This weekend was spent doing something different. I have been making soaps and lotions for so long, that my sewing fell behind schedule. I was able to catch it up this weekend, though, and I am just two projects short of being done.
To round out my gift to my sister and her girls when I go see them in a couple of weeks, I make them some cute pillowcases and cell phone wristlet purses.
I have made these for them many times before, but they so look forward every year to getting a new one.
This weekend I managed to get four pillowcases done. I still have one more to go, but I won’t have the fabric to make it until sometime later this week. My nephew likes college sports teams, so I had to special order some Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team fabric for him.
These only take about a yard and a quarter of fabric each and come together in less than an hour per pillowcase. I used this pattern.
My sister loves butterflies, so the one on the top-right is for her. The red one is for my niece’s 1 year old boy. The other two with the birdies and bunnies are for my nieces.
Cell Phone Wristlets
I also managed to whip up 6 cell phone wristlets. These are a very fast project if you’re ok with sewing zippers. They come together in about 2 hours.
Everyone loves these because they are a perfect size to “grab and go”. They have a wrist strap, they hold your phone in one pocket, and have a few more pockets for putting credit cards, some cash, and even a few more essentials like lip balm, chewing gum, or whatever is small enough to fit.
I have an Iphone 6sPlus, so it is quite large (6 and 1/4 long by about 3 1/2 inches wide), so the purse dimensions are approximetly 8.5 inches wide by 4 inches tall. If you had a smaller phone, you could make this smaller by altering the width of the fabric pieces. I find this makes a nice size though, so it is just large enough to hold a few essentials, but not too big to lug around easily.
If you want to try them, I have the free pattern over on my other blog, homespun hobbyist >> HERE.
Now when my other fabric comes in, I have one more wristlet and one more pillowcase to whip up, and then I am done with my summer sewing.
On a side note, I am feeling particularly brave. Why? Because I did not abandon my house and move into a motel. Seriously, I found three yellowjacket hornets in my window on Friday. My husband killed them, and a few hours later, there were three more. So they were definitely getting in somewhere.
He investigated and found a HUGE hive in the basement. They had gotten in by the pipes that come in for the air conditioning units. So he spent the day battling a hornets nest, and I spent the day terrified and contemplating taking up temporary residence elsewhere. I stuck it out though and locked myself in myself sewing room instead.
We battled them all weekend, but they seem to be slowing down now. I only saw one today, so hopefully this nightmare will be over soon.