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Several Small Finishes

Several Small Finishes

Several small accomplishments can sometimes feel as good a single big one.  And that’s the way I’m feeling about the finishes I’m sharing today.

As I mentioned in Wednesday’s post, I’d had an orphaned arrow block sitting on the end of my sewing machine cabinet since I made my Love Struck Purse.   It is now a pincushion with a small pocket just the right size to hold a thimble.

Arrow Pincushion with pocket for thimble

The patchwork needlebook is also finished.

patchwork needlebook

For the topstitching, I used a variegated machine quilting thread on the outside and white in the bobbin to match the white wool felt that I used for the inside of the needlebook.   I really like the subtle changes in color in the topstitching.

After sewing the bias tape binding to my vintage Thanksgiving apron, I had three strips of varying lengths leftover cluttering up my cutting table.  It only took a few minutes to join those into a single strip, give them a good pressing and wind them around a piece of cardboard ready for another project.

Bias tape binding leftover from making Thanksgiving apron

When I go for my morning walks, I carry my phone, tissues and the spare house key in a bag at my waist.  I always worry that one of these times when I reach in to answer the phone, the key will fall out and I won’t notice until I get home and find myself locked out of the house.  So yesterday afternoon, I made this fun key chain to attach to the house key.

 Fun Fabric Keychain Wristlet

I can also use it as a wristlet if I’m just popping down the block to check for mail.

Showing off my fabric keychain wristlet

As well, yesterday afternoon, I completed this embroidered gift tag.

Embroidered gift tag
That cute little flower covers the recipient’s name.

This was another quick and simple finish.   It was also one of the small projects included in my 2015 Finish Along Q3 Goals, so it can now be checked off the list.

And last but not least, last night after reading this post over at Thread Riding Hood, I pulled some fabrics from my stash and made this pillowcase to donate to Ryan’s Case for Smiles.

Pillowcase for donation to Cases for Smiles

I’ve got fabric picked out for one more pillowcase and once I’ve got that one done, I’ll make contact with our local coordinator to get them dropped off.

Just this week, a close family member went in for their one year check up and we are celebrating that all the preliminary tests have come back clear.  These pillowcases will be my Act of Gratitude.

None of these projects took more than an hour and in some cases less than that but they’ve allowed me to be able to enjoy sewing in short bursts, taking breaks when I need them, without over-taxing the arm that is still healing.

Wishing you all a wonderful, heart-centered weekend with much Aloha!


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  • Adrianne
    October 18, 2015 4:55 am

    Lots of super sweet finishes!

  • Celtic Thistle Stitches
    September 30, 2015 12:44 pm

    The embroidered gift tag is so lovely, I dream of having a whole pile of these to use one year 🙂

    Thanks for linking up to Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew too!

  • Emily
    September 27, 2015 1:13 am

    Please don’t loose your key! (you wont now you have your wristlet!!) x

  • Susan
    September 25, 2015 10:03 pm

    What a nice lot of little finishes. I really love the pillowcase fabrics, and your purpose for doing it. A great way to celebrate! The wristlet for your key is wonderful. I have a blue plastic spiral thing that mine are on, and when I go anywhere, I just pop it over my wrist. No more leaving the keys in strange places! I got the idea and the plastic thing from my best friend, and don’t know where I’ll get another, so this one better last a long time! Love the gift tag!

  • Debbie
    September 25, 2015 9:34 pm

    Wow!! You have been a busy girl!! All great projects that anyone would love to have!! Thanks for sharing!

  • Mary Anne
    September 25, 2015 7:14 pm

    You’re on a roll! You must be feeling a sense of accomplishment to finish so many things – good for you.

  • Sandra
    September 25, 2015 6:21 pm

    You really put the orphan block to good use. I have a few such blocks that I should do sth with. Thanks for the idea. Yes. Fabric bowls for Christmas. Wonderful idea. LOL

  • GeminiJen NZ
    September 25, 2015 6:08 pm

    Very productive! Good stuff!

  • Rachel Wright
    September 25, 2015 4:36 pm

    While you are still healing, quick, short projects like this will be just right!

  • Linda
    September 25, 2015 4:09 pm

    Great use of small bursts of time! Cute too!

  • Raewyn
    September 25, 2015 2:31 pm

    I agree, small finishes like this are very satisfying 🙂 Cute and useful projects – I especially love the pincushion with the pocket – well done on a good few hours work!

  • Preeti
    September 25, 2015 1:53 pm

    So many wonderful projects!! And that pillowcase will definitely add to that basket of smiles 🙂 Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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