Wednesday, January 29, 2014

the MAMA projects

I have to confess. I hardly ever get the chance to make things for myself. "Mama projects" usually get placed on the list after...

 1)Paid gigs 
2)Sewing for the little guy 
3)Fixing our house
4)Mending and general maintenance

...which means they never get done.

I have decided to focus the rest of this snowy winter on sewing for myself, with a crochet project and some home sewing thrown in there too. I am finally going to tackle lists, as well as piles, of TO-DO.

This is so exciting!!! I'm starting with some quick accessories to get the ball rolling and feel accomplished.

Project #1: Lightweight Infinity Scarf


This vintage fabric (friend hand-me-down) came to me in bits and pieces, looking like it used to be a blouse - a really awesome blouse. I knew right away it needed to be worn again.


Hello Fabulous! 
Easy-peasy, a bit of piecing together but the pattern helps hide the seams. I meant for it to be a spring scarf but I love it so much I've been jumping the season and wearing it now.

Project #2: Fabric Scrap Belt


I was gifted with this Anna Marie Horner book when I was pregnant and, although I'm not now, I still love her Early Empire Cinch and knew it could work sans giant belly.


Out came the bag of scraps. That's right, I save all of my tiny scraps, mostly for birdie rattle making, in the bag my Boppy came in. It's quite the perfect size.


Selections made, cut, and laid out. All 32 pieces.



I really love the number of vintage fabrics I was able to use as well as some scraps from old garments. Note the same fabric I used for the infinity scarf in the mix.


Is it any surprise that I love this too?

In between all of the involved projects are some smaller, so-fast-I-can't-believe-it-took-me-so-long-to-get-to-them, projects.

Like shortening and repairing this belt.


And whipping up this braided t-shirt headband that I saw on Pinterest.


I also managed to mend some socks, change the closures on a sweater, and change the earring posts on a 6-year-old pair of dangles to hypo-allergenic so I can actually wear them now.


The ball is rolling indeed. I can't wait to jump into the next project. And, honestly, with all of this fabric and a stash of patterns and books I am hoping to get it all done without a single trip to the fabric store. 

Keep your fingers crossed for me!

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