Making Things

I mentioned recently that I had a look through my box of felt pieces to make things with. I think I put as many pieces back as I kept out (I think anyone who makes felt knows how hard it is to cut pieces up to make things!) so I went through it again telling myself it’s a waste to keep them all packed away in a box 🙂  I had quite a lot of pieces this time. I started looking at some of the bigger pieces to see how many notebook covers I could make. Some of you might recognise this flowery piece from my e-book, I’m trying to convince it it’s big enough to make a notebook cover from! In the end I decided to make a couple of camera cases from it as it had a base layer of muslin.

feltI cut out a placemat and two coasters from a thick felt piece I made just before Christmas and found some pieces perfect for making into glasses cases and coin pouches. I added some stitching to these to make the felt stiffer. I tried to find the perfect embroidery thread to blanket stitch them, but I wasn’t happy with what I had, so waited for the threads I ordered from Rainbow Girl on etsy. They are just like DMC coton perle but with more colour variations. I also finished sewing together my other cotton gauze purse, but haven’t sewn the button holes yet.

piecesQuite a few of the pieces I had were perfect for gadget cases (camera, phone, iPods) so I ended up with a huge pile of cut out felt pieces waiting to be sewn up with the machine. I finished them by Monday, though I think half that time was spent trying to thread the needle, just as I thought I was about to get the thread through, my eyes would flicker and I’d miss 🙂

gadget casesMachine stitching might make me feel like the cases are secure, but I never feel anything is finished properly until I blanket stitch it, so out came the threads again.

cases and threadsOne thing I did manage to get finished this week was a notebook cover. This piece of felt really was hard to cut up!

notebook coverWhen I made a pot pouri case last year, I kept the natural edge of the felt for the flap, I really liked the uneven edges. I liked them so much that I try to use the natural edges as much as possible now instead of cutting, and luckily this piece of felt was the exact width I needed for a book cover and I left both the inside flap edges natural and just finished them with blanket stitch. When I’ve managed to work out postage prices and convert to US $, I’ll add this to etsy.

flapTalking of etsy, I’m trying to add a variety of different things to my shop there and this last week I added some more collage sheets. They are all A4 sheets with 9 ATC size (3.5 x 2.5 inch) images. There are a couple featuring English census returns images and I’m working on a series of sheets featuring altered versions of my original artwork… oils, pastels acrylics and gouache.

ATC2 collage sheetOur UK readers probably know that postage prices have gone up again, and not only that but the weight categories have widened too, so the prices/weights jump quite steeply. The new price list is available online now, but it seems they’ve tried to make it as complicated and as clumsy as possible. I went through it and made myself a couple of charts to simplify it. I think I copied all the info correctly, so if it helps, here’s a PDF of prices for letters and small packages.

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21 Responses to Making Things

  1. Marilyn says:

    They are all lovely. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. ruthlane says:

    What a lovely set of felted goodies! I think the notebook is just gorgeous. I can see why you had difficulty cutting it up 🙂

  3. Lyn says:

    I love the blue notebook cover and you were right to keep the wavy edge. The colours are wonderful and have a real depth.
    Your collage sheets are very pretty – I hope they do well.
    Thanks for the nod towards Rainbow Girl. I just have to have some of those threads.
    Royal Mail has made it difficult for sellers of smaller-value items by cutting out the ‘packet’. I’m not happy with the new pricing system!

    • zedster66 says:

      Thanks, Lyn 🙂
      I had some really nice coloured threads off her, they are all just a bit more colourful and different than ‘regular’ colours and they work a lot better for me.
      I put a note on my notebooks that I could send the covers without the books, they’ll fit in a ‘letter’ then and reduce postage costs massively.

  4. Karen says:

    Love all your felted goodies Zed and the little love hearts in the top right, what are you going to use them for ? That blue note book cover is gorgeous, i think i would have had a hard time cutting that up to so you were very brave lol

    • zedster66 says:

      Thanks, Kaz 🙂
      The hearts are going to be ring pouches, somewhere to put your rings while you wash up or do gardening, r for jewellery that isn’t worn anymore, or maybe even for putting a ring in to give to someone 🙂
      I did make a camera case out of the felt left over from the book and put that on etsy too, but I really like it!

  5. terripike says:

    Sometimes I save things for just the “right” use and then when I’m going through scraps I don’t hesitate at all when I know I’ve found just the thing. Unfortunately, that is rare and I have that “save it” mentality more often than not. I have to force myself to use things, and I think it is from growing up poor and not having the luxury of excess.
    Thanks for inspiring me to get some use out of that scrap box today! Great project ideas!!
    Terri

    • zedster66 says:

      Thanks Terri 🙂
      A lot of the time I have no idea what a piece of felt will eventually be, but I’m happy just making them and deciding later 🙂
      I have a huge box of early felt pieces that I’ll never cut up, I’m far too attached 🙂
      I hope you don’t mind, but I’m going to use the email you commented with to send you a download link for my e-book

  6. You have great samples and scraps Zed.
    They got rid of our small packet a while ago and its made things more expensive to ship. You shouldn’t have to convert to US $. etsy should do that for them. When I go to etsy, it asks me what I want the currency to show as. I pick CND and all the prices show in Canadian for me.

    • zedster66 says:

      Thanks, Ann 🙂
      I did find where the currency setting was under the shipping settings, weird place to put it!

  7. When I visit before I sign in there is a little pop up at the bottom asking me what currency I want to shop in.

    • zedster66 says:

      I get that too, and it’s also in the account settings, it asks for language and currency, but that’s only for what you buy in, not what currency you sell in.

  8. lizseville says:

    If you decide to sell the Ochre piece with the yellow stitching let me know!

  9. lizseville says:

    It would be so much better if Etsy made it possible for UK customers to look at UK suppliers.

    • zedster66 says:

      I know! There’s either All, your own location or ships to UK. Maybe the closest we can get to guessing is the prices, the ones with the ‘odd’ prices are probably overseas and converted to GBP.

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