Friday, February 15, 2008

Sew Crafty Friday for February 15

Here are my crafting efforts for the week. There are also a couple of projects I've been working on -- the Country Baking sampler, and a crocheted scrap afghan -- that I didn't take photos of. These are the projects that actually got completed this week.

First, this Valentine banner. I am so pleased with how this came out. Everything in this banner is something I had on hand. It's so satisfying to be able to create something pretty without having to spend a penny!

I finally finished this set of scented coasters in a winter fabric. I wasn't pleased enough with these to give them as a gift which was my original intent. I'll keep these to use myself and make another set for my friend with my *new* sewing machine.

These barley hot packs are another project I finished this week. These have been on my list for a long time, so I'm very happy to get them done.

I wanted something red & white to go under some china displayed on my hutch. I came across this very small remnant in a red/cream toile. Someone gave this to me ages ago, and I found it in my stash while looking for flannel for the barley bags. I decided to make this toile into a small runner to use on the hutch or on my kitchen island. Here's a photo which shows the print -- very pretty, it really tells a story.

And this photo shows how the runner looks under the china on the hutch. Not a perfect sewing job -- I used my old machine -- but I'm still pleased with the results.

How about you? If you have managed to accomplish or even start any crafting this week, then head on over to Waiting for Him and share your projects. Shereen and others will be eager to see what you have to share.

Happy Crafting!


  1. You sure have accomplished a lot. I love that banner. I'll have to make up one for next Valentine's day. And the scented coasters are very nice--when I first saw the color, I was thinking it was a St. Patrick's Day project, LOL!
    I've heard of putting rice in hot packs, but never barley. Does that work better? Do you just buy barley at the grocery?

  2. I like them all but I especially love the banner. I've been wanting to try my hand at that. A friend of mine makes them and they are just beautiful.


  3. Last year I received a scented hot pad as a gift, similar to your coasters. Things like that make really nice gifts.

  4. I really love the table runner, Mrs. T. And I think the barley bags are so great. Simple and so, so useful.

  5. Wow, I can't believe I never got back to reply to these comments. Sorry, everyone. It was so nice of you all to stop by.

    Yes, the banner is my favorite too. Hope you get to make one, Terri and mom2fur. They are lots of fun. I'm thinking of trying to make one for St. Patrick's Day. Maybe...

    mom2fur, I am not sure if barley works better than rice or not. It's just what the directions called for in the pattern I found first. For the plain green one shown here, I used rice because I ran out of barley. Yes, one can usually find 1-pound bags of pearl barley at the grocery, and it's usually near the dried beans. But I haven't been able to find it of late. I imagine a natural-foods store would have it in bulk.

    Have a wonderful weekend, all!
    Mrs. T


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