A few weeks ago my friend and co-worker, Lisa, called me. Lisa is a graphic designer and she and her co-workers were cleaning their office and throwing away outdated technological stuff including a whole pile of zip disks.
Apparently she thought I could do something creative with all these zip disks and keep them out of the trash. She asked if I wanted "a bag" of them. The "bag" turned into two (big) boxes of zip disks that are now taking up space in my over-stuffed craft room. Needless to say, I am motivated to use them and this is what I came up with:
The Zip Quilt Kit
I didn't want to be left out of the doll quilt craze that's been going around the crafty blogosphere so I've been working on a few small quilts. And I realized that a doll size quilt is the perfect introduction to quilting for the novice sewer (quilts are really super easy to make but folks seem to be intimidated by them). Anyway, the zip cases are the perfect size for doll quilt squares.
The photo above shows a kit wrapped up in the backing fabric, the kit contents, and a sample finished doll quilt. (note: the "zip disk" shown in the photo above is actually a picture of a zip disk and is inserted as the kit label. Behind it are the 20 squares of fabric and the pins and needle)
The kit includes:
- 20- ~4" squares of pre-washed and ready to go fabric (4 each of 5 coordinating prints/solids)
- 1 piece of coordinating backing fabric (also pre-washed)
- embroidery floss for tying the quilt
- pins and a needle for the embroidery floss
- an instruction book
- a coordinating notecard and envelope (because that's fun)
The buyer would have to provide their own sewing machine (or needle and thread), scissors and batting or stuffing (depending if a quilt or pillow is to be made). More advanced sewers can try some different techniques or cut the squares into triangles or embroider on them. The possibilities are endless and a few advanced ideas are in the instruction book.
I'm kind of loving this idea but I might be all alone. Just in case someone else loves it too (and going with my "why the hell not" approach to crafty contests) I'm entering this in the Fred Flare Next Big Thing contest.