Pink Inspired Projects at the Expocomments (1) October 8th, 2008
On Saturday, with just 4 hours to go at the Expo, I set out in search of project ideas for this month's Make It Pink Challenge. I figured with all the talented crafters, quilters and sewers that were gathered under one roof, that had to be some great ideas. I wasn't disappointed--here are some of my favorite crafty finds...the first of which warms the cockles of my heart.
At Annie's Keepsakes, I discovered a pattern for Cozy Cloche...a hat that is designed for chemotherapy patients to wear when they lose their hair. I've seen patterns for these hats before, but this one had a lot of style to it, I liked the fact that it was made from two different fabrics. Depending on the season, the can be made from cotton prints or warm polar fleece. The women at Annie's Keepsakes get together each October to sew these hats for the local hosipital.
The Quilted Ladies are whimsical collectibles designed to playfully express your love of quilting and sewing. These ladies can be personalized to bring a smile to whomever you give them to. The faces and dress designs are machine embroidered. I met Bonnie Colonna, the designer of these ladies and she told me that she could put together Breast Cancer Awareness Kits--visit her www.bonniecolonna.com and check them out.
Sue's Sparklers had ribbons and survivor messages spelled out in Swarovski crystals. This is an easy way to get your message out there...you don't need any special equipment to adhere these designs onto your fabric--use your household iron and a pressing cloth. You can also get individual crystals that you can sprinkle all over!
If you want to add an embroidered pink ribbon to a tee or hat and you don't have an embroidery machine, visit the Applique Buffet and get a ribbon that's already stitched out and ready to sew on. They had several sizes to choose from.
As I explored, I found lots of printed fabric in every shade of pink imaginable. One of my favorite projects is making a new purse to carry all my stuff. Hope Yoder designed a new little bag that's perfect to carry your cell phone and other essentials. I loved her sample done up in a pretty pink floral fabric. This purse is designed with lots of blank spaces for you to embellish or embroider.
Finally, in Bernadine's Needle Art --the booth right next door to me, I spied a miniature needle punched design of a flower. It was designed in 2005, and proceeds from the sale of the pattern were donated to breast cancer research. I loved the design--if you're interested, visit Bernadine's website and check it out. The entire flower, background and other details were filled with needle punch--it looked a lot like felted wool.