Thursday, February 23, 2012

Sliced


Well I decided one night that I would take a crack at the Moda Bake Shop SLICED competition. You had to use all the items is the 'basket' for a project to aid or improve your office or studio. That made me laugh as I don't have either of those things - I work in my combo dining-living room.


But I've always had a concern for when my grandsons come to visit that all my sharp objects are picked up and out of the way. Thus my project evolved. One to recycle and use scraps - grabbed a clean, empty coffee can waiting for recycling day; my box of left over charms from that last baby quilt - a mix of Me and My Sister's Twirl and Emelia charms, some scrap batt, scrap piece of Moda Muslin, and a decorative buckle (required).


After measuring the can for height (6.5") and circumference (19.5") I laid my muslin face down and topped with the batting and cut with a .5" extra allowance. This is my base for the technique - flip & sew.


I chose some mix of charms and cut them in half to work with 2.5" x 5" sections and stitched them, flip, press, and sew the next one on down across the bottom of the base. You can leave these as is or decorative stitch - which I chose to do.


I used the same method on the top portion by joining halved charms sewn end-to-end and then stitching across, flip and press - added decorative stitching to hold. I used YLI verigated blue/purple/pink thread which gave a nice look. Trim to size (6.5" x 20") and sew short edge seams so you have a tube.


I made a binding with halved charms sewn end to end. Stitched to the inside and turned to the outside, decrative stitched down. This was done on the bottom and top of the tube - a completed cover for the can.


Using a charm to make a 'belt' for the buckle, and two small 'bags' with charms - they were attached to one end of the belt, fed thru the buckle and end sewn to the can sleeve cover. These little bags are for my small sharps - seam rippers and sewing machine screw drivers. From the can lid I cut out the inner circle, used two layers of scrap batt - sewed them to the circle and that is placed in the can to protect the tips of my scissors and snips.


My finished project with all the sharps in a safe place that can quickly be put out of place when little ones come to visit.

The Slice project is open for entries until February 29 - an extra day with Leap Year - so why not give it a try. Go to the Moda Bake Shop web site for the rules.

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Also linking to Sarah's Whoop Whoop Friday

37 comments:

  1. Very cool project. I see one in my near future. Thanks.

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  2. Sharon that is fantastic,love it and the fabrics you chose are beautiful,well done.xx

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  3. Wonderful idea. Especially using the lid inside the can to protect the tips!

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  4. You are quite the creative one! This can has become a thing of beauty and so practical. I think you deserve a standing ovation...fingers crossed for you!

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  5. If I was choosing the winner... I'd pick YOU. This project is fantastic. So simple,fast,useful AND pretty! What more could a sewing area ask! Love it! :)

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  6. What a great organizer! Here's hoping you win!!

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  7. Very creative! I hope you win! :)

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  8. Beautiful, recycled, practical...I love it!

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  9. That is so cool!! I love the fabrics you chose.

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  10. Love it - very clever reuse of an everyday item!

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  11. What a great idea! and so pretty, I love it! I love the little fishy too:)

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  12. What a great project!!! Love your fabrics.

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  13. Great idea! How cute and functional! I can see your thoughts behind the project as I always worried about my sewing tools when my kids were younger. My dining-kitchen-entry way serves as my sewing room. I suppose I could carve out some room in the guest bedroom-study that we have, but then I wouldn't be in all the action that happens in my house. Although somedays that sounds pretty good........

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  14. Most excellent idea and instructions, Sharon! Pretty, easy, useful. Just love Me and My Sisters, too. You Go Girl :D

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  15. Oh, do we get to vote? I would so vote for this - it is super!

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  16. Very nice Sharon! What a great idea. My sewing is done in a corner of my bedroom. I have an idea for this competition but doubt I will make the deadline with the other things I have to do. Would be fun to try, though.

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  17. Great project...useful and so decorative!! TFS
    ~Terry~

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  18. Love it! You need to publish your pattern and make you some money.

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  19. Wow...I love this! The jar I have my scissors in is way too small. This would be perfect! Blessings, Marlene

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  20. Great idea. And it is always nicer to have your totes and other containers decorated pretty.

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  21. What a clever idea. Definitely something I need for my conservatory which is where I sew.

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  22. Great project! Coffee cans used to be something one could readily put their hands on. I have two I'm saving in the cupboard, knowing I might not be able to replace them. But, now maybe I'll have to follow your venture into this project. Very cute, indeed!

    Good luck!

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  23. Cute! I love that you thought about what would be useful for you rather than just make it to fit the contest. Nice job!

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  24. How cute! I just got some of that great fabric in the mail yesterday too!

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  25. This is awesome !! and oh , so , cute !!! My grandson and my sewing things are an issue here too . Boys are boys and want to figure out everything ! My gd isn't like that ! YIKES !

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  26. Your bucket is very pretty. I love the fabric. I have used it.

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  27. That is a super great container for the sharp stuff. Only trouble is that it is too pretty to hide away. My problem is the husband who knows where my container is and grabs a cutting tool to "borrow" and if I can ever find it again, it doesn't cut anymore.
    Great post!

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  28. What a great project. Love the way you used everything and made the cover for the can.

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  29. Sharon, this is darling! What a terrific and creative idea!! Good luck! :)

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  30. Wonderful and cretive project.

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  31. It's great! I love it. I hope you don't get sliced too early! I've not really read up on it but I know that is kind of how it goes I guess.

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