A friend was cleaning out a closet and came across a package of old fabric. One of the pieces was orange silk and the other was a panel of fabric that had been fashioned after vintage rag dolls and was printed for “Her Majesty’s Stationery Office” and came from the Bethnal Green Museum in London. ” London’s Bethnal Green houses the Victoria and Albert Museum’s collection of childhood-related objects and artefacts, spanning the 1600s to the present day.” I have been looking at their website and it looks like a very interesting place to visit. I’ve also checked out the gift shop link and there are many interesting things here as well. I wish it was closer because I would love to visit.
These dolls however will be fun for my friends granddaughters to play with. I applaud her for the decision to make them up and let the kids play. So often I find myself bringing this kind of stuff home and then feeling I should save it for a special occasion or day and then the kids grew up or lose interest and here I had this very fun whatever and never got used.
Here are pictures of the panels. After they have been stuffed, I’ll ask Sally to take a picture and send me so I can add it to this log of projects.
A friend is having a birthday and I wanted to make a quick gift. One pair of fleece socks was included but also some pouches for carrying things. It seems everyone has a phone and various ways of carrying their phones. When you get a new phone invariably it’s a different size than the last phone. That creates the problem of transportation. Now with smartphones and the big screens, how do you carry them if you don’t carry a purse or have the right size pocket. The kids often travel with a backpack or book bag and throw the phone in the bottom of the bag. The goal here was a little bag to add some protection to the phone and the screen. I made three different kinds of pouches not knowing for sure which the recipient would prefer. I also don’t know for sure if they always have a plastic cover on the phone as this too will determine the fit. I also am guessing on the exact size of the phone. I think it’s about the same size as mine but I don’t know for sure. Although I started with the same size pattern for all the pouches they all ended up different sizes due to the construction process. Two of them have zippers and the other is a snap type pouch. I’m thinking at least one of them will work for the phone and the others will have other uses. This was a fun project and I think I’ll be making more pouches.
I’m making a smaller oilcloth bag for a friend. I’m trying out a couple of different sizes of bags because I keep having requests for a smaller size. This first one I reduced the height by 5 inches and the width by 2.5 inches. I like the width and think that will be fine but I think I’m going to make another bag and shorten the height a bit more. This one is actually a good size and would be handy at the drugstore or at the bookstore where you want a bag but don’t want or need such a big one. I’m looking forward to making a few more of these and then ask what size my friend would like what her opinion is.
When my kids were little they really loved knock knock jokes. This was the punchline of one of them.. In this care,orange you glad you told me how to adjust the sock measurements because these will probably fit a bit better. I talked to my
victim friend with the cold feet and decided what adjustments we would like to make to the socks. I ended up making them a bit narrower at the front as he has narrow feet. I also lengthen the hight of the sock a bit so he could wear them inside boots without them rubbing. This is more vintage fleece. It seems like it might have been from an old Halloween costume although I can’t remember for sure. It really is a bit more cantaloupe colored than the picture shows. I found a remnant of some black swimsuit fabric when I was at Joann’s last week and it made perfect ribbing. It has a higher lycra content than ribbing so the stretch recovery and is better and it should not overstretch as easily. It also has a high cotton content so it should feel good on the legs. I normally wouldn’t use black thread either but it was on the machine and it’s close to Halloween so I decided you could wear them as part of a costume if you wanted to be a pumpkin. Also, I wanted to try the pattern adjustments and decided that once they’re inside shoes or worn around the house it didn’t really matter what the color looked like. The contrast is fine with me also and adds a bit of interest to plain old socks.
I’ve been having fun with some Huck toweling. I bought a few yards to play with and keep experimenting with options. I’ve done some applique and also added a border to some of the toweling. This time instead of a shape applique I added a strip of printed fabric that I attached to the toweling. It was such a cute and colorful print that I thought this might be fun to try. I used wonder under on a large piece of fabric and then used my scissors to cut out what I wanted. I knew that I didn’t want it to be in a straight line so just wiggled around the pumpkins and the scene. I then ironed it on and I used a narrow zig zag stitch to applique it to the towel. It turned out cute. Tomorrow this will go a new home. This friend likes to cook and has young grandchildren so I’m sure they will all find a use for this new dishtowel. On to another project. More Huck toweling ideas to come.
My dear friend Gretchen knit me a pair of slippers last fall. She knew that my office floor can be cold in the winter and the cozy felted slippers would keep my feet warm.
Now this wonderful friend has knit me a lovely warm sea-foam colored shawl. It’s very lacy and warm. I’ve never had a shawl before so I’m looking forward to using it. It’s soft and lightweight and very pretty. I’m sure that I’ll get a lot of use from it. I did show my bridge friends the other night and they were impressed. Thanks Gretchen, I’m pleased!
Many moons ago…or at least fifteen years I think, I was in a fleece sock making mode. I made big socks, little socks, lightweight socks, heavy socks, patterned sock and plain socks. Yes I had a great time. They were fast and easy with my new serger. When my family was no longer interested in fleece socks, I mean how many pair of fleece socks can a person wear, I gave socks to friends and finally had to give up the fleece sock adventure and move to something else. Now I’ve had one of those friends ask for new fleece socks. It’s getting to be fall and the feet are getting cold and the old socks have finally worn out.
This was such a fun project. I went into the storage room where all the “vintage” fabrics and patterns are located and shopped. I located fleece and my favorite sock pattern. This is a Rain Shed pattern. The Rain Shed company is located in Corvallis Oregon so they really understand the local climate and needs. This pattern is very high quality, it fits well and is fast to sew. It also produces a professional end product which makes it very satisfying to sew.
The first pair is done. Now the
victim or I mean friend can come and test the fit and I’ll be inclined to sew a few more pair.
It seems like I have lots of friend with birthdays in the next few weeks. I’m having fun sewing up some new things and each friend will receive something different. It’s a great way for me to try new things and fun to think of something each friend might use. I really hate the idea of giving a gift that is not useful in some way. Then it’s just clutter and something to pass along as a white elephant gift. Well, I guess the holidays are coming if they want to get rid of these things… Today I’ve created a dishtowel with some decoration at the bottom. I had some Huck towelling yardage and that works great for towels. It’s soft and absorbent and you can bleach it when it becomes dingy. I also made a rice bag that can either be frozen or heated. This friend is having a knee replacement the day before her birthday so I was trying to think of something she might find useful in the next few weeks. This surgery event also made it difficult to choose a birthday card. Was kind of hard to pick on that said to have a great day or some such thought. It will soon be a good day but I suspect that may not be her happiest birthday in recent years. She will be happy with the end result however and that is good.
Yesterday I went to Tacoma to celebrate with a good friend who had an 80th birthday. This “young” man lives in a nursing home and doesn’t have much space so I’ve been thinking about what to bring to celebrate the big birthday. When I was in Joann Fabrics a couple of weeks ago I found a piece of flannel in the remnant bin (I always check out the remnants) and knew this would be perfect for a pillow case for Don. He loves Snoopy and Charlie Brown and whenever I find something Snoopy related I buy it and save it so I can send it off to a new home. I also had some Snoopy post it notes, magnets and some pens. The next thought of course was what to put them in. A bag certainly was the answer and I found this really cute Peanuts fabric so I made a bag. It’s light weight and rolls up so it can be stored in a small space or tucked in a pocket or the basket of the walker and it will be ready when he needs it. Very compact and easy to take when he goes to the store the bookmobile or on a short visit to friends or relatives. Happy Birthday Mr. B!