Phee Fabrics is finding ways to use up your Art Gallery scraps. This blog is focusing on Car Seat Neck Pads! Plus you have a chance to win a Scrap Pack!
Over time the neck pads are on the car seat have become dingy plus they’re boring. So why not redo them? These only cushion the straps against the collarbone and do not reduce the safety of the car seat. These are the same size and thickness of the original ones.
As we come to the close of the year, the time for reflection seems to inevitably set in – Did I accomplish all of last years goals? Was there something I am really proud of? Something that didn’t go as planned? And the list goes on and on…. But I can honestly say that 2018 was one heck of a year and this blog was one of the many goals I had and I am so proud of the progress!
You may have noticed that my posts to date have all featured incredible fabrics from Phee Fabrics, and there is a reason – the obvious is that the quality is unparalleled! Did you know that all fabrics are from the USA?!? Check it out in the pinned post in the Facebook group . The other major reason for my devotion to Phee is the support, knowledge and overall love I feel from the group, both in my sewing endeavors and life in general.
This group has challenged me and lifted me up countless times in the last 12 months, in a way I could have never imagined. I found myself trying all new fabrics and patterns, from leggings with fancy cuts to open back tops and dresses….even a full blown coat! Most of these projects were completed with the help of the knowledgeable team and the Sew Along Group. Alas, some projects still sit half complete….
But I was given another gift from all of this sewing, SCRAPS!! I am guilty of letting scraps pile up for months until I get overtaken and try to pass them on to anyone or place, but not my Phee scraps! I covet those babies and my most prized are any and all of my Polartec scraps. When Phee first added these to the shop, I wasn’t sure what to make or if I would really love them. But the fabric is beyond gorgeous in color and quality is unmatched! It’s warm and cozy but still perfect for my active lifestyle.
Remember that coat I mentioned? There were a few scraps of Polartec Stretch Twill left and I wasn’t sure what to make with them, but my sewing space inspired me. I know lots of us sew in a basement or out of the way part of the house, and I am no different. My urban living has afforded me a space in our first floor entryway. Don’t get me wrong, I am so grateful, but this space in COLD in the Northeast winter’s! And my feet turn into popsicles. A light bulb luckily went off one day and I decided that I needed to wrap my feet in the Polartec scraps but I didn’t just want a sock or ankle slipper. I wanted “house boots”.
Twig and Tale Tie Back Boots answered my call. This is the shorter boot option but still gives me plenty of warmth and I was able to get them cut from scraps. The pattern calls for more stable fabrics so I added fusible interfacing to the back of the Polartec (note – I would not trying this on the Polartec power wool due to the unique raised backing)
The enclosed elastic was a better option for me since I get tangled up in ties when I am sewing and these warm booties will always be on in my sewing room ♥️
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So as we start to look forward to the upcoming year and setting goals, I am going to try and create less waste with my craft and continue to push myself to learn all I can from this invaluable group! What will inspire you in the new?
With the holidays just around the corner, I’m hustling trying to get gifts made. Hand made gifts are something I truly enjoy to not only make, but to give. But I tend to get carried away and end up having to figure something else out at the last minute….after already spending the money on the first idea. At this point I frantically search for scrap buster patterns that seem meaningful. Something that I can give someone that they will appreciate and use. This year I’m skipping straight to the scrap buster.
The ‘90’s socks by Made for Mermaids are the perfect scrap buster! It has options for ankle, crew, and knee length….FOR ALL SIZES!!That’s right! You can make socks for the whole family and all your friends with this pattern! Who doesn’t love homemade socks?!
The Polartec fabric from Phee Fabrics is perfect for these socks! It’s a breatheable lightweight fabric that will keep your feet warm and wick moisture away. I used the scarlet Polartec powerdry for the sock and circular knit for the bands. I hate when my socks slide down but the circular knit works well to prevent that. If you had some supplex scraps lying around, that would work great too. You could even put some puffy paint on the bottom to make them not slippery.
Let me tell you, these socks are perfect!! They are warm but still breatheable and I can wear them with my sneakers! I will definitely be making more. For all those reading this that get gifts from me….act surprised!