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Placemats

A while ago, I bought some fabric to make a set of placemats.  We have a table with a white tablecloth, but it has plastic over it because we have a 14 year old boy who makes a lot of messes.  The downside to having plastic on the table is that your plate sticks to it (I hate that!).  Placemats were something that was needed.  I had every intention of making them right away, but I was rather frazzled at the time of purchase and sat the fabric in my craft room and forgot about it.  My plate has been sticking and bothering me, so I decided that this weekend I will finally get these done.

When I looked into my craft room, I realized that I had to do some cleaning up so that I could actually use my sewing machine.  It had become a pile of knitting projects, yarn and needles all over the sewing table.  I think this was also something that kept me from getting them done.  It wasn’t just ready to use.  I cleaned everything up and put things where they belonged (yay! I can find things now!).  The sewing space was ready to use.  I was even armed with a recent Amazon.com purchase: Bend-the-Rules Sewing by Amy Karol.  I had been seeing this book around the net lately and figured I’d give it a try.  I don’t have any sewing books and this was getting some good reviews, so I got it.  So far I’m really enjoying it! 

Here I am, ready to go:

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I purchased a cheapy placemat from Walmart that was in the shape I wanted to use as a template.  It worked quite well and in about an hour and a half or so, I had these:

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Four pepper placemats!  I’m really happy with how they turned out.  It took a yard of fabric and a yard of this stuff that has a plastic sort of feel to the back and felt on the other side.  The backing stuff gave some padding because of the felt. 

Here’s a close up of the front and one of the back:

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I have some more sewing projects in mind, but have some other crafty things that need to be completed first.  You could be seeing some more Leetle Bags soon, though!  I think I have fabric to make at least 4 right now and I would REALLY love one for my sock-in-progress that I always seem to have now.   

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The Weekend

My WIP list has dwindled a little bit. I’ve frogged some things because they weren’t working out, or I just did not want to finish them. The Noro Log Cabin blanket was frogged because I didn’t really want to make it into a blanket and now I have a different idea of what I will do with it. I swapped the Lana Gatto Summer yarn which I attempted to make T-Twist Tee with, but that didn’t work out (and I didn’t much care for the colors for me). The Big Bad Baby Blanket was frogged because I finally decided that there was no way I’d ever finish it and if I were to finish it, it would just sit in the stash waiting to have a purpose. The cabled bag I was working on is on hold right now because I don’t know if I want to frogg it or not and MS3 is currently in the same category. I’m not sure I’m really liking what the finished shape will be for MS3, so I’m going to wait and see how other people’s turn out first.

I’m nearly done with the shawl. This is what it currently is looking like, without giving too much away:

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I started another pair of socks with some Socks That Rock yarn I had in my stash. So far I like how they’re coming out. I’m working on Erin’s blanket occasionally. I’m trying to get the shawl done, though, so that’s taking up most of my knitting time. It takes a while to do one row now, but I’m pretty close to the end, so I’ll be able to work on it more soon.

Yesterday Crafty Mands and her hubby invited me over for dinner and after we saw the new Harry Potter movie. I had a good time and dinner was really good. Thanks for having me over! We will have to get together again soon :o)

I’ve been looking for fabric to make the shirt pattern I bought a while back and I haven’t found anything at JoAnns, Hobby Lobby, or Super Wal-mart. I was starting to get a little frustrated and thinking that I would have to result to ordering online somewhere. I had heard of a store that I might be able to find something at so today I made a trip up to St. Theresa Textile Trove. They have a lot of very unique fabric and they also carry quite a selection of beads. I had really hoped to find something for a shirt and there were a few fabrics I wouldn’t mind using, but they are kind of expensive. If I’m going to pay $20 for fabric, why don’t I just buy the shirt? I don’t feel the same about yarn, but for things that are sewn… I guess I just don’t have the same feelings. It’s probably because I don’t sew nearly as much as I knit. At any rate, I bought two fat quarters to make a Leetle Bag, enough fabric for another grocery bag (all fabric was 25% off), and some neat beads (which were 50% off):

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On my way home I remembered that there’s a Hancock Fabrics in Newport. I stopped on the way home and found some very nice fabric for only $1.97 a yard. I also bought two more fat quarters for a Leetle Bag and some cording for closing it up:

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After that I was pretty tired, so I headed home. I was going to try out the pattern, but I’m just too tired. Hopefully soon I’ll be able to try it out and also make a few more grocery bags and Leetle Bags.

Well, I’m going to get off the computer for a while and work on the shawl. Hope you had a good weekend!

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Reuseable Shopping Bag

I used a tutorial I found on Craftster to make this reusable shopping bag. It was pretty easy – only took about an hour and a half from start to finish. I really like it and will probably make some more to put up in My Shop.  This one is a little bigger than the standard size ones you get at the grocery store, which I think works out pretty well.

Here it is empty:

And filled:

Here’s a cereal box so you can tell the size a little better:

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A sewn gift for a swap

I know a while ago I mentioned the October 2006 Birthday Month Swap going on over on Craftster. Well, the person I gifted to got her package. It made it all the way to Finland! Here’s the purse I made (which I’m quite proud of):

Here’s the inside with a little pouch that attaches so it doesn’t get lost and a pocket:

Here’s a close up of the pouch:

And here it is opened:

Soon I’ll be working on one for myself with some fabric I bought last week (when I’m not busy working overtime and sleeping). When I get around to making it, I’ll post photos.

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I’m working on arm armers/fingerless gloves for the above mentioned swap for another person. I’ve made up the pattern on my own and threw in a really nifty chart pattern. I am loving how they’re turning out. I finished one and am working on the second now. It should be done in a few days and once the person I’m making them for gets them, I’ll post photos on here. I’ve gotten compliments at work for how well they’re coming out, so I’m really hoping the person I’m gifting to will like them just as much.

As far as other knitting goes, I’m still not done with the second sock, but it’s because I’ve put it down and worked on the arm wamers/fingerless gloves almost exclusively. I’ve been working on the Shetland Triangle a little bit and I’m nearly done with one skein of yarn already. I love how it’s coming out.

Well… back to knitting ;o)

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Embroidery

Here’s my first attempt at embroidery:

I did this on a piece of fabric that’s going to be used on the pocket of the tote bag I’m going to be making. I think it came out pretty good for my first attempt :o)

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Pin Cushion

I was in need of a pin cushion, so I decided to make one. After I was done cutting out everything I need for my quilt purse, I had some left over fabric. It was a good way to use up some left overs and it’s really easy to do. I followed this easy tutorial (minus the interfacing because I didn’t have any). I like how it came out :o)

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Quilting

With the time I’ve had, I’ve been picking up new crafts. When I saw that this round’s challenge over at Sew? I knit! was quilting, I figured I’d give it a go. I’ve been seeing some really neat quilt stuff and I’ve wanted to learn for a long time. No better time than the present, right? ;o)

I saw a little tote on the cover of Quilts and More magazine and decided then and there that’s what I wanted to make. It’s called the Lazy Days Tote and the pattern is from Cindy Taylor Oates. I decided to go with fall themed fabric since fall is right around the corner. Here’s the fabric that I’ve chosen:

I’ve already got everything cut to specifications and pressed. I’ll probably start work on it Monday and it should be done fairly quickly (that is, of course, if I don’t run into any problems). I’m actually quite excited to get going on it!

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In knitting news, I’m not far from completing the Kristina Bag. I started it on Thursday and I’ve got the handles left to knit. I love how it’s coming out. I’ve successfully learned Fair Isle AND how to knit with holding yarn in both my left and right hands (normally I only hold yarn in my right hand). I’m pretty pleased with it :o)

As for crocheting… it’s progressing. I found a book I’d really like to get for crochet, but I’m going to go to the library first and see if they have it there. I got a few already, but I’m a little confused on how to read a crochet pattern still.

Okay… that’s all I’ve got for now. Happy crafting!

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T-shirt

I got an easy t-shirt pattern and was able to make this. It was very easy and quick to make. I love how it came out! It’s incredibly comfortable :o)

Here’s a close up of the fabric:

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Yeah, I sew.

Okay… so I don’t just knit! I can sew too :o)

I wanted to post because I’m excited I finally have my sewing machine set up (temporarily in the living room, but it will have to be moved somewhere else soon).

It’s an old Singer. At least as old as me (24), maybe even older. It used to belong to my Great Grandmother who passed away when I was about 5 or 6. The table goes with it and actually sets into it so it’s level with the rest of the table which I think is really the best feature and the reason I will always do my best to keep it running well. The table suffered a lot of damage before I learned how to sew. My mom used to set glasses on it all the time which caused a lot of damage to the top of the table. Underneath there are some marker scribbles and I will guess that one of my sisters did that. It’s been moved from the west coast to the east coast. It’s survived more moves than I can even reasonably count. I’ve been seeing a lot of crafty projects that are sewing related and I’m actually quite anxious to get back into sewing again. It’s much more economical to make a dress or skirt myself than to buy it… plus, then I know it will actually fit me properly!

And the thing I’m MOST excited about?? I’m part of the Spring Bag Swap on Craftster.org! This is my first swap on there and I’m thrilled about it. Laying in bed last night I was thinking about the bag I’ll be making and I’ve got a good idea of what I want to do. As per the usual as of late, when I don’t already know a pattern I want to make, I dream one up. I think this one will be really neat and I can’t wait to get to the fabric and yarn store this weekend so I can start work on it really soon!

Okay… back to work I go!