Thursday, February 23, 2012
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.
Also linking to Sarah's Whoop Whoop Friday