Tuesday, April 9, 2013

A little bit of sewing going on...

I went to a friend's house yesterday for a sew-in.  Her hubs was out of town and it was the perfect time to get together with friends and have some fun.  Rather than working on quilts, we made these bags.  Aren't they the cutest?  Can you guess what they are made out of?


If you guessed expensive decorator fabric you would be wrong.  They are made out of place mats!! Mine is the one on the right.  The hardest part was actually finding the place mats without spending too much money.  I found mine at Big Lots for $1.50 each.  Besides two place mats you just need to have some cotton duck fabric which is a heavy fabric that can be found at Joann's and some cotton fabric for the liner.  Finish it off with a covered piece of foam board to reinforce the bottom and voila!  You're done!  How cute is that?  Mine is a gift for a friend and I hope she loves it.

I'm basically a quilter but I love these quick projects.  They help perfect your sewing skills like top stitching and give you instant gratification because they are fast and you don't have to be quite as precise as with quilting.

On a side note, do you see how sunny it was?  Well, things can change on a dime here.  It's snowing, schools are closed, businesses are closed, roads are dangerous.  In other words, it's a SNOW DAY!  In my terminology, that means PAJAMA DAY!  I'm staying in and reading, sewing, and catching up on watching the NCIS shows I have taped.

Have fun wherever you are!

4 comments:

Brenda said...

Well how cool is that! There are some great place mats to be found. Really has not warmed up much here. It only gets 50'sh for an hour or so and back down the temp goes. Where is spring? We actually had thunderstorms today so it felt a little more like spring weather. But it was cold rain.

Mary Ellen said...

Great bag Jean! Hope you had fun today for your pajama day! We were supposed to go to Aguilar for Coffee and Chat but of course we cancelled it due to weather. I decided since I had the day free to go down to the Antique store and do some more rearranging with Mariannes things. Got a bit done but boy am I tired! The ladies opened the store who were scheduled and we had over 1,000 dollar day! Snow didn't keep the shoppers away!

bee blessed
mary

Shirley--Knot-y Embroidery Lady said...

Thinking of you--every time I see a scottie dog anything when I am out and about these days. It is nice catching up on your blog. I need to think about blogging again...

Thimbleanna said...

They're beautiful Miss Jean -- and so clever too! I thought of you when I heard it snowed in CO yesterday. It sounds like you took good advantage of a day to stay inside!