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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Strawberry Fields Forever~ Craft

In last months Country Living I saw some darling strawberry sachets. It brought back a sweet memory of my grandmother who had a similarly styled pincushion. So I decided to give a berry good try in making one myself. 

Country Living Strawberry sachets

I did not like my first prototype AT ALL! The Country Living sachet had two unhemmed stars masquerading as leaves. I found that since I hadn’t used fray check (a liquid applied to fabric to stop it from fraying) after just a bit of handling the leaves looked horrible. I try not to use fray check very much as the down side of using it is that it makes your fabric feel somewhat crunchy. So I put on my thinking cap and finally a thought occurred: “Why don’t I just make a bigger strawberry sachets so it can do double duty as a sachet AND pincushion and create the top out of a yo~yo?”  The result, I thought, was pretty cute.

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Of course one reason they might be so cute was that I made the berries and leaves from vintage fabric scraps and buttons from the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s that I have been hoarding collecting.

There are red, white and blueberries…

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…pinkberries…

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and traditional red berries all filled with sweet smelling organic lavender that I purchased from Mountain Rose Herbs.

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I cut and sewed the berries while watching Sweet Boy at his twice weekly one hour tennis lessons. It helped keep my mind off the fact I was sitting in 115 degree sunshine. They measure 3 inches by 2 inches and hold about 20 pearl headed pins.

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If you don’t happen to have a stash of vintage fabric on hand or perhaps enough time to sew, never fear, I’ve stocked a few in my Etsy shop.

Laura

33 comments :

Marilou of Lulu's Lovlies and Heartful Creations said...

Very sweet! Have a great week! Marilou

dreams on 34th street said...

Berry sweet! Laura, I love that you write about memories with your grandmother...my post yesterday was
about collecting sand dollars with mine.
~Lynne
[w /l]

Hollace said...

That middle bowl of berries looks just like my Grandma's quilts. I love the pinkberries and the strawberries and the red, white and blueberries, too.

Karena said...

Laura you never cease to amaze me!! These berry cushions are adorable and with lavender?! What could be better!

xoxo
Karena
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Mimi said...

HI LAURA!!!
They are Berry Beautiful!!!Love that you sewed them up in that heat!!!I can barely think in this heat, let alone sew something up!!!
Great job
hugs,
jamie

Ann Nichols said...

Just lovely!! Well done you!
Blessings!
Ann

Sarah at Finishing Touch Interiors said...

they are so cute

fairfieldhousenj.com said...

Laura,

I saw your inspirational strawberries in Country Living but I like your adaption even more! I am on my way over to your shop to order a few.

Your Friend,
Deborah

Debbie said...

Now this is a really cute way to use the vintage fabric and buttons! I can't wait to show my mom. She has a ton of both.

Loved it.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Good thinking, Laura! I think the yo-yo's work great on the tops! These are so pretty, I like them in a grouping. I think they'd look great all together in a bowl or container.

ImagiMeri said...

wholly crap woman..........them's a lot-O-berries!!!! They are berry, berry cute!

I wish I had half your energy girlfriend. Hopefully I'll find something out in regards to my mom's situation this week. It's been almost three weeks now and they're talking of moving her to a nursing facility. I'd like us to get together sometime around the 6th or shortly thereafter if you can make that.

Love ya'
Meri

laxsupermom said...

Love these! They are absolutely adorable! Hand stitching what looks to be a gazillion of these in the southern heat is super impressive, too. I like your double duty ones better than your inspiration. Thanks for sharing.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Toooooooooooo cute!! Just LOVE LOVE LOVE them! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Kristina said...

I'm very excited about yo-yos right now (possibly because I'm a beginning sewer and they're one thing I can make that look decent). Those berries are incredibly cute.

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

they are adorable! the vintage fabric just makes them! and they do bring back good memories!

Jill Elaine said...

Berry Cute!! And about the fray check - Try FRAY BLOCK. It's much better than fray check. I love the stuff. I never liked the end result of fray check either. Someone tipped me on the fray block years ago when I was doing some fine sewing for my little girl. I had to order it at that time but my local Jo-Ann Fabrics carries it now. I've never looked back!
Happy Summer!

Vicki said...

Those are so great! I love all the vintage fabric. Good job.

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

How many did you make? That is so cute, I love the idea of the yo yo...

The Pennington Point said...

Laura, these are adorable. Very sweet and delicious. Lisa~

Jen said...

These are just too cute! They remind me of my granny. She used to make little pincushions like this when I was a little girl. I love your vintage materials. So inspiring and fresh.

Have a wonderful Monday, and keep cool!
Jen

Jeanna said...

Your blog is just gorgeous. The strawberries are adorable too.

Jeanna @ dramaqueenseams.blogspot.com

martinealison said...

En cette période estivale rien de mieux que des fraises sous toutes les formes... Superbe publication.
gros bisous.

Linda said...

Those are so completely charming. They remind me of the small version my Mom has - it was attached to something that looked like a tomato pincushion though, and the smaller strawberry was something for sharpening needles (at least that's what Mom always said).

She still has that in her sewing box.

Linda said...

Hi Laura,
Me again. I had to look it up - the kind my Mom has is:
a Dritz tomato pin cushion (with the strawberry attached). Not sure what's behind the tomato & strawberry connection but it's cute. :)
Linda

French Basketeer.com said...

That's a whole lotta sewing, Laura! Reminds me of the tomato pin cushion we have around somewhere, but these are far cuter~

Jane @ Jane's Junk and Treasures said...

So so cute!!! I love the strawberry ones!!

The Boston Lady said...

Laura, I absolutely love these! Anything that involved a yo-yo is adorable to me. I may be consulting with my FDIL to see what she thinks of these to add to her wedding deco. Ann

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Delicious strawberries Laura - I would be tempted to put one in my mouth!!!!
Shane

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Wow, you sure went to town making strawberries! They are lovely!

cityfarmer said...

cute as a button!!!!

Laura Wilkerson said...

these are way cute!!!

Auntie Em said...

Love your sweet berry collection. AND we are NOT hoarders...we are simply extremely patient people who are waiting for the perfect reason to use that certain something we have so lovingly stored in a spot so safe, even we can't always find it!
And they say if you keep something for seven years, it will come in useful. Of course some of the stuff I have has been going on it's third or fourth seven year cycle but that's OK. It will just be that much for useful when I finally find a use for it...if I live to be that old! :D

Little Leslie said...

I bought, at the last LA gift show, some tomato lavender pin cushions. They smell and look great. They are made from vintage fabrics too. Yours are precious, and very salable. The ones I got are $18 retail. Think about it.