Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Christmas gift

I made this sweet little bag for one of my cousins.  She likes the color purple.  Kind of an experiment, but I made a template, so I will be able to reproduce it.

I am pleased with the results, but I am thinking about adding a handle or something. I am also thinking of embellishing the zipper with a cute charm.  We will see if I have time.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Organizing your Stash Take 2

So, a little while ago I posted a great handy pdf from Oliver + S patterns which would help you organize your fabric if you are like me and have a fabric stash.

I took it one step further and made it color coordinated.  I think it will really help me utilize the fabric I already have and I won't have to dig through a bunch of fabric piles. I'll just look in my handy binder.

Here's what it looks like:
This photo is of one page in the binder.  Red backing =  red fabrics.   

The other pages of the rainbow... 

I used colored paper that was a bit thicker than normal computer paper and I traced tabs in 3 locations so that the different colors next to each other did not overlap.  Red had a tab at the top.  Orange had a tab at the middle.  Yellow has a tab at the bottom, etc.  Then I laminated the sheets and put them through a 3 hole punch.

The fabric swatch cards are from Oliver + S and can be found here:

I printed these on cardstock and for the moment I just taped the fabric to the card and the taped the card to the pages of the binder.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

This made me happy....

I have been using fabric from my stash and sort of whiddling it down a bit, but every time I went to the fabric store I would spend $15 in thread and a zipper.  I was not too excited about that.  So I decided to see if I could find some online.

I ordered this assortment of 25 - 7" inch zippers online.  I was a bit nervous about the colors, but I was pleasantly surprised.

The colors are awesome and I can't wait to make all the zipper purses I was planning on making for Christmas.  

They were purchased on Amazon through a store called Zipper Stop.  100% American made YKK zippers.  Awesome!

Here is the link to their zippers:

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Zig Zag 2

I was able to work more on the quilt last night.  Thanks to my husband who was looking after our little guy and the smooth music from my French Cafe Pandora station.  I love this station. Anyways,  I was able to finish the yellow section and I had the discipline to stop and go to sleep.  This quilts going to be big!  :)

Sunday, October 6, 2013

A Little More Progress on the quilt

After a failed attempt for a Crafternoon with friends, I was able to work a little bit on the quilt that I've been working on.  I finished 2 rows and made on set of my chevron.  I am not sure if my seam allowance was incorrect, but the points of my chevrons are cut off.  Oh well. I think it still looks pretty cool.  My little one likes it so far. Just 3 more colors and my chevrons will be done.
By the way,  the quilt under my work in progress.  It's lovely, but I didn't make it.  I'm not that good.  :)

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Necessity is the Mother of Invention

The other day, my little one got into my threads.  Ahh.... He can get into trouble in a quick minute!

It was quiet and then all of a sudden there was a loud crash!

Here's what I saw:

I needed a way to secure my boxes of threads and maybe a handle so it is easy to carry around.

You could use this project for other things you might want to secure, maybe rolled up towels for the beach.  I'll write up a little explanation soon.

Here is what I made:

So nice.  I was pleased with how it turned out.  Very very secure, and easy to carry around.

I worked a bit on the quilt I have been working on.  I finally bought some white thread.  Somehow I was out. I think my little one ran off with my white thread.  Ahh...

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Contest results and Entering another Contest

So, my red and white bag did not win a prize in the Sew Mama Sew Online Sewing Contest.  I am disappointed.  I was also disappointed that some of the winners did not follow the rules (posted more than 2 photos of their project.)

I was lamenting to my husband that I was disappointed that people that didn't follow the rules won and he said, "Sounds like a metaphor for life."  He is so deep.  :)

Anyways, I decided that I would try one last contest with my red and white bag.  Like my bag on Facebook link following and the more "Likes" I get the better possibility that I will win a $50 gift certificate to my favorite local fabric store, Hart's Fabrics.  They also sell their adorable fabrics on-line.  I'm not sure if they do international sales, but they are great!  I definitely recommend them.

Contest ends by Monday.  So Like my bag today or tomorrow!
Here's the link for the Hart's Fabric Facebook page.  Thanks for the help if you like my bag. ;)  )

Friday, September 27, 2013

Another Bag...

It seems I am addicted to making bags.  I really do enjoy making bags and they are a pretty quick sew.  Maybe I just like more of instant gratification.   It only took me about 4 hours to make.

One of my friends is coming into town this weekend, who I haven't seen in almost 2 years, so I decided to make her a bag.

I used fabric from my stash that I knew she would love. :)

I like the end result, but it was not exactly what I was planning on making.  I envisioned some thing a bit different, but I didn't measure, so it's my fault. :)

By the way, Thank you to Uhandbags which made me less afraid of zippers.  :)

Friday, September 13, 2013

Organizing Your Stash

I found this great idea and pdf from Oliver + S in the free patterns section.  It's not a pattern, but a great file that will help you organize your fabric.  I think I may be able to use it for my yarn as well.  I have an embarrassing amount of fabric as well as my yarn, and I think it might really help me use it up if I knew what I had, what it was made of and how much yardage I have.

It's called a swatch card.  It has a place to put a square of your fabric, a line for fiber content, yard available, the width of the fabric and washed or unwashed.  It's a great idea and I'll post when I have my binder all set.  It might be a while.

Here is link to the file:

Miscellaneous Sewing Projects on my mind

1) I need to take the elastic on the cloth diapers from my baby's diapers that failed and replace them and stitch them back up.  Not exciting, but I really need to do this task.

2) Make the Tigger onsie into a t shirt and make orange pants that match.  A little more fun, but I have a month and a half to do this.

3) Work on the quilt. I am getting more interested in finishing this quilt.  I need to buy more white fabric for this to finish and figure out the backing fabric.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Being Disciplined... Continuing on the Quilt

I really really want to work on another bag with that same pattern as the bag I entered in the contest, but I must be more disciplined and continue the work I started on the quilt.

Here is what I did today:
I cut triangles and organized them so that I can hopefully stitch them up quick when I am finished cutting all the fabric.

It's looking like this quilt will be very big and very bold.  I hope I like it at the end.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Finished the Bag!

It's ready to compete in the online sewing contest.  I am super excited with the results.  It is very bold and I learned a lot in the process.  I think I will make another in a more subdued color scheme.  Ok. Maybe I'll add a pop of color in the interior.  We will see..

Here is the final result.

The pattern comes from U Handbags.  Here is the link to this pattern. It's a Cinch Tote.

It's a downloadable pattern and it's worth it for sure.  I think I will be making variations of this bag for gifts this year.  

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Making progress on the Bag

I am pleased to say that I am making real progress on the bag I am sewing for that sewing contest.  It has definitely motivated me to finish this project up.  The deadline is Tuesday.

I have had a heck of a time finding some of the notions needed for the project so I am at a stand still for now.

No fabric/craft store has rectangular rings and swivel hooks with a 1 inch attachment.  So I have had to order them online..  I'm waiting ever so impatiently for the items to arrive.  The rectangle rings won't come in time, so I have had to go to my local hardware store where I found a suitable replacement but they were 2 dollars each.  $8.66 later.  I have a solution, but boy do I feel ripped off.  C'est la vie!

I was able to finish most of the bag yesterday night.

Here is where I am at so far:

I am really enjoying this project so far.  I have learned a lot: zippers, using thermofleece interfacing, etc.  I love making bags, but in the past I have made up my own patterns and the bags have been quite minimalist, not very fancy.  I had to read and re-read the pattern to make sure I didn't mess up. I almost messed up a few times with the outside pocket.  Fortunately, I kept reading the instructions until it made sense and the outside zipper looks great!

I am considering making another bag of the same idea with different more neutral fabric and maybe even making smaller versions for travel and gifts.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Starting another project... A Bag..

I was surfing the web and found out about a sewing contest so, I started another project.  I know.. I know.. I am supposed to finish projects right?  The contest ends in a week, so I'll let you know if I finish.  :)  I'm making a bag.  It's going to be very bold and it is using fabric from my stash.  I had to buy a few notions, but not too much.  I hope it works out. :)

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Getting inspired and Starting a Quilt

I was surfing the internet and found some awesome blogs that are so inspirational.

One woman learned to sew 3 years ago, and you should see all the quilts she's made in the past 3 years.  All this and she has 2 kids.  Kudos to you!
Here's the link to the quilts on her blog:

I found a web site called Sew Mama Sew and I love this as well.  So much inspiration and so little time..

The blogs and websites really got me going and so I started a quilt today.  One that I have been meaning to get started/done for over a year.  I have the fabric and everything.

I have been mostly only done quilts that were made of squares and rectangles so I was inspired to make one with triangles.  I hope it works out.  Cross my fingers.

I was able to iron and cut some fabric to get started.  I am excited to see if my vision comes out as planned.

The inspiration comes from Denyse Schmidt's Quilt it Kit.  I love this kit because it has great little projects. I've done the coasters project, and it even comes with fabric for the pillow project (which I haven't done.)  :)

The card that has inspired this project:

My idea on Graph paper: Hopefully it works out.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Applique bag

Another birthday this time it's a friend at work.  We like to dream about becoming sewing masters.  Alas, we are not, but maybe we will be in the future.

Anyways, I had a premade canvas tote bag that has been hanging around asking me to do something with it and so I wanted to personalize it for my friend.  I have never done applique work but I thought I might try this time for her birthday.

I drew an "R" on the fabric from my stash with a disappearing ink pen and then cut it out.  I really didn't do the applique-ing the right way so I'll just show you some photos.  It turned out pretty good, but I would try to do it a little differently next time.  Maybe I'll even do it the proper way.  :)

Friday, May 31, 2013

Another Bag and a Baby Blanket

It has been a few weeks packed with festivities and so I have been making gifts out of my craft closet.  A friend of my husband's recently had a baby boy and their daughter was turning 3 this week so I decided that I would finally make the long overdue baby blanket for their son and for their daughter, I would make a bag.  This time I made a backpack.

The backpack is inspired from the Easy Beach Bag design on the Martha Stewart website, but I made it a bit more finished looking.  In the Martha Stewart version, there are unfinished raw edges of fabric, which I don't really like as they are prone to wearing and unravelling.

I wanted to create a backpack that was inspired from a blog julie-k.  She made a backpack for her little girl for back to school with a design and denim on the outside.

The backpack turned out cute enough, but I think the cording was not slippery enough or my channels for the cord are too small?  Well.  It looks good.  :)  I would try this pattern again and maybe make the channels for the cords larger or use different cording something a bit more slippery.

Link to Martha Stewart's Easy Backpack:
Link to Julie-K's website:

Baby Quilt
The baby quilt is a spin on a traditional log cabin.  The only difference is that the middle is a rectangle instead of a square so that the finished quilt is rectangular.  This quilt was inspired by another Martha Stewart project a seersucker baby quilt.

The previous time I made a baby quilt I used 2 1/2 inch strips (2 inch strip with 1/4 inch seam on each side), but it was a bit too much work to make even an small baby blanket so this time I decided to use 4 1/2 inch strips (4 inch strip with 1/4 inch seam on each side.

I had to do a bit of math to make sure my finished quilt would be a desirable size. I have to say that I really love making quilts in this manner.  They come together so much faster, because you do all of your cutting at the beginning with strips for fabric and then just keep adding to the quilt until the desired size is achieved.

The center rectangle was a 4 1/2 inch by 10 1/2 inch.

I was pleased with the results. I hope they like it.

Link to Seersucker Baby Blanket:

Yay!  These projects are using up my fabric stash.  The baby blanket used up a lot of flannel.  :)

Friday, May 24, 2013

Sewing up Bags

Every girl loves a bag, right?  I went through my fabric stash to see if I could come up with a nice combination of fabrics for my cousin's daughter's 2nd birthday.  I am not sure about her favorite color, but I feel like she likes blues and greens.

Over the years I've made a lot of bags and I like the durability of denim, which happened to be in my stash.  I found a beautiful fabric to coordinate with the dark blue of the denim with leaves and flowers.

I hope she likes it!

 The finished purse!

A look on the inside

I have another bag to sew up soon, another little girl's birthday. Stay tuned. 

Monday, May 6, 2013

Staying Focused

I think I need to refocus again on the reason why I have this blog.  To use up my craft supplies and get things out of the house.  Birthdays are coming up and it's never to early to work on Christmas right, especially if you are making things and have a baby in the house.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

The Neverending Blanket

I have been crocheting this one blanket on and off for 8 years.. Wow! Really?  My husband wanted a blanket that could cover both of us, wide and long. (He's tall.) When I started it, I thought it would come along pretty well, but I am doing single chain with a small crochet hook and it gets tedious.  I would get bored, or have some event that I just had to make something for and leave the blanket in the closet until I remembered to work on it.

A while back I timed how long it takes me to do one row;  it took 20 minutes.  So I've been through who knows how many balls of yarn, I kept buying yarn to add to it and I haven't finished it.  Maybe if I can commit to 2 rows a week I will finally finish it?  Or should I call it quits and say that the blanket only covers me?

I'll do 1 row a week and keep updating to keep me on track.

Update 4/15. I finished a row.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Paper Crafting

Since having a baby, I have had to write a lot of thank you cards.  I made a few dozen before the baby was born, but I had no idea the flood of gifts that were to follow.  It is so sweet of people to think of our baby and send us things.  I soon found myself running out of the cards I had prepared and had to make several cards for thank you cards. I can never bring myself to buy a card.  I love making them so.

I looked to my craft closet and found a package of solid card stock 12 inch by 12 inch and some beautiful paper with designs on it.  I have to admit, I have had these paper packs for a while and rarely if ever used them.  There is nothing like a large number of cards to write piling up to get a person motivated to use up all that paper.

I had some small envelopes that are the size of a half sheet of 8 1/2 inch by 11 inch (standard computer paper) left over from our wedding and I thought this would be a great size for the thank you cards.

Using a ruler, a self healing mat, an Xacto blade, and a glue stick, I created a lot of cards in an assembly line.

From the scraps left over from the larger cards, I was able to create some smaller cards that I can use for gifts.   The other bits of paper also allowed me to create some beautiful bookmarks.

My set of paper cards and bookmarks:

Hats, Hats, Hats...

I have been on a knitted hat kick, and it's sure nice to bring out the circular needles and make quick work of hats.

I've been using the pattern from Last Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson and Anna Williams.  I used a nice variegated wool yarn from a past failed project (a knitted purse that I was going to felt but never did) and I think the hat turned out great!  I was able to use my pom pom maker that I purchased from Ebay when I was on a Ebay shopping spree about 3 or 4 years ago.

The pattern is pretty easy if you've never done circular knitting before.  It is one by one rib on the bottom, knit in every stitch until the proper height and then decrease until the end.

Knitting hats are fun and fast with circular needles.  The trick is to make sure that you set up the hat in the first few rows and not to twist the stitches.  Once a few rows are done it gets much easier.

I made these hats for my little one. I think they turned out pretty good and I used up yarn from a failed project.  I had to undo all the work, which required a bit of effort, but I made a usable hat!