I Say Goodbye, You Say Hello…to a discount code!

I’ve mentioned my friend Joy several times lately and today, I’m sad to tell you guys that she’s leaving me. She’s moving hours away from me….and she’s taking her fabric with her. THE fabric. My I-need-a-quick-fix-of-awesome-fabric-right-now source is packing up and headed to San Antonio. Do you hear my sniffles? Do you hear my heart breaking? Do you feel my pain??

Joy sells Amy Butler and Heather Bailey fabric, you see.

This is Joy.  This is Joy in her roomful of gorgeousness.  This is Joy in her room full of gorgeousness in her own home.

A) See that face?  Now you can see the joy in Joy.  The joy in A Joyful Soul Fabrics.  She radiates love, warmth and….joy.

B) Can you even imagine having that fabric stash in your house??  You should see the projects she can crank out.  She’s a sewing…..um…machine?  You know what I mean.  I think.

I need this quilt.  I’ll make one soon.  I think.

So…because she’s just about to leave me, you guys get the hookup.  See, it will save her lots of time, effort and moolah if she can unload some of this fabric on us rather than having to pack it up and ship it across Texas.  Poor, poor us, huh?

Details: Joy has given me a discount code to share with you guys!  Now through June 6, use the code TGW20 to get 20% off of any order over $25!!

She’s more than just fabrics, too!  She has fantastic quilt kits, really fun patterns, and…well, just good stuff.   Go shop her site, use your code, unload her stash and start sewing.  I would love to see pictures of anything you guys make with your Joyful Soul fabrics!

Side note:  If you live near me, you live near her.  She would love for you to set up an appointment to stop by her house, take a look around and grab some fabric!

Another side note:  If you are in the San Antonio area, she would love for you to set up an appointment to stop by her house, take a look around and grab some fabric….once she lives there, you know.

To Joy:  It has been wonderful getting to know you.  Every visit to your home leaves me inspired, smiling and joyful.  I will miss you….but don’t think you’re rid of me! ;)  Best of luck with your move!

Padded iPad Sleeve Tutorial

When we were at the Apple store buying my iPad, they had a decent selection of protective cases available, but if you guys know me by now, you know that I had to at least try to make my own before I gave in and bought one.  I quickly went through Plan A and Plan B before I was successful.  So, with you I share my Plan C.

It’s a very simple, quick project to put together.

It’s not so much a case as it is a sleeve.

It fits so snugly that there is no need for any type of closure.  Your iPad won’t be going anywhere.

It’s perfect to throw in your purse for protection against keys, lipsticks, Hot Wheels,  fruity snacks, and melted chocolate.  Please tell me your purse is like mine.  Please?

It’s made using a sturdy home decor fabric on the outside and a fantastically soft flannel on the inside.

It’s cushioned with a nice layer of foam so you don’t have to fret over every bump and booboo.

So, let’s get started.  You’ll need:

Paper to draw out your pattern (I use old wrapping paper with the 1″ grid on the back)

Exterior fabric (I used one from Amy Butler’s August Fields home decor line)

Interior fabric (I’m pampering my iPad with an Amy Butler flannel from her Love line)

Foam for cushion (I used automotive headliner that I got for 50 cents in Hancock’s bargain bin)

Sewing basics (scissors, thread, pins, serger, sewing machine

1.  Cut your pattern piece for your exterior & interior fabrics.  It will be 10.5″ x 8.5″.

2.  Cut your pattern piece for your foam.  It will be 9.5″ x 7.5″.

3.  Using your pattern pieces, cut 2 each of your exterior fabric, interior fabric and foam.

4.  Take one exterior piece and one interior piece and place them wrong sides together.  Serge one of your short ends without cutting the fabric.  Repeat with remaining 2 pieces.

5.  Open up your seam and place a piece of foam inside, leaving 1/4″ between top edge of foam and your seam, and 1/2″ space around the rest of the foam.

6.  Now close your “sandwich” keeping your seam flat and edges even.  Pin through all 3 layers.

7.  Serge 1/4″ around remaining 3 sides.

Repeat with your other exterior/interior/foam.  You should now have 2 “sandwiches”.

8.  Now we’re going to double-decker this thing.  Pin your two “sandwiches” together with your interior sides facing each other.

9.  Serge 1/8″ around 3 sides, leaving one short end open.  Then go back with your regular sewing machine and sew a seam just inside your serged seam to reinforce your sleeve.

You’re done!  Now, this is a tight squeeze, isn’t it?  I decided to make it that way because, A) makes the tutorial simpler ;) and B) less junk to mess with when I want to get the iPad out of my purse.  However, if you want yours less tight you could expand the width of this case a half inch or so and throw a Velcro or button strap on it.

Let me know if you have any questions!

Treat yourself….Amy Butler Style (WINNER)

I’ve never met a crafter that doesn’t just love Amy Butler fabrics, have you?  They’re gorgeous!  She never fails to have massive appeal when she releases a new collection and I find her prints very hard to resist.  Imagine my extreme pleasure when, through word of mouth, I discovered that there is a wonderful lady very near me who is an Amy Butler (and Heather Bailey!) retailer!  Amy Butler that I can lay my hands on, not pay shipping for and go pick up immediately?!  I’m in.  I’m all about the instant gratification.

After a few emails and a couple of phone calls, I headed out yesterday to meet Joy of A Joyful Soul Fabrics.  I walked through her lovely home to discover her fabric room.  It’s what dreams are made of.  Walls lined with shelves.  Shelves filled with the most beautiful fabrics on the market.  I was in heaven.  I drove her crazy, I’m sure, as I pulled out 2 bolts here, 3 here, and changed my mind no less than 87 times.  Who wouldn’t have trouble narrowing it down to 3 fabrics when you’re surrounded by a dizzying amount of Amy Butler and Heather Bailey??  Right?

So I made my fabric selections for Elliott’s Easter dress (another post on another day) and while she cut, we decided that we should do a giveaway.  I loved her idea of giving away this Amy Butler Lavender Eye Pillow sewing kit.

It’s not just the pattern and the fabric, it’s got the lavender-scented fill, too!  It’s all you need to pamper yourself at the end of a trying day.  And what a fun, quick project it will be to sew up!

I love the fabrics included for the slipcover and carrying case.

Gorgeous!

So…to enter:

Leave a comment telling me about your favorite Amy Butler & Heather Bailey fabrics and what sewing projects you’ve got lined up at the moment.

If you Twitter, Facebook, blog about the giveaway, add an extra comment with a link to where you’ve shared it and that will get you an extra entry.

Entries will be accepted until Thursday, April 1st 2010 at 12pmCST and a winner will be selected soon after.

We have a winner!  Congratulations, Carolyn!  Send me an email and I’ll get it shipped to you.  Hope you enjoy!

Making Things A Little Easier For You

With spring coming up, I’ve started whipping up some more halter tops for Elliott.  Since it has been months since I’d made one, I was referring to my own tutorial to refresh my memory.  I found myself running back and forth from my sewing machine to my computer and realized that you guys have probably been doing the same thing when following my tutorials.  So, I decided to add a button that allows you to print any of my posts (especially tutorials and recipes!) in PDF form.

At the bottom of each post, you’ll find this:

Simply click that, then open or save it.  Print and stash for crafty days!

I’ll include some links to my more popular tutorials for you guys to bookmark and save as PDFs.

Owl Party Favor Tutorial

Hair Clip Tutorial

Felt Board Tutorial

Halter Top Tutorial

And while I’m in halter-top-making mode, I thought I’d share some fabric combos from Fabric.com that are so cute and fun!

I love these two from Michael Miller’s Lagoon collection.

These prints from Alicia Place Frost are just gorgeous!

Who can resist Heather Bailey’s Pop Garden collection?

This fun set is from Michael Miller’s Gray Citron & Black collection and I just love it!

You can never go wrong with Amy Butler.  These two are from her August Fields collection.  Beautiful!

So, I hope the PDF feature makes crafting a bit easier for you!  Be sure to let me know if there is anything I can do to make things on The Green Wife easier for you guys to use and enjoy.

And I want to know:

Who has started on their spring sewing?  What fabrics are you loving for this season?  I would love to see some links!

Halter top recon

So I posted before about entering The Fabric Floozie’s Recon-a-Thon….and here I am extremely last minute, entering a recon. February turned out to be a pretty busy month and I got behind on craftiness.

This afternoon, I grabbed this scarf from my scarf collection.

It was a favorite when I purchased it months ago, but it really washed me out and was a little bulkier than I cared for.  It’s been hanging unloved for too long, so the Recon-a-Thon was the perfect opportunity for it to be transformed into something that would get worn and loved.

I used my halter top pattern and got busy.  It was very sheer, so I lined it with muslin.

Now Elliott has a fun little hippie halter dress ready for spring!  She refuses to take it off now because it ‘makes me dance so pwetty!’.  Just add sunshine!

So…what do you think?