Saturday, March 15, 2008

Kitchen Coordinates

Previously I posted about an apron I made and a some-what failed attempt at an oven mitt (it's functional, but the shape did not come out right). Last night I worked on part III, a casserole tote, and gave the oven mitt attempt number 2. :)

I'm not totally done with the casserole tote. It's kind of like a Pyrex Portables carrier, but more fun because it's personalized (and I might have my sister, Joy, monogram it for me, so it might be even more personalized)! My grandmother made one for my mom years ago, and she still uses it. I think it's fun to have something with a splash of your own style, so this was the perfect gift to make for someone (and it is a gift). Anyway, it's not complete because I need to finish the tops of the sections for the handles. The instructions I had didn't *quite* seem to go step-by-step, there was some presumption of following along that I had some guess work to do. Anyway, the handles are one part I am slightly guessing at, and I need some dowels to finish them (basically you end up sewing a pocket into the fabric and insert a dowel by which to carry the tote. I'll post another picture when the tote is truly complete, but here it is save for the last step. :)

(there is velcro holding the two "attached" flaps together,
so the casserole dish won't slide out front-to-back)

I also tried the oven mitt again. I'm still not totally satisfied with the hand part (though the thumb is a huge improvement), and the "bias tape" I made for the bottom gave me trouble (actually sewing it onto the mitt gave me trouble). But, at least this one is gift-able (my original intent).

As you might imagine, today's jobs include stopping by Home Depot or Lowe's (hmmmm, or Michael's? I know A.C. Moore has dowels, but we don't have an A.C. Moore) for a dowel so I can finish the tote! Other than that, we tossed around the idea of an afternoon at the beach (about 70 minutes away), but it's rather chilly for FL. As I recall we tried to go in March previously one year figuring it would be warm--it's the beach!--but it was very windy and cool. Maybe we'll hold off a little longer..... we ARE going to Hilton Head in less than a month. ;)

Hope you have a great weekend!


Joy said...

Wow! It is looking incredible!!! I am so excited! I might have to try the casserole carrier! I love the fabric, everything is so happy and cheery! The oven mitt looks great as well. I have never been a huge fan of binding and always try and find ways to cheat on it! ;) Happy Sewing!

Nashvillians Now said...

I love the casserole carrier! My Mom made one for herself years ago that she still uses. I have commented to her that I would love one but I think I bog her down with two many grandchildren project that the ones for me never happen!
I love the fun fabric. What a wonderfully sweet gift!

Jennifer said...

I have one of those carriers my grandmother made for me. I love it. And I love the new look of your blog.

Nashvillians Now said...

I just reread my comment and realized that I may need to come and be a student in your class! I swear I know the difference between to, too, and two. I think I was reading blogs to late at night to have error free comments.

Susanna Rose said...

That casserole carrier is a great idea! Way to go persevering at the art of looks like you've definitely got the hang of it now!:)