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T-shirt Quilt

4 Jan

T-shirt quilt


We had acquired about 3 zillion t-shirts over the years. While it’s impossible to wear all of these, it’s also hard to get rid of them because many are fond reminders of schools, races, and great friends. So I made a patchwork quilt.

Using a template (a coffee table book, not the best option really) I cut out the logo/design part of the t-shirt with a circular quilting blade. Then I sewed the rectangles into strips, and sewed the strips together. This is the time to use your machine- don’t bother hand quilting. Rather than using batting and backing, I just purchased a large swath of fleece and quilted the fleece and patched t-shirts together, bringing the fleece around to the front to create a border.


Insatiable Crocheter Agata Oleksiak’s Studio Apartment Installation

17 May

Yarn art takes over:  Insatiable Crocheter Agata Oleksiak’s Studio Apartment Installation – Home Design Spring 2011 — New York Magazine.

11 Apr

I made this purse when I was in grad school roughly 5-6 years ago.

Seascape Blues PurseI love the colors! The purse is stockinette stitch with two strands knitted together. One strand is a plain blue; the second is a shaggy yarn with shades of aqua and lime. The “wrong” side of the stockinette stitch is facing outwards. The inside is lined with a light-weight, lime green cotton fabric.

I wanted to replicate this round shape with some lovely “surf blue” merino wool. This was the result of months of testing:

craftfailFinally, I got something approaching the rounded, bubble shape from which I was aiming. I knit this purse in the round, using increases and decreases to create the rounded sides.  I still don’t quite have the smooth curves I’m working on.

Surf Blue Bubble PurseThe purse is lined with a navy blue linen blend fabric, and the handles are recycled from a thrift store belt. The top edge is finished with a simple crochet stitch.

closeup of surf blue purseSurf Blue Bubble Purse, second view




Sew your own Swimmy Seatsaver

1 Nov

To make your own swimmy seatsaver, You will need two yards of vinyl fabric (like the cheap picnic table-cloth) and two yards of knit cotton or jersey.

1- Cut the fabric in half longwise. You will be able to make two seatsavers with 2 yards of fabric. Alternatively, you can buy one yard, cut it in half and stitch together the two halves to make a two yard length.


2- Lay out the material so the knit is right side down on the bottom, and the vinyl is right side down on top of the knit. Trim the fabric so the vinyl is approximately 2 inches smaller than the knit fabric. Fold the knit fabric excess edge in half twice so it overlaps the vinyl without folding the vinyl. Pin the edge in place every two inches on the two long sides and one of the short sides. I know pinning every two inches seems excessive and annoying, but it’s necessary.


3- Sew the three edges that were pinned. This is not a project to handsew! The materials are thick and tough. Sew slowly and keep a good grip on the fabric. It will want to twist, and it will shift easily. Double seam the edges for extra strength.

4- The next step is to shape the end of the seatsaver to fit your headrest. You will be cutting four triangles into the end of the fabric. The size of the triangles will be dependent on the size of you car’s head rest. Mark off the unfinished edge of your seatsaver in four portions. Use safety pins to pin the marked points together (first to second point; second to third point, etc…). 

Experiment with tucking the seams and hang the seatsaver over your car seat. Once you have a comfortable, natural fit, mark the edges of the creases/future seam. Then cut along your marks, through both layers of fabric, removing four triangles.


5- Match the “right’ side of the fabric back to back and pin the edges. Sew a double seam on the edge. I find it is easier to pin and sew them one at a time.

6- Finally, finish any rough edges around the head rest. This “clean up” is usually best done by hand.
All four seams are sewn

the finished product, ready for you favorite swimmer

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