Tuesday, December 29, 2009
This is the most simple apron design I make. I lay out one of my Williams-Sonoma aprons onto the fabric, then trace the outline. Once you have the basic shape, you can embellish as much or as little as you are in the mood for (or have the time for!). In this case, I used the pocket tutorial from Dana of Dana Made It. Of course, I enlarged the pocket since this is an adult apron, and I left out the buttons. Finally, I added a 6 inch ruffle at the bottom. I hemmed the bottom of the ruffle, and serged the top edge. Next, I sewed my gathering stitch, gathered it up, and top stitched to attach to the apron. Super simple, but adds a nice feminine touch, if I do say so myself.
I don't really think it needs anything else, but I'm having fun with it, so I'm trying to decide if I should make a flower to attach up by the neck straps. Cute? Yes? No?
Trying to compliment my black and white curtains, while using the last bit of scrapes of some of my favorite fabrics, I hope this runner will have a place in my dining room for many years still to come.
Thanks for the hot tip Liz. Loved the inspiration from that tutorial. I ended up making my rectangles the same dimensions of those in the tutorial, I just made more of them, so that my finished length was 78" long. Lots of long, straight sewing lines. Kind of boring to sew, but anything but boring to look at when it was finished!!
Monday, December 21, 2009
That make my day! I got new fabric in the mail. Too bad I'm heading out of town tomorrow for almost 3 weeks. I might just have to make room for fabric and patterns in my luggage. The Anna Maria Horner and Amy Butler on the left came from Annee in Korea. The other four I found at a closeout sale in an Etsy shop, Imagine Fabric.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
I 0riginally saw this idea on House on Hill Road and knew that someone needed a shirt like it. I figured boys don't get excited about cute fabric, so I played it safe with felt.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Here I loosely followed the same tutorial that Liz used on her welcome basket dish towels. I tried orienting my patchwork stripe going vertically instead of horizontally. I'm still undecided which way I like best. Sorry about the bad pictures. As per usual, these were done very late at night, and wrapped up immediately, I'm lucky to have remembered to take a picture at all.
The little fabric labels were purchased on Etsy here. I love the addition of the little Christmas sayings. All in all a fairly simple project to give out as neighbor and teacher gifts this year. Paired each towel with a Bath and Body Works foaming hands soap, and I'm done!
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Thanks for the hot tip Liz. Commemorative birthday t-shirt now checked off the list! Sew sweet!
Monday, December 14, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
This basket was originally inspired by a basket I found at Target after Thanksgiving. It was 50% off, and I picked it up because I just knew it would come in handy. As I drove home I started thinking about my girlfriend who just bought a house, and thought I should make a Welcome Basket. It was like a domino effect as I scrolled through countless bookmarks I'd saved just waiting for the opportunity to be sewn!
And of course a Welcome Banner. Every home needs a welcome banner! The idea for the scallop banner came from Alicia Paulson's book Stitched In Time.
I saw this wreath by KnockKnocking, and thought how hard could it be to wrap yarn around a styrofoam wreath. 3 days, too many trips to Michael's and JoAnn's, 2 skeens of yarn, and lots of hours later I had a wreath. For the record, Agnes has some serious talent. This isn't as easy as I thought it would be!!