Monday, August 8, 2011

Designers Craft Connection Blog Hop - My Favorite Technique

Welcome to the Designers Craft Connection Blog Hop for the month of August. This month's theme is "Your Favorite Craft Technique". I enjoy so many different techniques but I had to choose only one.

I finally chose a sewing project using thrifted threads. I had thrifted so many plastic spools of thread and didn't want to waste them. I created a reusable cup holder using only thread and felt.

This project uses a lot of thread and a lot of patience. The colors I chose created a sunset sky look when I started creating stripes of colors. You can keep sewing until you cannot see any felt background. 

To begin, I used a cup holder from the local coffee house as a template. I opened it flat and cut a piece of felt to match. I later discovered that the sewing tends to shrink the felt. My suggestion would be to cut a piece that was about twice as long as the finished size. 

Next, I started sewing back and forth. I started with a medium color (in this case, orange) as a background. The medium color would end up being covered but it created an overall background. Adding light and dark colors later created the visual color bands.

Feel free to experiment. You can sew vertical as well as horizontal rows to create unique patterns. I sewed in a wave pattern. You can also use zigzag stitches. And you don't have to make a cup holder. Sew squares together to make a purse or use a strip as a headband. Remember that the inside of the cupholder will also be seen so sew on both sides of the piece with a variety of colors. This is a celebration of color and upcycling.

Please use the Designers Craft Connection Blog Hop button on the right column to continue through the hop. Aren't you curious to see what favorite techniques other designers enjoy?

I am honored to be featured at:

This is linked to:
All Thingz RelatedBetween Naps on the PorchCherished Treasures, FaveCraftsHomemaker on a Dime, I'm Topsy Turvy, It's a Very Cherry WorldKeeping It Simple, Making the World CuterMarvelously Messy, My Uncommon Slice of SuburbiaRook No. 17Running With GlitterSew Can Do, Singing Three Little Birds, Skip to My LouSumo's Sweet Stuff, The DIY Home Sweet Home Project,  The DIY Showoff, The Girl Creative and The Trendy Treehouse


  1. What a beautiful blend of colours.

  2. That is absolutely lovely. Great job! I love the unique feel it has. :)


  3. What a great idea to use us the left over thread from projects where you only use a little of the spool.

  4. This post made me smile. Thanks for inspiring me and many others to even attempt this feat. Really appreciate that you linked up at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop.

  5. What a unique idea! You've been featured at Sew Can Do's Craftastic Monday party today. Stop by & grab a Featured On button. Thanks for linking!

  6. Most beautiful reuseable cup holder ever! I love the colors and appreciate all the work that went in to it. Thank you so much for sharing your talent on "A Little Birdie Told Me..."!



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