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Summer Giveaway!

Lately I’ve seen so many inspiring craft ideas on the blogs I regularly read. My favorite of late is an idea based on the hoop.dee.do bulletin boards the husband and wife team dubbed Little Pretty Studio make and sell on etsy. I saw their nifty embroidery hoop bulletin boards on the blog PoppyTalk last week and have been thinking they would be the perfect accessory for my desk area. First of all, hoop.de.do? Great name. Love it. If their designs weren’t so darn cute, I’d make my own. Because it’s my favorite kind of project – super simple concept, short ingredients list, but high impact visual result and totally useful to boot. Hats off to Little Pretty Studio for this simple summer craft idea!
-Kate


hoop.dee.do embroidery hoop bulletin boards by Little Pretty Studio, available on etsy.

I don’t know if it’s something in the water or what but I’ve been going to an awful lot of baby showers lately. I always dream up great projects I want to make for new little ones in my life but of course I never actually sew them ahead of time. That’s why I love this sweet and simple bib from The Purl Bee. I’m a big fan of bias tape, it makes projects look finished and neat even when they may not be and I adore the dot variety Purl has for sale now. This bib looks like it could be made right before a baby shower or trip and I’m definitely bookmarking it for future reference.
-Christina

Feel like winning something? Leave a comment here telling us about your favorite quick summer projects. We’ll randomly pick one winner who will receive a copy of Lotta Prints – the ultimate in fast and fun crafting!

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44 Comments

  • abmatic July 10, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    Flannel baby blankets (like these) are a favorite quick project of mine and there always seem to be a lot of babies in the summer!

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  • Naomi July 10, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    I want to make some trouble! Just joking. I think we’re going to make some shadowboxes this summer.

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  • Thien-Kim July 10, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    My sewing machine is out of commission (sigh), but I have been itching to craft! So the other day, I rediscovered a retro applique I found at the thrift store. Sewed it to my shirt and voila! A new cool I’m-the-only-one-who-has-one shirt! Check out my blog for pics and tutorial. I’m ready to go thrifting and find more appliques.

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  • Sharon July 10, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    Making books with the kids. Right now we’re on simple folded books and hoping to ladder up to sewn creations. A great guide is Esther Smith’s How to Make Books (Purgatory Pie Press).

    Good luck in your summer craft projects!

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  • Kimberly July 10, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    I am attempting to make potholders and fabric bowls. My very first fabric projects. So far so good, I am slowly but surely getting the hang of it.

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  • LorraineDesign July 10, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    I just love these bulletin boards: what a great idea! I’ve actually been learning to embroider this summer, which has been a lot of fun…but I sure didn’t think of alternative uses for the hoop!

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  • Sally McEntire July 11, 2008 at 12:20 am

    My quick summer projects have mostly been about cleaning up my sewing corner! My favorite quick sew right now are totes and bags. I’m wanting to move on to something new though and would love to try printing! I’m crossing my fingers! Thanks!

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  • Suzy July 11, 2008 at 4:39 am

    Crocheting simple cases for my camera, laptop, etc. for all the traveling we’ve been doing this summer: )

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  • Katie Funk July 11, 2008 at 5:51 am

    As soon as I finish my last final this summer, I’m hoping to do some embroidery projects–perfect for summer travel or just sitting outside.

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  • Rhiannon July 11, 2008 at 5:57 am

    When I’m bored on long summer car rides, I knit up mug coasters. This year year I’m using recycled silk, and they’re coming out beautifully- bright and cheery!

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  • Madelyn N July 11, 2008 at 6:04 am

    I love making jewelry out of beach glass that I find on Madeline Island on Lake Superior.

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  • sarah July 11, 2008 at 6:07 am

    Knitting up lightweight shawls. They’re so lovely come fall.

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  • Kathryn July 11, 2008 at 6:34 am

    I love making soft dolls and baby blocks as baby gifts. I also love applique on baby shirts. There have been a lot of new babies lately and some still on the way!

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  • Elizabeth July 11, 2008 at 6:54 am

    I am about to make a toaster oven cover to replace the very dated one that came with my inherited toaster oven. I’m so excited to brighten it up!

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  • Kam A July 11, 2008 at 6:56 am

    I like making refrigerator menu boards- thank you for the giveaway!

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  • Grace July 11, 2008 at 6:57 am

    Hi! Had to sign up for a chance to get the Lotta book… I’ve heard all good things about her and I’m an avid sewer so hopefully luck will turn my way 🙂

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  • Kim July 11, 2008 at 7:26 am

    I just discovered these silk-screened rub-ons from Hambly screen prints. You can decal just about anything with them. This summer I’m making embellished candle holders and vases with them.

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  • laura July 11, 2008 at 7:30 am

    I am going overboard with a can of chalkboard paint: terra cotta pots, inside cupboard doors . . . it even works on heavy cardboard filing boxes. Just tape off a square and paint on several light coats of chalkboard paint. Remove the tape immediately after the last coat. Just erase the chalk and relabel when the box’s contents change.

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  • Mary July 11, 2008 at 7:48 am

    I’ve been using thrifted embroidery hoops to make quick and stunning swatch portraits (idea from the Purl Bee too) with some of my favorite thrifted vintage fabric! My goal is to all the way around the top of my craft room walls!

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  • Niku July 11, 2008 at 8:07 am

    this summer, I’m making lots of bottlecap pincushions! they’re so easy, I can make a bunch! and of course they are adorable, too.

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  • jen July 11, 2008 at 8:11 am

    I love the embroidery hoop bulletin board idea, so smart!

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  • Rashmi July 11, 2008 at 8:38 am

    I love to cross-stitch, so I pick up those samplers, those tiny ones that are so cute and do those whenever I’m feeling stressed or something.

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  • stacysews July 11, 2008 at 9:07 am

    My favorite quickie project – burp cloths! With a new baby in the house, we seem to go through tons of them, plus they make great gifts!

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  • EnglishDaffodil July 11, 2008 at 9:41 am

    I’m taking advantage of some extra time this summer to get started on Christmas stocking stuffers, which I always seems to run out of time for come holiday season. I’m making some tote bags with matching eyeglasses cases.

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  • Em July 11, 2008 at 10:05 am

    I love cutting old origami paper and folding them into paper stars. I fill unique bottles and jars to create color. I’m also experimenting with crocheting bags.

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  • Emily July 11, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    My quick summer projects are making stained glass earrings and coptic bound books. I am also taking an online art journaling class. There is just so much more I wish I had time for.

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  • Maureen July 11, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    Flavored popsicles! The best craft ever – and no need to figure out who to give it to either – they go too fast!

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  • Phoebe July 12, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    Stuffed animals and dolls are my favorite quick summer project. They always cheer me up!

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  • Teresa July 12, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    This summer a bunch of my friends have been having babies, so I’ve been working on nursing covers and burp cloths. I’m also planning on making a bunch of lace-up cards for my nieces.

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  • Goody July 13, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    i like making candles..my tastes change season to season so..in the summer, i grave light sweet scents and they are just a wax block and favorite essential oils away…

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  • Kate July 13, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    My favorite quick summer projects are knitted baby hats. They’re great on the go or at the park. And, it’s nice to have a couple on-hand for baby showers.

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  • michelle rosborough July 13, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    Making envelopes

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  • Carolyn July 13, 2008 at 8:00 pm

    I like combing the vintage (or thrift) shops and rummaging for pretty old pillowcases, and then I make some camisoles and pajama shorts out of them.

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  • christina July 14, 2008 at 11:00 am

    making baby hair bows

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  • liz July 14, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    love those hoop boards – cute AND genius!

    my favorite summer project (of the moment)? embroideries of my daughter’s drawings – made into pillows or little softies.
    and yes – applique onesies and bibs, always a hit.

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  • Susanne July 14, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    Fabric buttons/pushpins–super easy and addicting! More like an anytime project.

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  • Steph July 16, 2008 at 4:31 am

    I think I’m finally going to make a sewing machine cover to replace that nasty plasticy one that came with it. Instant gratification!

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  • L-A July 16, 2008 at 11:21 am

    When I’m not up to my eyes in larger summer projects, my quickie project is embroidering plain handkerchiefs. I just draw onto the hankie with an erasable fabric marker and then embroider. It’s a small enough project that I can carry it around with me to the beach or wherever. And it brightens up my hankie collection. By the time flu season rolls around, I’m sure I’ll be glad that I did.

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  • Molly July 16, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    Oh my! I’m inspired already by the pictures on your post. I hope I win!!!

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  • j9 July 20, 2008 at 9:12 am

    This summer, I’m taking all the long vintage gowns I’ve bought from the thrift store and turning them into minidresses. With the leftover fabric, I’m sewing up some reusable grocery bags. Yay, vintage! Boo, plastic bags!

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  • Jill July 22, 2008 at 7:53 am

    This summer, I’m making LOTS of colored pencil rolls. Add paper, and it makes a perfect gifts for kid’s birthday parties. Very cute, homemade, and avoids us buying some plastic junk in the latest trend.

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  • Kathryn July 22, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    We’ve been making lots of bookmarks from side panels of cardboard boxes (cereal, fun snacks, even the sparklers from 4th of July), and from all of my small paper scraps. It’s quick and easy when the kids need something to occupy a little quiet time, it uses leftovers and the bookmarks come in handy for all of the library material that floats around the house all summer!

    Thanks for the contest.

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  • Kelly July 22, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    This summer there has been a lot of rubber stamp carving going on at my house. Its amazing at all the neat little stamps you can make with just a Pink Pearl pencil eraser and a sharp X-Acto knife.

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  • Sunshine July 25, 2008 at 9:48 am

    My favorite project is the blamp. I take old metal blenders and wire them up to make simple and beautiful lamps.

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