Saturday, April 4, 2015

Spoonflower Challenge

Hello Spring!  It looks like we've finally started to move to warmer weather.  With a few snow flurries, of course.

The winner of our last challenge was the Zipper Book Clutch.

Did you know that you can design your own fabric?  There is a website called Spoonflower, where you can upload your design.  Then you can have the design printed on fabric.  You have your choice of fabric types to choose from.  You can choose to sell your fabric, and you can also buy fabric someone else has designed and have it printed on the fabric type of your choice.

For one of our previous challenges, we designed our own fabric.  For this challenge, though, we decided to choose someone else's fabric on Spoonflower and see what we could make out of it.  I'm sure you're interested to see what fabrics we have chosen and what we've made.

White Birch Bark Pillow
The design of this beautiful fabric is from a close-up picture of a birch tree.  They cut up the wood and used it for firewood.  Can you believe it?  The type of fabric is called ottoman rib.  The ottman rib fabric was available for only a short period of time, and it's no longer available.  It has a very luxurious look and feel to it.

Baby Hats
The cute little baby hats are made from fabrics from 3 different designers.  The designs are arrows, crosses and stripes with flowers.  The fabric is a modern jersey, which has a very nice feel to it.  Soft and stretchy.  Simple to work with as along as you have the right needle on your machine.

If you sew and are looking for some unique fabric that you can't find in stores, check out Spoonflower.  You will find some very interesting fabric there.  You can also choose to have the designs printed on wallpaper or wrapping paper.  Get creative!!

Please vote for your favorite Spoonflower project.  Is it the beautiful birch pillow or the cute baby hats?  You can always vote for both if you can't decide.  We won't mind.  Just vote!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Tutorial Challenge

We are so ready for winter and snow and cold to be over.  Spring cannot get here soon enough.

This month, we each chose a tutorial of something we hadn't made before. One choice is a bias cut wool scarf, while the other choice is a zipper book clutch. There isn't a lot of sewing involved for either of these tutorials.  Check them out and vote on your favorite.

Zipper Book Clutch
The zipper book clutch is made from a used hardback book.  Cut out the pages (after you read the book) and go from there.  Glue and scissors may be involved.  Check out the tutorial here.

This cute clutch would be a great gift with a gift inside.  Nothing like a two-fer gift.  You can add your favorite chocolate, or a little first-aid kit, or some paper and a pen.  You can also hide important papers in it and set it on the shelf with all your other books.  No one will be the wiser.


Bias Cut Wool Scarf
The bias cut wool scarf makes an elegant, warm addition for the cold and snowy days.  This scarf is cut on the bias and then sewn together on the straight edges.  It's a very simple scarf made with luxurious felted wool fabric.

This scarf would be a beautiful wrap to wear on late fall days. You would feel very special wearing this scarf.  Check out the tutorial here.

Remember to vote!!!