I just completed my first sewing project, a pin cushion and I am extremely pleased with it. To start with, I choose three different, coordinated fabrics. I also knew that I wanted to try drawing with thread. Here is the fabric I picked.
The first thing I did was cut out the shape of a bird from the material I was going to use for the back and sewed it on the front of the pin cushion. I then ran around the outline several times using black thread. I added some legs and of course a limb for her to stand on. Love how she looks standing on her limb. I was surprised that it was super easy and I didn’t need a special foot or anything. This is really fun and I want to do a lot more of drawing with a sewing machine.
I then took two pieces of fabric and sewed them together for the front. I added some rick rack for a little accent and to cover the seam. This wasn’t necessary, but made it look even cuter. Love me some rick rack, reminds me of dresses my Nan and mom sewed when I was little.
Next, I sewed the front and back together, flipped it right side out, and stuffed it. Here it is a pin cushion with a bird on it.
I’ve been checking out Spoonflower this week. The site is WONderFUL! They help surface pattern designers make their art come alive by printing it onto fabric, wall paper or gift wrap. I created a pattern a while back for my Dad’s camper, Sunshine. Here is the pattern and a sample of the fabric that they sent me.
You can also see other designers and order their fabric as well. Here are three designers that got my attention this week. The first designer is Kate Rhees from Salt Lake City, Utah. She has some amazing patterns. Here is just one of them. Check out her site for more beautiful images.
Francesca Besso from Italy also has some colorful patterns. Here is an AWEsome one for all you mathematicians.
The third artist is Honey Brown from British Columbia. I love this holiday pattern.
In addition to printing, Spoonflower holds contests for designers. I would encourage everyone to check it out if haven’t already. The upcoming contests include: watercolor power tools, sandcastles and hedgehogs.
I’ve got hex signs and pocket notebooks for sale in my etsy shop. The hex signs are 15 x 15 on reclaimed wood. The pocket notebooks were watercolor paintings that I turned into a repeat pattern and have them created into journals. They were inspired by the birds I see here in happy valley and my own imagination.
The journals are printed in full color on 100% acid free recycled paper interior and exterior covers, the pocket size journal is the perfect addition for your commute or travel bag. They are $12 plus shipping.
Each pocket journal is handcrafted with care in the USA.
Dimensions: 3.5” l x 1/8” w x 5.5” h; 0.1 lb
48 pages of blank, lined, grid, or checklist page inserts.
Printed in full color bleed on 100% acid free recycled paper; hand made in the USA.
Let me know if you would like it blank, lined, grid, or checklist page inserts.