Monday, 16 July 2012

Abakhan Fabrics - Projects on a Budget

In this economic climate, we are all thinking about what we can and cannot afford to make, what fabrics we can and cannot buy, what notions etc.  Well how about coming up with some ideas for projects on a budget?  THIS FEATURE IS NOW OPEN WORLDWIDE.
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Here's the idea.  You head on over to Abakhan Fabrics and pick out £20 worth of anything that takes your eye.  We send it to you free, you make, photograph and write a tutorial to go on my blog.  And of course there's a button.  I do love a button.


So here's what you need to do:

1.   You can now be anywhere in the world to participate in this challenge!
2.   Leave a comment on this post telling me what you would like to make using £20 worth of anything from Abakhan.  eg. I would like to make a velodrome tea cosy or I would like to make a quilted gold medal.
3.   In a couple of days from today, we will choose a winner who will have one month to choose their booty from Abakhan, make something and write a tutorial.  So for this first item, we will be hoping to schedule a post by end August (sooner if you're ready sooner!).
4.   Will and I are planning on this being a monthly feature so don't be disheartened if we do not pick your idea this month, there are always other months.
6.   The item can be anything at all - clothing, quilted or non quilted items - anything crafty at all really.
7.   Be as original, as traditional, as creative or as simple as you like.
8.   And this month's theme - well how about kitchenalia - anything to use in the kitchen.  

24 comments:

  1. A sandcastle tea cosy for afternoon tea!

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  2. A roll to keep sharp knives in so they stay sharp!!

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  3. A proper apron with deep pockets and floating panels to wipe sticky fingers on, I tend to lose wiping cloths and have several scattered around when I spend a day playing in my kitchen

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  4. I think I'd go for a patchworked table runner for everyday use - patchwork to hide some of the inevitable spills that the kids are likely to make and a table runner to try and elevate my kitchen from shabby to shabby chic!!!

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  5. Fun! I love making things for the kitchen! Humm... I think I would design a fun new table runner! They are fairly easy to whip up and really add a bit of whimsy to the table. :)

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  6. I'd love to make an olympic inspired bag and a cushion for a friend who will be running in the olympics this summer! <3 thanks for the chance!!!

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  7. I'd like to make pot holders out of wool that's been felted. Or smaller for coasters.

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  8. What I great idea, a while ago I made a peg bag... and would love to make it for your blog readers! Unfortunately many of us have our washing machines in the kitchen and have to dry our clothes on display, so a lovely peg bag hanging from our clothes rack is a must! it would also be lovely to make it as part of a set...peg bag / clothes basket etc! fingers crossed you'll pick me :)

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  9. I would make a little quilted "Dirty/Clean" sign for the dishwasher. Hopefully my husband would actually read it:)

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  10. janice's reply made me laugh out loud. Obviously I can't sew so won't be entering but that did make me laugh.

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  11. Mmmm - how about a wall hanging with pockets to keep all those little bits and pieces in.

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  12. I'd love to make and share my "Wheel of Fortune Placemats" as seen here--> http://flic.kr/p/ahc2E4

    I start with a traditional Wheel of Fortune 10" block, made using contemporary piecing techniques, that is set into a non-traditional squircle (rounded edge square) centered in a 12" square.

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  13. In recognition of the wonderful (heavy sarcasm) summer we are having I'd make a tea cosy - one side with a rain cloud and coloured raindrops and the other with a beaming sunshine. Most days this summer we'd need the sunshine side to brighten up morning tea........and mid-morning tea, and afternoon tea and........Just had a quick look at Abakhan and I'd use their klona natural as the main fabric, felt squares for the sun/cloud etc and whichever wadding I could afford after that! Juliex

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  14. I'd buy some of that fancy schmancy bright orange showerproof fabric and make myself a funky rain cape ... come picnic groundsheet ... LOL

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  15. I would make four-sided placemats. Perhaps in a theme, like the seasons, or holidays, or food-groups, or coffee, or travel, or geographical...

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  16. We've just moved to Japan from Australia, so I'd make a Japan vs. Australia set of potholders as the ones we've bought from the cheap shop are NOT very heatproof!!

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  17. A piece of artwork for my wall in my new flat, that I haven't found yet. But I already know what colour it should be, chocolate, turquoise, fuchsia and peach. Theme, I am not so sure, maybe tea and cake, or possibly chocolates. Whatever theme, it will be food, my favorite passtime in the kitchen.

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  19. I didn't see the theme oh silly me... So no sewing caddy. For the kitchen I would do mug rugs with matching cake rugs...

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  20. How about a spice mat? A small quilted mini quilt to set your most used spices on next to your stove!

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  21. I had planned to replace my vertical blinds and window topper, and then I went to Abakhan and...WHOA!!! They have bargain bag of household fabric on clearance...30 meters for £14.99...that is about 32 yards,yes? I could make a table runner, placemats and a floor rug to boot! Add a couple of dyes, just in case the colors aren't quite right and my dears, a new look for £20.

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  23. I would make a fall wreath using natural burlap (super inexpensive) and some lovely brown linen from generous Abakhan Fabrics. The project would require a styrofoam or straw wreath form, straight pins and the burlap/linen fabrics. It can be embellished/decorated by the creator any way they wish.

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  24. I would make a mug rug and a cozy for the cup.

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