Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Sewing Day Accomplishments: September 29th, 2015

It's been a few weeks since I've been able to have a sewing day and I have missed it.  

Today however, I was able to get back to my normal sewing day schedule. 

 Take a peek at what I stitched up ...


... a travel pillow for snoozing while riding ...
(Kathi, do you recognize the fabric?)



I wanted a really absorbent towel so I backed each one with terry cloth that I pulled from the fabric part of my pantry.   I then top stitched each towel with three rows of stitching.

Each towel measures  10 -12 inches wide by 15 - 16 inches long.  I wasn't concerned about each one being the exact same size.

I love the way they feel and can't wait to get started using them.
I have 12 more in various stages of completion ... all together I'll get 16 hand towels from the table cloth!   

Each of these hand towels would cost $5 each at a department store.  The table cloth cost me $2.99 and the terry cloth was purchased back in the spring for approximately $6 .... 

... $9 verses $80 ... hmm, I'll pay the $9 and do the work myself!

What's the last thing you stitched up?

patsi

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18 comments:

  1. Lovely! I love the hand towels and the travel pillow. I think its fantastic how we can re purpose fabric! Also a lot of older linens were better quality fabric, thicker etc. than buying new.
    Hankies are my next project. I am saving up fabrics as I find them for this.xxx

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    1. Hankies sound wonderful Annabel! I have an old 100% cotton sheet that is worn out in places, but the outer edges are good and would make some wonderful hankies! Another item to add to my to-do list!

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  2. Beautiful and good $$$ deal! And you had a relaxing time doing them.

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  3. Great work Patsy! Love the travel pillow. It's amazing how much yardage is in things like tablecloths and sheets, isn't it? Mimi xxx

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    1. Mimi, I was guessing to be able to get around 12 out of it, but was pleasantly surprised when I counted and there was 16! I am very pleased with the outcome!

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  4. I just love this idea! They look nice as well. Last night I sewed up, um having trouble remembering that one. I did hem a pair of shorts, and took the elastic off the bottom of a blouse since I don't need elastic there but I can't remember if that was the last thing or not.

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    1. Rose, you sound like me! I often say that the only thing that gets better as I grow older is my forgetter!!!!

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    2. Yep as I get older the forgetter is bad. lol

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  5. I love it Patsi! By the way is it I or Y for your name I want to make sure I have it right. Anyway that is a wonderful idea making the hand towels! I love it and when I go to the thrift store I'm going to do some looking! Thank you for the idea. Have a great week!
    XOXO
    Vicky

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    1. Vicky, I use the 'i' sometimes and the 'y' sometimes, so feel free to use whichever one you want. I answer to both!

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  6. You asked what the last this we stitched up and I thought I would share this, even though it was the end of July when I made it. I re-purposed old fabric by ripping it into strips and sewing them to make rag "yarn". I used the yarn to weave a rag rug. I sewed a fabric lining (fabric from an old shirt) to one side and then sewed this into a purse (lining on inside). I even re-purposed a fabric belt I bought at a thrift store into the purse strap. I made the purse to use while I was on vacation, instead of taking my normal purse. It worked out really well.

    I thought I would mention this as you can make fabric yarn from the old (even stained) fabric bits and use it to crochet with. Bags, purses, or even table runners and place mats made with this make really nice gift items. Just another way to use up your fabric stash.

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  7. Yesterday I made two powder puffs from some faux fur fabric, ribbon and vintage buttons. These are Christmas gifts for my girls. I made a friend a Christmas table runner from scraps I had in my stash. I re purposed a souvenir tea towel into a cushion for my son. Today I mended a plastic bag holder, made out of an old tea towel. I have two pot holders cut out, with the tops patchworked from scraps, the backs yet another tea towel and the wadding from an old bath towel. The Christmas gift stash is growing and will soon be complete. I plan on using an old table cloth to make a three or four lined market/ shopping bags. I am now also going to make some lovely hand towels, using your idea. I have some thrift store lacy bits I might use for edging. I love sewing days.

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    1. Jane Allan, I like the idea of using lacy bits to embellish the hand towels! You've been really busy!

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  8. I've been making "No Paper" paper towels from old towels and flannel. I love to use them for spills, but especially for dishes on the counter that are drying or veggies/herbs that I've rinsed and need a clean absorbent place to dry.

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    1. Tracy, I hadn't thought about them as 'paper towels!' Thanks for the idea!

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