Monday, June 28, 2010

Summer Scarf and Patriotic Pinwheels

Despite running hither and yon this weekend for soccor games, I was able to partake in some lovely little crafty/sewing distractions.  After the first day of games - in which we got good and drenched while watching in the rain - I holed myself up downstairs and made this summer scarf.  You can find an excellent tutorial at this website called made.  I discovered this site not too long ago and it has become one of my favorites.
My scarf is a bit too long, so I will be lopping it off shortly by about 8-12 inches.  I think the shorter end you see here should be the longest end.  I used a crinkly, light cotton I bought in the remnant bin at Fabricland and it's been sitting around waiting to be put to use.  This project uses elastic thread, which I have never tried before, and I love how it turned a long strip of fabric into a swirly, ruffly blue waterfall of  a scarf.  The weather has been totally up and down here lately, so I think there will be an opportunity to wear it on a not-to-hot, not-to-cold day soon.
My next bit of fun came after seeing these Liberty Pinwheel brooches crafted by Betz White.  I have been looking for something different to make for Canada Day and I felt these were perfect.  I made the kids appliqued t-shirts last year, and wanted something for myself.  There isn't much in the stores except the usual, and I don't want to attend the parade in a t-shirt that says "Canada Kicks Ass."  It' just not me! I ended up making 8 pinwheels from red and white felt and maple leaf fabric.  Three I made into brooches:

They can be worn on either hats or t-shirts:

The remaining five I left without ribbons and for now they are adding a bit of patriotic color to my front door:

I thought perhaps they might look nice with some red and white bunting, but I think that will be my project for next year.
Have a lovely day!


Betz White said...

Your pinwheels turned out great! Glad you enjoyed the tutorial!

Pumpkin said...

Jenn, you come up with the neatest things to make :o) Great job!

KC'sCourt! said...

I love those pin wheel brooches, they are really unusual.
Julie xxxxxxxx

LittleGem said...

Hi Jenn,
I just found you via Joshy and Belle, and am so pleased I did! I am now following your blog and look forward to seeing how you get on with Felicities challenge.
Gemma x

Solstitches said...

The scarf is very pretty and the pinwheels look like a fun project.


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