A colleague at work purchased 12 yards of fabric from Ghana and wondered if I could make it into a duvet cover for her. “Sure! I’ll give it a try!”
Step 1: Fabric. She got the fabric from a family member who lives in Ghana and has this blog of handmade items. http://amaamina.wordpress.com/. It was up to me to figure out how to wash/iron the indigo fabric, so I found directions on some fabric distributor websites. I also realized we didn’t have enough to do the whole thing in the Ghana fabric, so got a matching dark blue solid at Joann’s for the back of the duvet cover.
Step 2: How to Make a Duvet Cover. The internet is amazing, truly. Tutorials are helpful in showing the steps to make something new, so with a short lesson on some new techniques (learned to make a french seam so it looks really nice and finished on every side), I was ready to begin. http://www.designsponge.com/2010/03/sewing-101-making-a-duvet-cover.html
Step 3: Make Space. If I do this again, I need to find a bigger space to lay out the fabric to cut evenly. My living room just wasn’t quite as big as a queen duvet cover. 🙂 This picture doesn’t show the blue color, but it really turned out looking nice, with snaps as closures.
Step 4: Dog Cover. After the duvet cover was finished, she asked for a matching sheet sized piece of the Ghana fabric to be made into a layer on top of the duvet so her two big dogs can lay on the bed but not get their hair all over the actual duvet cover. Great idea since it’ll be easier to clean and still look really nice on the bed…plus the dogs will be happy to be still allowed on the bed sometimes!
Thanks so much, Amy, for encouraging me to try a new experience, for your patience in it getting completed over the course of many months, and for the payment and “tip” of a gift certificate to another great fabric store, Cool Cottons in SE Portland, OR. http://www.coolcottons.biz/
A member of my quilt guild is looking for patriotic quilts to display at the North Plains Library this spring. I’m going to enter this table runner / small wall hanging. It would be fun to see my work hanging up in a public display!
Over the years, I’ve made simple curtains for my house and for a gathering room at church. The simplest versions can still be more personal than something purchased. Here’s what I used to have in the “red room”, using fabric with a great print of salsa dancers!
I’ve also made basic tablecloths and other table runners that are great on tables in and outside. This is one of my favorite pics showing a picnic with my pup Lucy!
Here’s another project I’ve tried making before, but this time had a pattern to follow, so a much improved final product….a potato bag, for microwaving spuds (or tortillas).
Sometimes I sew at home, but it’s also fun to travel to sew with others. I enjoy sharing this hobby with my mom (and using her large kitchen island as a place to pin projects). It’s also fun to go to a quilt guild event or quilt store to sew with others. Once in awhile, my friends get together and we have Piece and Quiet, a time to do whatever hobby/project you want in community with others (and bonus, we get DQ blizzards at the end of the night!)
Since Aaron works all day at his computer, the wrists need to rest somewhere. How about on a rice bag that can later be microwaved to ease sore shoulders too? He picked out the fall fabrics from my stash, and they turned out looking nice.