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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Fabric "Easter" Basket

I saw a really cool patchwork fabric basket on Pinterest this morning here.  GREAT tutorial...easy to follow and it got me thinking I could use some of my silk screen pieces leftover from other projects to make baskets for my daughter and my son's girlfriend.  Yes, my children are in their 30's but they all still expect Easter baskets.  I try and do something that can be reused once the treats are gone...these tub like purses seemed perfect.  I had nautical pieces leftover from these pillows and some botanical type screened pieces that I never used here.  Figured these would be great for purses for the two girls.  Knowing I was going to link the really great tutorial above I didn't take too many step by step photos...but I'll put some up so you see how I got where I wanted to go.  My pieces were cut 5" square...and since I was limited on nautical pieces that purse is a bit smaller than the other one. I figured out my pattern, pieced them together and added a single piece 6" x the width of the patchwork pattern (it became the base of the basket)

Next I quilted the piece using batting on one
felt on the other (I like the felt a bit more)
I just "stitched in the ditch" to connect
batting, lining and patchwork
I trimmed the edges, then sewed the side seams, 
right sides together. To create the "box" base of the basket 
the corners have to be sewn...3" in from the point of the corner

Once you turn the basket right side out,
just flatten the corners into the bottom and
a rectangular base is created.

For the handles, I used leftover rug binding
from the t-shirt rug.  I just cut 15" and pinned
to either side on the outside of the basket.  Next, I made another 
complete basket in lining material and sewed lining
to patchwork right sides together (around the upper edge).  I left a small
opening in the lining to turn the whole thing
right side out.
And, here are my two very different baskets.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Rope Trivet

I found myself without a trivet the other evening, not earth shaking, but annoying  Having built the house a few years ago...I still find we haven't completely stocked the kitchen with all the necessary gadgets.  I used a dish towel instead...I'm always reluctant to set hot pans directly on the granite countertops...but dishtowels are not very elegant  :) and then when I want to dry off my hands I remember it's sitting under a hot pan...sooooooo, I set out to make one yesterday.  I've made a bunch of the rope waste baskets and figured the starting circle (bottom of the basket) would work great for a trivet.  I wanted to add some color so used thread wound around the rope in random spots for  pop. Our house is all blue and white so I figured I couldn't go wrong with navy (and it was the only blue thread color I had)  Here are the steps, super easy and even with my vintage glue gun I got the job done with a minimal amount of finger singes
The rope is clothes line rope from WalMart. First I wrapped about 1/2" width
of blue tread at the end of the rope and started coiling,
gluing the coil as I went to maintain shape.
Every so often I'd do another wrap of blue thread
nothing perfect, just when it seemed right
Round and around and around 
and around
until it was about 6" in diameter. I wrapped the end,
glued it down and put a bead of glue on the very tip
so it wouldn't unravel.  

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Cell Phone Case

We've been at the Hawaii House for several weeks, but sadly it's getting time to close up the place and head back to California.  I aways like to leave my caretaker Audrey a small gift when we leave.  She was here the other day to see pictures of our new grand baby and mentioned she was always dropping her phone.  I thought a quilted Hawaiian print phone case would be a fun little gift.  I took scraps from other projects and quilted two rectangles (I just eyeballed the size an inch or two larger than my phone) I used a strip of masking tape as my quilting guide...just moved it after each row
Next I trimmed the quilted rectangles to 1/2" larger than my phone
(just enough for a seam allowance) and cut 2 pieces of lining
Next I sewed side seams and one end closed 
(right sides together) leaving an inch or so open
on the end of the lining piece (for turning)
Next turn lining piece right side out and stuff into quilted piece
(so right sides are together) If you want a small loop or hangar now
is the time to sew it between the lining and main piece
Sew around the top edge matching seams
Pull lining piece out and turn assemblage right side out 
through the small hole left in the lining 

Stuff the lining down into the quilted piece,
topstitch along the top edge to keep lining in place
and you've got a cute padded cell phone case