When I was a kid, I once carefully pulled each and every pom pom off my grandmother's kitchen curtains.
Now, I have my own supply. I used some on a little banner I made for our soon to be new kitchen. With a little guilt, I added pom poms, because they seemed only fitting. I am sure my grandmother would have approved. Besides, she loved pom poms and blue gingham too!
I think they look like little summer lanterns!
For this project, I used some of my stash of crocheted hotpads from a flea market here in middle Sweden. I like how ladies in different parts of the world might make the same things for their kitchens, but just a little differently. I've never seen one quite like the one on the bottom.
I didn't want them to languish in the shop, getting dusty and cramped in their root-around box. I brought them home, and the Feather Your Nest project gave me just the push to come up with a showcase for them.
I wanted a homespun feel, not too fussy, but embellished just enough. I think the hand sewing worked well for that, and my pom poms add a little personality. It's like having my grandmother in my kitchen.
My next entry is a covered bandaid box, that I added to the Zakka Style Sewing Kit I made last week.
I like the color, and the box itself is excellent for re-use. Perfect size for needles. I peeled off the labels with no trouble and made a little practice patchwork of the scraps from the sewing roll. That way, the needle case will always be a marker for when I made it, even if it migrates to other sewing kits. I wasn't to worried about piecing perfectly, only having good practice and making sure it covered the front of the case.
I attached it by double gluing Mod Podge to both the case itself, and the patchwork. Then, I added another layer with a brush after it all dried. It hold better than I thought it would, and the fabric is still soft to the touch, but still seems resistant to pulling or staining. Time will tell.
Here it is with the sewing roll!
I entered both of these projects in the Feather Your Nest Sew Along, over at Stumbles and Stitches.
Great fun, and a super way to use up your stash in new ways.