Tuesday, March 17, 2015
I told myself years ago that I would stop buying zip-top bags for my son's chips and lunch snacks, but they are just so damn convenient! Reusable snack bags aren't terribly expensive online, but I suffer from the "why should I pay for it when I have the materials to make it here" disorder. You know what I'm talking about.
My main hurdle was figuring out what material I should use for the inside of the bags. I don't have any oil cloth in my stash, so I knew that I would be recycling something from around the house. That led me to plastic bags, of course. I didn't even consider grocery bags because - A: I don't know that they are food safe, and B: I have tried melting them together before, and it sucked. What to use, what to use?
One less project on my mile-long list! Huzzah!
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
I got it in to my head the other day that I would love a long circle skirt. I blame YouTube for their "recommended" section that often lures me in to wasting hours on videos that I didn't plan to watch. It's shameful how much time I lose on that site....
Anyway, there was a lady that demonstrated how to turn a king-size sheet in to a "maxi" circle skirt. I will not link to the video because it was mostly awful and I didn't use any of her "instructions," but I mention it because it reminded me that I have a pile of flat sheets sitting around and being useless.
Do you use flat sheets in your home? We don't. Both of the males in my house seem to have internal furnaces that run hot at night, and they can barely stand the lightweight comforters that I force upon them. Thus, every time I buy new sheets the flat sheet gets tossed in a pile while I decide whether to make it in to a second fitted sheet (I'm still mulling it over..). Anywho, I thought of my "stash" of sheets when I watched the video and realized that I needed to make a circle skirt immediately.
Unfortunately, all of my flat sheets are this tan/beige/neutral color, and that is NOT my style at all.
How about this one:
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
I promise that this is the final project that I'm doing for my sewing class! At the last minute, I decided that I needed some fabric bins to hold shears, rulers, fabric markers, etc.. that go on the sewing tables. After several hours of searching sewing sites for a good tutorial, I came across some simple instructions at the Birch Fabrics Blog. I like that it had an easy to reproduce template and common sense construction.
The technique is similar to the tote bags that I have made with the boxed bottom, and the only things I added were an interior pocket and a couple of handles.
Sunday, February 15, 2015
Once I finished my pressing boards from earlier this week, I decided that the kids in my sewing classes needed pin cushions. After scouring the internet for fun ideas that I could sew in bulk, I eventually realized that it was best to keep it simple - a wrist pin cushion seemed the most practical. Circles are my preferred shape, so I found a roll of masking tape to use as a template and went to work.
stashbusting group pointed out that wool and other natural fibers (like human hair - WEIRD!) prevent the pins/needles from rusting.
And then, I set up the assembly line for sewing:
Once the circles were sewn, I found that it was really easy to bend the cardboard to fit through the 1.5" gap that I left open for stuffing.
I have to admit that this whole project was really time consuming. After all of the measuring, cutting, machine stitching, and stuffing - I added hand-sewn trim to 7 of the 8 pin cushions. This was an all day event. But, how cute did they turn out?!?!
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
|For the beginners|
|For my advanced class|
This was a really straightforward project, and I had almost everything on hand. An amazingly nice guy in my town donated (and cut) the 15" x 19" boards for me, so all I had to do was dig out my staple gun and get to work!
|Cut a couple of layers of felt to fit the board|
|Stapled the felt to the board|
|Stapled the fabric over the felt|
|Front of the pressing board|
|I added non-slip grips to the corners underneath|
With the exception of purchasing a new box of staples (one day I will find the hidden panel in my house where all of the staples, paperclips, and scotch tape have sought refuge), this project was FREE! And, I busted almost 3 yards of felt (a heinous over-purchase for Halloween), as well as 2.5 yards of cotton fabric that had been languishing on my shelf for years. Hooray!
Friday, February 6, 2015
While contemplating what to do for the February Stashbusting Challenge, I remembered that I had an ironing board cover on my sewing "to-do" list that I have been putting off for ages. Because, you know,....this (blech):
So, inspired by February's theme, I chose a fabric that I have had in my stash FOREVER, and that I HATE SO MUCH.
Yuck, right? Where did I get this, and why did I allow it in to my house?? That is not a fabric that I would ever use for garments or bags. I mean, really, the only thing I can see this working for is a tablecloth (not in my dining room), a country kitchen valance (not in MY kitchen), or......AN IRONING BOARD COVER!!
This whole project was 20 minutes, tops. Lay out weird fabric, cut around ironing board, stitch elastic around the edge, done. I could have used bias tape, or hemmed the edges, but why would I do that? No one sees underneath my ironing board!
It is a lightweight cotton, so I kept my old cover on underneath it (which caused some wrinkling at the edges). But, I think it turned out pretty good! It's like I got a brand new ironing board, AND I was finally able to use up most of that horrific fabric. Sweet.
Saturday, January 31, 2015
In addition to my stashbusting goals this year, I am working on finding patterns that I will actually WEAR. I have no current TNT garment patterns for myself, and I feel that finding/creating some will help me make better fabric purchasing decisions in the future. So, with that in mind, I have been poring over my "tops" patterns, and came across this Butterick design for a simple jersey tunic (view D).