Remnant Kitty Pouffe

This week’s project is for the cats. So, I’m sitting on the loveseat trying to knit through an episode of some show where murderers get tracked down, and a 25-pound cat crawls up in my lap, on top of whatever I was working on.

Prrrrrr

I found a cat bed pattern in One Yard Wonders by Rebecca Yaker and Patricia Haskins. The remnant is an old Victorian-tapestry-looking piece of fabric with mauve and purple and white and blue and black flowers. DH thinks it is a bit girly since two of the cats are male. But I think it is just right: the Victorians were always trying to put flowers and frills on something that was pure savage.

giving the remnant a test-drive

I threw the remnant down on the floor to let them get used to it. They liked it enough for some to even attack the others who tried to horn in on it.
Now, I realize that having 4 cats puts us way up there on the weird-i-osity scale. When you live with that many cats, it’s weird every day.
Step 1: cut out pieces per the pattern. Step 2: (not included in pattern, I added it) Embroider names of cats on inner side pieces of cat bed.

Pauley

Stella

Bob

Grayzie

Not the most elaborate embroidery but (whispering) they’re cats! They can’t read anyway!
Step 3: Seam together the various pieces as instructed, leaving an opening in the bottom for stuffing. I found a very old bag of fiberfill scraps and a bag of quilt batting that was just the narrow strips leftover from a project. Perfect. Step 4: Stuff.

stuffing

Then I sewed up the stuffing slit and it was done. Fast, easy, and used up just under a yard of fabric stash!

Pet Pouffe

Grayzie giving it a trial knead

Swim Suit Remnant project

This week’s remnant was 5/8 yard of dark blue 2-way stretch fabric, along with a leftover piece from “Dance Floor/La Divina” from a previous post. I made a swim suit from the remnant—which by the way, was intended to wear with the dress from the prior project.

the Kwik Sew pattern


I most heartily recommend Kwik Sew 3064 swim suit pattern for these reasons: 1) I couldn’t find another one piece swim suit pattern anywhere, so ordered this one online from fabric.com 2) it’s an awesome pattern, contemporary, easy, has great instructions, and 3) it’s very adjustable.
I used a designated STRETCH needle, size 75. The recommended stitches I used were a reinforced zig-zag for applying elastic, a small zig-zag with a standard machine overlock (not serger, although it is listed as an option) for seaming. Oh, and the pattern calls for a machine blind-hem stitch on the hem of the front wrap piece. I’ve found that machine blind hem process to be more than a bit tricky!

using the right needle saves a hassle


wrap front

contrast color back and panty


So here it is, my postaweek 2011 remnant project.

A midsummer night’s seersucker remnant project

I wanted to get away from the boxy-shaped projects and do APPAREL again. Clothes can be fun to sew, although to me, it’s about as fun as trying to paint a duplicate of the Sistine Chapel using a q-tip. I’m always glad when the project’s over and I didn’t have a stress meltdown.

This project is another rendition of the Simplicity Project Runway dress #2444 that I first did in February 2011. The remnant I used was a little piece of white cotton to make a contrasting collar.

what's left of the remnant

As soon as I cut out the cape collar, Grayzie parked his considerably large carcass on what was left of it, establishing territorial rights. Next project=cat bed?

understitching the collar facing


The main fabric I used was a baby pink and white cotton seersucker by designer Calvin Klein, which I found at Fabric Mart at a too good to pass up price. It’s rather stretchy, so maybe it has a little spandex in it. Still cool and summery. The dress has side-seam pockets, too!

belt is braided non-leather material

back view

I could have added a sash, tied in front or in back, but in the seersucker material, it would have been bulky, like wearing a big ol’ fanny pack. Hence the store-bought little white belt, which I think looks demure and Land’s End-Meets-June-Cleaver-like. Shirtwaist dresses and little frocks like this seem to be making a comeback, minus the bouffant hairdo y’all. Come ahead on, August!

A midsummer night’s seersucker remnant project

I wanted to get away from the boxy-shaped projects and do APPAREL again. Clothes can be fun to sew, although to me, it’s about as fun as trying to paint a duplicate of the Sistine Chapel using a q-tip. I’m always glad when the project’s over and I didn’t have a stress meltdown.

This project is another rendition of the Simplicity Project Runway dress #2444 that I first did in February 2011. The remnant I used was a little piece of white cotton to make a contrasting collar.

what's left of the remnant

As soon as I cut out the cape collar, Grayzie parked his considerably large carcass on what was left of it, establishing territorial rights. Next project=cat bed?

understitching the collar facing


The main fabric I used was a baby pink and white cotton seersucker by designer Calvin Klein, which I found at Fabric Mart at a too good to pass up price. It’s rather stretchy, so maybe it has a little spandex in it. Still cool and summery. The dress has side-seam pockets, too!

belt is braided non-leather material

back view

I could have added a sash, tied in front or in back, but in the seersucker material, it would have been bulky, like wearing a big ol’ fanny pack. Hence the store-bought little white belt, which I think looks demure and Land’s End-Meets-June-Cleaver-like. Shirtwaist dresses and little frocks like this seem to be making a comeback, minus the bouffant hairdo y’all. Come ahead on, August!

Sewing Handicapped

I have at least 12 projects listed on my current Master Plan for summer sewing, and many more floating around in my head. But with the injury, I’m trying to keep it simple. I’ve had limited success:

towel hoodie

towel embroidery


Conclusion: machine embroidery is a good project for me now: just let the machine do the stitching and watch.

pillow from kit

I found this “kit” at Joann’s that consisted of a Spiderman fleece panel with lines along the blue border to show you where to cut for fringe. BTW, cutting with scissors isn’t that easy when you have a big fat finger. “Kit” came with a plain black fleece backing and no instructions. So I put it together as best i could and then stuffed a plain pillow form inside, through an envelope closure in back. Now I needed a 2nd pillow (because the recipient has a brother) so I rigged one up with a remnant, as you see here:

This is the back view

A quickie project, but I have to start back slowly.

cut finger IS healing, slowly

Good news: skin on the fingertip is regenerating! Bad news: the bandage is bigger and more ungainly than I’m used to, so I keep banging it and bumping it and shutting it in the door accidentally. Yeeeouch! Conclusion: I need to be more careful.

Project that I can't handle right now

One project I’d love to get into is for these baby shoes. The pattern calls for 1/4 yard of fabric for each pair, plus lining and flannel soles. Wonder where are all the shoemaker’s elves are hanging out these days?

4th of July Fashion Tribute to B.A. Baracus

Happy American Independence Day! For my remnant project this week, I wish to pay tribute to an all-American TV hero from the 1980’s, the incomparable A-Team great B.A. Baracus. I liked the recent movie with Liam Neeson as Hannibal, but I really feel a rush of nostalgia for the old A-Team reruns that have been streaming on Netflix. It reminds me of when I used to lovingly tuck my young ones into bed after an episode, but of course they were too wound up and had to play car chasing and blowing up stuff before settling down!

Mr. T playing B.A. Baracus: what is not to love and admire? He was so ahead of, yet part of, his time. By way of fashion statements, he sported African batik fabric accents, red knee-high Boy Scout regulation socks, enough gold jewelry at one wearing to stock an entire pawn shop! I wondered if the B stood for Barack; wouldn’t that be cool considering that’s the given name of our current President of the US, and it goes rather well with the last name Baracus? But alas, his B stands for Bosco, although in the series, he maintained that B.A. stood for Bad Attitude. Check out the Wikipedia log of all things BA Baracus.

denim dress from Beall's Outlet

For my tribute I’ve chosen to remake a denim dress that I found at Beall’s Outlet, a store that re-sells all the goods that didn’t get sold at the regular markets; for instance, this dress had a Faded Glory label on it, which is a Wal-Mart brand. What could be more all-American than Wal-Mart trying to sell for $17 a dress made in Bangladesh, not succeeding, then sending it down the line to a discount store where I bought it for $8? And, although I like denim, I like cotton lace accents, and I like machine embroidery, the combination of all three is downright frugly, to say the least.

To make this Independence Day tribute to B.A. (although his character is fictional, I honor who it stands for, an American soldier) I cut off the offending skirt and left a denim vest to embellish B.A. style. First I embroidered Bad Attitude in Chrome Black and Very Red Robison-Anton rayon thread. [hint: what are the colors of B.A.’s rockin’ ride?]

embroidery step


Then I added some African fabric embellishments to the vest (which 1 yard piece I scored from the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo) to give it some character. Now, it looks like the jazz, man.
front

back view

All we’ve got left to do is add the bling and pair it up with some camo capri shorts.

Aint gonna ride in no airplane...what? ZZZZZ.

“Oh say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave over the land of the free and home of the brave?” Yes, thanks to our awesome soldiers, sailors, and loyal patriots who fought the fight for us. Love you! And happy 4th of July!

Two inches of flannel

This remnant project is easy as can be, so I hope you don’t think it’s a rip-off! My aim is to use up remnants, fabric and notions that otherwise might go to the trash and fill up a landfill.

The main not-remnant project was a receiving blanket for a special baby. I found the pattern on www.YouCanMakeThis.com , a wonderful site, and it was free for the downloading at that moment, with great, easy-to-understand pics and instructions. It shows you how to make a blanket with either piped, rick-rack or ribbon edging. This has been my go-to baby shower gift for so many new parents in the past couple of years. To see some others like this, but boyish, and read a little homily about baby barf, you could search up my previous post “Baby Boys.”

baby blanket and burp cloths

For the matching burp-cloths, I used a remnant of the brown and pink cotton flannel hounds tooth check fabric. For some reason unknown to me, the fabric manufacturers seem to make cotton flannel in different widths, so I had a couple of inches left over from the checked fabric. What are we supposed to do with a 2″ by 1 yard strip of fabric? Anyway, as you can see, I cut off some of the strips to fit the width of two prefolded cotton diapers (wash everything first, especially the diapers because they draw up a lot.) I also had just about enough jumbo rick-rack left from two packages that edged the blanket, to edge the printed flannel strips for burp cloths. Turn under the edges of the flannel strip then slip the rick-rack underneath so that half of it is visible, then sew it very close to the edge, and again 1/4″ away to catch the other end of the rick-rack beneath the flannel. Final touch, I machine-embroidered the baby’s name in the center of the burp cloth right above the decorative flannel strip. And I added an embroidered motif to the blankie that is special to the loving grandma Baby is named after!

Not rocket science, but a cute little personalized baby present!

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