Saturday, February 25, 2017

Sleepy Owl Doll Quilt


Claire got bunk beds for her dolls, so she needed a new doll quilt and a few pillows. I had a fat quarter of this owl fabric. There were other cute owls, but these were perfect since they look like they're sleeping. She wanted it to be pink of course, so it was an ideal project for this batik I've had forever and have been looking for ways to use. Julie reported that when Claire opened the quilt she said, "It has owls on it! This is amazing!"


The pillow forms are 5"x7". I stuffed them with leftover polyester quilt batting. I hate stuffing things, so they are a little lumpy, but it was a great way to use up batting! There are three because it's a triple-decker bunk bed. I love the little pillow cases!


Quilt finished size: 17" x 20.5"

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Bright Birds Quilt


I have had this bird fabric forever, and the green and pink dots possibly even longer. The green dots date back to at least the dinosaur quilt from 2010. At one point, I had this print in purple too, but not in the quantity I had pink and green, nor was it a bright enough purple to match this quilt. Purple is a tricky color to match, so I was relieved to finally find this purple fabric last year.



The back is perfectly pieced from the leftover fabric!


Finished size: 65" x 77"

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Library Due Date Card Bags


My iron-on image transfer sheets are my new favorite craft product! I have lots of old library due date cards and I realized that the image transfer sheets would be the perfect way to turn them into fabric products, particularly these little treat bags for my ND librarian friends. (I actually made 4.) I started by scanning the card. I thought a book titled "Fabric Pictures" was ideal for a fabric creation. Then I needed to add the date stamps. I decided to go with holiday dates. Canva had the perfect font for a date stamp, but when I downloaded the completed image, the scan was blurry. I thought I might actually have to stamp the cards, and I even bought a date stamp at Hobby Lobby, but then I got Adobe Illustrator at work! Perfect, except I'd never used Illustrator, so I had to figure out how to make it do what I wanted, and it has a million features. Fortunately, there are lots of tutorials! I was glad to have a project to motivate me, or all the features might have been overwhelming. I had fat quarters of this scripty fabric that is perfect for library-themed bags.

The lining fabric
Finished size: 4" x 2" x 6" plus handles

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Water Bottle Tote


Several years ago, I made a tote so my 32 oz water bottle would be easier to carry. This smaller 24 oz bottle is the one I take when we travel, and, after our Christmas trip, it was time to make this one a tote too since I was tired of carrying it through the airport by the tiny little handle. I was looking through my stash for plain canvas when I found this lovely patterned canvas left over from a little pouch I made for my mom. The blue coordinates quite nicely with the bottle, though the lining and handle are both green.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Carhartt Stocking


Claire isn't the only one getting stockings! This one is for my brother-in-law. He works at Carhartt and sent me a couple Carhartt patches. I wasn't sure what to do with them, but while I was making stockings, it occurred to me that the patch would fit right on my mini stocking pattern, and wouldn't that be just a lovely holiday addition to his office! They are adhesive patches, so I didn't even have to sew them on!
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