The Urban Home Goods Swap goodies that I sent out Monday should have been received by my swap partner by now, so here are some details of the projects. The main item requested was a sewing machine cover, and since I love my own so much, I felt it necessary to comply. After a bit of Flickr stalking, and the swap notes, I felt pretty comfortable with my choice of mini bunting. The green and turquoise are from a Stitch in Dye charm pack and the orange solid and yellow polka dots were in my scrap bin. It’s backed with a textured teal solid that came from my grandmother’s attic stash, so I’m assume it’s somewhat vintage. I zigzag stitched in white because I didn’t want to detract too much from the flag shapes. My favorite part is little section of bunting fabric that I added to the binding.
The second item was a circular knitting needle case. I looked around for a while before finding a design that I really liked. I knew I could sew up a case pretty easily, but I really wanted to try something a little different. That’s where Splityarn’s Circular Needle Case tutorial comes in. I really liked the idea of tearing up a thrift store book – I think this was a book on economics. After removing the book’s guts, I covered the book boards with the same linen blend I’d used for the main project. The stripe is a Kaffe Fassett print (Plink in Rust) coordinated with the same teal I used for the machine cover backing. The actual knitting needle holder part is off-white duck cloth and cotton elastic.
I couldn’t resist throwing in a few dpn sleeves or pouches. I’m not sure where I got the idea, but here is a great tutorial.
I had a lot of fun figuring out what to make and working on these projects. I usually do with Flickr swaps. And it seems like the deadline of swaps is the only thing that really helps me finish up projects these days. Our house right now is filled with half-finished projects, particularly of the quilting variety. There’s a coin quilt, a strip quilt a t-shirt quilt, a quilt using Wonderland, and several mini quilts that I can think of just off the top of my head that I languishing in the sewing room. In fact, the only one that even has been turned in to a quilt sandwich is the t-shirt quilt, which I have stupidly decided to hand quilt.