Wednesday, May 4, 2011

A couple more small projects

No quilting around here this week.  I haven't found the perfect project to start.  I have been working on some smaller projects that have been on my to-do list for a while.

First off I finally finished a new cover for our giant beanbag chair.  This was our first official piece of furniture.  I made it for my husband the Christmas we got engaged.  He still says it's the best present he ever got, which makes me happy.  It now lives in our playroom (AKA--the family room), and I wanted a fun cover.  This is the fourth time I've made a new outer cover.  It's fun to switch it out.  Also, I experimented with the pattern on the last cover I made, and it was falling apart.  I had too many seams meeting at the top and bottom and it was ripping.  This time I just stuck with my original, simple pattern.

I've been stalling on this for a long time.  The problem is that I didn't do a good job making the original inner cover.  I wasn't much of a sewer back then.  I didn't know that the stitching should be reinforced.  I just serged the majority of the seams.  Now, 10 years later, those seams on the inner cover were starting to spread.  I was quite worried they would split and then we'd have a huge mess on our hands.  I made a new inner cover as well, but that meant transferring approximately 80lbs of shredded foam from the old inner cover into the new one.  Finally, one night last week, the hubs and I braved it.  It was a mess, but now we have a nice new beanbag chair (AKA--dog bed, or so Pixel thinks).


Last year I also made two kids' sized bean bag chairs for the kiddos using Dana's Rollie-Pollie pattern from Made.  It's a fun little corner of chairs the kids love jumping into.

This flannel sat on my shelf for months.  I finally sewed it into a mitered-corner receiving blanket this week.  The women from my church did these for an activity months ago to give to new moms at church.  I couldn't make it to the activity and volunteered to sew one at home, and they gave me the pieces to sew.  It's been so long ago that I forgot how I was supposed to do this.  It caused me way more headaches than a simple blanket should.  I'm glad to be done with this one.



Finally, I made this little hat for Miss C.  I made one for her with this pattern more than a year ago, and it's too small now.  The Denyse Schmidt fabric was perfect.  The pattern is the Jack and Jill hat from Izzy and Ivy Designs.



It's been so nice to get a few smaller projects done around here, but I'm itching to start a new quilt.  I still think that's where my true sewing love lies.  I've been tossing around ideas, but nothing concrete yet.

15 comments:

  1. such a cute hat! i went back today and got some more DS.

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  2. I have a quilt along coming up.... ;) Honestly I think that you'll like it. Just some food for thought. Or you do Lynne's hexagon park pattern she did for Moda Bakeshop. That one looks fun too. It's on my list of never ending projects.

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  3. I love those bean bag chairs. I have had that pattern for awhile, but I have always been put off by how much stuffing you need. What did you use?

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  4. Sometimes smaller projects are nice to work on...gets a few things checked off the to do list! I'm sure our dogs would assume the bean bags were for them as well! That hat is adorable, your right, 100% perfect use for the new Denyse Schmidt fabric!

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  5. That hat is so perfect! i love it!

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  6. Such cute projects! And I have that hat pattern sitting around just waiting to be sewn up...yours is adorable...you may have inspired me to finally break it out!

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  7. Looks like a lot of us have been taking a mini quilting break to make other things. I simply adore that hat!

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  8. That hat is too cute! It must be in the air because I've been trying to get through a bunch of UFO's too.

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  9. I'm in my first quilt-along right now, on twinfibers. It is kind of fun, knowing lots of people are working on the same thing, all together. You know this already, though!

    I need to make pajamas deseprately for my youngest, but can't get the drive to do it. It's because I don't care if they are cute or not! :)

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  10. I love the hat. I might need one for myself.

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  11. I need to make that hat too! :)
    Very cute! (and the dog looks quite happy). ;)

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  12. Oooo, Kati, those are so adorable. Would you want to share something with us that you've made recently? ‎{Share the Love} link up party is starting tomorrow at mydomesticdesign.com! Please come link up!

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  13. smaller projects can be very satisfying, too.
    I love the hat :)

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  14. I'm with Rachel! I need one of those hats for myself. SO cute!!

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