Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Projects, productiveness and porcupines

A few weekends ago I was productive. It was a fantastic weekend. I set goals, and reached them, as opposed to not setting goals and accomplishing nothing, which is what I normally do. I was so productive, in fact, that I decided to ride the wave of that weekend for the last week and a half and do nothing. Yeah. Ride that wave.

Productiveness leads to completing projects. (Neither leads to porcupines, by the way. I just like alliteration.) So here's what I worked on:

A banner for SIL1's little boy who is celebrating his birthday in a few days. It says his name.

Now before you get all excited thinking that I came up with this idea, let me tell you that SIL1 saw a similar banner that someone had made online and asked me if I could recreate it. She gets all the credit. ALL of it.

So, I took some pictures of the steps, just so I can lengthen this post, because long posts are better, right?

First, using my Cricut (which is pronounced cricket, which I did not figure out until I'd had the machine for months and was staring at it and the reason for the cricket logo finally clicked), I cut out the letters in Sebastian's name.

Second, using repositionable adhesive spray I sprayed the front of each letter, let it dry for a few minutes, then stuck the letters on pieces of felt. Then I cut the letters out using the sticky letters as a pattern. Then...can you guess what's coming...I peeled off the sticky letters.

Then I sewed the letters using a close zigzag stitch to 8 inch squares I cut out of fabric. I didn't take any pictures of this step for some reason. Huh. Weird.

Then, using whole felt rectangles (you know the 29 cent ones you can pick up at any fabric or craft store?) I folded down 1 1/2 inches and sewed it in place.

Then I sewed the 8 inch squares to the felt rectangles using a wide but close zigzag.

See how fuzzy my presser foot gets?

Then I strung a ribbon through the tops of each felt piece, hung the banner up and voila!


And one more for good measure: VOILA! There you have it folks. A fabric banner.

I have another project to post about soon. Stay tuned! You WON'T want to miss this.*

*You may want to miss this. There's no guarantee that you even want to read such detailed accounts of projects and things. There's also no guarantee that you DON'T want to read them. You decide.


  1. you're amazing. Where is your credit? I'm sure that took you some time to create! I think it looks really good!

  2. Awesome! I think it looks fantastic! Wow, I have project envy, also cricut envy. Also, awesomeness envy.

  3. can you come and make me projects?


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