Dog Beds

I took some old towels from my aunt’s house after my grandmother died, to use for dog beds. Here are two I’ve made. 

I sewed several towels together in a couple of layers. I added fabric right sides together, sewed all the way around, then flipped them right side out. Simple quilting to hold them together. Working with so many thick layers wasn’t easy.  I don’t think I’d use this method again.


April stash report

Habibis, I just barely used up more fabric than I purchased this month! And for the rest of the year, my fabric purchases should be minimal, so I’m pretty excited to get back into shape.

I purchased six yards of fabric in April and I used 6.73 yards, on the following projects:

Tablet cover (actually two – there were two attempts) – 1.5 yards

Cloth napkins – 1.2 yards

Drawstring bags – .8 yards

A gift for my niece that I haven’t posted yet – 1.15 yards

A couple of dog beds that Ihaven’t posted yet – 1.28 yards

This means my incoming total for the year is 85 yards and my outgoing total for the year is 25.48 yards.  My net for the year is 59.52 in.  That’s still so much.  I’m confident that it’ll keep dropping as the year goes on.  Maybe by December I’ll break even!

Tablet Cover

I tried to make us a tablet cover, but I decided it was too large.  I wanted to make a second, smaller one that would be the right size.  I figured since I was making a second one I’d choose fabrics I knew Z would like, and I’d make it with two layers of batting (because I’m so paranoid about the tablet getting damaged). 

I chose a solid royal blue and a print I knew Z liked, because I’d considered it for the Ships at Sea pillows but hadn’t had enough. I sewed the print to enough royal blue fabric to make the inside, and used the rest of the royal blue for the outside. I layered them with two pieces of polyester batting (still leftover from my improv charity quilt).


When I turned it right side out, I quilted horizontal wavy lines using royal blue thread.


Then I folded it in thirds, making sure the print was at the top so that you’d see it when it was open.   I positioned the Velcro, unfolded the case to sew that down, then folded it back into position and sewed the edges of the bottom two thirds closed. 



This one fits the tablet way better. I’m very happy with it. 

Drawstring Bags

I made a couple of drawstring gift bags, one for my mom and one for my niece.  I pulled out a couple of lovely Asian-inspired fabrics that I kind of hoard, because they’re so pretty. I know I shouldn’t do that; what good is a stash of fabrics that I don’t want to use because they’re too pretty?  One was too small, but the other worked for my mom’s bag.

Here’s my mom’s:


It’s about 16″ by 10″, I think. I realized after I started working on it that I hadn’t paid attention to the directionality of the fabric, so the flowers (lotuses, I think?) are sideways rather than vertical.  I don’t think my mom will mind. I was careful about that for the second bag, though.

This one is for the baby. I needed it to be large, so I used close to a yard of fabric.  This is another one I’ve had in my stash for years, and it’s so cute, so I figured I should really use it.


I used white ribbon as the drawstring for both.

Cloth Napkins

Someone in the blogosphere posted recently about using cloth napkins and I thought that would be a great way for me to use fabrics I love and maybe save some money/do something small for the environment. 

I started with 14.5″ blocks of some poppy fabrics that I’ve had for years. I love poppies and ages ago I had decided to make myself a poppy quilt, but so far it hasn’t happened.  Better to use the fabric, right? 

I made four napkins – I had to piece the backs for two of them, but I used up most of four fat quarters.  I sewed the squares right sides together, then flipped them right sides out. I probably should’ve ironed them before quilting but I didn’t bother. 

I auditioned three or four spools of thread – gold, green, red – and none really looked right, so I went with black thread. I stitched the openings closed and then stitched one or two squares inside the napkins so they wouldn’t flap around.  I’m really happy with them. I think I’ll make some larger ones, too. 



Dodi pillow

Z’s friend recently got married and I suggested to him that I would make her and her husband a pillow. I wanted to reference the Hebrew phrase “ani li dodi ve dodi li,” which I used on my friend N’s wedding quilt. It’s a common phrase used for Jewish weddings. It means “I am for my beloved and my beloved is mine.”  I wouldn’t have room for that on a pillow, so I decided on “dodi” – my beloved. (This is actually the same meaning as the Arabic word “habibi” – and the i at the end of both words means “my,” although the words themselves are not linguistically related. Arabic and Hebrew are both Semitic languages and sometimes the words are almost exactly the same. The rest of the phrase is almost the same as it would be in Arabic.) 

Z consulted on the design. We picked a dark teal and a royal blue. I think the teal is Kona but I don’t know what color. The blue might be Kona or from Michaels. 

I had an 18″ pillow form so I designed an 18″ finished block to frame the embroidery.  I used a 14.5″ blue square for the center. I added a 2.5″ wide border of the teal with 2.5 blue squares at each corner to bring it up to 16.5″. I repeated that step for an 18.5″ pillow front. 


Then I traced out the Hebrew letters very carefully, using pictures for reference. (I don’t know Hebrew.)  I embroidered my letters using a variegated thread in shades of teal and blue. I think the embroidery came out really nicely. I’d like to make us a similar pillow that says habibi one day. 


For the back I used a blue and white print, which I think is leftover from my friend P’s wedding quilt or from this quilt I made for myself. (Or both?)  I make overlapping backs. I had considered binding it but in the interest of time I decided against it.