Old School Patchwork

Now this is my type of patchwork.  Take pieces and bits of your favorite fabrics.  Some vintage napkins, an old shirt that you just can’t part with, maybe an old hankie and sew them all in there.  I have done this before with just plain squares, but I like this idea from wonderforest.  Pretty brilliant really, she sewed the little pieces together just made a point to keep the rows the same height.  You could back it with matelasse and wham! There is your beach blanket, which could turn to a lap warmer come fall.

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Lunch Time Top

I recently saw a little girl in a top like this and my mind starting racing…  I can make that!  Gotta admit that my version was really not as nice as the one that the tween was sporting, but considering that it took me 1/2 an hour I am pretty pleased with it.  I literally just cut  rectangle.  Then made a snip at where the sleeves should be and sewed down the sides.  I finished up all the raw edges with self made bias tape (this is what took the longest).  The project probably would of gone better if my model was not so wriggly as I was trying to try it on her. But hey, we all know that models are difficult!  I’m calling it the lunch time top because you could really bang it out in the time that it would take you to put down a soup and sandwich.

The fabric that I used is from an old block print top of mine that had been stained. The fabric so pretty and soft that I could not stand to get rid of it.  This way I got rid of the stain and little miss get to get her boho on.

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For the ties I just braided some silk ribbon and and attached some little red beads on the end.

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Pretty Pleats

Love the way this skirt turned out. The inspiration was this post from Mme ZsaZsa.  I great project that would be great big or small and does not require a pattern. We simply doubled the width of her waist and  made 8 pleats of 2 inches each, but really you could play around with the width and the frequency of them.  Our young sewista did a great job, especially with the zipper.

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We had a little extra time on our hands so we quickly stitched up this little basket.  As a last minute idea we decided to stitch some letter beads on.  Don’t know why I never used these to sew on projects before.  Love it.

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