I spent an afternoon sewing. Some projects were boring such as hemming curtains but there were some other more creative projects I thought I would share with you.
Halloween is quickly approaching so it was time to finish this design I had completed last winter. I knew I wanted to finish it off into a pillow to add a bit of holiday décor in the living room. I found a cute piece of candy corn fabric that was perfect to add to the back.
I had a small piece of the candy corn fabric leftover and knew I could use it for something other than storing for another opportunity when inspiration might come. It didn’t take long before my granddaughter, who loves pretty things in her hair, came to mind. I decided to make her a bow for her hair.
If you want to make one here’s an easy tutorial even a beginner could master. I didn’t do mine exactly the same as my fabric was a different size. The nice thing about these tutorials is you can modify them to fit your needs. To finish off the bow you can add a barrette, bobby pin or like I did a pony tail band. I simply stitched the band on after assembling the bow. I also stitched the pleads in place behind the center band and then stitched the band to the bow which is hidden under the hair band. My reason was simple, it would be easy to have the band slip off-center when putting in the hair.
Next I had to undo a bit of sewing I did a few years ago. I believe in handing down clothes from one child to another, even from one family to another. When my oldest grandson outgrew a nice hooded jacket I passed it to my younger granddaughter. Her mother was not pleased and asked why I would give a boy’s jacket to a girl. I added a bit of detail to the jacket and gave it back. This time both mom and daughter loved it.
The yellow band around the pocket (I also used it to add detail to the edge of the hood) came from an old top that was ready for the rag basket. The purple fabric was a small scrap I had on hand. I simply cut two hearts and appliqued them to the front of the pockets. You can see that after nearly four years the hearts have taken a bit of a beating.
Mom brought me the jacket and asked what we could do this time to pass it down to Little Guy. She decided she liked the yellow trim and wanted to leave that. I carefully removed the hearts so as not to damage the pockets. You can’t even tell there had ever been anything there.
I didn’t get a chance to make this jacket over because his mother found a set of iron-on appliques she wanted to use but here’s you can see the yellow trim framing the hood on Little Guy.
Back to Halloween. My granddaughter spotted Halloween cross stitch patterns in a magazine and asked me to make one for her and then found one she thought her brother would like. This is why I have a pile of projects waiting to be finished, there’s always something new that “needs” my attention.
I finished the witch and then (after showing the design to her brother and getting a positive reaction) I got busy on the design she’d picked out for him.
Before I began I told their mother I didn’t mind making these for them but wasn’t sure what to do with them when they were done. She mentioned she didn’t have bags for them to go trick-or-treating.
If I were going to make, or buy, bags for the children I wanted them well-made to hold up for several years, and my first thought was a long shoulder strap to free their hands while trick-or-treating. I spotted these well-made denim bags and while not exactly what I had in mind, the straps are too short to put over their shoulders, they were the right size.
I picked up two. I showed them to the kids and their mother to see what they thought. Mom liked them but my granddaughter had to add her personal request. Instead of simply attaching the witch design to the front she wanted hers to be a pocket. Easy enough to do so request was granted.
Mom thought a pocket on Little Guy’s bag was a bad idea. She was afraid he would try to rip the design off. No pocket for him but it still came out cute.
Two happy children.
Now it was time to move on to more mundane sewing projects. Do you remember this bench?
I had fabric leftover from recovering the cushion. The colors were perfect to go with the girls room. Here’s a look at the girls’ room. Yes the beds are currently stripped and the mirror on the wall is crooked and needs fixed (my daughter-in-law I’m learning has problems with hanging art and mirrors level) but you can see how it’s come together.
More on the girls’ room later but you can see I kept the intense pink they wanted on the ceiling instead of the walls. Doing this allowed me to keep the walls white and add the pops of color in the accessories without the room being overbearing.
Anyway, while the girls each have a pillow on the beds for sleeping a pretty throw pillow would add more color to the bedding which I kept simple.
The turquoise matches the turquoise in the curtains and with all the white in the room this small pop of black won’t detract from the light airy feeling I was going for.
I had enough fabric to make two more pillows to sell, they sold right away. I made enough from the sale of the pillows that it offset the cost of the entire bench project and then some.
Do you sew?