Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Simple Pencil Pouches with Pellon Vinyl Fuse

A couple months ago I was in Joann's Fabric with my daughter and we saw some cute Looney Tunes fabric on clearance.  My daughter wanted me to make pencil pouches for her and her sister.  This kept me up for several hours one night, just looking for tutorials.  I found a great tutorial online from Positively Splendid for making cute and simple pencil pouches.  

After cutting out the pieces, I also used my Cricut Joy (which I love, by the way, and should post a review on it soon) and Iron On Vinyl to cut out the words.  I used the "Offset" feature in Cricut Design Space to give it the black outline.  I used black for the outside and silver for the inside.  I ironed them on before sewing.

The first pencil pouch (FxBugz) I used Pellon Vinyl Fuse for the outside as well as the inside.  I was not able to find anything online for using Vinyl Fuse on pencil pouches, so this was all trial and error.   I ironed on the vinyl fuse before sewing.  Please make sure you read all the instructions before starting.  If you get the iron directly on the vinyl, it will melt!  It also wrinkles very easily while ironing, so make sure you press the iron straight down rather than moving it all around.  The finished pouch was quite small and wouldn't even fit pencils in it.  Small pens or change will fit, but not full size pencils or markers.  The second one I made (FxDaffy) I did not use the vinyl fuse and I cut it 10" long instead of 8.  It was much easier and fits pencils!

It took me pretty much all day to do these two little pouches and now my body aches and I am exhausted.  The first one took the longest because it was all trial and error.  The second one I was able to do in just a couple hours.  But it's my first sewing project that I've done in months, so I feel accomplished and can finally cross it off my list!

Happy Crafting!


Wednesday, September 29, 2021

I've Rebranded - Sleepless Crafter

 If anyone has read my About Me page, they know that I was trying to make a business out of my crafts, then went to work outside the home, thereby destroying my craft business (and health), and now I have quit my job (due to health issues), and am focussing on my business again.

As I lay awake one night, thinking and dreaming about craft projects (I mean literally, every stinking hour I woke up with some idea popping in my head), I decided Sleepless Crafter was the perfect name for my rebrand.

What's my plan now?  My goal is to make youtube videos showing sewing and craft tutorials, (including cabbage patch tutorials on my cabbage patch channel), continue to draft cabbage patch patterns, and start selling SVG files for cutting machines.  All of this (especially the videos) is going to take a LOT of work, and depending on how good my body is to me, I hope to accomplish what I set out to do.  I have fibromyalgia, so I am at the whim of my body.  There are days I feel good and can get a lot done and actually feel "normal" and then there are days where I wake up feeling like I got hit by a truck, can't hardly move, feel like I have the flu, feel like I haven't slept for days, and cannot physically or mentally do a darn thing!  Sadly, I have more days like that than good days.  But I am focusing on staying positive.  Wish me luck!  Say some prayers for me! Send me positive vibes!

Happy Crafting!


P.S. Here's my youtube channel.

Thursday, July 29, 2021

I'm Dyeing Again--Dyeing Fabric, That Is

I recently purchased some Martha Nelson Thomas Doll Baby pre-sewn bodies from the 1980s. I also bought some Windsor Comfort fabric from etsy. It was called Pale Fawn. When it arrived, I was surprised at how white it was--nothing like the doll fabric. So I decided to buy some Rit DyeMore fabric dye for synthetic fabric. 

I used a large 12-quart stainless steel pot with 1.5 gallons of water, brought to a boil and 1 yard of fabric. I added a tiny squirt of dishsoap once it came to a boil, then added the dye, then the dry fabric.

First I tried 0.6ml each Sandstone and Apricot Orange. It wasn't the right color. 

So using the already dyed fabric, I tried 1.2ml each Red, Sandstone, and Apricot Orange. It was close to the same color but a little too orange. 

Then I tried 0.2ml red, and 1.2ml sandstone to the non-dyed piece of fabric. It did not change the color at all, as though the dye did not work.  I don't know if maybe the bottles had the wrong dye in it or what.  I tried it again and still, nothing changed.  So I came to conclusion that the sandstone and red were faulty.

Then I tried .6ml just apricot orange.  It was just a tad too light.  So I put it in again with a new batch of .6ml apricot orange.  It changed very slightly.  Here are the photos of the end results of the fabric next to a sample of Dolskin Flesh fabric, Windsor Comfort Flesh (no longer available), Windsor Comfort Pale Fawn, and the Presewn Doll Baby body...

The fabric that I dyed the first time, that I thought was too orange looks almost exactly like the Windsor Comfort Flesh.  The fabric that I dyed .6ml apricot once looks almost identical to the Dolskin Flesh.  After dyeing it a second time with the .6ml apricot looks very close to the Presewn Doll Baby body.  It is very hard to capture the correct color on camera and to match it on different screens since screens display colors differently.  I am really amazed at how close it came in color with just using apricot.  I suppose flesh tones are more of an orange color, after all.

Friday, July 16, 2021

New Website URL

 I have had the domain sewinspiredllc.com for almost 10 years now.  I don't use this blog as much as my Cabbage Patch blog and I feel that paying for a domain that I rarely use is a waste of money.  So once my domain subscription runs out, my new blog address will be sleepless-crafter.blogspot.com.  The change won't be in affect until February 2022.

Sunday, April 18, 2021

How to Upload Images to Instagram on Your Laptop

 I recently started a new Instagram account that I wanted all my cabbage patch patterns uploaded to.  It was going to be a hassle to save each one onto my phone just to be able to upload, so I found a very easy way to do it from my laptop!  You don't have to download anything, just follow the instructions on this blog.  Right click anywhere on the instagram page, then click "inspect."  When a window pops up, there is a picture of a phone/tablet (or Ctrl+Shift+M).  Click that.  You're good to go.

Here's my new Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/cpkdiana/

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Windows Open Live Writer with Windows 10

I used to use Windows Live Writer for writing my blog all the time.  It's so much easier than using blogger because you can position the photos exactly where you want.  Then it stopped working, so I uninstalled it. But, then I realized that I had a draft post saved on my computer that I had used with Windows Live Writer.  It was pretty lengthy and had a lot of photos.  I didn't want to lose it, so I had to download it again.  The Live Writer that is available in the Windows app store does not work at all.  It will not connect to the blogger account.  I would get an error message that said, "Sign in with Google temporarily disabled for this app."  So I googled the problem and found one that works.


Screenshot 2021-03-04 082026Download Open Live Writer

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Remote Desktop with your iphone on Windows 10 Home

My laptop is normally in my living room, plugged in because the battery does not last long.  My printers are in my bedroom/office/craft room.  I scan a lot of patterns and print a lot of things, so I am always going back and forth from the living room to the bedroom.  I wanted a way to remotely control my computer with my iphone so that I didn't have to keep going back and forth.
First I googled it and found out that I have to have Windows 10 PRO instead of HOME.  I was about to pay the $99 to upgrade my Windows to Pro.  I even asked the Dell chat representative if there was another way to remotely access my computer with my phone.  After a half hour of searching, he said there was no way.  So I googled it again and found TEAM VIEWER!  It is completely free (unless you use it commercially)!  I downloaded it onto my computer and onto my phone and voila!  I can now be in the bedroom scanning things with my phone instead of going back and forth.  It is so nice!  And it's easy!  I am so glad I didn't pay the $99 to upgrade.

Download for computer

Download for iphone

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Sleep Number Mattress Review iLE (Limited Edition) 360 Smart Bed

My husband and I had the same mattress for 22 years. We have had back problems and sleeping problems. He normally wakes up about five times a night and I am constantly tossing and turning. So we decided to give Sleep Number a try. The main reason we wanted the Sleep Number is because my husband is a heavy man and I am a pretty small woman, compared to him. So whenever he would get in bed, the bed would sink down where he was and it would cause me to roll towards him. For this reason, I wanted a firmer bed. But he wanted a softer bed. So we figured with the Sleep Number, we would both get what we want.

We went to a local Sleep Number store on Black Friday and tried out all the beds. I am so glad that we did because each bed feels so different! I almost wish that the salesman wouldn’t have even told us which bed was what so we could just try them all and find out which one we like the best without thinking about the price or anything else.

Amazingly, the bed both of us liked the best was an iLE 360 Smart bed, the most expensive bed. Luckily, it was 50% off. We also bought the base and frame, which was unfortunately not on sale.

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Fitbit Inspire 2 Vs. Apple Watch Series 6 (ECG and Sleep recordings)

 Last year I purchased the Fitbit Inspire 2 (lilac color) basically to track my sleep and heartrate.  I had been feeling exhausted (and still am) and wondered if the sleep feature would show me anything.  Also, I have had heart palpitations and so I thought it could show me something on that as well.  I thought I would see that I toss and turn and hardly sleep all night long.  I thought it would show my heart beating at 175bpm like my Homedics blood pressure monitor showed.  I was so wrong.  The Fitbit app DOES show amounts of time sleeping/awake, what my heartrate was throughout the night, and what my average bpm is throughout the night and day, BUT it only shows my heartbeat every 5 MINUTES! That does not help me when my heart palpitations only last 30 seconds.  And as far as sleep goes, there's been times when I was awake for an hour but the Fitbit app showed I was sleeping during that entire hour.  So it was not 100% accurate.