Friday, May 20, 2011

Sewing Fun..and a sneak giveaway preview!



This week I just couldn't get into anything big I was working on. I didn't have the mental energy and had lost a little bit of creative spark. But I was panicking slightly, needing to have something ready for my Sew, Mama, Sew! giveaway post on Sunday. So, Wednesday night I sat down with some scraps and an idea I had from my little notebook and decided to just have a bit of fun. By yesterday afternoon, this is what I ended up with:

A cute little cozy for an iPhone!

Now, I'm going to shamelessly post lots of pics of this, not because I love it so much (although I do!) but because my friend Helen is staying with me for a few days, and she's an amazing photographer, and I just love the photos she took. She also gave me a crash course for dummies in how cameras work, light, shutter speed etc, and, even better, where to find all these things on my little camera. She wandered around adjusting things, muttering about depth of field and light and I ended up with about a million fab photos, not just of my stuff, but also, as always, of my kids!

Its made from a natural coloured cotton/linen mix, paired with some tiny red scraps from my basket. I quilted the main fabric using some scraps of cotton backing. This is the front:


It's made to fit a phone with a fitted protective cover as I hate when I have to take mine off, the phone inevitably gets dropped when I remove if for 5 mins! I added a little tab so it can be hung from a handbag or a belt. This is the back:




I debated what to do closure wise but ended up covering a button with one of my last Bliss scraps, and made a fastening loop from the main fabric:



And I lined it with one of my favourite fabrics, Ta Dot in Berry. I think its the most versatile yet striking fabric I've used, works great on its own or blended, can be background or the main feature. It really brings life to anything you put it with, I just love it!


By the time I finished it, I was back to my normal addicted-to-the-sewing-machine self and full of energy again!

This is my handmade item for the giveaway, which I'll post on Sunday {link is here}. I'll be adding some fabric and notions to it too, so be sure to check back in then! I'm also thinking of writing a tute on this one, if you're interested let me know!

Helen and myself had a little bit of a crafty evening yesterday and I showed her how to make a scrappy pincushion:



Of course, she's taking it away with her. I also had this little mini pincushion that I made with some hexies a while ago and kept for her:


Of course, I'm not sure what she's going to do with them...her being a knitter!

I'm linking this up to Fabric Tuesday on Quilt Story, Sew Cute Tuesday, Todays Creative Blog and a bunch of other great blogs, check out my sidebar for the links!


23 comments:

susan said...

Glad you got your sewing mojo back. The iPhone case is lovely as are the pin cushions.

Flying Blind... said...

All gorgeous - tute yes please!! I can't wait for the SewMamaSew 'day' - I can loose out on so many things all at the same time!!

Lynne said...

Ooo! sounds like the effects of Helen's visit will be with you for a long time.

I only have a "point and shoot" camera but it's amazing what it can do!

Jennifer at Ellison Lane Quilts said...

Oh I love them all. Super cute. Been working on my giveaway too. :) Great pics by the way. Nice to have a friend that knows what to do behind the camera!

Cindy said...

Awww, Sarah! They are adorable! Nothing like a nice happy little project to get you back in the quilting mood. If Giveaway day doesn't get you excited, I don't know what will!

Jean said...

Love the cell phone cozy ... my cell phone, being an odd size, doesn't fit into the pre-made slots so I'd love to know the 'how to' ... the pin cushions are really cute too!

Katie B. said...

Ooh, I'll be back for the giveaway! I'd like that to be mine.

The Sunflower Patch said...

Love those too cute pincushions. The I phone cozy it just adorable :) I am also having a giveaway,just fabric tho. Amazing how something so small can inspire you so much! A tute would be awesome!

Eleni said...

ooohhSarah what did you do again??? both projects are soooooo amazing!!! I love the pincushion though!!!
Hope you have a great weekend:)
xo

Kirsten N said...

Love the iphone case - very cute!

Desi said...

Hmmmmm....yes please on the tutorial. Love the iphone holder, thanks for sharing.
Desi

Sara @ Sew Sweetness said...

Look at all that cuteness!! I especially love the linen on the case that you made!

patchworkdelights said...

Love the mob phone case Sarah, but come on how CUTE CUTE CUTE is that little hexie pin cushion!

It's adorable!

Beads of sweat popping on my brow thinkging what have I made for the swap... eeek!

Katrina said...

What super cute items, so glad I found your blog!

Katrina said...

I am a new follower :)

Lisa said...

wow very cute! love the pincushions too.
new follower.
hugs
xo

Kimberlee said...

All of your fabrics are 'sew' cute! Love the fabric button accent.
~kimberlee

Jenniffier said...

Cute little Iphone cozy. I need to make one for my itouches for my classroom. I will definatly be thinking about yours, when I design mine.

Angie said...

Cute phone case!

Kathy said...

I envy people who can sew. This is so cute.

swang said...

Lovely! Thanks for the great giveaway.

Sweet Peas and Bumblebees said...

Love the iPhone case! Would LOVE a tutorial!

I would LOVE if you would link up your project to our {{What I Made Wednesday}} Linky Party! We're also hosting a giveaway, so don't forget to sign up! :)

Briana @ Sweet Peas & Bumblebees

Quiltstory said...

You know I love this!! Thanks for linking to Quilt Story!