Just opened a new 10 pound box of stuffing. You can see that the box is ready to explode, lol. I don't know who I got this tip from but cutting a hole in the box just big enough to grab stuffing out of is the best idea ever.
There are lots of tutorials out there on how to make a bulletin board using foam core so I'm just going to quickly show you what I did. Remember my old 'bulletin board'? It was the back of a flannel tablecloth.
I didn't want to do that again so I figured I'd make myself a giant bulletin board.
Step 1 - Buy a foam core board that is so big it is taller than your room.
Step 2- Get your husband to cut it down to size. Note that we were smart enough to put a piece of wood under it so we didn't slice up the new flooring. :)
Step 3- Try to staple the batting and flannel to it and find out it doesn't work. Nothing to bite into. So get out the spray adhesive and glue that sucker down. Trim the batting to size when it's dry.
Step 4- Use a mix of spray adhesive and duct tape to affix the flannel to the board. I use flannel rather than cotton because I like to have cotton cling to it (I have a collection of fabric faces from when I started doll making I display). I also glued a thin strip of left over underlayment to the top to help screw it to the wall. This was hubby's idea.
Step 5 - I bought enough ribbon to do that criss-cross thing you see on some bulletin boards but in all honestly I don't really care for it. Instead I used it for a 'frame'. Here it is screwed to the wall. My husband wasn't happy when one screw got all bound up in the batting. There's a mess you can't see under the ribbon on one side! OOPS.
and .. TA DA .. all loaded up with my treasures. Gifts from friends, swap pieces, stuff I made. It's so full I need to make another one already!
So I finally managed to get a picture of both the cushion and the bag I made. I had a heck of a time with it. The cushion works well but there were construction woes. It turned out that I didn't make the piping wide enough so wasn't able to sew the final seams at the proper width. That meant the cover wasn't as tight as it should have been. It's rather wrinkly. But no one but me ever notices it.
The bag I just love. It came out perfectly. But I don't care for the shape of the very bottom so will be tweaking the pattern for the next one. This is now my everyday knitting bag. This is the gorgeous fabric Shashi bought for me in India.
My new office has huge 5 foot square windows with a lovely 12 inch deep windowsill. I love the view but the office is small and there is only room for one guest chair. One window is on the south side so I can't put plants in it - they would die from the heat. One is behind me and I've filled that with files. I've noticed that when people come to talk to me sometimes they sit on the windowsill on the south side of the office. So I decided to make a window seat. Now, I've never made one of those fancy cushions with the piping and gussets and all before. So what am I attempting? A five foot long cushion instead of a little one. Luckily there are some really good tutorials online. So far I've made my piping (my bias strips didn't come out so great but I got enough to be usable) and I've covered the foam in batting and made the muslin cover. That's the picture above. I have actually sewn the piping to the top and next is sewing the piping onto the bottom. Then I'm going to have to put a huge zipper in the gusset. I don't do zippers. I have no idea why I am doing this, lol, other than I envision this beautiful lime green window seat in my office. We'll see what the results are in a week or two! Wish me luck!!!!!
Haven't written a post in forever! I've been so busy lately but that's really no excuse. I have been making a few things here and there. The latest is a lovely silky bag based on a Lantern Moon bag (photo to the left of the bag I am trying to copy). I used a free Lazy Girl Design pattern (photo below) and it needs to be tweaked to make it more like the Lantern Moon bag. I just have to narrow the bottom a bit and add the outside pocket. I used some lovely fabric that Shashi bought me in India a few years ago and it just won't photograph well because there is so much shine to it. One of these days I'll get a new photo tent so I can take better photos. I tend to cheat and use my iPhone now. But back to the bag, I really do love it. It's nice to have a pretty bag rather than the cotton drawstring bags I've been making. The pattern isn't offered anymore at Lazy Girl Designs but I found it here. It makes up to about 12" so it's a nice size for a knitting bag (if you're a sock knitter!) or even an evening bag.
I'm crushed! I made this absolutely GORGEOUS apron for myself and the top is too wide. I used the measurements on the pattern too but I should have gone down a bust size as the hip and waist were fine. I'm not happy because this came out great! It's one of my nice quilt shop batiks. All the edges are finished really well, no raw edges at all, and I added yo-yos with vintage buttons for decoration. There's even a little purple yo-yo on the pocket. It can be yours for $30 including shipping. Size will fit: Bust 38-40 Waist 30-32 Hip 40-42. I hope it can find a new home because I can't look at it without crying!
I have a friend who owns a yarn shop downtown and I'm afraid that I go there to hang out and knit but not to buy yarn. Bad me. I really do want to support her so I figured I'd do what I do best ... craft! She wanted some Alaskan themed project bags to sell and the gal who usually makes them for her had her sewing machine out of adjustment. So I bought some northwest themed fabric and made her a dozen bags. Took me 7 hours over a period of a few days. They are square bottomed and lined. Nice little bags!
I got a new idea for a doll ... but I have so many ideas buzzing about my brain and so many things I want to do .. I end up doing nothing! I need to figure out how to be more organized! I have found that since I retired I have a very odd schedule. I get up, grab coffee, sit at the computer and do social networking stuff. Then I eat and get on the OTHER computer and do Doll Street stuff. Then I might get time to sew for a while. Then dinner and back on the computer to screw around. I need an intervention! This computer addiction needs to go!
I keep a pair of reading glasses in my purse and for ages I've been running around with an eyeglass cord that was made with cheap brown plastic beads - really kind of an embarrassment for an artist. Actually an embarrassment for anyone! I had bought some eyeglass holder clasps a while ago but hadn't made the time to make a replacement cord. I finally made time last week and over the course of a couple of days squeezed in enough time to pump out two eyeglass leashes. I made two different kinds - one with a chain and one completely beaded. I found that even though I used flexible beading wire for both that one was way more flexible than the other. As usual it was a learning experience as I don't do much jewelry making. It was a good way to use some of the lampworked beads I had sitting in the collection. I like these and now I won't be so embarrassed by my glasses!