This week has been devoted to stitching up a pattern for testing – stick a fork in me, I’m done! It’s always a lot of work, but I love lending a helping hand to my favorite designers…. plus this project gave me an excuse to use some fancy zippers and pulls (and fabric too) and now I have a great _______ until the pattern is released (my guess is that you can expect it sometime late next month).
So, while I can’t show you the entire project, I can give you a little sneak peek. I will also say that this project is creative & original, uses several types of hardware (but should be easy to find), and could definitely be unisex if made in the right materials.
Halloween is right around the corner and I’m finding myself trying to finish up some of those last minute projects that I’ve been meaning to get to. This weekend, I finally stitched up a “holiday” table runner.
Our kitchen table is very long (93″), so finding coverings that will work with that length is pretty difficult. I had no real plans on adding anything to the table, but I stumbled across this retro cat\owl\pumpkin print and couldn’t resist buying it since it seemed to coordinate with the rest of my decorations so well.
Since this is a pretty basic rectangle, I didn’t use a pattern – I simply cut (2) strips of the print fabric 10 1/2″ wide, cut black strips 2 1/2″ wide, and sewed them on either side. I backed it with back fabric and topstitched all around. I like the end result, but I’m not sure anyone else in the house noticed that it was there. LOL
While I may do a lot of embroidery, I find that I tend to buy a lot of “single” style designs. So this week I’ve been trying my hand at some different types of embroidery projects, mostly “in-the-hoop” style projects (that are not key fobs or bookmarks, which seem to be my favorites, but who needs that many of those?).
Here’s a small sample of what I’ve been working on. First up, a Crime Scene wrist band style key fob. Overall super cute and fun, but it’s very stiff and slightly larger than the key fob hardware. I’m thinking about trying my hand at this one using a nylon webbing instead of vinyl and skipping the backing all together.
I also tried out a door hanger style design as well. This one is relatively small because of my hoop size (5 x 7), however I think it would work as a doorknob hanger. I just need some ribbon to finish this one off.
I also played around with some of the settings on my machine in an attempt to get nicer stitching when I apply backing. I “think” I may have solved my issue of periodic thread bubbling on the backside, but I’ll need to test this out again when I use some trickier vinyl (I’m looking at you white vinyl) for the underside.
With a potential shortage of toys this year, it sounds like handmade gifts are the perfect substitution. Any little girl would love this doll carrier backpack (it reminds me of the American Doll versions).
Some days go as planned, others, don’t. Yesterday was one of those days.
On the upside, I made my way to the fabric store to pick up a coordinating canvas fabric for a pattern I’ll be testing. The downside? That’s as far as I got into any projects as I spent the rest of the afternoon\evening at the emergency vet.
Everything is fine now, but he happened to find a chocolate bar yesterday and ate it – wrapper and all. I didn’t even know he found one, but happened across a corner of the package that he left behind. Fortunately, I was able to get him to the vet in time for treatment and that the candy he ate wasn’t solid (it was filled with cookie butter) so he didn’t get as much dark chocolate as a regular bar. Thank goodness he’s fine today, but he gave me a heart attack yesterday and a whole wallet lighter.
And now that things have returned to normal…. back to sewing.
We are almost to the middle of October and I realized that I’m way behind on all the projects I wanted to work on. It seemed like I started off really good last month by creating some fun towels and tees, I lost my momentum. So today, I got back into the swing of things by stitching up some fun bookmarks.
This design is from Cactus Embroidery – not only is it coffin shaped (ooohhh spooky!), but it’s also applique so it’s a great opportunity to use scraps of fabric you may have on hand. For these I used a horror movie collage print from The Three Bobbins and a zombie princess fabric from Zor-Elle. Now I just need to invest in some edge kote and this project would be near perfect.
I’ve been talking a lot about Halloween lately, but I’ve been seeing tons of Christmas in stores. So it’s totally appropriate to show off Christmas projects, right?
If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile you may recognize these poinsettias from a blog post early in the year – they are truly a labor of love, but the end result is worth it. While it’s hard to capture how pretty they are on camera, I can assure you they are sparkly (thanks to the rhinestone button centers), fun, and totally pop on this white velvet. I had originally added more to this cascade, but when the bunch up, they loose some detail.
If you’re gearing up for some cool weather sewing for kids, this free raglan tee is a great place to start.
Looking for a quick and easy costume idea that can be sewn up in an afternoon? Be sure to check out this Red Ridding Hood Cape tutorial (kids and adult) – it’s a great costume idea, but can be easily altered to work with other characters, too.
This past week’s project has been centered around this (shown on right):
I’ve been writing up an article and developing a pattern with this lovely stripe denim (which is really more like a chambray). It has a great drape, but it’s been very tricky to cut, hem, and embroider… but I think it will be worth it in the end.
Today I started the process of embroidering it. Seeing that I can never follow a color chart, I changed things up pretty dramatically from the original. I love how the reds, oranges, and yellows pop on this color (and because I’m “extra” I even used metallic thread too). I probably have another day’s worth of work on this before I can call it complete.