Busy Weekend!

This weekend was crazy. I started off by making 250 basketball cookies for a party.I may have kept one or two for myself, and they were very tasty.

Once the cookies were packed and delivered, Anthony and I went to a really fun wedding. There was an old Hollywood movie theme, and I worked with the bride on the escort cards. She asked for movie tickets, and I think they came out really great.They looked really cute standing up in popcorn!

Then on Sunday, I picked up some awesome new fabric that I can’t wait to start working with.

Easy Kitchen Curtains

It took me a while to decide on the kind of curtains I wanted to make for our kitchen. I finally made them yesterday after looking at tons of different pictures for inspiration, and I am pretty happy with the result.
I was kind of making it up as I went along, so I took pictures and wrote down the steps just in case I ever want to make them again. I started with 3 yards of Amy Butler Midwest Modern print, plus an equal amount of lining fabric. I used a little less than a yard for each window.

The window in the picture is 33″ wide (measured from the outside of the frame), so I added an inch for seam allowance and cut 34″ lengthwise and used the width of the fabric with just the selvedge trimmed off. Then I cut an equal size piece of lining fabric and pinned the 2 pieces together with the right sides facing.
Then I sewed down 3 sides (left, right and bottom), and turned it inside-out like a pillowcase. Once the piece was inside-out, I pressed the edges.
I sewed the edges again, just to make sure that the curtain would lay flat, then I decided to add some pleats to the bottom.
I folded over the bottom edge 3 inches and pressed the fold, then sewed 1 inch in to create a pleat.
Then I folded the fabric over again, 3 inches from the previous pleat, pressed and sewed 1 inch from the fold again.I repeated the pleating step again, and added a third one.

That was enough for me, so I finished up by creating a rod pocket on the top of the curtain and I was all done! I am definitely still a beginner at sewing, and this project could not have been easier.

The kitchen still needs some work, and I need to paint the window frames over the kitchen sink before I can hang the curtains.

Stripey Initial Totes

One of the best thing about unpacking all our stuff is that I am finally able to finish up some of the projects I started before the move. I made these tote bags a few months ago for two of my cousins, and I just had to finish up the initials.The fabric is black and white striped canvas, and the bag has a square bottom, so it can fit lots of stuff.I painted the letters on using a freezer paper stencil, and it needed a few coats of paint to make sure the stripes didn’t show through.

I am thinking of making a bunch more for myself to use for grocery bags.

Perfect Patterns

Our apartment is painted and ready for us to move in, but I am having a little trouble finding a mover to take our stuff out of storage and bring it up to the third floor in the next 2 weeks. I’m really anxious to get settled again, and there are several projects that I can’t wait to start.

The first thing that I will tackle are curtains. Our old house had nice wooden blinds on all of the windows, so we didn’t have to think bout curtains. This apartment has really tall old windows, and I am thinking of making curtains for every room. I spent some time today looking for fabric, and it seems like lots of sites are having great sales right now.

Here are some of my favorites so far:

1. Dwell Studio Sketch
2. Dwell Studio Gate
3. Amy Butler Daisy Chain Bouquet
4. Thom Felicia Citysquare
5. Premier Prints ZigZag
6. Amy Butler Daisy Chain Clematis
7. Robert Allen @ Home Binaria
8. Braemore Fioretto Sprout

I made a skirt!

So I finished my first summer sewing project and actually wore it to work yesterday:

(This picture is at the end of the day, so it’s a little wrinkly). I did a basic straight skirt with a covered elastic waist and it took a little over an hour.

Now I’m looking for some cool fabric to make more!

Felt Flower Tutorial

These are my favorite flowers to make – quick, easy and cheerful. All you need is 2 small pieces of felt (one for the petals, one for the leaves), matching thread and a needle.

First, cut 6 petals using a quarter as a template. Then cut 2 leaves from the other color (I did mine freehand).

Then fold each petal in half and stack all six.

Then stitch through all 6 petals at once.

And stitch through again, making a circle with the thread.

Then pull the thread tight – the petals will spread out and form a flower, and you may have to arrange the petals a bit to make them look nice. Once they look good, make a knot to secure the flower.

Attach the leaves to the bottom of the flower with a few stitches.

Ta-da! You made a flower!

Summer Sewing

One of my goals this summer is to start making some clothes for myself. I went shopping the other day and couldn’t find anything I like, but I can picture the kind of clothes that I want. Here are some of the great tutorials that I am going to try:

Full Gathered Skirt from blogforbettersewing.com

The Socialite Skirt from Elle Apparel

Fabric Bow Belt from Say Yes to Hoboken

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