Sunday, March 11, 2012

Andy Wharol Was Right

Update!   Thanks for visiting from Pinterest.  I am happy you are here.  You can now purchase your own swimsuit cover up at my Etsy shop Sew Enduring.

“In the future everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.”--Andy Wharol

Well, I,ve had my 15 minutes of fame.  Some time ago the stars aligned and shone on my “Pinterest” board.  Suddenly the world discovered my “pin” of a swimsuit cover-up I made two years ago.  It has been “repinned” over 400 times.  The “pinterest” interest generated over 1,000 visits to my blog in one day.  My inbox was full with email notifications!  I was completely blown away!!
Of course, there is a down side.  I have received numerous spam comments from people trying to put their advertising on my blog. 

I am puzzled as to why this project struck a chord with so many people as it is such an easy project.

I thought I would repost my post about the cover-ups since it was one of my very attempts at blogging. 

I know that I will never repeat the numbers from that day, but it was great while it lasted.  I hope that everyone will experience their own fifteen minutes!

It started with one and quickly became three. I made a swim suit coverup for myself and then both daughters wanted one. High praise indeed. But I can't claim credit. I saw the idea on a blog back in June. I have tried to find my way back to it and failed. I owe a big thanks to some unknown blogger. It's a terrific idea.

Take a thinner cheaper towel ( 2 for $7.00 @ Loblaws ) and sew the short ends together to form a tube. I overlapped the edges and used a multi-step zig zag to flatten the seam and reduce bulk.

Hand wind a bobbin with elastic thread. It takes three to four bobbins to make one coverup. You should be able to get two coverups from one spool of elastic thread.

Use an older / cheaper / mechanical machine . I could not get my fancy Babylock machine to do anything but jam. My Janome Decor worked like a charm. I inserted the bobbin and threaded the machine as per usual and it went on it's noisy way.

I spaced my rows a presser foot apart because I like the look of the closely spaced rows.

Each coverup takes about two hours of sewing. It is relaxing as all you do if follow the row above and breathe.

One size fits most.

Thanks for dropping by,


Shyanne @SHYbyDESIGN said...

It is crazy how much Pinterest has changed the "crafty blog world". Congrats on the boost in traffic!

Allison Coldren said...

I've never attempted to sew with elastic thread... kind of intimidating for a novice! But these turned out fantastic...I might have to give it a try :)

Toodie said...

Great idea for my three granddaughters! Thanks so much for sharing! :)

Cathy Tomm said...

Your repost caught my eye today. What a nice idea. I may have to try this someday. Good to know one machine may not like the thread but I can try a different one. Thanks

Anonymous said...

Well, now you are going to have another pin and many more hits. Great idea by the original, but THANK YOU to you, for posting it on the Sew Crafty Party so I could find it.

Thanks so much

Julie said...

How fortunate to catch interest on Pinterest. I was surprised 15 pinned a picture of a Cadbury Creme Egg.

I would like it if you share this here:

Gayle said...

Wow !!!! your 15 minutes of fame, Congratulations. I love the coverups and the bright colours.

Andrea said...

What a cute idea! These are nice apreś bath, also!

Etcetorize said...

Pinterest is a crazy thing, there's no rhyme or reason to it at all. But it sure is fun to see all that traffic, isn't it?
By the way...I've nominated you for the 7X7 Linky Award. Stop by Etcetorize to check it out: ~

Angie said...

Hey! Congrats on the Pinterest fame, how exciting! I've really enjoyed following your blog since finding your blue Brother machine, so I'd like to present you with the Liebster Blog Award! It was presented to me earlier this week, and I'm sharing the love for your great blog! You can check out the details on my blog. Have an awesome day!

DeniseAngela said...

Congrats Janlynn! I just found out some of my projects are on there too but I'm not on that social network. I love the colours of your cover up very pretty! Hope you are doing well!

Anonymous said...

I plan to leave the (beach) towel open,make a channel across the top & insert lingerie elastic, and secure the front edge to the body of the towel with velcro. I know why your project was such a hit: Stylish terry cloth coverups are impossible to find!