Speaking of Cats

Here’s a litter of a different sort of cat.  Nothing like Sundance.

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I saw a little cat something like this in a magazine years ago and couldn’t resist making some of my own. This primitive, scrappy little patchwork style can be made into something decorative, or it can be a toy. Or both.

For kids under three skip the buttons and use little patches of felt for the eyes.

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The original cats I made were all one fabric, but where’s the fun in that?

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Don’t you love the silver chain and charm on this turquoise striped one?

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I tracked down a stash of scrappy little pieces of calico that seemed perfect for this project.  But they were very scrappy, with nothing big enough to use.

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So I matched up the colors and prints and stitched them together into pieces I could use.

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I’d been working on some crazy quilt squares when I got distracted by the cats so I was inspired to pick up my embroidery floss and add a little flourish to the seams.

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Cute, huh?

By the way, I have four crazy quilt squares. Two are finished, two aren’t.

Surely I’m not the only one that drops one project for another.

Am I?

Jan

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Scrappy Little Piggy

This little piggy  hasn’t been to market yet, but she’s ready whenever you are.

Little Piggy by Jan on JanMadeIt.wordpress.com

Little Piggy made by Jan 

Little Piggy on JanMadeIt.wordpress.com

Scrappy Little Piggy

One way I put my scraps to good use. Do you save your scraps? What do you do with them?

Jan

Cutter Quilts ~ It’s Almost A Sin

Quilts that are so ragged they can’t be used as blankets anymore are called “cutter quilts.”  These are the quilts people buy to cut up and make into something else.

So far I haven’t been able to cut into an old quilt, and I have quite a few, but I love finding things other people have made out of them.

Quilty Teddy Bear on The Little Blue TrunkThis teddy bear is one. He was probably made in the 80s from a much older quilt.

Primitive Kitty on The Little Blue TrunkThis primitive kitty is another one. I love her little hand embroidered face, complete with whiskers and her little red tongue.

IMG_0238.JPGShe’s made from a hand pieced quilt and is a bit misshapen so it appears she was cut without benefit of a pattern. I get the feeling she might have been made by a young girl as an early sewing project.

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Her tail was tacked to the body in one spot and when I got her it had ripped away, taking a chunk of the quilt with it. I found a ragged crocheted doily that was perfect to  use as a patch. The tail is back in place and the repairs add to, rather than take away from the primitive charm.

She could probably stand to have another old doily or two added to her cheek and shoulder to protect the fraying top layer of the quilt. If I come across the right little doily I’ll make some more repairs and update the pictures.

A few months ago someone gave me an old “cutter quilt”. There’s a lot of red in it so it would make some beautiful Christmas stockings. I don’t need to keep another ragged quilt so it’s time for me to bite the bullet and make something out of it. As Christmas stockings it will have a whole new lease on life and brings smiles and laughter for many more years to come.

What do you do with old quilts?

Do you store them? Toss them?

Or do you cut them up and make something new?

Jan

A Personalized Patchwork Christmas Stocking

I know time is short, but surely I’m not the only one who waits until the last minute to finish up Christmas preparations. So, if you need to make a stocking or two, here’s another “how to” make a Christmas stocking tutorial.

I made this personalized patchwork stocking with discarded jeans, vintage buttons and orphaned game pieces.  I used pinking shears, a hot glue gun and a sewing machine to make it.

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I made this stocking for my son for his second Christmas. I probably put it together on December 23 because that’s how I roll.

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I wanted to cover it with little toys, but since he was just two, and all the tiny toys are choking hazards, I didn’t have much to choose from. I went with buttons and a handful of vintage game pieces.

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I started by cutting a stocking shape in red fabric. I cut two pieces, one piece would be the back, and the other piece is the base of the denim on the front.

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Then I cut pieces of denim in a variety of fades and laid them out on the top side of the cut red fabric. Start sewing them down on the base piece as you find a pattern you like.

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I used pinking shears to reduce fraying on the denim patches. When I had the stocking top covered I trimmed the denim to match the stocking shape.

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Then I laid the top piece on the back piece and stitched around the edges on the right side and trimmed the seam allowance to about a quarter of an inch, again using pinking shears.

And somewhere during this phase I attached a loop of red ribbon to the top of the stocking to make it fit for hanging.

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Then I laid out the buttons and game pieces and hot glued them into place. I was able to spell his name with letter die from a word game. I think it was a prehistoric version of Boggle.

You could make stockings like this for all ages. Use any fabric and any adornments to personalize it.

What would you use to personalize stockings for your family?

 

 

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