I had a few sewing requests lately and with storms all day today it was a good time to pull out the sewing machine and get to work.
The granddaughters are currently obsessed with the Disney movie Frozen. I was informed there was a line of fabrics designed with the Frozen characters. I stopped by the store Saturday, (yes, I bought new fabrics this time) and made the mistake of taking my granddaughter with me. She spotted the Frozen fabrics and fell in love with one design. Today she stopped by long enough to help me make a skirt with the fabric she talked me into buying.
We choose a simple design with an elastic waist that would grow with her. The leftover fabric I pinned together and let her sew it, leaving an opening to stuff and make herself a pillow. I had stuffing here from a cushion that fell apart. I fill a pillowcase with any salvaged filling, tie it securely and then run it through the wash. She let her brother help stuff her new pillow. It’s funny how something that simple is so fun to them. The skirt and pillow used up 1/2 a yard of fabric
Her younger cousin’s mom had requested a baby doll sling so that’s what we made for her, This project was smaller so I only needed 1/4 of a yard.
I cut a rectangular piece of the frozen fabric along with a scrap piece of white fabric for the lining. To give it a bit of fullness I added a piece of batting between the layers. Leaving the ends open I sewed the two (longer) sides together. Then using a piece of the excess fabric I folded the material to hide the cut edges and sewed it together. With the open ends of the rectangle I folded the edges in and slid the strap into each end. I pinned the strap, centered along the opening then folded the ends over and tacked them down. This will give the sling the tightness it needs at each end. Not a great picture so I hope you get the idea.
With the leftover fabric I made a pillow the little one and her mom can stuff together.
I have plenty of projects left to sew. My daughter-in-law had sent me a picture of curtains and asked if I could make them. It’s a simple design so I said yes. A few days later I received a package with fabric and ribbon along with this skort (skirt with shorts hidden underneath) that my granddaughter was sad had torn.
I mended the skort and added it to an envelope with the above items to mail her. My daughter-in-law says the little one is so used to my making things for her that anything handmade she tells everyone Nama (her name for me) made it.
I also have a set of pillows to finish for my daughter-in-law. She bought the fabric when I was down there and asked if I could make them as slipcovers over a pillow form using a zipper to keep it closed. She didn’t have a pillow form but has stuffing to make them. I offered to make the forms with drop cloth material to save her money. Those are nearly done, would have been finished tonight if the power and internet hadn’t gone down. I’ll show you these projects soon.
While the sewing was for family, I did take time out to work on a few things for myself. The bathroom is still the bane of my existence the remodel has been held up so there is little I can do not knowing what will be affected in the redesign. But the bathroom came to a head for me when I had to find a place to store my manual wheelchair. It had been stored at my son’s house, but he will be moving and won’t have the extra room.
This shelf I saved from being tossed in the dumpster was the perfect size for the closet but now had to come out. I’ve looked for a storage cabinet for the bathroom without luck. Okay I did find one I liked at Ikea, but I didn’t want to buy something new. Needing the closet empty, the shelf was repurposed for the bathroom. It needed a new paint job. As you can see I don’t need a lot of storage in the bathroom. The biggest item is the case of toilet paper I buy through Amazon. The shelf also served the purpose of a place to store my jewelry and daily hygiene items that were previously stored on the vanity surface.
The mirror has gone through a couple of transformations in the three years I lived here. The frame is plaster and was chipped in several spots. The gold paint was tired and in my opinion ugly, but then I dislike gold. I painted it white first because I had plenty of white paint. Once I freshened the walls with an off white paint the mirror felt wrong. I tried some black paint to match the frames on the art work, but it felt too heavy.
A few weeks ago, I spotted this picture of a bathroom and fell in love. It gave me the idea to add my favorite color to my bathroom. I borrowed this image for my personal use from facebook and didn’t think to save a link. If this is your image or you know where it came from please let me know so I can give proper credit. I know the mirror is in black, but black was too heavy. Also the tile is already blue in my room but adding the brighter blue, closer to turquoise worked better. My walls are a bit lighter, a white with just a hint of blue. This turned out to be the inspiration I needed.
When I decided to paint the shelf, I realized I had a color I would love for the mirror. This time I had my son help me remove it from the wall. (read: I asked, he took it down). In my defense, it is quite heavy and the last thing I wanted to do was drop it and shatter it.
While the mirror was down the bathroom felt like a cave, it was really creepy to be in there. The new color is exactly what I wanted the vanity area at least feels like it belongs to me finally.
Due to our power outage, this post was very late, I’ll be back later tonight with Change the World Wednesday.
A little paint can make all the difference…..and it’s cheap. have you used paint to update a room or piece of furniture lately?