upcycled #14

Yellow cotton table napkins were the basis for these two child-sized tote bags. Sooty and Sweep fabric remnants provided the applique, trim, and handles. Each bag approx 17 x 20 cm.

upcycled #13

A selection of miniature pottery shoes was donated to the Red Cross shop a while back and someone thought I might like to turn some of them into pin cushions so I did just that.

playing footsy, sort of

Rather than toss away all those oddly shaped fiddly scraps of felt I’ve been keeping, I free-motion appliqued a load of them into what might become something useful another day. I removed the paper from a piece of Madeira Washaway Avalon Fix and pinned it to some calico, adhesive side up, then added the felt scraps in a very random manner.

I was really testing a new embroidery/free-motion/darning/call-it-what-you-will presser foot. I know, I know, I have several more than enough already of these feet but this one had the largest transparent plate that I had ever come across – approximately 2 cm square! And yes, I did my usual tweak of inhibiting the hopping action (which I cannot abide) and then I modified it further by increasing the viewing area with the addition of a piece of yoghurt carton plastic reckoning that this might allow for even teeny tiny pieces of felt to be stitched without being moved or catching on the foot edge which is often what happens. It was reasonably successful. The smallest piece I measured was less than 0.5 cm long.

Here’s the new foot in its original state, then after the hopping tweak, and lastly with the yoghurt carton addition. 

I didn’t measure the extra plastic before cutting it and it probably doesn’t need to be quite as large as 8 x 7 cm, and if my centre cutout was a smaller round hole (I had used a paper hole-punch), it would be less likely to lift the  points of the smallest pieces when they are not adhered to the ground fabric beforehand. I expect those will be my next tweaks. Honestly, you’d think I had nothing better to do all day.

penny snake

I’ve made one hundred and twenty four felt pennies so far and stitched over nine thousand five hundred buttonhole stitches in the process. They will now go in a bag to await a decision on their final use.

replacement pin cushion

Finally got around to making a replacement pin cushion for the one that was stolen

bag revamp

I used this bag pattern twice for the Red Cross Craft Group but this one was very plain and unsurprisingly, no-one is interested in buying it so I brought it home to give it a little embellishment in the hope that it might help it sell.

plain multi-pocket craft bag before embellishing

I made a faux yarn ball and knitting needles, then added a diagonal yarn trim.

bag front after embellishment

I carried the yarn over to the back and lassoed an appliqued heart with it for a touch of whimsy.

bag back with embellishment

Was it worth the effort? Only time will tell.

workbox #10 windows pt1

I don’t have enough spare fabric to redo any wall if I mess up the windows so I’m using scraps to practice on. The image shows four different colours of nylon organza because until the frames are embroidered, I can’t tell which colour might be best for the window panes.

The book says to trace the windows onto applique paper and fuse the organza to the ground fabric with it. I was loath to buy a pack of applique paper as I can’t see me ever using it again so my substitute was Heat n Bond Lite. This means I had to draw the window guidelines directly onto the organza itself but a pencil for the lighter three and a UniPin fine liner for the darkest organza seem to show up well enough.