Small scale crafts

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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.

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

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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.)

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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

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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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