Opinions and Suggestions, Please


So, Christmas is over, I’ve acquired a few sewing skills and I’ve got this stack of fabrics brought back by Rocky Turner from Kenya.  We’d love to have a fundraiser for the orphanage for Mother’s Day, so I need to get sewing.

Now the question is — what do I make?

Here’s what I have to work with:

MFFO Fabrics

I don’t mind mixing them in with “ordinary” fabrics, and in fact I think that would be the best way, so these can go a little further.  A few feel like cottons and say  “Wax Print” along the selvage, and some are slicker and look they’ll tend to fray.  But they are definitely bold colors and prints!

MFFO Fabrics

MFFO Fabrics

MFFO Fabrics

MFFO Fabrics

I’ve thought about making table runners, coasters and placemats so people would think of the girls when they sat down to eat with their families.  Or maybe a little patchwork purse that would be toted around in public, a great conversation starter or note to self.  Or a little quilt, something you could give a Little One you love to help a child without a family of her own.


But much of the design of the large scale prints would be lost if used in smaller pieces, so I’m just not sure.  I think they’d look great in the abstract as well, but I’m just trying to think it through before I dig in.

I’d love to hear your ideas and suggestions.

6 thoughts on “Opinions and Suggestions, Please

  1. Amazingly beautiful fabrics. Some extra ideas would be aprons, skirts, reusable shopping totes, head bands, lap top/iphone sleeves, oven mitts and hot pads, wallets, diaper cases, eye pillows, makeup bags, eyeglass cases, and throw pillows.

  2. Hello Sarah! Those fabrics look so wonderful and special! I would prefer table runners and placemats or other small table cloths. (At least for the large prints). Those crafts we also uusually keep years and years so they would be more appreciated!
    What ever you decided, it’s going to be lovely with those fabrics!
    Wishes Teje

  3. Thank you all so much for the great suggestions! I’m still undecided about what to make, but I started by making a little “mug rug” as a test subject. I wanted to see if it was difficult to sew with (a little slick and it twists out of shape easily, but still workable) and how it will do in the wash. I’ll have to round up some laundry this afternoon and see! Here’s a link if you want to see it: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wvagent/5324692362/

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