In the last post I spoke about my journey to quilt making. Today, I’d like to share a bit more about some of my other projects. I sew clothes for my two young boys, but not as much as I’d like too. I get distracted by other projects, and the boys are growing so fast that a month or two goes by and I’m back to taking their measurements again. This is why I like clothes that won’t take me too long to sew.
I have also made toys or “stufﬁes” for them, especially when they were younger. Stufﬁes have also made great gifts for the kids of family and friends.
I love when Halloween comes around and I have the time to sew up some costumes. I don’t always have the time, but it’s fun when I do. The monster costumes featured below were among my favorite Halloween projects. I had my boys draw monster pictures and then I tried to interpret the drawings in their costumes. I started with a hooded jacket pattern base, then I stitched up faux-fur hoodies, and finally fashioning teeth, claws, and eyes out of felt, which my eldest boy helped to sewn on.
Monster One and Monster Two.
I like to keep an eye out for projects that are easy to sew and make wonderful gifts–napkins and scarves are always appreciated. I also like projects that have unexpected sewn embellishments. These notebooks are fun and quick to make. They made great teacher’s gifts!
The tutorial for these notebooks is in Last-minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts.
Of course, there are projects just for me like embroidery. I took a class at a wonderful local fabric and yarn shop, A Verb for Keeping Warm. The teacher, Rebecca Ringquist, taught a fabulous class on embroidered drawings, where we learned to transfer photos or drawings onto fabric and then adding embroidered details with traditional line and mark stitch techniques.
The start of my embroidery project based on our home.
Just before I sign off I want to share with you an image that I found which shows that quilts have been a part of my life from waaaaay back! In my ﬁnal year in high school, my Art Major Work was a jungle scene wall hanging made with various silk batik fabrics. These were individually quilted and appliqued onto the background. I haven’t seen my student handiwork for years and then, on a trip back to Australia, I came across photos and realized that quilting came into my life a lot earlier than I had thought!
My High School Art Major Work from many, many moons ago.
So, I guess that you could say that sewing has always been a big part of my life, and I’m thinking that it’s a big part of yours too 🙂 I look forward to hearing about your favorite sewing projects and your journey to quilts as well!
Thank you, Kim, for such wonderful inspiration! We totally enjoyed your visit to See How We Sew and your sharing your talents with us! The winner of the Jennifer Sampou giveaway is Lisa Marie–Congratulations!