Teal Cotton Chenille Backing
Friday, March 7, 2014
This blanket was made for a raffle prize at a family reunion. It was made from a collection of reunion shirts. The sashing and backing fabric is a solid green quilting cotton.
This patch was removed from a baseball cap and appliqued on the blanket.
Charcoal Grey Sweatshirt Fleece Backing with Foldover Binding
I am finally getting in a good rhythm as far as my blankets are concerned. I've made some that I haven't been able to share because they are gifts. Like this one for a local customer. Her daughter LOVED it an mom brought back two more orders!
I hope that you aren't finding my blog too boring, but I still feel the need to catalog each of my blankets on the blog. I am working on a new website, which is still a ways out. At that point I want to have a gallery of my work. I considered putting all my week's finished blankets into one post and I may still do that. But having them in a blog post allows me to share them on Pinterest.
Anyway, I love the colors in this blanket! The tie dye adds a lot of fun! The backing is sweatshirt fleece and it has a foldover binding.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
There was a bright spot in the interminable speeches I sat through with my daughter during college orientation weekend. A dean suggested that the students take the time to wander the stacks. His message included "wandering the stacks" of the various libraries, but was also meant to inspire them to explore - ideas, experiences, classes - that may be outside their intended major. You never know what you may find. I loved this idea, although my college experience didn't give me much time for wandering the stacks. I had my face full of boring engineering books most of the time.
There are few things that give me as much pleasure as wandering the stacks. I love looking at books, the smell of an old library, walking between dark rows of books, exploring a used book store. Quite often, my trips into the library to drop off books and DVDs becomes an hour of exploring.
A visit to the library is never complete unless I have walked over to the ongoing book sale racks. Before Christmas, my husband and I were thinking about a DIY project that required a number of books. I went to the thrift shop to pick up books, but they were priced individually and quite expensive! So when I was back at the library and browsing the books for sale, I came upon this book for $ .25! It was a hardcover book, about a 1/2 inch thick and had a cheeky title - perfect for my college-aged daughter!
Side note on the Nook. My daughter suggested the Nook HD as a gift for me for my 50th birthday from my dear friends. I love it! I probably spend more time surfing than reading....but that's another story. My daughter, whose room is stacked floor to ceiling (literally) with books, was adamantly opposed to any type of e-reader. I think it was a matter of principle, and I understand that. She had started reading some library books on her Ipod. We use Overdrive to read and/or listen to selections from our libraries. But she had mentioned that while reading books in her loft bed at night the light was too bright for her roommate. When I saw a $39 Nook deal before Christmas, I thought it would be a nice gift for her. Just something she could load some books on for those middle-of-the-night-can't-sleep reads. There was one problem, I didn't know that the basic Nook required lighting. Problem not solved. So she upgraded her Nook to one that has adjustable lighting. She didn't get one with online access, so she still needs to hook it up to her computer to transfer files to it. But she likes it.
Because there is something so special about holding a book, I thought it might be fun to create a holder for her Nook out of a book. I was mainly inspired by this tutorial on Come Together Kids. I also searched Pinterest high and low for other ideas and put mine together in the following way. The hardest part was not having her Nook on hand to test.
- old hardcover book
- fusible fleece
- twill tape
1. Remove pages. I used my button hole cutter to chop away the pages without going through the back cover.
I trimmed away the remaining papers with scissors.
2. Add interfacing to the center if needed. I had some thick interfacing that I cut a narrow piece of to add to the center of the binding. (This is not shown). I cut a narrow strip and glued it to the center to add stability to the book. I'm not sure if this is necessary. But I also thought it would be easier to glue the fabric down to something that was similar in thickness to the rest of the book. You may have to play around with this depending on the size of your book. I have also seen cardboard used.
3. Cut a piece of fabric that is at least 1" larger than the book.
4. Fold the raw edges under and press. With the fabric on the inside of the book, I pressed under the raw edges so that the folded fabric would fit inside the book.
5. Add fusible fleece. I added some fleece to provide a little cushion. Using the folded and pressed fabric as a guide, cut a piece of fusible fleece that is just a bit smaller than your folded piece.
Unfold the edges and fuse the fleece to the back of the fabric.
6. Prepare for sewing. For added strength, I wanted to sew around the perimeter of the padded fabric. But first, I added elastic to the corners and a center piece of twill tape.
You can find the dimensions of various e-readers online. I made a paper mock up of my daughter's Nook.
I cut 1/4" elastic in 6" lengths for the corners.
Using the mock up as a guide, I placed the elastic at angles so that they hold the Nook corners. Be sure that they will still hold it if the Nook slides down. Pin carefully and stitch around the entire rectangular piece of fabric. Also, stitch the center twill tape. Now all the elastic is secured with stitching.
7. Glue the fabric panel down to the book. My husband took this outside and used a spray adhesive to glue the fabric to the book. I added regular glue to the perimeter and secured it with binder clips. I wanted to be sure that it was strong enough to hold the Nook.
My daughter was thrilled to receive it in her care package! As you can see, the Nook slides downward, but is still encased by the elastic. If I had the Nook on hand, I might have modified the placement of the elastic.
I hope you enjoy this version of a Nook holder!
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
I don't usually buy fabric without a project in mind, but when I saw this reversible stripe and polka dot knit at Joann's I purchased it. It's a rayon/cotton blend and has a nice hand and drape. It's available in teal and purple, also. Stripes and polka dots make me happy and make me think spring! I wish it was available in navy.
I was inspired by a striped cardigan over on Elle Apparel. She used a cardigan to create a pattern and made a simple, long, wide-striped cardi. I looked through my patterns and found this Kwik Sew Pattern 2415. It is no longer in print. It is for a twin set (which I think I made.) I really like Kwik Sew patterns. I used them quite a bit to make the kids clothes when they were little. I started with the cardigan pattern in XL. I modified the neckline to create a V. I added six inches to the length, but wish I had added even more. Actually, this length has a nice polished look. If I make another one, I think I would like it longer for kicking around.
I wasn't sure whether or not to add one button....
or a row of buttons.
I asked my Facebook friends and most people suggested the one button. A few suggested none. Only the engineers suggested the entire row (my husband included!) I have yet to get back to the store to get a button. I also have to fix the sleeves. Because the pattern calls for banded sleeves, they are a bit too wide. I didn't buy quite enough fabric and had to add the polka dot piece.
I'm really happy with it, though. It was fun to spend a Saturday morning sewing something for myself.