Sunday, January 23, 2011

small time filler projects

I found this luscious piece of deep red velvet looking plush and immediately decided it would make perfect strawberries.  I used this pattern and tutorial from Embroideroo.  They turned out a little larger than I wanted and a second look at the tutorial states "pincushion".  Should have been a clue to silly me!  I'll shrink the pattern next time, but they were very nice slack time sewing.  I am currently working a project for the  OWOH  give-away-athon and have one week left to finish but needed a little "time out" project.
Tutorial can be found here.


Yummy fruit hey!  The apples are from a Tilda craft book called Sew Pretty Christmas Homestyle.

Hand sewn beads are lovely and wonderful to do while watching TV but knocking the bead container over and spilling thousands of seed beads all over the carpet is not wonderful!  I spent ages picking up all those beads instead of just vacuuming them.  After all they were only a couple of bucks to buy.  I learnt a piece of paper is great for sweeping beads onto and then using as a funnel to pour them back into their container.



I got a little carried away making lots of red apples!  This fruit basket was a freebie from some wine selling merchant that knocked on my door.  He did talk me into buying some wine and threw in a free bottle of strawberry wine for me to try.  It was so delicious I ordered two cases more of the stuff.  Chilled it is the most awesome refreshing summer wine and best of all it has a very low alcohol content so visitors can have a glass and still drive home.





Another project to take me away from my OWOH project are these pouches.  I have made the same size as the tutorial and they are palm size pouches which make good  gift bags for little gifts like brooches, hair accessories, jewelery etc.  Tutorial was found on a wonderful blog called Maccabags and is quite a well made tutorial with good pictures.

I better get back to my OWOH project.  I am at that stage of changing my mind on some fabrics I have chosen to compliment the main fabric.  This is the time consuming part for me.  Choosing is so hard! lol

Thanks for reading!

16 comments:

A Christy Production said...

LOVE the strawberries!

jane p said...

I've always wondered what it would be like to be crafty - you know making all kinds of stuff instead of just bags. I've made a couple of pin cushions before but I did not quite get satisfaction out of it. I love your fruit basket and "fruits". This fruit-based and food-based plushie thing seems very trendy. I see them everywhere, even Ikea!

PootleFlump said...

Wow you have been busy! I love all of it (especially those little strawberries) and that fruit basket is lovely. Your pouches look brilliant!! x

Melissa said...

The plush fabric and beads is perfect! I love it when a piece of fabric speaks to me like that. Now the strawberries may look large next to the apples, but imagine real strawberries like that - we'd be overjoyed!!

Judi said...

I've just got to make strawberries! They're lovely.

Sammy said...

I love these strawberries. are they sweet?

Lots of love,

-Samya :-)

Merry said...

Love your fruit and they look so great in the bowl. Also those little pouches are so sweet. What a great post.

Karen said...

Love, love your bowl of strawberries and apples. My type of fruit! (LOL). I am not a good fruit eater.
The blue checked pouchis sooo cute!

Maite - vitoma said...

Magníficos trabajos, me encantan.
Bss.

Laura said...

Good Morning!
I love reading your blog...you find the cutest craft ideas! These strawberries...I love the bead idea!
I have all these tiny beads that I've been just waiting for a craft idea...this just may be it! And the little bags...just too cute! Thanks for sharing!

Have a blessed day,
Laura

tita said...

Que bonitos tus trabajos,un encanto.Besos

Beeshebags said...

Such lovely work....as usual....love how you find 'different' projects to me....love the wee pouches, but then again, the strawberry pincushions are gorgeous too! Hugs Naomi

nattyj said...

Oh, I've been wanting to make Tilda apples for awhile now - they look great! And that wine sounds divine!

donna said...

I just love your strawberries. Thank you for directing us to the little pouches. They are so cute and you are right they would be perfect for a little gift. I also love your blog.

LauraO said...

So cute!

Laurie said...

Oh, I love your little strawberries! I made one recently and was so happy with the outcome. Thank you for visiting my blog and entering my OWOH giveaway! I love fabric, too. Enjoy the rest of the event!