Tuesday, October 25, 2011

No-Sew Thanksgiving Treat Bags

My brother's family is coming for Thanksgiving. They have four children. I'll put these treat bags at their place settings. I don't know what I'll put in them yet. They would fit a fun-size candy bar or tiny bag of candy.

I simply cut the fat quarter on the fold lines making four rectangles, used my pinking shears around the edges, and tied them up with ribbon. The ribbon came from an old bridesmaid's top that I hacked up this morning. I already used the skirt for part of my Princess Amidala costume at our recent Star Wars party.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

My baby's baby dolls needed some clothing. I should've taken a picture of just the fat quarter doll, but I wanted to document the other doll too....
Since it was a winter fabric I thought I'd make a coat. And then I figured, why not make it reversible? I've never made any clothes before and that coat was the hardest thing I've ever made. I told myself, if you can do that, you can do anything. Then I made the dress. (The skirt is sewn to the top of a sock.) That was harder. Then I made the booties. I am never making booties out of fabric again. I'll have to crochet them - crochet is stretchy and forgiving.
There you have it.
Reversible dress and bonnet - the jacket is too, but I didn't get a picture.
The terrible, horrible, no good, very bad booties.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Folded Star Pot Holder

I really enjoy making things that are pretty AND functional, so I decided to use the fat quarter to make a pot holder.
I also really enjoy browsing crafty blogs, so I had a good time looking for inspiration. I found it here - http://goingsewcrazy.typepad.com/my_weblog/2011/02/retro-potholder-tutorial.html.
Putting together all of the pieces was a bit challenging. I chose to hand sew the circles onto the backing fabric. This wasn't difficult, it was just somewhat time consuming.
I used the machine to quilt the star and attach the binding. I've had difficulty attaching binding in the past, so I decided to make the binding a bit wider this time and it worked out really well.
Finally, I decided to add a fabric yo-yo and a button, because I think a little embellishment is a good thing!
Can't wait to get the next fat quarter!

Christmas Tree Garland

I love any excuse to display garland. Here is what I started first, before I made the bird.
I looked at many ideas online, and found the one I liked best at Sadie and Lance.
The garland was quite easy and did not use much fabric. I think I have half of the fat quarter left, so I will either incorporate it into the Christmas quilt I'm already making, or make some more birds.
 Thanks for the club idea, Ruth, and thanks for inviting me, Val!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Card "Ribbon"

First of all, thank you for the invitation to join this club. It is very fun to have an excuse and motivation to craft something.

This fabric was lovely. Dark red is my favorite color so I was very excited to try and figure out how to display it at our house. I was inspired by one of Valerie's blog posts a while ago and decided to use the fabric as the base for a card "ribbon". (I also needed a project I could complete without a sewing machine since I can't just run over to my mom's anymore from 2 states away. I'm sure I'll be purchasing one in not too long.)

I'm super pleased with how they turned out. They look so nice on my kitchen wall I might leave them up all year long...

I added a black satin ribbon down the center of each "ribbon" and attached it every few inches so the cards could attach to that instead of the fabric. I plan to look for some pretty/decorative paperclips to attach the cards in the future.