Friday, March 16, 2012
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
I have some old TV trays and decided to make one into a small ironing board to put next to my sewing machine.
Here is a picture of my finished product. The ironing board part is removable.
Here are the step by step instructions and pictures.
This is my TV tray. It has a raised edge around it that angles outward.
I cut a piece of cardboard to fit the green area of the tray.
Next I cut a slightly larger piece of cardboard that went to the outside edge of the tray and hot glued it on top of the small piece of cardboard.
I used my scraps of Warm and Natural batting to pad the cardboard. I cut three pieces the size of the top cardboard and hot glued them on at the outer edges only. You can see the shiny spots of hot glue showing through the batting.
I pieced the last of my scraps together by putting the raw edges next to each other and ironing strips of iron-on interfacing to both sides of the batting to hold it together.
The top (4th) layer of batting I rolled to the back side and hot glued it to the back. I wanted to cover up the hard spots from the hot glue on the front side.
Then I added a layer of silver ironing board fabric a little larger than the top layer of batting. I rolled it to the back and hot glued it down also.
Next I cut a piece of fabric (old sheet) a little larger than the cardboard. I sewed a casing around the edge to put elastic in.
I put the cloth cover on the ironing board and pulled the elastic as tight as I could get it. I pinned the elastic together, cut off the extra elastic, took the cover off, sewed the elastic ends together and finished sewing the casing closed.
Here is the backside of the TV tray ironing board with the cloth cover on.
Here is the front side of the TV tray ironing board with the cover on. The hard spots of hot glue can no longer be felt around the edges.
The finished product one more time.
Monday, February 20, 2012
Friday, January 20, 2012
This quilt is one of my favorites, but it took a long time to make. It is about lap size. I wanted it to be bigger, but I wanted it to be finished even more.
I made this quilt several years ago. I think it took me a year or more to finish it. It was a quilt that I had thought about making many time. I keep telling myself to forget it, because I required so many different fabrics or prints with many different things. It also wasted a lot of fabric, since holes would be cut all over in it. Then I saw a yard sale advertised that was fabric only. How could I resist? When I got there the lady had a big bag of fabric with holes cut out all over the fabric. She had made an "I Spy" quilt and was giving her cut up pieces away. No need to tell you where the scraps went. I would guess about 1/4 of the hexagons came from that bag of scraps.
Here is another close-up of some of the hexagons. This quilt was stippled with variegated thread on a quilting machine.
This scarf can be made from a T-shirt. I had fabric given to me, so I used that. Click here to see the video I sort of watched to learn from.
Here is how I made mine.
Here is how I made mine.
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Infinity Scarf Instructions
Here is the one yard piece of wool I had. I washed and dried my wool before making this scarf, so I can wash it later and not have it shrink. I trimmed the ends and cut off the selvage edges and fold. I ended up with 2 pieces of fabric that were 27" x 35".
Another Infinity Scarf.
This was sewn the same as the wool one, except that the second seam was a zig-zag stitch since this fabric unravels even more that the wool.
This one will be worn with three loops or maybe even four.