Monday, July 21, 2014

Laptop AND iPad Bag in Fun Summer Colors

Yes, it is another Kennedy Bag!  I just love this pattern by Sarah Lawson from Sew Sweetness.  It is actually a free pattern she offers, so check it out!  I always feel so satisfied when I am finished with one of these bags.  The buckles still frustrate me a bit, but it is all worth it!

Laptop and iPad Messenger Bag by Gina's Craft Corner (pattern by Sew Sweetness)



I love the look of the fabric on this bag.  It is a home decor fabric from JoAnn's.  I think the gray is a bottomweight fabric and it feels kind of smooth and almost silky.  I love it!

Laptop and iPad Messenger Bag by Gina's Craft Corner (pattern by Sew Sweetness)



Aren't polka dots so much fun?!  I don't think you can ever outgrow polka dots.

Laptop and iPad Messenger Bag by Gina's Craft Corner (pattern by Sew Sweetness)



 I think this is the first time I have actually put in the side buckles for this bag, exactly like the pattern says.  OH-and look at this cute metal bag label that says, "handmade".  I got this from Janelle at Emmaline Bags!   She has other label that say, "handmade-Made in the USA"!  I really wanted one, but I decided to go with the least expensive label since it's something I really don't HAVE to have.  I just wanted to try them just once.

Laptop and iPad Messenger Bag by Gina's Craft Corner (pattern by Sew Sweetness)



 It's just one more touch that makes the bag look a little less 'home' made, and little more "ooh la la".

Laptop and iPad Messenger Bag by Gina's Craft Corner (pattern by Sew Sweetness)



 I'm still amazed that this bag can hold an iPad AND a laptop!  I did add two extra layers of fusible fleece to the inside zipper pocket in order to give the iPad some added protection.

Laptop and iPad Messenger Bag by Gina's Craft Corner (pattern by Sew Sweetness)




I finally added a key holder!  This really is a must for any bag.  I don't know anyone that does not have problems locating their keys in their purse.

Laptop and iPad Messenger Bag by Gina's Craft Corner (pattern by Sew Sweetness)




Check out my new Gina's Craft Corner fabric label!!  I did this myself! Hopefully I'll have a tutorial to share with you soon.





I had to come back into this post and add this picture (7/21/14)!  It's the best part of the bag.  I saw a bag recently loaded with purse feet and I just thought it looked SO cute.  The polka dots lined up perfectly to try it out on this bag.  Do you like it?  I LOVE it!!  I wish I could have gotten a better picture.

Laptop and iPad Messenger Bag by Gina's Craft Corner (pattern by Sew Sweetness)




So, what do you think?  This bag is going into my recently opened Etsy shop: GCCginascraftcorner!  I'd love for you to stop by and visit me!

Blessings,
Gina

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Friday, July 18, 2014

10 DIY Business Card Ideas

 10 DIY Business Card Ideas



Business cards are an important part of brandnig your business and getting your name out there.  I have had a few situations in the past month where I wish I would have had one on hand.  Recently I was in McDonalds and a stranger came up to me and said, "That is a fabulous bag!"  I said, "Thanks, I made it!".  You know what she said, "You go girl!"  So funny!  I just walked away, but I should have said, "I can make you one just like it.  Here is my 'fabulous' card!".


To help us all out, I've complied 10 AMAZING DIY business card ideas from Pinterest.  Let's check them out...

washi tape business cards
Crafts on Sea


Brown Handmade Business Cards_1
Business Card Inspiration

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Crafted
Jess' Business card tutorial with shipping tags and kraft paper
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Handmade Business Card Envelopes
teal & lime

handmade business cards
live laugh rowe

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Mint

Decorator's Notebook

Aren't those great??!!  I'm kind of liking Live Laugh Rowe's the best.  I think I could easily make these and I would only have to purchase twine.  As soon as I come up with something I'll share them with you!

Thanks for stopping by!  I'm hoping to continue this series on business tips for you every Saturday.  Also, don't forget to subscribe to GCC so you never miss a post! ;)

If you liked this post, you might also like Creative Branding Ideas for Your Business: DIY Hang Tags

Blessings!
Gina


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Monday, July 14, 2014

MU Crossbody w/ Reverse Applique- TUTORIAL




Living in MU country, I thought it would be good for business if I came up with a bag to interest the local student body.  I'm thinking of selling something like this in the local consignment stores.  It needs some work, but I thought I would share it with you to get your opinion.

MU Crossbody w/ Reverse Applique-Tutorial by Gina's Craft Corner



I used the Two Zip Hipster pattern again by Erik Erikson because I thought it would be perfect for the vision I had for my first bag with a mixture of fabric and vinyl.

MU Crossbody w/ Reverse Applique-Tutorial by Gina's Craft Corner

Working with the vinyl was easier than I thought it would be.  It was also fun!

MU Crossbody w/ Reverse Applique-Tutorial by Gina's Craft Corner
 I had to add this little strip of vinyl to the side b/c my front piece ended up being a little shorter than my back piece.  I think I like it!  What do YOU think??

MU Crossbody w/ Reverse Applique-Tutorial by Gina's Craft Corner

MU Crossbody w/ Reverse Applique-Tutorial by Gina's Craft Corner

You can kind of see where I had to take out some stitching here.  When I went to put on my closing zipper, I added it to the worng side so my pocket was upside down!  That has not happened to me in a while.  I've really been using my seam ripper less, but it got a workout with this project. 

MU Crossbody w/ Reverse Applique-Tutorial by Gina's Craft Corner
Something is going on with my machine lately too.  It will be sewing perfectly straight stitches, and then all of a sudden it will get all crazy on me.  

MU Crossbody w/ Reverse Applique-Tutorial by Gina's Craft Corner





 The reverse applique needs some work.  I got this idea from a reverse applique tutorial on the blog Girls in the Garden.  The picture above was my first attempt.  I tried to use a straight stitch all the way around the letters, but it just looked sloppy.  So, I went with the zigzag stitch.  You can see that the material is really wrinkly.  On my next attempt I tried to pull the fabric tighter while I was stitching.  I used the results from my 2nd attempt on the bag in this post.

Want to see how I did the reverse applique?

TUTORIAL

Materials:
-printed letters
-cutting board
-cutting utensil
-chalk
-fabric for applique
-vinyl (could slso use pleather or leather)
-tape

MU Crossbody w/ Reverse Applique-Tutorial by Gina's Craft Corner

1. Cut out your printed letters, or whatever you want (shapes?)

MU Crossbody w/ Reverse Applique-Tutorial by Gina's Craft Corner
 2. Position your new stencil onto your vinyl and use chalk to trace the letters.  All I had was a huge piece of blue chalk!  I basically just had to shade in the letters so I could get a good edge.  It worked well enough, but a thinner chalk would have worked so much better.


MU Crossbody w/ Reverse Applique-Tutorial by Gina's Craft Corner

3. Use your cutting utensil to cut out the letters on your vinyl.

4. Cut your back fabric down to size and then stretch the fabric and tape it down onto the back of the vinyl to secure.  I actually used pins (GASP!).   I know your not supposed to use pins on vinyl, but I felt like I could pull the fabric tighter witht the pins.

5. Stitch around the letters to secure the vinyl to the cotton fabric and your are finished!


MU Crossbody w/ Reverse Applique-Tutorial by Gina's Craft Corner




My second attempt went a little better, as far as the material not being as wrinkly.  The vinyl actually looks more wrinkled on this one.  I guess I was focusing so hard on not having the cotton wrinkle, that I was not paying as much attention to the vinyl.

It's really frustrating to spend so much time, and money, on a project and not have it turn out perfect.  I also noticed a tiny tear on my vinyl when I was all finished.  I used a sharpie to fill it in, so now it is not as noticeable.  (Gasp again!)  I know, SHOCKING!

Anyway, not shop material, but I still love it and there are some positive things that I can take away from this project.

POSITIVES
*I sewed on vinyl for the first time, which is a closer step to pleather or leather!
*I learned how to reverse applique.
*Don't buy cheap vinyl (or is all vinyl cheap??)

Do you have any vinyl projects?  I'd love to check them out. Send me a note and I will visit!

Have a great day!


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Blessings,
Gina



Saturday, July 12, 2014

Creative Branding Ideas for your Business-DIY TAGS




Creative Branding Ideas for your Business-DIY TAGS



I just opened my Etsy shop last week, so I've been thinking a lot more about branding.  I need business cards, fabric labels, hang tags, packaging....!  It is a little overwhelming.  So, I've decided to put together a series of post to help all of us, including myself, get our thoughts organized and find the best ideas that will work for us!

Lets first look at TAGS.  Pinterest has so many ideas for DIY tags.  I'm looking for something that I can make myself, b/c we are crafters, right?!  Surely we can come up with something original, that represents our business.

Here are just a few ideas that I found on Pinterest.  These would work for hang tags, or tags to tie on your package.

washi tape tag tutorial

This Washi Tape Tag is from my new favorite blog...Crescendoh.com by Jenny Doh. (lover of doodling and crochet)  You have to check her out!  I just pinned about 20 of her post.

Washi tape would be a perfect quick little touch that you could add to all your branding items.  Pick a design and use it for your business cards, hang tags, and hand written notes.




Rebecca from Naughty Shorts uses these shipping tags on her products.  I'm new to her shop, but I know she makes the cutest dresses and she ships them out to customers.  Maybe this is the name of the customer or the name of the style of dress.  Either way, what I love about this tag is the sewn on heart!  If your product is sewn, maybe you could run with this idea.  (I know i will!)

Playing With Food today on decor8
Holly Becker from Decor8 used this little stamped tag and pompom for a box of sweets.


7 everyday gift tags // small, Manila shipping tags // packaging hang tags // hand lettered calligraphy

These tags are from the Etsy Shop KissforCalligraphy.  A simple tag on your shipped package that says "enjoy" would be easy enough.

diy fabric gift bag

I'm LOVING this idea from the blog Dixieland Country.  I'm sure I could find some fabric scraps lying around (LOL!)


This cute little tag is from the blog Mamas Kram.  Here we have a mixing of stitched scrap fabric and stamping.  Maybe you could stamp or iron on your business name??  Mmmm...I'm liking this one.

Well, I could go on and on with more examples, but these are my favorite and I think I already have enough ideas to start working on a tag.

You can check out my Craft Business Tips Board for some more ideas HERE.

Here's a summary of a list of items you might want to pick up at the store next time you are out so you can whip up your own business tags before that next order comes in! :)

*Shipping Tags (could not find at wal-mart or craft shop..maybe at office store or online)
*Washi Tape
*Cute fabric in your business colors that frays on edges
*Stamps (purchase one with brand name- or make your own)
*Fabric Transfer paper to iron a word like "ENJOY", clients name or your logo, onto fabric.

I hope these ideas were helpful and got those creative juices flowing!

For my next post I'll show you some packaging ideas that will make your customers say, "Oooh and Ahhh" when it arrives at their door!



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Gina