Tuesday, February 11, 2014

No Obligation Sewing

I don't know how it happened, but the other day I found myself sitting at my sewing machine sewing up some pouches that had no purpose! It seems like it has been forever since I've sat down and sewn for fun. Of course sewing is always fun, but it seems like everything has some obligation tied to it, which isn't bad, but ties a ting of stress to it. I've wanted to try reverse applique for a long time, and decided to take a time-out and try something new. It was fantastic!! And I'm pleasantly surprised with what I came up with!

This is the first one I came up with. I wanted to do a "quilty" design and based this design off of HST's.

I stitched the design with the fabric on the back of the linen. Then cut out the linen ONLY that was between the stitches (the only tricky part). I really want to put a tutorial together for this. It is SO simple and quick, and so much fun!

I was really brave to use this fabric for my first go. But I'm glad I did! I love it.
I used some AMH lollipop for the liner as well. I decided I'll send this to one of my Pay It Forward friends from last year (that I never sent out. oops. A new baby and a move will do that.) ;)

Then I went with hearts for Valentine's Day, though I don't think I'll get these sent out in time for that. But that is ok, because these are the PERFECT size for my Just Because... love notes. (I have been using the "thank you" notes for everything!! I love these!)


the back.
I scored a bunch of this raspberry henna garden for a great price, and it's been so fun to actually use it! (it's easy to use the good stuff when you have a lot of it.) ;)

this was actually the first heart one I made. It was hard to photograph the pink with the black. It looks crazy neon, but it's really not. I really love this print.

some Tula Pink for the liner.

I like the quilty designs better and came up with this one. It's my favorite so far!


More Tula Pink for the liner. This will be a #payitforward2013 gift too.

and there you go! I made a few really fun things! I crossed a few things off my to-do list, and I'm blogging! Does it get much better than this?! ;)

What have you been sewing for fun lately?



  1. Well done for jumping in and doing! It looks so effective. Lovely work!

  2. Hi Diane! I love these pouches and your method!!! Especially those 'quilty' once look Super! I like how the linen edges look after cutting. Fantastic - want to make these! Have a great day! x Teje

  3. You really summed up the way I often feel. By the time the obligations are met, there's not much fun-sewing time left. This year, I'm making the fun stuff a priority. Love your little heart pouches...for no reason. ;0)

  4. I am glad you had the time, I love the texture and style.. but it dont matter what you sew, its pretty.. Hi MARA too.

  5. Your reverse applique is lovely, especially with the linen!

  6. Hi Diane! I linked to your adorable pouches today! Have a lovely day! x Teje

  7. What sweet cards. And sewing without obligation is so wonderful. Henna Garden is one of my favorite lines--I have every color (I think, anyway). What lovely pouches you made.

  8. This is some fun sewing. I hear you on the obligation sewing. Sometime you just need to go rogue


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