Saturday, December 26, 2009

An Update!

Merry (after) Christmas!

We had a great, busy few days with both sides of my husband's family and celebrated a wonderful holiday. I had a couple more pictures to put up that I had forgotten, and I wish I had taken pictures of everything. This is a lunch tote or clutch bag for my sister-in-law Katie.

Here is a bag I made for my other sister-in-law Heather.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and has a very safe New Year!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Been a while...

So it has been a little while since I have been able to sew anything and I only have a week to finish my Christmas purses (eek!) So here is my to-do list and I will post pictures as I frantically try to finish them!

*a black and white polka dot purse for my step-sister-in-law Heather
*a pink purse for our great friend Kate
*a doggie collar bag for my mother-in-law's dog Angus
*a quilt block for my Mom, but she probably won't get that until after Christmas :(
*a black and white polka dot clutch for my Step-mother-in-law Sharon.

I will try to do all of these Sunday and during brief napping hours Monday and Tuesday. Thursday we have Christmas with one set of in-laws, Friday with the other set so I need to get these done before then.

Wish me luck!!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Coffee Cozy

So I tried making a coffee cozy for my momma to go into her purse to use as needed. I used this tutorial and used velcro instead of a button. Now she can keep her hot hot coffee in check without having to use those cardboard thinggies. Please don't judge my lines on this one, I know it's pretty icky, I just wanted to see if it would work. I does look a little better in person :)


Attempting a Diaper Bag Version

So I took a break from making the Christmas purses to try and make a diaper bag version with some of the left-over fabric I had. I really wanted to see if that many pockets would work in a medium-sized bag before I tried to make one for someone else. It's a pre-quilted material (since I am low on interfacing) so it ended up being quite thick with all the pocket layers.

Here is the outside (same pattern as all the others). I made a little pocket on the top for keys or chapstick.

Here is the inside. It has 2 diaper pockets, one for Dane and one for Victoria (it has their initials on each side) :) It has 2 pockets below that for wipes and whatever. There are also several small pockets for the little things that I can never find in my bag, like hand sanitizer.

The other side has 3 insulated pockets for bottles and snacks.

And here it is from the outside when it is completely filled. Not too bad. There are still several things I would change. I would make the bag slightly larger and the base wider to accommodate everything a kiddo needs.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Bag #3

This bag was a little tricky for me. I ran out of regular interfacing after the lining, so I used some fusible fleece that I had from another project. It actually looks really nice and will hold it's shape better I think. So it makes me a little bummed that I didn't use the fleece on the other bags. And this one was a short yard, so there wasn't much fabric for pockets. Actually, there weren't even scraps big enough for a pocket. I had to sew the scraps together to form one pocket and one pen slip. And I forgot to put in a key fob! I'll have to figure out how to put one in after-the-fact today. Here's the pics.

I also had a dream last night about these bags and turning one into a "mom" bag, like a more compact diaper bag. I might give that a try. I'll post as I go :)

Friday, December 4, 2009

Bag #2

Okay so I finally got some small sliver of time to get this bag done. Kyle is going to give me Saturday "off" so I can do as many of my Christmas craft gifts as possible!

Okay, so here's #2! Made especially for my favorite Mommy.

Here's the outside (Joel Dewberry Chestnut Hill fabric). It's hard to see the details on the picture, but it is the same exterior as bag #1, pleats and all.

Here's the inside. It has 7 regular pockets, 5 pen slips, a file-folder/binder/book pocket with velcro closure, a key fob, and a magnetic closure.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

One Down!!

Yippee!! One is done and I am so thrilled! I made it with 5 pockets, 3 pen slips, magnetic clasp, and key fob. Check it out!

An up-close of the home-made tags for my purses. It was so easy to make these it was ridiculous!

And I made a clutch and it was a bit of a disaster, so I may be scraping those all together and figure something else out!

Monday, November 30, 2009


So I ordered all the extras I need to make my christmas bags last week from with Express 3-day shipping and it hasn't even been filled yet, let alone shipped! Their customer service email has kicked back all my emails saying it is an invalid address and the phone number kept saying that it is not a "current subscriber" and hangs up. I finally got thru and have been on hold forever. I really need my items so I can actually MAKE my bags!

I suppose I could put them together half-butted, but that wouldn't exactly be much of a "gift", now would it?

So I finally got in contact with a customer rep and they said it will be here today by 3pm, but could not provide a tracking number. So, we will see if it actually gets here! I am praying it does and I am also praying to be calm. My little girl is going nuts in my belly. Must be the stress!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Day 2... BEHIND already!

I can't believe it! I am already behind! Oh well, life shall move along. I will still make my goals for mailings, but I'll have to rearrange a little bit. I didn't have enough interfacing to cut to start on any of the bags. I thought i had more, but it was actually iron-on adhesive! Crazy lady. Oh well, I should be getting some wednesday.
But, I do have all my exterior cuts for my 4 large bags, clutch bags, and 6 business card holders. I still need to cut all the linings out for ALL bags and cut out the wallets. I did make 2 of the business card holders to feel a bit more productive and to see how they will turn out. They are pretty cute and a snap to make!

Here is a pic of the exterior cut-out all bundled together and ready to sew (once interfacing arrives):

A close up:

Here is a picture of the outside and inside of the business card holder. Scrap felt can really come in handy!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Day 1

Okay so today is the first day of my own crafting challenge to make presents for all the ladies in my life this year. And boy do I have a lot to do! I decided today is the day I cut all of my materials for all the bags so that it goes much speedier when it comes to piecing. So here is the list of tasks I have set out for myself -all to be done by 12/7 for all items I need to ship and 12/21 for my "peeps" here.

*5 large bags
*4 or 5 clutches
*4 wallets
*1 dog collar pouch
*1 memory quilt block

Whew! I have it all planned out, so here's hoping! I'll take pictures of all my cuts once they're done.

I think I am going to use these tutorials for the clutch

the wallet
and the doggie pouch .
For the large bags I use a pattern that I modified to include pockets and a water bottle holder (we'll see how the water bottle holder works this time :0) )

OOPS! Just found this tutorial for a business card holder and I think I will have to make a few of these too with this felt I have lying around. It looks super easy and will be a nice addition to a few bags I think! Sheesh! I need to stop adding on things to my too long list!

Wish me luck all!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Some Pictures to Start

These aren't the best pictures, they are off my Mom's cell phone. I need to take a real picture and then I will replace it.

Here is my V quilt. I still need to "stitch in the ditch" and I am going to do a diagonal stitch too. I don't know how to free motion quilt yet so I am just going to keep this simple. It is made of a bunch of 4" scrap squares, including the fabrics used to make her other blankets. It has a cute green quilted backing with butterflies on it.

This is a snuggle blanket with one side in super soft snuggle fleece and the other side in a cute lady bug flannel. I put her name on it and it is slightly off center, which irked me! Oh well! It's still cute!

Christmas Season and Gifts

Since I am not the "venture out on Black friday" kind of gal, I decided I am going to start on the plethora of sewing gifts for my loved ones for Christmas. Mostly it will be bags, clutches, and wallets. I have done pretty well with bags so far and will post pictures as I progress! Also, I have put together a few quick baby blankets for our soon-to-be Victoria and I will post those soon too.

And so it begins!

Welcome to the beginning of my blogging journey! I have decided to have a place to put all of my new sewing ventures for my memories and to share my journey as a beginning sewer! Hopefully there will be much more to come.