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Mushroom Hunting Bag

My dad requested I make him a morel mushroom hunting bag last summer.  He even gave me a pair or his cargo pants that I told him I could make him a bag out of.  Well, I never got around to it and it’s been in my to-finish pile forever!

I didn’t look at a tutorial or even any pictures of bags like I usually do.  Since it was made from a pair of pants, some camo cotton I had around for the lining, and a strap from a purse I recycled I didn’t think following directions would make it easier. 

I dove right in and cut up the pieces.  I used the cargo pocket part for the front flap and added some brown bias tape to attach it to the lining.  It didn’t take long actually, and it was pretty fun.  I did attach the flap wrong the first time I sewed it however, but it was easily fixed.  Best part is – my dad loves it and my mom wanted to steal it from him. 

Hope he fills it up with morels this spring!

If anyone’s interest in a tutorial on this let me know, I think making another one would be fun – plus I can give it to my mom so my dad doesn’t have to share his.

** My dad thought I should note that you’re really not supposed to put morels in a bag like this, apparently a cotton mesh type bag is best.  Who knew?!

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Some little gifts

I made these cute little journals for my cousin’s daughters.  I used fabric scraps and added their initials to the front, not a bad use of old cereal boxes (we are a cereal loving family).  I tucked in a little sparkly gel pen into each package so they could start writing/doodling right away.

a pouch for my sister-in-law’s birthday
pillow case for one of my nephews

and I did manage to finish my husband’s stocking before Christmas!
And I can’t wait to show you what I made for my Dad out of an old pair of pants of his, he’ll be thrilled – mainly because I was supposed to make him something last summer.  Hopefully it’ll be worth the wait!
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The Bag

This bag, oh, this bag.  If I could tell you how much I struggled with this silly bag!  You would laugh.  It looks pretty straightforward, but this is the project where I re-did, ripped seams, re-did again, cut, cut again, put in grommets, re-did the grommets, the list goes on…

I definitely wouldn’t recommend this pattern (the Market Bag pattern) to a beginner that’s for sure.  Lots of pieces to cut out and figure where exactly they belong.  My mom picked out this pattern at my other favorite local quilt shop.  I thought it was a cute bag — and it is!  She asked me to make it for her about 2 months ago now, and I just finished it and gave it to her for Christmas. 

I used a black wool corduroy and some other black/white fabric (sorry I have no idea what to call it), and the ties and lining are made from Paula Prass’ Summer Soiree Best Friend in black.  I really like how it came together in the end.  I actually think I might attempt to make another bag following this pattern for myself!  It has lots of great pockets for all sorts of goodies.

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I’m 30 today…

Kinda crazy, but at least this year I wasn’t a grump.  My good friend from college had a baby girl today, so I was thrilled to say the least!!!  She was due earlier in the week, but I knew she could hold out until my birthday (ha ha).  What fun and I can’t wait to make the little girl some cute things.

I was folding laundry last night and thought I’d share a few of my favorite things {yes, inspiration from laundry}:

my sweatshirt (which I wear almost everyday in the winter), it’s from one of the radio stations that my brother works for and I love it.  I even love the stains and paint splatters that cover the whole thing.

my swimming t-shirts:  all cut up and ready to make into a t-shirt quilt.  Here’s a little peek into my world: I swam competitively for over 12 years of my life.  Thanks to my mom who took me to all the boring swim meets and bought me all these crazy shirts because I “had” to have them.  And as an added bonus, it’s also how I met my husband, we both swam in college.

my family, of course, and all the laundry they produce!  (I thought I’d spare you the dirty laundry pile shot)

Here’s to 30!

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Table Runner & Napkins

I think this might be one of my most favorite projects yet.  I love the colors and the fabrics and how soft they are!  I made this quilted table runner and set of napkins for my sister-in-law for Christmas (yes, I have a total of 5 sister-in-laws, kinda fun). 

The fabrics were dreamy to work with,  I chose the Etsuko Furuya double gauze Birds in Purple from and ordered the shot cottons from PurlSoho (I got a yard and half of Lipstick and the same of Apple).  I also had the blue polka dot from Patty Young’s latest Flora & Fauna line (from MaterialGal on Etsy), it just happend to coordinate nicely! 

I had the tiny dark brown polkadot in my stash, something I picked up at my local Hancock fabrics.  The table runner measured about 24 inches wide by 54 inches long.  I’m almost thinking I need to make a quilt using these same fabrics, for myself!

I used this tutorial over at Sew, Mama, Sew! for the napkins.  I ended up with hardly any leftover fabric, maybe a fat quarter or so from the Furuya fabric left (excited to add it to some clothing item for the girls –  the double gauze is dreamy). 

The best part of this project was that I ripped all my pieces, yes ripped!  I was reading this tutorial before making the table runner and decided I should just go for it since I was running late on time and wanted it straight on the grain without a lot of fuss.  It was awesome!

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