I made an easy budget book cover today from embossed felt. I had to sew 4 sheets together to fit my book. I started out with a very plain and slightly ugly composition book that I budget in every two weeks when we get paid. I have been keeping a budget since I had my first apartment at the tender age of eighteen! Now it will be a little prettier to look at! I had to remember how to make book covers like I did in high school. Only those were out of brown grocery bags-this one is much more sophisticated. It was good to work with the felt because I didn't have to hem it. The embossed felt is very sturdy to work with. Just make sure to use a pressing cloth. I didn't at first and almost made a mess of my iron. I used my pinking shears to make a strip to cover the seam in the middle. I used tacky glue to secure the felt strip and glued two ribbons under the edge to tie the book closed. I was pretty happy with the finished product. That embossed felt is way richer looking than ordinary felt.
I also made a kitty glasses case for a pair of my sunglasses. I have many more cases to make. I am a girl who has alot of reading glasses and sunglasses(and shoes and purses and watches...)! This was easy to whip up. I just cut out two squares of 8x8inch fabric-one the outer print and one really soft lining. I used minky for the lining but man that fabric drives me crazy to work with. It scoots all over when I go to sew it. I love it but I have to figure out how to deal with it-maybe my walking foot. I will give it a try and let you know. Anyhow, I just sew the two pieces together face to face leaving a little opening to turn. Iron the turned square and fold it together minky to minky(or lining to lining). Sew the bottom and three-quarters of the way up the side rounding the corner. I just tack the little cuff down on the front and back. Easy Peasy!
My husband has been working on this beautiful hutch his sister commissioned him to make. He is almost done. He just has to fix the little door on the bottom and router the edges on it. Then he has to stack them up and screw them together. I still marvel at how talented he is. He has been doing all this as we wait for our cabinets and counter top to be ready for our new kitchen. It is driving me a little crazy to be in the position of having a kitchen with half a floor and minus some cabinets. I keep telling myself that I am lucky I have a home. There are people who have lost way more than I am dealing with. By the way, thank you for all your kind comments and emails about my problems. I had a good grump fest and then got on with it! No more pity party-remind me that I said that when the cabinets come and demolition starts! I am going to take some before and after pictures so that should be exciting!
I am so looking forward to FNSI this week. I am picking projects to work on. I have a four day work week coming so that will be awesome. I hope you all have a great week doing something fun for yourself. Take care. Nancy