Monday, January 30, 2012

Projects for Janary

This month, I made something for me. I get migraine headaches like nobody's business, but thankfully we have discovered after several years that a regular visit to the chiropractor (aka every week), the headaches are close to non-existent. They not only hurt but they're just a bother with having to leave work early or not go at all, not being able to see straight, etc. Another thing that provides a bit of relief are these rice packs I found a few years ago. They can go in your freezer or be heated in your microwave. The two packs I have are smaller in nature and have seen better days. J and I have both had to sew them up in multiple places.  I saw this idea online and adapted it to fit the material I had as well as my needs. Here is my homemade rice pack:

I cut the fabric for 2 packs and then at the last minute, decided to cut those 2 pieces of fabric in half so I could make a patchwork design. I took uncooked rice and sealed it in a closed container after added a few drops of scented oil. I let it marinade for a few days and then added it to the fabric. It's amazing and provides great relief! I add a few strips of ribbon on the ends to help with holding it, especially when it's warm. J even used it the other day when his neck was sore.

Via Pinterest, I saw a great scarf that was the simplest of things to make. I used an old bedsheet, cut it in strips and sewed the strip together. Hide the seam on the inside of the fabric and you've got a great and really simply scarf. I could even add a pin or fabric flower to add some flair.

Through, I signed up to take a quilting class. It's a free class that they're offering and you construct a quilt square (or two) per month, and at the end of the year, you have a complete quilt. As I signed up and began watching the first lesson, I realized I went to college with the girl teaching the class. I constructed my first two squares. They are not perfect in every way, but I'm excited to continue to learn and better my skills.
Wonky Pound Sign Block
Asterisk Block
I also made a simple project I had seen on Pinterest. It's a snowman using fabric and embroidering hoops. It was pretty easy and didn't take very long to make. I did have to piece the white felt at the bottom, so please excuse the small mistake.

  Happy Crafting!

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