celebrate, you could learn a new craft or use your skills to teach others a new craft. There are so many creative ways to take part and have some fun during National Craft Month.
The CHA Foundation is hosting a CRE8TIME contest where you could win up to $500 worth of prizes! It’s easy to enter CRE8TIME’s National Craft Month Photo Contest. All you have to do is take a picture of how you’re celebrating National Craft Month. This can be a picture of yourself crafting or of your finished craft project. Submit it via the photo contest app on the CRE8TIME Facebook fan page: (
Sizzix is hosting March Craftness with a month full of inspiration and giveaways on their blog.

Paper week giveaway is open thru March 8th.

Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores is also hosting a Big Craft Challenge where you could win a $250 gift card.

Each day there is a theme and  to enter you simply post a picture on instagram that fits that theme.  Click here for more info.
And don’t forget Worldwide Quilting Day is Saturday, March 15th.

What will you do during National Craft Month?

You can find Cre8time at:

You can find Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store at: 

SewCalGal will also be sharing some crafty insights this month, as well as hosting a few crafty giveaways to celebrate International Craft Month!  Please if you are interested in being a sponsor.

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Mixed Media – eBosser embossing and Silhouette Adhesive Media Sheets

The eBosser, an Electronic Embosser and Die Cutter, by Craftwell is a versatile machine that not only allows you to cut a variety of media, from most die manufacturers (e.g. AccuQuilt, Sizzix, etc.), it also allows you to emboss media using templates from different manufacturers too!  
And the Silhouette Cameo and Designer Software allows you to cut shapes without dies, including all the fonts you want!

As I wanted to send handmade Thank You Cards, the eBosser and the Silhouette work together to compliment each other.  The eBosser provides great texture by embossing the card stock, while the Silhouette Cameo allows you to easily create and cut your own word art. And, you have the option of using Silhouette’s new double sided adhesive media sheets to also embellish your words with glitter, or other embellishment.

While the eBosser comes with one embossing folder, I also used Sizzix and Cuttlebug embossing folders with it.


To emboss, you simply put your media inside of the embossing folder, stack your platforms, per the easy to follow embossing instructions and feed it into the electronic eBosser. Smooth as butter!


I used my Silhouette to cut the words for my Thank You cards.


Embossing can take a basic card like this….


to this!


or this one that was embossed with the ebosser, but the letter was cut with my Silhouette Cameo using Silhouette’s new double sided adhesive media sheets and sprinkled glitter on top of the letters!


I’m definitely having fun embossing and making Thank You cards.

Next time, I’ll share insights on embossing metal and fabric!

For a limited time, eBosser has a special where you can get two embossing mats vs one, found in the typical eBosser package.  That is a $34 value, so if embossing interests you, you may want to check out this special with eBosser.

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Where and When Does Learning An Appreciation of Art Begin – 100 Days of Tombow

Ever wonder where and when does learning an appreciation of art begin?   While it can happen all around us, where ever we are, most of us had the good fortune to get our first exposure and appreciation to art and creativity at a very early age, commonly in grade school.  Unfortunately, our economic times have frequently resulted in financial cutbacks of our schools, that have often resulted in the elimination of programs that lead to artistic creativity and appreciation.  So, when SewCalGal heard of an opportunity that could help, of course, she wanted to help increase awareness of it.  And, I hope you too will be interested in spreading the word, as well as creating with some fun products…….

Tombow is market leader for arts, crafts and office products, which serves creative people around the globe.  They were first established in Japan in 1913 as a wood-case pencil provider for Japanese students.  Over time, they have grown to having a large product portfolio that provide crafters with such items as glue sticks, liquid glues, adhesive tape, ballpoint pens, drawing pencils, dual brush pens and more!  And they are celebrating 100 years in business with a special program  called “100 Days of Tombow”, which kicked off on March 9th, at the National Art Education Association Conference in Fort Worth, Texas.  
Tombow’s “100 Days of Tombow” program is committing to provide up to $10,000 of Tombow art products to the  Council for Art Education, a national nonprofit dedicated to promoting and supporting art education and quality art programs nationwide.  Tombow will donate $100 for every blogger that participates in this program, up to $10,000.  SewCalGal signed up and hopes you’ll want to sign up too.
Within a short time of signing up, SewCalGal received a Tombow Starter Kit, containing Dual Brush Pens, Irojiten Color Pencils and the Stamp Runner Adhesive.  I have used Tombow products for doodling, scrapbooking, cardmaking and crafting for years and always have enjoyed them. They are high quality and great value.  And I found this Starter Kit to be of excellent quality too!  But, as most of us are quilters first, I do want to clarify these products are not intended for use on fabric (not permanent), but could be used on mixed media projects that are not intended to be laundered.  And they are absolutely great for those that enjoy Zentangles, doodling of a variety of forms, as well as those practicing free-motion quilting designs by drawing out a design on paper.

Dual Brush Pen Market Set

{above} The Dual Brush Pen Set comes with six pens, each having two tips: one tip is a fine point perfect for drawing fine lines and writing, whereas the other tip is a brush which is perfect for painting colors and filling in designs.  The colors are vibrant and acid-free, making them excellent for use with photographs.  Definitely fun to doodle and create with.
Irojiten Colored Pencils

{above} Irojiten Color Pencils are high quality colored pencils perfect for doodling and sketching.

Adhesive Stamp Runner

{above}The Stamp Runner Adhesive allows a fine layer of adhesive, perfect for papers and photographs, with an easy to hold adhesive transfer tool. 

My Starter Kit arrived and I quickly had fun doodling, sketching, making greeting cards, scrapbooking and more.  With Easter coming, my mind also wanders thinking how fun it would be to be a kid and find such a kit inside of an Easter Basket.

my kit

{below} I had fun playing with the pencils and pens to blend colors on cardstock, folded to make a simple greeting card.

card with plumeria flowercard with flower 1

{below} And, of course, I had fun doodling with pencils to practice various free-motion quilting designs. I also used card stock and plan to turn some of my doodling into greeting cards, bookmarks, etc..  I certainly am going to have more fun practicing free-motion quilting designs on paper using Tombow’s beautiful colored pencils and pens in the future!

card with FMQ Feather doodle

{below} The Stamp Runner Adhesive works great when layering multiple sheets of papers, photographs, etc..  It is also an easy to use adhesive runner tool that even children can easily learn to use when crafting.
card with adhesive papers

What would you like to create with Tombow products?  Is there anything crafty that you’d  like to teach young kids, with Tombow products,  to get them to learn and appreciate art?
Would you like to help celebrate “100 Days of Tombow”?  Anyone can have fun creating with Tombow products.  You can typically find them at JoAnns, Michaels and other craft stores.  And, Tombow is looking for 100 bloggers that would like to create with one of their Starter Kits.  If you are a follower of SewCalGal, leave a comment on this post and let me know you are interested in participating in this celebration.  I’ll submit a list of bloggers to my contact at Tombow on March 3rd, for you to fill any empty spots in their call for 100 bloggers to help spread the word…and to help raise $10,000 for Council for Art Education, a national nonprofit dedicated to promoting and supporting art education and quality art programs nationwide.  Pretty cool, to have a chance to create with fun products and help get products donated to help with Art Education too! 

I can’t guarantee how many slots are left for the 100 bloggers to help with the 100 Days of Tombow, but I’ll definitely submit the contact info for any blogger that is a follower and leaves a comment to let me know they are interested in participating in this event, by creating and blogging about Tombow’s products.  As previously mention, SewCalGal has been a long time fan of Tombow and would love to see others have a chance to create with Tombow products too!

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Do you design Art, Digital Artwork, or like to use such?  If the answer is yes, dreamstime could provide you an opportunity to make money with your skills and/or find free digital artwork or purchase it at a reasonable price.

Like many quilters and bloggers, I need good visuals.  I don’t always have time to create my own, or always have the skillset to create graphics,  so I try to find sources of good Free ClipArt and where I can also purchase at a reasonable price.  One of my favorite sources is Dreamstime.  They have a number of free photos, and a large collection of photos and clipart available for a reasonable price.

Dreamstime also offers the ability for photographers, graphic artists, and those that create clip art to sell your unique digital images.   While Dreamstime has some wonderful clipart and images, they are short on quilty type of photos and clipart.  Thus, SewCalGal wants to increase awareness of this opportunity and hopefully get more quilters (and graphic artists) either selling their photos/clipart to Dreamstime, or donating such items (e.g. uploading).  And, don’t overlook that you wouldn’t just be enabling selling of your images to other quilters or bloggers, but various businesses that need to find such images/clipart to use for their publications.  So, this could feasibly be a way to increase awareness of anything from great quilty photos to beautiful fabrics, designs, etc.

Free Stock Photography: Tools: 2 1/2 Spring Clamp Picture. Image: 34057

{above}  Think of images of your quilty products on Dreamstime.  Possibilities are endless for how such images could be used and the awareness that your products could get.  But, be aware of the terms & conditions that Dreamstime requires as once you upload your image they own it.  And, you need to make sure you own the image you upload.  Still, for some, this could be a great opportunity.

If you travel and take photographs, Dreamstime may be an opportunity for you to make money off of such photographs!

Again, this is simply a source that I enjoy enjoy using their free images and also purchased images.  And, I simply wanted to heighten awareness as I wish they had more quilty images.  You may want to decide if Dreamstime is a good source for images/clipart for you, or if you want to test the waters of selling your unique images/clipart on this site.

Search Royalty Free stock images on Dreamstime:

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Blog Header Tutorial and Crafty Valentine’s Ideas

I love Valentine’s Day for many reasons, but one is for all the fun crafty things you can create.  I guess, I could say, I simply love decorations.  Possibly a carry over from my early childhood experiences….but I love it just the same.  And, today, I’m delighted to share with you a few items I’ve created for Valentine’s Day.

Naturally, I wanted to create an image to decorate my Facebook page.

facebook timeline header-001

And, then I quickly reformatted it for a blog header.

facebook timeline header-001

Of course, I needed to create some Valentine theme bookmarks to share with my quilty friends.
The MyMemories online store has many cute designs for a reasonable price, as well as for free.  I found this cute freebie, a Valentine Teddy Bear,  and had to make a Valentine card with it for all my followers!


If you are thinking this was time consuming, trust me it was easy, fast and fun with the MyMemories software.

My MyMemories tutorials:

It really is quite easy to use MyMemories software, but they do have many Youtube videos and tutorials on their blog.

And, here are some of my tips for using this software to create a Facebook Timeline Header and/or a Blog Header.  

Facebook Timeline Header Image

1.  Run the MyMemories software program
2.  Create new project
3.  Click “Custom Size” and adjust Units to pixels.  Set width = 851 px and height 351.
4.  Click the WordArt button and type in your Text (e.g. Happy Valentine’s Day).  Click the Fill Button and select image. Click the Change button and the file browser will pop up, which you can use to find the photo that you would like to use for your WordArt Text.
5.  Click on Shapes and on the basics tab click on the heart shape (or any shape you wish to use). Click apply.
6.  Click on the heart shape and use your mouse to grab a corner to resize the heart, as appropriate.
7.  In the Shapes Menu box, click on Photo button and the file browser will pop up, which you can use to find the photo that you would like to include in this Shape.
8.  Click on Background Papers to select your favorite background paper.
9.  Click on Share Album, Export Pages and follow the prompts to export and save your design to an image file.
10.  On your Facebook page and hover your mouse over your current Timeline Header Image.  “Change Cover” button will appear and you will need to click it.  Then click the upload button where the file browser will pop up, where you can use it to find the photo you just created in MyMemories for your Facebook timeline.

Blog Header Image

To create your own blog header image, use the “create log header your own design”  in MyMemories follow the instructions above, but set the width = 1025 pixels.    Depending on your blog format you may need to have a different width, typically around 1,000, but the 1025 pixels has worked well for me.



I do use a variety of software packages and truly find that MyMemories software is so easy to use, it is my “go to” software.  I also think at $39.97 it is a very reasonable software package, plus they have many freebies on their site.  Should  you want to purchase this software, MyMemories has offered readers of SewCalGal a $10 discount off the purchase of the My Memories Suite Scrapbook software and a $10 coupon for the My Memories store – $20 value! (you’ll receive an email with a coupon code for $10 worth of designs from their online store, shortly after you purchase the software.  Just copy and paste the code STMMMS74482 and enter it during checkout to receive your discount!    

Use Code STMMMS74482 at checkout!

And, have a very Happy Valentine’s Day too!

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Making Crowns for Quilters and Others Too!

quack me ups by sewcalgal copy

You may have noticed in a recent post, that Daniela Stout was crowned the “Queen of Quilting” to recognize all her beautiful Cozy Quilt Designs and books that are appearing in quilt shops and online stores, around the world.

Many have asked where did I “buy” the “Queen of Quilting” crown?  Buy it ? Why I made it, and it is so easy I know you can too!  Thus, today I want to share insights with you on how I’m using the MyMemories Suite software to have fun creating images for my blogs, bookmarks, greeting cards, scrapbooking and, of course, crowns!

While I use a variety of software packages, the MyMemories Digital Scrapbooking software is truly my go to software for ease of use and creativity.  The software is reasonably priced, can be downloaded and easily installed on your computer.  There are also great video tutorials and a blog that is available to help teach and inspire.

They currently have a sale on several different crown sets,  but even when they are not on sale they are reasonably priced and fun to create with.  Just click on the image to go check these sets out at the MyMemories online store.  They are very easy to download and install within your MyMemories software.

They are cute as is, or you can edit to further embellish (e.g. add clipart that comes with the software, that you can buy, or that you may already have).  You might want to decorate yours with buttons, flowers, jewelry, photos…..the possibilities are endless.
It is also very easy to add text or WordArt to any of your MyMemories projects, including this easy to make crown.

Of course you might wonder what a quilter would do with a crown, now that the “Queen of Quilting” title has been granted to Daniela Stout, of Cozy Quilt Shop/Cozy Quilt Designs.  Well, let me share some other things that I created with this fun design set.

Quilting Diva’

Speedy Quilter 

Queen of Soccer

Birthday Girl

Queen of Quilting

These crowns print out on regular home printers.  For this project I printed the front of the crown with the text and the back of the crown without text, each on a photo sheet of 8×11 paper, then did a quick trip to the shape of the crown and taped the two pieces together.  And, a beautiful crown was quickly created.

So, what type of crowns would you create for sharing with your quilting friends, family, or non-quilting friends?  Possibilities are endless.  And, you’ll certainly generate smiles when you give someone such a crown!

I’m truly amazed that MyMemories software is so reasonably priced at $39.97. They have also offered readers of SewCalGal a $10 discount off the purchase of the My Memories Suite Scrapbook software and a $10 coupon for the My Memories store – $20 value!

Just copy and paste the code STMMMS74482 and enter it during checkout to receive your discount!

MyMemories is also on Facebook and gives away a digital freebie every Friday.  And, this week they are celebrating reaching 18,000+ Fans on Facebook with oodles of digital giveways too!

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Crafty Project Idea: Creating Bookmarks

While I love to quilt, another passion is reading.  I also enjoy cute bookmarks!  While I purchase pre-made bookmarks for gifts, as well as for my own use, I never seem to find them with wording or pictures that captures exactly what I’d like.  Thus, when I saw this fun project idea by MyMemories, I wanted to share it with you.  Plus, MyMemories will give you the templates for free, where you can modify to create bookmarks perfect for you too! Just click here to download these bookmark samples.

I quickly adapted the free template to create a variety of layouts and wording. 

It was so much fun, I created even more bookmark designs – all within a few minutes.

Once I had  the designs completed, I was able to print them on photo paper, on my home printer.  You can easily trim them with scissors or a paper cutter.   You can use scrapbooking grommets, but I  stitched some ribbon on to these bookmarks.

These bookmarkes now help me find my favorite patterns in quilt magazines.

And, I’m looking forward to using one with some pleasure reading.

I think these would also make fun little gifts.  Can you imagine bringing good cheer by surprising a kid with a cheerful bookmark in their school books?  Or what about including them inside of a Birthday or Get Well card?  What other ideas do you have for creating and/or giving bookmarks? 

While the MyMemories software helped me to create these fun bookmark cards, it is such an easy to use software that it is also fun to enhance photos for greeting cards, blogs, scrapbooks, etc..  I even found it inspirational to use for keeping track of my “Wish List” for future quilting projects.

There are many templates that are included in the MyMemories software, as well as papers, clipart, etc.  It is also easy to modify and create layouts to the size, scale, color you want.  Very easy to use and flexible software that is now my GO TO software when it comes to creating anything with digital images.

Don’t forget to download the free bookmarking template from MyMemories.

My Memories digital scrapbooking kits and scrapbook software

While MyMemories software is reasonably priced at $39.97, they have also offered readers of SewCalGal a $10 discount off the purchase of the My Memories Suite Scrapbook software. And, they will also give you a $10 coupon for the My Memories store – $20 value! Just copy and paste the code STMMMS74482 and enter it during checkout to receive your discount!
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