Sunday, May 1, 2016

Fine & Dandy Zipper Pouch

I made a zippered pouch by a new bag designer, Liz Schaffner of Moments blog. Liz has been designing bags of her own after having been a bag tester for several designers. I will be testing one of Liz's designs this month once she has it ready to test. In the meanwhile, I made her Fine & Dandy Zipper Pouch last night. I had planned on cutting it out and sewing it today, but I just was on a roll and kept sewing, lol! I learned a great tip and plan on using Liz's method on future bags that I make from now on. I enjoyed making the large version of this bag. The pattern includes both a small and a large size, and that is really nice to have choices.

Here is the large size Fine & Dandy Zipper Pouch that I made:
Funny, now that I see the photos, I can see the fabric I chose looks like a 9-patch quilt block. I didn't even notice that before. I guess I was too close to it, lol.

My knitting stuff fits inside nicely. I have knitting needles, scissors, skein of yarn, eyeglasses in the felt case, and a few things in the pockets that you can't see. Still lots of room left.

I made a zipper pull with beads and a peace sign in lime green!

The empty inside. There are slip pockets and pleated pockets. a total of 16 pockets to hold whatever you want. Plus an optional swivel hook to hook your keys or whatever you want to have quick access to.
The side view.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Colorful Knit Socks

I knit these socks for myself out of this colorful yarn I had (yarn label missing). I really like this yarn and I don't know what brand it is. It has a really nice twist to the plys. This yarn doesn't pill much which I really like because all the other sock yarn I have used pills a lot! So I wish I knew what yarn this was.

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Bloom Blocks 7-14

Here are my Bloom Sew Along blocks 7-14.  My first 6 blocks are here.  I mentioned in my posting of the first 6 blocks, that I am doing my blocks with fusible web and stitching around the pieces and not adding a border to my blocks as I am not sure how I want to set them. I like to do my own thing at least a little bit when I follow another person's block or quilt design.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Cozy for a Cone of Thread

I was playing around one day and wanted to make something to hold the thread in place on a large thread cone. I got out my felt and did a little embroidery and  came up with this thread cone cozy. I have about 60 cones and I knew I didn't want to make 60 of these, but I did made 2. One is in black, but I didn't take any photos of it. This works well but I should have made the closure adjustable, because when the thread gets used a lot the snap will be too loose on the cone. I figured I will just use it on a fairly full cone anyhow and then switch it to another cone if this orange thread gets used a lot. It was easy to make and if I ever need a hand project I could make a few more, but for now I won't be making any more.
I used acrylic felt for making this cozy.

The back I sewed a snap to close it.

Another use for this felt cozy is to wrap it around the wires of an iron or sewing machine, etc. so that the cord stays together when I take my machine and iron to a class or a retreat. If I make more, I will use Velcro as the closure so that the cozy is adjustable.
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Friday, April 15, 2016

Playing Card Carousel Becomes Thread Holder

I found another find at the thrift store. I didn't know what it was when I picked it up. It said it was a playing card carousel, but I wasn't sure how it was used. I looked it up online later and those pegs hold the cards in place when playing and there is Lazy Susan on the bottom to turn it, but it really doesn't turn very well. One of the pegs was broken off, so if I can find a small enough peg to fit I will add it in the hole. When I saw it I thought it would make a great thread holder. I bought it for $2.99.

Thread spools fit perfectly on here and there is space to add a pincushion and a thread catcher and scissors too.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Wool Felt Cupcake Pincushions

I borrowed a book from a friend that had some wool felt pincushions on the cover. They are made with the wool from felted sweaters and I had a lot of those around, so I had to make some of these pincushions. They are useful and cute and will make nice gifts too. I needle felted the cherry on top of the pincushions using some roving I had. I made 4 large ones and 14 small pincushions. The pins nicely glide into the pincushions too.
18 cupcake pincushions; 4 large and 14 small.

I needle felted the cherry to make it and needle felted it in place too.

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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Cotton Knit Bowl

I saw this pattern somewhere and decided to knit a bowl using cotton yarn. It knit up nicely, but is rather soft and floppy on the edges. I suppose if I had something inside the bowl it would hold things just fine. Knit up like a boxy hat.
Using a variegated cotton yarn in pink, brown and white (Neapolitan), I knit this bowl. Most of the brown wanted to stay on this side of the bowl.

While the pink yarn ended up on this side of the bowl.

Looking down into the bowl. You can see the sides of the bowl are soft and not very rigid.

The bottom of the bowl started off nicely looking like stripes and then decided to knit with most of the brown on one side and the pink on the other.

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