Showing posts with label sew and tell. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sew and tell. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Sew and Tell: mending bag

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I was cleaning up my craft/office/homework/storage/everything room the other day and I kept moving around a pile of clothes that needed mending. Sadly, the clothes actually had dust on them they’ve been sitting around for so long.

Mending is just one of those things that seems endless – buttons, little frayed seams but most of all hemming. I’m short and even though I try to buy things to fit my height, not all items come in a “short” version. So there always seems to be a pile of something that needs mending.

I decided my mending pile needed a home. A have a surplus of cute tote bags but I knew if I just threw the clothes into a tote bag, they’d get lost in a sea of other important yet neglected tote bags [the tote bag to take to my son’s sporting events, the bag of magazines, the bag of crocheting that I started last year… and so on].

No, I needed something that would look nice but that reminded me that I had to mend these clothes. I embroidered “Mending” onto a piece of burlap and stitched on several buttons for decoration.

The bag is nice and bright and already had pretty lining. 

I’ll throw in some basic colored threads, extra scissors and a small sewing kit of needles. 

I realize that the irony is that I could have mended those clothes in the time it took me to make the tote bag but that’s the way it will always be – mending is last on the list.

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Monday, April 23, 2012

Sew and Tell: stamped fabric pillow

Last week, I posted about some fun stamps I tried out. 

On one of the projects, I used craft paint and stamped some plain white canvas fabric. I mentioned that I planned on making a pillow out of the stamped fabric. Since I received some requests to see the finished pillow, I thought I’d better bust out the sewing machine.

For some reason, I couldn’t decide how I wanted to make this pillow. The stamped fabric was very bright and cheery and since my projects usually have more of neutral or pastel palette I may have been on sensory overload. I should have stepped away and stared at a beige wall or something but I persevered!

I ended up choosing some pink coordinating fabrics to use as a top and bottom border for the pillow.

And since I was working outside my usual color box, I decided to go crazy and add a bright green ribbon to the pillow.

Not at all what I first intended to make but it was fun creating something so bright and cheerful. 
{ Watch for that pretty pink bird in the photos to make a starring appearance in a future craft }

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Sew & Tell: vintage tea towel pillow

Did I tell you I got a new sewing machine for Christmas? My old machine was super old and not working very well. That’s one of the reasons I haven’t posted any sewing projects lately. I finally had some time to try out my new machine and I love it. It has ninety-nine stitches… so far I’ve mastered one – the straight stitch.

I dug through my fabric stash and found this vintage tea towel that I had forgotten about. It’s so bright and cheery.

My favorite part are these little curtain valances that came on the tea towel. 

The tea towel was the perfect size to make a pillow and making a pillow was an easy way to try out my new sewing machine.

I decided to make the pillow with a flange edge so I wouldn’t lose any of the cute floral pattern that runs along the edge of the towel.

Super cute and easy. Honestly, it took me longer to figure out how to thread my new sewing machine than to make this pillow.

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Sew & Tell: vintage lace

My mom has been cleaning out closets and she recently found a bag of my grandmother’s crocheted lace, doilies and other goodies that she gave to me. 

I can’t imagine the hours and hours of work that went into each piece. The crocheting was done with very fine thread and we estimate that some of the pieces are 75 years old.

These were the threads that were in the bag. The small ball of off white thread is marked 12 cents.

This order postcard for name tape was also in the bag. 

I’m sure this piece was intended to be a table cloth or table runner. It’s the largest piece and like so many, it’s unfinished. Some things never change, I know I have tons of unfinished projects in my stash.

This lace edging has darkened with age. I’m going to try to gently hand wash the pieces and store them safely to pass down.

I believe this lace was done with a method called tatting. I added a regular sewing pin to the picture so you could see how small the knots and loops are. 

Another large unfinished piece.

Beautiful round granny squares.

More lace edging. The little vintage iron is a miniature doll or play iron. It measures approximately 2.5” in length.

I imagine evenings spent without television and computers making these beautiful lace creations. But even without all those distractions, I’m not sure I could master this type of handiwork. It’s really amazing!

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