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Day 25: 31 Day Challenge – The Fix Is In – With Embellishment

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

I have this table runner that I’ve had for years.  It’s at the point where many people would probably throw it away or give it away.  It has tons of little holes in it and a few stains, but I still think it’s so pretty and I don’t want to give up on it.  With some simple, fast sewing techniques I can salvage this old tired table runner.

I spent a few minutes trying to think of a simple design that would complement the already existing design.  Since the table runner is already red and white I decided I would stick with those colors.

Day 25: The Fix Is In – With Embellishment:

I cut out red circles of felt  and pinned them onto the runner over every hole and over every stain.  Then using my darning foot, which you can do free motion sewing with, I sewed rough, simple spirals.

I felt that this would look loosely like the roses that are already part of the runner’s motif.  I cut out a few sizes of felt, so that it would have a somewhat random pattern.

One of the benefits to sewing these circles on is that the stitches help prevent or slow future wear and tear on the holes that have already begun.

Another thing that is cool about this techniques is that as future holes develop you can continue to add more “roses” to the runner, which will make it look more and more handmade as you add the more embellishments to the piece.

In case you didn’t read my first blog post about this project . . . this post is part of a 31 day challenge I am doing to bring more creativity, stories and solutions to my life.  I have been using my creativity almost exclusively for work in the recent past and for the month of January I will creating things for my personal life, talking about them and taking pictures.I would love input from readers as to which project you enjoy the most and if I get enough comments on one particular project I’ll turn it into a tutorial after the 31 day challenge of crafting, stories and solutions is over.  So please let me know what you like!