Today I have been working on a whole variety of different things. It started off last night when I decided that I would make a start on the bathroom mat that I wanted to make. I got my idea from Small Stash by Amy Butler and Melissa Averinos, a great little book at has projects that only use a fat quarter. I started the bath mat at 20:00 and by 22:00 this was the result:
I’m very pleased with the outcome especially considering that it used an old towel with spots of hair dye on it and just some scraps of fabric. The project only took two hours and this included my sewing machine having a bit of a funny turn in the middle of the project!
When I got up today I decided that I would have a go at a couple of projects from another book that I was given for Christmas, 101 Great Ways to Sew a Metre by Rebbeca and Patricia Hoskins. To start with I made a cover for my sewing machine and a wrist pin cushion, these took about 90 mins altogether which is very quick. The instructions in the book were very easy to follow, I was confused by the pin cushion but when I followed exactly what was written it all worked out. These are the finished products:
The machine cover has a handy pocket on the front for the plug and foot pedal, I am happy to finally throw away the ugly dust cover that came with the machine.
The next project I worked on was a cover for my filofax, this again is from the Sew a Metre book, this is the outcome:
The cover means that I can pop the filofax into my handbag and find it out really easily. The cover probably took about an hour to make but I popped out in the middle to walk the dog. I would say that of the things I made today, this was probably the trickiest, I had to unpick the bias binding a couple of times, mainly due to my fussiness but now that it is finished I am really pleased with the results.
I would recommend the 101 Great Ways to Sew a Metre book, it is perfect for last minute gifts and also a great way to use up all of those left over bits of fabric from other projects (for example the filofax cover only used a fat quarter) or those fabrics that you just buy because they are so pretty. I also did a search on the author and she has another book out, I will be very tempted to get that one too.
I also made a cushion today, this is the finished cushion:
The front panel is long stitch and I did this quite a long time ago but it was just stored in a drawer waiting for me to buy a back for the cushion. Whilst out walking the dog I just thought about it and decided to make my own back. I will write up the tutorial for this shortly.