Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Crafting to Overcome Bad Habits and Addictions

Bad habits and addictions can be difficult to overcome even if you're under the supervision of a professional. Hobbies, such as crafting, can help you win the battle. Sewing, quilting, tatting, cross stitching, plastic canvas projects, latch hooking, doll making, crewel embroidery, knitting, crocheting, beading, looming, woodworking, jewelry making, paint and pencil by number and so many more crafts keep your mind occupied and your hands busy. A few great places to find kits and supplies are Etsy.com, Herrschners.com, Joann.com, HobbyLobby.com, DollarTree.com, Amazon.com. Search for "Craft Supplies" in your favorite search engine for all the possibilities. For a more specific search, such as quilting, search for something like "Quilting Supplies",  "Quilting Craft Supplies" or "Quilt Kits".

Begin with small projects and work your way up to larger projects. Keep finished projects for yourself, give them as gifts or sell them!

Kits are usually the easiest projects especially if you're trying to learn a new craft or are strapped for time. They have everything you need to complete the project including the instructions. You can usually contact the manufacturer, as well, if you don't understand any part of the instructions or if you find that some of the pieces are missing from the kit.

Whether you're trying to stop biting your nails, quit smoking, lose weight or overcome something much worse, I think you'll find that crafting is a great way to help you win your personal fight against bad habits and addictions. I hope you'll at least give it a try. I have provided lots of free lessons and tips on this blog and my sister blog at www.sewpractical.com. Keep watching for more craft lessons and tips.

Have a nice day!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

ECC Website Update

Hi everyone!

I just dropped by to let you know that the ECC website has been taken down. I have redirected www.ecraftclasses.com to the blog, so don't be surprised that you have arrived at the blog instead of the website. There are going to be many broken links for a while until I make all the modifications from the website to the blog. I operated the website for seven years so this may take quite some time to complete the link updating/removal process. Thanks so much for your patience. In the meantime, if there's some information you're anxious to have updated, just leave me a comment in that particular post and I'll make that change for you as soon as possible.

Have a nice day!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Project Review of Finished Riolis Beaded Heart Embroidery

I started this project one Saturday afternoon and finished it the following Wednesday afternoon. It probably took less than 10 hours total to complete. There were only two colors of metallic floss and two colors of beads, so it's definitely a must-have if you're looking for a quick and simple project. This kit came with everything needed to complete the project. Again, more than enough floss and beads than you'll need to finish the project. I bought this kit at Hobby Lobby. You may be able to find it online by typing in Riolis Embroidery Kit 1354.

I didn't have time to press it before taking the picture. Sorry about that. I will press it eventually for a project I want to make with all of my small finished embroidery and cross stitch projects.

Have a nice day!


Thursday, February 9, 2017

Nativity Cross Stitch Project

I started this cross stitch project after Thanksgiving and forgot to post it! I found the photos and thought I'd go ahead and share them with you. This is a huge project and may take me a couple of years to finish but I'll keep working on it until it is. One thing you'll learn from me is to never give up. I may stop to work on another project but I'll eventually come back to work on it again.

A glimpse of the project before I began

All the floss after separating it.

The first progress picture I took. I did more after this picture was taken.

This is the section I was working on in the picture above.

Have a nice day!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Product Review of my Finished Halloween Cross Stitch

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to drop by and share a picture of the Halloween cross stitch that I finally finished last weekend. I made it from a Halloween Pumpkin Mini Counted Cross Stitch Kit by Artiste and sold by Hobby Lobby. There was plenty of floss left over, so I didn't run out before the project was finished. Easy and fun project.

Have a nice day!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Pillowcase Tutorial

Whether you want to have pillowcases for every season and holiday, are tired of boring pillowcases available on the market or have hard-to-fit pillows, you’re going to enjoy this easy tutorial that will help you make your own pillowcases quickly and precisely. In my case, I have an oversized bamboo pillow that is too large for standard pillowcases and too small for queen size pillowcases. It’s so fast you can make several in a day. By the end of the week, your whole family will have new custom pillowcases!  Feel free to sell pillowcases you make using this tutorial, but please give tutorial credit to Sew Practical when doing so. Thanks!
1 ½ yards each of two coordinating fabrics make two pillowcases.

1. Measure the length of your pillow seam to seam. Mine is 31” long.

2. Measure the width of your pillow seam to seam. Mine is 19” wide.
3. Double the width and add ONE inch for ¼” seam allowance and to accommodate for some shrinkage. Mine is now 39” wide. If you want a looser pillowcase, add TWO inches.

4. Cut the new width (will now be referred to as the longest side) by the short side from one piece of fabric. Mine is 31” by 39”

5. For the pillowcase overhang, cut a SEVEN inch by the longest side from the second piece of fabric. Mine is 7” x 39”.

6. Fold the overhang section in half with wrong sides together so it measures 3 ½” x the longest side. Mine is 3 ½” x 39”.
7. Sew the raw edges to the longest side using ¼” seam allowance. Zigzag the edges. Your original length has now increased by 3 ¼”. Mine now measures 34 ¼”.
8. Fold the whole piece in half with right sides together so the overhang ends are touching. Mine measures 19 ½” x 34 ¼”.

9. Sew the raw edges together using ¼” seam allowance. Zigzag the edges.
10. Wash pillowcase, insert pillow and enjoy.

Have a nice day!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Free Pocket Size Tissue Holder Tutorial

Watch the Youtube video link for this class: http://youtu.be/zCiB44pHRu8. Written instructions are below.


Cut (3) 3 ½" x 5 ½" sections

Embellishments of your choice (buttons, ribbon, lace, etc.)
Fold two of the 3 ½" x 5 ½" sections into 1 ¾" x 5 ½" sections. Finger press the fold.  
Add ribbon, lace or applique to the folded pieces as desired.
Sew the 1 ¾" x 5 ½" sections to the remaining 3 ½" x 5 ½" section so that the pressed areas are touching. Sew all raw edges with right sides together. Use ¼" seam allowance.
                  Lay unfolded piece right side up.
Lay folded pieces right side down (right side is the side with embellishments) on top of the unfolded piece. Folds should be touching. Sew pieces together.
Zigzag the raw edges to reduce fraying.
Turn right side out and add any buttons or other embellishments.
Place tissue packet inside. If the packet opens from the top, cut a slit lengthwise down the center of the packet so the tissues will pull through the opening of the cover correctly. Or simply remove the tissues from the packet and place directly inside the cover.

Have a nice day!