Back in July, I wrote about a log cabin pillow case project. Today, I want to show you the finished project and share a coloring template so you and your littles can design your own. One question with the pillow project was whether or not involving Peanut in the design process would win him over for the finished product. It worked. He took his finished pillow camping this summer and it now lives in his bed. The extra bonus was the fact that working with him was so much fun.
I ran across his original sketches the other day and thought it would be interesting to share them. He started off with some fun and funky designs that were fun to look at but difficult to recreate. After I suggested he use one color per field, he worked towards his final design. I love his color selections and was so relieved and surprised that those colors were in my fabric stash.
The finished pillow more or less matched his vision. I made a couple adjustments to his pattern along the way (with much consultation) to compensate for fabric supply and measurement issues (ahem). After consulting with Peanut, I used the same colors as the front to piece the back and made some binding for the edges. The inside raw edges were also finished with bias tape. The quilt as you go method described by Suzuko Koseki in Patchwork Style worked out great. Next time, it would be interesting to try quilting it at the end next time to see how that works out.
When we were planning this pillow, I couldn’t find a log cabin pattern to color in. Instead, we used copies of a drawing I made up. This weekend, I tried my hand at making one on the computer for you to use. You can download click here to download the Log Cabin Coloring Template and try your own coloring or making project. Giving kids an opportunity to design their own quilted pillow is just fun. You could also put together a bunch of colored and cut out log cabin blocks to make a paper quilt or wall decoration.
Click here to see and download the Log Cabin Coloring Template
This summer, instead of going to the shops to add to my wardrobe, I want to make my own. Back in April, I made a start with Colette’s Sorbetto. It’s a free pattern for a loose fitting tank-top with a box pleat in the front. I love a tank top, but am no longer in love with spaghetti straps. It has something to do with feeling a bit older and spending the past few years in seriously supportive nursing bras. Those aren’t straps you want the world to see! So, I downloaded myself a pattern and got sewing!
I’ve been sewing a lot of clothes lately, for myself and for Pumpkin. For the past few years, I’ve slowly been teaching myself to draft patterns and sew clothes. When my serger arrived in December, sewing knits became a very attractive option. In the months since then, I feel like my personal t-shirt pattern and my comfort with using it have come a long way and I’ve got a few different shirts to show for that. But the ultimate in sewing at home is, of course, when your child requests a piece and you can make it happen. That’s exactly what happened last Sunday morning.
Remember my Bag Making Bible Challenge? It’s the one where I want to make all the bags in the Bag Making Bible. So far, I’ve finished three different styles of tote bag. They were good preparation for the workshops I’m offering at Studio Jurk. The clutch, however, put me into entirely new territory and it was a bit scary.
I love the idea of being able to throw together a t-shirt for myself. A couple years ago, I got a copy of Cal Patch’s Design-It-Yourself Clothes, which covers the basics of pattern making in good, simple language. Carolyn’s website, Handmade by Carolyn is also full of good tips. The internet in general has a lot to offer for anyone who wants to play with pattern making and adjusting. So what have I learned?
So far, March has been mostly a market making month. I’m itching to do some sewing for myself, but it’s not in the books quite yet. There’s a Music Box Jumper that’s been waiting patiently for a couple weeks now and a Sorbetto Top pattern that the printer just finished for me. I just might indulge. I added an “Abandon” category because let’s face it, some projects just aren’t ever going to get finished!
- Mittens (Pumpkin): Just in time for spring!
- Drop sleeve shrit using Mandy Boat Tee pattern. It’s very wide, but I like it. Maybe another version in a nicer fabric in the fall
- A Fitting Hat: Hinagiku Hat made with Drops Lima in grey.
- Dress up
dress skirt (Pumpkin): used scraps from curtains.
- Knight’s pants (Peanut): A hit – must find/take pictures to share.
- Pillow: finish buttons and assembly! (it’s been a year and 2 months in progress for no good reason at all
- Serger cover: draft pattern
- Button down shirt: draft pattern using Cal Patch’s Design it Yourself
- Clutch: The next BMB Challenge bag. Waiting for hardware to arrive!
- Sorbetto top: Put together pattern, make muslin version
- Neutral long-sleeved top: from my own pattern. This one will have more ease throughout than the tops I’ve made in the past.
- House pants for Peanut: These didn’t work out in the end. Maybe another time.
- T-shirts for summer: I think there’s only one in my pile that I really like. Time to make some for myself!
This morning we said good-bye to Grandma and Grandpa. They have been visiting for a couple weeks. The littles have had a grand time basking in all the attention and love and I’ve gotten to do a whole lot of sewing and got time to get my Etsy shop up and open. It seems that Grandma and Grandpa enjoyed themselves as well – they keep talking about coming back! We call that a win for everyone. And, you wonder, what have I been making?
Did you know I also knit? I like knitting. It’s portable, doesn’t require electricity, keeps my hands busy (not snacking) during rare DVD moments, and results in wonderfully soft, warm pieces. They’re usually small. There’s nothing really ambitious about my knitting. A child’s sweater will do for me. Until lately, there’s always been one project going at the time. Somehow, though, the knitting basket exploded this fall. Come to think of it, my personal project list in general has exploded of late. Want a peek?