Draft Blocker

A version of this pattern was previously published on Think Crafts!

We’re deep into winter and the air is chilly. If you live in an older house you may have doors that let in the cold. Make this easy draft blocker to keep your home cozy warm.

DIFFICULTY LEVEL
Beginner

MATERIALS
Fabric
Stuffing
Ribbon

DIRECTIONS
Measure the width of your door and add seven inches. This will be the measurement for your length of fabric. For the width I find nine inches makes a thick enough blocker. If you have an especially wide gap at the bottom of your door you may wish to increase the width.

Cut out your fabric. Sew a hem on both ends. I went with a 1/4” hem.

Sew fabric lengthwise using a 1/4” seam allowance.

Turn right side out. Tie ribbon 3” from the edge to close off one end.

Stuff the tube with stuffing.

Tie the other end 3” down from edge with ribbon.

Put in front of your door and kiss those cold drafts goodbye.

Craft on!

Castor Oil Pack

Josh and I are officially settling into our new place in Portland. It’s good to be back. My fiber studio is slowly taking shape. First up was a simple sewing project. Castor oil has a lot of uses. But I was tired of soaking an old washcloth in it to make an oil pack. So I made a cloth one out of stash fabric.

This was a simple and quick project. I made the outer rectangles 8.5″ x 5.5″ and lined it with batting. Then I added three inner seams to compress the fabric and give it more maneuverability.

My friend Evi gave me a large plastic bin full of stash fabric as a welcome home gift. What a fabulous present!

In other news I scored this gem from a Facebook group:

I’ve wanted a Serger for years! This one was super cheap from a local woman who never grooved with it. The dust pile on the left is from sweeping out the lower region. Now that it’s cleaned I need to learn how to thread it. The ones at school were always pre-threaded so off to YouTube I go!

 

Game Bags!

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Over winter break I got some much needed time with my sewing machine. Josh and I brought our game Splendor with us to Taiwan and it has been living in his razor bag. It was functional but decidedly not cute, so I decided to turn some fabric from my stash into a cute game bag.

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Since all the Splendor pieces fit so well in the razor bag I modeled the new bag off its dimensions.

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The game has a theme of trade and travel so I chose this leftover wave fabric to represent traveling across the ocean.

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My friend Colleen is awesome and sent me a care package when I was feeling particularly homesick! It was an incredible gift which included a fancy seam ripper and Chickapig, a board game popularized by my beloved Dave Matthews.

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The box design is cute but not great for travel so I decided to make more game bags. Once the board folds up it’s pretty compact. There are a lot of small pieces though so I made a couple of smaller bags and put in velcro closures to ensure nothing fell out.

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There’s enough room in the largest bag to hold the smaller two, making a great traveling case.

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The game has daisy cards which are beneficial so I chose this leftover fabric from my sewing machine cover to reflect them.

Vintage fabric becomes a new skirt

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My friends P&T gave me this awesome vintage fabric. The design was so colorful and detailed I knew anything I made with it had to be simple to highlight the gorgeous elements. I cut the fabric to showcase a full circle and half circle on both front and back panels of a skirt.

The fabric had colorful edging so I cut one side off and added it to the bottom edge. The other side was thick enough to be featured on each side of the skirt. Josh, as always, was making me laugh during the photo shoot.

Though it’s currently cold in Taiwan, even in Xiao LiuQiu where these photos were taken, I knew the hot temperatures of summer weren’t far away. Side slits will help keep me cool this summer. In the meantime the skirt is light enough that it doesn’t add too much bulk when layering.

Wild Boar Trench is a beautiful nature walk on Xiao LiuQiu. The banyon trees curl gracefully around large rocks and vines have beautiful, large leaves.

Xiao LiuQiu also has a lot of stray cats. Locals feed them and there is a spay and neuter program.

They also have an adoption program. We could have taken a dozen of them home!

Sewing machine and cover

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I finally got a sewing machine! After two failed attempts with second hand machines I decided to buy a new one. Costco not only had my trusty Singer brand but one with flowers.

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Dihua neighborhood has fabric galore and after a shopping visit I set about making a cover for my new machine. It’s so wonderful to be working with fabric again!

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This is my first sewing project since leaving Portland. Not only does it fit great, the fabric is a cheerful print.

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I finished it off with a blind hem stitch for practice and it turned out great.

Speaking of new additions

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Hazel is welcoming the puppets’ newest roommate to Casa Twosh.

And speaking of puppets, I managed a couple more visits to the Taiyuan Asian Puppet Theatre Museum before school started. I got to hang out with my friend Rosie before she leaves Taiwan and work on more pillow supports for puppet costumes. This internship has taught me so much!