Saturday, February 17, 2018

For the boys

We got toy cash registers for our grandsons recently, complete with toy money and (gasp) credit cards. I'm pretty sure the Fisher Price cash register we got for our daughters didn't have a slot for swiping a credit card, but for modern day kids it is what it is.

So on a recent play date, I realized that wallets might be a good thing to add. 

"I'll make you one," I told G. Then spotted a way-cooler Spiderman wallet at Target and thought, "he'll like this better than anything I could make."

Wrong!

When we were on FaceTime G asked if I had made his wallet yet. "Something better," I said as I focused on the new wallet.

"Oh, thanks" G said and walked away.

"I don't think he liked it as much as something you would have made," Meg speculated.

Well. Lesson learned. And since there are three grandsons, there are now three wallets made from thrifted linen ...


complete with Velcro pockets for coins ...


room for real dollar bills ...


and pockets for credit cards ...


I'm thinking they may also come in handy in the not-too-distant future as the perfect place to facilitate Tooth Fairy transactions ... imagine that!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Bagstories continued

India Flint's Facebook-based bagstories class did result in a functional bag in addition to the funky teabag bag featured in earlier posts ...



It presented a great opportunity to use some eco-dyed muslin from a couple of years ago which was inspired by India Flint's Bundle Book, using a process detailed in this post.  I tore the dyed muslin into strips and paper-less pieced it (thanks Jude) into 2.75" squares ...

Onion skin eco-dye

which I stitched together, back-to-back ...

Thimble flower eco-dye


Then stitched the squares together along the inside edges and realized I needed to reinforce the seams. Which gave me the perfect excuse for using Deb Lacativa's "Dirty Threads" ...



I also dove into a collection of vintage buttons looking for a closure. I have no idea if this is shell or celluloid, but it seemed to fit ...


And lucky me ... since there were lots of scraps leftover, I got to piece them together into a handle ...


I'm realizing that paper-less piecing gives me such great pleasure ... thanks again Jude.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Tea time

Here's my first go at making something out of tea bags ...


I'm really not at all sure what to call it, nor do I have any sense of what to do with it ...


except maybe just leave it where the light can shine through ...


And don't you just love Deb Lacativa's Dirty Threads?


Saturday, February 3, 2018

Tea bag

India Flint has just published a new book entitled bagstories and is running an online class on Facebook. Never one to do things exactly as detailed, I decided to try making my bag out of used tea bags, with the following result (so far) ...


I'm not accustomed to working dimensionally, so while I was very comfortable stitching the first part of the project, here shown inside ...


and out ...


I really have no earthly idea where it's headed next.

By the way, the stitching was done with Deb Lacativa's "Dirty Threads." I was delighted to read in her post today 
that she plans to be dyeing more in the Spring!