Sunday, January 19, 2020

Fabric Roll-Ups

A few months ago I found a pattern for a make-up roll-up in a sewing book and thought I could adapt it to use to carry utensils for lunch. My first template, for myself, used the 18" one I used for the denim pillow.

Using fabric I bought intended for a tote bag, I made an acceptable and useful product.

But thinking about making some for gifts I learned a lot making four more and changed the original size to 16" square. These are not perfect by any means, but handmade is always better than perfect, don't you think?

I found single servings of utensils and straws and tucked a note about the materials in the largest pocket.

Having a Christmas deadline made me push past the set-backs and problems I encountered. When the clock is ticking and when you are focused, you can finish projects. I need to remember this!

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Funky, Chunky Yarn Project

When I was a crochet kick a few years back, I picked up some mixed-fiber yarn from Bernat Mix Home. It has five different fibers in it~acrylic, cotton, nylon, wool, and polyester. At the time, I was hoping the company had more ideas for what to make with this funky, chunky yarn than just the blanket pattern on the inside label. But, I couldn't find any. Nor had any crafter played with the yarn and posted photos. Googling it today, I discovered many adventurous crochet lovers have tackled this unusual product.

The first project I made using the green yarns. I can't remeber now if I used one skein or two. My idea was to use it as a fiber bulletin board. I added a wooden dowel at the top with green leather cord. But it was so small, so strange, and so uneven I abandoned the idea of giving it to anyone. It's not totally bad when I look at it now. Maybe a funky wall hanging?

Last week, I went through my big bin of yarn (there's a reason I've been on a yarn diet!) and found the one I started and stopped in the blue colors (Wedgewood). Picking it up, I continued working on it the last week and, bit by bit, I've finished the three skeins I had. It's an interesting piece and Winnie, my denim whale, likes it. 

For both pieces, I just used a very simple single crochet design, back and forth. I chained a length that I liked and then just repeated. Using a 10 mm crochet hook helped get through all those thick textured fibers. The hardest one to crochet through was that bumpy part held together with some kind of black thread. Sometimes I felt l was only guessing where the previous row was as I inserted the hook to make the next single crochet. I was always happy to be done with that section and on to the other four fibers. Ironically, it's the most dramatic and textural on the finished piece.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Denim Pillow

This is my first real sewing project, done in one day, all by myself! In the learning process, I messed up the first one, but am so pleased with this one. It's made from one of my old shirts.