Phew! It feels like June went by in a flash and I’m struggling to keep up with the months as they quickly fly by. With the kids out of school for summer, I suspect that July and August might feel like they drag by a little slower! Still, tomorrow it is July, but I thought that today I’d take the opportunity to reflect back on the past month of creative endeavors here on the Fiskateer blog.
Have you heard? There’s a new book in town called, Let’s Sew Together by Rubyellen Bratcher from the blog Cakies. If you, like me, are planning to be around children who want to MAKE STUFF this summer, this book is a very handy resource to have around. It’s brimming with creative ideas for children and parents and despite its name, each chapter also includes no-sew projects, educational activities, play ideas and even reading suggestions that tie in with the craft activities. We delved right in and got busy, of course! And judging by what we’ve made together so far, the ideas are sooo imaginative, with beautiful photos directions and clear instructions.
I shared a post earlier in the week showcasing the Ipanema Collection by Birch Fabrics and here’s another project I made using fabric from that same collection, this time Bossa Ukes in the orange colorway. Of course, I just HAD to make a case for our ukelele. The fabric was just too perfect for it! As well as a grey cotton solid and white piping around the edge to create a contrast, I used Pellon’s Fusible Fleece on both the bag outer and bag lining, so that it is pretty padded and offers some protection to the instrument. I added an extra long metal zipper (the longest I could find!) that stretches almost the entire way around the case for easy access.
I had the very good fortune to work with some beautiful cotton prints by Birch Organic Fabric recently and I’m excited to share this first creation with you today. This print is called Rio Geo and is part of the Ipanema Collection, which is very apt if you are following the soccer World Cup taking place in Brazil!
If you haven’t already checked out Birch Fabric, I highly encourage you to do so. Their collections are overflowing with fun, whimsical designs, are printed on 100% organic cotton and produced in an environmentally conscience way. Check their website here for a full list of where to buy.
Today’s project is intended to inspire you to get busy on your next project and to enter it in our ‘Create behind the seams’ mini challenge that we’re hosting along with Pellon. For all the details on the challenge see here.
I feel like summer is the season to be wearing flowers in your hair, am I right?! If not real flowers, how about the felt kind? They won’t droop and die and will look fresh and pretty all day long! (The same cannot necessarily be said about your hair, if you have hair like mine).I absolutely love making felt flowers! Not only does it feel relaxing to work with such soft material in my hands, it also looks soft and lovely when worn.