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Diaper Pod Sewing Pattern- Now Available for Purchase!

November 30, 2010

I'm writing this post with a nervous stomach, as I FINALLY took the plunge and published my very own Diaper Pod pattern for purchase on Etsy...eeks!!!

The Diaper Pod pattern is a 4 page PDF file featuring clear and concise directions with 12 supporting step-by-step photos. I hope the pattern is a hit, as I already have plans to work on a pattern for my Thread Catchers! :)

Cyber Monday Coupon Code!

November 29, 2010

Just a friendly reminder...I've posted a coupon code on Squirmy Worm Studio's Facebook page! In celebration of Cyber Monday, Squirmy Worm Studio is offering a percentage off all purchases made today, 11/29/10! Enter the coupon code during checkout and the discount will be applied! If you have any issues feel free to contact me at

Happy shopping! :)

Cyber Monday...Etsy Style!

November 21, 2010


Cyber Monday is a week away! Black Friday scares me, due to the crazy crowds and sleep deprived people, however I can do Cyber Monday! :)

I have plans of sewing like a crazy woman this week in order to prepare the shop for the Cyber Monday shoppers! I have product that I need to photograph and upload to Etsy from the Craft Show, but in addition I have plans of sewing up new Coffee Burlap Tote Bags, Large Zippered Pouches, and of course some of the Appliqued Zippered Pouches.

Stay tuned on Squirmy Worm Studio's Facebook page, as there just might be a discount code issued in celebration of Cyber Monday! See you then! :)

PVC Pipe Handbag Display Tutorial

November 19, 2010

Weeks and days leading up to my first Craft Show I agonized about how I was going to display the Coffee Burlap Tote Bags, as I wanted them off of the table as they would have taken up WAY too much real estate on the table! :) I looked online for inspiration and came up empty handed, so I sat down with a sketch pad and pencil and came up with a PVC Pipe Handbag Display, and would love to show you how I went about constructing my contraption!

This is the sketch I started with (no laughing please...I never dreamed of making this sketch public, but thought it was a must with this tutorial!!!).

The shopping list for this tutorial is quite simple:
  • Terra Cotta Pot (I washed up a pot that I found in the garden= free!)
  • Plaster of Paris (I bought my bucket at Michael's with a 50% off coupon- score!)
  • 3/4" PVC Pipe (I bought the 10' pipe at Lowe's for only $1.68, as it was much cheaper than buying the pre-cut 2' pipes!)
  • 3/4" PVC End Caps (3)
  • 3/4" PVC Tees (3)
  • Spray Paint
I started out by cutting two 16" arms (+/-), one 30" vertical support, 6" vertical separation (between arm #1 and #2), and a 4" vertical top piece. Please note that all measurements are approximate and can be altered to meet your needs!

After I cut the pieces I started assembling the contraption. Just remember that every arm needs a Tee fitting as well as an End Cap, and the top of the contraption needs to be finished off with an End Cap. :) I suggest the contraption is spray painted at this point in the process, and any required touch-ups to be completed after the Plaster of Paris is set.

In addition, I cut four spare pieces to anchor my vertical support piece. The spare pieces were 100% trial and error (see photo below). My goal was to provide extra support at the bottom of the contraption so that I did not have to hold the vertical piece while the Plaster of Paris set and hardened.

After the contraption is assembled and nestled into the pot, I lined the pot with plastic (to cover the hole at the bottom of the pot!) and prepared the Plaster of Paris. I do have to caution you that my pot did crack a bit as the Plaster of Paris expands as it hardens, however I positioned the pot so that the crack was in the back and no one (except me!) noticed! :)

The completed PVC Pipe Handbag Display...painted and ready to go!

My First Craft Show Experience...

November 14, 2010

I'm happy to report that I survived my first Craft Show experience...woo hoo! The Craft Show was a small venue, with only a few handmade vendors, thus more of a Holiday Boutique, but nonetheless I enjoyed myself and everyone enjoyed my Coffee Burlap Tote Bags- score! :)

The Vendor Aprons worked like a charm! :)

Before leaving the house I organized all of my merchandise and put them into baskets, thus we had a quick (and painless) setup!

I had agonized about how I was going to display the Coffee Burlap Tote Bags for weeks before the Show, and unfortunately came up empty handed after searching on the internet for ideas/tutorials. I sat down with a sketch pad and pencil and came up with the PVC contraption shown below...which worked like a charm! I'll post a mini tutorial on how to make a handbag display piece on Tuesday! :)

So Close, Yet So Much To Do!

November 9, 2010

It's officially Tuesday, and the Craft Show is Friday afternoon- yikes! If you're local and are thinking about stopping by (yeah!), all of the details are provided below...

I feel as though I have completed much of the required preparation, yet my to-do list is still intense! The sewing portion is almost complete as I worked on seven Coffee Burlap Tote Bags yesterday, which need to be top-stitched, and then they are ready to make their debut at the Craft Show! :)

In addition to completing the Coffee Burlap Tote Bags, I need to:
  • Complete my table set up (we did a trial run last weekend, and I was pleasantly surprised that I had much more product on the table than I had anticipated!).
  • Coffee Burlap Tote Bag display (this is probably the biggest item on my to-do list!!!). I sketched up a PVC pipe display to place on my table where the Tote Bags would hang at eye level. With time not on my side, I need to decide today whether or not I'm going to make a display or place the Tote Bags in a basket on the table....ahhhh decisions! ;)
  • Price tags (we'll be making cute worm tags, with the Cricut machine, to attach to all of the baskets on the table that will have the price and info about the product).
  • Cut out fabric 'Squirmy Worm' letters to temporarily adhere to the fall bunting I received at the Craft Swap (I plan to hang the banner at the front of my table).
  • Print Squirmy Worm Studio stickers to adhere to the brown kraft bags I picked up for all purchases.
  • Swing by the bank for change, etc.
  • If time permits, I hope to make a few more of the Appliqued Zippered Pouches...

Travel Jewelry Rolls and Thread Catchers!

November 2, 2010

After countless hours in the studio, I'm so happy to introduce my {completed!} Travel Jewelry Rolls and Thread Catchers! :)

The Travel Jewelry Rolls consist of two zippered compartments, a ring holder, and two velcro compartments. All Rolls were made with love, and I hope they will be loved and used by women everywhere!

The Thread Catchers (which also double as Scrap Bags for Scrapbookers and Crafters!) consist of a weighted bag with non-slip grip, thus it will sit on any table, and a generous trash bag for your favorite seamstress/crafter!

With the Craft Show being less than two weeks away (eeks!), I've been sewing day and night (well, not technically, but it sounds good!) preparing products. Have you been keeping an eye on my inventory count (right hand sidebar, at the top)? As of last night I only have 13 more items to complete to make my goal, although between you and me I'm hoping to exceed my goal! :)

Feeling Lucky???

November 1, 2010

My sweet friend Lindsay, of Paint Me a Picture, is celebrating her two year blog anniversary and Etsy shop re-opening by having a Giveaway Day!

If you have a little one (or perhaps an upcoming shower) you'll want to make sure to enter Giveaway #5, which consists of a hand embroidered robot card (The Joys of Jess), a set of flannel space and polka-dot burp cloths (donated by me!), and a personalized two sided robot/space ship painting (Paint Me a Picture)! With that said, head on over to Lindsay's blog and enter to win one of the six giveaways! All giveaways are open until November of luck! :)