Vintage mute

Our oldest grandson plays trumpet in his middle school band and the regional honors band concert was this past weekend.  Fortunately, we were able to attend the concert and he did a fantastic job playing with his peers from eight surrounding counties.

As usual, I snapped this picture mid-blink.

Anyway, he needed a bag of some sort to store one of the mutes for his trumpet.

mute is a device fitted to a musical instrument to alter the sound produced: by affecting the timbre (or “tone”), reducing the volume, or most commonly both.

I found this vintage musical fabric in my stash.  It was vintage as it is only 36-inches wide and it came from my grandmother’s house.  I don’t know when the fabric manufacturers changed to 42-44 inch wide fabrics but it was a long time ago (1960’s or ’70’s).  I thought it was perfect for the bag except that it had some pink instruments on it and I knew that he wouldn’t like that.  So I got out my permanent fabric markers and went over the pink with the red and filled in some white trumpets with blue.

The lining is from an old fleece robe that was too long and coordinated with the outer fabric.

I cut the parachute cord drawstring too short to knot the ends so I just wrapped some black thread around the ends about 20-25 times, stitched it securely then burned the nylon ends with a lighter to keep them from fraying.

The bag has a simple box bottom.

I’m not sure if he liked it but it will keep his trumpet mute clean and cushioned on his case.

More bags

These little bags make a great gift idea that only takes about an hour or two to complete.  Of course, when making 28, it takes a bit longer.

The small “what-not” bags I sewed together for our church’s fundraiser are finished.  Some are made with vintage fabrics from the 1950s, 60s, and 70s and some are from this century.Small notions bagsEach one is different in some way.  Some have different zipper colors or different lining fabrics, or both.

Small notions bags

Now to pack them up and get them to the church for the Christmas Tea this Saturday.

Baby shower gifts

Mr. Aitch’s niece is expecting a baby boy in July and the baby shower was last Saturday.  I already posted about the quilt I made so here are the rest of the gifts.

Included are one dozen burp cloths that coördinate with the quilt.  Because ALL babies want to be coördinated.  =)

Three pieces of grey and white flannel: stars, diamonds, and buffalo check.

Mixed and matched for variety.

A baby sized dopp bag (box bag) for pacifiers, ointments, cotton swabs, or any other item that needs to be corralled inside a diaper bag made with leftover fabric from the quilt.

And a larger box bag for, well, larger things, also from leftover quilt fabric.

I love those bears!

Both bags together.

Everything goes well together!

New quilt

Mr. Aitch’s niece is expecting in July and I thought I’d make something as that’s what I do.  Her theme is woodlands, bears specifically.

The baby shower is later this month and knitting a blanket wasn’t going to happen so sewing something was quicker.

I bought this cute bear fabric (by Emma & Mila at Wal-Mart) and coordinating blues and grey for the top as well as some white tone-on-tone star fabric and star embossed grey minky.

The solid grey and pale teal blocks help transition between the two colors.

Machine sewn and quilted with an X secured the top and backing with a thin layer of batting between.

The finished quilt is 45 inches square.  The back looks metallic but that’s just how the light reflected off the furry surface.  I have more fabric left so I’m thinking of sewing a few accessories such as burp cloths and at least one box bag.  Any other suggestions?