Friday, February 23, 2018

What do you think?

I cut up more t-shirts yesterday and here is what the top looks like now. My thought was to put all the dark shirts in the middle and at the corners. The outside edges would be the different, brighter colors of shirts.

I have lots of interesting places represented on these shirts - Belize, Aruba, Kuwait, England, and Switzerland along with shirts from all over the USA.

This weekend I need to make a boxy pouch from this fabric for my sister

Make a cover for this road case for one of my brothers
and I would like to get the Harley t-shirt top sewn together.

What are your big plans for the weekend? Whatever they might be, have a great weekend!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

T-shirt quilt and bridge

I got started on cutting up the t-shirts for this year's Harley Davidson poker run quilt. I haven't decided on a final arrangement. I am just trying to get the shirts cut up and interfaced at this point.

Last Friday I had more training for work and one of the activities was a team building project. We were given a grocery paper bag with assorted items and were told to build a bridge that met the rules. Two prizes were awarded - the best looking bridge and the one that held the most weight. Our bridge won the prettiest for it's tropical look! LOL!!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Boxy pouch tutorial - my way

First the zipper - I bought a bundle of 100 zippers for $15.00. Yes, I should never have to buy another zipper! I liked these zippers because of the length and the pull. A longer zipper is important key in making this pouch easier to construct.

First, the size. I wanted to make a pouch for my knitting.
I needed it to finish about 14" long so I cut the fabric 17 1/2" - that would be 14" for the length 3" for the boxed ends and 1/2" for the seams. For the width - well, I haven't done enough of these to come up with a formula, but for this bag I cut the width at 10 1/4" which made the bag come out to 6" wide by 3" tall. For those other bags I made I had cut the width at 9" and they bags came out about 4 3/4" wide and 3" tall. So for this bag I cut the outside fabric and lining pieces 17 1/2" x 10 1/4" and ironed on iron-on interfacing on all pieces. I used a woven iron on interfacing like Pellon SF 101.

Sandwich the zipper between the outside fabric and the lining. TIP - always start with the top of the zipper. This is where a long zipper is helpful because you can open the zipper up and never have to worry about dealing with the zipper pull when you sew.

After sewing the zipper, flip both the lining and outside fabric so wrong sides are together, press away from the zipper and top stitch thru all the layers.

Now close the zipper so you make sure you have it in the right position and layer the other piece of lining and outside fabric with the zipper in the middle. Make sure you start at the top of the zipper. The position of the fabric will be the opposite, but you want to sew the zipper in the same direction. Press back the fabric, topstitch, and it should look like this

Close the zipper, layer the two halves with the outside fabric together and sew the long seam which will be at the bottom.

Open up the zipper and press that bottom seam open. Use some kind of a decorative or a zig zag stitch to sew that seam down thru all layers. With the seam sewn down it makes the bag a lot neater on the inside. Sometimes I have to trim the seam a bit before I sew it down to even up the layers.

Close the zipper and starting at the bottom of the zipper side of the bag, fold the bag so that the zipper is lined up with the bottom seam. I put a pin on each side of the zipper to hold the layers together.

Mark for the corners that will be cut away to make the pouch a box. I mark the corner 1 1/2" from the raw edge and 1 3/8" from the folded edge because you have to allow a bit for the fold.

Sew the seam between the corner marks. I sew the seam twice because I want to make sure this bag never comes apart.

Put your machine on a wide zig zag and tack across the zipper so you can cut the zipper off. Also cut out the corners.

Fold the corners and stitch. Don't freak out if the corners dont' line up exactly. Just even out the fabric side to side, stitch it, and trim. I didn't zig zag the raw edges since they are on the bias, but you could if you want.

Open the zipper up and lets do the other end. FIRST, make a handle! I cut a piece of fabric 4" wide and longer than I thought I needed - about 9" for this bag. press on some interfacing, fold the piece in half lengthwise, fold the sides to the middle, press and stitch on each side.
I forgot to take any pictures of this, but it is a simple handle.

With the zipper open, pin the zipper on each side with the bottom seam lined up under it.

Mark the corners just like you did before.

Sew the seam between the corner just like you did before.

Fold the corner and stick in the handle between the layers and sew. Just make sure the handle doesn't get twisted when you layer it in the other corner.


Your done! Turn the bag right side out. I did stuff a hand towel in the bag one end at a time and pressed the seams a bit.

Let me know if you have any questions!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

A busy three days

Friday night my nephew played the Akron Civic Theater
and opened for another fellow. The show was for only 300 people and the audience was seated on the stage.

I sold a decent amount of merchandise for the size of the crowd. I had parked at the deck across the street from the art museum and took this picture from the 4th level. Friday night was the opening of the Jun Kaneko exhibit.

I walked across the street and took a few more pictures before walking down to the Civic.

I got to bed about 11:30 Friday night and was up early enough to make cookies
to take on Saturday's road trip with the band to Lorain to play the Lorain Palace Theater. The band was the headliner and the theater is one of the oldest in Ohio. The ornate plaster decorations were amazing. This ceiling was a barrel ceiling with mirrored ends so it looked like the ceiling went on forever.
This is the lobby ceiling

and the theater

They had a catwalk and Michael used it to get closer to the audience. I am guessing between 550 - 650 people came. I was busy at the merch booth and sold quite a bit of merchandise.

It had started to expectantly snow before we started packing up the equipment to leave Lorain. Here is what it looked like Sunday morning. By noon it was pretty much gone.

I didn't get to bed until 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning (we had left at 11:45 on Saturday) so I was pretty tired all day Sunday and didn't get much done. The schools were closed for President's day on Monday so I just took the day off. Saturday a lady brought me these two bags of Harley -Davidson t-shirts. They will be for this year's fundraiser quilt.
There are over 45 shirts so I have plenty to work with!

I also got four of these tote bags made. I gave one to Michael already.

Tomorrow I will post a tutorial on how I made the boxy pouches. I made one yesterday for my knitting and took pictures of the process.

Friday, February 16, 2018

So busy!

At work I have picked up more work. I am now working on a hospital project plus I still have to finish up the school projects I have been on for years. It has been a lot to do so I have been wiped out by the end of the day and haven't done any sewing all week.

Yesterday I did stop at the Malley's store and picked up a box of chocolate caramel filled hearts for half price. The box was wrapped so pretty I hated to open it, but I did. LOL!!

Here is a picture of the hole that is in the King cake mix bag. Definitely a manufacturing error!

I found the best deal ever for zippers for making more pouches. They are 22" long which is fine because I will have to cut them off anyway, they have nice pulls, and the price is killer! The downside is they are all the same color - black - but I can live with that and it comes in a pack of 100 - yes, 100 zippers! The price - $15.00! I ordered them from . They were hard to find on the site so use the search box and type in ZPL22 if you want to buy any. I don't think I will have to buy any zippers for awhile! LOL!!

This weekend the Akron Art Museum has an exhibit opening for Jun Kameko. He is a fabulous ceramic artist and I have been following his work for a number of years. What is interesting is the head of the museum has worked with and for Jun.
I won't have time to see the exhibit this weekend; I have a lot going on. My nephew has two gigs and the plumber will be coming to fix an issue. I am going to take Monday off since the schools will be closed and I think I will need the day off from all the running I will be doing today and Saturday.

Have a great weekend!