Monday, September 17, 2012

Small is beautiful!

I have been trying to concentrate on small and easy projects in the last few weeks, seeing as my energy to sew is a little thin on the ground - the sort of projects that are not too taxing and are fun to make. In the last week, I managed 2 ( a major achievement, although it mighn't seem like one!) little projects in full, and finished off another small project too (more about that later this week) So here are the first two - both made in less than an hour each, but which made me smile.
First up - I needed a small extra to go with my pouch for the PLP5 swap. After dithering a bit about what to do (I seem to spend a lot of time dithering at the moment - which project to do, which fabric to use - its very frustrating and very unlike me! I think its because my sewing mojo is half asleep at the moment.) I decided to make a fabric basket using Ayumi's tutorial, as I have one that Kirsten made me in a swap last year and I use it all the time and love it. Even if my partner might have some already, they are something you will always have use for in my opinion!


I wanted something whimsical and I found a couple of leftover charms from the Japanese charm swap I did last year that I was saving for the right project. I fussy cut some 2" squares out of them and they worked exactly as I hoped they would.


I was pretty happy with the basket, so my package is now on the way to its destination.


I also got my fab package all the way from Australia - from the lovely Gina
 - Happy Go Lizzie on Flickr. I was so thrilled with this pouch. Gina included the jewel tones I said I was loving right now and lots of hand stitching - I just love it and the extras  - look at that cute mini pouch and the pincushion! Thanks so much Gina :-)


I also made a bit of an impulse Kindle buy over the weekend - figuring that if I couldn't sew, then I might as well get back reading again. Reading used to be my fave hobby until it took a back seat to sewing, and its pretty achieveable in bed and on the sofa! Of course, having bought it I needed a cover. I found a good tutorial by Whipstitch and loved the design.

 

This literally took about 40 minutes to run up - it was super simple. I could have taken a little more care if I wasn't in such a hurry to get it done before the new series of Downton Abbey started last night (wasn't it fab?) I actually didn't dither over the fabric for this one, believe it or not. The typewriter fabric kind of fell out of my fabric box and I knew instantly it was perfect! When I was halfway through making it, I brought in the Kindle to check for size and had a moment of serendipity when I realised that the screensaver had turned to the typewriter keys - so I just knew it was going to turn out perfectly.


 

What I love about this design is that there is room to hold the Kindle for reading.......and there is also an internal pocket to keep it safe inside when you're not using it, giving an extra layer of paddig to the screen.




 I really had fun with this one, but I also am looking forward to making a few other covers just for variety. I have lots of ideas on this one so you might see a few more covers in the coming weeks.

18 comments:

Patchwork and Play said...

Great kindle cover! I need one of those!

Mommarock said...

They may be small projects, but they are fantastic, and I don't even think I could do those without a pattern in hand. Great work!

Strawberry Patch said...

Fab kindle cover! I need one for my new iPad but I've run out of batting and no money to buy any after spending out on theipad, haha serves me right!

Cherie said...

Such great sets of goodies! Small projects can be so fun to put together.
Such a great kindle cover =D

Nat at Made in Home said...

The kindle cover is beautiful!

Katy Cameron said...

Great wee projects there, and like the design of that case

Naturally Carol said...

Gorgeous work on the kindle cover..love those typewriter keys too. I would love to make one of those little baskets..they are so sweet!

Flying Blind... said...

Lovely makes - I spy my 'sewing' charms in good use xxx

Di said...

Sewing small items is so satisfying. Enjoy the kindle. Di x

Annabella said...

Small projects are great - instant gratification. I love those fabric baskets - having made 3 of them, I need to make one for me. Fab cover for the kindle - happy reading!

Cindy said...

I think you just gave me an idea for what to make with my new favorite HR FQ. Thanks, Miss!

Barbara said...

Non sewing related....I am so jealous that that you watched Downton Abbey last night. It doesn't start in the United States until January.

my4lilgirls said...

Gorgeous lil projects Sarah, I really love the wee basket....lovely.
Hope you get your mojo back soon, although its lookin pretty good, mine is on a def strike, a total blank, hope it picks up soon
Karen x

Karen said...

I cannot have enough of those fabric baskets and such a fun, quick project! The kindle cover is perfect...I should see that tut for my Nook. Enjoy reading!

Leanne said...

This post is full of beautiful things, both leaving your house and coming to you.

diane said...

This post has lots of great ideas for small projects . Thanks for sharing. I have one of Ayumi's baskets from a swap and use it all the time too.

Gina said...
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Gina said...

Sarah , thank you so much for adding a photo of the pouch and goodies I made for you in the Pretty Little Pouch Swap . It's so rewarding and fun making something for somebody on the other side of the world. I love the fact that we all lead different lives and yet we have a common love for sewing and handmade goodies and we get excited about fabric ...as if we were from one big happy family .