Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Free Pattern Link: Missouri Star Fabric Mask

In the midst of the virus madness, I've been grateful to have a huge stash of wonderful fabrics and yarns and so on.  I feel sorry for people who don't have hobbies!

At first I was working on my own projects, in between trying to get groceries and such, which was often an all-day affair.

I kept getting all these emails with links to tutorials on how to make fabric masks, since we have shortages of the N95s.  Most of them looked too complicated for my overstressed brain to decipher.  And at first, our local hospitals didn't want the fabric ones, as they do not protect against the virus, so I didn't feel too sad at not being able to contribute.

But now they are welcoming the fabric ones, wearing them over the N95s to prolong their usefulness.

One of our intrepid quilt guild members sent a link to a tutorial from Jenny Doan at Missouri Star that is easy enough even for me!  Jenny Doan is so great at simplifying things!  Plus I love the cute music they play at the beginning of each of their tutorials.

Here's the first mask I finished, super quick:

Our guild is now collecting the masks, and I deeply appreciate the people who got this organized.  Of course, now my friends are all asking for masks, and I really want to make some for them too, so I have an idea to streamline manufacture (here in my own tiny factory of living room, with one staff member--me).

Finished 3 more!

Here's the plan:  Instead of using scraps, I'm going for yardage.  (Do I have enough yardage?!  Yes.  Yes, I do.)

I'm going to cut a strip 9" wide, width of fabric (WOF) from each of two different fabrics, then sew two seams on either side, the length of the strips, then cut the sewn piece into 6" pieces, with each resulting piece being the face part of a mask.  Brilliant, no?

I'm also going to cut two 2" strips, WOF, for the ties, so I can run each strip through my bias tape maker, thereby streamlining the pressing process.  I don't have a bigger bias tape maker, and the 2 and 1/2" strips I've been using just don't go through the one I have properly.  Might be worth trying to order a bigger one, but in the meantime....

If you watch the Missouri Star tutorial, you will understand better what I'm getting at.  I'm sure I'm not the only one who has figured this out.

Off to sew!

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Still Crocheting After All These Years

In case you were wondering, I haven't quit crocheting simply because I'm obsessed with sewing.  I finished this shawl awhile back.

It's mainly double crochet and a few front and back post stitches for texture.

Now if only I liked wearing shawls....  I just like making them!

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Burrito Pillowcase

The finished pillowcase in all its glory
One of our quilt guild members recently suggested we make special pillowcases for submitting quilts to our shows.  Many quilts can be folded or rolled up to fit in a standard pillowcase, which keeps them clean and makes them easy to transport.

A novelty print would be easier to spot when picking up our quilts after the show, this lady said.

Sounds logical.  Sensible.  Reasonable.  But at first, in my typical wet blanket fashion, I resisted the idea.  Why would I want to make a darn pillowcase when I have more ideas for quilts than I can finish in a lifetime?!  What a waste of time, I told myself.

It helps to have friends.  When I passed on the info to my quilting buddy E, she sent me a link for the "burrito method."

The burrito!
As it turns out, I had done this once before in a workshop and never wanted to make another!

But at that time, I was just getting back into sewing, and everything seemed complicated and frustrating.  Sewing a straight seam was complicated, let alone doing a French seam.  Threading the machine was complicated, for heaven's sake!

Seven years later, I find this method sew easy!  And sew fun!  And it uses up lots of fabric quickly, which is good, because I have the Giant Stash That Ate New York living in my apartment.
First seam sewn: the first big reveal!

As I told my friend E:  Must Make More!  The pic at the top of this entry shows the finished pillowcase.  Hooray!