Wednesday, February 6, 2013
I am so happy with the results of this project! You see my cute puppy there?? Yes, that one! The one who loves to sleep on the ottoman and falls off in the middle of sleeping and the one my hubby wishes would move to the floor any how???
Well, I came up with an idea to make her a doggie bed/pillow and make everyone happy.
A google search for "dog bed" landed me at www.dogundermydesk.com ...here I found a super cute and easy tutorial to make a fleece dog bed.
Now, to be completely honest I didn't exactly follow her tute to the letter. However, I did harvest her ideas and adapted them to suit my needs.
I just happened to have an old burgundy flannel flat sheet in my sewing room and I thought perfect!
So I cut a biggish hunk of the sheet off and folded it (how to do this is in the tute) to ensure I would end up with two layers. I free-hand cut a sorta circle. Opened it up and found two kinda circles. Then, I went back to the remainder sheet and cut a long strip that was 8 inches wide. I followed the tutes directions here and folded my edges over and pinned the first sorta circle to this strip and sewed. I repeated this with the second. After sewing I turned the pillow right side out.
Now, I have a kinda resolution for 2013...basically I aim to use what I have on hand-force myself if I must- before I buy anything new. So, keeping this in mind I searched my house for stuff I could stuff this bed with. And what I found was perfect!
Last year I made my hubby a T-shirt quilt. It turned out perfect! But I was left with an odd assortment of cut up knits. Why I've held onto them who knows! But in they went for this project. Also, I had an old pillow that was washed and dried but as these things go, didn't fair too well. It was all bunched up and messy. I cut the pillow open and stuffed all that mangled mess into the dog pillow. With the help of a daughter we smoshed around the dog pillows contents until it felt right. then I whip stitched closed the stuffing hole. A big plop on the floor of our new dog bed and our project is complete!!
Our Rosie is off the ottoman and not on the floor! Win win in my book :)
Monday, February 4, 2013
I began this very simple 8 inch squares quilt last year some time.
I made the quilt top (from stash material!!! yeah) and received the check fabric as a gift. I laid my two layers onto another and it sat in a pile of I need to get to that soon stuff in my sewing room (ahem...living room).
Like many of my UFO's and WIP's it sat waiting on money to buy materials to finish and how to quilt it.
I made up my mind about a week ago that I was going to do a large flower hand quilted in each block stitch.
Then, sticking with my, I must at least try to find supplies around here before I buy any more plan, I decided to use a purple cotton thread I had lying around.
Now to be honest many would not think to use this particular thread. It is, in fact, the same stuff my grandma's used to make crochet doilies and such years ago. Who cares what the stuff is intended for right?? Right! Not me! I went with it and just love it!!!
Now that this is done my plan is to do some small ---get done fast stuff cause it feels soooo rewarding to see stuff done--- stuff!!!
More later ;)