Posts Tagged ‘sewing’

The Picnic Blanket

picnic blanket Here it is, our new picnic blanket. I was making the bias tape I showed you the other day for this. I fell in love with the idea of this blanket when I first received my copy of Handmade Home. I knew I just had to make it, and I finally did. I raided my stash of vintage sheets and used an old pink bedspread we didn’t use anymore. I made the bias from an old vintage sheet that I loved. I absolutely love the way it turned out. We used to lay out an old comforter for picnics, but how much better it is to unroll a handmade blanket made solely for the purpose of picnics. I’ve really been working on decluttering and though it seems excruciatingly slow at times, I am trying to get to the point where everything we have is something that we actively use and love. Since we have been going on regular picnics this summer, it is just what we needed. It is decidedly feminine and with three guys in the family, I think I will be searching for some more masculine vintage fabrics to make a second blanket as well. It is a pretty good size, but I think two picnic blankets will give us a little bit more room to spread out. Unfortunately we will probably only be going for a few more picnics before the weather turns bitterly cold, but in the meantime I plan to enjoy it completely and then look forward to next spring when it can be put into use on a regular basis again.

family, nature, sewing, thrift store finds • Saturday, October 3rd, 2009 • 17 Comments »

Making My Own Bias Tape

bias tapeI’m in the middle of working on a big project, well not really big but when you add in lots of distractions small things suddenly become big. Anyway, there is something I just love about bias tape that is homemade out of fun fabrics. I think it makes a world of difference when compared to the plain store bought variety. I had fun making this yesterday afternoon when I had a few quiet moments while the baby slept and the bigger kids read quietly in their beds. I’m hoping to finish this project soon and show you all on Saturday.

sewing, thrift store finds • Thursday, October 1st, 2009 • 6 Comments »

Repurposing Vintage Linens – Part 3

cloth totesOne of my favourite ways to repurpose vintage linens is to make cloth totes out of them. They make great gifts and they are inexpensive and quick to make. They are so useful, and I just love seeing different vintage fabrics instead of boring (and bad) plastic bags. These totes are lightweight yet sturdy, and can easily be folded up to throw in a purse or diaper bag. I have totes like these all over, several in the house and a bag full in the car. The kids love carrying their own little versions at the farmer’s market. This is a great quick project, especially if you are just learning to sew. They are great to sew up assembly line style if you want or need quite a few. There are free patterns online, or simple patterns in several craft books as well. Sew What! Bags: 18 Pattern-Free Projects You Can Customize to Fit Your Needs, Lotta Jansdotter’s Simple Sewing: Patterns and How-To for 24 Fresh and Easy Projects and Handmade Home: Simple Ways to Repurpose Old Materials into New Family Treasures all have simple, cute tote bag patterns or instructions. These three bags are available in my shop. Switching to cloth bags is not only great for the environment, it is so much fun using and seeing colourful and fun fabrics. Do try one yourself. Have a great day!

sewing, thrift store finds • Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009 • 9 Comments »

Repurposing Vintage Linens – Part 2

repurposed robeThis is another project that started with a vintage sheet. I needed a lighter weight bathrobe and I loved this sheet but unfortunately it did not have it’s matching set. What better thing to do than repurpose it and turn it into something I could use and love, much better than having a lonely bedsheet. The pattern came from Amy Butler’s In Stitches. This was the first project that I sewed from this book, and I found it to be quite manageable. I did lengthen it a touch and I also doubled the width of the belt which I think is now perfect. I also really love the wide legged pajama pants pattern in the book, but I haven’t gotten to that yet. I’m really pleased with how it turned out. I really do love repurposing fabric, buttons etc. into something that I can really use and love. It may sound cheesy, but it’s almost magical how you can take a flat sheet and turn it into something really useful. It’s even better that it is a vintage sheet that I love, and now can enjoy every day as a completely different item. Next time you find some vintage linens that you love, try to think of all the possibilities, there are hundreds.

sewing • Monday, September 21st, 2009 • 4 Comments »

A Patchwork Blanket

patchwork blanket This patchwork blanket is for my almost five year old daughter who loves all things pink.  I’ve been working on making patchwork blankets for my kids for Christmas and  this one is the first to be completed.  We’ve had a couple of cold snaps in the last few weeks and I really enjoy thinking about all the snuggling this blanket will get. I really love repurposing items and fabrics so that they can be loved and used again. Most of the fabrics on the top have been sitting in my stash for a while, but I used a vintage sheet that I love for the back.  I love all of the bright colours and flowers and I know that my daughter will too.  It is big enough to completely wrap my little girl up in or for several of us to sit and share  some cuddles. My favourite thing about this blanket is that the sheet I used for the back was my mother’s favourite bedsheet when she was my daughter’s age.

sewing • Friday, September 4th, 2009 • 3 Comments »