“You get two…two…TWO mints in one!”
Perhaps I’m showing my age.
In any event, I joined two challenges recently; one is from a fairly new art challenge blog, the Awfully Big Art Adventure, which, though I just found it a few days ago, is already a favorite. This week the challenge is to make something using a tin can. I personally don’t like anything that comes from a can (the only exception is corn, and even that’s pushing it); fortunately my husband enjoys canned soup, so we happened to have an empty one available.
The other challenge is called “Spare a Square,” in which we sent the host a 12″ square of fabric a couple weeks ago. She cut each square into ten pieces and we got ten different scraps back. The challenge is to use all ten fabrics in a project. My set of scraps really is a challenge; the colors and designs are about as disparate as you can get! It will be interesting to see what the others in my group come up with.
(Have I mentioned I’m not a seamstress? Not even close. But I do have a sewing machine and I do like things that have a “primitive” or “shabby chic” look. Meaning I can be terribly unskilled at “real” sewing and still making something cute, so long as we pretend that I meant it to look that way.)
So I thought it would be fun to combine the challenges (two…two…TWO challenges in one!) and decorate the tin can with the fabric scraps. I sewed two pieces of each of the ten fabrics onto a rectangle of felt, leaving the edges raw for that “scrappy” look, then glued it around the can. I won’t tell you what my husband calls this pom-pom trim (::giggle::), but I think it’s cute and it hides the top edge, which is a bit uneven. The clear gems are there because I can’t resist adding “bling” to just about every project I make.
No flowers this time, amazingly (though it wasn’t for lack of trying them to see how they’d look).