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2016 Craft Plans

I enjoyed Rebecca’s post at Hugs Are Fun about all her unfinished craft projects and thought I would do something similar. Unlike Rebecca, my issues aren’t so much with finishing projects as they are with buying all the supplies for a project and then never starting it. Here’s what I want to work on this year.

window seat

Window seat cushion cover
My dad finished making my window seat in April, I painted it shortly after and then ordered a block of foam and some of my super cute and soft Sunflower fabric to cover it with, plus Sunflower ribbon for handles. And then I left it wrapped up and pondered it for six months. I think I’ve finally figured out how best to make a cover, which will require putting in a long zip (don’t argue with me! I have discarded a lot of seemingly easier designs for well-considered reasons). I can’t remember the last time I sewed a zip into something so I need to practice first, but hopefully not for too long.

2 x cushions
I have two cushion inserts that need covering with something and could certainly involve zips. I do have something I would like to use for one to make a gift for someone. The other one will probably involve a rummage through my fabric stash for something I want to look at more often.

Sewing pyjamas

See resolutions post. I bought Tilly’s book, I bought a pattern tracer as recommended, so I don’t have to risk cutting up the paper patterns and I went to IKEA and bought this pretty botanical duvet cover on sale for £3. I need to sew these up, maybe sew another pair and then move on to something more exciting (a dress!).

I've been cutting up more of my old spoonflower swatches for that quilt I'm supposedly making. It will certainly be colourful!

Kawaii quilt
I cut loads more pieces from my old Spoonflower swatches recently so it’s just a matter of getting back to sewing them into strips. Oh and then making it into a quilt, but I am not thinking about that AT ALL yet or I will just give up now.

Managed to get started on my new tapestry project. Doesn't look very exciting yet!

I used to do so much tapestry and I loved it, but my latest piece has looked like this for a year as it’s kind of awkward to manhandle the big frame on my current sofa. I need to find a way to fit this back into my day. At worst, I’m hoping the Olympics will be as conducive to sofa crafting as the Commonwealth games were.

webbing belt

Webbing belt
Metal belt buckles bring me out in a rash, so being gifted a webbing and fabric belt with a plastic buckle by Claire was life changing. That was at least ten years ago and I’ve never found another one, so it’s starting to fall apart. Other than buying some heavy duty needles how hard can this really be? With my fabric collection, I could have the coolest belts ever!

Naoshi sand art kit

Naoshi Sunae kit
A gift from Hannah Zakari a few years ago. It’s sand art and looks really fun. I must try this.

embroidery hoop

I really enjoy hand sewing and would like to design some embroidery patterns, or at least sew up a few things for myself and for gifts. I also have a lovely yellow hoop that needs something exciting to fill it.

That doesn’t look too terrifying. Perhaps I should post an update every couple of months so I stay on target. If you’ve written a similar post I’d love to see it!


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