Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Silent Auction Sewing

A member of our church will be leaving later this month for South Korea as part of the Presbyterian Church (USA) Young Adult Volunteer program. However he is responsible for raising the money necessary to get him there (and back). The church has been holding a variety of fundraising events for him, and one of the last ones is a talent show and silent auction. I don't have much to offer for the talent show portion of the evening, but I figured I could put together a few things for the silent auction.

Apron and Pot Holders

I decided to make an apron with matching pot holders. The apron is an Amy Butler pattern, made from a Michael Miller fabric I found in my stash. I can't seem to remember what it's called. I've made a few of these aprons already. I LOVE them. They pattern is pretty simple and I just think they're so cute!

Potholders are another quick, easy project. I thought it would be fun to make some to match the apron.

Taggy Cubes

Since I already had the fabric for these cute little baby toys already cut, it was nice and quick to just sew them up and stuff them for the auction.

I love the sock monkeys. As soon as I saw this fabric, I knew I had to make some baby toys out of them. They're nice and soft, and have bells in them for added fun. And as you can see, they are Baby Brother approved!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Party Favor Bags

A couple of weeks ago, The Monkey turned three. I still can't believe it. He's growing out of toddlerhood into a little boy. Given his love for all things Dr. Seuss, we had a Cat in the Hat themed birthday party. Mostly, we just had his friends over to run around in the sprinkler and play in the kiddie pool, but we made Cat in the Hat invitations, and the cake (which I forgot to get a picture of) was the Cat's hat.

I hate the idea of single-use plastic goodie bags that would just end up in a landfill somewhere, so when I saw some left over red and white felt in my stash, I decided to make the bags myself. They were quite simple to make.

Cut strips of fabric 2" wide and 6" long, and sew strips together. Fold in half, right sides together, and stitch up the sides. Turn inside out. Cut slits along the top, 1" apart, with the first one about 1/2" in from the edge. Weave ribbon through the slits, and tie off in front. Voila! Cute little bag!

(The felt I had was about 20" wide, so I cut my strips the full 20". After all 1o strips were sewn together, I cut them into three 6" bags. Saves a lot of time and effort).

I filled the bags with some Dr. Seuss stuff I picked up in the dollar aisle at Target -- small notebook, markers, book mark, and silly band. I also picked up some Dr. Seuss pins, and decided they made a cute embellishment on the bags.

These bags were lots of fun to make, helped tie together the theme of the party, and I like knowing there are fewer plastic bags making their way into landfills.