Saturday, November 14, 2015

Recovering belt

I recovered a belt. Or maybe re-covered. Silly English.

Before

Notice how faded and torn the plaid fabric is. 10.5 years of squeezing through D-rings and chafing against belt loops can do that to you, I guess.

During

The back is so dirty, you rip out the stitching and see it has tan lines!

I lined up the grey-and-white striped fabric so the stripes lined up, even with a diagonal seam. I didn't bother with that for the grey-and-yellow fabric. Completely by chance, it lined up anyway. Success!

After

Next

Lose weight so the belt is actually long enough again.

Body pillow

I made a body pillow to go in my reading/writing nook. It's made of five 20"x26" pillows (that's standard size, at least in the US).

There are a couple of ways to make one of these. The simplest is to sew five pillowcases together side-by-side. If you can't find pillowcases you like, or want to mix-and-match fabrics like I did, you can buy yardage. I chose an overlap closure with buttons, so the grey fabric (the overlapping fabric) had to be several inches wider than the blue fabric to account for the overlapping.

Here's an inside view to show how much fabric I overlapped. If you overlap more, you can probably skip the buttons.

Whatever closure you choose for your pillow cover (zippers, overlapping, buttons, ties, snaps, magic) sew it as though you're making one giant 100x26" pillowcase. (Be sure to leave the inside accessible lengthwise.)

Turn your giant pillowcase right-sides-out.

Stitch 4 seams short-ways, one every 20". This makes your 5 pockets for your pillows. Insert the pillows, close up with the zippers/snaps/whatever, and enjoy. You can lay it out flat and lie on it like a narrow bed, or you can prop up 1 or more pillows against the wall to lounge in, like in my pictures.

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Carnival Esctasy

I went on a cruise last week, for the first time.

After a long bus ride (13 hours including bathroom/meal stops) we embarked on the Carnival Ecstasy in Miami.

Day 2 of the cruise, we stopped in Key West. This is my view departing Key West.

Day 3, Cozumel.

Early morning of Day 5, return to Miami.