5 In Sewing

Fabric Challenge Week Two

I’ve always been a little competitive (some might say more than a little) and that side of me is certainly in full bloom right now as I work through this fabric challenge. 

With the theme of “Extra Ordinary” I set myself the goal of aiming to use up the most fabric this week.  And…..

I did it!  16 and 3/4 of  a yard in one week. 

The best part is the new skills I am learning as I challenge myself to try new things, as well as a sewing to-do list that is getting shorter, and an overwhelming fabric stash that is starting to get smaller.  One of my overflowing boxes is only half full now, woohoo!

I took the theme “Extra Ordinary” and made some very ordinary items (with extraordinary touches here and there!)  Here is what I made this week:

I recovered my ironing board!  So no more pictures of a stained an ugly blue cover! 🙂  I also took pictures so I could write a tutorial for this.  Everyone deserves a designer ironing board!

A tablecloth for the picnic table. 

I love, love, love, the bright yellow fabric for a summer cloth, but it wasn’t quite long enough so I sewed the bright pink on either end.  Now it’s ready for lunch and dinner al fresco once the weather warms up.

I then made a tablecloth and some new placemats for the kitchen.  We have a clear glass table and I am loving the tablecloth as a way to keep the fingerprints from accumulating! 🙂

One Yard Wonders became my inspiration for using up some single yards of fabric with these two office organizers and a car trash bag.  The funny-looking thing on the left is a firewood tote, from this tutorial.

Here is the wood tote with the dowel handles installed. 

The inside is made from pieces of old jeans.

I discovered recently how to use the lettering function on my grandmother’s old sewing machine.   This came in very handy for the labels on the organizer pockets.  Love it!

Finally, I took some blue shirt fabrics and turned them into a circle skirt.  This was my first ever circle skirt, and I based it loosely on an idea from this post.  I made my own bias tape for the bottom (and to think I used to think making bias tape was hard!) and I love the way the dark blue sets off the lighter blue fabrics. 

This skirt is so fun to twirl in! 

On to week three!  This week the theme is “Puddle Jumping.”  With all the rain we’ve been having, I think it will be a good fit! 🙂  I’m off to sew!

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  • Reply
    May 2, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    AWWW! Your stuff is so great! I love the darling picnic table cover! Way to go on using so much fabric! I cannot wait to see what you make next week. I love the theme puddle jumping!

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    May 3, 2011 at 8:21 am

    I am looking forward to the ironing board tute! I have been wanting to do one for awhile now. Love the skirt!

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    May 3, 2011 at 11:07 am

    I *love* the table cloth you made for the picnic table! I think the pink fabric makes it much better than if it were plain. I hadn’t seen your entry earlier this week… but then when the winners were announced yours was mentioned. I was worried that you had decided not to participate! Now I can see that you were super busy sewing!

    Congrats on using the most fabric this week! Can’t wait to see what you make next week!

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    Mama Lusco
    May 9, 2011 at 11:06 am

    You have been sewing up a storm! Congrats and looking forward to seeing more of your projects 🙂

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    May 10, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Hello again, Andrea! You are so mult-talented! Your sewing projects are all beautiful!

    I especially love your “circle skirt!” I like the photo of you twirling in your skirt!

    I also like your pink and yellow table cloth! I really like your kitchen table and chairs, too!

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