Friday, August 15, 2014

{the Purge} Braided Handles + Links + Prizes

Purge buttonAre you purging along?  Come one, come all to show us purge progress for your chance to win from Marmalade Fabrics!

But first, how about a little more Purge inspiration?  Here's an idea for those long, thin strips of fabric (or yardage, which can be cut into strips, of course).  Braid them up!  Braided fabric makes comfy handles for purses, baskets or drawers.  Feeling ambitious?  What about a braided or crocheted fabric rag rug?  A quick Pinterest search yields a ton of tutorials.

I set out to make handles for a chest of drawers.  To avoid stray threads in the braid, I chose a method that encases the raw edges.  I began with a 2" wide strip and pressed the raw edges towards center.   See this Purl Bee tutorial for the step-by-step.

the Purge... braided handles

It was super quick.  I made groups of three fabrics, then cut 18" long pieces and pressed my strips.  I didn't stitch the strips closed, figuring that the braid will prevent the strips from unfolding anyhow and wanting to keep a softer look. 

the Purge... braided handles

After knotting my strips together, I shut the knot into the top edge of a drawer to give me leverage while I braided. 

the Purge... braided handles

When the braid was complete, I stitched the end closed to secure.  The handle is easy to install into a drawer with two drilled holes.  Starting from the inside of the drawer front, thread the stitched end out through one hole and back into the other.  The original knot will catch at the back of the drawer front.  To finish the handle, knot the stitched end as well.  Easy peasy and a cinch to change too!

the Purge... braided handles

This pair of white dressers, currently in Aria's room, is destined to belong to baby.  (Can you tell I didn't tidy Aria's clutter for the photo?)  I'm planning on a white and pale wood nursery spiced with lots of bright colors.  Since these dressers need new handles anyway, I was thinking to create bright, scrappy braided handles.  However... now I'm thinking I would prefer more monochromatic handles.  Maybe I'll do each drawer in a different color, with red/orange/yellow on the right side dresser and blue/teal/green on the other.  Hmmm?

So perhaps I'd like the scrappy braided look more so for a rug?  Or perhaps I should make some scrappy braided baskets?  We'll see.  At least I know now that the process is totally doable!

{the Purge} Link-up and Prizes

Have you been purging along?  Add a photo that documents your purge progress to enter to win this week's prize.  Maybe you've made some blocks for a purge quilt, sold or donated some fabrics, cut tons of scraps into useable squares - anything that you've done recently to Purge your stash or sewing cupboards counts!  If you're participating in more than one purge effort, feel free to add more than one photo for more chances to win.

Note:  Please do not add photos that you used to enter the previous Purge link-up.  This link-up is for progress you've made since then. Thanks!

This time our prize is sponsored by Marmalade Fabrics!  As I was making those handles I wondered if I'd like them better with solids.  And earlier this morning I was thinking that what Aria's sleeping bag needs is just the right solid to emphasize a favorite color.  All of which is to say... I believe in solids! 

Tammy at Marmalade Fabrics has created a monthly subscription program designed to help her customers collect those all-important solid fabrics.  If you subscribe to Around the Color Wheel Monthly Bundles, you'll collect 72 unique Kona colors in all, over the course of a year.  Choose from a fat quarter ($13) or half yard ($19.50) subscription and receive 6 Kona colors each month.   Definitely a wise stash enhancement!  There's nothing like having solids around when you need them... which for me is pretty much always!

Around the Color Wheel bundles

Marmalade is giving away THREE Around the Color Wheel bundles to three lucky Purge-along winners.  And each winner gets to choose which color group to win!

Add your photo(s) now through midnight (eastern time) Wednesday, August 20th to enter to win your choice of a solid Around the Color Wheel fat quarter bundle.  You may upload a photo directly from your computer, no url necessary, no blog necessary. Click the blue "Add your link" button below the photos to add your photo.  Winners will be contacted by email on Thursday.  Good luck!

****Giveaway Closed****

Our winners were entries 9, 40 and 50.  One of our winners actually destashed by giving away nice fabric scraps and another finished a charity quilt.  How cool to see a few of those who have been generous now to receive a fun gift.  Enjoy!





20 comments:

  1. I love Marmalade fabrics, and those bundles look so yummy. Thanks for hosting the Purge. I don't want to jinx myself, but I believe I am coming to the end of my scrap boxes

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  2. I've subscribed to the color wheel for about a year and a half now. It's wonderful but I just stopped my subscription this month ... need a little catch up time! LOL I know I'll start it up again later, though.

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    1. Wow, you must have a great array of Kona! Just looking at mine is a nice pick-me-up.

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  3. Hi, love Marmalade Fabrics!
    Sweet Giveaway>Thanks!

    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  4. I am having a BALL purging and creating! Thanks for the inspiration and prodding. I love these Color Wheel bundles -- drooling over the shades of orange/gold/yellow!

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  5. Your whirlwind thought process regarding redecorating for the nursery is defiantly a sign of full-blown nesting! Keep up the avid creativity.

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    1. Oh, you should see my lists of things to do before baby. I was up last night trying to go to sleep and mentally decorating rooms... =)

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  6. I have been following right along and I am having fun with this purging. I chose to do Bonnie Hunter's String X. Two of my grandkids pieced the string strips on the foundation, they are enjoying this process with me.

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  7. I just found your blog over the weekend and I have started purging. I have 5095 2.5" squares cut, how many quilts do you think I can make?

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    1. Oh my gosh!!! So very impressive. Wanna cut squares at my house (wink)?

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  8. I love these braids! Totally motivating me to purge some fabric strips leftover from another project :o)

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  9. My mom and I have been sharing the purge ideas back and forth for at least a month now, and it's been really inspiring to read and see all you have come with for managing and enjoying scraps and less-loved fabrics.

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    1. Yes, it's been a good and useful event, I think. I certainly used the "push" to get to some things =)

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  10. Love your braided handle idea! Also grateful for the continued inspiration to keep purging....making progress here! :)

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  11. Great idea to make a braided handle! Thanks for the idea.

    Smiles,
    Kelly

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  12. Love the braid handles. I could easily see a braided rug to match...:)

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  13. What's more fun than planning for a baby ;)

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  15. I am enjoying stopping by every day or two to see what has been linked up ... such inspiration! Thanks to all who are sharing as well as you for hosting.

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