Saturday, January 23, 2010

Not Idle

I haven't posted much lately, but I've not been idle. I spent two weeks working on a diaper bag for LeLe. And since I had some of the awesome fabric left, I did some other things with it. I bound a fleece blanket, and created a bib and burp pad.

I love love love how they all turned out. And I hope LeLe does too. I documented part of the diaper bag process, and will post that sometime in the future.  I quilted the bag, and the bib on my regular sewing machine. I loved the process. I used already quilted backing, so it was very easy, but one of these days, I'll do it the old fashioned way.

The blanket gave me a few moments of angst, as I intended the top and bottom to face a certain direction, and I failed on one end. It still looks ok though.

I added the branches and birds by using wonder under and zig zagging around them. I thought about adding some more zig zagging for smaller branches, but decided against it. I didn't want to take a chance on messing anything up.

For the bib and burp cloth, I used  patterns I found on Home Made By Jill. It was extremely easy, and her patterns were easy to enlarge or make smaller. 

I haven't washed the cloth yet, to make it fray. I love that feature and am anxious to see how it gets all fuzzy.

So, that is what I've been busy doing. I also made some nursing cover-ups for LeLe, but haven't taken photos of those yet. Will post soon.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Couch Organizer

In my effort to nest/get organized this year, I decided to try out this simple tutorial. Mom had given me some pieces of white cloth she had purchased that were already sewn up on the ends. She called them something but I can't remember. They resemble small table cloths. Anyway, I put two of them together to make a couch organizer. I had to do some finagling because the ends didn't exactly match up, so I had to turn the sides under in certain places before I sewed them up. It turned out pretty well. I wish I had had some iron-on transfers at home in addition to a full cartridge of ink so that I could do something on the pockets, but oh, well. It serves its purpose and allows me to put my fingernail files, lotion, devotional books, chapstick, and odds and ends in the pockets.