Archive for the ‘Sewing/Fabric Crafts’ Category

* pot holder

Posted on November 2nd, 2016 by maitreya. Filed under Sewing/Fabric Crafts.

Wow, am I out of practice.  I bookmarked this *3 years* ago: LBG Studio potholder in a neo-retro kitchen-ware pattern from Melody Miller.  I tracked the fabric down on Etsy somewhere, also a long time ago, and even cut everything to size, where it then sat by the sewing machine until tonight.  I have never been very good at quilting and binding, and boy does it show that it’s been a while since I sewed anything:


I obviously should have used this tutorial for binding from Smashed Peas and Carrots.  Oh well, at least I’m back on the horse.  Maybe it’ll look better after a run through the wash?


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* Wee Wonderfuls bunny

Posted on November 30th, 2014 by maitreya. Filed under Sewing/Fabric Crafts, Toys (cat and kid).

We’re home for Thanksgiving weekend, so it seemed like an ideal time to get some crafting in.  This is a present for my friend’s new daughter.  It came together pretty quickly (well, after I spent 3 hours cleaning my craft room to uncover a surface to work on!)


I’ve now made each of the animals in the Wee Wonderfuls booklet (see previous bear and kitty), yay!  It’s been a while, so it’s a little painfully handmade looking, but that’s the charm, right?


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* machine-quilted felt coasters

Posted on October 28th, 2013 by maitreya. Filed under Sewing/Fabric Crafts.

Mark said the other day that we need more coasters.  What a good crafting activity to get back into the swing of things.

I used my favorite vintage linen paired with my favorite Japanese thick felt.

I sewed the layers together just with a straight stitch, following the pattern on the fabric.

Which makes them reversible.


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* fabric-covered button hairpins

Posted on January 15th, 2012 by maitreya. Filed under Sewing/Fabric Crafts.

When I was visiting home last month, my mom noticed some cute earrings and hairpins in a shop.  They were obviously made from fabric-covered buttons, so I thought I would try to make her some.  I had everything already: kits and hairpins, plus some small-print fabric scraps (these are from charm squares) and E6000 glue.

I’m always kind of astonished at how quick and easy these things are, with such nice results!


* whipup quilt block

Posted on November 14th, 2011 by maitreya. Filed under Sewing/Fabric Crafts.

This is my block for a project Kathreen from Whipup put together for a friendship quilt for her latest book project. She sent the materials and basic block instructions, and we were all supposed to embellish and sign our blocks creatively. My embroidery leaves much to be desired on this one, but I like my recursive quilt block motif.


Apparently it was too late to make the book (probably from terrible people like me shipping late and internationally to boot), but she did post some snippets.  Hopefully she’ll post the whole thing at some point since I’d love to see how it turned out.


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* vintage sheet coasters

Posted on August 28th, 2011 by maitreya. Filed under Home and Garden, Sewing/Fabric Crafts.

I found a pretty great vintage sheet at the Goodwill the other day, and I had conveniently also recently bought some plain white tiles with the intention of making coasters for the patio area.  The outdoor furniture is not exactly in need of protection from water rings, but the space could definitely use some color to it.


They are decoupaged with outdoor Mod Podge.


* Cornhole accoutrements

Posted on July 6th, 2011 by maitreya. Filed under Sewing/Fabric Crafts.

We spent the holiday weekend at our friend’s beach house on the Oregon coast. Beach house-y activities were requested and we suggested cornhole. They would make the board, and I was responsible for the beanbags (cornbags?)


One set is made from light denim and the other from a thrifted heavy curtain. They are all double-stitched and filled with feed corn. Regulation all the way!


I love this curtain for some reason and have lots of it left. What should I make with the rest?



* iPad raincoat

Posted on June 1st, 2011 by maitreya. Filed under Projects with Instructions, Sewing/Fabric Crafts.

Mark got me an iPad for no good reason.  It’s pretty nice, I have to admit.  Obviously I had to make it a case.


I hate big bulky cases (my phone goes naked), but it needed some protection from the elements and my clumsiness.  I decided to use non-fray fabrics so I could just keep the edges raw.  Luckily, I had just gotten half a yard of some awesome vinyl coated cotton on my last outing to Nancy’s Sewing Basket when my friend Amy was visiting.  It’s Dew Drops in Indigo from the Prince Charming line by Tula Pink for Free Spirit.  The inside is a piece of dark teal felt I already had that was conveniently the exact perfect size (9 x 18 inches, which leaves some room for trimming).

It’s extremely simple: just a single piece folded and stitched up the sides.  I got the best results by first sewing the (unfolded) felt to the coated cotton along the edges.  It seemed too shifty to sew all the layers all folded up at once.  That also let me topstitch the edges for the opening.  Once stay-stitched, I folded it, smoothed it as much as I could, and sewed up the sides, testing the iPad as I went to make sure it fit just right.  Then it was just a matter of trimming everything up.  The 18 inches folded is just barely enough to cover the whole thing, and not enough to include a flap, just fyi in case you’re tempted to make one.  If I’d had a bigger piece of felt, I probably would have put a small flap to tuck in, but I was too impatient.


for sewing the coated cotton: The vinyl was too sticky for my machine if facing up, but worked great facing the feed dogs with the felt side up.  After the folding step, both faces are vinyl, so I used a piece of freezer paper between the foot and the top side to keep it moving through my machine.  I put the plastic side of the freezer paper facing the fabric, which helps it grip the vinyl and not shift.

for removing the paper later: fold it along the perforation a few times, and it will tear off like a stamp without pulling much on the seam.

for removing creases from coated cotton: Put it on your lap under your laptop while you’re composing the blog post about it :P  It works!


* leftover hexagon trivets

Posted on January 15th, 2011 by maitreya. Filed under Sewing/Fabric Crafts.

I had some hexagons left over from the art project, and Becket suggested I use them to make something for the kitchen since the wall in question is right above the kitchen.  As it happens, a few of the extras were cut from the same fabric as I used for my cork board, which also hangs in my kitchen.

I decided to make trivets since the hexagons are a tad too big for potholders, but a nice generous size for a large pot or dish.  I just sandwiched Insul-Bright (which is admittedly weirdly crinkly stuff, but I’m trying to use up the piece of it that I have) between two of the hexagons, one gingham and one hexagon-print, and machine quilted them all together.  I used the hexagon pattern as a quilting guide, sewing in all the outlines.  After quilting, I trimmed the edges even and then sewed on orange binding with a zigzag stitch.  I was pretty sloppy on the first one, using my standard zigzag-on-and-hope-you-catch-both-sides approach.  Conveniently, later that day I randomly came across a post on how to properly miter corners by Smashed Peas and Carrots, so the second one turned out nicer.  The right way doesn’t even take that much longer than the sloppy way.



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* decoupaged sewing tin

Posted on December 25th, 2010 by maitreya. Filed under Crafty Review, Sewing/Fabric Crafts.

We gave my niece a copy of the book Beasties for Christmas.  It was kindly sent to me as a review copy by the publisher.  Last time my nieces and nephews visited, we sewed some stuffed animals together.  This book seems kind of perfect for them.  The designs are childish enough that I probably wouldn’t make them myself, but they are exactly the type of thing the kiddos will love.  Pretty simple too.

I put together a pack of felt to go with the book, then realized I should probably send some sewing supplies too.  One thing led to another, and I ended up decoupaging an Altoids tin for a tiny sewing kit.


The fabric is a cute scrap from a church sale grab bag.  Inside: tiny scissors, pins and needle, embroidery thread, and a few buttons.




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