Wednesday, April 27, 2011

It's What I've Been Working on Wednesday - Everything!

I should call today What Haven't I Been Working on Wednesday! Since I cleaned up my sewing area, I am forcing myself to use up scraps, and finish unfinished projects, until the pile is gone. I put a good dent in this week!
First I made some draft blockers, you know, you put them at the bottom of doors to prevent drafts. We definitely need some in this old house, and they make great practical gifts. The best part is that they used up a ton of scraps! They are stuffed with scraps. Since wool is insulated, it makes the perfect filler for these. This first one I tries to make triangular, but that was too much work.

I think the round ones look better.

I made one with a bug face (i'll probably make more of these)...

and this one is supposed to look like a log (please tell me it does!).

I made a couple more wool eggs before Easter too.

I found one lone salt shaker at the thrift store and you know what I do to shakers!

Next I hit the unfinished projects that were cut out and waiting to be sewn. These diaper covers were in pieces, so I made appliques & sewed them up.

The pieces for this pillow were cut, but I had no plans for a design, so there it sat. I saw this scrap with a pocket sitting there, shrugged, and sewed it on. A bit odd, but I like it. Turn it one way, and you can use the little pocket. Turn it the other way, and the whole piece is a bigger pocket. What do you think? You can be honest... I can take it ;)

I found a couple of tissue holders that were cut out, but never sewn, so I finished those up.

Lastly, I had a dog food bags (clean) sitting there for the longest time ready to become tote bags. I made this one to get it out of my system, but I have lots of tote bags, and this was a lot of work, so I decided to just use the rest for garbage bags.

There you have it! A super productive week! Hopefully I will have more weeks like this, until my stash becomes manageable. What have you been working on? As always, feel free to show off your finished recycled wool projects on my Facebook page!


Tina said...

Wow! That is a lot of stuff accomplished!

I agree about the draft stoppers. The triangles look like circles that kinda got out of hand. The circle ones look great, I love the bug and the logs (yes, they look like logs).

The pillow pocket thing is neat too. Would be great for on a plain then you could just tuck your book or what not right into the pillow for easy carrying.

Fun Stuff!!

Resweater said...

Thanks! Whew, i'm glad the logs look like logs. I really wanted to use up that dark brown sweater (I still have more, so i'll probably make another), and it would have been very blah if I just made the ends dark brown too.

Mary Keenan said...

All these things are so great! And you know, that sole dog food tote would be an awesome gift for a dog lover, so time well spent I say. So many good ideas here (not least, using up the scraps by stuffing them into something bigger... my scraps are exploding out of their filing cabinet home, so I should get on that!)

Resweater said...

Ooh, maybe i'll use the tote to carry dog stuff when I go to the dog park (mess pick-up bags, leashes, water, etc). I may make more!
The draft blockers are definitely great for taming the scrap stash!

teekaroo said...

I made a few easter eggs, but just a few. I love the little bunnies on these ones.

Resweater said...

I like the bunnies too :) I'm hoping my son won't outgrow them too quickly.

NeedlesAndKims said...

I'm impressed with all your accomplishments today! Doesn't it feel just great to get those odds and ends completed? Love your idea of making draft stoppers out of scraps. I'm always looking for ideas for using all the scraps I accumulate. They pile up so quickly too!

Molly said...

It does look like a log! I think you should add a small branch sticking out of the side. :) Busy girl!

Janda said...

Hi Resweater,
You are a very busy lady! Goodness, such accomplishments! Love the log (yes, any little critter would mistake this for a great place to hide--maybe you could make the next one with an entrance inside--or not). Better not put it outside, though. Some birds would like to nest on it :-].
If you decide to make more dog food bags you could likely sell them at the dog park. Dog people would love these to carry their stuff, too. (I walk dogs, so know how good an idea this is.)
Happy Thursday!

Resweater said...

Molly, that's a great idea. If I can figure out an easy way to do it, I may try it!

Janda, I may make more dog food tote bags. I just have to get through all the wool first! I see more draft stoppers in my future ;)

I have a feeling next Wednesday will be as big as this roundup. I have been busy today!

Anudja said...

Way to go! I love the draft blockers and diaper covers. Adorable!

Resweater said...

Thanks! :)

Geri Gilbert said...

Do you have a pattern for the draft stoppers I’m formerly from Plainfield, Il. But live now in Florida. I don’t need them but a good friend recently moved into a very drafty home and thought this might be good for her. Vet been making wood mittens for my sister and have lots of scraps and didn’t know what to do with them. This would be perfect. Thanks for any advice.

Resweater said...

Geri, I didn't use a pattern, since they were made of scraps of different sizes. It was one of those do it as you go projects i'm afraid. It isn't wool, but this site has a basic pattern: