Sewing non-garment items didn’t really appeal to me when I rekindled my hobby, but I’ve recently found it quite enjoyable and a great way to use up those awkward scraps left over from other projects. There are a few other bonuses: quick gratification, no chance it won’t fit, great to make gifts, a way to use fun prints without worrying about wearability. Here are a few things I’ve made recently.
A handy make-up bag using a fat quarter of Birch cotton and lined with a scrap of chambray. I used Flossie Teacakes’ tutorial, adding a boxed bottom by stitching across the corners so it sits up nicely. I used this over Christmas as it fits my essentials in perfectly. I especially like the sturdiness given by interfacing the fabric and the pro finish the bound zip ends provide. I’d like to make one in a laminated/oilcloth fabric for taking larger toiletries in too.
A much-needed new ironing board cover. Our old one was very sad and stained, so I removed it and used it as template to trace this new one. I overlocked the raw edge and folded it in 1cm to make a channel, through which I threaded thin elastic to keep it taut. Really easy! The fabric’s been in my stash for ages – I bought it in Tokyo in 2009 – so it was good to use it for something where I’ll see it often. The printed lines also come in handy as a guide for pressing up hems. I find ironing a real chore, even for sewing, so this might encourage me to do it with a bit more enthusiasm.
A footstool/pouffe for our living room. I’m pretty proud of this – would you believe it’s upcycled from a stained old double duvet that I didn’t know how else to get rid of? It’s just rolled up into a sausage shape, padded out with quilt batting, covered in a jersey knit ‘skin’ and finally a cute quilting cotton cover.
I added a couple of handles to the top for easy moving around, and a pocket to the side for the remote control.
Considering how it was nearly free and I totally winged the construction I’m pretty pleased with it, as is Small Cat who immediately claimed it for her own. (You just know that if I actually bothered to make her a bed, she wouldn’t go near it.)
I’ve got plenty more ideas and tutorials saved on my Destash ideas Pinterest board. Next I’d like to make myself a new shoulder bag with canvas and pleather, and some handy fabric buckets to store my knitting projects. Anyone else enjoy making non-garment projects from time to time?