Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Pandora's Craft Room Shop News

Orders placed today or later will ship out on January 5, unless I get up the mojo to go to the post office between now and New Year's, which I doubt will happen. You're welcomed to place orders but I just want to warn you.

Along those lines January's sewing is going to be all about me me me and I won't be adding anything to the shop either. I will be taking custom orders of course!

Monday, December 22, 2014

30s Reproduction Fabric Pillow

From yet another Craftsy pattern, for yet another relative's Christmas present, it's about 12 inches.

It's not perfect- you can see the two halves are slightly misaligned- but I'm pretty happy with it.

I'd call it a high beginner pattern. It was pretty easy, with big pieces for the most part, and even the small pieces were easy. I wouldn't advise it as a first pattern, but maybe as a second paper piecing project it would be fine.

The pattern has so much potential for variation- you could use two fabrics for the interlocking strips, or just one with a strongly contrasting backing. It would be gorgeous in batiks, cat fabrics, solids, whatever. You could have so much fun trying different combinations and I pieced the top in two afternoons, about 3 hours of work, with another hour to quilt it by machine and finish it into a pillow.

I used scraps for both the strips and the background.

If you're not using scraps, you'd need a fat quarter of each fabric if you're using 2 for the strips, or a half yard if you're using 1 for the strips and a fat quarter for the background (about). I always err on the side of having more fabric than necessary and I don't want to make promises but I think that would do it.

Have fun!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Frog Pillow- Another Christmas Present

This is another 12x12 inch paper pieced pillow.

I found the pattern on Craftsy, here.

I would call this a low-intermediate pattern. It was less complicated than the flamingos, but still calls for a little experience with paper piecing. It went together quickly for me.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Coming Soon...

I have so many things I want to experiment with after the holidays. Key fobs are on the agenda, as are stuffed cats, more makeup bags, and more and more. I'll be taking a sewing class in Manhattan and hopefully learning some new skills and have new things to sew. I can't wait!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Flamingos for Christmas

I made this pillow as a Christmas gift for one of my husband's relatives. It's a 12-inch block paper-pieced from a pattern I bought on Craftsy, here.

If you don't know Craftsy, it's a great resource for both free and low-cost patterns from lots of great artists and craftspeople. They offer online classes and tutorials, too.

I used pinks and greens from my scrap pile for the front and binding; I actually have a huge cut of the pink Hawaiian batik I used for the body and binding though.

The backing is a hula-girl fabric I've had for a while. I love it cut up so much more than I did when it was just yardage. Now I want to make all kinds of things with it!

This pattern would be appropriate for someone who's done a little paper piecing- I wouldn't recommend it for beginners but it's not that hard. And it came together just great. I can't wait to give it, except that I may need to make one for me now!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Holiday Glitz

What will you be accessorizing with this holiday season? I made these sparkly lucite earrings earlier in the year but they'll be coming out for holiday parties for sure.

You can contact me at my Etsy shop for a custom order, $10.00 a pair.