Remember Pay it Forward? I have been having so much fun sewing for others this year. Although it is nice to be paid for my work, (and necessary for making a living,) there is just something so uplifting about making something to give away “just because.”
I have two of my Pay it Forward projects finished and received by their new owners.
The first was this little pencil roll for Penelope Neal at Nothing Worth Stealing.
Penelope is a talented lady who often posts sketches of dogs, which led me on a search for the perfect dog fabric. It took me forever to find just the right one, and when I saw this one I knew it was perfect! It is a Heather Ross fabric from her “Lightening Bugs and Other Mysteries” line. And it was listed at $38 for a half-yard – what??!!!! This was my first encounter with highly priced out-of-print fabrics. I couldn’t pay that price, but all of the other dog fabrics I found paled in comparison. But patience and perseverance paid off on this one and it eventually came up on Etsy at a reasonable price and I snapped it up.
Besides the great dog print, this is one of the most beautiful fabrics I have ever worked with. It had a beautiful weight to it and was so soft! A quilter’s dream. I completely understand why you pay more for designer fabrics – and it is so worth it!
The second Pay it Forward present was for Sara. Sara is a fellow quilter who posts her beautiful creations on her blog, as well as her embroidery projects (which I am in awe of.) I discovered that her favourite flower is the peony, and that got me started on her gift.
It’s been a while since I’ve taken out a crochet hook (maybe years?) but I went looking for fabric peony tutorials and found this crochet one and knew that’s what I had to do! I was really proud of myself for getting this done without one call to my mother (who is the crochet master.) Maybe crocheting is like riding a bike…once you learn you never forget?
The fabric underneath is from Heather Bailey’s “Pop Garden” line. Once again I was on Etsy and Ebay searching for the perfect peony fabric and this was the winner. It took me awhile to decide what to make out of this one but eventually I settled on a purse. (As Sara said when she wrote me – a woman can always use another purse!)
I used this tutorial which was fun and easy to follow. I made a few changes (of course) because I wanted my strap to lie flat against the bag at the sides, I just think it looks neater that way.
I still have one Pay it Forward present to go. I am still pondering this last one, although I have a few ideas for what I might do. In the meantime I won a little present myself.
I won these beautiful coasters and napkins from Small Town Girl. She also has a great blog where she posts sewing projects, and if you have little ones at home she has a weekly series where she posts fun and easy activities to do with toddlers.
So yes, it is fun to give and to receive!
What projects have you been working on lately?