Tuesday, April 26, 2011

the day my sweater became my best friend.

Sometimes, I can be an odd person. I understand that. I accept that.
I mean, I don't buy accessories off of the shelf. I like to make them on my own-- an electric blue ric rac flower brooch to match my electric blue church skirt. A pair of ruby red button earrings to match my new shirt. It's become my "thing" to constantly find new tidbits to make my baubles and bangles, pins and clips.
In fact, I've been known to put on an outfit and not have an accessory anywhere to match-- so I'm in my craft room, stitching one up. I'll yell out "5 more minutes" to keep the troops at bay while I am furiously stitching. Stitch, stitch, stitch... "5 more minutes, I promise!"
My vintage yellow sweater has been begging me for a while. She needs a pretty little something to cover up the pretty little stain that I didn't notice until I brought her home. A whopping 10 cents at a garage sale over 14 years ago, and I have still never addressed the stain. Well, I've tried washing it out multiple times-- but after 14 years with me, it's never been able to find a way out. So, I'm going to cover it. With:

I was perusing the craft store the other day and happened upon those great fabric button covers that I used to make earrings last month. Remember those? Well, I bypassed the smaller ones and stocked up on the:

I was certain that I would be able to come up with a way to use them! I let them sit on top of my book shelf and thought about the possibilities.
It wasn't until after my little yellow sweater screamed at me in the mirror one morning that I came up with a plan. I grabbed my huge button covers, my little yellow sweater, and went through my sewing stash. I decided to design something that replicated a grand prize ribbon... you know, the kind that you would win at the county fair? I picked out a turquoise and yellow 1930's fabric, and some other:

After I covered the button, I cut some felt... excuse the glitter suspended inside. It was leftover from making Christmas ornaments 4 years ago. Finally, the perfect excuse to use it up! I love felt. It is the base for so many of my crafts. In fact, my mantra for the day has become:

I opened up the bias tape, and started to stitch.

Ruffles, ruffles, everywhere!

I kept those ruffles coming! Three rows of pure ruffle-ness. It was heaven.


When I was finished, I sewed on my extra large button, and pinned it on my sweater. She looked fantastic! I could tell she felt fantastic too, because she made me wear her to the grocery store. What a show off!

It was like a grand prize for crafty perfection!

And, it was so easy too. 15 minutes of crafty time- tops!


Tamie said...

you're so cute! and so is your ruffled button. :)

Astrid in Bristling Acres said...

I think I'm in love! I love the colors! I'd love, love, love to have something like that!

Linda H. said...

Man, you really are a weird person!

haha...just joking. THis looks great. A perfect solution in 15 minutes. (It would have taken me over an hour, I'm sure. I have two left hands :-)

Elena said...

Looks like a happy little sunflower. Great job!

Mandy said...

Oh Emily! I picked this craft to do for girls weekend and we must be craft challenged b/c an hour after we started we were still trying to "stitch, stitch, stitch."

If your ears were ringing on Friday night it was b/c of me and my girlfriends. ;)

All in all, you provided us more laughs than you will ever know!