Showing posts with label homespun. Show all posts
Showing posts with label homespun. Show all posts

Monday, February 20, 2012

Recycling an Old Coat for a Penny Rug

I am finding out how much I enjoy doing Penny rugs.
I have been using felt from the craft store for my projects, but I had this wool coat that had seen better days, and I decided to recycle it.
One mistake I made was not washing the coat before cutting it up--although I know it had been washed before.  I read on a blog how if you wash the wool it will felt it and be less stringy when you cut out your designs.

I was so excited to be able to get a good pile of wool.
I really like this color too.

I wanted to make a smaller runner for my kitchen table.
The other one that I was going to use only stayed on the table for a couple of days.  It was too long for my table.  
We use the table for homeschooling--so it is constantly piled up with books and being used.

I used a cookie sheet for a template--gotta love making up patterns as you go:)

I made my little pennies and pinned them on the wool.
I then sewed them on with the blanket stitch.

For the ends, I measured and made a pattern on an index card.

Notice the school stuff in the background?
(Doing this while the kiddos take their tests makes me feel like I am not just wasting time.)

Using freezer paper I traced the pattern on the dull side of the freezer paper and ironed the shiny side to the brown felt.

Placing the end pieces with right sides together, I pinned them to the rug.
I then cut a piece of muslin the same size as the rug.

I sewed around the edge leaving a gap so that I could turn it out.
I clipped the corners before turning the rug out.

I then did a blanket stitch all around the rug and around each end piece.

Here is the final piece.
I don't think I like all the browns in my kitchen.
Looks like I need to make another one for my Kitchen table

not bad for an old coat :)

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Defining Homespun Happenings

Over at Modern Country Style, she is challenging us to define our blogs.

Hmmm....This is a little bit of challenge for me.

 Homespun Happenings started because my friends at Busy Blessings and Pumpkin Pie Painter had introduced me to blogging.  They talked about the many adventures that happen in their families...many stories being very hilarious.  You should really check out their blogs too.  It is like I got to see a part of their lives even though we are not able to physically visit their homes

  So I thought I would give it a try.  I am not a writer, so blogging is a challenge for me. 
I named it Homespun Happenings, because I really like homespun materials and primitive decor.
I have always loved taking someone's nothing and making it useful or decorative.  I love doing crafts and I hold a craft sale in my home every year in November for 2 weeks.
The Happenings in the title are suppose to reflect upon this simple lady's life and what the Lord can do with me and my family. 
 I am very simple. There truly is nothing fancy about me.
  I need lots of inspiration from others for crafts, and I found that in blogland.

So since I don't like to write, I will just share some photos that define
Homespun Happenings:

How do you define your blog?

Monday, December 13, 2010

Homespun Christmas

I thought I would be a part of the Christmas tour of homes on Kelly's Korner
 I love pine cones and berries especially burgundy berries.   I also love white lights. 

My tree is very homespun and simple.  I love that look.

My children like the colored lights.  I chose a small tree for each of them to decorate when they were younger.  It was a Christmas present to them that year.  I like seeing them enjoy the ornaments they get each year.  They love to decorate their trees.  This year they got creative and put trains around their trees.
Harrison's tree
Bethany's Tree.  She also has her snow globes from her Uncle John.

This is Miles' tree.  He had an ornament that really didn't fit, so He was going to throw it away last year.
But I just couldn't throw it away.  

Do you see why?  He looks so cute and pudgy.  I just want to Kiss them Cheeks!

I also have a thing for snowmen.  I love snowmen!

Our stockings are hung by the stairs with great care in hopes that one day we could have a fireplace for them:)  and me.

Finally what Christmas is all about!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Craft Sale

It's here!  
We are starting our craft sale tomorrow morning at 9am! 

My friend made these awesome cookies this year.  She is so creative!

 I am looking forward to celebrating our Thanksgiving  the Monahan way.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Taking a Breather

This week Dan's parents are here.  Dad is working on the attic, and mom is keeping me company. 

 Since I have my craft sale during the week of Thanksgiving, I don't do any baking.  This week gives me a little breather from the intensity of crafting.  It also gives me a good excuse to bake.  Today Miles and I made apple pie and pumpkin pie for dessert tonight. 

They are so yummy!

Even though I am not focusing on my crafts this week.  I do have a goal of making penny rugs out of felt I bought at Joanne's.  I've never done this before, but I found a blog that shows you how to make them.  http://pennyrugsandmore.blogspot.com  I am going to try it.  I used her idea of using freezer paper to draw on before cutting out my circles. 

 Miles helped take the paper off and count them for me.

 Then I bagged each project to keep them organized.

I am slowly sewing them together, using the blanket stitch.  

I have one pack stacked.

This is how I am going to sew this group together.

My Mother-in-law is very good at knitting and crocheting.  She was working on snowflakes while I worked on the penny piles for my penny rugs.

It has been a nice break.  The attic is starting to come together.  Yippee!!

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