I am wild about flour sacks and feed sacks! Then when mixed with the cutest hand towel made by your sister, and it can't get much better! The image on the towel looks just like me when I was a kid, freckles and all!
I received the cutest gift from my sister-in-law Ranea when I retired! She made me this beautiful bucket list and memory holder. She included a bunch of pretty little tags to write memories or bucket list ideas on and they hang from tiny little clothes pins. It is just perfect, and I am so thankful!
I am so excited to be going to Art Unraveled with my sister Elaine! It is a week of wonderful classes by fabulous teachers from all over the U.S.. I am taking 2 classes; Little Book of Fragments and Making Connections-Riveting. This is my first time attending this because it was always held the first week of school, and I couldn't get away. Tee Hee, now I get to go!! Each class has a supply list of items you take to the class. I decided to fix this vintage hatbox up so I could have all my supplies together when I go. It worked out perfect!
Here is what I am taking for my classes!
I have been wanting to make a patchwork for so long! I love the look of old loved fabrics sewn together in an unmatched way. I have a box of fabrics from the 60's and they are perfect for this quilt. I have been working on little sections at a time, and am finally sewing them together. I can't wait to get the top completed and pressed!
I'm working on my second sewing notions book. I bought 2 of these antique albums about 15-20 years ago. I filled the first one with vintage sewing items such as a page of antique buttons, a vintage pattern, lace panels and such. I ran out of items to sell at one of my shows and so I threw it in with a high price tag thinking it wouldn't sell. It sold and I was a little sad, so I decided to make another. Here is what I've done so far.
I took a vintage hatbox down from the shelf and I was going to put it in my give-away pile. I stood there looking at it and decided to reconstruct it instead. Here is the final result! Next I will take you through the process of reconstructing this hatbox.
To begin the project I brought out all the supplies I would need; hatbox, a piece of vintage needlepoint, fusible webbing, scissors, iron & board, and a hot glue gun.
Next I took the top of the hatbox (lid) and turned in inside out (I didn't want to hide the original design on the top so I covered the underside of the box with the fabric instead). Then I took the fabric and cut it to fit over the top of the box lid, and ironed fusible webbing to the underside of the fabric. I then ironed the fabric with webbing right onto the lid top. I secured the corners with fabric strips and hot glue. Last, I hot glued the fringe to the sides of the lid.
This is the original hatbox!
Here is the needlepoint piece used for the top of the box.
Fusible webbing being ironed onto the fabric. I iron on the webbing with the paper side up and then flip it over and press any fabric spots that are not laying correctly. Then I removed the paper backing from the fusible webbing. (Read the directions on the fusible webbing before you use it!)
I took the backing off the fusible webbing and ironed it (the fabric piece with webbing) onto the box lid. In hindsight, I should have cut the fabric to go all the way down the sides of the lid so the blue stripes wouldn't show.
I glued the fringe onto the sides of the lid after securing the corners with hot glue and fabric strips. Here you can see the inside of the lid and can still enjoy the image that was once the top of the box.
Ta Da!! The reconstructed hatbox is finished!
*Note to readers; I am not an expert in writing these directions and will not be responsible if you try this and it your project is unsuccessful. This blog is just my way of showing you how I make things!
I love to walk into my creative space when it is neat & tidy! OK, here lies the problem, keeping it this way. I just spent the last 4 days cleaning, pitching, sorting and reorganizing. My mister was camping with his brothers and I knew I wanted to undertake this project when I had a few days of uninterrupted time. I made the biggest mess you have ever seen all across the downstairs. My mister parked a little trailer outside so I could throw stuff away and I had 2 jeep loads for donations. Here is my true confession, I Am A Craft Hoarder! The thing is, I end up using so much of it on my projects and for school. Well now that I'm not teaching, I donated the stuff that I probably wouldn't need any more. I still have enough fabric to last a life time but I really want to use it making quilts, reupholster chairs and such.
Anyway, I thought I would take a few days to show you my creative space and let you see how I have organized and stored my supplies and projects. I am very sentimental, so many handmade items I have received are seen throughout this room.
I started this little quilt over spring break and I decided to sew the strips together the other day. I got them all done and sewed the striped sections to the block panels. To me this is the hardest part because everything has to match up. I put it away and decided I would sew the back on it the next day. When I took it out I realized I had sewn the strips on upside down. It was such a careless mistake! I took my seam ripper out and took it apart. Oh, brother!! So here I go again!
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.