Jeans Tote & Assembling Crocheted Blocks

Our Crafting Workshop is coming up on June 13th from 9:30 to 2:00!  Please come and join us, learn something new, and have some fun!  Please bring your lunch, and all the materials and supplies you will need.

Color Theory: Final Lesson

What colors go well together? What colors clash? How do I choose colors that play well together? Come to our June workshop and the answers to these questions and more will be revealed!

Sewing Lesson

IMG_1885-webOK, so I’m experimenting with making Tote Bags out of old blue jeans for the women at Wheeler Mission!  These can be fun and creative!  So bring your old jeans, and if they’re a little worn out, that’s OK, I have some iron on patches we can use to cover that worn out spot and be decorative!  It doesn’t matter what size, we can make it work!

What you need to bring:
jeans; some of your old ones, or if you choose to shop at Good Will for some, that’s fine.  What I would suggest is to get ones with the hips measuring around 30″.
matching or contrasting thread (I matched the orange thread on the jeans I used to contrast with the blue denim)
belt or fabric for a sash (optional)
sewing scissors
sewing machine cutting mat & rotary cutter (optional)

Crochet Lesson

We will learn the best methods for sewing seams in crocheted items. These tips and tricks work well for knitted items, too. However, we will be sewing together 12″ blocks. The squares are made and ready to go. Set aside any fear or dread, this will be fun!

You will need to bring:
– crochet hooks – size G/6, H/8, and I/9
– large-eye yarn needle
– scissors

Summertime is here!

We’re coming up on 2 of our Big Projects for July and August – Tote Bags & Pillowcases for Wheeler Mission!  The women were very excited with everything that you made for them last year!  Last year we had Tote Bag & Pillowcase ‘Marathons’ which worked very well, and we got most of them made!  Please come and join us even if you don’t sew; there is something for everyone to do.  I know the Summer can be busy, and we appreciate everyone who is able to participate!

Please start shopping the sales for fun cottons for Pillowcases, both in prints and solids, as some of the women were requesting solids.  Please remember, Wheeler has requested “tasteful, non-holiday” fabrics.  You will need 1 1/4 yards of 2 fabrics to make 2 pillowcases.

For Tote Bags, look for medium to heavy weight fabrics, anything from denim, Cotton Duck, drapery or upholstery fabric, and there are many other choices out there.  The women were also looking for bright, fun prints, so many different kinds of fabrics would be great!  They also wanted longer straps and both inside and outside pockets.  1 yard will make 2 or 3 totes, depending on the width of the fabric.  Use a coordinating or contrasting fabric for the pockets and straps.  Pockets are 8 1/2″ x 10″ each, and straps are 4″ wide and 22″ to 24″ long.

Looking ahead to Fall

Last year we made 209 Hats and Scarves – that was totally awesome!  We still have some of them left, which will be donated this Fall.  We would love it if you would continue making Hats & Scarves so we will have enough when the cold Fall and Winter months get here!  We donated them to several different schools and organizations, and would like to continue with that this year.  Focus on school age children, especially elementary school ages.  We will need a small number for adults, teens, and toddlers, but not as many.  Please choose whether you knit, crochet, or sew them, and use lots of fun colors and patterns.  Check out the Patterns page for ideas, and periodically more patterns will be added.

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