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The Project Gallery for June (using my ruffled camera strap tutorial) is now up over at UCreate.

Go here to take a look!

I made a new one, too. I was going to say something like “See if you can tell which one it is!” but then I remembered that they’re labeled. If you can’t tell which one’s mine, you probably can’t read this blog either. Ha!

****Don’t forget to enter the Say It On The Wall giveaway here!****

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Giveaway: Say It On The Wall

Do you like vinyl?

I’ve been known to use it a time or two myself…

(Tangent: Those frames are still empty. Man I suck.)

Laura from Say It On The Wall is offering one lucky Crap I’ve Made reader a $30 gift certificate!

She’s got some cute stuff! My personal favorites are the embellishments. My friend Casey has been trying to convince me to put some red on my piano ever since I painted it. I think several of these would look awesome!

And we’ve joked about getting my mom one of these for years!

Friends Welcome Relatives by Appointment

Not *quite* sure how my grandma (who lives just down the street) would feel about that, though.

And I have this saying above the door to my own laundry room:

laundry room vinyl

Might as well get a giggle whilst you’re in the middle of 14 loads a week, right?

So, what do you do to enter?

There are 3 ways:

Become an affiliate of Say It On The Wall. Click here to do that. Leave a comment ON THIS POST saying you did.

“Like” Say It On The Wall on Facebook. Here is their fan page. Leave another comment ON THIS POST saying you did.

Click on over to Say It On The Wall and have a look around. Come back to THIS POST and leave another comment saying what you’d spend your $30 on.

Giveaway closes on Saturday, July 3rd at midnight MST.

Laura is also giving all Crap I’ve Made readers free shipping using code “CRAP”.

***FTC disclosure: I was not compensated in any way for hosting this giveaway. I am NOT a Say It On The Wall affiliate and will NOT receive any compensation for Say It On The Wall purchases made as a result of this post. Prize to be provided by Say It On The Wall.***

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Winner! Winner!


The winner of the GO! Cutter (and dies) courtesy of AccuQuilt is….


Number 1293. Good thing I learned how to number my comments, ey? And who is lucky number 1293?


It’s Donna, from Mudpies & Memories!

Donna, shoot me an email at [email protected] and we’ll get your prize on it’s way.

HUGE thanks to AccuQuilt for the awesome giveaway!

And wait ‘til you hear about my weekend at EVO’10! Guess who won the grand prize there, including a Buick for a week!

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Flickr Feature Friday

After a brief hiatus, it’s back…FFF.

Before we get to that, GO ENTER TO WIN A GO! CUTTER IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY!!!  Giveaway ends tonight at midnight MST!

Did you know Crap I’ve Made has a Flickr group? You can find the link at any time up on my menu bar under Crap You’ve Made. Go add your stuff! Please?

Projects from the Flickr group will be featured on Fridays.

And, there’s now a Flickr stream widget over in my left sidebar. Click on over from your reader and check that out.

For today’s features, we’re going way way way back to the very first tutorial I ever did…the Appliqued Tie Onesie.

This one is from Erika Jean.  I LOVE that fish, too.


And this one is from Sascha over at Piccoli Piselli.


Have a fabulous Friday!  I’m off to EVO ‘10!

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Tumbler Skirt Tutorial

In the spirit of AccuQuilt and their AWESOME GO! Cutter giveaway (which you can still enter through Friday by going here), I wanted to share another project with you. And I wanted it to be something non-quilty.

I came up with the Tumbler Skirt.


***If you don’t have a GO! Cutter or have access to one, you can cut the tumbler blocks yourself….They’re just trapezoids. They measure 6 1/2” high. The top is 3 1/2” wide and the bottom is 6 1/2” wide.***

First, I want to show you how I cut the tumbler blocks. The light in my kitchen was awful that day, so excuse the crap-tacular photos.

The GO! Cutter box says it can cut up to 6 layers of fabric and I decided to put that to the test. I folded my fat quarters into sixths like this:


Then I gave it a quick press with the iron.

My tumbler die looks like this:


I’m going to place my fabric right on top of the outline you can see vaguely. That’s where the blade is.


Then I put my cutting mat on top.


And rolled it through my GO! Cutter.


The verdict on cutting 6 layers of fabric at once? Over all it was good. There were a few cuts where I had to snip a couple of threads that didn’t quite get cut, but it was still WAY fast, even with the snipping.

If you want to make your own Tumbler Skirt, you’ll need to measure the waist of the intended wearer, and round up to the nearest multiple of 3”. (The finished top width of the tumbler piece is 3”.) That is how many tumblers you’ll need for your top tier.

You’ll need double that number for your 2nd tier. For a shorter skirt or younger child, 2 tiers may be long enough.

You’ll need double the 2nd tier number for your 3rd tier.

And so on and so on and so on.

My top tier was 9 tumblers. The 2nd tier was 18 tumblers. And, my 3rd tier was 36 tumblers. You’ll also need a short (4”should be sufficient) zipper. I used double fold bias tape for both the hem and the waist line, but you don’t have to.

Sew the blocks for each tier together (1/4” seams), small sides up. On the top tier, sew only the bottom 2 or 3” together on the last seam. This is where the zipper will go.

The finished bottom width on each tumbler is 6”, aka double the finished top width. So, when you connect your tiers, you can line up seams nicely…2 tops for every bottom.

Install your zipper and have the wearer try it on. It will be too big. That’s good! You’re going to make some darts to get a custom fit. I darted (is that even a word?) every seam about 3/8”. I started on my seam line about 1/3 of the way up and then veered off so I was 3/8” over at the waist line.

Have the wearer try it on again. Now it should fit. If not, re-evaluate your dart situation and try again.

This is when I applied bias tape to the waist line and the hem. I’d recommend it for the waist for sure, but you could just hem the bottom and be fine. And I still need to sew an eye hook on the waistband, but I wanted to get pictures before it got dark.


It’s super twirly, too.


So twirly, in fact, that you might land in the bushes about .5 seconds after your mom takes this picture:


So, try something different! Make a skirt out of a quilt block! You might really, really like it.


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1047 entries for the GO! Cutter so far.

You guys are insane!!!

If you’re not already one of the 1047, go here to enter.

I spent the morning at the school watching end of year plays, so the project using my GO! Tumbler die is going to have to wait a little bit longer.

Exhibit A:


Exhibit B:

(She’s wearing a Split Twirl Skirt that she made herself)

In the mean time, here’s what I did with this thing (what in the heck is it anyway?) that I bought on my Smelly Barn Adventure™.



And you can see that I actually potted the plants in something else, so I can lift them out and use it for drinks.  You know, for the hypothetical awesome summer BBQ we’re having.

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(at least ‘round these parts)

So, remember this sweet little quilt I made?


Remember how I said the nice folks at AccuQuilt sent me a GO! Cutter to try out? Were you a *little* jealous?

Get over it, because now is your chance to win one of your very own! That’s right…a retail value of over $500!

Here’s what you can win, courtesy of AccuQuilt:

1 GO! Cutter (includes die that cuts 2.5” and 4.5” squares as well as 2” finished size triangles)


1 2.5” strip cutter (this sucker is AWESOME for cutting your binding strips)

2 other GO! Cutter dies of your choice

How do you enter?

I’m keeping it simple! Head on over to the AccuQuilt site and take a look at the dies (located here). Decide which 2 you’d pick. Come back to this post and leave one comment for each. For example, you’d comment once saying GO! Critters and then once more saying GO! Drunkard’s Path. That’s 2 entries per person.

Tell everyone you know! If they win, you can borrow it….right?

Giveaway will close Friday night at midnight MST.

In the mean time, stay tuned this week for a project courtesy of my GO! Tumbler die. And, it’s not a quilt!


FTC Disclosure. AccuQuilt provided me with a free GO! Cutter and dies. I received no monetary compensation. They are providing the GO! Cutter and dies to the winner of this giveaway.

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Piano Recital

If you’re not related to me, feel free to ignore this one…

Macy and Keller had a piano recital last night.


It was Keller’s first one.  He’s brand new to piano lessons.  In fact, his music doesn’t even have lines yet.  ;)

Macy’s been taking for just over 2 years now, so she’s an old pro.  Just ask her.  She doesn’t even get nervous anymore.

(You can hear Campbell humming along whilst she’s playing…kills me!)

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Happy Father’s Day

Other than some embarrassing shots of him doing yoga (blackmail purposes), this is literally the ONLY picture I have of BC this year.
But, it’s a good one to show how much the kids adore him.
He’s a good one, too.
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Coming Monday….

Super freaking awesome giveaway.

Tell your friends.

Tell your mom.

Sign your kids up for Google accounts.

You’re going to want to win this.

Here’s a hint:


See you then?

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