Craft Fair & Throw Pillow

Hello Sewing and Fashion friends,

My blog has been quite boring recently, I know. I am trying to figure out a good time to get my machine fixed, but my whole month is busy. My cousin is coming over for this whole week, my birthday is coming up soon…and I’m getting my braces off! It’s been two years, I can’t wait to get them off. I’ve been getting started on tons of projects, and once my machine is fixed, I’ll lock myself in my room and sew until all my projects are finished! I did finish one project, though, with the power off…..handsewing!

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(Sorry for the weird picture, I took my comfortor off the bed because it was too hot to leave it on.This is my bedroom, if you can’t guess.)

I made a pillow case and small throw pillow for my room a while ago. I started on a bigger throw pillow, but couldn’t finish it because I ran out of stuffing. That throw pillow sat in my closet for a while until I got more stuffing. Then I just sewed it shut and added some lace detail.image

Voila! A great throw pillow.

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Here’s a little sneak peak on my Fancy Tiger Craft’s One Hour Top. I’ve worked so hard on it, I can’t wait to wear it! I’ve been making a list of things I’m going to make once my machine works again.

1. Faux Fur Vest

2. Union St. Tee

3. Dress (or two or three)

4. Shorts (I actually started making these!)

5. Pajama Pants

6. A kimono-ish cardigan

7. Some skirts, because you can never have too many

8. More bunting flags

Um, does that count? I’ve already started on some rounded ones.

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So, basically, I want to make every kind of clothing imanginable. I just feeling like I’m disappointing/boring all of you because I haven’t posted about a REAL sewing project in a while. I’ve been hand-sewing little projects to satisfy my sewing cravings, but once my machine is fixed, it will all be better. It will get fixed at some point I assure you.

You’re probably wondering where the craft fair part comes into this. Every year, my church has a huge craft fair in October, with a bake sale and book sale, and everything you could think of. Last year I thought of getting a booth, but wasn’t sure. This year I’m considering it–my sister is trying to talk me into sharing a booth with her; she would sell crochet stuff and I would sell sewing stuff, but I just don’t know! The boothes sell up quickly, and they just started putting signs up for it, so I need to make a decision soon. I’ve already self-consciously been coming up with ideas for things to make, like throw pillows and drawstring bags and tote bags, etc. My mom came up with the idea that I could make little baby tulle skirts. Do you think I should get a booth?

Selfie of the day:

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Or maybe another one:

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love abigail

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Bunting Flags & Week Reading

Hi!

I woke up this morning with a strong desire to sew something–not apparal, I wasn’t ready to just up and start a big project, so I looked through some sewing books I had. I liked a lot of the projects in Kathreen Ricketson’s book Kid’s Crafternoon Sewing. A lot of the projects were for younger kids, though, and I originally checked out the book to make something for my little brother Marck (more about him in a minute.)

One project I really liked was bunting flags.

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I love the look of bunting flags and they’re so easy, so I made some! The book comes with free patterns too, so of course I love that.

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Apologies for the blurry image. Cutting the flags is a breeze- you just fold the fabric in half, laydown the pattern, cut out the shape, and sew! Crazy easy. I have tons of little kid scrap fabric, so I used lots of different patterns.

If only the sewing part went so well as the cutting. My machine was getting the thread all tangled, and the tension is way off…I’ll look into that.

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The pattern has your choice of two shapes–I chose the leaf one.

Once the flags are sewn, you just have to sew them on to ribbon, bias tape, anything you have. I used bias tape, but I only had about a yard and a half, and it was purple. The other bias tape I had was pink, so I chose purple. I don’t really use bias tape that often, so I don’t have much. I had to layer the flags because I had so little bias tape.

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The result: I like it! It’s super cute, however, I do have some problems with it that all my fault.

1. It looks flat. That’s because it is flat! But I might hang it some where else where ot has a chance to shine from both sides.

2. I didn’t have much bias tape, so it doesn’t have the length I wanted it to be.

3. The bias tape is messed up attached to the perfect little flags. At that point my machine kind of gave up.

On my brother:

I’ve told you that I’ve had a sister, but I don’t know if I’ve mentioned Marck. He’s five years old, and was adopted from Haiti around the time of the earthquake.  He’s my little sewing apprentice, he likes to sneak into my sewing room and drop thread and fabric everywhere, and he thinks that’s hilarious. Then I bore him with talking about sewing and fashion, so he runs away. So cute.

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I checked out tons of fashion and sewing books from the library, so I’m going to go find some new projects. I’m thinking of making some bunting flags for my sewing room. Bye!

love abigail