Key Holder Tutorial.

I know, I am not a crafter. But maybe I am? I made this hey holder this weekend after Joel came home with a piece of wood and some hooks and said we needed somewhere to keep our keys. His plan was to take the plain unfinished wood and add the hooks and just screw the whole thing directly into the wall. No thank you. As awesome as that would have been, my plan was slightly different, hence this tutorial.

Materials needed:
Block of unfinished wood, whatever size and shape you prefer (mine was a 5×7 from Michael’s)
Screw-in hooks
Sandpaper – light to medium weight
Adhesive – I used Mod Podge Puzzle Saver, it just needs to work on wood and paper
One sheet of scrapbook paper
Small bottle of acrylic paint to match scrapbook paper
Sponge paintbrush
Clear acrylic sealer (aerosol)
Saw-tooth picture-hangers (2)
*These items can all be purchased at Michael’s or your local craft supply store.
Screw gun
Directions:
1. Using your sandpaper (try the finest grit first so you don’t scratch your wood), smooth out any rough edges on your unfinished block of wood. Paint the edges or sides of your wood block, rest on a disposable cup to let dry, and paint a second coat to ensure complete coverage.

2. Using your wood block as a stencil, trace and cut out a piece of your paper, leaving an eighth of an inch extra on all sides. Take your adhesive and apply a thin layer to the wood block with your sponge brush. Place the paper over the adhesive and go over it with a credit card edge to ensure there are no wrinkles or bubbles. Allow to dry completely.
3. When adhesive is dry, remove excess paper using an Exacto-knife or razor blade, ensuring the paper and wood edges are flush with each other.

4. For this step it is important to go outdoors where it is well-ventilated! Using your clear acrylic sealer, spray a thin coat over the entire wood block, covering the paper and paint. Let dry completely on your disposable cup again, and repeat. I recommended doing several coats of the sealer (I probably did more like 5 or 6 cause it was fun).

5. Measure and mark with pencil where you would like your hooks to be placed. Pre-drill small screw holes into your marks and screw the hooks into the holes (no, I don’t have man-hands, Joel was helping me).

6. Using a hammer and nails, attach your picture hangers to the back of the block of wood. Although the picture only shows one, two will help it to balance better on the wall when only one side has keys on it.

7. Voila! You are done and can hang it on the wall (and hopefully I can stop losing my keys).

Amy Butler’s Yoga Mat Bag Pattern Review.

I made a yoga mat bag using Amy Butler’s free pattern. Overall I thought the pattern was good. Amy Butler’s instructions are very simple and easy to understand.

Here are a few points that I would consider if making one again.

1. I would make the strap about an inch thinner, to make it easier to wear. Following the pattern, it is 4.5″ finished.


2. The pattern directions have the pocket extending all the way from the bottom of the bag, thought I better mention it in case you’re wondering why it looks different than the pattern photo. I made them a few inches shallower and added the bias tape for trim.
3. The top hem is extremely thick when sewing through all the thicknesses of strap, lining, and the exterior fabric (about 10 layers if my math is correct), especially if you use upholstery fabric as I did. Make sure to use a heavy guage needle. I used a 14, but 16 would be best.

Most Important:

*4. I would add a good 4 or 5 inches to the length of the bag. I actually added a button hole in the inside top hem so I could add a drawstring (the pattern directions have it open at the top with no drawstring), but when I put my yoga mat inside it comes right to the top of the bag so there is no room for the top to be drawn in. I just did some Googling and found that others have had this same problem, so definately add to the length! If you don’t plan on adding a drawstring, I would only add about 2 or 3 inches to the length.
A big thanks to Amy Butler for the free online patterns!

Etsy Shop.

I said I was not going to open a shop on Etsy. Then Angie told me I should. And we all know that she is super smart, so apparently I am listening to her. It is not up and running just yet, I’m just waiting on a few more supplies before I can post some items in my shop. I will keep you posted as to when I get everything officially going. I designed my banner/logo today, here it is:

Let me know what you think!

Brodie’s Bib.

I decided to make a bib to go with Brodie’s blanket. I hope you can tell that it is a necktie appliqued onto the bib. I am thinking of making an easy tutorial for this project. Leave me a comment if you would like to see one. Who says babies shouldn’t be able to get dressed up just because they like to spit up? Thanks to my lovely model, Wyatt.

Free Amy Butler Patterns!

If you are looking for some great free Amy Butler patterns, you can find them here. There are some great patterns, including quilts, pillows, scarves, and even a yoga mat bag, which is going to be my first project. That’s right, I like yoga. And I don’t even have to try not to smirk or peek through one eye during the mediation parts anymore. Namaste.