Tuesday, January 15, 2013

T-Shirt Quilt

I found this idea on Pinterest (originally pinned from Craftser ( here ). My youngest son had a few shirts that didn't fit him anymore but were in great condition, so I thought I would try it out for my very first sewing machine made quilt. I made a baby quilt for him when he was born, but it was pretty much just 2 pieces of fabric with some batting, tied and hand sewn together. This quilt was a bit higher for me on the advancement scale! In all, it sewed up pretty fast and easily. I only had to pick apart one row (that I had accidentally sewn on upside down). Not too bad for a first timer!

I used a 9" square pattern to cut out the front and back of each shirt. The original quilt used 12" squares, but with most of my sons shirts being toddler sizes the biggest I could cut out was 9". It ended up a little smaller than I had anticipated, but fits my 5 year old perfectly...and he LOVES it (that's all that really matters, right!?) He was so excited about it, he even wanted to pick out the back. I personally would have gone with a solid flannel, but he liked the lizards best! My favorite thing about this quilt is the memories. One of the blocks is his very first T-ball team shirt, another is his favorite M&M pj's. It was a fun, easy and quick project that I hope he will cherish. Now, I must make one for my 10 year old!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

1st project in 15 years

After a nearly 15 year crochet hiatus, I've decided to pick up the hobby again. I love to crochet. It's relaxing, fun and imaginative. You can make anything from clothes, scarves and hats, to dolls, stuffed animals, blankets, etc. Just about anything you can think up, you can make into a crochet project. I picked something simple to start with. I figured the easier the project the faster I would get back into the groove of reading a pattern and remembering the stitches. I'm embarrassed to admit that I had to watch a tutorial on youtube for this project! This tutorial can be found here. I found after starting that I had forgotten some of the stitches, but I made it through. When I began the scarf, I had the intentions of it fitting an adult and maybe I would use it this winter. After getting through a few rows I realized it was going to be much to skinny for my taste. So I improvised and made it into a scarf for my 4 year old niece. She loves it by the way! Here is my 1st finished project! With many more to come!

For this project I used Lion Brand Yarn in "Washington Denim" color.
I used a size J (or 6) hook.