Messenger Bag

I made the adult sz Messenger Bag for this months LTTSA project. This is the last month for our group and I’ve had so much fun making things from the LTTS book and seeing the awesome creativity of the ladies in the group. I’m planning on giving this bag to my littlest sister as her last late Christmas present. What can I say. I’m a procrastinator. Trying to recover though ๐Ÿ™‚

I learned from this project the importance of basting. When in doubt, baste. And then baste again. I think every curve and seam on this bag have at least 2 or 3 rows of stitches on them. But It made things come out very nicely and without any guesswork. I had a tiny bit of trouble understanding exactly what I was supposed to do when making the pleated front pocket, but once I started on it, I saw what was supposed to happen and only had to take out two seams on that part. That was the only challenging part of the project. The rest when surprisingly smoothly and nicely. I really like how it turned out and will probably make more of these in the future. Maybe a patchwork one.

The bag is a dark brown corduroy with chocolate, green, pink, off white striped bias binding and a fun flowery summery med weight home dec fabric for the lining. The pictures really don’t do the vibrant colors justice. I used some bronze 2″ish metal rings to attach the shoulder strap to. I actually saved these from an old purse that was falling apart. It pays to upcycle. The strap is long enough to sit at my hip when slung over my shoulder and worn cross-shoulder style. It’s pretty much awesome if I do say so myself. Hehe. Bought time I had a project work out right for me. Last week was one catastrophic failure after another. It was no fun. So I took a break from crafting and read a book or two, and then started up again. AND with a clean workroom nonetheless. Pics will be up this week! I can’t wait to show you.

And Finally, A big thanks to Jessica our fearless leader for hosting this Little Things To Sew party over on her blog. It’s been so much fun and I wish her the best of luck and creativeness as she competes in this season of Project Run & Play. It’s been tons of fun ๐Ÿ™‚

Scrappy Love

I have had so much fun over the last few months dreaming up and creating Scrappy Projects with the Festival of Scrappiness going on over at Stitched in Color. There have been so many cool and original projects and tutorials posted that are sure to inspire you. I have always wanted to try string piecing, so, for my first project I used blue and purple and pink and green scraps to build this log cabin style mini quilt. I started making it as a mug rug, but was having so much fun that I just kept building.

I quilted it in continuous wonky square starting at the center and working my way out. The back of the mini is more scrappy pieces and my polka dot bias binding.

This is my first mug rug. Ever. It was so much fun! So I made two more. This one was fairly random in my color choices. I built it in a wonky half log cabin style and pieced some of my smaller scraps just for fun.

I quilted it in the half log cabin shape starting at the opposite corner and working out. It looks pretty cool.ย 

I used some pink flower yardage to make .5″ double fold straight grain binding that I zig zagged in place. Here is how I made those kickin mitered corners.

I am still lovin the Tutti Frutti collection that I’ve collected and all these scraps that came together for my second mug rug. I’m pretty sure I didn’t have any plan when I started making this other than spreading the colors out.

I checker board quilted the mug rug with 1″ squares and have decided that my walking foot is one of the best things ever. The fabric didn’t pucker or bunch up like it has before whenever I’ve tried to quilt in overlapping patterns.

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ย This is my third mug rug that I whipped up using wonky tiny strips that I’d originally cut up to make little rag wreaths. But this was more fun. I quilted .5″ diagonal lines and bound it with more pink flower tape and a scrap of white fabric for the back.

I redoing my bedroom right now with robin’s egg blue, brown and tan. Above my bed I have two cute blue candle stick things with a framed generic picture between them. Since taking Curves class, I’ve had a hankerin to make some of these adorable mini wonky stars that were in one of our projects. I thought I would make several and then just fill in a background behind them using more neutral-ish scraps. But it just didn’t want to come together. So, I called in my husband for back-up because he has a great eye for color, art, and design. After playing with my stars and fabric scraps, he decided that I should make my stars into flowers using some vine patterned fabric. I looked at my stars and thought, but they’re stars! Never would I have thought of them as flowers. But he was right. He left the room to my huffing and “gosh darnit’s” because once he threw me the idea, I just knew it would be awesome as most of his ideas are, but it would be more time consuming, as usual. But the things that take longer are the things that are usually worth doing.

So! Here is my Starbright Flower Garden! It’s not quite finished yet, but I wanted to take a picture and send it in before the end of the contest and we were allowed to submit quilt tops. I’m going to do some applique style stitching that I’ve seen around blogdom lately and will post a little tut when it’s all done.ย 

LTTSA Juggling Balls and Drawstring Bag

This month I picked out the Juggling Balls and Bag patterns from our LTTSA instead of the playtown. I know my boys very well and they’d much rather throw something than sit and play nicely. Which is why I didn’t fill the juggling balls with dried beans or rice to give them a nice weight for juggling, but just stuffed em full of fiberfil. Now they don’t hurt to chuck at someone ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway,
In the spirit of scrappiness that’s been floating around blogdom lately, I felt it absolutely necessary to make this set from my leftover primary scraps from my scalloped quilt in Curves Class.ย 

Hence the fun quilty look on the bag. I used the lining to make the outer and inner pieces of the bag and edge stitched all of my seams. The ball size I went with was the larger 3″ diameter.

And of course, Since this is a birthday present for my baby (how the heck is he almost 1yr old already!!!), I had to throw a quick monogram on the bag. I saved the letter from making this and am now glad I did.

I really couldn’t be happier with how this project came out. The pictures don’t really do it justice because you can’t see how nice and sturdy the bag feels or how cool the grossgrain ribbon looks as the handles. Pictures do, however, hide my atrocious handstitching job on the balls.
I’ve really been diggin’ the primary colors lately. More fun pics to come of what else has gotten primary-ed. Like my bathroom re-accessorizing!

LTTSA: Cozy Hood

Fabrics:
I used a slightly stretchy, lightweight, super soft, white fur for my outer layer. My lining was a navy blue soft knit for my boys hats, and a thin kinda shiny bright pink knit for little girls Christmas present.
This would be a great project to recycle old jersey shirts for linings and sweaters or fleece hoodies for the outer layer. If you do use a knit, be sure to check the tension settings and stitch width on your machine. The slippery knits like my pink one, are a pain to work with and may not feed pefectly. Be sure not to pull on the fabrics while you’re sewing with them.

Cut Your Pieces:
If you do use a fur, pay attention to the grain of the fur, which may not be the same as the grain of the fabric. Decide how you want your fur to lay as a finished product before you start cutting.

Step 1:
Pin and sew your ears. I went ahead and pinned my linings too and worked my hats assembly line style. Don’t forget to leave a 2-3″ opening in the seam of your lining for turning (I forgot on all 3 hats).

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Step 4: Sew side panels to the center hood piece. I found it helpful to pin with the side panel facing me, then flip it over and sew with the center hood piece facing up. It kept my pieces from wrinkling.

Step 5: Pin and sew your lining to your hood with right sides together. Flip right side out.
Step 6: Blind stitch the turning hole in your lining closed.
Step 7: Fold your ears forward along the seam, and Bartac them in place. I did this on my machine and changed my bobbin thread to match the lining. The further up the ear you tack, the more your ear will stand up: 1/2″ worked well for me.ย 
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Then admire your work! I chose to leave off the ribbons, because I know they would cause my children nothing but fuss. The pink hat is a size small and the blue is an extra small. The hats run a tad large, but still stay on just fine. With a thicker fabric, it probably wouldn’t be noticeable.
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Too Cute!

Celebrate Fall Color!

Here are my 5 November Entries for the November Celebrate Color Contest/Extravaganza! It has been so much fun designing new projects and creating with fellow crafters of various specialties this Fall and I’m sad that this is the last month. But, I am so excited that the end of Fall, means the Beginning of Winter and Christmas Holidays!

Needlepoint Entry: Happy Country Felt Garland

This is a pattern I adapted from Thimbleberries’ designer Lynette Jenson’s Book Classic Country Christmas. I love her work! Everything is so comfy and cozy and it all has her special handmade touch. Country style is nice to me because it makes you feel welcome and allowed to kick-back and relax. This Design is made with Brown and Deep Red Felt hearts stacked and Buttonhole stitched together with brown and gold thread. Each heart has a little Happy White Snowman outlined also with buttonhole stitches and detailed with French knots and outline stitching in Gold for the arms. The other Hearts have Gold Country stars buttonhole stitched in Brown thread to Brown outlining stars and fixed with contrasting Gold buttonhole stitches to the Heats. I used a spray adhesive and straight pins to hold things in place while I stitched it all together and whip-stitched the hearts to one another. Jenson designed this to be a round centerpiece base for a pot or candle, but I haven’t found anything quite large enough yet to center it around. But I hope to soon. In the meantime the design makes me Smile ๐Ÿ™‚

Yarn Entries: 1. First Snow Crochet Ornaments

This was the first time I used a itty-bitty size 4 hook for a little project. I have honestly been scared of the little stitches ๐Ÿ™‚ But this Pattern from BH&G for Decorative Ornament Snowflakes was just perfect and so easy!

2. Open Weave Crochet Scarf

This cutie is made with TLC variegated yarn. It’s 86″ long x 3″ wide and is has a space between every stitch. Here in Florida, it doesn’t get cold. It was 83 degrees outside today, so that makes scarves more of an accent than necessity. But we like to get in the spirit with fun fall accessories here anyways ๐Ÿ™‚ I can wear this folded in half loosely or wrapped tight for warmth or as a fun belt. It’s super comfy and with various shades of Fuchsia, Cream, Tan, and Espresso, It goes with most anything!



Home Decor Entry: 1. Makeup Brush Roll

I am very proud of this original designed Makeup Brush Roll. I made it as a gift for my dear friend who is a Make-up Junkie and has a multitude of brushes that like to run astray. The outer layer is a Microfiber Polyester Suede with a Bright Pink Satin Lining and Brush pocket with Matching Pink Satin Ribbon Ties. I backed the thin satin with Fusible stabilizer to make it a bit sturdier. The brush space is 16″ x 18″ with 16 little brush pockets and 5 big pockets for foundation brushes or little make-up palates. I made a little flap on the side where the ribbons attach to help keep things together. I was so happy with how it turned out I even sewed on one of my satin stamp labels ๐Ÿ™‚ (My pictures on the other hand were taken at 1:30am and I’m not so proud of). My Friend loved it and can’t wait to try it out.

2. Green and Blue Plaid Chenille Baby Blanket

This Blanket gave me a bit of a fit, but it all worked out in the end. I used Dana’s tutorial from MADE to make this soft and cuddly Chenille blanket. The outer layer is a homespun plaid, and the Chenille is made with a layer of white broadcloth cotton sandwiched between two layers of blue flannel. I made the Bias tape binding from the same homespun plaid and love how the bias angles contrast against the pattern. This is going to be a Christmas gift for my youngest son who doesn’t yet have a quilt from me ๐Ÿ™‚ The quilt measures about 32″x 38″.

Thanks for Checking out my little projects and Thanks to all the Folks who have made the Celebrate Fall Color Event such a Success!!!

Redding’s Backpack

Here it is! Redding’s LTTS Backpack.

I used the lining pieces to make one solid front instead of the pieced front. I scavenged the zipper from an old american eagle sweatshirt that Alan doesn’t wear anymore. It was the perfect color yellow for the backpack and I saved some dinero.

I added a pocket in the inside and one on the outside. Redding’s not sure what he thinks about it yet, but once we throw some toys and books in there, I’m sure he’ll love it ๐Ÿ™‚ He’s attempting to destroy life on earth right now, so I’ll be back with some more action shots later.

Project updates and Book Shelf Organization

Been Busy today taking my kiddo to the park to play in the fountain, hitting up the library, visiting family, cleaning, and 2nd best of all! Working on the LTTSA backpack! Have I ever mentioned that I hate cutting out patterns and pieces? It’s my least favorite part of the sewing experience. Fabric shopping might be my favorite, sewing second–if given a choice, I’d even rip apart a messed up seam and re-sew it before cutting out pieces. Anyways…. It’s allllll done! The pieces are cut (except the interfacing b/c I don’t know how much I want to use yet) and waiting for attention! I made a couple changes to the pattern and added/subtracted some things to the pattern. Like pockets on each side and making the front one complete piece without a seam and without pockets. I’m also using quilting cotton and flannel instead of a sturdier fabric. Hence the indecision about interfacing. So tomorrow, hopefully, me and the machine have a date ๐Ÿ™‚

Next: Some long awaited pics of my new sewing room. But only the bookshelves.

Look at the organization! It’s delish. My books are all in the middle with fabric and sewing boxes and random craftiness on the sides. I still have to clean off the tops of the shelves and decorate, and the closet needs attention, but 80% done is goooood.

Here are my Rainbow organized books! I stole this idea from my sister’s roommate who has awesome bookcase organizing techniques as well as kick butt spinach artichoke dip. No lie.
I thought about organizing by author or genre, but it’s a really mixed bunch and in this small of a room, it would just look like chaos, so color was the choice! And I’m a fan.

These shelves of fabric goodness are displayed on rectangle cut pieces of cardboard boxes. It is easy to see all my fabrics and somehow I can fit much more into the tiny space. Not that I’m sure you can call four rows of bookshelves, a scrap box, a remnant box (top left shelf), a 55gal bucket with faux fur, and another box of felt a “tiny” space, but you get the idea.

Do you like my vintage tea cup? I use it to hold all my straight pins. It’s easy to get into, and not too easy to knock over. I love it. The red toile pattern is so pretty.

Now it’s time for a good book, a cup of hot tea, and to throw my sour dough loaf into the oven. It should have risen by now. Then bed, bed, bed.

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