Hi all! Is it raining and gross where you are? It's better than snow, but we have had some really strong storms. It's warm, so it's rain and wind, but no fun at all. Our house has a lot of trees surrounding it, so the strong winds had us holding our breath for a bit. My heart goes out to those of you who live in areas that had tornadoes this past week. Hope you all came through okay.
So far this week, I've had to do a bunch of sewing chores that are not very exciting but need doing, things like hemming pants and putting a lining in some curtains. I also made up these denim bags (temporarily stuffed with quilt batting to make them stand up):
The little birds are in there just to add some color! These are just some quick grocery bags for hauling provisions home. Everybody needs these, right? I hate the ones they sell at the stores--they don't hold much and they're made of some weird fabric that doesn't wash well. I made these from some denim I've had for years and years. Why not use it up? I don't make many clothes any more, so it's just going to sit there otherwise.
These are super-simple. All I did was cut 24-inch lengths, fold the fabric in half, then cut 5 inch squares from each corner.
Stitch the sides and you should be able to stitch a straight seam for the corners. Hem the top, make the handles, and voila--grocery bags with style! I did use French seams so that the insides won't ravel and be a mess, but otherwise it's just plain straight stitching.
So there was that. I also made some bindings from leftover backings:
These are from the long straight pieces that are trimmed off after the quilt is quilted. The rest of the trimmings get cut up into scraps, but it's awfully handy to have these bindings on hand. They're especially good for scrappy quilts.
So, as I said, lots of boring sewing. Does it get more boring than hemming pillowcases?
I have to shorten them because I have a king-sized bed but regular-size pillows. Every time I do this I'm reminded that my grandmothers used to iron their sheets. Why, I don't know, but they did, every week. Thank goodness we have moved on from that!
Just to have something inspirational hanging up, I pulled these out so I could figure out what to do with them:
I didn't make these blocks. Believe it or not, I got these in a scrap bag! Every year Patched Works has Scrapfest, where you buy scraps by the pound. We were in Wisconsin over the holidays, so of course I went shopping there and of course I got some, because I need more scraps. Obviously. These great blocks were there for the taking as well! Who could resist? Right now I think they'll make a nice, fast donation quilt that I can practice quilting on.
Hope your stitching this week is less boring than mine! I do have something lovely coming up for Friday, though, so be sure to come back for that! Happy stitching!
Sharing at Linky Tuesday and Let's Bee Social.