Thursday, January 28, 2010

My New Favorite Thing...I feel like Oprah!

Good grief. I feel like I've been on the road for at least four months. I haven't, I mean, we've been doing some traveling, but I feel like I just haven't had a chance to stop and chill out in a while! It won't be happening any time soon either. We have our orders moving us on to the next base and the house is going on the market in 4 days, I am neck deep in boxes of tax paperwork (us creative people lack in the organization department) and our next big show is about 6 weeks away. I would rip at my hair if there were time but there isn't and what good would it do anyway?!

Instead of ripping out the hair, I think I'll play with my new favorite pattern book, One Yard Wonders! This book was written by Rebecca Yaker and Patricia Hoskins and is filled with 101 projects that require just one yard of fabric! FINALLY! Something to do with all of the one yard cuts I impulsively buy! Don't act like you don't know what I'm talking about! You see a fabric, you love it, you have absolutely no idea what you are going to do with it but you just have to have it! "One yard, please!" Yep, I have a whole closet full of "One yard, please!"-'s. Fabric too pretty to cut up into tiny pieces but need a fabulous project of their own. That's why I love this book! First of all, the book itself is gorgeous! The photography is beautiful, the fabric used in the projects are, well....they are all in my "One yard, please!" closet and the projects are simple and quick! A book right up my short-attention-span alley! The first 20 pages are full of fabulous basics making the book great for a beginner or a seasoned sewist who might need a couple refreshers (like me!). All of the pattern pieces are included in an envelope attached to the inside of the hardback, spiral bound book.

This book has patterns for re-purposing older items, household domestic projects, organization, accessories, clothing, handbags, childrens clothing and accessories, childrens toys and even a section for sewing for your pet! If you never sew a thing from it, it's just fun to look at!

Here is my first project from the book. My daughter was complaining about the chicken nuggets with "spots" that they serve on Wednesday in the cafeteria. I suggested carrying her lunch once a week and told her to pick out a couple fabrics that she liked and I would make her a lunch bag.

I know, she's not as flashy as I am. She picked the two quietest fabrics she could find! Now, I did add an iron-on vinyl to the outside of the bag so clean-up would be easy and used a hot/cold interfacing inside so her PB and J with juice would chill 'til lunch time.

When she came home the first day carrying it she said her friends wanted to know where her mom bought her lunch bag. She told them I made it and then they all wanted one!! There just isn't a better compliment out there!

I loved this book so much that I added it to our store! It's not online yet, but if you're interested, shoot me an email. It's only $20.95, I thought that was an amazing price for what you are getting!