Monday, March 23, 2020

Reverie Fabric by Shell Rummel!

Hello friends! Don't you just LOVE this gorgeous fabric! So many beauties to choose form. The fabric is designed by Shell Rummel for FreeSpirit Fabrics. Shell uses a very tranquil palette with soft colors. There is also some beautiful peach and turquoise colors in the line. Ask your local quilt store for availability. 

The pattern is the Redwood Tote by Anna Graham aka Noodlehead. 
I have made several of her totes, bags, backpacks and fabric pouches...the instructions are very easy to follow

 I wanted to showcase the beautiful orchid flowers down the center of the tote. Don't you just love it? The Cross Body Tote has handles and a long adjustable strap and is even large enough to hold a smaller lap top. 

Cant wait to fill it up, I know it will be a new favorite. 

Look at this fun geometric pattern for the lining! 

I love having a zipper pouch on the outside of my bag to keep my keys safe. 

The bottom of the bag has a reinforced panel for better wear. 
I used a gray cork to go with the fabrics for the bottom, strap and handles. 

There is even a nice deep pocket on the backside of the tote. 

Be sure to check out Shell Rummel's web site she does a lot more then just fabric.

Thanks so much for stopping by! 
Stay safe and healthy! 
Richele

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Memoranda Fabric Petal Pouch

Hello friends! I hope you're all doing well. I have a quick sewing project I'm sharing today using the new Tim Holtz Memoranda III fabrics by FreeSpirt Fabrics. The hardest part of making these bags was deciding which fabrics to use. The Memoranda line is definitely one of my favorite lines that Tim has done. The fabrics are a little girlie, sweet and soft colors and the imagery is so fun and beautiful. 

These Petal Pouches can be used for so many things. A makeup or travel bag, or maybe to carry your sewing essentials, I can think of so many uses. Can't you? 

The pattern I used is from Anna Graham AKA Noodlehead. I have made several projects using her patterns and they are always easy to follow and go together well. This pattern is available in book form on Amazon or she has a download for just these cute little pouches for only $6 on her website

Here are the beautiful fabrics I chose for the pouches. You find the fabric at your local Quilt shop or try on line at Fabric.com or The Fat Quarter Shop

You can also add a little stitching, an appliqué or some vintage buttons. 

Love the graphics on the back of this bag make me think of years gone by. The curved zipper makes it so the pouches have a large opening to add all the things. 

I used a fun lining for my pouches and can't wait to use them. 

What fabrics will you make your pouches out of?
What will your pouches hold? 

Thanks for stopping by! 
Richele

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Be Creative Art Retreat and Crop




DUE TO COVID-19 quarantine 
the Art Retreat has been rescheduled for May 29th - 31st 
Seats still available! 
Please stay in and be healthy! 

Be Creative Art Retreat/Crop 2020
  March 20th-22nd, 2020
 Hosted by Richele Christensen


The anticipation of a magical weekend awaits!


I’m so excited to be hosting a weekend getaway of crafting, fun and adventure.
The weekend festivities will include workshops on Saturday and Sunday morning with
Make-n-Take projects and treats each day.



We’ll be creating Cards & Mixed Media, projects, Assemblage pieces, using Ranger, 
Idea-ology, Sizzix products and more. 
You will have plenty of time to work on your own projects, have fun, laugh, make memories
and new friends. 



Includes a welcome gift from me, a 6 foot table all to yourself, treats,
drinks, raffle prizes, wifi, power (please bring a extension cord if you need power).
Please bring a snack to share one of the days if you’d like.



Sign up early only 50 spot!
Friday, March 20 - Sunday, March 22nd



3 day Crop -$175.00*


*Add on early bird no frills Thursday-$15.00*


*Comfy chair rental only $10.00*
*Limited quantities



*Optional No frills Thursday - 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
*Friday event starts - 10:00 am - midnight
*Saturday 10:00 am - midnight
*Sunday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm



*The store will be open Thursday-Saturday from 10-6pm


*There are 2 hotels within a few minutes from the store:
Best western Plus -(707) 678-1400
Country Inn & suites- (707) 676-5000



*All sales are final no cancellations, refunds or exchanges.
(if you are unable to come you may gift your spot to a friend)
Sorry, no substitutions for snacks or treats.

For more information go to 

I hope to see you there!
Richele

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Happy New Year 2020!


Hello friends! Can you believe the new year is here, a new decade even! 
 Thank you all so much for being on this crazy journey with me. 
I appreciate each and everyone of you. 

Happy 2020 my sweet friends and family. 
May the year ahead bring you happiness, health and adventure. 

Thanks for being here! 
Richele

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Haunted Assemblage Clock

Hello friends! Todays project is all about the new Halloween Idea-ology release. I love creating home decor pieces for Halloween and this years release is really inspiring! I hope you have time to play! 

The base of the project starts with an Assemblage Clock. Remove the bells + handles in one piece and remove the feet.  Paint the sides and pieces of the Assemblage Clock with Gesso to help with adhesion, then add Crackle Paste randomly rubbed over the surface and let air dry. Don't for get the face of the clock, the feet, bells and handle. Once the paste is dry it will show all the cracking, paint with Iced Spruce Distress Paint and let dry. Add Mushroom Alcohol Ink to a felt Applicator tool and ponce randomly over the surface of the clock. Draw Walnut Stain Distress Crayon in small sections over the clock and with a damp finger rub out the crayon to enhance the crackling. 

Trace the Assemblage Clock backing on your choice of paper from the Abandon Halloween Paper Stash Pad. Cut out with scissors smaller then the traced line and test to ensure it fits.This will be the foundation for the clock. The background of the clock has a little village that was die cut from the Sizzix Ghost Town Thinlits set. Ink Mica with Alchemy Alcohol Ink on an Applicator Tool and add to the windows for a little glow. Build the Haunted Halloween Ghost Town , trees and a moon using foam tape to add them to the background piece. You can add little fairy lights behind the houses as desired. 
Halloween Adornments are painted with Black Soot Distress Paint and Distress Crayon was added to enhance the letters and numbers and added to a Swivel Clasp to hang off the side of the clock. 

Line the inside of the clock with Mummy Cloth that has been died with Antique Linen Distress Ink Spray and dry flat with a heat tool. Stamp spider web image with Black Soot Archival ink then adhere to the sides with Collage Medium and let dry. 

Cut Metal Gate in half, cut to fit around the bottom and adhere with hot glue. Fussy cut a section from the group of Trick-or-Treaters, color with Distress Markers, blend out with a cotton swab, dry with a heat tool and spray with a fixative. Add a few Mask from the Sizzix Mascaraed thinlits die set and maybe a crown and wand for the princesses.
Adhere the Trick-or-Treaters in front of the gate and add moss and pumpkins and desired. 

And the wise old owl looking over the children was painted with Black Soot Distress Paint, partially dried and then rub off raised areas.  Color eye with Alchemy Pearl Alcohol Ink and paint with a tiny brush then go back and add the small dot in the center with Black Soot Distress paint. Add a little Mushroom Alcohol Ink to a cotton swab and rub on the raised areas of the owl.  Adhere Owl to the handle with Collage Medium resting the wings on the clock bells. Add a little Pumpkin with moss and a steam under the owl. Tie Mummy Cloth around the chain of the fastener. 

Adhere Hardware Heads to the face of the clock and don't forget to add a bat or two. Have fun creating your version for halloween!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Richele

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Memoranda NeedleCase and Pin Cushion

Hello friends! Today I have another sewing project using the Memoranda fabric by Tim Holtz. This cute little NeedleCase was fun and easy to make and I love having a place to hold pins and needles when I'm hand sewing.

I think the Memoranda collection is the perfect fabric for this charming NeedleCase.

Fabric Requirements:
                          A Memoranda From Camden PWTH092MULTI 1/4 yard (22.86cm)
                          B  Memoranda Franc PWTH098GOLD 1/8 yard (11.43cm)
                          C Memoranda Chrysanthemum PWTH093MULTI 1/8 yard (11.43cm)
                          D Provisions Crimson PWTH115CRIM    1/8 yard (11.43cm)

Additional Requirements:
Sewing Machine
100% Cotton Thread
1/4 yard (22.86cm) Fusible Woven Interfacing (light weight)
1/2 yard (45.72cm) Lace 
3 Buttons (small)
Pearl Cotton - Red 
Felt Sheets - 2 colors (cream and blue)

Cutting:
Fabric A, cut:
1 - 2 1/2” x 6 1/2” (5.089 x 16.51cm) 
1 - 6 1/2 X 5” (16.51 x 12.70cm)
 1 - 1 3/8” x 1 3/8” (3.49 x 3.49cm) 
Fabric B, cut:
1 - 2 1/2” x 6 1/2” (5.089 x 16.51cm)
Fabric C, cut:
(1) 2 1/2” x 6 1/2” (5.09 x 16.51cm)
Fabric D, cut:
1 - 1” x 20” (2.54 x 50.80cm) 
1 - Heart Template 
1 - 1 1/2” x 1 1/2” (3.81 x 3.81cm)
Felt (cream), cut: 
1 - 6 1/2 X 5” (16.51 x 12.70cm) (batting)
2 - 5 1/2” x 4 1/4” (13.97 x 10.80cm)
Felt (blue), cut:
1 - 5 1/2” x 4 1/4” (13.97 x 10.80cm)
Interfacing:
(2) 6 1/2 X 5” (16.51 x 12.70cm)

Sew fabric strips together as shown and press seams open. 

Iron interfacing to the wrong side of the sewn piece from above and the inside piece of the NeedleCase. 

Decorate the outside by sewing lace on with your machine. 
Hand sew patches and heart on with red Pearl Cotton thread. 

Add detail stitching and buttons using red Pearl Cotton. 

To create the tie fold fabric in half lengthwise and press, open and then fold edges to center fold line and press again.

Fold in half and sew along the edge of the strip, cut in half at a diagonal and pin to the center of the needle case. 

Layer NeedleCase pieces RST (right sides together), add felt layer and pin in place. Sew layers together using a 1/4" seam allowance. Leave a 2” opening for turning. 

Clip corners, turn RSO (right sides out) and press. 

Top stitch around all sides close to the edge. 

Position felt pieces in the center inside of the NeedleCase and draw a faint line down the center and sew on line to hold felt. 

Inside there is lots of room to store needles and pins. 


Thanks so much for stopping by!
Richele

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Happy Crossbody Bag

Hello friends! I'm always inspired to create a project that has many uses. I think this Happy Crossbody Bag will be perfect for a trip to the coffee shop with my computer and favorite book in it, a weekender bag, a great place to hold my favorite knitting or crocheting project or a purse with all the things in it.  

I love the sweet look of the new Memoranda fabric designed by Tim Holtz for Freespirt Fabrics. I absolutely adore the lining fabric with the soft yellow background and the sweet little gold, red and turquoise flowers. 

Fabric Requirements:
A Memoranda Paris PWTH101MULTI 1/4 yard (22.86cm)
B Memoranda Franc PWTH098GOLD 1/4 yard (22.86cm)
C  Memoranda Receipt PWTH102AQUA 1/4 yard (22.86cm)
D Memoranda From Camden    PWTH092MULTI 3/4 yard (68.58cm) Lining
E Memoranda Horticulture PWTH094AQUA 1/4 yard (22.86cm)
F Provisions Amber PWTH115AMBE 1/4 yard (22.86cm)
G Linen Neutral              1/2 Yard (45.72cm)

Additional Requirements:
2 1/2 yards (2.29m)  Fusible Woven Interfacing Pelon SF101 - 20”(50.80cm) wide
(1) Magnetic Closure 
(1)  D-ring  1 3/4” (4.45cm)
Thread to match
Sewing machine and supplies  
Rotary cutting supplies 

 
Select fabrics for your bag and get ready to cut! 

Cutting:
Fabric A, cut:
(2) 1 3/4” x WOF  (4.45cm)
Fabric B, cut:
(2) 1 3/4” x WOF  (4.45cm) 
Fabric C, cut:
(2) 1 3/4” x WOF  (4.45cm)
Fabric D, cut:
(2)  1 3/4” x WOF  (4.45cm)
(2)  15 1/2” x 15” (39.37 x 38.10cm) (lining)
Fabric E, cut: 
(2) 1 3/4” x WOF  (4.45cm)
Fabric F, cut:
(1)  1 3/4” x WOF  (4.45cm
(2)  7” X 7”  (17.78 x 17.78cm)  (pocket 1)
(2)  10 1/2” x 7”  (26.67 x 17.78cm)  (pocket 2) 
Fabric G, cut:
(2)  15 1/2” x 6 1/2”  (39.37 x 16.51cm)
(2)  15 1/2” x 3 1/2”  (39.37 x 8.89cm)
Woven Interfacing, cut:
(4)  15 1/2” x 6 1/2”  (39.37 x 16.51cm)
(2)  15 1/2” x 3 1/2”  (39.37 x 8.89cm)
(2)  (2) 15 1/2” x 15” (39.37 x 38.10cm)
(1)  7” X 7”  (17.78 x 17.78cm). pocket
(1)  10 1/2” x 7”  (26.67 x 17.78cm) pocket
(1)  3 1/2” x 4 1/4”  (8.89 x 11.43cm)
(3)  3 1/2 x 20”  (8.89 x 127cm) 

Sew 5 different strips together as desired. 

Press seams open then cut 2 pieces to 15 1/2" wide. 

Press fusible interfacing to the wrong side of fabric pieces. 

Attach fusible interfacing to the wrong side of the corresponding linen fabric pieces. Sew 15 1/2” x 6 1/2” (39.37 x 16.51cm) linen to the bottom of sewn piece from above. Press seam towards the center. Sew 15 1/2” x 3 1/2” (39.37 x 8.89cm) linen pieces to the top of the sewn piece right sides together. Press seams towards the center. This will be the main pieces of the bag (front and back). 


Draw a line 1 1/4” (.64cm) in from the sides and 1 1/4” (.64cm) in from the bottom. Cut out the little squares with scissors. 

Sew the sides and the bottom of the bag and press seams open. 

Sew corners by pinching the cut corner together with RST (right sides together). Align the side seam and bottom seaman pin together. Sew 1/4” (.64cm) from edge. 

Attach fusible interfacing to the back of the pocket pieces (one of each size) 7” X 7” (17.78 x 17.78cm) and 10 1/2” x 7” (26.67 x 17.78cm). Attach fusible interfacing to the back of the lining pieces 15 1/2” x 15” (39.37 x 38.10cm). Sew RST leaving a opening for turning, clip corners, turn right side out and press. Top stitch close to the edge and about 3/4” (1.91cm) and 1” (2.54cm) from the top of each pocket. 

Attach fusible interfacing to the wrong side of the lining fabric. Position sewn pockets to each lining, centered side to side and 3 1/2” (8.89cm) down from the top. Sew around the sides and bottom of the pocket 1/4” (.64cm) from the edge. 

Add a seam down the center of the larger pocket to create two compartments if desired. 

Instal magnetic closure 3/4” (1.91cm) down from the top edge of the lining piece. (Please follow manufactures instructions for closure). Mark with a pencil and cut a small slit. 

 Insert metal tabs, attach washer and fold tabs down.


Draw a line 1 1/4” (.64cm) in from the sides and 1 1/4” (.64cm) in from the bottom of the lining pieces. Cut the square out with scissors. 

Sew the sides and bottom of the lining pieces. Sew corners by pinching the cut corner together with right sides together. Align the side seam and bottom seam and pin together. Sew 1/4” (.64cm) from the raw edges. 

Draw a faint line on the back side of linen bag with a pencil or water soluble pen/tailors chalk 3/4” (1.91cm) down from the top edge. 

Fold fabric edge down to meet the line and press. Roll seam down again and press to create a rolled seam.

Insert lining in to bag with WST (wrong sides together) lining up to the pencil line. The top of the lining should meet the pencil line and pin in place. Fold over the rolled linen and top stitch close the the edge. 

Add another row of stitching as desired. 


Make a small piece to hold the “D” ring. Sew 3 of the  4” X 1 3/4” (10.16 x 4.45cm) pieces together, trim to 3 1/2” x 4 1/4” (88.9 x 11.43cm) and attach fusible interfacing to wrong side of strap, fold right sides together and sew on long edge, turn right side out and press.

Attach “D” ring around small strap. Overlap the small strap in the back and stitch down. 


Center the strap on the side of bag meeting the strip piecing of the bag about 2 1/2” (6.35cm) down from the top. Top stitch with a square and an X in the middle of the square. 

Piece the handle using the remaining 1 3/4” x WOF (4.45cm x WOF) strips. Cut strips in to 4" X 1 3/4” (10.16 x 4.45cm) pieces of fabric, sew the pieces right sides together in no particular order to create a 4” x 50”  (10.16 x 127cm) strap. Trim sewn piece to 3 1/2” x 50” (10.16 x 127cm). Sew fusible interfacing together at a 45 degree angel to create a 3 1/2” x 50” (10.16 x 127cm) piece. Attach fusible interfacing to wrong side of strap. 

fold right sides together and sew down the length of the strap adding a 45 degrees angle at one end and leaving the other end open for turning. Turn right side out and press. Topstitch 
close to the edges.


Fold raw edge of strap end under 1/4”(.64cm) and sew close to edge. Sew the long strap to the other side centered and about 2 1/2” (6.35cm) down to meet the piecing. Top stitch with a square and an X in the middle of the square to secure. 

Tie strap to “D” ring at desired length.  


And just like that a new fun bag to use has been created. I can't wait to take mine on my next adventure!

To see the full line of Tim Holtz fabric visit Free Spirit Fabrics here
Check your local fabric store for more information!

Thanks for stopping by!
Richele