In June, Lisa of A Spoonful of Sugar blog, started a sewalong on Instagram. The idea was to make a project from her book, A Spoonful of Sugar – Sew 20 Simple Projects to Sweeten Your Surroundings Zakka Style. There would be five rounds (each round running for 2 weeks) and there would be prizes and a grand prize winner. There were so many amazing projects made – go check out the hashtag #aspoonfulofsugarsal on Instagram to take a peek.
Anyhoo, I thought I would give a quick run down on the five projects I made.
Round 1: Fabric Gift Basket
I used some some gorgeous Emma Jean Jansen fabrics and my logo for a label. It’s such a cute size – it now sits on my desk holding my fabric labels.
Round 2: Zakka Dilly Bag
I asked my teenage daughter if there was anything in the book she’d like me to make for her. She picked the dilly bag. I bought the cool pen fabric by Cotton and Steel especially for my writer daughter – I just knew she’d love those pens.
Round 3: Gorgeous Gingham Pot Holder
I’d never tried chicken scratch embroidery before, and wanted to use this sewalong to try some new things. So I chose some favourites from my stash, and went to work. I still haven’t used this as a pot holder yet – it’s just a bit too pretty!
Round 4: Grandmother’s Flower Garden Dust Cover
I already had some sweet 1/2″ hexie flowers sitting on my desk, so I thought this would be a good project to use them for. I really loved how this turned out – too pretty to hide away in the wardrobe, so I sewed the hanger hole closed and I’m using it as a chair cover for my sewing chair. I get to look at it every day!!
Round 5: Sashiko Placemat (adapted)
I’d tried sashiko once before, and I love the look of it, so I chose this as my last project. I was blessed to be given a fat quarter bundle of the new Tilda line, and once I saw those aqua bunnies, I just knew I had to use them. I decided to turn the sashiko placemat into a sashiko sign for my sewing room. I did some sewing illustration (that was fun), and added a little bit of pink lace. It’s hanging above the doorway into my special crafty space.
All in all, I had lots of fun, learnt some new techniques, and have some new pretty useful things around my home!
I must admit I was disappointed I didn’t win any of the prizes for this sewalong. Just being real. However, I must also admit I’m glad I didn’t have to judge the competition, as there were SO many great projects made throughout the sewalong. I decided to use this as a learning experience, and the two areas I think I could improve in are my photography and attention to the little details that really make a project. So all is not lost!! Bring on the next sewalong, I say!
Till next time,