spry: pies for the pinning

One of our wedding themes is pie. Flowers, pie, and flying pigs. Pink and Yellow, and some Japanesque elements thrown in there for good measure. I’m making a variety of brooches as favors.

I find THESE pins particularly inspired for the theme, and although maybe not all of the embellishments are equally successful, I am pleased as punch with myself:

I hand sewed these. I think you can figure it out visually, but:

  1. Decide how big/small you’d like your mini pies. These are about 2″ in diameter, I used a tea-light holder as a circle stencil.
  2. Decide on how “done” you want the pies to be (ie, what shade of beige), and cut out the circle. I used pinking shears b/c initialy I wasn’t sure how much of the edge I would make visible after the top, and wanted a crimped look.
  3. Pile on whatever filling-colored scraps you like into the middle of the circle. I stuck with berry (pink felt/yarn) and lemon (yellow felt) pies because those were our wedding colors, altho I couldn’t resist a blueberry b/c it’s my favorite. I bet something more shiny would also be nice. For a few, I also needle-felted in some of the extra felting wool I brought back from the last HandiHour for a fluffy, “creamy” pie. I think these came out best (which is why they’re 2/3 of the photos posted).
  4. Cut thin strips of the dough-colored felt. Cut them a little longer than the pie-diameter. Lattice, sew down the edges, and trim. I think three strips in both directions looks nicest, although I experimented with 3×2 also.
  5. Cut another longer piece of thin dough-strip. Sew down one edge. Then start twisting the strip, and sew down every other twist or so, so it keeps its shape. You could also cut a ring with pinking shears and place it on top of the lattice edges, and sew it down in a slightly wavy manner. (The less perfect the strips are, actually, the more “homemade” the pie looks. Unless you’re a super baker and have immaculate strip-cutting skillz. At least these are how my lattices end up looking.)
  6. Embellish if you like (I thought some beads would look like shiny berries, the ribbon made it look both flower-like and punny on prize-winning pies, and well, the yellow ones especially look like sunflowers so the leaves seemed natch), and sew on a pin to the back (daintystitch/glue on a pretty circle of fabric to cover up your stitches on the entire backside first), or just plate it up and have a feltea party!

This project fits in well with the plushie/felt food trend abounding these days also.


Spry’s Wedding Present – Part 2

The quilting!

I decided to make a “plaid” of sorts with the quilting.  I used blue and yellow thread and sewed straight (ish) lines on the lattice work.

The threads I used for the machine quilting

A close up of the “plaid” effect – I hope the picture is clear

For the hand quilting, I sewed two hearts in the center patch and a tiny heart on one corner.  I think I used a stem stitch but now I’ve forgotten.

I drew a heart pattern and pinned it to the quilt, then stitched around it. This is what I usually do when quilting shapes.  I used a blue thread that matches the blue in the fabric and would show up nicely against the yellow.

The overlapping hearts

A close up of the little heart in the corner

The completed quilt

Happy wedding to Spry and her husband!  مبروك!

spry: paper garlands

Garlands/bunting seems to be trend possibly on the wane, but still prevalant and well, ubiquitous in the etsy-type stylish crafting crowd. I was super on the fence. I caved.

I purchased a 2″ heart punch and a 2″ scalloped round punch, as I wrote a few weeks ago. I separated my pink and yellow construction paper from the multipack, and found the LOVE-printed giftwrap scraps from my 1000 paper cranes. I went down into the laundry room and luckily found a used/free/homeless copy of Howard’s End (which I had read on my e-reader. My choices were that or Pride and Prejudice. I know that P&P is the quintessential marriage plot, and I really enjoyed it, but… I’m more of a Forster person). I got my spray adhesive. And tore the book apart.

Big paper on one side, spray glue, Howard’s End. Repeat with the next sheet, looking every now and then to see if there is a side of the page that’s more appropriate than the other (any mentios of the wedding/love/food, including “fish pie”), until the book is gone. Allow glue to dry.

Turn on TV. Get out the punches. Figure out how to squeeze in the most punches out of one sheet in a combo of hearts and rounds, scanning over the page to highlight mentions of “fish pie” when possible. Repeat until all the pages are gone.

Turn on TV/music really loud. Get out the sewing machine. If you’re up for it, use contrasting top- and bottom-thread colors. Feed the punches through, with a tiny bit of space in between, preferably either really random intervals, or more or less the same. Repeat until all the punches are gone, or you have to change bobbins.

Wrap the garlands on a canister/bottle/something. Carefully. (I fear though that this isn’t going to work as well as I hope to keep the strings untangled. We’ll see.)

I kept the rounds and hearts separate, as well as the solids and prints. Since I’m not a good eye-baller of measurements, I wasn’t sure how much yardage I would get out of the punches (although I’m sure I could figure it out with some sort of math, approximating the length of the paper, etc etc), so I was trepadatious to layer the punches together, although this gives the bunting a fuller look. But this is festive enough.

Spry’s wedding present – part 1

Finally!  I can post about Spry’s wedding present, now that I’ve finally given it to her.

I asked Spry awhile ago what her wedding colors were and I think she said yellow, pink, and blue.  You may recall the pink and yellow engagement present I made her in the spring.  By the time I got around to making the quilt, I decided to go with blue and yellow.  I have a lot more fabrics in consistent blue shades – Mama S’s favorite color combo is blue and yellow and I tend to buy fabric packs in those colors.  I had a large piece of fabric in a yellow, white, and black print.  (Some online fabric stores sell separate pieces of fabric to be backing for quilt kits, and sometimes I buy those because I never have enough yardage for the backing.  I usually have to piece a back and it’s much easier to have one large piece of fabric.)   I wanted to create a lattice-work effect on the front, and the yellow print was enough yardage for that and for the back.

A close-up of the yellow print

I cut diamonds (squares that I turned on point) out of different blue fabrics and sewed strips of the yellow print between them to create the window pane effect I wanted.

The diamonds, laid out on my couch

The completed quilt top, laid out on my couch

The quilt is octagonal.

My next post will show the quilting!

spry: white collared shirt reborn

I’ve been wanting to do this upcycle for a long while. Simple, yet effective upcycling of a white collared shirt. I’ve seen these spiffy shirts all over the place, with a contrasting inner collar… and thought it would be a great way to salvage (w/out bleach) my grimy-collared summer shirts. Also to spruce up the white shirt in general (I don’t like wearing white collared shirts b/c apparently I look like a waitress in them).

The concept is simple: the grimy shirt w/ the collar stains, wide-ish ribbons, and fusable interfacing/iron-on hemming tape.

iron-on magic

I used two layers of ribbon, pink and gray because 1) the first ribbon wasn’t wide enough 2) the stain was higher than I thought it would be 3) the widest ribbon I has was gray, and that’s boring. I ironed on the pink ribbon first, then layered the gray on top. Which was doubly-good as the tape was slightly wider than the pink ribbon and therefore smeared a little on the top of it (which was covered nicely by the top gray ribbon). I cut the ribbons slightly longer than the collar, fused them, then cut out the proper shape afterwards.

The ribbons are actually the handles of fancy store bags (they are just the right length, altho not necessarily width, as I mentioned), which was a stroke of brilliance, as I’d been fretting on where to buy ribbon in the city, so it’s a double-upcycle. Win!

subtle, yet chic

It really livens up the shirt, even more than I was expecting, and I like that. If I had more ribbon (ie a real spool) I would probably add ribbon to the placket, but I do like the understated “pop” that just the inner collar offers.

Will def be transforming my other white shirt in a similar manner as well, maybe with my school colors, blue and gray.