Archive for May, 2014

Fabric Crowns

My little guys got homemade fabric crowns this week. I’ve been sick all week and taking it easy. Yesterday I had enough energy to do some sewing. So much fun!

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My oldest loves his crown. He has been making himself paper crowns for the past few months, and I figured it was time he had one that wouldn’t rip. My youngest loves undoing the snaps on his crown (over and over and over).

I got the idea from a handmade prize being given away as part of the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day. After looking around the web for a pattern, I found this tutorial (I didn’t follow their instructions for making the crown, but the crown template itself was very helpful).

My little guy is now asking for a wizard’s cape, as he’s decided he wants to be a wizard for Halloween. I think I have just enough of the star fabric to make him one that matches his crown.

Measure Up – May Finish

Project Quilting: May Off-Season Challenge

At the beginning of the month I made a goal for a Lovely Year of Finishes to make a cozy little sleeve for my cell phone, so as to avoid more scratches on the screen protector when I throw it into my bag with my keys. I combined this goal with the Project Quilting May Off-Season Challenge, which was to create a quilt using “measurement” as inspiration. And ta-da! My cell phone will be very cozy.
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The fabric on the outside is “Flutterby Garden” by the Buggy Barn for Henry Glass & Co. I bought it a couple years ago and found it again while starting to turn my office (where my fabric was stored) into a nursery. It’s one of my favourites.

I quilted the sleeve upwards (i.e., measuring “up”) using the Fibonacci sequence in half centimetre increments from where the seam would be on the bottom when I sewed the sides together. (The photo below is the inside of the sleeve–though the colours are off in the photo–as the quilting showed up best on this fabric rather than the fabric I choose for the outside.)

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I was surprised at how much more comfortable and confident I am with my sewing, as this entire project took less than half an hour to complete (compared to the three hours it took me to make a much simpler wallet sleeve for my cards at this time last year). This was a small project, but one I’m very glad to have completed and it will be put to use immediately. Time to move onto all the projects (quilting and non-quilting) that need to get finished before our baby arrives in June.

May Goal

My May Lovely Year of Finishes goal is to make a sleeve for my cell phone. The screen is quickly getting scratched up now that I’m not carrying around a winter coat with a nice soft pocket for it to live in when I’m out and about. I haven’t picked out fabrics or thought about a design yet, but I guess that’s part of this month’s goal.