While shopping during the Christmas season, I came across some decorative accent towels that inspired me to try making some of my own. The thing I like most about this type of project is that they are simple to sew and offer a myriad of opportunities to use up scraps of fabric and trim in unlimited creative ways. They can be as elaborate or as simple as you want to make them and are easily picked up or set aside to work on later. I find this a good fit for my creative outlet during this very busy period of my life.
Paris in Spring
Glad to See You!
Sometimes when I’m in the middle of an art project, my studio looks like a tornado passed through.
Drawers and cupboards fall open, materials and tools are scattered all about the room and I groan thinking about having to put it all away at some point.
Today, quite unplanned, I decided to make a wall hanging for one of my boys as a Christmas gift (hopefully, he won’t be reading this blog entry). He had a little dog named Frank who was very sweet. I wanted to make a reminder of Frank for his wall. Using what I had on hand, I sorted through the scraps of brown fabric from past projects. I selected five basic colors and began snipping and fusing.
It didn’t take long and I had enough to cut out the body. I made a little flap for the ear and outlined it in black for definition, added a little red color, a little eye peeking out from under the ear flap and a little black tip for the nose. Once that was done, I was ready to try different backgrounds. My preference was for the green background, but one of my boys thought his brother would like the white better, so I followed his advice.
Next I cut out the pooch’s name in my very best cursive writing… cutting letter is a little tedious, but the result is usually worth the time and care it takes.
I then found a piece of leftover batting I had used on a long ago quilt project and used that to add some loft in between the front and back pieces. As luck would have it, I found a cute piece for the backing from my fabric stash that coordinated nicely with the front design. I sandwiched the three pieces together leaving an extra one inch border of the back fabric to fold up around the outside to finish the edges. The I stitched around the dog and on the name for a little added definition.
Here is my finished piece… I hope he likes it. I do! It looks especially good sitting on my red table runner. Hmm…
What does every girl need to make her birthday complete?
Why a crown, of course!
Happy Birthday Esme!
My neighbor from across the street turned four years old today and in honor of the occasion, I decided to make her a birthday crown. I stopped by the fabric store and picked up some pink (of course?!) felt. I decided I should go through my vast button and trim collection that I already had on-hand at home to complete the project so I resisted making additional purchases… although I did spend quite a bit of time looking at ribbons, feathers and jewels.
When I began the project I wasn’t quite sure about how large to make the crown base, so I conducted some online research where I discovered that an average 4 year old’s head measures 19 to 20 inches in circumference. You gotta love the internet!
I then searched on princess crown patterns and found some printable patterns; with that, my project was underway. I tried a variety of combinations before coming up with the final result. The design process fascinates me; It never fails to intrigue me how one tries this and that and this and that, until suddenly a combination stands out as being “just right.” What exactly makes it “just right” is hard to quantify, and that is the magic of designing, I suppose.
The crown is made of two layers of felt sewn together at the edges. Decorative trims and buttons are then applied. Soft elastic covered in a fabric sleeve at the back provides wearing ease.
close-up of applied trims and buttons
back elastic application
Her sweet smile says success!