Does making items for my desk at school count as working? Earlier this summer I made myself a sewing basket to see how well I could handle sewing with vinyl. I did OK, so I made a covered basket for school. This really is a needed item, since I traded in my big bulky teacher's desk for a computer table and now have no desk drawers. I love it when functional meets pretty!
Embellishment: My first zipper project!
Then, I played around with covering a clipboard to match. Using light colored fabric for the front, I should have used two coats of paint before applying the fabric. Lesson learned.
Embellishment: Free-form flower.
The flower was an after thought. The big metal clip just looked too bare, and heaven forbid that a clipboard is naked. I looked and looked, then looked some more online for flowers to make, then ended up coming up with this on my own, because I wanted to use a variety of fabrics. Haha...and my first choice of a flower called for WOF and I was primarily working with scraps. The petals are simply cut circles, with a part flattened. If anyone wants a tutorial, just holler! (Like I have people reading this little blog!)
As pretty as this turned out, it simply will not work for my everyday clipboard that is my lifeline in the classroom. I broke out into a cold sweat one morning at work last year when I realized that I had left my clipboard at home. How did I function that day?! My clipboard gets thrown into my bag (or cart, depending on the amount of work I take home) and I'm sure that would wilt my pretty little flower. So...
Sparky! Go ASU! (and OSU)
Next, I made some little back-to-school trinkets for my co-worker, Joy. She really is a joy to work with. Honestly! That was not sarcasm! I used remaining fabric from the Professional Tote that I made for her a couple of years ago. Here are the items: clipboard (her lifeline, too), magnets, coaster (I put a Diet Coke on it...that's where we really differ...should be Diet Pepsi!), fabric fortune cookie, and a cover for our second lifeline, a district calendar.
See how I got my name on there!
The above picture is the inside of the calendar cover. I'm really liking the ribbon sewn on to hold sticky notes and pencil. Must make one of these for myself.
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