This week, I thought I would show you a couple of recent sewing projects that have been in production here.
Sewing with Kids
Firstly, I want to share this gorgeous owl created by my 8 year old son using a pattern and really fantastic instructions from The Scientific Seamstress.
Mr8 and I actually started this little fella a few months ago but he got put aside in the Christmas craziness. I was doing a bit of a clean up in my office/studio on the weekend and he came across it and wanted, understandably, to finish it. We were both really chuffed with the way it turned out. Mr Owlie is just gorgeous. He has a beanbag in his bottom to help him sit up straight. This is a really rewarding but easy project for young (or older!) children. The project has actually been designed by the Scientific Seamstress for a group sewing class so gives excellent instructions for a parent helping their child to sew.
I love projects that use those little offcuts that are too good to throw away but clearly not suitable for larger projects. Another great source for these kinds of projects is Sewing Bits & Pieces – 35 Projects Using Fabric Scraps by Sandi Henderson. My 12 year old daughter made the Forest Owl for a friend (hmmm... I can see a theme here!)
Sewing Projects with a LONG lead time!
The other thing I want to share is a project-in-progress. Actually it has been in progress for such a long time that I think Ms12 has given up on me! I am making her a doona/duvet cover using large squares and rectangles of fabric printed with my designs. I started it before my printing hiatus when I went back to the workforce for a little while. I had another look at it during my office clean-up on the weekend and decided to finish it! Now I am not a quilter, although I admire their work very much – especially the newer style ‘modern’ quilts such as this one on the Modern Quilt Guild blog.
I have created precisely one quilt in my life and that was made from large squares of fabric which I printed. I printed robots for months and months and months it seemed to me! And all for just nine squares and a pillowcase! The quilt pattern came from Prints Charming by Cath Derksema & Kirsten Junor but I used my own print design. The sewing up took no time at all – after all the months of printing! I had it professionally quilted by Terina at Quilts With Attitude in Kaleen, Canberra but bound it myself. There is a lot of edge to a quilt – even a single bed quilt! But all the time and work were definitely worth it. I finally finished it in 2013 and I am really proud of the result. It has now moved from Mr10’s bed to Mr8’s.
At that same time, though I committed to make the doona cover for Ms12 – so I admit she has been waiting for it for quite some time. No wonder she insisted I buy her a substitute when we were in IKEA one day last year.
I have a few pieces printed and yesterday I actually cut up and pieced together the reverse side of it using large, unprinted pieces of the basecloth. I’m off to Megalo Print Studio this evening so I will print up some more pieces tonight. Then I have one more image in mind - which is not yet on a screen - to use for the remaining pieces so it will be a little while until I can actually finish the printing. However, I will keep you updated with my progress!
Do you have a project that took/is taking years to finish? I’d love to hear what it is!