Having a cat is one of my greatest joys in life. She is cuddly and cute and has very sharp claws. And, of course, she wants to sharpen those claws to be even sharper. From watching her, leather like fabrics seem to be her favorite thing to scratch. Unfortunately, I had a few pieces of furniture that match that description. The latest victim was my piano bench. Her love for this item was much more than I anticipated. I didn’t expect to see fluff coming out of the edges of the bench but here we are. The piano bench is still functional even though it doesn’t look the best. So, I decided why not try my hand and reupholstering it and give it a new lease on life.
I decided, after very little thought, that I don’t have enough Lizard Cult related stuff. I mean, I’ve made a shirt and a giant wooden meeple but that doesn’t feel like nearly enough. So, what if I made another giant meeple? But this time, let’s make it soft and fluffy!! A meeple pillow / plushie? That sounds like complete perfection! This was a simple project except for the lizard face. I am lucky enough to have an embroidering sewing machine, but you can always do normal embroidery as well. That would just cause the project to take a little longer.
Sometimes when I’m packing, I discover I have a handful of objects that I want to take that don’t really fit well anywhere. I could put them in my backpack loose, but they will get scatter and become hard to find. This is especially true of knitting needles and charging cables. I didn’t really want to throw 8 different needles into the void of my backpack, so I decided to quickly stitch up a pouch to help me carry my tools. This was super easy to make and looks nice. I want to make more to help organize my bags in the future. It’s better than having my backpack turn into a black hole.
I often have to travel for work, but I don’t ever want work to keep me from the board games I enjoy playing nightly. That’s why I travel with two laptops: one for work and one for running tabletop simulator. But double laptops can often mean double trouble as I have to carry around two chargers and make sure I have all the right supplies for each system. And one trip, I didn’t. I forgot the charger for one of my laptops and I was devastated thinking I wouldn’t be able to play board games all week. So, in my stubbornness, I went out and bought a new laptop charger. Now, you might be thinking (and rightfully so) what they heck does this have to do with a zippered pouch? The new charger I got had removeable heads and no case to keep all of the parts together. Therefore, I decided I should make my own to keep everything in one place. Where I won’t lose it. A zippered pouch is the perfect solution for keeping everything in together and it looks super cute!
After sewing some bigger projects, I often have a lot of scrap fabric let over that feels too small to do anything with. And then it hit me. Why not make handwarmers? I am someone who always complains that it's cold and will sleep with two or three blankets at night. And, unfortunately, my hands are no exception. Whenever I am typing or using my hands, I often feel that the circulation in my fingers becomes nearly non-existent. I have watched my fingers turn purple! So, why not combine my fabric scraps to make something that will help keep my hands warm?
n the world of board games, drawstring bags are especially useful. They can help hide pieces and allow for random drawing. Or they can just be good storage – especially for those pieces that are too big to fit in a plastic bag. And that’s exactly what happened when we got the game Bites. The tiles pieces in bites are quite large and despite my best efforts, shoving them all into a plastic bag made a bulbous monstrosity. Not only did the pieces have a hard time but the bag did not sit very well in the box. Which meant only one thing; I had to come up with a solution.
I will admit, I have been in a sewing mood lately. There are so many fun projects to explore and discover and I wanted to dive deeper into that world. But I noticed something interesting happening to some of the fabrics when ironed. I would see the pattern of the iron grate getting imprinted onto the fabric. After doing a little research, I decided that a cover for the ironing board would help with this problem. One of the great things about this project is the large surface are which is great if you have a design you want to display.
I had to gift some jewelry and I didn’t know what to wrap it in, so I decided to make a mini square bag! Seems reasonable, right? Yea, I thought so too. So, I decided to design a square bag to fit the present. Since the bag was so small, I decided to go without the lining making the project extremely simple. I really like the square look because they fit well against each other and in the palm of your hand.
After putting together, a case for all of the double pointed knitting needles (see here) I decided to make a holder for my larger knitting needles and my circular needles. I will admit, when I first thought of this holder, I did not conceive the color pattern all together properly. I am going to talk it through as if I did though, so the pictures won’t match perfectly. That being said, even with the pattern being a little bit busy, it turned out fairly well!
A few weeks ago, I made a basket for all of my silicone molds and it looked amazing. And then more arrived and I cursed myself. Especially since the new molds that arrived were very small and easily could be lost. So I decided that making a pencil case type bag would be the best for keeping the molds contained. I normally do not work with zippers when I sew and I have been trying to introduce them more into my work. So this was the perfect challenge as it also filled one of my needs!
I was rifling through my knitting needles to find the pair I needed and with one small, unintended movement - the needle scattered all over the floor. And that's when I thought, there has to be a better solution. This project is going to be split into two parts: a small holder which focuses on storage for double pointed knitting needles and a large knitting needle for my pairs and circular needles. Today, we're looking at the small holder.