Monday, April 25, 2011

Dishes and Luggage

It had been awhile since I used my sewing machine and I was craving some sewing.  So I pulled it out and whipped up some stuff!  Here are a couple of sewing projects I finished recently. 

The Dish Towel Mat

Its for drying those dishes that are too big for the dishwasher or that don't quite get dry enough.  I've used mine a bunch and I love it.  When I'm done with it, I just fold it up and put it in the basket with Grayson's bottles above the microwave.

I used the tutorial from here. All you need is a dishtowel, fabric, a sewing machine, and coordinating thread.  For the fabric I used 2 different fabrics the tutorial used 3, it's just your personal preference.  I probably would've used 3, but I couldn't find a 3rd that worked with the owls and the green.

 The tutorial was really good and easy to follow.  But my fabric pieces weren't quite long enough to make it the edges like in the tutorial {see below}.  So if you want to make one, I'd cut the fabric strips an inch longer.  But it's fine, I still love it!

Here it is in action! Haha :)

Fancy Schmancy Luggage Handle Covers

Ok, these were seriously SO easy peasy to make.  For reals.  I used the tutorial here from Little Birdie Secrets.  I made 4 super fast.  There are only 2 pictured because I ran out of velcro and had to wait to sew on the velcro to the last 2 after I bought more.  I couldn't wait to take the pictures though!

I made 3 of the blue polka dot and 1 of the grey and white polka dot.  The gray I'm using for Gray's suitcase and the blue for me and Josh.  

These babies will make it super easy to tell which suitcases are ours when we're at the airport.  I mean everyone uses different color ribbons.  But I haven't seen anyone with these!  I can't wait to use them when we go to California this summer!!!

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rindercella @ neatheringourfest said...

those luggage handle covers are brilliant! very cute!

Amy @ Increasingly Domestic said...

Super cute Jenna! I have been wanting to make a dish drying mat and seeing yours has me moving it up on my list;) Love those owls!

OhioMomPatriot said...

I really like the luggage handle covers. I have a couple of bags that could use some dressing up and this is perfect! Thanks for sharing!

Krista said...

Love your owl dish drying thing! So cute. And I love fast projects... might need to add those luggage things to my list!

Angelyn said...

101 followers! Jenna, now what are you going to do? =]

Sarah Badger said...

That dishtowel mat is so cute! Love the owls!

Mom2fur said...

I never saw anything like the dishtowel mat. It's really clever! Pots take up so much room in the drainer so this is a great solution!
Those baggage handle covers are cute. I think they'd make a great gift!

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

Very cute, love the owls! thanks for linking this up to our Wicked awesome wed. blog party!

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Jenny said...

I just pulled all the supplies to make this over the weekend. I have a very small draining sink, so this is perfect. Can't wait to see how it turns out.

Kathryn Michelle Jenkins said...

that luggage handle is awesome! and the owl fabric is super cute.

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Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

I LOVE those little owls. SOOO adorable haha :)

Thanks for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday!

Marianne said...

I have a dishtowel mat, but it is not as cute as yours. I guess I will have to do some embellishing of it too. And I love those suitcase handle covers. I will have to whip up a few of those myself before our trip to Norway this summer.
Thanks for sharing.

Kassi @ Truly Lovely said...

I need a dish towel mat!!! I just used several dish towels laid out together... This would be SO much easier! Thanks for sharing on Fancy This Fridays!!! I shared this on our Facebook page, FYI! ;)

Allison @ House of Hepworths said...

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SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

Hi, Jenna! I'm admiring all your creative posts here so can you please share them with us at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party :)

OhioMomPatriot said...

I just wanted to let you know I linked to you, today. I just love this dish mat. Thanks for sharing!