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:
http://www.marthastewart.com/265551/easy-beach-bag
Link to Julie-K's website:
http://www.kundhi.com/blog/2009/09/01/easy-backpack-with-bias-tape-straps/

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:
http://www.marthastewart.com/307183/seersucker-baby-quilt

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.