Thursday, July 23, 2015

DIY Fabric Boxes

I needed some fabric boxes for a client, so I went searching on my favorite spot ever:  Pinterest. Does anyone not like Pinterest?!?  Anyway, I found this awesome tutorial on fabric boxes and thought I'd try it.  And I love the result.

This is a fairly big box.  If memory serves, it wound up being 12" tall and roughly 10" square.  My client did not want the grommets, so I made handles instead.

If I make these again, I will omit the step of cutting out the corners.  It is just easier to me to stitch that with the corner in tact.  I've done it both ways, and that's just my preference.  You can control the width of the box a little better as well.

Hope your Thursday is fabulous!
"O Lord my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me." Psalm 30:2

Monday, July 20, 2015

Baby Gift Ideas

One of my dearest friends had her first grandchild last week.  Needless to say, she is beyond elated!  I wanted to make a few things for baby Gray.

I have made this changing pad before, but I'm a bit partial to this one.  I chose to use chenille fabric this go around, and it is so incredibly soft.  I don't like the closure though.  The instructions call for placing that elastic on the outside of the bias binding.  I think next time, I'll put it underneath.  I thought of making a button hole, but if you put wipes and diapers in the little pouch, that wouldn't leave extra room.

I had a scrap of fabric left over from the fabric boxes I made.  I'll have to get pictures and post those later.

I also made burp cloths.  I found the tutorial here.  I've used it before, and moms always love them.  I have not washed these yet, so they are as frilly as they should be.

I found this nursery print at Joann's and loved it.  I made both sides out of flannel.

I also found this beautiful cotton nursery print the same day and thought it would make a great blanket.

I wasn't sure whether I wanted to use blanket binding or wrap the dot around to the front for a contrast band.  I've done it both ways.  I chose the binding, so the blanket would be larger.  I would lose some size with the contrast band, since the dot was not as wide at the focus fabric.

I think these will make a nice gift for a new baby.  I hope mom and dad love them.

Thanks for stopping by.


Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Tie Top Window Panels

The lighting in this room was not good, so my apologies for the darker photos.  These are much prettier in person than in the photos.

This was a job for a client, and she was specific about the tie tops.  She found some crystal door knobs and screwed those into a small board, then mounted the board to the wall.  The ties were then tied around the knobs.

This was a cotton linen blend fabric that was so easy to work with.  The panels took no time to make.  In fact, the ties took twice as much time as the panels, since there are 10 of them.  This fabric was easy to square with pulling threads.  And it's time saving too, since the panels have to be shifted on the long end to be able to cut on my table.  They are 110" finished length.

She opted to leave them hanging rather than tie them in a bow.  But they could easily be if she changed her mind.

Thank you for stopping by.  I'm in the process now of making some fabric boxes which I'll post later this week.  Until then, happy Wednesday!!