Brightening Life with Creativity,
one day at a time...
I hope you and your loved ones had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Here at our house, we were busy, but blessed.
For Thanksgiving eve, I experimented on a new recipe: Stuffed Pumpkin
For Thanksgiving dinner, we had the traditional menu,
but I was especially pleased with how the pies turned out this year:
As far as projects go, my daughter finished making the ornaments that
we give to various people every year.
I'm so proud of her, because she made these all by herself this year!
These stars were made completely from scraps!
She sewed small strips of fabric down onto to scraps of batting and then traced around a star shape using a heat erasable pen. After layering the backing fabric, she Sewed on the traced line and caught the hanging ribbon in the seam. Lastly, she cut them out with pinking shears and ironed the lines away!
My daughter also wanted to make a small case for her phone/mp3 player. She had the idea all planned out, but I helped her
with the execution of the details. :)
The simple fold-over construction made it quick and easy. We inserted a piece of very stiff fusible interfacing between the two pieces of batik and she sewed through all the layers. Then, I showed her how to zig-zag around the edges.
For the closure and to hold the phone in place, she used some extra elastic hairbands and
then she hand sewed the button in place. Cute!
Were you able to squeeze in any time to create?
Take advantage of the leftovers in the fridge and try to today!
So I whipped out this table runner as a wedding present!
Even though it isn't fancy, and didn't take a ton of time (I made it in an evening),
it will still be a nice, handmade gift.
The young couple loves navy blue and has a modern flair to their home decor,
so the simple strips are perfect for them.
I happened to have the batiks on hand, but I think it would be great with lots of fabrics.
Need something a little more elegant? Try linen strips in white and off white.
Have a friend who loves Fiesta Ware as much as I do? (I doubt it, but you never know...)
Use your rainbow of scraps to go with all their colors.
To make your own, cut 2 1/2" wide strips (or use a jelly roll if you have one). Then subcut into 18, 13" strips. Sew together, using a 1/4" seam in any order you please. It should finish out at just about 36" long. Press all the seams one direction.
Layer on cotton batting (it won't conduct the heat like polyester) and backing fabric (I used a good quality muslin). Quilt as desired. You can see that I quilted in the ditch along the strips. For my purposes, fmq would have made it too busy for this couple's tastes.
I used traditional french fold binding and mitered the corners. It required three strips wof (width of fabric) sewn together to get all the way around. There was about half of a strip left over.
The finished size is about 13 1/2 x 36" inches including the binding.
If you need a longer runner, just add more strips. :-)
If you make one or some, I'd love to see your creations, so please send them to me! :)
Fiber artist, wife to a wonderful husband and mom to 2 awesome kids
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