Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Quick Bag Giveaway


I made this bag as a demonstration for a homeschool group I'm teaching how to sew.  I thought it might be a fun giveaway for the blog!  It is fully reversible and the flower is a removable pin!

EDIT* - Changing the rules.  If you just want to enter once, leave a comment in the comment box. 
If you want three extra chances, do the challenge below.

 Here's the challenge:
1.  Go back to my last post:  A Hoot of a Tutorial
2. My owl was made out of scraps from projects that have been featured on the blog.  Go back and find the TITLES of the TWO posts containing those projects.  *Note - the green body of the owl was NOT featured on the blog.  You do not have to find that one, nor do you have to find the felt - just the patterned fabric.
3.  Send me an email:  quaintandquirky @ with the titles of the two blog posts featuring these fabrics.  Don't post your answers in the comments - I don't want any cheaters!

On Tuesday, I will randomly draw a name from any entries I receive.  I will mail your bag on Wednesday! US Residents only please!

Hint:  The categories on the right should be helpful for you!
Have fun!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

A Hoot of a Tutorial

  • Ever cut out a project and have those skinny connector strips that you never cut off, but just fold in with the rest of the scraps?
  • Can you think of a potential project for each and every dime size piece of fabric that snips off your scissors?
  • Do you save small bits of fabric because you paid so much a yard for it so you are going to get every last project out of it even if you have to start sewing quilted coats for your pet mice?

Maybe not, but if you are a sewer, I bet you (like me) have an extensive scrap collection. This month Sew, Mama, Sew is giving you some grrrrrreat ideas on how to use your scraps. Here is my contribution: Owl (or other animal) Embellishments :D

Supplies you need:
  • A long but thin piece of fabric for the owl's head. The one I used here was 3/4" wide and about 30" long. This is a perfect job for those skinny connector strips between project pieces! Feel free to cut a longer strip if needed or desired.
  • Other coordinating scraps for the ears, claws, nose, body, and wings
  • Two buttons for eyes
  • Scissors, needle, embroidery floss
  • Scraps of felt (wool felt is ideal)

Starting with the owl's head, take a gathering stitch down the length of the skinny strip of fabric. (Not folded)

Gather the strip until it is about half of its original length (in this case 15") and knot it. You can make your strip longer or shorter depending on how full you want the owl's head to be.

Next, cut a circle out of felt that is slightly smaller than the finished owl's head. My finished owl head is 3" and my felt circle is 2 1/4 inches in diameter. This does not have to be precise. Just find something circular in the approximate size of your desired circle (cups and glasses are always good traceable objects!) . Starting on the outside, sew the gathered strip to the circle, winding it so that it ends in the middle of the circle. (It is best to arrange it, adjust the gathers, then sew it.)
Next step is to sew on the eyes. Then cut scraps of felt and fabric into triangles. The felt should be just slightly larger than the fabric. I left all edges raw because it gives the owl a worn, feathery look. Simple, no? Sew two triangles onto the top of the head as ears and one triangle under the eyes as a nose.
Next, cut out the body and wings for the owl. Cut the wings on folded fabric so you make sure you have a left and right side. The body looks like a large U with the top closed in. The wings look like a waxing gibbous moon. Clear as mud, no?

Cut the felt for the body and wings slightly larger than the fabric. Once again - raw edges for the worn out feel.
Here's a shortcut: Sew the body felt and fabric together first. Then lay the wings down and get them into position. Sew the wing fabric to the wing felt at the same time you sew everything to the body. See the picture below for a visual explanation of that!

[ Otherwise, you will sew the wing, then have to attach it to the body and I didn't write a step for that! ;)]
Once the wings are on, then cut and sew some more fabric/felt triangles for the claws.

Sew the head to the body by running some stitches underneath the ruffles of the head
Voila! An owl embellishment for your fall projects! Attach it to a corduroy jumper or skirt. Put it on a bag. Make several and string them on some jute for a garland. The ideas are as numerous as your scrap bags! You could also adapt the pattern to make a lion's mane or fluffy bunny head! Be creative!

Here's another creature made with the 3/4" skinny strip of fabric and some felt scraps:

Have fun!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Greetings Guests

Ahhhh..... more projects! I love posting projects!

The apron went over very well for the bride-to-be. Tomorrow is her big day and I volunteered to make her guest book. She picked out a lovely mix of papers and the end result was great! The book started out as this kit from the Paper Source (Oy, I could spend my riches in there - if I had some...)

The pages are ready for the guests to write their messages of encouragement, blessing, and congratulations! (Or simply sign their names)
These are multitasking pictures. I'm taking a photography class through and I was practicing some photography elements like lighting and focus. Constructive feedback welcome!

I love the movie For Me and my Gal and the title song. Here are some lyrics:

Ev'rybody's been knowing, to a wedding they'e going.
And for weeks they've been sewing,
they've been sewing something old and something new,
sew something that is blue so they can make a trousseau for my gal.

This is what I feel like, except I am not sewing a trousseau, but something else altogether. Another post will come on that subject! Enjoy the long weekend. I'll be back soon with a tutorial!

Thursday, October 1, 2009


It's been a while since I've posted a sewing project. It's because I haven't sewn much. Makes sense, no? I've been doing a lot of other projects that I'll show in time. I have gotten to do some sewing this week though and I'm really excited about it! I have another big project coming soon. This project is for a friend so...........

If your last name will soon be Goldstein, read no further!

Okay, for the rest of you, I'm in my friend's wedding next week and another bridesmaid is throwing her a "personal shower" (realllllly not my thing). I never follow gift giving rules, so this is my contribution to the personal shower.

It's an apron from the book A is for Apron which this friend gave me for Christmas! She loves green, but her kitchen will be black and red, so I compromised with black and green. :DA closeup of the bottom of the apron

The apron back
The main apron body is linen and the rest is some patchwork pieces.
Yeah for getting to sew this week!!


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