i love to make ornaments, but this year i made some rather special ones. i had TONS of fleece left from various projects so i figured i'd make some personalized mittens.
all i did was outline a wooden shape of a mitten, stitched on the persons initial, sewed it, filled them with a little polyfill, sewed them closed, and hot glued the ribbon around it. this is the batch from this morning, which is about 25-27... and i did some earlier this week for my bible study kids as well.
an action shot
and as look at this, i see some of my skills leave a lot to be desired (like cutting straight lol) but that gives character!
this is only my second quilt, and i think it's better than my first... i should do it more often. they turn out lovely! this is for my mom for christmas. her living room is green, and it will look just great in there! all the fabrics are from joanns, including the fleece i used on the back. i didn't put any middle layer in it, only because it would be a little too heavy then. this is a nice heavier fleece and i want my mom to be cozy, not sweating
(this one is sideways. i couldn't get a decent picture today:( )
here is a close up of the colors all together, with the yarn i used to tie it together.
i am still pretty new to quilting, and my quilts are kamikaze at best hahaha... but this is the front of a quilt i've made for my mom. nothing fancy:
and i'm just putting green fleece on the back so she can use it as a throw blanket. now, is it necessery to use bias tape to finish a quilt, or can i just sew the fronts together, and flip it inside out? what are the benefits of bias tape?
i just am not sure how i should finish this and i don't want to ruin it, either, which is why i came for a little advice.
when my stpedaughter packed up to go stay with her mom, she cleaned out her closet. she left these two gems, which were going to do into the donation pile until i got inspired...
the first one i turned into a tote bag to give her grandmother for a present. the two of them have always been close and when i decided to make her a bag (she was jealous of one i made for an auction at her work). i knew this would be right up her alley...
this one i decided to make something for myself. it's different than any other i've carried, too... but i like it.
i love that it has the pockets on the outside so i can easily get to my cell phone. i've become fascinated with reconstructing clothes into purses. i have more items i think i'll make into more bags (because we all need more bags right )
*edit- fixed the links. my regular website is down, moved them to photobucket.
my stepdaughter moved to TX for the next year to live with her mom. i started getting into stencilling shirts again and i found 3 shirts on clearance at target ($2.50 each) and decided to make her some:
she is a huge miyazaki fan and loves all his films. i found this stencil of the kodama from princess mononoke and it made a cute shirt...
she has a thing for small plastic army men... and when i found this stencil i knew i had to do this. the paint is a lavender. my flash was highly uncooperative today.
and of course... we're from jersey so... i HAD to do this. she probably won't wear it, but i love it.
i wanted to do more, but wasn't happy with the other color shirts i found so she'll have to wait... although at some point, a totoro shirt will be done!
i made my daughter a dress for graduation out of a stretchy material and put bias tape across the top. it looks beautiful, but as she puts it on and takes it off, the tape starts to look distorted. is there a way to fix this?
(btw- the straps look crooked i realize afterwards. she put it on crooked when i took that picture LOL)
but here is the problem:
see how it stretches out? is there a good way to fix that?
my mother in law recently emailed me. her work is having a charity auction. all items should be homemade so she asked me if i might want to make something... i decided to put together a totebag/purse. it's rather simple. i didn't want to try anything majorly fancy and mess it up! i love how bright these fabrics are and with spring coming, hopefully it'll do well for them.