I think I have underwear on the brain. Not sure why, but making panty shaped sachet’s has been pushed front and center on my to do list. I have about three quilt tops to quilt and several projects midway done but after buying silk organza yesterday, all I can think about is sachets.
And these have been so darn easy to make that it is hard for me to stop. Another bonus is that with each one, I have been trying out new to me decorative stitches on my Janome.
To be honest I am a great Do-er and not the best teacher but these guys were so easy I thought I would pass on the techniques I used.
Supplies: Sewing machine, silk organza, thread, small premade bows, a small funnel and lavender flowers. (I used white organza and grey thread to make the decorative stitching more noticeable and I bought my lavender in the bulk section of Whole Foods.)
Basic Instructions: Mark off with fabric marker a rectangle 5 inches by 7 inches and cut around these rectangles in the silk organza allowing a generous 1 inch border to make stitching easier. Make symmetric diagonal cuts on the lower rectangle corners to make it into the shape of underwear. Pin the two pieces of organza together in the middle of the rectangle to keep them together when sewing. Using a decorative stitch, sew around the edges along your marked lines, leaving the bottom open. Using your funnel, fill the sachet with lavender. Finish the bottom with the same decorative stitching to seal the lavender in place. Trim the edges of the organza on all sides close to the stitching. Using some of your thread, hand sew one of the small bows in place in the top center and you are done!
I decided I needed a little bag to hold my sachets so I used some Laminated Cotton from Heather Bailey’s Nicey Jane line and made an underwear shaped bag with frills to match my sachets.
With the weather cooling down, I have been sorting through our drawers. I set aside a stack of old shirts and tshirts for the Goowill. These shirts were too cute to give away, especially together so I decided to repurpose them into something new.
To start off, I picked an old striped shirt and made it into a cardigan by cutting down the middle and finishing the edges (I folded and pressed each edge in by 1/4 inch and folded again then straight stitched to finish.)
Next, I cut 1 to 2 inch sections from the sleeves of three different tshirts.
I then folded each in half and cut a scalloped pattern at the open edge to give the flower more depth.
To provide a base for the flower I ironed Misty Fuse onto a small piece of one of the tshirts and cut a two inch circle which I then ironed to the left corner of my new cardigan.
I then sewed down the center of each of the tshirt sleeve bands and pulled the loose stitches to gather them into a size that would fit in my two inch circular flower base.
Finally I pinned and stitched down the center of each gathered circle onto the flower base fitting each subsequent circle inside the next.
I cut all the loose stitches and within 30 minutes had a new cute cardigan for my daughter. 🙂
Although my girlie is getting a little tired of modeling for me (I have to pay in new books) I think she is genuinely pleased with the results.
Whenever I travel, I like to 1. explore a new city’s independent coffee shops and 2. keep my hands busy creating.
This week my family and I have been in Spokane, Washington. While here, we discovered a fun shop downtown the kids love called Boo-Radleys.
It’s next door neighbor Atticus Finch is equally as cool and has a great cafe where we planted ourselves for a bit. (LOVE the To Kill a Mocking Bird theme!)
While the kids read their books, I pulled out some African Christmas beads and elastic thread I bought a few years ago in Seattle.
I have made several African Christmas Bead Necklace/bracelets as gifts in the past and they seem to be well received. (My sister in law was wearing hers from a few years ago when we left Spokane!)
They are really easy to make! All I do is cut a piece of Elastic Thread necklace length and tie a loose knot at the end to keep the beads from rolling off. I then thread as many beads as I want for my necklace/bracelet. When I have threaded all the beads, I untie the loose knot at one end and tie the two elastic threads together securing with several knots. This thread is slick and the knots like to come undone. To prevent this, I cut the threads close to the knots then dab a small amount of superglue on the knot and allow to dry. Within 30 minutes, I have a colorful and fun necklace/bracelet!
I’ve been a tad bit obsessed with seed stitch lately. With some lovely natural wool in my yarn stash, I knit up an extra long cowl that I can wear several ways. This is a super easy pattern that is quick to knit up.
Supplies that I used:
6 Skeins of Manos del Uruguay Wool Clasica naturals in color 702
32 inch US size 17 circular knitting needle
Pattern: Double up on the yarn so that you knit with two strands of yarn from two skeins at all times to make this an extra thick knit. Cast on 155 stitches then follow the pattern knit one, purl one across the needle. Place a marker. Begin knitting in the round for the next row continuing the alternating knit one, purl one pattern. Continue until the cowl measures 10 inches, then bind off the last row in the continued knit one, purl one pattern. Use the crochet hook to weave in the loose ends.
This extra long cowl gives you many styling possiblities. A couple that I like are shown below.
Malas are Tibetan Buddhist prayer beads strung with 108 beads. The necklaces/bracelets are traditionally used to help keep count while reciting or repeating a mantra. I am neither Buddhist nor Tibetan but I love the look of Malas and a few years ago started making them for myself and friends.
As I start gearing up for the holidays and begin making presents for friends and family, I have pulled out all my beading supplies and thought I would share my Mala Making methods.
108 beads (best if 5mm or less)
Bead Cord with a self threaded needle (I typically use No 10 in a color to match the tassel)
Needle nose tweezers
Embroidery thread to make a tassel or a premade purchased tassel
To begin your Mala, make a knot near the end of the Bead Cord and begin threading your beads. In between each bead, tie a knot while using the tweezers to pinch at the top of the bead. This will make the beads and knots fit tightly together
When all 108 beads have been tied on the Bead Cord, tie the two ends together into a circle. You are almost done!
Next Decide if you want to make your own tassel or attach a premade tassel. I like to do it both ways. Over the year I have been collecting vintage Turkish Tassels and repurposing them on Malas. I use a strong nylon thread to attach them to the beaded loop.
If you choose to make a tassel, grab some embroidery thread and your beaded loop.
Cut one looped end of the embroidery thread and tie it in the middle to the beaded loop using the left over Bead Cord.
Grab one loose thread on the right side and wrap 5 times around all of the threads
Using a needle pull the loose wrapped thread through the top of the tassel and pull down hard to tighten.
Repeat the wrap and thread pull through with a loose thread from the left side of the tassel this time wrapping in the opposite direction. Dampen the end of the embroidery thread and trim to desired length.
Enjoy your Mala!
Several years ago I bought a linen flower from Emersonmade. Ever since I’ve been hooked on the idea of making linen flowers myself. Emerson no longer produces the flowers though her company does make drool-worthy clothing and accessories.
There have been a few tutorials on making these flowers on the internet. I used this tutorial, http://www.playingsublimely.com/2011/02/perfecting-emersons-flower-a-tutorial/ to guide me in making my first linen flower above. Since then I’ve been pondering other flower designs and wanted to share one I came up with that looks a little like a rosebud.
Materials needed: 100% linen fabric, heavy starch or a commercial product called Terial Magic, a big bowl, an iron, felted wool, scissors, a circle form, needle, thread to match the linen and an attachment pin.
For the first step, fully soak your linen in a big bowl. Make sure all the fabric is saturated. Next, air dry the fabric until completely dry and then steam iron it. (I have used both the spray starch and the Terial Magic and they work equally well.)
Next cut 10, 2 inch circular pieces of linen and 2, 2 inch circular pieces of the felted wool. (I tended with more attempts at this to trim the wool pieces a bit so they didn’t show through the side of the flower).
Next fold each linen piece as shown and begin hand sewing to one of the felted wool pieces. Add additional petals in the same manner overlapping each piece.
Continue to overlap the petals until there are two overlapping layers making sure to keep a center small circle of felt visible. In a short period of time you will end up with a linen rosebud.
To complete the flower, attach a pin to the second piece of wool either by inserting it into the wool or by sewing it on and then use a glue gun to attach the second piece of felted wool to your flower.
I’m warning you, these flowers are pretty addictive partly because they are so darn easy to make. Enjoy!