I've been waiting so long to post this. I think it's safe now considering that the wedding is taking place within the next twenty-four hours and I am sure the bride has better things to do than check blogs, plus I'm not sure that anyone really checks this blog... ever... so we're safe.
Here's a handmade gift for the newlyweds. Using my trusty Short Pleated Apron pattern from Amy Butler'sIn Stitches, as well as another modified placemat pattern from the same book (finished size 17" x 12" + it's reversible! and off-the-cuff napkins. I hope they will be blessed with many lively dinner parties, quiet brunches and decadent desserts.
I am completely inspired by this Simple Machine Appliqué tutorial on the Sew, Mama, Sew! blog. I am thinking I will applique everything in sight... little garden gnomes on summer beach bags, a matryoshka doll on a breezy knit shirt, aprons with fruits + veggies on 'em (or a big juicy hamburger). Send your suggestions this way, because I'm planning some killer projects that are in need of irreverent and dry-witted embellishments.
We had this mini-fridge, because we are both high-brow and high class and thought it might be nice to only reach a few feet for an icy cool... soda... instead of walking a few more feet to the kitchen. But we are enough of a high-brow, high class sort of people that we wanted to cover the mini-fridge. And pretend it is a tv stand. Like the title says, it was a rainy Sunday and there wasn't much else going on.
A note: About 1/3 of the way through this project I realized it had the potential to become a somewhat cool craft tutorial. But then I thought, what are the odds that there is anothe person out there that wants to make a canvas, quilted + patchworked mini-fridge cover? So this isn't really a tutorial. If by chance, you are hankering for an in-depth set of instructions you should definitely contact me. Because I think you might be my doppelganger. And we should do lunch.
So blah blah no tutorial but I measured the dimensions of the fridge + added an inch to each, sewed the back, sides and top together using 1/2" seam allowances, patchworked some brown scraps together and cut out a trunk shape, patchworked some green scraps together and cut out a leafy tree shape, watched Royal Tenenbaums, folded under the edges, attached to front panel, stuffed 'em, attached right edge of front to the rest of the cover, ate a sandwich, hemmed the bottom, sewed on a 47" upholstery zipper (left and top edges, lining up with the door), shimmied it on the fridge and patted ourselves on the back.
That's basically it.
"Hey, there's even a fridge! You could put six packs of be- ... soda in here. Milk, yogurt. You could put candy bars in the freezer."