Friday, May 30, 2014
As I was sorting through my patterns to find something that would work for this month's stash-busting theme -knits- I came across a design that I made years ago, but didn't love. It is not meant for knits, but I saw the possibility and decided that it would be a simple hack to make this pattern suit my needs.
And now this picture because....that face. Is that how I look when I squint? Geez.
Sunday, May 25, 2014
My brother sent me a text last week asking if I could whip up a dress for my niece. She was asked to be a flower girl in his friend's wedding, and he thought that I might create something unique for her. This posed a bit of a challenge since:
A. My niece is in IL, and I am in WY
B. I had to rely on my brother to provide accurate measurements
C. The wedding is on June 6th.
D. I don't have a big fabric store nearby.
Undaunted, I rummaged through my fabric stash to see what I had. I don't keep satin or crepe around (I have no girls of my own), so I knew I would have to settle for an Easter-style dress made from cotton. I was fortunate to find just over a yard of lavender-ish fabric (that was the color that I was instructed to use), but I only had less than half a yard of my preferred contrast material. That sucked a little bit since I wanted to make a little short-sleeved coat to go with this sundress.
Clover Hana-Ami Flower Loom), and there are no raw edges on the seams.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
SHRINK PLASTIC BOOKMARKS!!
I thought it would be great to represent a slew of classic(ish) children's books on durable, hard plastic bookmarks. I decided to make about 20 of these, and present them in a mason jar for the teacher to keep on her desk. Then, I thought that other people may like this idea, so I made a tutorial.
And, away we go..
Also needed are - Fine point permanent markers, scissors, small binder clips, a hole punch, and parchment paper.
Instructions (Click on the images to view them larger):
Lay out a piece of paper that is the same size as your plastic sheet, and measure the halfway mark.
The finished product comes out about 1/2 the size of the original, but size will vary for each bookmark.
Don't forget to put them in a decorated container before you give them to the teacher.
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Have you ever had one of those projects that started with a great idea, but that you just couldn't get to work right? A garment that you construct, then take apart, then reconstruct, only to take apart again? This is one of those projects for me. I had no pattern to guide me on measurements here. All I had was an idea and some fabric. This is why I don't draft my own patterns, people.