I said on twitter that there’s nothing like a big applique project looming to inspired one to tackle a lot of little projects. So here’s some small projects I finished lately.
I’ve been meaning to make a mixer cover for a while now, so I took out my gingham/cherry fabric and tackled it using this tutorial. Rather than add piping and have raw seams on the inside, however, I sewed the quilted panel with interior sides together, and then did a traditional quilt binding on the exposed seams, which mimics binding.
I also had a pattern for a zipper pouch with a vinyl window I’d been meaning to make, so I made it with the same fabrics I used for the purse insert. I’m not linking to the pattern designer because it was HORRIBLY written. I got three steps in and just made it up myself because the directions made ZERO sense. I ended up sewing the two sides together and then overlocking the seam so you can see it through the window, but that was about the best I could do.
You’ll note I staged the photo with a rotary cutter and seam ripper because that’s apparently all people carry in see-through pouches? I was Googling tutorials to get ideas on how to finish it once it was clear the pattern was crap, and that’s all anyone had in their pictures – rotary cutters and seam rippers. I’m sorry, but I don’t view a rotary cutter as one of those super-portable tools I’d haul around for hand piecing. Sheesh. Maybe I should have staged mine with mini bar bottles and spare tampons?
Sorry, writing about sewing that pouch got me all riled up again. Here are pictures of cats to sooth us all again.