Month: February 2015

March’s Project: Aprons

Yes, it’s only February 19. And yet… I’ve already made two projects for March. March’s project is aprons! I cook and bake a lot, and as my friend Natalie reminded me, aprons are a great way to practice various techniques. Binding, ruffles, pockets, straight lines (my old nemesis), curved lines (probably my new nemesis), etc.; aprons are a more varied lot than you’d think.

My first apron is this little beauty. Instead of using a dish towel, I hemmed a piece of fabric to measure 27″x21″, the size of a typical dish towel, and went from there. I added patch pockets to my apron, too. The final product is absolutely adorable and functional, two of my favorite things.

I’m still making lined totes like crazy, and I want to make a few fun full aprons in the next month. Every project I do makes my sewing skills better, so who knows? Maybe I’ll make a skirt in April or May!

January: coasters

February: totes

March: aprons

Advertisements

Crayon Rolls (and Sautéed Spinach)

Do you know any kids? You probably do, because you are, presumably, a human person. If you are not a human person, I’m impressed.
Anyway, kids like crayons and stuff. And you know what crayons do? Get everywhere. And break. And get everywhere. There is a solution! A crayon roll!

I’ve made a few of these so far, and they are surprisingly easy and fun to make. They don’t take too much fabric, and the only extra things you need are a hair tie and a button. The roll holds 16 crayons. I put in a few shades of red, orange, yellow, etc., in ROYGBIV order (because, why not), and added black, gray, and pink. You can’t draw a bunny without pink.
These make great gifts. Throw it in a coordinating pocket tote with a coloring book, and there you go.

If I was slightly more awake, I’d put a segue here.

Spinach! It’s delicious when prepared correctly, by which I mean, with lots of garlic.

Sautéed Spinach

  • bag of spinach (or if you get the huge bag from Costco, a few giant handfuls)
  • olive oil
  • garlic
  • salt and pepper

Heat the oil over medium low heat in a big saucepan. Press the garlic into the oil and stir, cooking until the garlic just begins to brown, about 2-3 minutes. Stuff the spinach into the pan. It will look like you are making way too much spinach, but it’s fine. Trust me. Stuff that in there. Don’t worry about stirring just yet. Cover the pan and turn the heat to low. In about 5 minutes, uncover and start slowly turning the bottom spinach to the top. It will seem slightly impossible for a few seconds. Once it’s kind of moved around, cover again and cook 2-3 more minutes, until the spinach is mostly wilted and coated with oil and garlic. Season with salt and pepper and serve immediately.

A Year of Projects: February’s Tote Bags

I started February’s project a few days early, in January. Now it’s officially February and I’ve already made four tote bags. I have a problem.

Here’s something I love about this year-long endeavor: I’m already so much better than I was a month ago. My fourth tote bag looks so much better than my first. Every mistake I make truly is an opportunity to learn, which, yes, is super cliche, but in this case it’s accurate.

For my third tote bag, I decided to make a gift for my friend’s son, who turns 5 in a few weeks. He loves Star Wars, Spider-Man, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, etc., so basically he’s awesome. I found some adorable Marvel Comics fabric at Jo-Ann, and put this together the other night:

photo 1

The tote measures 13″ tall by 11″ wide. I think it’s a good size for coloring books and comics. I made the strap a little shorter than I would for an adult so it doesn’t drag on the ground when carried by a teeny.

 

photo 2

The interior of the bag; I added a pocket (the Captain America part) with a label that says “To [Kid], From Amanda”

I think it looks adorable. I reinforced the straps and bottom of the bag like crazy, because littles tend to put a lot of stress on their stuff (I assume). I’m going to put a few coloring books and maybe this crayon roll in there and call it a gift. It only took about an hour (and that’s because I’m still new to this) and cost maybe $7–yay for fabric sales!

Lately I’ve felt like a motivational poster: “You can do it!” “Follow your dreams!” “Practice makes better!” But seriously: sewing is better than any therapist I’ve gone to, and I can’t wait to make more.