April 18, 2012

First SOLD bag!

Sold! As sad as I am to see this pretty bag go, I am so excited to have finally sold one of my bags :)

December 18, 2011

Christmas Mug Rug for cookies & cocoa

Unfortunately I didn't get to keep this one :(  I made it for a swap, so it has a new home. But I love the simplicity of the tan linen with the red dots and the retro design look it has. It was fun doing the embroidery. Yes, this was another original design.

Merry Christmas!

November 30, 2011

Halloween Table Runner

I loved this panel fabric I found at JoAnn's, so I decided to make a little Halloween table runner.

November 1, 2011

Thanksgiving banner ~ Thankful

I wanted something to show how lucky and thankful I feel and this is what I came up with

I found maple leaf templates online. I glued fall fabrics to felt squares then used the leaf templates to cut out my left shapes. I just had to spot-glue here & there, but this was a very quick project! I cut a strip of this fun paisley fall fabric, selvedge edge to selvedge edge and about 4 1/2" wide (though technically it's length of yard). I folded it in half (2 1/4" wide), ironed, then folded the 2 halves in half toward the inside so the edges are tucked inside. Iron. Top stitch along the length. Pin on the leaves so they look centered. Top stitch just at the top of the leaf. You're done! Quick, easy & fun.

I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

October 29, 2011

Halloween candy buckets

Another tutorial that I've wanted to try is for these little buckets. I just switched them up so they are Halloween themed!!

Here is the original tutorial blog. I used fusible fleece instead of "wadding," and I would suggest you make the strip of liner fabric at least 6 1/4" wide b/c at 6" it came up 1/4" short :( Also, skip the interfacing if you are just using sturdy fabrics like these Halloween ones. You only need the interfacing if you are going to applique like she did. Anyways, I love this Halloween candy fabric & thought it would be fun with the solid orange. This is a great size for your desk or living room to stash a little candy. I'm thinking that maybe I should add a little embroidered plate that says "Halloween," or even better~ "Ours" and make a larger one that says "theirs!!" What do you think?

I thought these might be fun to hold all that make-up clutter like lipsticks & eyeshadow pots laying around my sink. It works terrific ~ see? Now I need to make some for Christmas too :)

October 28, 2011

Halloween Costumes!

Halloween is here & I decided that it was high time that I tried my hand at making costumes. The store bought costumes can be kinda cute, but I wanted something special. I decided to make my boys Count Draculas & my costume is Mama Dracula! I kept it simple~ 2 reversible capes and 2 reversible vests. Everything can be re-used. I think it all came out SO cute! ...but of course I'm biased :}

For the vests I used a tutorial that I've wanted to try for SO long. Here's the tutorial blog. She is one super talented lady! She actually teaches you to make your own pattern! Once I actually got hands on this project it wasn't too difficult and I made them in 2 days.

The vests are reversible. I did crazy red flames on the outside & simply black on the inside so I can use them at Thanksgiving or Christmas :) Make it multipurpose when you can, right mamas?

The vests are supposed to have pocket tabs, but she has you add them at the end & hand stitch them on. I don't have that kind of time! Next time I will add them before sewing the 2 halves together so I can simply sew them on. I machine stitched the opening closed too & it looks fine. Just the shoulders needed to be hand stitched closed & it really makes them look professional! I also left off the buttons cause they don't really like them anyways & wear their vests open :)

I made their capes!! I used Simplicity costume pattern# 2571. I changed it a bit so they are reversible because I really wanted the red satin lining. They came out gorgeous and the satin is SO soft... and washable!

So now we wait for Monday. This will be the 1st year they've actually gone out Trick-or-Treating. We're just going to a few houses in our neighborhood to show off their costumes then heading home, but it'll be a huge new adventure for them. Does your family celebrate Halloween? Have you ever made costumes before?

October 16, 2011

Sewing Summit Project~ Sunflower Clutch

Baby Lock Sewing Machines were a sponsor of this year's Sewing Summit. They set up a "sewing room" for us to sew & try out their wonderful machines! This was especially fun for me as they have sponsored a couple sewing shows I like to watch~ "Martha Pullen Sews" and "Fons & Porter Quilting." I had heard of their company but never seen or tried one of their machines. Wow, they stitch so nicely & I freaked out about how EASY it was to change feet on their machines!! I was pretty close to bringing one home... :)

Anyways, one morning at breakfast they surprised us by giving us little kits to make a clutch. They included this placemat fabric, pretty polka dot ribbon, thread and some other fun little goodies. I loved the yellow color but didn't have time to make the clutch while I was at the Summit. I brought it home because I KNEW I had just the fabric to go with their yellow fabric~ yellow sunflowers! I kinda pimped mine out. I lined it and added a matching bow on the front and a velcro closure. Don't you love the yellow with this lovely sunflower fabric?

Thank you Baby Lock