But let's get to what you're here for - the crafts. The major craft of this week was actually made last Thursday night, but as it was after I'd posted, I think it's fair game, don't you? It's the first bit of anyway proper sewing I've done in a while, and I'm really happy with it as it's exactly what the recipient wanted. True, I had the recipient there with me while I was making it, so we figured it out together as we went. My neighbour Jen had cut a pair of her jeans up and wanted to use the spare legs to make a bag suitable for a small knitting project. We used a hank of yarn I had lying around (one of many) to estimate the perfect size. We left the top open, so that'd it'd be easy to stuff the project away when, for example, you'd reached your bus stop. They're not visible in the picture (sorry) but sewn inside there are ribbons to tie the bag loosely closed. The ribbons are black and qhite polka dotted, just like on the brooch, which you may recognize?
(I'll get to what's on top of the bag in just a moment)
It was only when I'd started sewing that I'd realized the top thread in my machine was black whereas the bobbin was loaded with white thread (as a result of me finishing something while running out the door the week beforehand, and not wanting to load up another black bobbin). The consqeunce of this is that your stiches are one colour on one side of the fabric and the alternative on the other - pretty cool, huh? Yeah, we thought so, so we designated this as a design feature (rather than a bit of an accident) and emphasized it by using a zig-zag stitch rather than a straight. Again, you can't see the ribbon, but the choice of ribbon color was also decided by this random colour mismatch we'd stumbled upon.
After all that, the brooch I'd made a week or two ago seemed like an obvious finishing touch. The long, thin object on top of the bag in the first picture was a spork holder whipped up in just a couple of minutes. Jen's friend needs protecting from her lunch utensils! In keeping with the theme, the velcro closing had black velcro on one side and white on the other - again, sorry about no pictures.
My other item this week wasn't really "made", more "adapted". Do you ever find yourself in need of a stretchy little hairband, such as that shown below?
An abundance of these hairbands can be yours in but a few easy steps.
- Buy tights in Penneys.
- Wear tights to death, until they're kinda bobbly and gross and you don't wanna wear them anymore.
- But a strip of about 2 inches or so out of the leg.
- Pull strip over head - and there you go!
Have a lovely weekend everyone. I'm off to put some of my clutter for sale on my favourite website, possibly ever.