These little reading pillows seem to be everywhere. With my granddaughter’s love of books, making her one of these for Christmas seemed like a perfect gift…. and gave me the chance to play on my sewing machine for a bit. After seeing how nice the “Once upon a Time” turned out I am thinking I should make her a little onesie to go with the pillow! (Sorry for the dark pictures…. I didn’t realize how dark they actually were until I just attached them to my post. I will have to retake and update later.)
I pretend to take credit for her love of reading lol…. that is my one (at least the one I readily admit to) addiction and the hardest thing I’ve had to let go of since my accident. For as far back as I can remember, I have never been without a book in hand, or Kindle now that they have almost replaced books…. although sometimes there is nothing better than the feel and smell of a book in your hands!
Last week I decided that while I was waiting for my Cricut to cut something I was going to redo the hand towels in the bathroom because one, being one of the first projects I tried when I first got my machine they weren’t that great lol… and two, being white towels and having two men who work with their hands…well, they were getting pretty gross looking lol.
I did end up using white towels again…. what was I thinking????
I used pretty much the same sort of monogram effect on them but this time I used a technique that I remember seeing somewhere on Pinterest.
Last time I found that when I did the monogram on the towels, it sort of “sunk” in to the fabric of the towels. I read that if you hoop the towels as you normally would, but then added a layer of wax paper on top of the towel, between the towel and the presser foot , that the stitching would sit higher and not just sink into the fabric.
Here is a picture of my machine while it was sewing the monogram, with the wax paper in place.
Note: I had to change the wax paper for each colour because as it is stitching it is also cutting the wax paper around the design and it comes apart all the way around the stitch line. Not a big deal, but not something I remember reading.
I think you can see better in this picture around the letter “L” where it is cutting the wax paper.
This is what the hand towels looked like after the stitching and while there was the tiny issue with having to replace the wax paper after each colour, it definitely raises the stitching so that it isn’t sinking into whatever fabric you are using to put your monogram or whatever else on your project! (And yes, I could have chosen better colours. Definitely not thinking straight when I did them lol)
I didn’t even know there was such a thing until I was wasting a few hours on Pinterest one day lol. If you are a fellow Pinterest junkie, you know what I mean about wasting a few hours. You might go on looking for one thing but then your attention is grabbed over and over again by endless possibilities! This happened to me when I started to notice these ITH projects…. so I of course had to try a few!
Because of the craft show coming up, my first attempts were going to be cat related! This one I bought the pattern from Etsy for my embroidery machine.
I used a light weight vinyl and then backed it with felt. I used a snap/stud tool to attach the little stud to form the loop that holds the key ring and hook.
These stitch up pretty quickly and will look really cute on someone’s key chain or even snapped onto a purse!
I’m starting to think we should have named our blog Oops she did it again because yesterday I fell asleep again doing my post… I mean like full on asleep with my laptop on my lap. I’m surprised it didn’t try to take my snoring and use it in my speech to text program lol. Either way, I apologize for not having a post yesterday! Now for the actual post…..
Yes, a very long title, and yes, sorry another Craft Sale Post lol! Because that is pretty much all I am working on right now… other than trying to stay awake, that will be the topic of my posts for at least another week after this one. Then it will turn into a lot of Christmas gifts and decor!
Saturday (after grocery shopping) and Sunday I spent at my sewing machine, working on tea towels and potholders for the craft sale.
This is everything I got done over the weekend…. embroidery wise….
Out of all of them, I have to say that this set is my favourite so far….
I know I have posted at least one potholder project and probably a few tea towels. I am sharing them again this time because due to my laziness/lack of time I found a sort of cheater way to “float” the potholders while embroidering them that doesn’t require me to do a basting stitch on each one first.
What I did instead of running a basting stitch on each potholder…. I just pinned them, top and bottom to the stabilizer, fastened the stabilizer to the hoop and embroidered it like that. The first time was an experiment to see if it would work… and it did!!!! That in itself saved/will save me a lot of time both doing the basting stitch and having to remove it after stitching!
Today I am off to the doctors and then back to my sewing machine and Cricut, trying to get everything for the craft sale done by next weekend!!!
I’m not sure why, but I always seem to bite off way more than I can chew…no matter what the situation lol! My craft supplies/blanks have been starting to arrive and when I look at it I think Holy Crapadoodle, am I going to be able to get all of that done… as well as Christmas?? That is why I am starting early. Not as early as I had planned but I am getting used to my brain injury taking over and messing up my plans!
I think I am only going to do 2 Craft sales this year…. the one my mother-in-law has every year with everything Cat themed, and another one somewhere local. This means not only making Christmas type items, but also cat related.
I picked up 12 white mugs last week to do a bunch of the Cat Themed Mugs I posted a few weeks back. I took the original 4 to my mother-in-law’s last time I was down there and she loved them and that they would sell well with that crowd. Hopefully 12 will be enough… although I could also take orders if need be… they are fairly quick to do.
I have also started to accumulate blank canvases from the dollar store so I can make a bunch of signs.
In one of my auctions, I won a box of wine glasses. I thought they would be great to either put the same designs on as the mugs or maybe some sarcastic cat sayings?
If you notice the brown glass items in that bin, I am thinking about cutting some sort of Thanksgiving/Fall design on them and just selling them locally. They are so beautiful that I think anyone would love them for their Fall decorating! Look at how nice they are! I think I paid about $4 for the set!
I got my tote bags the other day so I can embroider on them, some wooden sign blanks that I think would be cool to do custom as Monogram signs? Or even some Christmas sayings?
And some canvas wine bags. I thought I could do one for my brother-in-law who is a wine lover and put some sort of Rx: In case of emergency, pop cork on the bag and related sayings on some stemless wine glasses to make a wine lover basket.
And finally I picked up some round glass cutting boards. I want to cut mirror images to put on the bottom of them so the design isn’t on the cutting side of the board. Again, I can do some cat themed ones as well as day to day.
On top of all of that I have been accumulating tea towels, pillow cases, pot holders and the like to embroider on to add to my craft sale stock!
Wish me luck lol…. hopefully I can get it all done… and on time!
I was on Grandma duty again Monday and Tuesday, but on Sunday I managed to make a cute little onesie for my granddaughter!
My granddaughter absolutely loves a kids show called “Paw Patrol,” the pups as they refer to them. I mean full on zombie loves the show lol. It is so bad that she is limited from watching it except for when she is having lunch because she zones out so bad. It is pretty cute watching her face while she watches it, seeing her laugh at things she finds funny and wondering what is going through her mind while she watches it! If only we could hear their thoughts!
This is an image of the Paw Patrol characters…..
And this is the embroidery I did on the onesie for her!. I chose Skye for the first one but the pattern I purchased has patterns for all the characters so there is no doubt she will be receiving other things with the characters or logo on them!
I purchased the pattern thought Etsy through this link:PATTERN
When I decided what I was going to make for this basket I thought it would be nice to follow through with the “Mr. & Mrs.” theme. I checked out my usual go to sites for embroidery patterns and came across one I liked in a “Wedding” themed package and that is what I used.
I found my pattern on a site called Designs by Juju and I think it worked out great! The pattern for the Mr. & Mrs. can be found here – Mr. & Mrs. Word Art. On top of this set, I think I have about 20+ of their other sets/packages thinking ahead to Christmas and other occasions!
I did the embroidery on some flour sack cloth towels I bought from amazon a while back and they stitched up really nice!