Earlier this week, I headed into the studio to work on the curtains for the nursery. They are hemmed, I just need to straight stitch around the little animal appliques I have added to jazz them up a bit. I did two or three of the appliques and my hand started cramping. (I still have issues with my joints on occasion, depending on what I have been doing.) I wanted to be in my studio sewing, and since applique and precision just wasn't in the cards, I started looking around for an interim project and came upon a package of rope I had purchased for a class a couple years ago.
Inspiration! I would start covering the rope to make a dog bed for my friend Linda's yap dogs. I dug out my bin or scrap strips and started sorting. The ideal width to cover the rope is 2.5 inches, exactly the width I cut my binding strips. I pulled all the binding strips out into a pile few of them end to end and I was off covering that rope.
Crazy Fabric Bowl/Cat Bed
Here's the instructions for this silly diversion. Sew a bunch of 2.5 inch strips of fabric end to end. I sew them together with a 45 degree seam as they lie flatter. Press the seams open and press the entire length in half lengthwise to make a long skinny strip with a fold down one side. I may have gotten carried away with the number of strips, I did every 2.5 inch strip in my scrap box. The picture below is of what was left when I finished the dog bed.
|Roll of left over binding strips.|
Note those sexy paper scissors I
Use as thread snips!
|First section of covered rope. Note the lump on the right where|
I cheated and joined the strips with a straight seam. Bad Cathy!
|Base of dog bed.|
|Finished dog bed. I haven't quite|
perfected getting the sides
to stay straight.
|Sir Winston Churchill, |
claiming the bed as his own.
To heck with Linda's dogs.
Now, I'm off to the studio to sew those curtains, or maybe make another dog bed, or quilt a baby quilt, or alter those silk pajamas or work on the quilt I started in the middle of the dog bed project...an eight point scrappy striped star quilt. Or maybe I'll start something new. You never know what will happen when I hit the studio.