May 7, 2012 § 1 Comment
A large piece of lace, thrifted for $2. An old tablecloth perhaps? Such lace has been used so effectively for stenciling furniture lately, I did consider that. But the needs of our household run closer to imaginative play. I flipped a quarter of it back on itself, sewed a casing and gathered it on a headband. I added a comb to keep it on and viola, another girly addition to the ever expanding dress-up bin.
Apparently it is necessary for princesses to spin. A lot.
April 20, 2012 § 2 Comments
Birds have been in vogue for a few years now though they might be on their way out. I love the bird mobiles that various creatives have made; you can see some versions here and here. There is a simple and stylish FREE pattern for making these little fabric chirpies found here on my pinterest “to make” board via spool. Instead of a mobile I made a wall installation with three bamboo poles, found at Target on clearance, and a few brackets from the hardware store. The birds are great for using up scraps and are stuffed with thrifted stuffing, so they cost almost nothing. And my guest room has a large and cheerful flock of visitors. This gallery has 30 birds and they are adhered to the bamboo with hot glue, which is sturdy but removable.
April 6, 2012 § 2 Comments
I printed a picture of it and cut apart each section to duplicate it in fabric. I grey painted a canvas for the base.
I very much love it. I am not an artist so I must carefully measure and sketch designs to get what I want.
April 3, 2012 § 1 Comment
Vintage flowered fabric in the most curious of textures, it is slippery and stretchy, like gym shorts. More than 2 yards for $2, bordered and straight into the dress-up box.
And this lovely gem, a completely hand-stitched potholder, beautiful and intricate with all it’s little individual scales. Old but never used. $2. Take that, Anthropologie.
April 1, 2012 § Leave a comment
It is fun to watch what people like and what people buy. So the whale is the new owl in kids decor. You should buy a stump to use as a chair or side table. And succulents and cacti are filling favorite retail establishments. I see new things to sew! Take a look at these fabric potted cacti. From Anthropologie.
I am going to plant some. There are miles of plant pots at the thrift store.
March 30, 2012 § 2 Comments
I found an easy sewing project for little owl stuffies. I pinned it here via efemera ink. This woodsy doll can be stitched in 30 min and is easy enough for a child. I liked the result, but don’t have a reason to make a bunch of them right now. Perhaps a future party favor? It is a great one to keep in the project toolbox and a fun use for scraps.
March 28, 2012 § 1 Comment
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March 15, 2012 § Leave a comment
I’m not actually sure they what they are; 40in lengths of vibrantly colored cloth, hemmed all around. Floppy rayon. I chose them mostly for their color and pattern and in a household with children you can never have enough pieces like this. They are hats and capes and dresses and baby blankets and forts.