Small scale crafts


Just catching up the blog on some small scale crafts I’ve made this year. Above, another of my favorite felt-backed hexagon coasters – this one for a long-distance friend who likes polka dots, florals, and red. I made another of these in a more muted palette for my Mom for valentine’s day but didn’t take a picture. I don’t do much sewing by hand but for some reason these are very satisfying to me.



A cool freezer-paper stencil t-shirt for Bea – she painted it.


And a little set of baby doll accessories for my niece’s second birthday – some fabric wipes stuffed into an old travel wipes container, a couple of diapers for a very small bum, a “mattress” bed, pillow and blankie. (I made her a crib/wall quilt and bunting before she was born with the same fabrics.)


David painted the spare bedroom light blue (I know it looks grayish green in this picture) for my valentine’s present and I finally got around to hanging up some photos from a few of my favorite real-life and on-line photographers. Since then, I haven’t spent nearly enough time in front of those pictures and that sewing machine. But that is another story.

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It was fun


I really like to sew. (Sometimes I forget.) And I really really like it when the projects are as fun as this. Rainbow order! Ack.

I’ve made pencil rolls before, but this rainbow-centered version of Kathy’s (Pink Chalk Studio) is just the ultimate. I just adapted the instructions in Last Minute Patchwork (it was for a 24 pack) but Kathy also published the 12 pencil roll instructions in a magazine lately.

Bea helped by picking out all the fabrics to match the pencils (she did have some help with the red-orange which was hard and very lacking in my stash). Pretty good, eh? She’s a color girl after my own heart. She also picked out the outer fabric. P is for purple. P is for Penelope!

One note: I wasn’t really happy with the lightweight cotton fabric I used for the pocket. It needs something more substantial when you go to shove the pencil inside. Next time I would use a heavier fabric (Kathy used a heavier linen) or, as Lori suggested, use binding on the edge to create a stiffer edge. She’s made enough pencil rolls to know a trick or two. (Have you ever counted them up Lori?)

A few more weeks hopefully and I can find my sewing machine again amidst the rubble that was once a functioning house…

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