For several years now when spring arrives, I make myself a new bag. This year, I looked at my old bags for inspiration and this is what I came up with:
I really like the contrast between the black with the red and the print I used just fit where it should. My only problem is that the black fabric attracts lint - anyone know how to avoid that? Rubbing a dryer sheet or putting it damp in the dryer didn't work. I hate walking around with lint on my bag.
I even made a matchy pursellet:
This is the inspiration I used. I made this bag years before I got into designing and I realized that I really like this. The printed part was a fabric place mat and the solid part came from a woman's gaucho pants - all from a thrift store.
My sewing machine lives in a cold basement. When being serviced recently, it was recommended that I cover my machine when not in use. I decided to make a lazy patch work cover. Basically, I measured my machine and cut out the dimensions from muslin. To try it for fit, I sewed it together and tried it on and it was a pretty good fit. I ripped out the stitches, ironed on some fusible web and went to town with all my scraps (I can tell you what I made from each of those pieces). Each piece was randomly placed, the only thing that I planned was measuring and cutting pieces to fit, like a jig saw puzzle. I zig zagged around EACH patch - even if the neighbor patch had stitched it. For the lining, I took some brown fabric, spray glued on some insul-brite and quilted it on. I love how it came out and it fits real well.
My friend always gives me something handcrafted, and this year, she found a book on origami and made this. She said that there was no Joseph, so she modified Mary and added a staff. I think this is pretty good and plan to put this out every Christmas.
The dark things are mushed up lavender flowers - I added lemon essential oil. Next time, I'll include un mushed lavender flowers, so people can tell what's in it. I used the soap last night & it works well (the lavender made my wash cloth dark, but it washed out). Here is another shot:
I'm so glad I didn't get rid of the soap molds I've been collecting. This so easy to do, I'm going to try this w/other herbs & fruit peels.
I'm not sure I like how it looks. The box is taller than it is wide so the chair looks funny - I thought I had the cushion measurement right, but maybe not. The cushion was hard to make - I jordy'd (boxed) the corners to make it look like a chair. I spray glued about 6 layers of fleece together for the cushion, a piece of foam would've been much easier, but I didn't have any. Attaching was hard cuz I not only hot glued it on, but went back to stitch it between the layers and the center hole for the tissue had to be done 1st, so I couldn't seperate the 2. I put too much glue so it was hard to stitch, bent several needles.
I was trying to think of other types of chairs to make, but couldn't think of any. What do you guys think? About this and other possible chairs to make.