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My sister-in-law is having her first baby in May and I want to make her a quilt. Some reason I am envisioning my niece telling/showing her kids someday about this quilt her auntie made her. So her colors are hot pink and lime. Since the colors are so bold I am thinking of doing a quilt with alot of white with splashes of these colors in it.
Cant wait to get started.. i have until April for the shower…. SO FUN sewing for a baby again!
It is amazing how much stuff had worked its way into my room over the last year or so.
Here are some before/after pics:
I still want to upcycle an old chalkboard for wall art over the fabric in the corner, replace the rug on the stairs and recover my ironing board.
The top was a beige color and the bottom will be painted eventually, just need to get the time.. I only did this ONE wall so far, which was by the far the easiest to get to, but the most trimming/brush work. Phew- I am going to sleep well tonight.
So a sewing room repaint has been in order since… well, since this dining room became a sewing room 🙂 I have had visions of repainting the walls to a lighter, brighter more inspiring color for awhile. So I am jumping in! I had dark wood beams along the ceiling walls and down the center of the room and had painted those a long time ago. However, I never got around to rolling the main part of the ceiling. So I rolled it tonight. It needs one more coat and as much as I would like to call it “good enough”, I am doing it right this time.
So here is the before picture of the room in all its messy glory. It is way messier then usual here so pardon the piles that arent usually there.
I am going to leave my trim/stairs all the brown wood. But will be painting the top and the bottom 2 separate colors. Here are the before pics (keep in mind it needs tidied, lol)
Here are the colors I picked out. The top will be this pretty aqua green color called “Freshy Fresh” lol. Bottom is “Paprika”. The brown is just in the middle to show the contrast with the trim.
So feel free to follow along as I move onto a new brighter space. I hope to replace the blue cabinet in the corner too and I would love to paint the embroidery cabinet and put some cool funky fabric in the front openings.
I whipped these up this afternoon using the scrappy “Sew n’ Flip” method I posted about last Fall. Love how they turned out!!!
If you are looking to make your own here are a few free online tutorials:
- House on Hill Road Coffee Cozy Tutorial
- Sew Simply Creative Coffee Cozy Tutorial
- Lime & Aqua Studio Coffee Cozy Tutorial upcycling a mens necktie
- Terris Notebook Coffee Cozy Tutorial with a scrappy quilted look like mine!
So my daughter tells me this distraught story about how her book for Math is all bent and really needs a cover. Well, try finding a cover right now in the middle of the school year, lol.
So we just made one real quick. This was so simple to do. We took yardage of a cotton knit material I had on hand, but you could easily use a t- shirt that your child grew out of or that has a stain/rip in a place that wont show once you cut this out.
Just take your book and lay the front, back and the ream of the book completely flat. We rotary cut right next to the top/bottom edges with no seam allowances. Then add 4″ onto both ends and trim the ends. Fold the end over the front flap and mark the crease and do the same for the back but pull just slightly to stretch the material every so much to make the cover fit snug. Match the right sides together and serge or zigzag stitch along the top and bottom edges with the ends folded in at the creases. Reverse the ends to be right side out and install the book.
Here is ours:
My Daughter really wanted a T embroidered on it- so While it was here and the embroidery machine was available I did as was requested 😉
So there ya have it- A book cover that took about 50 cents and 5 minutes to make.. She was one happy camper!!
Wow I really took a break for the holidays, huh? Almost 2 months I was gone from here. Suppose everything I had to say was already said enough I didnt feel like writing it down.
I had a good friend ask me to custom make a few things for some gifts and I wanted to share. First is a coffee cup cozie thingy- ya know one of those things, lol. I think it turned out really cute!
Next she asked me to make some “Sleeves” for an Ipod and Blackberry. Here is what I came up with:
I do have to admit both projects gave me a run for my money for some reason- but if i did them again it would be a breeze I imagine!
Finished this for a dear friend as a surprise swap gift!! Hope it arrives promptly and she loves it. Inside the regular fabrics I snuck in some cute kiddo fabrics for her kids to try to “SPY”