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some new goods on Etsy

It’s been a busy couple of weeks-  a little summertime fun but mostly sewing and participating in a few local outdoor markets. I decided to make a few crib-sized patchwork quilts, manageable in size and fun to put together. As you can see, it’s all about random, kitschy color combos this summer- but organized within a theme- such as ‘pink’ in this baby quilt. They’re all in my Etsy shop.
patchwork crib quilt

‘Boy’ fabrics and colors here…
patchwork boy baby quilt

Then back to pink, but with a red binding. I do so love pink and red together.
patchwork baby quilt

I’ve been making patchwork picnic blankets too. This one (below) is made with 10 inch squares and no theme what-so-ever, just scraps. The top (as you can see) is pieced but the back is a single piece of fabric sewn to the front in pillowcase style (right sides together, stitch around all edges leaving a 15 inch or so opening to pull the whole thing right side out again). Turn the whole thing right side out, iron flat and top stitch the edges. No batting, no quilting. The size of this one is 54 inches by 86 inches- a little longer than a standard picnic table size. Great as a picnic blanket, or throw too.
patchwork picnic blanket

And the ever-so-handy 2 in 1, reversible, half aprons for cooking, entertaining, gardening, working or anything else you might need to look cute for. All the goods shown here are listed on Etsy.
reversible aprons

pom pom bow with fabric scraps

tutorial: pom-pom bows from scraps of fabric

I’ve been waiting for this idea for so long… finally a use for all those discarded quilting (or otherwise) strips of fabric- a reuseable pom-pom bow.
20130226-193942.jpgAnd it couldn’t be easier to make. Follow these easy steps:
scrappy pom poms wrap the fabric scrapsIf using strips of fabric, find something to wind the strips around. (you can also use small scraps instead of strips and just stack them up instead of wrapping) I used a roll of paper but any sort of bottle or small can will work. The more strips of fabric you use, the fuller the pom-pom will be. Alternate the ‘right’ side of the fabric facing in and out as you add strips.
wrap all the scrapsYou want a pretty fat stack by the time you’re finished wrapping layers. My pom-pom ended up being very full (from the layers you see above and below).
fabric scraps pom pomSlide the layers of fabric off roll and hold then in place in the middle, wherever you decide that will be. I made the middle right where my thumb was and where I started wrapping each layer.
tie a string around the middleTie the middle off tightly with a small piece of fabric, string or medium gauge wire. Make it as tight as you can.
20130226-194110.jpgWith sharp scissors, snip all of the loops, a few layers at a time.
snip all of the loopsOnce all the loops have been snipped, your pom-pom should now look like this (above). At this point you can trim the longer outer layers to match the shorter inside layers or wait until the pom-pom has been shaped.
hold the pom pom with both handsHold the pom-pom on it’s side and with both hands (one on either side) begin to pull the layers out of the middle with equal force on either side.
20130226-194141.jpgSeparate a bit in all areas and sides first, then go back and separate the individual fabric layers until you have a nice round shape. Loose pieces of fabric will fall out here and there, don’t worry, they’re the pieces that didn’t quite wrap with perfect length. Trim the lengths to even up the look of the pom-pom.
recyclable fabric bowAnd there you are- a pom-pom bow made from junk, leftovers, stuff you were going to throw away.

For variety add ribbon, tulle, rick rack in with the layers or even glitter. You could make them in any size- decorate a room, a party, use them instead of bean bags, as an indoor soccer ball on rainy days… and the list goes on.
bow with glitterWe had some spray glitter laying around from a previous project and a bit of sparkle really added to the charm (hard to see, very subtle but elegant).

I dare you to make pom-poms until every scrap of fabric you have is gone, It will happen sooner than you think!