My husband and I can be terribly practical, like deciding to ignore Valentine's Day ~
Does that look amazing to you? It's Art Gallery Fabrics latest introduction: The Denim Studio. Read all about it here and find it at shops now. As soon as I received mine, I used textured denim, solid smooth denim, and Coastline fabrics to make this cute clutch.
The little leather patch? I made that using a leather stamping kit from Michael's craft store ;)
Made a few more nine patches on Mia's clothes quilt, and of course I had to share. There's just something about the process of turning her old clothes into something beautiful and new that feels so good! Here are a few tips that might be helpful if you're at all interested in this kind of project:
- prewash the item, otherwise stains may emerge when you press.
- the first cut is always the hardest. I know. But it gets really easy once you start.
- cut as close to the seams as possible to get the most usable fabric
- even a 12 month baby girl's dress yields so much more fabric than you'd imagine (start snipping!)
- fussy cut around major stains but consider using the pieces with minor discolorations. I think of it as added character.
- occasionally add in a piece that has a pocket, button placket or tag, just for fun.
- don't discount ruffles or even wide hems ~ these can be pressed open and used occasionally if there isn't a fade line down the crease.
- make the first cut. Storing those clothes in a bag in your closet really isn't a better idea!
Congratulations to the two winners of the Paperie Blog Tour giveaway: LeAnne K and Kim Fernald. You'll each be receiving a fat quarter bundle of Paperie from me and a $25 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop (courtesy of them.) Thank you to all who entered and who have been so kind and supportive of my first Limited Edition collection. I am thankful for every kind word.