Friday, March 28, 2008

A bit of productivity


Hooray for the Easter Holidays, I've had a week off work and I've been able to get to my sewing machine and actually make something - and boy does it feel good! I'd been wanting to make one of these little doorstops for ages -the tutorial is at Oh Fransson! which I found via Jane's blog, Sew Create It when she made one. They really are a doddle to make, so as well as making one for our kitchen door I made some for presents too. It's a lovely pattern with nice clear instructions. I didn't line mine with fusible fleece (didn't have any) but I used some pretty curtain fabric that has been maturing in my stash for a while (well, it's plaid - how could I resist - I knew I'd use it eventually) and the flowered middle squares are cut from remnants from fabric sample books that I bought for 10p a page and again have been maturing for a couple of years (see, it was an investment, for every piece of fabric there comes a season if you wait long enough).

The doorstops have a zip at the bottom so you can take out the filling and wash it. Do you think I've got enough zips? This is my zip stash. I get them for 10p each - usually they are about 3ft long so I can only make things where you can cut the ends off - like these doorstops or the quilted bags I've made before. Have you seen the price of zips? I just feel I might as well get a lifetime's supply at that price. (I think I might have a stash problem - what with fabric, ribbons and zips, but it's harmless.)

Guess what I used for the filling? I didn't want to put loose beans in because some of them will be presents for homes with animals and small children. My original plan was to just sew up the beans in a bag and put that in but then I saw these bags of rice at Sainsburys for 43p and one of them popped in unopened is enough to weight the bag (I do pop a bit of wadding in the top of the doorstop to keep the shape).


We went to Market Harborough today and look what I found at a Charity Shop - a book on quilts and a vintage Laura Ashley dress and a child's dress to cut up for patchwork. Things are looking up.

15 comments:

anne bebbington said...

Delighted to hear you managed to get in some stitching time - love the doorstops - must have a go

Thimbleanna said...

Those doorstops are just adorable. What a nice project!

Shelina said...

These door stops are adorable. They look like they would be good for lunch bags as well.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

How fantastic! They look wonderful and your photography showcases your beautiful work so nicely. I love the idea of the rice for the filling. I used dried chick peas, but I like your idea better.

gwen said...

Glad to hear you are back into stitching. I like very much your door stops plus the idea of using swatches always appeals to me! Guess why!? Take care.

MammyT said...

Hello. I love the doorstops. I came over from 4 Seasons site as I am trying to visit all the entrants. Have you started your mini quilt yet for the Spring Swap. Mine is nearly finished. I'm early on this one, for a change.
Nancy

MammyT said...

I forgot to say: Don't you love the Star Garden? I read it first and then read "These is my Words" Now I'm going to look for "Sarah's Quilt". They are remarkable books.
Nancy

JoAnna said...

Glad to see you back! I see you're in the 4 seasons swap - so am I. I still treasure the doll quilt you made me last summer!

teodo said...

These door stops are fantastic.........
ciao ciai

Libby said...

Oh they look great *s*

Lynda said...

The door stops are gorgeous, and have the added 'I finally found a use for the things I've been hoarding for so long' factor!

meg said...

So nice to see you again!
Those doorstops are adorable, & I would like one/3 of those. Nice work, & some nice goodies too.

Finn said...

They are lovely Fiona VBS* So glad you had a chance to sew and to see you posting again in wonderful. Hugs, Finn
Great find on that book, it's a good one!

Sarah Jayne said...

Zips - they seem to cost a fortune now. I'd like to buy some so I can refresh my memory about how you sew them in. At the mo I just avoid anything with a zip. Great book find...

Tracey said...

Great door stops, Nice they have a handle too,
I also like the blue quilt you have on the sofa in other post ,
Thankyou