Thursday, January 1, 2009

Sew What??

I have been meaning to do a blog about all my projects that I have been up to for the last 3-4 months. After returning from Arkansas I received a sewing machine! I can't tell you how excited I am to have one. I haven't done much sewing in my life- aside from those awesome McKelvie Middle School's Home Ec. projects, so this was an adventure.

When Jon and I visited his family this summer in Houston they gave me all the pieces to make an ottoman. As most of you know, I am vertically challenged :-) I have a tough time reaching the floor while sitting on most couches. I was so thankful for this ottoman. It started out as a wooden box.

We then wrapped it with badding and attached a foam piece to the top of it.

I then proceeded to cut out all the sides- I know, I know... I could have done it
so much better- but I had never covered anything before...
Final project!!
After I was done, I had enough left over material to make to pillows
for our love-seat :-)

This next project was a little different. Our bedroom was seriously lacking some color. Our bed doesn't have a head board as of yet- and it was just looking a little boring. We decided that we wanted to make "curtains" to cover the wall behind the bed. We did curtains because of our movie nights that we have. We rent Red Box movies most Monday nights (with an awesome free code. Thanks, Anne for starting us on that!!) We put the movie on a projector and watch it on the wall behind our bed- thus the need for curtains.



Okay... so the design is really busy.... we liked it in the store and it took a while to get used to. I think if we got a dark red cover for our comforter it would look much better- but it definitely livens up the white walls!!

Yay for movie nights!!

And lastly, I have been making baby blankets for my friends. I have had so much fun doing them! I was surprised how well they came out. :-)

Baby boy blanket above

Baby girl blanket below
(note the pillow in the picture that matches the ottoman!)

This last one is a nursing cover or its other well known name a "hooter hider". I told this to my sister and she laughed quite a bit because she had never heard of it. this one was fun to make. I have never had to sew with boning before or D-rings. I just borrowed my friend's to get measurements and went off of that.

This picture isn't showing any sewing projects- but this is our new and improved living room. We got this entertainment center at Ikea for $80 and the little dvd holders on the side were $6/ea. Our book shelf, that you can't see here, was completely over flowing and we needed something else to organize everything. Thank goodness for Christmas bonuses :-)

This is our Christmas tree that we failed to put on our Christmas blog :-)

I apologize for this lengthy picture blog, but if I didn't do it now, it would never get done!

Happy New Year!!


bethany said...

Great ottoman-I love it!!

Those curtains behind your bed are a really good idea too-I've been trying to figure out something to do behind our headboard. Hmmm...

Brittny said...

I'm sooo impressed by your creativity! All of your projects are so cute! Thank you so much again for the baby blanket and "hooter hider"! They're awesome and I'm sure Samuel will love them (I sure do!) It was fun hanging out with you guys last night, hopefully we didn't keep you out too late and your day today wasn't too exhausting!

Vanessa said...

cool projects, sounds like a lot of fun

Clyde J Criddle said...

I'm glad you are getting so "crafty". Good Job!

Anne said...

How fun! You've been busy. We are glad to see the finished ottoman project. Good job!

Leanna said...

wow yalls living rooming is totally different (and more tidy lol). and I love the baby blankets too!

Crystal said...

haha yeah... more tidy because a. no school and b. Jon got rid of all his student's papers that were stacked all over the living room. Just think, next week it starts all over again :-)

*amber * cody * chandler* said...

Dear Aunt Crystal,
I LOVE my "softie" blankie and i cuddle up in it every time i go to sleep! Its so cute and you were so sweet to think of me (and my parents love it too :) i love you!


*amber * cody * chandler* said...

p.s... Crystal Im so impressed with how well all your projects have turned out! People (especially me :) would totally buy them- you should definitely start up an Etsy shop!

Michelle said...

You have got some skills! Wanna make me an ottoman? ;)