Thursday, July 14, 2016

Sweet Tea Challenge/ Pinwheel Project

 A few weeks ago I was digging through my 4th of July decor. 
My patriotic plastic pinwheel was broken.
Trying saying that three times fast. 

Apparently, the red striped plastic didn't respond well to the varied temperature fluctuations in Texas. 

As soon as I thought about throwing it away, 
the Sweet Tea Challenge popped into my head.
Read about it and other Texas bloggers in this post.

I thought a pinwheel out of KariAnne's fabrics by Hoffman would be darling. 
I carefully took the old pinwheel apart. 
Typically, I might misplace the pieces but not this time.

I experimented with the different fabrics included in the charm packs from KariAnne.
The blues in the Sweet Tea charm pack would have been perfect for 4th of July but I opted not to use them this year

I wanted something else that would coordinate with my decor and last longer than the summer season. 
The grays caught my eye.

There were six different gray fabrics in the Simply Eclectic charm pack which is exactly what this little project needed. 

Iron on fusible interfacing helped to give the fabric a little stiffness so the parts of the wheel would stand up. 
I got the interfacing at Walmart. 

I used the blue plastic as a template for cutting out the fabric. 

I snipped tiny holes in the shapes to re-thread onto the dowels. 

 The knob and dowel needed to be painted white to match the fabric. 

I threaded the wheels back onto the dowel just like they were originally. 

 How cute is this? 
More than one of these would be darling for a baby shower or casual wedding. 

KariAnne's fabric by Hoffman is just too cute and would be adorable for so many crafting or sewing projects.

The gray is almost a perfect match for the walls in my dining room. 

I love getting together with other bloggers. 
The blogging community is warm, welcoming, fun and creative. 

I also made a purse organizer out of the Sweet Tea fabrics. 

 It protects the interior lining in a light colored bag. 

 I can also pull out the purse organizer and pop it into another bag. 
Come back for a full tutorial on this project.

 Thanks to KariAnne of Thistlewood Farms and Hoffman for  the cute, cute fabric. 
I can't wait to see what the other Texas bloggers have come up with for this challenge. 
Voting is open from July 14th to July 21st. 
Please visit Thistlewood Farm blog to vote for your favorite project. 

The winner will receive a darling quilt square made out of Sweet Tea fabric.  
Thanks for stopping by and voting.
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  1. Strike up the band and do a dance! How very cute and creative Katie. I also adore the purse organizer. Did you ever provide a tutorial on that? I'd love to make one for myself. Have a beautiful day!

  2. Hello Katie with your brilliant self! I love this idea and I'm totally making it for my next party! You go girl!

    Thanks so much for participating in the challenge!

    Happy day!

  3. Love the Grey too and what a cute idea! I may need to make some of these for my garden.

    Carole @ Garden Up Green

  4. What a cute pinwheel! I could totally see these at a baby shower. How sweet would that be?! Adorable!

  5. Katie,
    The grey pinwheel is adorable. I love pinwheels, and the grey fabrics give yours a little sophistication, perfect for grown-up parties and table settings.


  6. Love that purse organizer so much ♥

  7. Katie,
    Absolutely lovely and they are perfect for so many occasions, adding just the perfect mix of whimsy!
    So glad that we all got together!

  8. Your pinwheel caught my eye right away. How pretty it is and what a good way to recycle a broken pinwheel. Wonderful idea. I enjoyed the art and crafts get together also. So much fun!

  9. Your pinwheel is so adorably cute, Katie, and looks perfect in your dining room! Great job with the challenge!

  10. Oh, my! You are just the most creative one! This little pinwheel flower is adorable and I love the fabrics you've chosen. It does match your walls! I just love it. Thank you so much for popping in to see me.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  11. What a great idea! I never thought of putting fabric on a pinwheel! Love it!
    :) Samantha

  12. Love all these great things you Texas bloggers are coming up with for the fabric challenge. Your pinwheel is so cute. I love the gray and white patterns too.
    Great job.

  13. O, I am totally in love forever with is sooo cute and, of COURSE, now I want one for my mantel...I could never make it tho...maybe Mr. Sweet can...I'll did an awesome job....

  14. You have done a good job. The broken pinwheel looks beautiful now with your beautiful thoughts.

  15. Katie- your project is just precious.
    Recycling something into something beautiful is just the best, isn't it?
    Happy Thoughts of Home!

    White Spray Paint

  16. Katie, that is so adorable. I've never seen a beautiful pinwheel before but you did it!

  17. This is an incredibly beautiful space to have a wedding reception. The space is a long hall with a few side rooms (perfect for dancing and hor d'oeuvres). The windows at the end of the Los Angeles wedding venues hall led to magnificently gorgeous panoramic views of the city.