Aug 092013

Last year, when Kitschy Digitals had their sale, I got all excited and bought a couple of cross-stitch patterns, one of which was a Wee Little Stitches pattern. I finally finished it!
You Wash I'll Dry towel

Right after I got the pattern, I couldn’t wait to start, so I bought the first blank towel I found, and that was a flimsy muslin thing from my local craft store. About halfway through stitching, I bonked myself on the head for not using a more absorbent towel, but I was too lazy to start over. Because cross-stitching takes forever!

I used waste canvas again, and I still love it. Maybe one day I’ll forget how long this little thing took me, and I’ll redo it on a properly absorbent towel. Hah!
You Wash I'll Dry, from a very blue picture oops

Dec 272011

… but I was cramming right till the end! I bought Oh Fransson’s perfect zip bag pattern and made these from 5am to 10am on Friday morning after I’d been awake from 12am. I mention this because I made a ton of mistakes while I was sewing!

First, I couldn’t quite understand how I was supposed to make a 7 inch zipper work with an 8.5 inch wide piece of fabric. Even with half inch seams, that leaves a quarter inch gap on each side, right? I had already cut down my zippers and sewn on the fabric ends by the time I was having trouble, so I took the ends off and sewed them back on with space on the ends to make them longer.

Also, since I like to chain piece, while I was putting together the zippers, I also sewed together the lining pieces, even though (when I’m awake I know that) I’m not supposed to do that when the bag has a zipper. Doh!

I used Hometown and an Alexander Henry print for the interiors. Two of these were for secret Santa presents, but when we were doing our gift exchange on Christmas evening, I felt guilty that I hadn’t made one for my aunty who always gives me tons of stuff. This week I’m planning to make more for guilt presents. :}

The thing(s) I was working on from 12am to 5am was this: stay-put kitchen towels x 6. I like them, but they were soooo boring to sew!

These were also part of my secret Santa presents. My mom liked hers since Cosmo’s always pulling towels off the racks, but I’m not sure how the other recipients felt. My aunty thought it was a strange apron at first, and tried to tie it around her neck!

In other news, I received an order that I’d made at Joann’s when they had their free-shipping-with-no-minimum-purchase special. I only ordered a bias tape maker and a stamp, and this is how it came!

How were your Christmases? Did you get something awesome? Shh… don’t tell, but my favorite present was my dad’s used pair of cooking chopsticks! They’re the perfect weight and length, and I loved cooking with them whenever I used them at my parents’ house, and now they’re mine! It was so cute — my mom wrapped them in a cut-up Cheerios box, and she wrote on the tissue paper, “Chang family heirloom.” 😀

Jun 292011

My mom told me that she likes to have a separate hand towel for Cosmo to use, and she asked me to do something so that people would know which towel is his. She also said that I may as well make one for Sunshine, since he’ll need it eventually. Then I figured while I was at it, I’d make one for my niece.
silly towels
I got these on sale for $3 each — they’re nice and soft, but the colors are a little crazy, huh? I had fun using supplies that I don’t often get to use: freezer paper, starch (I should probably use starch more often), and the Tombo glue I got from a Quilt Taffy giveaway. Even though it was quick, it wasn’t so much fun sewing the applique down with a walking foot. I kept thinking to myself: fiddly fiddly fiddly! One day when I grow up, I’ll get myself a free-motion quilting foot. 😀