Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Easter Basket

Last year, just before Easter, I found this pattern in my old pattern stash.  It belonged to my Aunty Lynn, who made it for her daughter (my cousin) Sarah.  When was the last time you saw a pattern for $3.50?  1981, that's when.

 I cut out the pieces, and started creating this little basket, but my sewing machine was acting up, and refused to sew through all the layers.  Annoyed, and frustrated, I put all the pieces in a zip-lock bag and stored it away.  Flash forward one year, and I now have a new Japanese sewing machine that can sew through anything.  I decided to give it a try again.

I am so pleased with the results!  It was finished AFTER this year's egg hunt, but at least it DID get finished on the Easter weekend - right?

It went together so nicely, and the majority was done on the machine, with only finishing touches done by hand.  It took quite some time, but it was worth it.

Now, I think about the other things that can be made by using this weaving and quilting technique. Place mats, coasters, mats and rugs.  Nah...I've got too many other projects that are on the go.  Keep those ideas on the back-burner! (for now)

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Sewing Room Organization

I inherited my Nana's sewing supplies, and although Nana is an organized, no-nonsense type of lady, this tub of needles drove me crazy, and I needed to get it sorted.

I had no idea just how many types of needles there are!

There are tons of tutorials out there in blogville for little needle holders. So I found my favourite, and I raided the fabric and button stash, and made these little cuties.

Now all the needles are organized, and I no longer get pricked every time I search for the perfect one. An added bonus, is I now have an empty container that I can fill up with something else.

 I made a fourth holder using my "current" favourite fabric.  This one is a little different, as it has a ribbon closure, and a little pocket inside for my needle guide.  This one I have an assortment of needles and pins for everyday use.

It feels so nice to be organized. (well, my needles at least!)