Thursday, 22 March 2012

Typography Challenge...


Yay!!! I've finished my entry for the Typography Challenge and there's still eleven days to go!!! That's definitely a record for me.

Here's my entry: a set of letters and numbers, with two fabric baskets to put them in.


My inspiration came from a rag quilt letters tutorial, by Jessica from Happy Together.

As a test, I made some numbers first, using the NSW Foundation Handwriting font. I made my numbers much smaller than the tutorial and used cotton fabric sewn onto felt. The tutorial suggests clipping the edges and putting in the dryer to make the edges raggy. As I backed my letters with acrylic felt, I didn't think the dryer would be a good idea, so I just zig zagged the edges.


For the letters I used Jessica's free pattern and scaled it to 75%. This still makes the letters larger than the numbers. Once again I used acrylic felt as a backing. This time I just sewed the cotton and felt together and have left the edges raw. If the fraying annoys me, I'll zig zag the edges, but they definitely look better without the zig zag.


My letters and numbers needed something to be stored in, so what better than two fabric baskets, using a brightly coloured material covered with numbers.




When time permits, I'll do a set of lower case letters and also duplicates of common letters. Little people I know will be receiving the letters of their name as birthday presents. I think I'll make their names with full size letters and maybe I'll use batting, quilt the letters and make the edges raggy as in Happy Together's tutorial.


Rikka and Keren, from Ricochet and Away and Sew la Vie! have hosted four challenges:
  1. The Retro Pillow Challenge
  2. The Solids Only Tote Challenge
  3. The Naughty Notions Challenge
  4. The Typography Challenge
There's still time to enter the Typography Challenge. Entries are accepted right up until the end of March. You can see the entries finished, or nearly finished, here. If you don't have time to sign up for this month's challenge, these two talented ladies hold a new challenge every alternate month, so that makes the next one in May. Well, I'm hoping there'll be another challenge in May.

Here's my entries for the previous three challenges:
I'd have trouble picking my favourite or saying which challenge I've enjoyed the most.

Thanks Keren and Rikka for hosting yet another challenging challenge!!! Count me in for the next one...



... Pam



Edited to add: I've written a tutorial on how to make the little fabric basket with handles and another tutorial on how to make the fabric basket without handles.

32 comments:

  1. Oooh, I love your letters and numbers and even moreso,...how about those cute baskets. I'd say the little ones on your birthday list are pretty lucky. Nice job.

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  2. beautiful!!!! I love it!!!!! I love the bags too! It warms my heart to hear you enjoy the challenges and to see your beautiful and colorful creations. It feels great to be a part of a group that's all over the world, all working on the same challenge, and inspiring each other, each with her very unique interpretation. Thanks so much for being such a lively part in the challenges!!! We already have an idea for the next one :-D

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  3. I love it!!! seeing projects like this almost makes me wish mine were younger! I don't think my 18 yr old would appreciate it near as much as when he was 4! Oh, wouldn't this be cool with little magnets sewn inside?!

    also, loved your "bye"!

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  4. This is wonderful Pam! What a great learning tool for kids and a great way to use up scraps!!

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  5. What a cool project! Love this idea. A great scrapbuster too. Thanks for promoting our challenges as well. Keren and I so happy to host them. :)

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  6. That is soooooo cool! Even I would be happy with these as a birthday gift;-) And yeah, I also think magnets would be great! Good luck!

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  7. Wow, what a fun way for a child to learn, and what a lot of work you have put in! Your letters and numbers are gorgeous!

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  8. Love those numbers and colors, and the baskets to keep them in - beautiful job! You did so great, I'm proud of you! Hugs ~ Mary

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  9. Pam, that is so cool!!! I love the fabric baskets too!
    Fantastic effort as always! :-)

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  10. These are brilliant, Pam. There are countless hours of play in these, great idea especially the fabric bags to keep them in. No mistaking what these bags are for! Good luck with the challenge.

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  11. what a neat idea! :) I think these will be good as learning materials for kids...brilliant!

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  12. What a fun project. They would look great sewn onto the bottom of a blanket or towel too.

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  13. Nice! I have that froggy fabric from spotlight!

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  14. Those look totally awesome! It must have taken so long to make them all!

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  15. These look great, Pam! I really should get cracking on my project.

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  16. Your blog is such an inspiration! Am your latest follower :) I am actually hosting a giveaway at the moment which ends tomorrow, so swing by if you like. And yes, I'm not a fan of it when people only follow to get followers back so please know that that is not my intention. Thanx for all the great ideas!

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  17. Great entry for the challenge Pam - good luck in it! I backed out of this one due to lack of time - hopefully I'll be back on board for the next!


    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  18. These are wonderful and thanks for the link to make them. I sew for the children's hospital and I think this would be awesome for them.

    Dona
    sewingmilesofsmiles.blogspot.com

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  19. I've pinned this for a 'spare moment'! Thank you it's a very cool idea!

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  20. You already know how much I love these little baskets - thanks for sharing at our party this week.

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  21. So fun! And think of how many cool words and phrases you can "write" and photograph for your blog - I love them!

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  22. love it a lot! if I knew how to sew..... my daughters would love to play with it :)
    great job!!

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  23. Awesome!!! Glad to have you at Things I've Done Thursday!

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  24. LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE these! Your letters look amazing! :D

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  25. love those letters and numbers! Thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!

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  26. I featured your project today on my blog: http://trophyw.blogspot.com/2012/04/winners-and-features.html

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