Archive for January 29, 2012

More Zipper Hearts

January 29, 2012

I made a few more zipper heart pins for the swap. One of my guy friends asked me about buying one for his wife so I made enough for both swaps and one for him. Then I decided to keep one for myself so had to make another, and ended up with six. One good thing about it being FREEZING COLD out – no guilt trips about not going outside and doing ‘stuff’. Just stay in where it’s safe and warm! In case you are wondering what I consider cold, well, it’s negative 51 today, that’s 51 degrees below zero (Farenheit). -51. Brrrrrr.
Heart pins

This is the one I’m keeping for myself:
Stuffed heart #5

Zippered Hearts

January 15, 2012

Zipper Heart pin / broochI’m in two different Valentine pin swaps. Since I have all these zippers I guess I should use them! I tried to figure out how to sew the zipper on before I turned it but this is too small and the zipper didn’t want to turn an inside curve. So I had to make the heart first, stuff it, and THEN hand sew the zipper to the edge. Came out pretty good though. A lot of handwork. I always put all my knots in the center where I make the slit for turning. It ends up pretty messy and puts a lot of strain on the fabric. You can kind of see that here.
Back showing all thread work

So what I do is make a felt patch to cover it. This does two things, hides the mess and reinforces the center. I put glue on the inside of the patch, which also helps strengthen the threads, and then I whip stitch around the edge.


Getting felt patch ready

I always put my pin back with the opening/fastener at the bottom. That way if it opens while you are wearing it, it won’t just fall off right away.

Pin back sewn on

I RESOLVE …

January 1, 2012

to do better at posting this year! Can’t believe my last post was in October! Yikes.
Zzzzipers!!!Here’s the latest thing I’ve been doing … Zipper crafts! I had been seeing people making all kinds of things with zippers so I placed a bid on eBay for a lot of 42 vintage metal zippers. Obviously won it! So far I’ve made two brooches and I have ideas for all types of different things using the zippers. I think tooth fairy plush could use a zipper or two … don’t you?

This is the first one
Zipper brooch #1

This is the second one

Zipper brooch #2
Fun!