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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

My 100 Day Sewing Challenge #11

One day ... that's what I got to sew this week!  This one day brings me up to 22 days out of my 100 day goal!

I sure am moving slow, but hey ... I'm still moving toward my goal!

Here's what I did on my one day of sewing ...

In this post I told you about finding a 100% cotton pink paisley sheet in really good condition while thrift store shopping and that I planned to turn it into sleepwear for me.  Well, I got the pattern out and the laundered sheet out and cut out the pattern.  It is ready to stitch up!



When I thrift store shop one of the things I do is look for garments made out of fabric that I like.  It doesn't matter if it's my size, all that matters is that I like the fabric and that it is in good condition.  The picture below is an example.  These pieces of fabric were a blouse that I found at a thrift store.  I really liked the fabric so I brought it home, gave it a good washing and got it ready to be turned into fabric for the sewing part of my pantry.  This week I began taking the blouse apart and cutting it up into fabric sizes I could use.


The biggest pieces I squared up and turned into larger pieces (shown folded in the picture on the left).  From the rest of it I cut several 5 inch squares, 3 inch squares, one 2.5 inch square, 2 inch strips and one 1 1/2 inch strip.  These pieces have been added to my quilting stash. I had a couple of odd shaped pieces that I couldn't use so I added them to my scrap jar.

That's it for me this week.  I hope to have more to report next week ... at least I'm going to try!

What have you stitched up this week?

patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27

23 comments:

  1. Patsi I found my sewing mojo this week and have made something everyday. My Granddaughter's Christmas present includes 2 new dresses, one of them in Christmas fabric, long legged rompers and Pj's. I also made her little male cousin a set of pj's. Today I made a little birdie pincushion that will become part of a gift for one of the family. You posting a sewing challenge has really got me going. Thank you.

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    1. Jane, you have really been working hard and your completed projects are beautiful. You are inspiring me with all that you are accomplishing!!!

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  2. Love your sheet fabric!!! I buy up flat sheets from thrift store that are 100% cotton too and use them for quilt backings! Usually they are no more than $1.99 for up to a King size! I've found that flat sheets have much less wear to them than fitted sheets so they are perfect for backings! When I trim away excess sheet, I usually cut up the rest and make them into handkerchiefs or pieces for my quilt tops! Very little gets wasted from that $1.99 (or less) purchase! Lol!!
    I hemmed a Temple dress for a friend this week and trimmed and sorted my leftovers from last week's baby quilt into sizes that I have shoeboxes for (a la Bonnie Hunter's Scrap User's system!) .
    I had a client bring over a wing back chair and fabric for me to reupholster so I'll be tearing into that later this week! We are rearranging things in my sewing room- building a new wall shelving unit to give me more quilting space by my sewing machine.
    We are loving the microwave soup bowl holders so I plan to get more made as gifts!
    I have to limit my sewing time or I'd never get anything else done! Lol! It is definitely my relaxing, happy place!!!

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    1. gardenpat, there is still quite a bit left from this sheet so I have enough left for another smaller project ... handkerchiefs would be good for the smallest leftover pieces. I'll also add to my quilting stash from the leftovers. I have a similiar system to Bonnie Hunter's Scrap User's system. I love having the pieces ready to pull and stitch when I'm ready for a quilting project. I haven't tried the microwave soup bowl holders but it is something that would be useful for us. I think I'll put that on my sewing list. Thanks for sharing, you are an inspiration for sure!

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    2. I think I missed something! Please tell about the microwave soup bowl holders!

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  3. I can't wait to see the pajamas from that pink sheet fabric!

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    1. meme, it's not PJ's, it's a grannie gown and I hope to be have it finished in time to share next week.

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    2. I love grannie gowns!!! Great idea on the blouse fabric!

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  4. I love these prints. I've never thought about finding fabric from sheets and garments. I might can actually afford to sew more by doing this as new fabric by the yard is so expensive unless you find a good sale. Great idea! Thanks.

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    1. Janet, fabric is expensive for sure unless you find a good sale. That's why I try to stock up as much as my budget will allow when I find a good sale. The rest comes from thrift store finds!

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  5. I only have 18 sewing days checked off so you have me beat! But like you, I have some done so it is a help to have the challenge. Nancy

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    1. LOL Nancy, we'll get there, it may take us a little longer, but we'll get there!!!

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  6. I pulled six tops out of my closet that have elastic around the bottom which I just don't care for anymore. I plan to cut the band off and hem them all. It was a start to just get them out and downstairs so that I remember I want to do it! I may hand hem them while we watch movies and such.

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    1. Lana, that's a good idea to hand stitch them while watching TV/movies! Here's an idea. Remove the elastic from the band and don't cut the band off. After pressing it flat you may find that it works just fine.

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    2. It has a wide band with rows of stitching and no casing for elastic or I would do that in a heartbeat Thanks for the suggestion!

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  7. I LOVE that pink fabric!!! I can't wait to see the finished project!

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    1. Holley, I fell in love with it too and I think I paid $2.50 for the whole thing!

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  8. I love how you cut up your scraps, I am the same way. I cut mine into fat quarters, 1 1/2 strips, and yo yo circles because that is how I use mine. I have only been crocheting, not sewing. For Christmas gifts I have done 3 afghans, 3 shawls, 1 purse, 1 beach bag, 4 scarves, 3 hats, 10 wash cloths. I just gave one of the scarves to a friend for her birthday so need to remake it. Another friend loved the afghan I made for my grand daughter so much I made her a lapghan out of the leftovers. 60 year old women can love a cupcake border too! I am crochet crazy.....4 hours every evening and sometimes an hour at lunch!

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    1. Gloria, I'm addicted to crocheting too! You have really been cranking it out! I'm loving all the pretty borders to choose from ... that cupcake border sounds like something I want to check out for sure! I want to do a shawl. What pattern did you use? Your comment is so inspiring ... thank you!

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    2. I used a video for beachy Keen shawl. It looks very different with heavier yarn so I was able to make it thin for my daughter in Florida, extra long for a tall person and heavy for my daughter in Colorado. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74sEWdgyrxM&list=PLeAjbviN87I3JMShIITdDsENBrVavGH6b&index=28&t=189s

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  9. That's a terrific way to buy fabric! I'm afraid at the $6 for a blouse prices here in our only thrift store, it wouldn't be frugal, but I'm going to watch yard sales!

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    1. Laura, yard sales are another good place to look for fabric!

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