Archive for the ‘Sewing projects’ Category

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Yikes! A long time without creativity!

March 17, 2011

Here is my entry this week to…

How come being creative always gets put way down on my to-do list?
Sigh.

Here’s my latest project (not real exciting but at least it got done)… a shower curtain.

Chosen fabric

Started with some decorator fabric, cut to size. Folded up the hems.

Sewing a couple of seams

Did a bit of sewing… side hems and a hem at the bottom and the top.

Put in rings at the top

Installed some curtain grommets. The bottom one is done. Others in progress. (It was easier than I thought; the package came with a template to mark the hole.)

And presto. A new shower curtain that matches the bathroom pretty well.

the finished shower curtain

Which this photo doesn’t show, because I had to use a flash. In fact I hesitate to even show this… It looks awful! I guess I’ll make it a tiny photo!

What creativity have you been up to?

— Carol


Photo in header: From my archives, an iced over American Cranberry Bush Viburnum – our Creator gets creative. Signature font from Gitzen Girl

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Christmas Sewing: Re-usable produce bags

December 17, 2010

Here is my entry this week to…

Button for You: Create

It has been a long time since I’ve gotten to the sewing machine. Too long. DTM (Doing Too Much).

But I had to make something to give as some little gifts! So I made some reusable produce bags.

A Re-useable produce bag filled with oranges

I got the idea from Melissa over at Proverbs 31 Life. (Thanks, Melissa!)

They didn’t take too long. Here’s the steps I took:

a mesh laundry bag

I started with some white mesh laundry bags

The mesh bag undergoes the rotary cutter!

I cut them up into various sizes

Sewing the bag shut on three sides

I sewed the bag shut on three sides


Fabric with corn on it - what else for a veggie bag!

I cut some strips of corn fabric (what else for a veggie bag!) Folded them over a couple of times...

Sewing on the corn fabric around the top of the bag

And I sewed the fabric around the top of the bag.

The completed bag (shown loaded with some fruit)

Then I used a safety pin to snake some cording into the top and installed a push-button cord stop. Ta-da! Done. Well with one, anyway.

It feels so good to create. Why don’t I do this more often?

— Carol


Photo in header: From my archives, an iced over American Cranberry Bush Viburnum – our Creator gets creative. Other photos also taken by moi.
Signature font from Gitzen Girl

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You: Create – Tattered Flower Pin

November 5, 2010

Here is my entry this week to the place where a bunch of us share what we’ve been doing in the category of things “creative”…

You can click on that button above to go see other creative pursuits.

It has been too long — Yikes, 6 weeks — since I’ve been creative! Despite my blog’s name! Just doing too much other stuff. (Which I recently learned has it’s own acronym: DTM.)

I’m glad that I tried out this easy project that I found at Sew4Home – Tattered Flower Pins.

Not the best photo… a bit blurry… photography is not where my creativity lies!

a pin I made, a "tattered flower"

What have you been creating?

— Carol


Photo in header: From my archives, an iced over American Cranberry Bush Viburnum – our Creator gets creative.
Signature font from Gitzen Girl

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You: Create – really simple, but very functional

September 16, 2010

Here it is Thursday already! Time for my entry to…

I am really trying to force myself to spend time being creative. One wouldn’t think that I should have to force myself to be creative! Getting started is what is hard. It felt so good to sit at the sewing machine! (Even though I was only there for about 5 minutes!)

What was I creating?

Something really simple, but very functional: A hanging bag for clothes pins.

A completed clothes pin bag made from a little kids shirt

I started with a little kids shirt (did they really used to fit something that small!?) I sewed together a portion of the front and then sewed the bottom of the shirt closed. Five minutes of sewing (including changing the thread color).

Then I had to hunt for a wooden hanger. I noticed that I needed to saw a bit off the ends of the hanger because it was too long in the sleeves.

The wooden hanger is too long for my clothes pin bag - it peeks out of the sleeves of my little kids shirt.

So I got out the saw – which required some more hunting! See that cobweb on the blade?

Sawing off the ends of a wooden hanger

Next, I stuffed her full of clothes pins and tried her out!

The completed clothes pin bag hanging out with the laundry

Yeah! I no longer have to bend over to fetch a few pins! (And I am loving being able to hang out clothes at our new place!)

What were you creative at this week?

— Carol


Photo in header: From my archives, an iced over American Cranberry Bush Viburnum – our Creator gets creative.
Signature font from Gitzen Girl