In January I bought the new Fabric by Fabric: One Yard Wonders book and a woman in my sewing group, Susan, came up with the idea to have a sewing book club and we chose this book for our first meeting in March.
I’ve already made the wallet from this book and this pillow is my second project.
The “Work in Comfort” Travel Set includes a neck pillow and cushioned lap desk but I only made the neck pillow. I could have used one of these for my long car ride/plane trip last Christmas because all I want to do is sleep when I travel but can’t in those darn upright seats. I’m the poster child for someone who needs one of these neck pillows!
The pillow was so easy to put together – just one pattern piece, cut two, cut the little loop, sew the pillow, trim seam allowances, stuff and then stitch up the opening. This was a less than 45 min project and Justin even wanted to help stuff the pillow with fiber fill.
I used fleece leftover from a dog coat that I made as a Christmas present last year for a friend. I realize I never posted about that, sorry! I get such a good feeling when I create something that both uses up my stash and is very practical.
And since I haven’t posted any pictures yet now that I’m back to brunette, here’s me testing out the pillow on the couch.
Yesterday Susan sent me an email. As it turns out the One Yard Wonders people are making a new book – this one will feature all kid related sewing projects and they’re looking for contributors! So if you’ve got a great sewing project for toys, clothes, decor, etc for children you should submit it for the book. The deadline is April 15th. If I have time I might send in a project idea.
I have a funny story for you – About three weeks ago I visited my extended family. One night we went to meet my cousins who rent an RV space at a lake in the area to camp. Not expecting to go to a camp ground, the only shoes I had were some patent nude flats. It was cold that night so I sat by the camp fire to keep warm.
It wasn’t until later that I realized that tiny bits of ash and embers in the smoke had floated onto my shoes and burned them! They went from nice and shiny to having tons of tiny pock marks where the shiny surface had melted!
I tried in vain to find another pair just like these – my favorite flats. I thought I’d have to finally say good by and toss these puppies in the trash but then I got an idea – paint them!
Here’s what I did and what you will need –
- Painters tape
- Small paintbrush
- Glitter paint
- Sand paper (optional)
Now, I’ve seen some people online use glitter spray paint but the craft store was all out of gold, which is what I really wanted. Instead I went with a bottle of Martha Stewart glitter craft paint in Smokey Quartz (which is really more like watery glitter glue. It’s just clear paint with tons of glitter in it).
I didn’t want to paint the entire shoe because I really like the nude color and the pock marks were only on the top front of the shoes. I marked a line with painters tape on either side of both shoes.
Next I scrubbed the shoes with 320 grit sand paper just in case the paint wouldn’t stick to the shiny patent surface.
Then I painted one layer of glitter paint, let it dry then covered it with a second layer. Two layers were all I needed but I easily could have added a couple more for a super glittery surface. With this paint you really can’t put too much on at a time. The clear paint itself is a little watery and it starts getting tiny bubbles but those disappear as it dries.
I took off the tape and voila – partially gold shoes that have now been saved from the trash heap!
The paint has held up so far with no problems which is good because I plan on putting these shoes back into heavy rotation.
Have you ever painted shoes before? What did you use?
Would you like to make your own holiday peppermint pillow? Well, you’re in luck! Mandi from Make it Dear was sweet enough to ask me to contribute a craft for her Holiday Time Tuesday series. A new festive craft project each Tuesday until the 20th. Check out her fun tinsel wreath and another contributor’s awesome chalkboard paint mugs.
I made a this pillow with fleece and tulle. Even my boyfriend thinks it looks pretty awesome (and he’s always a critic).
***Oh, and if you’re looking for more crafty holiday inspiration I did a whole series last year called Dixie DIY Christmas. Some of my faves include the Santa face cupcakes, glitter glue ornaments and the muffin tin advent calendar.
I’m moving (eventually, who knows when!) and I’ve begun the great purge of junk from my apartment that I don’t want to lug around to a new location. I started with my bathroom. I used to house makeup and earrings in a basket on the sink countertop but after tossing old make up and brushes and things I know I’d never use again I decided to stop using the basket all together and opted for a smaller cup to hold brushes and things.
But then what to do about all my earrings?
I found an old broken necklace chain at the bottom of said basket and pinned it up on the tiny bit of free wall space in the bathroom.
You need a chain with links that are big enough to easily slip earrings through. I make a zig zag to give enough room for the earrings to dangle. I left parts of the end of the chain hanging down for stud earrings. The loose chain makes it easier to remove the backs of the stud earrings.
It’s a nice way to display earrings in a small space and make use of something that was just sitting around gathering dust. Oh, and yes, there’s also a couple fancy bobby pins in there and, yes, I am missing an earring up top. I’ll find it one of these days…
I’m working on a new dress made from scratch (although it is based on an existing design) that I hope I can finish tonight and take pictures of tomorrow!