XL Drawstring Bag

One of my knitting friends has been begging me for a larger drawstring bag for a afghan project. Normally, I don’t make XL bags because they take longer and use a *lot* more fabric, but she really wanted one. It measures approximately 7″ square and 16″ high.

January 17’s project: XL Drawstring Bag

20130117-221505.jpgI tried something new with this bag. For the lining, instead of inserting a contrasting band of fabric going around the middle of the bag, I put the contrasting fabric on the very bottom of the lining, so there’s a bright gold surprise in the “depths” of the bag.

20130117-221529.jpgThis bag went to live with DebbieBeth who loved it, especially the gold fabric in the bottom. And I also learned that this size bag wasn’t as annoying to make as I remember, so perhaps I’ll make a couple more.

Two more Drawstring Bags

Today I made two more of the bags that were ordered last week. Just one left to go!

I also cut up a whole chicken (not very well, but hopefully with practice I’ll improve) for Chicken Cacciatore and made stock out of out of the wings & ribs, but neither of those seemed very photo worthy, so here’s the bags:

January 16’s project: Two more Drawstring Bags

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Drawstring Bag

Last week at my knitting group, I received some new bag orders so today’s and tomorrow’s projects will be bag-related.

January 15’s project: Drawstring Bag

drawstringbag_purpleThis bag, which measures approximately 6″ square and 12″ high, will be going to live with PaulaK. I looooove the beautiful purple batiks she picked out. Here’s a photo of the lining fabric too: drawstringbag_purple2

Tiny Sock Ornament

I have a confession to make: It is now halfway through the month of January, and our Christmas tree is still up. (Hangs head.) However, that proved useful today while photographing today’s project – a lil sock ornament I made using the free pattern Tiny Sock Ornament. It measures approximately 2.75″ long and 1.75″ wide and used about 2 grams/8.4 yards of some leftover sock yarn. I used a brand called “Kraemer Sterling Silver and Silk” which has 2% real silver in it! Perfect for a Christmas ornament, don’t you think?

January 14’s project: Tiny Sock Ornament sockornament2

Upcycled Necklace

One of my goals during my MSED challenge was to actually use some of the clothes that I’ve “rescued” (aka stockpiled) from Goodwill. I’ve shortened quite a few skirts but that’s been about it, until today when I made this (in my opinion) pretty cool necklace:

January 11’s project: Upcycled Necklace

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The flower pin isn’t that great, just something I whipped together so I could get the general effect. I want to make a nicer one out of silk fabric & beads etc. Here’s a picture of me wearing the necklace:

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Pretty cool necklace, huh? Have you guessed what I used to make it?

You’d never guess, so here it is:

20130111-205825.jpgThat’s right: a tee shirt!

I thought about putting up a tutorial, but there are already so many available, so just google “Tee shirt necklace” and about a million hits will come up. The Psycho shirt (which my husband was going to donate/toss since it was too big for him & getting a little faded too) was the kind that doesn’t have any side seams, which from what I read is the best kind for making a necklace like this. I tried cutting the loops at 3/4″ at first, but then decided that I liked the 1″ width better because I found that it curled nicer. 20130111-205805.jpg

Handspun Lavender Sachet

I have quite a few random bits of handspun yarn, some spun by me and some spun by either my mom or my husband. I decided that Lavender Sachets would be a great use of these, and would not only use up some rather tricky yarn (considering that most of it is of unknown fiber content as well as superwash-ness – aka will it felt if washed) but it also add a few more items to my gift box, which is at the moment sorely depleted due to Christmas.

But perhaps the best part about making this little sachet is that it forced me to actually use some of my precious handspun – albeit scraps, leftovers and test skeins – which will hopefully help pave the way to perhaps using some of my nice handspun.

January 10’s project: Handspun Lavender Sachets

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And a shot of the heavenly smelling lavender inside the sachet before I put the ribbon in:handspunlavendersachet_lavender

Valentine Coasters

Today I made a set of four Valentine Coasters. I used the pattern from Craftinomicon except that I cut my squares at 5″ and I used white flannel instead of quilt batting. I had a lot of fun making these, and I was even able to use up some fabric scraps in the process.

January 9’s project: Valentine Coasters

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And since a picture of just coasters is kind of boring, I just had to make some romanticly pink tea (Wild Orange Blossom mixed with Youthberry, both from Teavanna) put it in a lil glass teacup/punchbowl cup (another one of my Goodwill scores) and do a “proper” photo shoot. 😉

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Upcycling Fabric into Yarn

Today I decided to tackle another idea I’ve been wanting to try for a couple years: turning fabric into yarn.

I used this tutorial from Let Birds Fly because I liked how the yarn ends up in one long, continuous piece with no additional joins. I cut it at approximately 5/8″ (I’ll admit that since the fabric was crinkly & very ”
“wiggly,” I wasn’t terribly concerned if the resulting ribbon wasn’t all the same width) and ended up with about 35 yards of yarn.

January 8’s project: Upcycling Silk Fabric into Yarn

Here’s the fabric remnant before I cut it up:brownsilkfabric

The finished skein:brownsilkyarn

And a close-up, just for fun. brownsilkyarn2

No plans for my new ribbon yarn at the moment. For now it will just go into my stash of novelty yarns and marinate for a while. 🙂

Heart Bookmark

I’ve been having so much fun thinking about the Valentine cards I want to make with the hearts I’ve been knitting lately. Another idea I had was that it would be really cute to decorate a handmade Valentine with a heart-shaped bookmark, which could then be used afterwards. I used the free pattern String of Hearts to make it. Very cute pattern and easy too.

January 7’s project: Knitted Heart Bookmark

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After really struggling to fit in MSED projects this past Saturday and Sunday, I’ve decided that I won’t be attempting MSED on weekends. I’d rather be spending that time with my husband & friends. 🙂

Small Knitted Hearts

I spent the afternoon taking apart a brown silk skirt from Goodwill (I ♥ Goodwill!) with the intention of turning it into a cowl. I have an embarrassingly large pile of skirts that I have purchased for this purpose but I’ve never gotten around to it, which is why I thought it would be a great project for MSED.

However, I ended up running into some “issues” after I triumphantly turned the cowl right-side out and discovered that I hadn’t made a cowl – I had made some weird sort of sleeve-looking moibus tube thingy!

After consulting my favorite sewing teachers (aka Google and Youtube), I think I know what I did wrong but by that time it was too late for me rip out the cowl and sew it again, so I made these cute little hearts instead, using the Love Rocks free pattern. Okay, I admit that I modified the second heart (the pink & brown one) a bit to make it more “polished.” 😉 And the best part about this pattern was not only did it only take about 10 minutes to make a heart, but it only took about 3 yards of sock yarn!  At approximately 1.5″ high and 1.75″ wide, I think they will be perfect for Valentine Cards.

January 4’s project: Small knitted hearts

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Even though my planned project didn’t work, I still don’t consider today a failure because I really did learn a lot, not just about about woven vs knit silk fabric, taking apart clothing to upcycle and the physics of sewing cowls. I also learned more about my tendency to procrastinate, specifically when starting clothing-related sewing projects, but in a more general way when starting projects that are outside my comfort zone.