Sew Happy!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!  The only thing left to complete my Christmas joy is to watch the Dr. Who Christmas special.  I will be doing that as soon as I am done with this post!!

I received an adorable sign for my sewing room from my daughter:

Which inspired me to clean up, organize and beg my darling husband to build a pressing table.  Thankfully he is incredible and made it in two shakes!!

First we had to determine what would support the tabletop.  I thought shelves would be best because I never seem to have too much storage space.  We picked up two Closetmaid shelves.  They measure 31.5″ x 12″ x 11.6″.  Next, we bought a precut laminate board that was 2′ x 4′.  You wouldn’t need to get a laminate piece but it was all they had and it was cheap – so that worked!

After assembling the shelves, we layered some felt I had in my fabric closet and some cute “sewing notion” fabric I have been saving for years.  We cut, folded the edges and simply stapled it to the bottom of the shelf.  Tuck in the raw edge of the fabric (by folding twice) so it will not unravel later.  When you do this take time to smooth out the fabric and space out the staples every 5 or so inches.  Once it is all attached and you are happy with it, you can add more staples and hammer them in so they are tight.

The trickiest part is the corners.  We played with folding them different ways.  We also trimmed a bit of the corner of felts to take out some bulk.

Last step was to put the top on the two shelves and put some screws in for stability.

Here is the final product with shelves filled:

After we were done I was inspired so, I made a new cover for my serger.  Yay!

Here are some photos of the whole room.  Looking in the doorway:

Looking at the left:
Looking to the right:

I have been wanting one of these tables for over a year.  After using it, I can say it was well worth the wait!  What projects have you been up to or are planning to do in the new year?


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Alphabet Bean Bags

I thought I would make a set of alphabet bean bags for each of the grand babies for Christmas.  It was a pretty fun project!

First gather supplies.  You will need a bunch of fat quarters in colors you think will be appealing. Some fabric paint, alphabet stamps and a paint brush.

Once you have that gathered, decide how big you want your squares.  If you choose the finished size, add a 1/4 inch for seam allowance.  Now cut out two squares for each letter. On half of the squares stamp your letters on.  You could let them dry 24 hours at this point if yours look good.  Mine were ok, so we touched up with a paintbrush just to make the letters pop more.

Once dry, stitch with right sides together.  Look at where you are going to start, estimate about 2/3 down and start sewing there, follow around on the other three sides and then finish up on the side you started on and sew about 1/3 more.  Then you should end up with only one side having an opening in the middle about 1/3 of the length of that side.
Turn it right side out and fill with just over 1/2 cup of split peas or whatever beans you like.  You may need more or less filling depending on the size of your bags.  Mine were 5 inches.
Tuck in raw edges and stitch closed the opening.  I put a locking stitch in the beginning and end just to make sure it would hold up.
You will end up with a super cute, original toy for someone special!


What inspires you?

Since I have been doing well with my weight loss I have been so inspired to get back to sewing.  Of course, I could stick with the usual make stuff for the kids or house but there is something rewarding about wearing something you have made for yourself.

I keep walking by this:

And wanting to create SoMEthiNg!!! I am not sure what.  So, that brings me to my question…what inspires you?  Nature, art, family, magazines?

I am looking forward to spending some time figuring out what my first little project should be!!