Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Quilted Cupcake's Sewing Machine


A few folks have requested that I re-post my Crafty Chica-inspired sewing machine, so here she is!  It started as a plain vintage Goodwill Singer sewing machine, that I decorated with some of my favorite things.  I use it as a decoration in my studio, and it always makes me smile!


Here are some tips if you'd like to create your own artsy sewing machine:

  1. Use a second-hand machine. I got mine for $15 at Goodwill. It works, but I don’t plan to use it. I could, but for me, it’s all show and no go.
  2. Pick out your favorite embellishments. My machine includes charms, buttons, stickers, beads, jewels, puffy paint and a lip gloss cupcake. Use Tacky glue to attach. You may want to leave some areas (like the Singer logo) uncovered.
  3. Take your time. I had to do it in stages. Lay it down on the table to do the front/back; otherwise, items slide around.
  4. Dimensional paint: If you’re going to use the dimensional paint to outline things, do that as one step, and leave it dry for a day. If not, it messes up. It’s good for filling in any holes.

21 comments:

Lisa said...

wow! I've never seen anything like this! How cool! That must be so inspiring and give you a smile every time you look at it!

Staci said...

This is just seriously cute! I've never seen anything like it or even thought about something like this! I think I'm going to start hunting at Goodwill!! Thanks for sharing this wonderful piece of fun, and sharing tips for making it as well!
Cute blog, it was my first visit, but I'll be back!

Amanda@The Hand Me Down House said...

How cool is that!?! What a great idea -- it's so bright and colorful! Love it! :)

janimal said...

That is such an awesome idea. What a piece of art! I can imagine needing a button and being tempted to pull one off!

Samelia's Mum said...

I think if I had this gorgeous piece of crafty art in my sewing room, it'd make me smile too :-)

SewSara said...

how adorable is that! love it, thanks for sharing!

Crafty Mom said...

Very, very cute! I can see why it makes you smile! I've wanted to alter my sewing machine and jazz it up but I haven't gotten up the courage, yet!I don't have the space to have an old machine as a decoration...so I'd have to alter the machine I actually use. you've got me thinking, though. :)

The Autocrat: Haley said...

OMG! That is very super fabulous! I have an old sewing machine in my attic and was thinking about tossing it!! Not no more!!! Great idea!

Annabelle said...

Hi, Just love this machine (and the blog). You are on my blog as inspirational and today have 'pinched' this picture and linked it to your blog ... hope this is ok. See me at: annabelleserendipity.blogspot.com
I am a new blogger and new crafter and just love the way your site is - it really inspires me!

Daphne said...

I been thinking of your machine lately. I "aquired" a rolodex recently and I'm thinking of making it a living scrapbook and covering the ugly outside with flair like your Singer!! I'll send pics when it's done.

Eve said...

This machine is sooo pretty, I just saw it over at Sevethirtythree. This is a great idea for lots of things, well done you! :D

Eveshouse.blogspot.com

PJQuilts said...

Your machine is very cute. I'm trying to make one out of an old Dressmaker sewing machine. Hope it even looks half as cute as yours!

Anngela said...

I LOVE this :) Very unique and so creative!
Thanks for stopping by my page, hope to see you again!!
<3 Anngela (new follower!)
http://anngelasprettylittlethings.blogspot.com/

Anngela said...

I LOVE this :) Very unique and so creative!
Thanks for stopping by my page, hope to see you again!!
<3 Anngela (new follower!)
http://anngelasprettylittlethings.blogspot.com/

Kristi said...

I'm just seeing this from a link party I linked up to a month ago. I remember seeing the Chica's in her book. This looks sooo cute! I love it, and your blog in general. I"m a new follower!

~ The Speckled Dog

Bettina763 said...

WOW, I'VE DECORATED MINE, JUST A TINY BIT....BUT NOW I'LL HAVE TO REALLY GET CRAZY....SO COOL!!

robin said...

i stumbled across your blog and immediately knew i had to follow you (: i can't tell you how much i LOVE this idea, and how up my alley it is! i just started my blog and i planned on writing an entry about teaching myself to sew. is it cool to use your photo with a link back to you? if not, i understand. just let me know...

thanks muchlies!
robin | oodalollies

Anonymous said...

Your Blog was just featured on our Facebook page! Keep Buttoning! :)

Many Thanks
California State Button Society

Rosy said...

This is the most adorable sewing machine there! You are a creative genius!

Anonymous said...

Quelle petite merveille pour une personne comme moi qui adore les boutons; et pour tout le monde aussi. C'est une idée géniale.
Vous avez dû mettre un temps fou...

Bravo et merci pour le partage.
lily.babou

cottonreel said...

Now I wonder will I ever find a goodwill machine to make my own