Wednesday, May 3, 2017

A challenge

I was challenged on Instagram by Renaissance Ribbons to see if I could make the "cutest project" out of one of their preview ribbon samples that Jess had designed for them. I wracked my brain for a while trying to come up with an idea for something super cute that I could put this ribbon on. Finally I had an idea, so I accepted the challenge and said they could send me the ribbon.

If you've been following me for long, you might remember the Pixie Basket I made just over a year ago. I thought those tiny 4½"-long baskets might be just right for showing off ribbons, and they certainly are. Here's the basket I made, sporting the super-cute husky puppy ribbon, designed by How About Orange (a.k.a. Jessica Jones, a.k.a. Jess, my daughter), which will be available sometime in the future.

Doesn't that just make you want to get a puppy? Er... I mean... buy the ribbon? Or lots of ribbons to make all kinds of baskets?

While I was waiting for the ribbon to arrive (which for some reason took 5 days via Priority Mail from California - I don't think the P.O. gave it much priority), I might  have gotten a little carried away using other Jess-designed ribbons I had on hand.

All those animals on tiny baskets - eeeeeek! So fun!

Then Jess made me take fancy photos...

... which she edited for me so they'd look even fancier!

Whaddya think? A prize-winner for a challenge? Renaissance Ribbons thought so, even though there was no prize involved. It was just for fun. And now I have all these cute baskets that I can gift or something - yay!

Guess what? I have one more, too! Along with some fabric, Jess also sent me another sample of a new ribbon she designed. How's this for fun cuteness?

Which is your favorite? Jess likes the popsicles. They're a close second for me, but I just love the skunks (I never thought I'd say that about skunks - not my favorite animal - ha).

The tutorial for the Pixie Baskets is by Heidi Staples of the Fabric Mutt and can be found here. Instead of cutting and seaming two pieces for each side of the outside, I just cut it the same size as the lining and then sewed on the ribbon after fusing the batting. I once again used the tip found here for closing up the turning hole in the lining.

Speaking of fabric Jess sent me, we have many projects planned for it, so I'd better get busy. Here's what she sent, the Spring Quartet line of babywale corduroy that she designed for Cloud9 Fabrics, which will be available in July. You've seen it before on the little Dumpling pouches I made earlier. I only had small samples at that time, but now I have yardage! So expect to see more of this in the near future. :)


Jenny said...

I'm with Jess! That popsicle basket is my absolute favorite!!! So very cute. Any idea when that ribbon will be available? I might need some. 😀

Maybe I'll have to try making a basket or two. Summer vacation (otherwise known as free time for crafting) is just around the corner.

annie dee said...

Couldn't pick just one favorite but I do like those puppies. The baskets are very adorable. They should be the winner, paws down!

Grandma G said...

Thank you, ladies! Jenny, I was told the husky ribbon will be available in early June, but the popsicles not until the next round, so I have no idea when that will be. You should try making a basket for sure - they're so quick and easy! Yay for summer vacation!

Live a Colorful Life said...

I love the popsicles. And Heidi's patterns are always so great, so a perfect combo

Grandma G said...

Thank you, Cindy! 💕

Geneviève Thiffault said...

I love it when you get carried away! :D

I really love the the huskies, they are super cute!

Grandma G said...

Ha! I'll try to get carried away again then. 😉 Thank you! 💕