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« on: June 08, 2019 05:27:06 PM »

I haven't had much time for crafting lately but I did manage a little something for my partner in Use The Good Beads Swap R-2. Bugaboo1 said she likes oranges and pinks and while she loves hand made items her preference is for functional things. A basket seemed for fit the bill, especially for a yarny, right?


I had a really fun time sorting through the collection of little bits of fabric and picking out the colours I thought would go well together. Some of them came from swaps here, lots of little bits of swappy, crafty love in this thing...


This little fussy cut gold fish is my absolute favourite of all.


The inside is a really sweet bird printed upholstery fabric I scored from a neighbours yard sale last year and I was so happy to have a use for it. The inside and outside are both fused to thick felt and the lining is sewn in straight lines just for a little texture and stability.


The top of the basket can be folded down for a different dimension and appearance, it also holds the opening a bit more stiffly in place.


I added 4 of my most preciously hoarded vintage shell buttons because I LOVE THEM SO MUCH but hardly ever use them. Sitting in a bin on a shelf is no way to honour them as they should be, they deserve to adorn special projects.


The oatmeal coloured fabric is either a bit of hemp I've had for longer than I have had children (oldest is 18 now) or it's linen which has not been in the stash for quite so long but LONG ENOUGH! LOL, I'm not sure what my obsession with that stuff is. I like it enough to keep it around for 10 or even 20 years though. Funny!
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« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2019 06:33:16 PM »

This turned out great...beautiful!
Such a great way to use up and show off the gorgeous scraps you've been saving.
That birdy fabric is such a sweet score  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2019 04:22:48 AM »

Oh, wow! This is a little work of art! Love that the birds peek out from inside. And the wee goldfish.
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« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2019 04:46:52 AM »

Beautiful basket!  I love that you got to use your shell buttons on something so special.  Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2019 05:02:34 AM »

I seriously heart this. Beautiful fabric choices! I love the birds.
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« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2019 05:22:25 AM »

Thanks all Smiley. I have done a couple other similar projects in the past that I really liked & it got me wondering why I hadn't ever made one for myself. That inspired one of the questions I posted in the swap :

When you were rummaging through your most beloved hoarded items busy coming up with plans to use them, did you happen to get inspired to make something for yourself you've always wanted but just never got the mojo to actually do?

I did! This is, I think, the third time I've made something along these lines and I really like it. I started wondering why I haven't ever made anything like it for myself. I mean, I know I'd love it and use it and it would likely get comments and be admired as a Really Special Object so what am I waiting for? I have no good answer for that so I think I am finally going to just do it.
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« Reply #6 on: June 09, 2019 06:15:13 AM »

This is so beautiful, and the bird fabric inside is so sweet and pretty! I'm sure it will be treasured for ever!
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« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2019 07:27:41 PM »

What a gorgeous project! Your sewing skills always amaze me.
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« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2019 10:49:02 AM »

Oh wow! I love this!
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« Reply #9 on: June 11, 2019 06:10:45 PM »

Aw, thanks you gals. It really wasn't difficult to sew, it's mostly only straight lines. Anybody can do a project like this, if you want to try it I promise it's easier than you think Smiley.
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