Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A start back to sewing

I really need to get back to sewing.  Christmas is coming, and I have a few projects to finish off.  A snow day would be just the thing to help that along!  In the meantime, I tried to motivate myself for Christmas sewing by making a seasonal pin cushion.  It's very basic, very "rough" (i.e. I did not take my time on it!), but very functional. :)
Sew three different triangle sections -- layering felt, backing, batting, and stuffing.

Stitch the three triangles together, leaving the bottom open.

Add a star on top, pins, and slip it over an old spool. 
What projects have you been working on?

Sunday, November 27, 2011

We're home

Just a quicky this evening to say we are home, after a great visit with our kids in the midwest.

Monday, November 14, 2011

The Harp

Here it is -- The Harp!  I still can't believe I'm taking harp lessons!  It's an instrument I've always admired, but never once thought I would actually learn to play.  Sewing has taken "second stage" for a while as I enjoy and get acquainted with the harp.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Heidi Bag

The Heidi Bag is the latest pattern I've tested for http://www.ithinksew.com/.  It was an easy pattern to follow, but in the end I didn't feel it was a bag I would want to use for myself.  In my opinion it has a younger "cute" look.  Maybe if I added a larger, more elegant flower, it would change the look.  Anyway... this may be one I will use for the school auction.  Here it is...

I used a heavy interfacing to help give shape to the bag body.

The outside fabric feels like a wool blend. I'm really not sure, though, since I found it at the thrift store.

It has a long handle...

The "flower" was my first attempt, and I kind of did my own thing.  I wanted to use this red and white button to match the lining, so kind of changed from what the pattern showed.

...the lining.