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Today I got to cleaning off my kitchen counter top, which had become a bit of a (ahem) storage area, and I got a little fixated on the ugly utilitarian look of the electric can opener. Decided I needed to make a little cozy-cover for it, and knew I had just the fabric to whip up a cute, quick project. Here are the materials I used:
2 cloth napkins (you could also use kitchen rags or towels)
1 stem silk flowers
Hot glue or Fabri-Tac
My fabric was actually a pair of red-and-white-striped kitchen rags. I didn’t have a plan, but my original idea was to build a sort of fabric “box” complete with formed corners. Because of that plan, I started by sewing the two rags together, but ultimately decided I was making things way too difficult. I settled on just laying the rags right-sides-together, and cutting out a dome shape.
I pinned and sewed the whole thing together, trimmed my seam to a quarter inch, clipped my curves, and hemmed the bottom. Once turned right-side-out, it looked cute, but a little plain and even boatsy.
Obviously, embellishments were needed. I settled on a sprig of small silk daisies that I had on-hand – there isn’t really a theme in our kitchen right now except perhaps “out-dated 70’s stuff with red accents,” but I thought the daisies would fit in better than my go-to choice of romantic roses.
I separated the daisies and leaves from the wire stems, and knew I was going to attach them to the cozy with glue. (I like to use FabriTac instead of hot glue – it works great for a project like this, and I don’t burn myself. If you’re adept with a hot-glue gun, go for it!) One problem, though, was that the backs of the daisy blooms didn’t lend themselves to easy gluing. I simply clipped off the excess yellow bit, and was left with enough surface to apply a good dab of glue.
I pressed everything down into place, let it dry, and fitted it over the can opener. Here’s the result:
It’s not as complicated as the constructed “box version” I was going to make, but I sure like it – it only took about 15 minutes to assemble from start to finish, and it goes great with my red cannisters!
This week I decided to use another of my great-grandmother’s hand-stitched pillowcases, and pair that with my violet fabric to make another of my vintage flap pillows (click here for the tutorial!). I have several of these pillow cases, but on most of them the front side of the fabric is badly stained from years of use. This pillow design allows me to preserve the pretty stitching. For this pillow, I was able to also use the back of the pillowcase as backing for the pillow itself, making this one extra-vintagey! (I swerved slightly off the path on this one, too, because I stuffed it with loose fiberfill rather than a pre-made pillow form.)
I do have some other pillow ideas in mind, but this one turned out so sweet and allows me to enjoy Great Grandma’s handiwork. And, bonus: I only used the front panel of the skirt, so I still have enough violet fabric to make something else.
I’m linking this project to the Creative Blogger’s Party/Hop at Homemaker on A Dime. Be sure to click through for lots of neat ideas!
This is one of those odd little projects that came out pretty much the way I envisioned, but I’m not sure it’s worthwhile. You know… like, it’s pretty, but am I ever going to use it (in this case, wear it)?
Anyway, this whole thing started because I bought a shirt at the Goodwill with a red floral pattern that I absolutely LOVED. The shirt would never have fit me, mind you, I just loved the fabric. Might make a pillow out of it. Well so one day I became completely smitten by the pretty details of this cuff on one of the sleeves: the way the large floral hit just at the edge, the red top-stitching, even the little ivory button. I wanted to make something out of it, but I didn’t know exactly what.
So the other day I realized: why not leave it as a cuff, dress it up with some vintage frou-frou, and make a… a… a decorative cuff. A vintage fashion cuff.
So with little more than the above “mission statement” in my head, I set about figuring out how to make a vintage fashion cuff. I started by trimming off a little of the sleeve I’d left in place to tidy up the raw edge. I then pressed down the gathers and folded the remaining excess over to be sewn down. This would give me room to attach some lace trim without covering up the floral pattern. Stitched that into place.
Next up was to add a couple layers of lace and crochet trim. I used a bit of wide crochet trim which I thought looked lovely against the red-and-white fabric.
I left a little on each end to be folded over to the backside and tacked down later, as I didn’t want raw edges showing that might unravel.
I also added a bit of ivory eyelet trim over that for a layered look.
Next up was to begin to decide what embellishments to use, and how to arrange them. Here’s the general collection of stuff I was working with:
It was a close race between the pin-on pocket watch and the rhinestone brooch as a focal point, but when I realized that the watch actually worked, I decided this was a good project in which to use it. I also liked these three buttons together so I grouped them to create the center-of-interest. (My camera didn’t capture the true color of that orangey button – it’s actually a rose-red.
The beads on either side of the center arrangement came from a costume necklace that belonged to my mother – I disassembled the original necklace… (okay, really, I cut the end and beads scattered everywhere!) and re-strung two short pieces, which I then tacked to the cuff.
For closures, I just re-sewed the original button using ivory thread, and added a bit of Velcro at the lace end of things to keep it from laying open.
Finally, here’s what it looks like when worn. My hand is in the lower right of the picture so you get an idea of the orientation.
You might be wondering about that watch: it was part of my grandmother’s jewelry collection, and is made upside down so that, when pinned to a dress pocket or bodice, it can be tipped up and read by the wearer.
So here’s my dilemma – I’ve rescued that sweet cuff with the pretty details, used some wonderful vintage bits-and-baubles to create a romantic, almost steampunk-style fashion piece, but I have virtually nothing to wear it with! At least, nothing I can think of off-hand. Looks like I’m going to have to make a detailed run through the closet and see what might work!
I’m linking this little project to the “Get Your Craft On” Link Party at Today’s Creative Blog! Please click through to see loads of great projects!
New Years Eve Day and the rest of my family is enjoying the zombie apocolypse on television (“Walking Dead” marathon – ick!!) so I decided this was the time to paint up my 2012 weekly planner that I use at work. I had brought it home a couple weeks ago and sprayed the black surface with a soft green base color, and had to practice up a little on my “one-stroke” roses. I am terrible about laying out any kind balanced pattern/design, but I think it turned out okay. Here are a few pictures…
Plain green cover, with paints ready to double-load the brush.
Started with the leaves, which fall into the background.
Added roses and “filler flowers,” and an attempt at numerals signifying the year in the upper corner. Waiting for the clear coat to dry.
Even though I totally should have been riding my motorcycle today, I decided instead to take on a few small projects that I’ve been thinking about for awhile. A couple of them were just spray-paint projects,. but my favorite is this cute little bag I made using Kate’s super-simple zipper pouch tutorial.
My little pouch is made up of some favorite scraps: green corduroy from a blazer/jacket – I left the flat-felled seams intact because I really love the look of them…
..and lining made from a too-small shirt I bought at Goodwill just because I liked the toile fabric.
The crochet trim is a scrap from a grab-bag of old sewing notions I recently picked up while thrifting.
The whole project took me a little over an hour – I have decent sewing skills, but I don’t have the patience to make anything too complex. I also don’t have a “zipper foot” on my vintage sewing machine, so there were a few tense moments getting past the zipper pull ;)
But, Kate’s tutorial was spot-on simple, and I am IN LOVE with this little pouch. I am not even sure what I’m going to put in it – I just knew I needed it!
More soon –
I’ve been on the lookout for a larger-format address book (because I’m in complete denial about needing eyeglasses) and I recently found this lovely 80’s/New Wave version complete with totally blank inside pages just crying out for a re-do.
For the new cover I chose this pretty floral fabric that I had on-hand.
I removed the inside pages from the book, and using Fabritac I applied white felt (to create the feeling of padding under the cloth cover) to the front, back and spine.
Then I laid the book open onto the wrong side of the fabric, and using Fabritac I simply began gluing the fabric down with some care taken to create tidy corners.
I actually intend to choose another fabric for the inside covers which will cover the raw edges you see here – but, I haven’t decided what to use yet so for now it’s incomplete.
I closed the book and thought it looked great, but still needed a little detail on the cover.
I used one of these small metal label-holders used in scrapbooking, inserted a printed label proclaiming “Addresses” that I made on the computer, and added a couple of small faux crystals in the holes on either side. (The label-holder is secured to the cover with Fabritac.)
I love the finished look – romantic and entirely suitable for a cottage writing desk, don’t you think?