Tuesday, November 22, 2011

I Sewed Something!

Fabric box

["I have sewn something"?]

I've been fairly productive recently. (Wonder if it's because my husband was out of town for a whole week...) I have almost finished my December Surprise! I have two sides left to bind, but it is pieced, basted, and quilted. Can't wait to share it in a couple of weeks! I've also cut out almost all of the pieces of the diaper bag project. I'm trying to decide how to modify the straps and create an inset zipper, which the original pattern doesn't call for but which my friend would prefer. I've found a few methods and tutorials. I know Lisa Lam from U-Handblog fame, suggests taking the zipper apart. But I'm not sure I want to go that far. Speaking of Lisa, it's finally my turn to check out the Handbag Bible from the library! Gotta get over there before Turkey Day.

Here's what I actually finished:

Fabric box

A misshapen fabric box! (Fabric is home dec weight from Ikea.)

It's getting chilly here in Wisconsin and I had to pull out the gloves, mittens, hats, and scarves but we didn't have any place to put them. I was going to run out to Target and grab one of those fabric cubes/baskets. And then it occurred to me that I should just make one since I had all of the supplies. It was an exception to my deadline-projects-only rule. I didn't take too much time with it. I actually used scrap fabric, scraps of various types of interfacing, and I used up a bunch of bobbins with different colors of thread. It's far from perfect but it is fully serviceable :)

Fabric box

In an afternoon I had a place to put our cold-weather items (which evidently smell delicious). I think a false bottom would probably help to keep its shape better, but I'm over it. Plus, I saved myself a couple bucks! Actually, probably more, since I can never leave Target without spending $50 even when I have one thing on my list :)

Vintage Sheet

I also thrifted my first vintage sheet this weekend (care of the Goodwill)! Jeni has shared her considerable knowledge about vintage sheets on her blog, In Color Order (she has a lot of other great info, as well!). This is a twin and it was $1.99. I plan to use a portion as backing for my Dream On quilt (the line is inspired by vintage textiles, after all), once I get it fully put together. I went solely by look and feel, but the tag is still attached and it is one of the brands Jeni mentions in her post (plus it's the tell-tale cotton/poly blend and soooo soft!). I'm curious to see how it sews up.

Vintage Sheet

Looking forward to getting on to some new projects (and back to others). My deadline for the diaper bag and surprise quilt is December 1st, but I feel like I'm on a good pace.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Hope you enjoy the day with your loved-ones.


Michelle in NH said...

I admire your work & I appreciate that right now you need to SEW, & not blog--stick with your plan! I look forward to your sharing what you create. Happy Thanksgiving!

Anonymous said...

Love the fabric box - I really need to make some of these. If you want to keep it more square you could try topstitching the corners (stitch up each corner with the sides pressed together), but it's adorable just the way it is.