Monday, June 23, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
Empty bags need to be slit at the bottom to rinse & dry properly.
I opened them up and let them stand overnight to dry, then tossed them in the dryer on low for a few minutes to get the last of the moisture out. Happily, the dryer also did a nice job of flattening them out again for me!
Overlapping the side edges of each pouch then zig-zagging them together makes your front & back panels. The side & bottom panels are made by overlapping the top & bottom edges of the pouches, then zig-zagging.
Here's the body of the bag all stitched together.
I made handles by stitching 4 pouches end to end then folding them lengthwise into thirds and stitching down the middle. I chose to have the silver side showing instead of the graphics side.
All done! Handles were attached with double rows of zig-zagging to make sure they stay put.
There are plenty of good tutorials out there to follow if you want to give this a try. It was super fast and easy. The only semi-tricky part I came across was getting the bottom panel stitched on, but this really wasn't all that hard. Here is a link to the instructions we were provided. Here's another good one. Go have a look at Betz White's blog for a very cute idea for more interesting handles! I'm going to have to try plastic bag fusing next!!
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
For the corners I cut 4 strips of the other orange fabric I used on the quilt and used them to cover the botched corners I'd attempted before. It ended up being a bit time-consuming, and they don't look super neat and tidy, but I think it's okay.
Thankfully, all of the washable ink did wash out (which it sometimes doesn't), even the stains my iron left when the steam holes got drippy. I think it looks cute on Hakan's little bed. Now I need to start thinking about that pillowcase idea... Oh, and Pyper thinks now it's her turn for a new quilt. *groan*
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
I found this fabric on Etsy and just couldn't resist buying a bit of it.
Then as I searched the internet some more I found that there was a whole line of coordinating fabrics that make up the "Wee Play" collection of American Jane fabrics for Moda. Every single one has this darling vintage feel and I finally made up my mind which ones I'd use. I tried to stear clear of anything too girly-looking, and here's what I ended up with:
Yes, there is one floral in there, but it's very blue so it's okay. The green/white polka dot on the far right is what I'll use for the backing (can you tell I LOVE polka dots??). And I think I'm going to buy this one to bind it...maybe.
I had to show you more than just a little of this one. The kids playing are just sooo cute!
4 of these don't belong to the "Wee Play" collection (the cream w/ printed words, light blue & white polka dots, blue gingham and the yellow/cream stripe), but I think they all look nice together. Originally I was going to do a simple block quilt, but then I found this adorable "strip quilt", as I call it, and decided to try to make my own version.
This quilt was made by Etsy seller nettiepete and is just so, so cool. I think it'll be easier than a block quilt (which has to be very easy anyway, since I'm a beginner), but I'm not sure how I'm going to come up with the perfect color/pattern/strip width combination to come up with 55" and use every pattern the right number of times. My other dilemma is how to use that very first inspiration fabric I showed you, since cutting it into strips would kind of ruin the block effect is has going on. Maybe I'll make a matching pillow case...?
Anyway, the reason I'm doing this is because the blankets my son has are all too small for his bed, and a twin-size blanket is just waaay too big. He sleeps in this darling little Jenny Lind style antique bed that was given to us by my Grandmother. My daughter slept in it for quite a while, but when Hakan outgrew his crib we had to shift them both up to bigger beds. So I decided I'd try to make him a blanket that's big enough for his bed, but small enough for him to carry around like he loves to do.
This week is going to be rather slow for shoe-making, so I'm excited to have a chance to get started on this new project! I'll post pictures when I get done.