Thursday, January 7, 2010

Dusting off the sewing machine

Blue Tea Cup
I was told to bake less this year, and while I know for a fact that I just can't do that, I thought it might be a good idea to pull out a few of my other, more neglected hobbies. At least until I have some extra cash for a new camera and I drop everything again for a new shiny toy that will surely need pretty pastries to practice with. And so it was, a few weeks before new years, that I found myself digging out my sewing machine from behind a pile of boxes that I tossed amidst a cleaning frenzy. "I should make something!" I thought to myself, and started scouring the web for patterns and ideas. To brush up on my skills a bit I made a cute little blanket for my nephew, which was wrapped up and given as a holiday gift before I even thought of taking a picture. The retro polka dot apron I made for my sister went the same way, as did the tea cozy I made for my mom. I loved the idea of a tea cozy so much that last night I pulled out the leftover fabric from that project and made another one. Don't you think that this is the cutest way to keep your tea warm as you're chatting away with your sisters or girl friends over some pastries? The vintage tea cups deserve no less.

Tea Cozy

If you're feeling ambitious and would like to whip one up yourself, it's not that hard. I found pretty thorough instructions here, and it's a pretty quick evening project to work on with your favorite show on in the background. Just pick out some pretty fabric, the insulation and a pretty ribbon and you're all set to go.

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