Sunday, July 31, 2011

Velvet Crazee Patch Button Pillows

In 2003 and 2004 I taught sewing classes in my quilting studio.  One of the classes was Velvet Crazee Patch Pillow tops. These are the three I made for my Mom.  First I made the three pillow tops. Then she sewed all the vintage buttons onto the pillow tops.  Most of the buttons were from my grandma's sewing tin.  She also added some new buttons. Then I sewed them together and made them into pillows.  She has them displayed on her sofa.

Sometimes I would back the pillows with a solid piece of velvet.  Sometimes I would just embroidery stitch on the velvet to make it look pieced and other times I would do a whole crazee patch pillow top on both sides of the pillow.
NOTE:  If you follow my other blog --- I shared these photos for a Hodgepodge Patchwork Tuesday Post. Velvet Button Pillows

Mom and I decided making the crazee patches into pillows was a great way to display my grandma's old buttons.
I love ideas on displaying buttons, trinkets and jewelry.  I made a wall hanging for displaying treasures also.
How do you display your treasures?


Thursday, July 28, 2011

Prom Dresses and Bow Ties in the Seventies!

This dress  and matching bow tie were made from a velveteen fabric.

 Homecoming 1974.  The dress and matching bow tie were made from a  jersey knit fabric.

Winter formal dance in 1974.  I can't remember what kind of fabric but I do remember it was light weight and smooth like a satin.
Prom 1975.  This dress was made from a dotted swiss fabric.  It has a pink lace overlay for the sweetheart bodice that was laced up the front.  I made the bow tie from the dotted swiss fabric also.

I Turned a Raggy Sweatshirt into a Tote Bag --- 2002

This was a Raggy Sweatshirt that was too small, so I turned it into a tote bag.  I made the raggy sweatshirt in 2002.  I believe I made the tote bag in 2005 or 2006.  I took the photos today for the post!  It is a light weight, yet study bag for carrying my sewing supplies!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Velvet Crazee Patch Tote Bag - Created in 2004

I did a lot of playing when I was creating this tote bag.  I machine washed velvet clothes and then cut it all up into pieces to use for the Crazee Patch sections of this bag! 

I did not follow any rules of Crazee Patch.  I just used a variety of embroidery stitches to quilt the velvet and to embellish the velvet sections.  I used old and new crocheted dollies and little pretty things. I stitched them on to the velvet section with a zigzag stitch. 

I stitched rick rack on the velvet piece for the bottom of the bag.  I lined the bag with old tablecloth fabric and used cloth napkins and dresser scarves for the pockets.  

I machine washed the velvet and old fabric before using it. This tote bag is  machine washable and I have washed and dried it at least 5 times over the past 7 years. I have used this to carry my bathroom supplies to retreats and to our camper since 2005.  I just took the photos today - July 27, 2011 for this post.  It is still looking pretty good!