Sewing some fun

Hello, dear pond readers, thank you for joining me here at the pond. Happily, I’m here today to share some crafty fun that I’ve been sewing. I hope that it inspires you to get your own crafty shenangins going.

I got busy making some Whovian magic happen by using this set of directions for an envelope pillow cover to sew two 16″x16″ throw pillows. As odd as this sounds, I liked that Martha Stewart’s page didn’t have pictures for the directions because just using the math happened to be easier for me. There are various picture-filled options online though for the more visually inclined. The pillow pictured below is wonderfully plush and cozy.


Front of Whovian pillow by E.A. Schneider Also, FYI, it is super adorable to see someone using this pillow and see the “Vworp Vworp” above their head like a text balloon.


Back of the Whovian Pillow by E.A. Schneider

For my mom’s birthday, I made this pincushion. I made it two-sided because both sets of fabric are adorable and my mom likes to have fun choices. I’m rather proud of how well centered the buttons are.


Blue side of pincushion


Peach and blue side of pincushion

I also made her this pendant but I did cheat and string it on a pre-made cord. It is painted jasper so it also has two sides that look all impressionistic and lovely.


Jasper pendant side 1 by E.A. Schneider


Jasper pendant side 2 by E.A. Schneider

To kick off my fundraising for team Nerds for a Cure in Walk MS Waukesha 2017, I made these two dice bags for friends of mine. These friends have joined the glorious world of Dungeons & Dragons and needed suitable bags of holding for their dice so they asked me if I could make them bags. Two years ago I made dice bags for my fundraising for Nerds for a Cure and I used that same pattern again.  We play weekly and I tailored the bags to their personal interests, both in and out of the game. It was a delightful creative challenge and I’m happy to say that they were pleased with them.


Dragon and cat dice bags of holding. By E.A. Schneider

Also, because I thought it would be a fun challenge, the insides of the bags have a surprise at the bottom.

I have no doubt that I’m going to craft some more nifty stuff for the fundraiser and will share the details here when I can.

I’m working on some other fun craft projects and will hopefully get them finished soon. What sorts of crafting are you doing these days, dear pond readers? Please, post comments and links below when you have the chance and thanks for stopping by the pond today!


Christmas Crafts 2011: Part I

Welcome to the week after Christmas, dear readers. I hope you are enjoying the opportunity to breathe. At last I have uploaded pictures of my crafty labors this holiday season for your viewing enjoyment. I am going to break these up into three entries just to make things a little less overwhelming.

First up I present my brilliant plan for efficient but awesome gifts this year: coffee cup cozies. You know, those sleeve things you use on coffee instead of the cardboard ones they give you. You can save the Earth and personalize your coffee drinking experience even more than you already do.

Here be pictures:

Space coffee cozies. Yes, that is in fact fabric featuring the surface of the moon. It is as awesome as it sounds.


The back of the space coffee cozies


Coffee cozies for a friend


The back of the coffee cozies for a friend

Coffee cozies for my folks. Notice the incredibly awesome buttons. I'm kind of obsessed with them.

The lining of the coffee cozies for my folks.

To make these gems of caffeine addiction accessories I used the pattern from All People Quilt only without all that quirky appliqué. My fabric stash contents are so way cooler than any quirky appliqué. Also, I have minimal patience for appliqué involving tiny things and tight corners. I used scraps of fusi-boo batting for the interior. I knew that saving them would come in handy for something other than packing coffee cups. Mwa hahahaha! The cozies are a little on the large side but that’s okay. The cozies should do the job of keeping hot beverages hot and human fingers comfortable. This pattern was great because I could cut out a bunch at once, pin them, and then use chain sewing (feeding the next thing to sew under the presser foot without lifting the needle or cutting the thread) on my machine to do the assembly. It was fast and efficient. I think the pattern could be easily modified to make sleeping masks as well.

Readers, let us get some discussion going. Did any of you find that perfect pattern or gift that was great for a bunch of people on your gift list?

Stay tuned for more crafting pictures.