Friday, April 22, 2011

Extreme Makeover: Fabric Edition WEEK 1

Okay everyone!  The time has come!  Our contestants did an amazing job and used a total of 66 yds of fabric between them! 


This week's theme was Wildflower & Whimsy.  Check out their creations to see how they were inspired and vote for your favorite!

#1 -- 25.5 yds

Girly duvet and bunting

Matching curtains

Matching Dresses

#2 -- 15.5 yds

 Chair slipcover and love seat slipcover

 Curtains for living room, dining room & my daughters room.

 Back door window sash

These are some long-awaited projects. The ones that make you think 'oh, I really need to take care of that!', and then the fabric sits just waiting...and the poor lonely sewing machine. That thing probably had two inches of dust!! I haven't had the thing out since making a nursing cover close to three months ago. And before that, embroidery for Christmas gifts... I have a decent excuse, I think...well, four of them. ha!!

#3 -- 7.25 yds

When I first heard the theme, I immediately knew I wanted to use some of my florals and bright colored fabrics that reminded me of the circus (whimsical, right?)  So the theme is reflected in my fabric choices.

Eventually, I want to re-do the entire baby room corner but until free time is more abundant, I'll have to take it a few steps at a time.  So far, I was able to make my daughter's name in rosette letters and matching bumper pads.  

I have an oddly sized IKEA crib that has solid wood on both ends, so bumpers that are connected tend not to fit well.  My solution was to make a six piece set that tie on individually.  The front panels are ruffled and the backs are covered in a vintage floral, that definitely screams 'wildflower' to me.

I knew I wanted her whole name in the room, and love the way these turned out with the 2 different fabric colors.  Letters can get really expensive, so I was glad to find a way to make beautiful letters out of things I had on hand.  In case you are wondering, there are over 175 rosettes in her name.  Thats my excuse for not completing more for her room this week.

#4 -- 6.5 yards

Here are my projects for this week!  I have to say, this was so much fun, and great motivation to sew!  I had no idea I could get so much sewing accomplished in a week (especially when I spent a 12 hour day volunteering at a school event on Saturday...just think what I could do with a free week-end...)    :)

My projects began with a whimsical (and flower-filled) fabric which was just begging to be turned into a fun top.  I then created several wardrobe pieces around the top, and added more wildflowers and whimsy with a few more floral fabrics and yo-yo trims.  The cropped pants and floral top were both made from Ottobre patterns.  This was only my second time making pants and I learned a lot! The knit top underneath is a BurdaStyle pattern and the bag is from the book "Sew Liberated" by Meg McElwee.  I made my own bias tape and piping for the bag, added an inside pocket, and used vintage buttons as flower centers on both the bag and pants. 

#5 -- 6.25 yds

Shirt - - the fabric said "wildflowers and whimsy" to me, but by the time it was appliqued on, you couldn't see much of the fabric - oh well!  This used a scrap of fabric from a charm pack and one Tshirt from my huge stash of blank-tshirts-just-in-case.

Tulle Bedskirt - - I have  A TON of tulle in my stash - and tulle is "whimsy" to me so I knew I wanted to use it.  I thought it would be great to use as a bedskirt in my girls' room - to hide all their junk.  I cut the tulle into strips and tied them onto the bed - it took a bunch of tulle - 6 yards (3 plain white and 3 sparkle).  I was going to glue on flowers of tulle, but the wadded up pink tulle didn't look right, so I just left the bedskirt plain.

#6 -- 5 yds 

 Here is my entry for week one.  My take on the theme Wildflowers and Whimsy is a Wildflowers and Whimsy Picnic Blanket.  I used 2.5 yards of fabric and 2.5 yards of batting from my stash for this project.  I purchased the nylon batting just for this project.

I have had a picnic blanket on my project list for a while.  I'm so thrilled to have one done now that I can put in my car and use for lots of family picnics this summer.  One thing I love about this picnic blanket is that it is plenty big for all four of us and even a couple friends to comfortably sit on.   Plus we can use it even if the grass is damp because the backside is waterproof!!

#7 -- 7 yds

WhooHoo! I finished the first project! I decided to make a Wildflowers and Whimsy TeePee or as my little one called it a PeeTee. So here it is..

I made this from a king size duvet cover that I have had stashed forever.

I whimsied it up with some appliques.

Added a ruffle.  All done.

So my yardage totals were 5 yards for the body and pole slots, 1 yard for lining the front flaps, and a little over 1 yard for the appliques. So that's a grand total of 7 yards used up. YAY! The best part way I only purchased the ric rac for the stems and the poles for the tent all that was only $18. I had so much fun thank you for having me!

Pretty impressive huh?

#1 used the most fabric... 25.5 yds... Holy Batman!  So she automatically goes on to week 2!

Congrats! Now hurry up and vote for your favorite!  The polls close Sunday night @ 11:59!

Oh and don't forget to hop over to Wildflower's & Whimsy later today to enter the giveaway for some free patterns so you can start taking down your own stash!!

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  1. All the contestants did a great job!

  2. Wow! Amazing projects! I am so thrilled to be competing with these talented gals! Thanks!

  3. I was sure I'd vote for the Sophie bedding, but the teepee had me at Hello. Great, now I'll HAVE to make a teepee!!!

  4. I had a really tough time deciding between 4 and 7. All the projects looked great.

  5. You can buy any size pink tulle bedskirt at LinensnCurtains. Many sizes, options, colors available. you can also show your color and get it order.


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