Showing posts with label sewing. Show all posts
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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, December 9, 2010

Show and Tell: reindeer and gingerbread men and polar bears…oh my

I love these ornaments that Marilyn has submitted for show and tell.  Perfect to adorn a package or hang on a tree.

Here’s how she made them:

The polar bears and reindeer are made of leftover cotton batting and ribbon. I used a zigzag stitch all around the edge.

I used a cookie cutter, which made a nice pattern, to outline the gingerbread man.
I put an elastic cord on them so that they can be attached to the wrappings on gifts for my grandkids. They can take the decorations off the packages and hang them on the Christmas tree.

Thanks Marilyn. These are so cute. I’m going to have to dust off my sewing machine and try to make some fabric ornaments.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Show and Tell: sock kittens

Marilyn has submitted a great project just in time to make for a holiday gift.

These kittens are so cute. Here’s how Marilyn made these.

"I made these soft, stuffed kittens for my three little granddaughters. For my "Kittens in Kimonos", I started with a pair of soft, fleecy socks."

  • Turn them inside out and stitch two seams, 1/4" apart, from the top of the cuff to the heel.
  • Stitch across the edges at the end of the cuff and clip between the two seams. This creates the legs. 
  • Clip the opening at the heel so that it's large enough to turn the sock right-side-out. (The toe of the sock becomes the kitten's head).  
  • Insert stuffing into head, body and legs. Hand stitch the opening closed. I used polyester fiber-fill for the stuffing.
  • From the second sock, make the front legs (arms) in the same way you made the back legs, but cut them off at the heel. 
  • Insert stuffing into the arms.

  • Cut a tail and some ears - there is no need to stuff the ears or tail. Hand stitch the arms, ears and tail to the body.
  • Draw a face onto some cotton felt, then embroider the features, trim off the excess fabric and sew the face onto the head.

"I made a tiny kimono pattern from tracing paper. I had plenty of leftover fabric and I lined each little kimono with contrasting fabric. I tacked the tie belts to the backs of the kimonos, so that they can't come off and get lost. I made a buttonhole in the back of each kimono for the kittens' tails to go through."

"To make the kittens look more feminine, since they were for little girls, I made headbands for them, using leftover ribbon, elastic and roses."


What little girl wouldn’t love to receive one of these kittens? Marilyn, your granddaughters are so lucky to have such a talented grandmother. Thanks for sharing your “Kittens in Kimonos”.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Etcetera: tea bag gift box

What is it about a cup of tea that’s so soothing? I’m not sure if it’s the preparation, the pretty cup or the aroma. I think it’s all of the above which is why tea makes such a nice gift.

Homemade tea bags are easy to make. You don’t even need to know how to sew. Just cut out fabric squares - you can use muslin or cheesecloth. The squares should be about 5-6 inches. Spoon the loose tea in the middle of the square, roll up and tie with baker’s twine or cotton thread.

Don’t forget to add a tag to the end of the string. You can make the tag out of anything since this part doesn’t touch the water. I’ve seen buttons and all kinds of cutouts. I went with a simple tag that includes a tea leaf image and “enjoy” in a pretty font.

You can package up the tea bags in a jar, tin or box.
I used a kraft box and added another tag to the top.

That’s it. Orange Spice Tea all ready to gift.