Wednesday, May 26, 2010

ikea fabric score

I love a good bargain, and I love color. I got both last week during an impromptu trip to IKEA, where I snagged these 3 pseudo-Marimekko fabrics for between $2 and $3 a yard. Great, colorful additions to my stash. Not sure what I'll do with them yet, but they're there to inspire me.

Friday, May 21, 2010

funky scrap bag potholders

Funky Scrap Bag potholders, front
Welcome to my new sewing blog, which chronicles my adventures as a self-taught, semi-anarchistic urban seamstress, hence the name "Tough Buttons."  Lately, I've been whipping out these easy potholders by the dozen. The pattern is in Lotta Jansdotter's Simple Sewing: Patterns and How-To for 24 Fresh and Easy Projects.They're a great way to use up fabric scraps, and they make great gifts. Who doesn't need another potholder?

Funky Scrap Bag potholders, back
For these potholders, I used various remnants of kaleidoscopic Kaffe Fassett scraps that were burrowing in the bottom of my sewing bag. I was pleased with the mismatched, ragamuffin results.