This has been my favorite project yet in the Man-Made series!

 

Bow Ties

 

 

Don’t they all look awesome!? Everybody’s bow tie turned out super well. It was so much fun for me. I hope it was fun for them, too. I think it was.

 

Bow Tie

 

 

Here’s one up close. Isn’t it perfect!? I wish I would have gotten pics of the others. I’ll have to remember that for next time.

 

Bow Tie Class

 

 

And here’s the aftermath. Beer and fabric…it’s such a good combination. :)

My sis has asked for a couple of little things, so I had no problem obliging.

 

Things for Robin

 

 

The first thing she asked for was a phone cover like the one I made for her husband. I used birds because that’s my go-to for her since her name is Robin.

Next up was a sleeping mask. I made one, but I only included one layer of fleece. After trying it on, it let some light in, so I made another using two layers of fleece, which worked out much better. I used some leftover voile since it doesn’t take much.

I love easy peasy projects and quick finishes!

I’m obsessed with the Wiksten Tova. I’ve made three now, but I wish I had an entire closet full.

Jenny of Wiksten studied at KU, which is always a good reference in my opinion.

 

Tova

 

 

Here’s my second Tova using Robert Kaufman’s polka dot chambray. I love it. I wear it weekly. It’s super comfortable. I love the way it looks. I can pair it with a TON of things. It’s fabulous.

 

Wiksten

 

 

My second one is made with Anna Maria Horner rayon challis with a solid voile inset. I love rayon challis. I love wearing it and I don’t mind working with it. I feel really pretty when I wear this top.

So there you go. I love Tovas. I’m sure I’ll make some more in the future. I could wear one every day. If you haven’t made one and would like to, I would HIGHLY recommend it.

I’ve made some gifts. I haven’t given them to the recipients, but I’ve made them.

 

Hoop Storage

 

 

 

Hoop Storage

 

 

 

Hoop Storage

 

These are so easy and fun. I’ve now made five total. Only one of these has been sent to the recipient. I need to get the others out, but going to the post office is like one of the absolute worst tasks ever! Why are they so mean? Why is there always a line? Why do they only have like three envelopes and three boxes and they are all the wrong size or super expensive? I’m being complainy, but it’s one of the things I really hate doing.

Anyway, off of that tangent…

 

Finishes

 

 

 

This is how I finish them. I cut away all of the bulk from the batting and backing fabric. Then I pink the edges and use a large basting stitch with embroidery floss (actually, this is sashiko thread) and gather it to keep the edges from peeking to the front.

 

Backs

 

 

The backs are actually really pretty. For the actual project, the mini charm squares are perfect for it! I used Comma and Simply Style mini charm packs for two of these. Then I cut fabric for the others that I’ve made. This is now my go-to project for any sewing-type of gift that I need to make.

 

Pot Holders

 

Then I made some wonky log cabin pot holders. These actually need to go to somebody, but I haven’t figured out how to get them to that person yet. I have never matchstick quilted before. I’ve done some pretty dense quilting, but not matchstick. I can’t imagine doing it on a full quilt.

 

First Attempt Matchstick

 

 

The think with matchstick quilting is that it can really warp your fabric. This was my test potholder and I’m glad it was a test. I would quilt down one side, flip, and the quilt back. That’s what caused the distortion. It also didn’t help that a put a striped fabric in there.

 

Potholder

 

This one is much better. I also strategically eliminated the stripe. It’s not 100% perfect, but I’m happy with it. The key is to make sure the quilt sandwich is tight. I spray basted and I think that was the right call. Also, trimming. I didn’t leave a lot of room for trimming, but I should have. Finally, the ABSOLUTE KEY is to not switch quilting directions. That means you have to cut off your thread and can’t just turn your project, but if you don’t, you’ll get wavy seams like I did in my first project.

 

Potholder

 

Here’s the larger one. It turned out really well.

If you aren’t familiar with matchstick quilting, it’s just straight line quilting that’s really really close together.

 

Matchstick

 

See how close it is?

 

Matchstick

 

It’s really close. And this isn’t even as close as I’ve seen it before! It’s time consuming, but I really like how it turns out. It wouldn’t be good for a bed quilt because it really makes the project stiff. However, it’s great for potholders, place mats, and wall hangings that need to lay flat. I’d recommend giving it a try. I used Aurifil for both of these I was pleased with the outcome. If you give it a try, let me know what you think!

If you haven’t yet heard, I’m teaching an ongoing sewing class for men at Modern Makers. It’s awesome and I hope to see it grow because I’m having a lot of fun doing it.

Our first project was a quilted iPad sleeve.

 

Andrew

 

 

 

Quan

 

 

Everybody finished their sleeve and they all did such a great job. I think it was a good project to start with because it taught about fabric choices, cutting, quilting, 3D construction, but was still easy to assemble since it’s just straight lines.

The next project expanded on things that were learned in the first class. We made quilted pillow covers.

 

Andrew and Quan

 

 

The biggest hurdle is to just get familiar with using a sewing machine, so that’s why I’m focusing on pretty simple projects that aren’t too messed up if you don’t sew a perfectly straight line. Although these guys sew pretty straight lines. I’ve been impressed.

 

Man Made

 

Isn’t it fun to see them at work?

We are taking a bit of a tangent next time to expand their skill set. The project is going to be…

 

Bow Ties

 

Bow ties! This is going to be a little more of a challenge because of the precision that is needed, but I think they are ready. They’ll just have to go slow. Also, the hardware will give them an extra bit of a challenge. But still…these are basically just sewing a straight line!

Other ideas I’ve received for men’s projects are wallets, capes, and messenger bags. Any suggestions for projects geared toward men will be appreciated!

 

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