Wednesday, December 3, 2008

"Just Because"

Do you ever buy fabric "just because?" I used to do that a lot, then I went through a stage where I didn't buy anything unless it was for a certain project. Now, I've reverted to the "just because" stage. I picked up these lovely Michael Miller fabrics over the weekend. I didn't have anything in mind for them...they were just sooo lovely!

Recently, I also bought a yo-yo maker, just because I'd been wanting to try it. (I've been thinking about making a garland for the tree (for next year) out of yo-yo's). There was a fun, free pattern for "Pennie Pockets" from Monica at The Happy Zombie the other day...so I got out the yo-yo maker!

I'll have to say...it was almost as fun as covering buttons. I could easily cut a stack of little squares and take the yo-yo maker, fabric and a needle with me wherever I go. I might get a lot of yo-yo's made that way! I also made prairie points for the first time since they were required for the "pennie pocket!"
It's really a fun little project...you can fill it with whatever goodies you'd like. Monica also tells you how to make it a different size...which I might try. A lot of miniature "pennie pockets" would make a great Christmas tree garland as well!

23 comments:

jacquie said...

i could see them as tree decorations too filled with goodies. so cute!

Terriaw said...

Oh, I really like those pennie pockets! Thanks for the link. I have also been thinking about making a yo-yo garland. Yours looks great in those Christmasy fabrics.

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Sherri, these are so cute. Gotta make some of them. Thank you for sharing.
Bonnie

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

What a great idea yo-yo- garland, I think i might need to do that too!!! Love the fabrics you got, I never got out of "just because stage"!!

Stephanie said...

I seem to do a lot of buying fabric "just because". Oooo polka dots AND Michael Miller. I've never tried a yo you maker and I just love the little penny pocket. You have a busy workshop.

happy zombie said...

Your pocket is so cute, Sherri! You make me want to run out and buy some new Christmas fabrics!

I love your idea for making a yo-yo garland for the tree. Next year. Next year. Oh I want to make one NOW! I just love that yo-yo maker and I'm looking for things to yo-yo-fy... I think a garland just may be the ticket - thanks for the inspiration!

ivoryspring said...

Those are absolutely lovely -- I can't wait to see your garland draping the tree.

Stina said...

So you like the Yo-Yo makers... have thought of buying them...but haven´t yet...
Love your new decorations for christmas... :o)..and thanks for the link..

Carrie P. said...

The red and white fabrics are beautiful. I bought 2 sizes of the yo yo makers and I like the way the work. You could really get a pile in a hurry.

Lorraine said...

wow.....those fabrics are fabulous!! ...I downloaded the pennie pocket pattern from Monica's site the other day....and will definitely be making up a few...don't they look great in the fabrics you chose too!!....I bought some lovely green/red/white fabric when I was at a workshop the other day.....now the perfect use for them...!! I am also back to "just because" fabric purchasing!

Mary said...

I recently told someone else who'd bought the yo-yo maker how much quicker they are to make without it. I bought one and only made one before going back to the old way. There's a tutorial at this site:
http://heatherbailey.typepad.com/photos/how_to_make_a_yoyo/index.html

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Love your penny pocket - looks like a great little project! I love you new Michael Miler spot fabric - so cheerful!

Simone de Klerk said...

"Just because" is a very good reason to buy lovely fabrics, just because it is great to look at them and touch them at home whenever you want!

Terry said...

That is so cute! What a great idea! I'd like to make some to hang on the tree or use as little gifts for the teachers and bus drivers! I can see them with a candy cane and some chocolates in them! :0)

Purple and Paisley said...

i think those pennie pockets are just so cute...=)...

Annette said...

I have been curious about those yo-yo makers. I look at them all the time in the store and then change my mind...but temptation keeps coming at me...and your blog post is one. I love what you did with the yo-yos ...maybe I will finally go out and get my yo-yo maker once and for all.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

I've been thinking valentine pennie pockets!

Well you KNOW I buy fabric just for the heck of it. It is part of my hobby - collecting beautiful fabrics. And I just wish I could do more of it!

Nice stash builders there.

Mel said...

Love that project! I'm addicted to making the darling yo-yos! I have the tiny, regular and large size.

Janellybelly said...

I am a follower of the 'Just Because' philosophy, it doesn't help that I've just started working in a fabric shop :)
Blessings
Janelle

Sharon's Cottage Quilts said...

Sherrie, wow! Your work is Gorgeous! I love your quilt(banner) at the top! Just magnificent work!! Bless you!
Sharon

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Sherri to buy fabric 'just because it the best reason', love your yo yos.....

Sandra :) said...

I love my yoyo makers and use them all the time --- this project will be a lot of fun - thanks for the idea - I've downloaded the instructions from Monica and I'm looking forward to making some!

Sandra :) said...

I just finished my first (but certainly not last!) pennie pocket - I posted it to my blog today - thanks for the inspiration, Sherri!