Thursday, September 4, 2014

my toes were dreaming

Not all projects meet a glorious end.  Not all ideas work.  Or, even if they do work, not all inspire my time and attention.  You know what I mean.


Long, long ago I pinned this breathtaking rug.  My toes were dreaming.  It's called a Pinocchio rug by its makers at Hay.  Composed entirely of felted wool balls, this baby is p-r-i-c-e-y.  Even buying up the felt balls and making my own is well beyond my budget.

dreaming

So I got to thinking about how I could make something similar out of fabric.  Because I have fabric!   I decided to use my baby Go! cutter to cut small circles, machine sew them mostly closed, stuff with fill, hand sew them completely closed and then join them together.  My vision was of soft, squishy ovals with little gaps between them.   Could it work?

On my way to Charlotte to visit Ikea this weekend, I rode in the car for almost 2 hours - an ideal time to test the project.

dreaming

Well, this is how far I got after over an hour and a half of stitching.  Yes, it would work; but, no, I did not want to sign up for the marathon assignment.  Remember that mile long list?  I didn't want baby to show up and find a fantabulous rug underneath his or her crib.... but no crib sheets, no curtains, no bibs, no mama-made toys.  Priorities, people!

And then I bought a rug at Ikea.  Done and done.

30 comments:

  1. Haha! I love it. I would do the same :) Keep this project on the back burner for the kids to help....they love working the cutter!

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  2. Maybe not a rug ;)
    but it still such a cute idea what about using them for a mobile. They would be so sweet hanging at different levels from an embroidery hoop and you wouldn't need that many.
    So what rug did you get or is it part of a big baby room reveal that you plan to tease us with for a few months? :)

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    1. The mobile idea could work! Hmm... I am not usually a mobile person, but that's tempting.

      Oh my gosh, Annabelle, before I can do a room reveal with the rug in it, I'd have to

      1. Move out all of Aria's stuff

      2. New wood floors

      3. Paint the walls

      4. Assemble the crib

      Brandon is also supposed to tear out the neighboring bathroom vanity, open up the wall behind it, put in new plumbing, new vanity and new floors in there. The man has a LONG list and I'm just itching to finally get to make things pretty. So... it may be awhile yet before any pictures are forthcoming, but not because I'm a tease! =)

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  3. If you want to have another go at this - try making pom-poms out of yarn! Might even be a nice family project to do with the kids. Thank you for a lovely blog!

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  4. I LIVE in Charlotte now! maybe we can get together sometime :)

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  5. When you were describing your idea I thought, 'She's going to do WHAT?!?' :-) I like Annabelle's idea for a mobile. I'd say the rug project is a 'work on it when you can' project. Have a great day!

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    1. Speaking of... Back to the felt, cute mug rugs!

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    2. Yep, a moment of temporary insane ambition. Unfortunately, not an isolated moment...

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  6. Haha I love this story. It makes me feel better about all the times I get too ambitious with craft ideas and then get overwhelmed realizing what I want to do will actually cost too much and take too long to keep my attention. I try to be realistic about that now before I invest more than an hour or two (or before I invest too much money.)

    I do love the idea of making it as a baby mobile. :-D

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  7. Looks like a project for a grandchild's room -- make one pom-pom from each of the new baby's things you sew for them while they grow, then put them all together when they are expecting their first child and give it to them -- let their toes enjoy it! Wise decision to stop :-) .

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  8. The price of the rug - 3ft circle is $1700 and a 5ft circle is $4500? Really? For felt balls stuck together? I'm amazed!

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  9. Rosemary B here:
    Very cute.
    Force the kids to help. One can sew, one can stuff, one can supervise.

    I wonder how those colored balls at the craft store would work out.... shifty?
    It could be a hazard!!! How about a puffy balls wall sculpture lol
    It is cute. I like your fabric balls the best

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    1. Haha, thanks Rosemary! I did admit when I let go of the idea that the puffy circles as rug would be VERY slippery. Maybe it's well it didn't work out.

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  10. These balls would look great on a plain fabric headband for a little girl. And 6 (or maybe a couple more) look like the perfect number!

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  11. I've been wanting to make a rug for a while now too. I'm thinking of making a woven T-shirt rag rug. They go together pretty fast I hear and you can reuse old t-shirts. I might have some Goodwill shopping to do. :)

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  12. My MIL had one of those rugs and it didn't wear well. The felted balls pilled and started coming off the rug after a year or so. Fabric would have solved the pilling but still may not have held up awesome. IKEA, though. Ha!

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    1. Ok what I think she had was a crate and barrel knockoff. BUT STILL.

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    2. Oh my gosh, I hadn't thought of how the felt would wear. That would be DEVASTATING. Ok, first world problems...

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  13. Rug hookers use recycled wool for their rugs which last forever. I have recently seen wool strips coiled and stitched together with the coils on end and fitted together like hexagons. I think yo-yos made from the wool would also work well and wear well, again stitched together like hexagons and then with a solid wool backing.

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  14. Your post made me snort with laughter! Good for you for saying nope, and I bet the rug you bought was awesome.

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  15. I like your little project bag!

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  16. I'd love to hear how your pregnancy is going and baby updates. Are the kids excited to be having a baby? When will you find out if baby is a boy or girl?
    I hope that doesn't sound nosey :) Praying all is well!

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    1. Yes, all is well thanks! I will be sharing more soon =) Thanks for the encouragement!

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  17. Awe better start saving for that rug!! Or maybe make a tiny rug?

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  18. :) This made me smile! And I'm totally with you on the store bought rug after that. Maybe just a small piece of framed bubbly fabric art would satisfy? :)

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