Sunday, February 16, 2014

Weekend Pillows

I made these pillows from upholstery samples I got at Joann’s for two bucks, some left over stuffing, and piping I made from fabric scraps. I haven’t decided what to do with them, but they were fun to make.

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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Snow Day Project

It’s been pretty snowy here in the NW the last few days, so I thought I would make some fun coasters while I waited for the snow to melt.
I made these by simply tracing an old circular coaster I had laying about. I used some spare fat quarters, and some loose batting. This was a fun project because I cut the bias tape, and ironed it myself instead of buying pre-made. I pressed, and patiently pinned the tape around each one so that I could top stitch it in place.I know it seems like a silly thing to make, but because they are soft and cotton they absorb a lot of moister, and they are so light you can throw them around on any surface, and of course they are machine washable. 

Very fun.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Green Pepper F700 Fleece Vest

This was a lot of fun to make. This pattern doesn’t leave any room for hemming though, so if you are going to attempt to use it make sure you leave a lot of room at the bottom for the hem. The whole two front panels are doubled so that the pockets are those two pieces sandwiched together. It’s a good ideal, but it makes the front hem twice as thick as the back which is something to consider when buying a zipper. You don’t want to get too heavy duty of a zipper or it will cause the front to look stiff. Make sure to use a polyester, small or medium tooth zipper.
Also, this pattern isn’t very snug around the waste. I used a size smaller back panel by cutting a size small with regard to the sides and used my regular size for the top area of the pattern piece. This made the garment wider at the top, but snug toward the bottom. If I left the pattern as is it would just be a tube with no contour. If that’s the look you are going for just stick to the instructions and standard pattern cut out.

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Next time I will make this out of grey and black fleece, and one from sweat shirt material and a hood.

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