10 March 2011

Patchwork and Denim

Besides ribbons, I picked up a bunch of other weird bits in the aftermath of the costume shop going under: fabric glue, zippers, 75 iron-on roses and a odd swath of cotton patchwork that no one recognized.

I turned the patchwork into a cover for a throw pillow, and was left with a strip of material about 5" wide.

Then the girl demanded a new outfit for Ivy, so I made her a black skirt out of the sleeve of a shirt of mine that had ended up in the rag bag. And then she wanted a bag to carry around thus and such, but it had to look like Ivy's denim bag. I keep way too many old blue jeans around, because one day they're going to come in handy - like when you need to make a denim bag! I cut the end off a leg, just below the knee, stitched it closed at the cut side (with a box bottom even, though you can't tell from the photo), folded over the cuff end and used Velcro for a closure. What to use for a strap? Aha! The leftover strip of patchwork turned into an admirable strap - perfectly in keeping with the "San Francisco in 1974" era of her two American Girl dolls.



Oh, and now I have 74 iron-on roses left.

9 comments:

kathy a. said...

excellent! so jealous of the chance to hoard oddments from the costume shop, and great work on the new items!

i've got nothin' on the 74 roses, though. donation to the tournament of roses people, so some marching group somewhere can augment the costumes?

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

You really are talented. I hope the Girl is taking notes.

Gina said...

I love the idea of the sleeve for a doll skirt! I am going to try it, since the girl has been nagging me to make some doll clothes.

You are so creative! I still love the felted sweater-sleeve bag you made me way back when!

Lady M said...

How clever! I love crafty projects made of things you already have.

I'm sorry that the costume shop closed up. Also that I can't help you with the 74 roses. Maybe it they had been iron-in Lego bricks.

Mary G said...

I once found a use for a whole bag of iron-on white and black dots, but the roses are beyond me.
I am sure you will rise to the occasion however. The bag is gorgeous.

flutter said...

you are so kick ass!

nonlineargirl said...

Wow, I go away for a while and you become the queen of craft. How awesome you are! Thinking of you and missing being around...

julochka said...

well done!! i too am saving jeans for purposes like that, but have yet to do anything with them. perhaps this will inspire me!

Carol Steel said...

I love how creative you are!