Friday, April 6, 2012

Bedside Organizer

OK anyone that knows me, knows that I try to be so organized.  It is just my nature.  And I have lots of pinterest pages flagged that are different ways to organize your life, menu planning, chore planning, organizing your pantry etc.

Today I decided to start with some sort of pocket for the bedroom TV remote and my nook.  You can see I have a dresser right beside my bed.  I wanted something that would cover the top of the dresser and have pockets in the side.   My goal is to NOT buy anything, to use fabrics I already have.  So this fabric was in my stash, I have a lot of it, not sure why...must have been on sale at some point.  I didn't want to use any of my nice quilt batting, so I decided to use a piece of an old blanket I was going to throw out.

2 pieces of fabric 18 inches X 64 inches
-1 piece of that old blanket 18 inches X 64 inches.
-1 piece of fabric 18 inches X16 inches

Lay the two larger pieces of fabric out, right sides together, and lay the blanket on top.  Pin.

I used a 5/8 inch seam allowance and sewed around the base leaving about an 8 inch hole so I could turn it right side out.  Once it was turned I pressed the piece, and also aligned the edges of the hole, turning the raw edges inward, press and pin the hole closed.  I then top stitched around the piece using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  This will stitch the hole shut for you.

Now you want to take the smaller piece of fabric, fold it in half, right sides together, so it measure 18 inches X 8 inches.  Sew around one short side and the long side, using a 5/8 inch seam allowance.  Turn and press,  folding the edges of the open side inward 5/8 inch and pinning closed.  Now again top stitch around all sides of this small piece, using a 1/4 inch seam allowance, this will again sew your open end, closed.

Place your smaller rectangle on top of your base piece, you will see it will fit edge to edge.  Pin it in place and sew where your top stitching is around both sides and the bottom, leaving the top open (remember it is a pocket...and yes I have made that mistake before  LOL).  I just aligned the pocket piece on top of the base piece using my eye, but you could measure to be sure it is exactly level with the bottom of your base.  Also before you sew make sure to try it on your dresser to be sure the pocket is as high or low as you want it.

Now all you have to do is figure out if you want small pockets, one big pocket etc and you can sew it how you need it.  You could also add another pocket to the other side of the runner if you like, but in my case on the other side is the dogs kennel, so for right now this is all I need.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

My New Bumper Sticker

OK so yes, that meant I had to actually clean a spot on my car, so the bumper sticker would stick to the car and not the dirt, LOL.  But I have my new bumper sticker!  Like it?  Actually please don't feel like you HAVE to answer that question.  But I will be voting against Amendment One on May 8!  There are a lot of reasons, but I guess my biggest reason is that equal should MEAN equal.  If you want a whole list of reasons why, you can visit this site:  Protect All NC Families.  They have all the latest news stories plus a well laid out page of how the passage of this Amendment would effect NC families.  So go take a look.  Be informed.

And maybe you will join me in voting against Amendment One on May 8.  If you are going to be out of town on May 8, you CAN vote early. Here is a link to the One Stop Voting Site page, select your county from a drop down menu and it will give you the places you may vote early, as well as days of the week and times they are open.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Linen Stitch Scarf

I have finished my scarf, and I love it.  A friend helped me pick out colors, that is just not my strength, I know that sounds odd, but  I acknowledge my limitations and "matching" colors is just not one of them.  I knew I wanted to stretch outside my comfort zone, so a friend helped me pick out a multicolored yarn, a green color and also an orange colored yarn.  And she was right, it all blended into a beautiful scarf.  Now it is unseasonably warm here in North Carolina, so I will tuck this gem away for next winter.

Here is the pattern:

Cast on 450 stitches (pick the size needles that work for the yarn you are using) on a circular needle

Leave a 6 inch "tail" at the end of casting on stitches

Row 1:  Leave a 6 inch tail at the beginning of the row.  Knit the first stitch, move the yarn to the front, then slip the second stitch as if to purl, move the yarn back to the back.  Repeat these two stitches (knit one, slip as if to purl) across the row.  Leave a 6 inch tail at the end of the row.

Row 2 :  Leave a 6 in ch tail at the beginning of the row.  Purl the first stitch, move the yarn to the back, slip the second stitch as if to knit, move the yarn back to the front.  Repeat these two stitches (purl one, slip as if to knit) across the row.  Leave a 6 inch tail at the end of the row.

Repeat rows 1 and 2 until your scarf is as wide as you like it.

Cast off and leave a 6 inch tail after casting off.  Now you have all these tails at the ends/beginnings of each row.  You are going to start at one end and take three tails in a row, pull each one snug, then knot them together. Move onto the next three tails.  And do this on both ends.  Now trim the tails so they are all the same length and look good.  So this pattern is self fringing.

You can use any number of colors of yarn, you can use one color of yarn.  I used three colors.