Sunday, November 23, 2008

Sew, what's up? (and a blog question)

A few weeks ago, I bought about 5 or 6 wool sweaters at the thrift store. And that particular day, they were 1/2 off. As I was checking out, a lady behind me said "I guess I got here a few minutes too late." I said "pardon me?" She asked "are those wool sweaters?" I told her yes, and she mumbled some comment about there not being any left, except the one she had in her hands. That wasn't true...there were many more left. They just weren't very pretty. ;) I didn't want to tell her I had plans to cut them up use them in craft projects.

So in an attempt to try to get out of my funk, I worked on a little something last night.

Wool sweater #1, washed and dried. I probably should have run it through again, because while it did tighten up, it was still a bit misshapen, which you will see in my finished project. But I couldn't be bothered to do it the right way, I wanted to do it the quick way.



After a lousy, quick attempt at embroidering, I sewed the sucker up, stuffed it and I was done. Now I can feel good that I got my butt off the couch and did *something.*



Can you even make out what that embroidery is? Probably not, so let me tell you. It's an "F" for our last name. I just quickly free-handed it while watching Forensic Files. As you can tell, I was more interested in Forensic Files than paying attention to stitches. Oh, well. It has "character." ;)

Today, I looked at the leftovers from Wool Sweater #1.



Let's see, what can I do with a sleeve? Make a leg warmer? Tie it around my neck as a scarf? Fill it with stuffing and make a breeze protector for my front door? While those might fun ideas ;), I made an iPod case.



I used the waistband portion to make a tiny pocket inside the case to hold my ear buds so they won't get tangled.





Sew on a button for a closure.



Stitch up the sides and bottom, and then remember that you forgot to double-check that the iPod would fit (it does).



Notice how misshapen it is? That's called character.

Take a peak inside.



The end of Wool Sweater #1 project. It may not be pretty, but it's functional, and more importantly, it's done. Now my iPod won't get tangled up in my purse.



Blogger question:

Twice today I tried to add blogs that I want to follow, and I get an error message saying something like "you are trying to follow this blog, but it appears that there is no feed." But then I show up on their list of followers. But they aren't showing up on my end. What gives?

24 comments:

ka1t_lyn said...

No ideas on the following thing, I use Google Reader! I love your crafty projects :)

Shannon said...

Aren't you just so creative!! I think the pillow and Ipod cover turned out great! I can't wait to see what else you do!

Sunny said...

These were some things on your to-do list! Yes, I'm detailed orieted - haha. I read your post the other day about lists. I'm a list gal myself. Good for you for going for project completion. I know it's hard for us perfect all the way or no way kinda gals.

About the feed thing...wonder if I need to do something so you can follow? I'm so not technical. If you find out that I need to do something, please let me know. ;)

Susie Harris said...

Sweet! I love the pillow. I had a wool sweater once and it about drove me crazy...ITCHY~ I should have kept it..darn. I could have made one of your cute creations~

Pleasant Drive said...

great idea! And, I love the character that they have! You did a great job!

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage said...

Great projects!

Amy

P.S. My guess is that they have their site feed settings set to not allow blog feeds.

Sarah @ ThriftyDecorChick said...

What a brilliant idea!! Girl, you are too smart. I love both of them, but especially the Ipod case. You could sell those babies on Etsy!

Ally0005 said...

It's sad that people have to voice their disappointment.
That lady really should have kept her comments to herself as it was not your fault you got the sweaters first. People like that make me sad.
You are so creative, I would have not thought about doing any of that and couldn't.
As far as blogger, it's a mess up on their end. Give them a few days and they will fix it. Just check it in a few days and see.

Lindsey said...

So creative, love it!

Candy said...

That's funny. I went to the thrift store on Friday for a few 100% wool sweaters for projects and could only find ugly wool-blend sweaters left! Seriously. You must've gotten there before me!

Love your projects...especially the ipod holder. I wish I could sew!

Carrie said...

Love your ideas they turned out so good!

Ruby Red Slippers said...

I was wondering if the ipod case would turn out...WOW! I love it! I wonder if I can use my glue gun to do all that???

AJ said...

Love your projects! Never would have thought to use a sweater. One of these days I'm going to learn how to sew!!

AJ said...

Hey! Forgot to ask if your last day is today or tomorrow? I'm thinking about ya! Hang in there♥

Jessica said...

Love it! I am all about using the "leftovers" from a project to make something else.

Sweet Simplicity said...

Very creative! I'm impressed with what you can do with a wool sweater.

Our Complete Family said...

Boy oh boy have you been crafty and creative girl! What great projects! And, using a wool sweater is so fun for your case for winter! Neat idea!

Jenni @ nest to keep said...

I love what you did with the sweater material! Both the pillow and the ipod holder are wonderful. Not to mention super creative to have thought of using wool sweaters for the material! I love that! :)

Britt- Sparkled Vintage Charm said...

sooo cute!! love your ideas!!great job!! I hope you have a great day!! hugs!! Britt :-)

Cherry's Jubilee said...

Cute cute...love that white too...awesome gift ideas. cherry

Sandy Toes said...

Wow..look at you!!! What fun! Great ideas, Miss Crafty Pants..love it!!!!
Happy Thanksgiving to you!
-sandy toes

Miss(es) Canadian Pie said...

I've been having the same problem with blogger...but I am finding that by the next day I do have the feed.us I've had more "issues" than I care to count with blogger. Grr.

Lovin' your projects! I actually have a sweater washed and waiting to be made into a pillow though I give you all the credit in the world for adding a monogram. I'm useless with a needle and thread.us Hope you and your hubby have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Domestically Disabled Girl said...

Whoo= your blog description is awesome, very much like myself. Though i don't even bother to get the flowers to kill. I let my son do it. Then he cries when mommy overwaters and kills 'em. I'll stop back soon!

Shauna said...

I love your projects full of character!! Good job!! And way to snag the sweaters right on time!

Happy Holidays!