Sunday, February 12, 2012

Working on.......

I usually will almost never show a work in progress...I like to show it all done and pretty. Not sure why but I decided to this time, because I have so many things going....I decided in December that my big project for the year was going to be making a wreath and seasonal table runner one time per month. I love having both things and I have made them for other people, just not myself. I did the winter wreath for January, (scroll back a bit and you will see it.) and I have been working on the wreath and table runner for February. The wreath is done and I will post it on Valentines day and the table runner is on my machine all ready to quilt.















I wanted to share a couple of things with you too, in regards to table runners. When I googled "Free table runner patterns" I found this really cool site with 25 different links to patterns...There is even a no sew and one made from bandannas.
Here is the link......

http://tipnut.com/table-runners/



I am going to save it and use it to go back and make a table runner for January..Somehow the time flew by and I forgot about it. I guess my head thinks we are still in January and I am feeling good about having February's done so early..haha!

Another thing I wanted to share.... this is one of those weird "use what you have tips". For table runners or placemats, Old bath towels work instead of batting. It gives them a nice firm body and they absorb spills and they are FREEEEEEEE. You know we all have bath towels that have seen better days so dont throw them away, turn them into something else. If you look at the picture of the table runner you will see an ugly ole purple towel sandwiched in there!

The other in the works project is being made from these...














A shrunken and accidentally felted light grey wool sweater and some spiffy whiffy red fabric....It is turning itself into a bag as we speak. Another make something into something else project. I have a feeling that this is how I am going to be creating this year...Cheap as in sales at rock bottom and FREE...which is even better....Does anyone have any good repurposing tips or tricks...I would love to hear them!!!!!! xoxooxo melinda

8 comments:

Miss 376 said...

That's a lovely table runner, love the tip about the towels

roc said...

love your projects! i also think the idea of using a towel as batting is a super creative idea! i love those "free" and "repurposing" ideas melinda! i'm always looking for ways to reuse things.

Margaret said...

I'm so pleased you decided to show us your work in progress, I love your fabric choice, the colours are just fab. I'm always up for ideas to resure and recycle! Mx

Maria said...

Your table runner is looking great.
Nice to see you having fun recyling.

BEAR's Mom said...

love your table runner!
very nice
and the towel hint is great!
you go girl :D
BEAR HUGS xxxx ~victoria~

Jenny said...

Hugs and blessings to you sweet girl. I love that you're keeping busy and determined to find joy!

PeggyR said...

I love it, great job!

jillytacy said...

Your runner looks great! It's great that you are making things for yourself. You deserve to be the focus of your life, so take care of you!
I love your ideas for repurposing things. I felt and use wool sweaters and coats all the time. I recently used an old blanket to make dog beds. I'd love to try reusing old magazines to create coasters, baskets and such. If only I had more TIME! i'm looking forward to seeing what else you create this year.