I'm sure I wasn't the only person who freaked out just a bit when Tim Holtz released his Eclectic Elements fabric line back in May. Although I'm not a quilter, I love fabric and started imagining all the cool projects that could be made with it.
A couple days ago an idea for this little pincushion came from out of the blue. It combines all the things I love - vintage jelly jars, mercury glass, and of course, Tim's wonderful fabric. At the bottom of the post I have a full tutorial on how you can make one of your own!
Since I was posting this project using the fabric, I thought you might enjoy a couple other projects using it.
A couple months ago my very sweet husband surprised me by telling me he'd ordered enough of the new Eclectic Elements fabric from Tim Holtz to cover an old chair I'd had for ages. I was so shocked - I had no idea he even listened to my ramblings about stuff like that! Like a lot of people, I had fallen in love with the chair that Tim had done for his Quilt Market booth. I was very lucky that I just happened to have the perfect chair sitting in my attic, waiting for the perfect fabric.
Gorgeous, right? Eek! Even though it was a mess, when I spotted it at an estate sale years ago, I knew it had potential. Since then, it had been sitting around, waiting until I could afford to have it recovered. I also had never found any fabric that I'd really fallen in love with until Tim's came along. Let me tell you, this chair was a MESS! Horsehair stuffing that was falling out all over the place...it was hideous. On the plus side, it only cost me $30! Thankfully, we'd found the sweetest little old man who has done upholstery all his life and recovered the chair for a song. He retied all the springs, made a new cushion, and replaced all the horsehair (yay!).
One note - a lot of people mentioned that, since this fabric isn't upholstery weight, it's a bit lightweight for this application. Of of my fellow Sizzix DT members, the incredibly talented Amy Friend, suggested using lightweight fusible interfacing on the back of the fabric to make it more sturdy. I asked our upholstery man and he said he'd cover the whole chair with muslin first, which seems to have done the trick!
I made these sweet little stuffed pumpkins for the Houston Quilt Market that took place earlier this month. The photo is a bit deceiving - they look big, but the largest is only about 6". I think they're so cute! They are also a perfect project for anyone who isn't much of a seamstress. Check out Paula Cheyney's blog post for more pics of Tim's incredible booth. Tons of inspiration for sure!
Okay, here is the promised tutorial!
You will need the following:
Eclectic Elements Fabric
A small, shallow jar (I used a vintage jelly jar)
Krylon Looking Glass Spray Paint
Polyester Fiberfill (stuffing)
running stitch around the edge of the fabric, leaving a long tail for gathering.
I hope you've enjoyed all these different projects. Oh, and make sure you check out that tile work in the chair pic - I laid that all myself (I about died, true story)!
Inspiration Emporium has all the different sizes and bundles of Eclectic Elements fabric available for preorder. Make sure you use my coupon code - stamptramp - to save 10% on your order!
Thanks so much for stopping by today. Have a great weekend!