Saturday, February 18, 2012

Friday Night Sew In Results

After coming home from work yesterday, my afternoon consisted of sitting my sewing area up on our dining room table.  I have been emptying out my work area for the last two weeks, getting it ready for the new flooring.  Hubs was ready to start taking up the old carpet tiles that were in that area from the previous owners and get the floor ready to lay the new stick on tiles.  I decided that I would rather have flooring that I could sweep up with a broom than carpet but unsure I was going to like it after everyone kept telling me it would be cold in the winter.  So I decided to go this route and if after a few years I decide to go back to carpet we will not be out a lot of money.  

Sew, after moving everything I needed upstairs I was ready to start sewing.  Here are the flannels that I found in the correct width for the buntings I wanted to make from the book Fabric-by-Fabric One-Yard Wonders.
If you use the patterns from either of the One-Yard Wonders books be very careful that you check the fabric width that you buy because they use every bit of the yard of fabric you cut your patterns from.  I found that out the hard way with the first two yards of flannel that I bought.  This was a simple project but very time consuming because you have to pin the bias tape one the front to sew and then again on the back after pressing it around and in place.  I also picked up the wrong size of bias tape but it seemed to work just fine.  The pattern called for 1/4" wide double-fold bias tape and I picked up 1/2" wide.  I live quite a way from anywhere to exchange or re-buy so I decided to try it on one.  I decided I will just use the rest of the 1/2" on the other two that I have already purchased.  It might make a difference in how it turns under on the ties where inside corners are but after spending just a little extra time with my pressing they turned out fine.
The above is the outside laid out flat. I should have laid it the other way before taking the picture.
Of coarse there was no baby to wrap up and show you how it works so I used the largest stuffed bear I had.  The dolls that the grands play with were looking pretty unsanitary.  I only managed to get one done but hope to get the other two sewn up this weekend and put away for my grandson due this May.

I also was able to iron the appliques onto the January Raspberry Rabbit QAL block.  Ready for the rest of the hand-stitching.  It is missing a heart because I was not happy with the red wool felt that I had on hand to use. That will come later.
Finished up around 11:00 last night.  I have been making myself do a little housework before going back to my sewing today.  Enjoy your Saturday friends!
Handmade by Heidi

9 comments:

mrs. c said...

Those are so cute! We have so many teachers at my school that have young babies plus 2 of my student's have new baby brothers. I might have to make them some, but I would not use flannel, it's too hot. Maybe some soft stretchy cotton. Have a great weekend! I'm off Monday so I might do something crafty!

mrs. c said...

Those are so cute! We have so many teachers at my school that have young babies plus 2 of my student's have new baby brothers. I might have to make them some, but I would not use flannel, it's too hot. Maybe some soft stretchy cotton. Have a great weekend! I'm off Monday so I might do something crafty!

KrisD said...

Love the bunting! I need to get the pattern for these...new niece is on the way!

Teresa said...

You had a great night of sewing! I love the buntings. They are so cute. I wish I had one when my son was little - I used receiving blankets and they were always too small. These look great!

Nancy said...

How cute! I love the sock monkey fabric and you can't beat flannel for softness. I have been making baby gifts lately and it is so much fun.

Bee Lady said...

Looks like it's a crafty weekend for all of us! I love your Friday night sew-ins. Maybe when I get my "Craft-room" (snicker) set up, we can all skype and have Friday night sew-ins. I want to get a new machine. Something simple. Mine is very old and the reverse doesn't even work anymore.

That sock monkey material is cute.

Guess what I did. I was at Jo-Ann Fabric and their valentine stuff was on sale. They had one of those donut pans, and I bought it. Haven't used it yet, but I did go to Starbucks and get an old fashioned donut. See how you influenced me! I had to have a donut after seeing your post.

Cindy Bee

Maria said...

Your Bunting is really lovely.

I do like those Hannah and Harrinton Blocks.

Patty D from NC said...

What a great gift idea for a baby. Looks so much easier than wrapping them in a blanket that only the nurses in the hospital really know how to do Great fNSI.

Mama Spark said...

Where did you get the bunting pattern it's adorable??!! I love your Hannah and Harrington too, too cute!!