My Makes of 2016

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Say! Little Hen has kindly invited anyone to join a fun link-up, to post pictures of what they created in 2016.   She is leaving the link-up open until 1st January 2017 AEST, so no matter what time zone you are in, you can post your link anytime on December 31st. 

Thank you for the invite! It made me happy to put together a little collage to visually see what I have sewn in 2016.   


Starting at left corner: 
  • heating pad cover made from an unfinished quilt,
  • pillows made out of old Pottery Barn placemats,
  • pillow pocket that can hold a book,
  • hexagon clasp purse,
  • Kleenex cover with English Paper Pieced tumblers,
  • more embroidered dolls made from Hillary Lang's free pattern at http://www.weewonderfuls.com/blog/ (my family did this for a service project in 2015 and tucked them into new microfleece blankets to give anonymously at a shelter),
  •  sampler salvaged from an unfinished Ebay purchase
  •  a vintage planter pincushion with Elea Lutz's darling fabric and 
  • another sampler from Ebay that I washed, put the binding on and attached a ribbon.













I am not sure that this particular pincushion was done in 2016.  See those planters on the shelf above my sewing machine?? I kind of went a little crazy and made quite a few in the last several years. 


Most aggravating project this year was: 
 The sampler salvaged from a $2.99 Ebay purchase.  It was so sadly unfinished and unloved...dirty behind an ugly thick black frame.   I picked out my sewing so many times on the little swan that I was afraid the material would shred.  So, it will stay as is.
BEFORE
AFTER

The most inspirational discovery this year was - 
Creative artists that are so willing to share and encourage each other, makes our world feel like a smaller, kinder and a more giving place!    It gives a person courage to keep trying.   So cheers to a new year of creativity, friendship and not giving up! 


Gifts to Comfort

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4:15 PM

    So, service projects are always fun during the holidays, right?    

Last year my husband and I really enjoyed ourselves, staying up into the wee small hours of the morning,  sewing miniature quilts for the Cache County Humane Society.   

You can see a little more of that adventure HERE. 

About October of this year, this cute PATTERN caught my eye.  

It is found on the very fun blog named Wee Wonderfuls.   It is a free download.   Very generous.  

This blogger's delightful book is also called Wee Wonderfuls and can be found HERE

 It is definitely on my wish list.

How cute would these be to donate to a shelter, along with a warm blanket for a child?  

I was sold on the idea, for sure.   The pattern was quick to download and print off.  

When I showed my darling husband the printed copy, he jumped right in and traced the pattern onto muslin scraps. 
When our family got together at Thanksgiving time, I had already made cute little kits (the plastic zipper pouches I found at Walmart for $1.97, in the cosmetic bags section of the store).  All that was left was to pop in an embroidery needle and some floss.   How could anyone refuse to grab one?  


We had a lot of fun and good conversations, watching movies and stitching away.  As you can see, everyone's doll turned out a little different.  

When Thanksgiving was over and I got home, all that was left to do was to sew the doll to another piece of fabric, turn right side out and stuff a little batting inside.  I am still in the process of doing a little blind stitching to close the  open seams.

I found these cozy inexpensive blankets at Wal-mart, also.  The dolls will look cute tucked into the blanket label.   Something is missing, though, don't you think?   It definitely needs a candy cane tucked in, too!

And Now What?

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2:20 PM
Do you ever start sewing but have no idea what you are going to do with it?

Then I got an idea and found a helpful tutorial Thank you, Craft Couture!

I found the purse clasp at Michaels for $2.99!  
And looked through my scraps and cut out this linen piece, for the other side.  


Now, what to put inside??

Unframed Embroidery

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6:49 PM

     

Isn't it fun to finish those projects that somehow never were completed when they were first started?   

I was excited to finish 3 embroidery projects at my house this week!   


After the embroidery is completed, the next question is how to frame and hang it.   The three options I considered were framing, hooping or using bias tape.

Framing: Okay, so I already have lots of framed pictures around the house and didn't feel like spending money on more.   Plus, that hard and defined look is not what I was going for.    

FRAMING
Hooping:  Hooping is popular right now and can be very cute.   My three projects were the wrong shape, though.

   Bias  Tape:  This seemed like the right answer.  Bias tape is inexpensive and can be purchased in all kinds of colors and patterns.  

It is a narrow strip of fabric that is cut at a 45 degree angle from the selvage edge of the fabric.  It has been folded into the center, so there are no raw edges to deal with.  It is very easy to make your own bias tape.  Here is an excellent tutorial with pictures and instructions on how to make your own.


   Below are pictures of my 3 finished embroidery projects, framed with bias tape.  It was easy and fast to attach the tape. The tape was attached to the front with my sewing machine and then simply blind stitched on the backside.   It gave me a result with a softer look, than either the frame or hoop would have given me.  





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