Sunday, November 20, 2011

What is emerging from the sewing room......

Well, here are the things I have been making. They are simple, not complicated, but they look just fine, and will do nicely for gifts. I hope. 

 Little hearts and other shapes cut, sanded and drilled and now waiting for the blackboard paint. I will show you what they look like when I get them finished. They are a work in progress at the moment.
 My kitchen table is long. It is just as well because the end near the study area is covered with the vital essentials for the wood work! That little pot is the blackboard paint. Did you know you can make your own with tile grout and ordinary paint? Any colour! Pinterest, again.....
 And see, there is my scroll saw right next to the food mixer. Don't worry, I do move the mixer when I use the saw. That food mixer has been going strong for 35 years now, you know. Wonderful machine. It has never let me down.
 Now, if you remember the Recession Heaters I made a few years ago, these will make sense. They are hand sized fleece warmers, stuffed with rice to pop into pockets or gloves. You just nuke them in the microwave for 30 seconds and they stay warm for over an hour. I will add a Recession Heater pic at the bottom if I remember, for newer friends.
 Little bean bags. I made  loads of them, because they are so quick and easy to run up and they are great for fine motor skills for little ones. Easy to learn how to catch.
 So Missy and a couple of other little ones will be getting a drawstring bag, with a few bean bags inside.
 And a little apron. They all have pockets in the front for odds and ends. And are great for messy play or baking.
 Some are multi-coloured - made from scraps I had lying about, and they are fun - bright and cheerful. I really love these ones. I may give my daughter-in-law some to keep at her house for when Missy's friends come to play and want to do painting etc. They would look really cute hanging in a row, wouldn't they?
And then there are the aprons for the adults too. I used Christmas fabric for these. This is one of the smaller ones. I saw an apron in a coffee shop (belonging to the waitress) which looked simple to make, so I borrowed it, and an old newspaper and traced it there and then, and then came home and made a proper pattern. And about 10 aprons. They too have large pockets. 
 And this one is a bigger longer apron, which is more like a Cath K one belonging to a friend. I made a few of these too. With the large pocket, of course. 
 And a Christmas one for little girls. Missy and her Mum have ones in this fabric already - they need them to wear while they bake for Christmas, don't they. They match. :-)
 And then there is the bunting. Last year, everyone wanted bunting when they saw the ones I made. So I started cutting, and my super easy way of doing it means that I got totally carried away and we have hmmmmmm, about 12 strings of the stuff. Maybe more. Enough to decorate the village, in fact. If anyone wants to know how I make my super easy version, let me know. I could do a quick tutorial. (Me? Tutorial? Huh?)
 So I had scraps left, and decided to make table runners. Right. There are quite a few of these as well. I told you I had been on a roll.......
 Bunting and runners...................
Lots of them................

These are two of the Recession Heaters. Rice stuffed inner tubes with fleece or flannel covers, which you heat in the microwave and then use to keep warm. I made them the year the world plunged into recession, and gave them away as gifts, and they have been a great hit. My friends have still got theirs and use them constantly - and ask for more too! 
So there you are. The stuff going on here in the RCR sewing room. Nothing complicated. But fun to make.

And welcome to any of Kelly's friends who may have popped over to visit! You are all very welcome. If you leave a comment, I will be sure to pop over and say hi too!

Day 20: I am thankful for my garden - the joy it brings me - even in the quiet winter season. The miracle of growth. The promise of the spring. There is always hope in a garden.

8 comments:

Needled Mom said...

You have been busy with lots of fun and cute projects. I love the colorful aprons! So cute. Your house will look so festive with the runners and bunting. A tute would be nice.

Vee said...

I like every little thing you're doing. I am especially intrigued by the itsy bitsy aprons as both grands want "boy" aprons when they help out with the baking. Haven't been able to find a pattern with a smaller size and I am not talented with trying to figure it out. Yes! Of course we want the easy method of bunting making. Then you'll be featured on Pinterest and thousands will pin you over and over again. =)

Sandra said...

I love those aprons Linds, how cute :) And I love bunting...I need to make some Christmas one :)

Stripeyspots said...

Oh, my word! You've been so busy!

Anne said...

Such a lot of beautiful things made, you have been busy!

Dawn said...

Your saw and sewing machine have been buzzing! I am very impressed. I am glad to see aprons making a comeback - my nieces are making them, and there are some very cute patterns around.

boysmum2 said...

I just love all the material you have been working with, so full of life and colour

Vee said...

Say, did you ever do the tutorial on bunting making? This reminds me of all the holiday fabric in my Mother's stash and so I think I'll make some bunting. My method is not especially easy.