Giant Vintage Star Baby Quilt in Geometric Bliss

Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Happy Tuesday! Today I have a recent baby quilt finish to share!

My stash of baby quilts that haven't been claimed by baby girl has become severely depleted. So when Michael's coworker had a baby this Spring, I didn't have a quilt ready for gifting! I decided to make a baby quilt using my Giant Vintage Star Quilt Pattern. I've actually only made one of these previously, the version I made when writing the pattern! Thought it would be a good one to revisit.

I used fabrics from my Geometric Bliss* fabric collection.

I had to use the big strip for the backing! It makes a great back in my opinion! I kept the binding pretty minimal, just some straight lines.

It's bound in the little stripe print!

You can find the Giant Vintage Star Quilt Pattern in my online shop.

Of course the quilt needed a matching bag! I made the Artist size from my Lined Drawstring Bag Pattern. This is my go-to size for gifting baby quilts. I used more prints from the same color way of Geometric Bliss*.

The bag is finished off with some nylon paracord.

Pattern: Giant Vintage Star Quilt Pattern and Lined Drawstring Bag Pattern
Fabric: Geometric Bliss*

Happy Quilting!

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Upcycling a Towel and an Apron into Bags

Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Happy Tuesday! I've started going to the Goodwill outlet on a regular basis, and it's been such fun hunting for treasures, especially textiles. I need to put together another adventures in thrifting post soon, to share all the things I've found lately! Today I want to share two projects that I made using textiles that I salvaged from the outlet. I loved working on these projects and it's inspiring me to continue to upcycle more textiles!

I have a real soft spot for vintage towels and I've amassed a good collection of them over the years. We use them every day! I got excited when I spotted this one, only to realize that it had been altered. It was amongst a bunch of vintage aprons, so I believe it had been turned into an apron at one time. It was so cute, I bought it anyways and figured I'd come up with a project later.

I ended up turning the towel piece into a dopp kit! I was inspired by Joanne Sunny K and her work with vintage towels.

This is a larger version of the boxy pouch from my Triplizip Zipper Pouch Pattern. I also left it unlined. The dimensions ended up a bit big since I wanted to use as much of the towel piece as possible!

I love that if I spill something in this bag, it's a towel! It feels so practical. Would also make a great beach bag. My gears are turning for other towel bags!

I reused the original tag as an embellishment on the back.

This was such a fun project, I loved making it. I really like the way that the floral pattern lines up around the zipper. I kept things really simple to finish it up and used some webbing for the handle.

The second bag that I made was a drawstring bag! This is the project size from my Lined Drawstring Bag Pattern.

I found this vintage apron on the same trip as the towel piece! I really liked the fabric, but I don't wear aprons very often, especially not half aprons. I grabbed it anyways, knowing I'd probably unpick it for the fabric.

I did end up unpicking most of the apron, but left the pocket! I was able to center the pocket on one of the exterior main pieces, which was lucky.

I paired the apron fabric with a black and white gingham for the accent. I love how it ties in the black ric-rac on the pocket! For the lining I used a white solid.

The apron had a personalized maker tag on it. It was so cute, I really didn't want it to go to waste! I added it to the back of the bag.

I went with black ruler twill tape for the ties and 1" beehive wooden beads, both available in my online shop!

Happy Sewing!

Shop News: Vintage Sheet Fat Quarter Bundles

Monday, July 1, 2024

Happy Monday! I have some exciting shop news to share today! I have added a limited number of vintage sheet fat quarter bundles to my online shop!

I've been working on collecting vintage sheets specifically to make bundles for the last five or so years, and I'm finally diving in! It's been a long time since I had my vintage sheet etsy shop, but it has all come back to me, just like riding a bike! I'm hoping to be able to share vintage sheet bundles regularly, but it will of course depend on what I can find. This time around I have rainbow bundles of 8 fat quarters each!

These are perfect for any project, but would be especially nice for a Giant Vintage Star Quilt.

Here are the bundles that are currently available (there are multiples of each style!):

Bundle A

Bundle B

Bundle C

Bundle D

Bundle E


Shop Now: Vintage sheet fat quarter bundles

Happy Quilting!

DIY Ikea Poang Chair Slipcover

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Happy Wednesday! Today I wanted to share the cover I made for a thrifted Ikea POÄNG chair! I'm including my measurements and a quick tutorial if you want to make one too.

Last week I found this Ikea POÄNG chair at the thrift store. It had been marked down to $15, which was just too good a price to pass up. I've always liked the look of these chairs and they're comfortable too, so I stuffed it into the trunk and slowly drove it home! I think I saw it there weeks earlier, but the encouragement of friends pushed me to finally buy it. The red color of the cushion is honestly what made me overlook it.

After bringing it home, I first tried dyeing the cover, but it did not go very well. There was just so much fabric and it wasn't taking the dye evenly. I looked to see if Ikea sold slipcovers for this chair, but they don't! So, I decided to make one myself.

I took some quick measurements and decided to use a sheet to cover it. I knew that's what would best fit the style of the room and also would be plenty of fabric. I took advantage of the narrow hem of the sheet for the back of the cover, it avoid needing to hem in. I wanted this project to be quick and easy! The cover is just a really simple envelope style pillow cover.

DIY Ikea Poang Chair Slipcover

Want to sew your own slipcover for your POÄNG chair? Here are the details:

3.5 yards of fabric (or a flat sheet)
1 yard of velcro
Coordinating thread

Cut (1) 56"x25" piece for the front.
Cut (2) 31"x25" pieces for the back.*

*If you're not using a sheet with a hem for the back pieces like I did, add to the 31" measurement for the hem you want.

Use a 1/4" seam allowance.

Place front piece right sides up on your work surface. Place a backing piece right sides down, lining up the raw edges with the sides and bottom of the front piece. Place remaining backing piece right sides down, lining up the raw edges with the sides and top of the front piece. The two pieces should overlap in the middle. Pin around all four sides.

Sew around all for sides, securing the backing in place. Finish seams with a zig-zag stitch or serger if desired. Turn cover right sides out and press. Stuff cushion into cover.

Place cushion on the chair frame to determine where to add velcro strip. Attach velcro to the back of the cover according to manufacturer's instructions.

Because I used a thin fabric and I made the cover snug, the stitching lines from the cushion underneath show through! An added bonus. I have yet to add the velcro strip to my cover because I didn't have enough on hand. It's perfectly functional without it, but I am still looking forward to wrapping this project up and getting it installed properly!

My scrap pouf is filling up and makes for a great foot stool to go with the chair! Read more about that project here: Scrap Pouf in Progress

Did you know that Ikea has been making the POÄNG chair for more than 40 years? I love how this chair is fitting into my sewing room! There have been armchairs in and out of this room over the last year, and I was really missing having a comfy chair in here. This has been a wonderful addition. In the end, I'm glad my dyeing experiment didn't pan out, because I love the sweet floral cover I ended up making for it!

Happy Sewing!