Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Shopping Cart Handle Cover

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic I have made about 70 masks for friends and family. Some of the early ones were a bit privative due to a lack of supplies. I had PLENTY of fabric but notions were makeshift. There are tons of YouTube videos on making masks (including mine) if you are interested. But, I have switched up my sewing to making covers for shopping cart handles since our stores have stopped sanitizing them between customers (things are pretty much back to normal around here except for social distancing and masks).

For your convenience, I am adding my Amazon Associate links to the products used. Full disclosure, if you use my link to order I may receive a small commission.

Hook & Loop Tape
Fusible Fleece
Omnigrid Ruler
Olfa Rotary Cutter
Large Cutting Mat
Cut & Press Mat
Magic Clips
Multipurpose Clips
Clover Turner

I'm developing this pattern as I go and this is my first prototype. I decided to let my supplies and tools determine the measurements so it's easy - the fusible fleece is 20" wide and my ruler is 6" wide so 20" X 6" it was! But you could make longer, shorter, wider, or thinner, depending on the shopping cart in your favorite stores. Here's what I did on first attempt.

Velcro product. This 3/4" was wide enough to be sturdy but I am thinking a 1/2" would work well too.

Instead of traditional interfacing/web, I found a fusible fleece which just sounded more sturdy and would create a thicker layer.

I measured 6" - same as my ruler.

And cut the entire length of the product.

Next I cut a strip of the hook/eye velcro type material to about 18". This was the hardest decision in the entire process. You could probably do it with less but I thought this length might prevent the corners from flipping up. Time will tell.

Next I cut two pieces of fabric the same 20" X 6". You could do both pieces in the same fabric but then it won't be reversible. I choose a summer and a fall fabric because I am way to seasonal. 

The cut pieces. I did end up skimming off a tiny bit off the sides of the fusible fleece thinking it would reduce bulk in the seams and/or turning process but I don't think it made a difference. I would probably have to go for it and take a good 1/2" on the length and width to clear the seam allowance. Maybe next time I will cut the fleece smaller than the fabrics for ease in turning and flattening seams.

I laid the fusible fleece, adhesive side down, onto the BACK of one of the fabrics (wrong side). 

The package calls for a pressing cloth but I just used the other fabric and laid it on top of the fabric + fleece pieces.  It worked fine.

I pressed according to the instructions. It ended up with some wrinkles that I had to work out. A couple teeny ones were left but covered up with seams and/or the velcro later. Next time I think I will start in the middle and work outward instead of at an end.

Fleece is attached. You can see the fleece is a tiny bit smaller.

I then stacked the two fabrics right sides together and clipped. 

I sewed a good 1/4" seam and left a section about 5" open for turning right sides out. 

Next I trimmed corners to aid with turning them out and I attempted to trim a little more of the fleece off. However, it wasn't easy or very productive having been ironed on. 

It was time to turn it out and get to see my project.

I used a tool to push out the corners and also to push out the seams. It wasn't perfect but they are for shopping cart handles. Plus, I am not selling them. 

I ironed it as flat as possible - did it a couple times. Next I folded in the seam allowance of the area left open for turning and pressed.

I topstitched around the entire piece. 

I cut some of the velcro off one end because it was slanted and it should be straight (at least in my mind).  So I ended up probably with 17" or 17.5" inches velcro strips. Here I am sewing one to the bottom of fabric A. I sewed all four sides of the product and double stitched the ends because they are narrow and figured I would probably be tugging at the corners to get it open.

Next I did the same to the fabric B side with the other side of the hook & loop material. But, before I sewed, I made double, triple sure that when folded over the two parts of the velcro would overlap to catch. I didn't worry if they were both perfectly centered - just that I didn't have them on the wrong side of the project.

This is how it should look when rolled (or folded) the two pieces of velcro match up and close the tube.

The finished piece! It's shown on fabric A but you can fold it the other way and use fabric B.

Like masks, my thought is these should be a one-time use items and should be laundered before reuse. I think I will make several and put them in zip locks so that I have a place to keep used ones rather than loose in my purse. I am also thinking I should make one for each of my re-useable grocery bags that I keep in my car. Ooooh, better yet, I could make MATCHING bags and covers!!

Monday, January 20, 2020

November 2019 Cruise - Norwegian Sun

I find that I don't take as many still shots lately since I do YouTube. But, I wanted to share some of the few stills we have of our November cruise on the Norwegian Sun. We left from Cape Canaveral (sometimes stated as Orlando but Orland is inland) and were scheduled for three stops in the Bahamas - Nassau, Freeport, and NCL's private island Great Stirrup Cay. Sadly, storms came and Freeport was off the list. That's OK because this was a very relaxing cruise - we did lots of sleeping and reading.

This was our first time on Norwegian since our very first cruise in 1993 so really it was like a new cruise line for us. The industry has changed so much between 1993 and 2019! I'll add a couple stills and then link my YouTube video below:

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Halloween 2019 Costume

For years I've wanted to wear a 920's flapper girl costume for Halloween dress up. Making the dress seemed like it would be very time-consuming and expensive. This year was the year to do it! Actually, to buy it.

Yup, I usually make my own costumes but this I bought all of it. In fact, I bought three dress, accessories, wigs, and shoes. Gotta love Amazon because I was able to try on at home and send back what I didn't want. All I added from my own closet was the black shoes (not period correct but nondescript enough to pass) and the shorter string of faux pearls. The headdress, long pearls, cigarette holder, pearl bracelet, gloves, feather boa, fishnet stockings, art deco earrings, and fringed dress - all from Amazon.

I'm posing with the Director of the Department at work. Funny story, the costume she wore was a costume she made for her grown son when he was still in high school. She had a photo of hi wearing it and it was funny to compare (exactly the same everything).

So, of course, I was sick of the wig before the night was over. I can't seem to keep wigs on as they want to creep up in the back and then eventually that causes them to creep up in the front. But I was a trooper and even wore it outside to give out candy to the kiddos.

This year I would say we had a maximum of 200 kids when we usually have about 250 but that may be because it was a school night. We gave out candy, crispy rolls (a healthy snack), dog treats, and bottled water.

We had cases of water from our hurricane stores sitting in the garage. I didn't think of putting it out early enough to get it iced down but even hot, we gave away over 120 bottles of water. I really thought it would mostly be adults but the majority of takers were the kids. Oh and I told each kid to pick a piece of candy (it was on a wicker tray for easy visibility) AND take a healthy snack.

Not as many people had dogs with them this year but the kids took the milkbones home for their own pets. How sweet.

If you would like to see the You Tube video of the costume try on, click below!

Monday, October 21, 2019

A New Visitor To My Feeder

I don't recognize this bird that came to my feeder today. He's a trooper though because it was storming off and on. I recently adjusted the tension on my squirrel buster feeder to allow larger/heavier birds, like Blue Jays, to feed.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Sunday Morning Stroll

Just a few shots from my backyard this morning.

And this just happened :-)

 I used to keep my succulents on this but they were getting way too much water from the orchid run off. So now I have my pretty pots all together!
 Purple everywhere!

 Succulents are now back outside and lined up against the screen porch for protection
 I had them here once before and they did fairly good as long as I don't forget about them

 Each side of walkway. I have a grapevine on the trellises but the caterpillars found it.

 The spider plant started in a pot years ago then the pot cracked and it rooted into the ground. This year I separated it and have it hanging. Has created three aerials since the change!
 My end-of-season sale purchase Vincas. Nice pop of color.

The bromeliad border just finished blooming. I added coleus for color.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Repotting Day

My poor orchids have been without devoted care for about 9 years. I'm determined to rejuvenate those that remain from the original 75 that overwhelmed me. Today was a day of repotting and trimming. It's only about 1pm so there could even be more. Just wanted to document a few so that in a few months I can post again and see the comparison.

Encyclia Cochleata

 One Bulbophyllum is now repotted as two

Dendrobium piece now mounted on driftwood

New Angraesum Sesquipe was repotted and I realized it's not that healthy. 

Sunday, June 23, 2019

New Mexico October 2018

Last fall we flew to El Paso where Jerry's cousin Cheryl and her husband Tom picked us up for a visit at their house in Las Cruces. While staying with them we took day trips to Puerto Palomas Mexico, White Sands National Monument, Alamogordo, Ruidoso, and Cloudcroft. No captions, just photos.

OK, one caption. This was where I went to 5th grade when I lived in Alamogordo as a child.