patchwork pillow

8.31.2010


I know, another pillow.  Sorry if I'm boring you.  I thought it would be nice to make this one for my brother and his wife's nursery.  With all the scraps leftover from the other nursery projects, I figured this pillow would get a lot of use and fit right in. 


Just a simple square patchwork, with an invisible zipper again (I'm hooked).  It'll be a fun one to throw on the rocking chair and when it gets spit up or projectile vomit on it, zip it off and it's ready for the wash! 


I've got a project I've been slaving (yes, really, well almost) for the past few days and I'm really excited to show you, but you'll have to wait until tomorrow!

now that's crazy talk

8.28.2010


my little girl turned 2 last weekend


is she really not a baby anymore?!


we got her the perfect present: paints, markers, a drawing pad of her own, and play-doh
And of course I'm happy to tell her "yes!", when she asks: "Paint Mama, paint?"

birthday pouches

8.27.2010

I had to quick whip up a couple of these the other night for a set of birthday girls.  My cousin's daughters both have August birthdays, so we usually get to celebrate with them when they come to visit their Grandma. 


Gotta love a zippered pouch.  I had great visions of something patchwork, but when it came down to it, I was running late on time and just used this cute doodle fabric that I think is really perfect for girls who aren't so little anymore (hey, they're almost tweens!). 
I think it'll be a nice pouch that should last them a while at least until they move on to their next favorite thing.  Perfect for a little stash of lip gloss or whatever they want to tote around.


The only difference between the two pouches is the zipper color, I didn't want to make them so different that they'd fight over one or the other, but different enough so they could tell who's whos. 


So lemonade lip gloss, a pouch, and a fun little banana leaf recycled notebook we picked up at Target = fun and functional birthday present in a hurry.

the library tote tutorial

8.24.2010

{If you're stopping over from Kojo Designs, welcome!} 

Here's a fun tote bag project I thunk up (yes, thunk) the other day.  Of course there are tons of ways to make a tote bag, but I thought this one was fun and gives you a lot of options no less!


| The Library Tote Tutorial |


Whether you like things scrappy or streamlined, this bag is ready to go when you are.  Take it to the library or to the park, it's big enough for all the essentials. 


Ready to make one (or a few?!)

Materials:


1/2 yard exterior fabric
1/2 yard lining (if you choose to use any)
1/2 yard for straps, or cotton webbing or a handle type you prefer
bias tape - handmade or store bought
thread, sewing machine
water soluble pen
pattern pieces  [click to download]

{1/2" seam allowances throughout, unless indicated differently}

Cut and prepare pieces:
Cut two pieces from the main pattern piece out of the exterior fabric.  Also cute two pieces of the lining fabric if you're using a lining.  You don't have to use a lining the way the bag is constructed, but if you want to use a lighter weight fabric on the exterior, you'll probably want to use a lining. 

Cut two pocket pieces.  One of which will be the lining of the pocket.

Cut strap pieces: cut two pieces 6" tall by 24-27" long, depending on how long you want your handles to be. 

Cut reinforcement pieces: these are on the inside of the bag, they can add a decorative or fun touch if you'd like, cut two pieces 3" tall by 13" wide.  Iron one long edge of each piece WRONG sides facing by 1/2"

Make Straps:


Take the long strap pieces, fold in half the long ways, and press.  Open up, fold raw edges to the center crease and press. 


Fold in half again and press. 


Sew down the length of the strap with the first row of stitching at 3/8" and the second line of stitching at about 1/8" on each side of the strap.  Repeat for other strap.  Set aside.


Make pocket:
Make these as patchworky as you'd like.  (And, sorry, I didn't take pictures of making the pocket, let me know if you need help on this.)  Place pocket pieces RIGHT sides together, sew using a 1/2" seam allowance all the way around the edge of the pocket, leaving a 2" opening on the bottom side of the pocket piece.  Clip corners and turn right side out through the hole you left at the bottom.  Press.  Topstitch on the TOP edge of the pocket only.  I did two rows of stitching about 1/8" and 1/4" from the top.  Set aside.

Assemble bag exteriors:


Take your exterior pieces (making sure you've marked the corner darts - those little pizza shaped pieces - on each piece with a water soluble pen) and sew the darts in the corner of each side of the exterior pieces. 


Align the two edge dots with fabric RIGHT sides together and stitch along the line to the upper dot of the 'wedge'.  Repeat this for both corners for all main bag pieces.


If you're using a lining, take the exterior pieces and place them WRONG sides together with the lining pieces and pin together.  If you're NOT using a lining read on... 


Pin the pocket to the front of one exterior piece, making sure it's centered. 


Sew pocket onto front of one exterior piece.  I used two rows of stitching along the pocket sides and bottom. 


Align strap pieces with the raw edges of the top of the bag, spacing them equally from both sides, leaving about 3.5" between the straps (see the tiny little red arrow line above).  Be sure not to twist the strap at this point! 


Next, align the reinforcement piece with the unfolded edge at the top of the bag. 


Pin and sew using a 1/2" seam allowance. 


Flip and press so that the WRONG sides are facing. 


Topstitch at the top of the bag and again at the bottom of the reinforcement strip.  Repeat for other side of bag.

Finishing the bag:


Take both assembled exterior pieces and place them WRONG sides facing (or lining RIGHT sides facing if you chose to do a lining). 


Baste along both sides and bottom of bag using a 1/2" seam allowance. 


Trim seam allowances to about 1/4" from the basting line of stitches. 


Next, take your bias tape and sandwich it along the sides and bottom of the tote and sew into place.  Be sure to tuck in the raw edges of the tape by folding them under.  Sewing on the bias tape can be a bit tedious, especially with thinner bias tapes (I made my bias tape strip 1.75" wide), but just take your time and go slow, this is the part that will really show the quality of your work!


That's it!  Fill it with books, sling it on your shoulder and you're off to the library!

{Just wanted to add that for the patchwork/scrap type bag, I made my own bias tape with scraps as well as some of the strap piece, the pocket, and the reinforcement pieces.  The pocket was made using nine 3.5" squares and sewn using a 1/2" seam allowance.}

Terms of use:  For personal use only please.


pincushion sampler platter

8.20.2010


I had joined the Pincushion Pass wayyy back when.  With the looming deadline, I finally got inspired by all the cute pincushions in the flickr pool.  Especially the minis by chickenfoot!  Aren't they cute?!  I think the pastel-ish color palette I used makes these look like candy.


Definitely could not make up my mind which style I wanted to try out first, so I figured, why not try them all?  Hope my partner will enjoy them. 


I think they'd be fun kept together on the cool dish, or if she wants, she can separate them. 


| Square Deal Pincushion (a pdf pattern in the right column) by Heather Bailey |

I scaled the pattern pieces down to 85% so that it would flow with the other pincushions.   And I made the top piece patchwork as well.



Using a 5 inch diameter circle.



Also wanted to sneak in this super mini pincushion that kind of happened by accident.  I just wanted to try out Creative Kismet's tutorial, but made the circle diameter 3 inches across instead of 6, and it is small!


Don't you just want to reach out and take a bite out of them?

my anda dress

8.17.2010


A little late in wrapping up this project, but I love it's simple style.  Grosgrain did yet another fabulous Frock by Friday sew-a-long and it was just too fun to pass up.  I chose this beautiful print by Naomi Ito



And for the record it's the most expensive piece of clothing I own now.  I think it'll be really great in all seasons.  Maybe with a cardigan and tights for winter? 



Love the way it turned out
and it makes me want to jump


jump


jump!

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