Saturday, June 16, 2012

Yes Sir, That's My Baby . . . Bib

These are not baby bibs!  They are adult bathroom bibs.  

Here's why I made them.

I get ready to leave the house and before I step out of the door I touch up makeup, brush my teeth, or spray my hair . . . and some splat of those products always seems to land on my blouse that I just pressed and put on.  Urrrrgh!

 Above photo:  an embroidered/applique donut pocket added to this bib.  Made from leftover fabric scraps from purses and totes.

I've been thinking about making myself bathroom bibs for sometime now. 

The bibs are styled with a circular neck strap--that you can adjust by tying in a bow.  Because the straps make a circle--means you can hang it on a hook. 

Can you help me with a slogan for the adult size bibs? 

I need a slogan for the garden festival where I'm going to hawk a few of these. 

Got a great idea to decorate a bathroom bib?  What would you wear on your bathroom bib? 

Leave me a comment.  Tell me your idea for a slogan, embroidery or applique design theme to win
your own personalized bathroom bib.  My offer will extend one week only. 

The bathroom bibs have a different fabric on the backside that make them reversible.  Large and small scraps of leftover cotton fabrics were used for the body and decoration.
I'm experimenting with machine embroidery designs to decorate the bibs.  It is a chance to audition an embroidery design on a scrap piece of fabric. 

Bathroom bibs can be personalized with stitching or decorative applique.  And they are 100% washable. 

Yesterday I went to the studio to design an apron pattern with a garden theme to produce and sell at an upcoming garden festival . . . and suddenly I found myself designing only the upper portion of an apron--resulting in these bibs.  They are fun to make.  

I like making my own fabric, quilting two fabrics together with skinny cotton batting in the middle.  This gives some body to the bib panel, and lends itself well to adding seam binding also constructed from fabric scraps. 

Saturday, June 9, 2012

I'm a basket case

I found a way to use up fabric scraps.  I made a fabric basket.  I embroidered the pocket, but a person could use a permanent marker and personalized baskets with names, or threats!

I grabbed rectangles of fabric and stitched them together to form a patchwork.

Then I free motion quilted the patchwork (exterior) to a foundation fabric (interior)

I made a fabric casing top and bottom, and inserted plastic industrial strapping top and bottom.

I cut out 4 circles of fabric, stitched them together and hand-stitched the bottom of the basket.
Wonder Under.  Heard of it?  Sounds like some term for underwear.

Wonder Under is a glue sheet with a paper backing.  It is used to heat set (apply) fabric layers one on top of the other.  I created this tote in a sunburst pattern--kind of reminds me of the 60's tie-dye look.

Henry the bird personally approved this bag for sale in Laurie's shop.  It will be delivered tomorrow.

Somehow, throw all the colors together and they look ok.

The interior pockets (4 pockets) are couched with decorative ribbon.