Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Zip It and Keep Walking

Okay so the other week I found these things: PocketBands
They're for keeping your key or some money or something in while you exercise. And it's a friggin BRILLIANT idea.  And affordable. I'm on board.

But you know me, I'm gonna try to make one anyway, especially when I'm trying to use stuff up...

I had this "performance fabric" left over from when I ripped the bottom half of the legs off this pair of running tights. I also had a 3 inch zipper and a needle and thread.

Lo and behold, the zipper wristie:

That looks really small, doesn't it? I know. I took about an inch and a half of the circumference of the leg hole. But don't worry, it stretches.

In action, with a poor stunt double for a key.

Actually, I intended for the zipper to be worn on the inside, but you can't really take a picture of the inside of a sleeve. Go figure.  It could really work either way, though. As long as the zipper stays zipped, it should be secure.

There is no tutorial because I did this at night in about a half an hour while watching Whip It (which is STILL an awesome movie BTW). No pics, just improvising. And quite frankly, I like working like that. Documenting things is helpful to others, but it really gets in the way of inspiration sometimes.

I will still end up with one of the original Pocketbands eventually (or more, one for the car, one for going walking, one for going to the bar) (come on there's one with SKULLS) but this will do quite nicely for now.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Weekend Busting Odds and Ends

Did a little stashbusting this weekend. Nothing huge, just stuff to get the little odd bits out of the way.  

Let's see what came out of it:

A boxy pouch. I used the tutorial from Three Bears that I found a link to on Pinterest.  Turned out pretty well. I just think there's got to be some way to get the lining in there the same time while shaping.  This is pretty small, actually, but I still like it.

Next up, I redid the camo pouch to be a side zip model. Tan lining.

Some face cloths with the remnants of the new blanket....

Another Grab It and Go wallet, because they are quite handy.  I reclaimed the mandolin strap. to use for the fabric. 

And finally, one of the ubiquitous jersey headbands from Pinterest, because why not?

I say that most of it came out pretty good, aside from the ring tab on the wallet.  I used the "hair tie on the machine as seam allowance guideline" trick I saw and I won't say it revolutionized my sewing, but it did help A LOT.  That's gonna stay.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Stumbling blocks

This weekend I am doing an inventory of the craft stuff. Partly so I can clean out and sort, partly because I'm not really sure what exists anymore. I know there are a few small projects I'd like to get done that I will need stuff for, but I'm not sure what size zippers I have in the big bag. Stuff like that.

Supplies: I find myself without an iron now. With my wardrobe, it's not a crisis, but it's not easy to flatten bits out with my hair iron. (it will do hems nicely, though). Do I bother getting another big iron (thrifted or not) or do I just spend the money on one of these?

I need to sit back and assess what I really want to keep doing. Do I need 20 sets of needles if I only knit one thing a year?‎ Probably not. Do I want to keep the jewelry supplies? I don't know. 

If I can eliminate prep barriers I will feel like I'm one step closer to starting something.

‎But then once I start, I'm finding that I'm hitting another barrier: things coming out half assed.

And out of those results, only part of those did I put half assed effort into. I fully admit that I didn't put 100% into those quick pillow covers the other week, but they didn't need to be crisp corner perfect.  
What bugs me is when I put full effort into something and it still comes out at 50-60%.

Then there are some things that I think will be throwaway and they come out amazing. (Tablet sleeve for instance). WTF.

You'd think I've been doing this long enough that my skills are competent and fairly consistent. I don't get it.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Weekend Roundup

So here's a bunch of stuff I finished this week. 

I tried these paw print ornaments I found on Pinterest. They came out OK. The furballs did not really want to cooperate.  I may give this another try closer to Christmas.

Another T-shirt to tank top modification. This one came out much nicer than any of the others so far.

I had two pillows that needed recovering. I had some eggplant colored cotton in the stash, and finally sat down and got those done.

Last week I went to the fabric store, and came home with a long coveted camo skull ultra cuddle to make a blanket for when fall comes.  It's long enough to tuck under my feet and still cover my head, so aside from being irritated at the binding not being straight (ultra cuddle MOVES when you stitch it), I'm happy.  The colors are more saturated in real life, I just didn't feel like messing with Photoshop to make it look right.

Saturday, July 5, 2014


So I was all set to say "hey remember that purple tank I made that never really worked?" but then I went back through my entries to find the original to link to and realized that I never wrote it up. Not surprising, really.

SO, here's a purple tank! It was different before, but didn't sit right, so the other night I cut and hacked and turned it into a cute crossback.  

I've worn it out and about and it's actually quite comfy.  This rework was the last thing on my mending pile, but now the mending pile has populated itself again with a pair of pants and a few other items.