When I mail a package out to my Etsy customers I hope that they will be delighted when they open their package! I try very hard to include a pretty tag, a little extra surprise or put their purchase in a pretty handmade bag. Rather like happy mail don't you think? Today I spent some time making some new tags. There is nothing like pretty linen, pearl buttons, a little lace and trim and even a little sewing package on the back of some of the tags!
What else can you call this? I took an empty cardboard tube and wrapped it with vintage fabrics I had sewn together. Then I added the sampler I showed you about a week ago that I made out of vintage yoyos, quilt pieces, a tea towel and some vintage linen. After all that I added the fringe. Now here is the small miracle, I had a tin lid that fit this tube from another project. I padded the lid and added a piece of vintage needlework. Then I added a little more fringe around the edge of the lid. Oh yeah, I even put a needlepoint piece of fabric inside the bottom of the tube! I think this will be perfect in my art room! It can hold fabrics or sewing stuff or even a quilt and pillow. Now that the table part was done I wanted to have a solid piece of wood that I could set on top of the container to set a lamp or cup on. Well, I had a little wood cutting board that was just right. Could I stop there? No! I added a flower fabric piece to the top of the cutting board. I can use it somewhere else if I want, but isn't it pretty with the little lamp! So here is my sampler storage table! I can't wait to put in by my chair and settle down to stitch away!
I think one of the first sewing projects I did was cross stitch. That is sewing, isn't it? One takes a needle and thread and makes something beautiful. Is it still a form of art that people do? I can remember my great aunt working on cross stitch pieces. She made the little boy and the horse for me many years ago. Here are a few pieces I have left from days gone bye.
This morning I decided to make something different for my Etsy shop. I had some little file folders that I decided to add some fabric collage to. I started the cover with some antique linen, added some old sewing items and finished the front off with some buttons. On the inside of the folder/card I collaged fabric, snaps, buttons and what not. Each folder fits right into a 5" X 7" envelope! I made 4 cards using sewing stuff and 1card acts as a little art journal folder. The art journal folder has a collaged fabric piece on the cover that I did a while back. Inside I used a postcard that I made this summer (It can be used as a pocket). Then I sewed a strip of linen to the opposite side and slid a little handmade book into it. Once again, they all fit into an envelope so they can be used as cards or gifts.
I had a few old rock bags tucked away. They were used by kids when they went out to collect rocks. So yesterday I started sewing buttons on old quilt pieces and fabrics. (This is how my thought process works). I liked how they came together. Then this morning I had the idea to sew the button/fabric pieces on the old rock bags. They are perfect to keep buttons, sewing items or even keepsakes in. I'm going to list them on Etsy later today.
I bought a vintage table runner from my friend Ann. I wanted to keep the vintage charm but add some quilt pieces to it. I sewed on a half Dresden plate first. Then I added some vintage yoyos. After that I made 4 Cathedral blocks and inserted vintage fabric into the windows. Next came the wildflower piece, which is new and came from a tea towel I just bought from Under A Tin Roof. (They sell online and have wonderful items)! The last thing I added was a purchased flower. I think I will embroider a stem and leaves coming down from the flower. This will make a pretty table runner, or in my case might end up on a chair or part of a fabric pieced headboard. It was fun playing with all the different materials and textures. I'm ready to start another project!
I decided to play around with a cathedral window quilt block. The majority of the block is made of muslin. I'm not going to give directions on making the block because there are experts online who can explain it much better than I can, and with many variations. I have a photo showing most of the steps I took making my block. What I did do that was very different was to slow stitched the center piece instead of adding a single 3" piece for the center. I decided to play around with my first block to see what I liked best. This is NOT a quick & easy block to make, but the possibilities are beautiful and endless!
I'm an art teacher and junk lover! I like to hunt for and repurpose treasures from flea markets, old barns, yard sales and funky shops.