Stash-bust Project

Reducing, Re-using, Re-cycling the stash in 2011.

This is where I will post a record of my stash-busting endeavours as described here. Wish me luck!

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Project no 13 – May 2011 Drawstring bag.

Very useful for transporting little cars about….or other special things….

 

This one uses some boy’ish fabric scraps and a ribbon from the stash . Plus a small 20cm swatch from that I had printed at Spoonflower – its a train scene with a photo of our littlest one in the driver’s seat and his brother and sister in the carriages. Totally customised. He really likes it.

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Project no 12 – April 2011 Fingerless Mittens.

During the Easter holidays I made some of these in various different colours.

 

There are heaps of knitting patterns out there for this very handy little accessory.  I adapt my own plain and basic mitten depending on who it’s for and what yarn I’ve got available. They are knitted on my favourite double-ended bamboo needles and are quick and satisfying to made.

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Project no 11 – April 2011 Russian Doll doorstop

A little birthday present for someone….This little russian doll door-stop is pretty and useful.

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  Project no 10 – April 2011 Softie

I couldn’t resist having a little go at making my own softie with some odd bits of fabric – have you seen the CRAZE for softies that has been going around craftland?!

This little one has a bag of beans at the bottom of its soft stuffing – so that it can stand up and hold the door open for us.  It seems to wander to our little one’s bed most nights though.

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Project no 9 – Jan/Feb 2011 Upcycling Plain Craft Magnets

Had a half hour fiddling about today whilst the kids where playing a game on my computer. I took boring black craft magnets and superglued some buttons onto them. The fabric covered ones are made the same way as you would make a fabric yo-yo but with a button inside (cut a circle of farbic and sew running stitch around the edge. Place large button in the middle and pull the thread to gather it up. Tie a secure know and then glue magnet onto the back). Easy peasy.

ps. the print in the background is a small scale image of my new fabric design – a nine patch cheater cloth using the pink chaeter cloth designs plus a few extras- available directly from Spoonflower here.

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Project no8 – Feb 27th 2011 Presents for Mum

It was my Mum’s birthday just before Valentines Day last month. She lives on the other side of the world :(  so I posted her some hand made things including this little reversible washbag in her favourite colours – purples and mauves. I thought it would be useful for when she goes to stay with friends, to put ‘smalls’ in or something. I also made her a kimono style spring robe/dressing gown in the same floral fabric, but I forgot to photograph it before it got wrapped up! I sort of made it up by looking at my own very favourite Nicky Ploughman robe and it worked out pretty well. Mum loved it.

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Project no 7 – Feb 20th 2011 Camera Case Wristlet

Last night I made this cute camera case wristlet using another Keyka Lou PDF pattern. I chose these fabrics specially for a lovely friend who turned 13 today. I think she quite liked it because she quickly put her cellphone, iPod, key and lip-gloss in it – what more could a young lady need!

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Project no 6 – Feb 2011 – Pretty Party Bags

Well, not really my project actually. My lovely neighbour made these very beautiful goodie bags using some of the fabric stash – for her daughter’s 5th birthday party.

Today she took a few more fabric pieces away to make a ‘softie’ for her other daughter’s birthday – can’t wait to see how that turns out.

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Project no 5 – 14th feb 11 – Quick Weekend Knit

I had a ball and a bit of beautiful fine’ish wool in tones of grey and charcoal in the stash (sorry no label) – which sang out to me to make socks. But after writing the last post about socks, I decided to tackle my fear of knitting garments with it instead.

I was really after a quick fix so I dusted off my old, old knitting machine and said hello to it. Those around me will know that I LOVE  textile machines and have a few around the place – this one was an ebay bargain (and it cost me more to ship it than it did to buy it) quite a long time ago. It was probably new to someone in the early 80’s but I don’t think it has seen a lot of action in the last couple of decades.

So, somewhere in my muddly thinking and excitement, a project was decided – a simple vest  (no sleeves to sew in you see!) for a four-year old for when autumn arrives.

And it was so fun to make – I kind of made it up after reading a handknit pattern and taking many measurements along the way.  It’s made in just two pieces which only took about an hour to knit (!!) plus a fair amount of time messing about remembering how to work the machine . After steam-pressing the front and back nice and flat, the shoulder and side seams were sewed up and I crocheted around the neck, armholes and waistband for a quick finish.

I’m really pleased with it. Our little one really likes it too and he has put in an order for another already –  a green and orange (!!!) stripey one. His very ‘cool’ older brother just smiled in the background….I shall really miss it when all our children are too old and cool to wear the stuff I make!

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Project no 4 – 10th feb 11 – Crochet basket – work in progress

 I love to crochet once in a while. This little basket is proving really fun to work on when I have a minute to spare – and it’s using up some small bits of left-over yarn.

I was really inspired by Attic24’s lovely crochet bag tutorial – but mine is tight single crochet so hopefully it’s going to be stiff enough to stand up on its own. 

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Project No 3 – 10th Feb 2011 – Cheerful Square-ish bed pillows

The centre panel of the blue one uses my daughter’s cats and dogs fabric design described here.

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Project No 2 – February 3rd 2011 – Heart Garlands.

At the bottom of a box, I found a bag of these pearly ivory polymer clay hearts.  I made them last year to use on our wedding invitations – I must have got carried away rolling out, cookie cutting and baking these little hearts at the time!  So to finally use them up this week, I strung them up on some linen thread and tied little bows on each one using leftover bits of silk chiffon from my wedding dress.  Doing this project brought back lots of lovely memories of a very happy day.

(ps. the blurry fabric circle thing in the background of the photos is a ‘happiness wreath’ made by my daughter and her lovely grandma. Grandma’s tutorial is here. great way to use fabric scraps.)

With the leftover hearts and some silk scraps I made some valentines cards – one for my valentine and four extras. 

If you would like one, email me asap and I’ll get it in the post to you.

You’ll have to be quick because Valentines day is just over a week away!

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Project No 1 – January 31st 2011 – Finally got around to completing  this pretty cushion! YAY

My daughter made the patchwork front piece last year when she wanted to learn how to use the sewing machine – but it didn’t get finished and has laid around in my basket of fabrics all this time. Today, I cut up one of her pretty felted cardies (which I’ve had in my stash for a good few years!) and found a nice piece of pink cotton cord fabric for the back. I then retired one of the not so loved cushions on a chair and used the inner for this lovely new one.  I love it and my daughter is really pleased to see it again too.

I used other leftover bits of the felted cardie, red buttons and green embroidery thread to make up some little birthday card embroideries too.

5 Comments to “Stash-bust Project”

  1. You should watch ‘Kirsties Hand made home’ – she made a crochet box using a hemp twine? Or something similar and it looked great.

  2. Rosie still has a gorgeous vest that you and Poppy made for her about ten years ago – she just can’t let it go although it’s been too small for ages. Your work is fabulous and it makes me happy just to look at it.

  3. It is all so lovely Karuna,
    glad to see you back
    on your blog again XX

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