One of the things I love about my sewing room now is that I can just walk in and start a project quickly. These small projects are quite satisfying and turn out to be pretty useful, too!
Ok, the first project here took a little bit of time to do, but it is also quite functional.
Napkins! I had ordered a fat quarter set of the Urban Circus fabric several months ago, but I wasn't sure what to do with it. This was a great use, and used up almost all the fabric. I made four napkins, which are 16" x 16". I backed them with white linen.
I had three extra blocks left over from the napkins, and I used them to make pincusions. The pincushions are actually stuffed with some really dense yarn that I didn't think I would end up knitting with. This gives me a nice, firm texture for the pins to grab onto.
I had been wanting to make pillowcases for awhile to replace my boring white ones. I finally found the right fabric to do it.
I used this tutorial, and it was so easy and quick! I also had never learned how to do french seams before, and I found them very easy to do. I've since used french seams on several other projects.
I love how that little bit of trim makes it look like a "real" pillowcase. I added buttons to the end because I used to always have the problem of the pillowcases sliding off their pillows. This solves that, and I love the excuse to use some pretty buttons.
I've also found that making these little projects is so nice because it's a chance to see pretty prints in everyday use. It's a little bit of luxury and a pop of color!