New Blog with my eclectic mind…..

Hello,

As much as I loved this blog, and my Artistry in Faux blog,  I have come to a place that I have taken a new direction. After trying to understand I couldn’t go in all the directions I wanted with my creativity. I will continue with the hats of hope donations, but all collaboration will be at my new blog http://www.reneeseclecticcreations.com

That direction is letting my eclectic mind take me where ever my creativity leads me each day. That can either be with my photography, mixed media art, design, faux finishing, art journaling, quilting or sewing.

With having lived over half of my life, I finally figured out, I am eclectic and a multitasker (is that a word). I like that better than anything else they can think of to call it. I have to be busy doing something, mostly with some type of artistic creativity or I feel that my day has not been fulfilled.

For me, creating art is either knitting, art journaling, faux finishes, sewing, or capturing life through the lens of my camera. Other than being with my husband, kids or grandchildren it is the best therapy for me and brings such peace and joy into my life. But they are the best therapy of all.

Artistic creativity is so powerful, whether it is with canvas art, sewing, photography, or something as simple as doodling, because it can stir your soul, make you laugh, cry, arouse your sense of smell and thoughts, create moods or take you on a journey you never thought possible.

I have started several blogs about the things I love to do BUT keeping focused on one, for me, has been impossible. This is something I have learned to live with for as long as I can remember.

The best explanation I can find for my eclecticism is from a saying by Shakespeare…

“Though this be madness yet there is method in it.”

 

Sooooooo through the madness I will find balance by following my eclecticism at

www.reneeseclecticcreations.com

Come join me……

 

“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.” – Carl Jung

Hat for little people!!!!

 

 

A free hat pattern we can use for the hats of hope, perfect for the little people.

A BIG THANK YOU over at Made by Rae, for sharing a great hat pattern.

 

Step 1:  Measure head circumference
Take a tape measure and measure in inches the head for which this hat will be fashioned.

Step 2: Cut out fabric
Cut two rectangles out of two different colors of fleece as follows: the width of each rectangle should be the head circumference plus 1″ (for seam allowances) divided by 2.  The height of the rectangle should be the width plus 3″ (see picture above). Before cutting, make sure that you orient your fabric so that it will stretch more when you pull across the width of the rectangle than when you pull across the length.

Step 3: Cut earflap
The extra 3″ you added to the height of the hat was for an earflap. Starting 3″ from the bottom edge on one of the long sides, cut across the hat, curving downward to the bottom edge and then back up, ending 3″ from the bottom at the other side. You’ll notice in the photograph that I cut the earflaps slightly off center. If you move the earflaps away from the front edge by an inch or two, there will be more room for the face at the front of the hat.  Repeat for the other pieces, being careful to trace the exact curve you made for the first earflap.

Step 4: Sew center seams
With the right sides facing each other, sew the two matching pieces together just along their straight sides (leave the top open) with 1/4″ seams.  The seam closest to the earflap will be center back, and the other will be center front.  Repeat for the other two matching pieces so you have a hat inside and a hat outside.  Turn one right-side out.

Step 5: Sew inside and outside together
With the right sides facing eachother, sew the inside and outside of the hat together along the bottom (curved) edge.  Make sure that the center seams are lined up with eachother before sewing together.

Optional: At this point you can also sew on a couple straps if your child won’t keep the hat on unless it’s tied. Just cut a couple of 1″-2″ strips of fleece and sandwich them between the two layers of the hat with the end of the strap positioned over the earflap.

Step 6: Turn hat right-side out
I find that fleece is stretchy enough that I don’t really need to clip the curved seams before I turn it right-side out, but if you find that the seam doesn’t sit flat, you may want to clip seams first and then turn it right-side out.

Step 7: Embellish if desired
Cut a few flowers from 2″ squares of fleece. If you wanted a different look you could also cut polka dots or cars or mushrooms or whatever, or just leave this off altogether.  I originally intended to hand-stitch the flowers on with yarn, but I found that the weave of the fleece was too tight for my needle to get through, so I ended up machine stitching the flowers on with a few stitches back and forth in an X pattern. I only sew through one layer of fleece here so it wouldn’t be visible on the other side.  You can also see that I originally intended to put more flowers on, but after sewing on three flowers I decided that was enough.

Step 8: Cinch the top and trim if necessary
Cut a 1″ strip of fleece and use it to tie the top about 3″ from the top.  It may help to try the hat on and see where the best place to tie it will be.  The beauty here is that if the hat is too big you can just cinch it lower and trim more off the top.

Here’s a closeup of the top:

Step 9: Cut top of hat into sections (or strips)
To get the flower-like top you’ll need to cut each color at the top of the hat into about 8 sections. Take the scissors and starting from the top of the hat, cut towards the tie as close as you can without cutting it. The more strips you cut here, the more the top of the hat will resemble a pompom (and when I’ve made these for my son, that’s what I usually do).

Step 10: Clip off corners
Now take the scissors and clip the corners of each section so that they are rounded like flower petals.

Congratulations, you’re finished! Put that hat on and take some pictures! Then go make another one!!!

Sewing for the 4th of July!

 

I was looking for something to sew for the 4th and came across this cute apron, which could be worn anytime for the summer months. I found it over at All The Small Things.

I really do love the material choices and I would like to make something retro, like this Butterick  pattern 5435.

My mom had some just like these…what wonderful memories, smelling my moms home made apple pies, blackberry cobbler, pear preserves..yum….

Look what I found next.  These are so cute and would be easy to wipe up in no time for the fourth.

Go over to Make It and Love It

for a free tutorial. I like how she made the ruffles for the little girl and kept the boys just straight.

Would you like a free clutch tutorial???

 

Head on over to Noodlehead for this cute tutorial. I have to say, not all tutorials are created equal. This one is awesome because she has given us pictures along with perfectly written directions. Can’t get much better than that unless you get someone to sew it for ya, but then what would be the fun in that.

I think I am going to make one that will mach one of my purses I have already made.

Be on the look out for my next post to share a really cute apron pattern that we made.

 

 

Outdoor design?

A lazy Sunday afternoon, relaxing, browsing the net for a few minutes. I know this isn’t anything to do with hats, quilts, or any type of sewing but how cute..Sometimes we just gotta share what we find, no matter what it is. This would be so cute for an outing with friends or your kids party.

I especially love adding the color pink.

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