May 252012

A couple of weeks ago, Bryanne at Michelle Patterns emailed to ask if I’d like to participate in their Pinterest Challenge. I always love small project challenges so said yes, and then was a little surprised when she said she’d email me the schedule. Aren’t those usually linky parties or comment thingoos? Why would I need a schedule? A little bit later, I was shocked when I realized that she had been asking if I wanted to make a project to feature for their challenge! O_o That just made my day!

The challenge was to make a project that you’d pinned on Pinterest. I had actually transferred my pins to my bookmarks back when there was all that kerfluffle about their ToS, but since they’ve fixed it, I had fun pinning things back up. After a little bit of dithering, I decided to make my sister a Kitchenaid mixer cover from Heart of Mary’s tutorial.

I wanted to make it fancy, though, so I also used Why Not Sew’s paper pieced mixer pattern and an embroidered alphabet from one of my Japanese craft books to make this:

It took foreeeeeever! First, it took me one night to make the pieced mixer. I cut out all my pieces beforehand, which made the piecing part really relaxing since I could just chain piece all the sections.

Then I embroidered the alphabet for a day and a night. I’m so slow! (The viola was a violin in the pattern, but my sister plays the viola. 🙂 )

It took me another day to sew the actual cover together. Isn’t it amazing how I can stretch out a project? Anyhoo, I made a pocket on the other U-shaped side — I figured my sister could throw her attachments in there, or maybe recipes. If it were living in my house, it would probably accumulate junk like old receipts and mail. ;> I also pinned everything together before trimming my large rectangle piece; I’m finally learning after my Made in Cherry background fabric fiasco!

I used 2.5″ inch strips for my binding: normal ones for my straight edges, and bias ones for the curvy edges. The mini tutorial says to apply binding to the U-shaped part and then the bottom edge after sewing the cover together, but I machine bound (sew to the back and then sew down the front) the binding to the straight edges before sewing all the cover pieces together. I wasn’t sure how to go around 3-D box corners with binding, and I also wanted to hurry up and finish — it’s a lot faster to do a totally machine-sewn binding than a regular, half hand-stitched one!

Finally, I did a normal quilt-style binding around the curvy bits. I got to use my awesome new heavier-duty clips — $2 from the sale bin at the craft store! Yay!

Now it’s your turn: go to Michelle Patterns’ Pinterest Challenge post and link a project you’ve made from your Pinterest board for a chance to win two yards of Monaluna fabric from FabricWorm!

Thanks, Bryanne and Michelle, for inviting me to participate! 🙂

  14 Responses to “Pinterest Challenge (for reals)”

  1. WOW! This is so beautiful! Great job!!

  2. That is such a fun mixer cover, Alli! So many cool details, it’s no wonder it took so long to make. I’m sure your sister will love it!

  3. I love it! It looks great Alli. Thanks for participating!

  4. Wow! There are some many wonderful elements to this project! You did a fantastic job. 🙂

  5. That alphabet is adorable!!!

  6. Wow Alli, this is amazing! I love all the little details you added- just brilliant!

    I really need to learn to hand-stitch. That alphabet is too cute.

  7. Hi! I could have sworn I’ve been to your blog before but after going through some of the posts I realized it’s new to me. Anyways, I’m definitely delighted I stumbled upon it and I’ll be book-marking it and checking back frequently!

  8. I love love love this! THe alpahabet is so cute and the fabrics you chose and the mixer….drool! 🙂

  9. Seriously. That would have taken me three weeks to get that together! Wow! What a gift!

  10. What book is that alphabet from? It’s amazing!

  11. LOVE this! It’s exactly what I was imagining – great job!

  12. If I had a side going to be upside down, I would have cut, placed it upright and put a see across the top and added a cloth handle. I love the material. It is still beautiful!

  13. I LOVE this!! Can you provide the title of the book with the embroidery?

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