Tuesday, October 17, 2017

I'm very pleased with this finish :)

It's just a simple bag, but the fabrics are sweet and pretty, and they were gifted to me by a long-time friend (hi Mickie!) and a new friend (hi Carol!) when hubby and I visited Mickie and her husband Brad in Pennsylvania this summer :)  Mickie and Carol gave me a huge amount of fabric and scraps (oh my, the fun of going through boxes of fabrics!) for my donation sewing, and bit by bit, I'm starting to use up the goodies :)  There are more bits of the teacup/floral print I used for this bag, but this is my first finish from that line :)  Mickie, Carol - I hope you like what I've made - it'll be going to the counselling center soon :)

Finished bag measures 6"tall x 8.5" wide (bottom) X 12.5" wide (top) X 3.5" deep :)

The "handmade" ribbon stitched onto the front :)

Acrylic teardrop zipper pull :)
  
Bag bottom - blue polka dot fabric (from Walmart in the States - I need more of this because it's a beautiful shade of blue) :)  You can't tell in the photo, but I managed to stick my pressing tool (aka a broken handle-less wood rolling pin, LOL) into the bottom of the bag as I was working, so I could press it and get a nice crisp seam :)

This blue polka dot lining works beautifully :)

This bag is going to be posted to Bag It for 2017 ... my 22nd entry - I'm on a roll!  :)

Friday, October 13, 2017

Tugger 10 :D

I've been busily working on finishing up collections of scraps that I've collected over the years ... mostly left over from projects I made and donated.  Here's the latest collection to be completed, and since the bags were made within the appropriate timeframe, they all qualify as entries for Patty's Bag It for 2017 :)

Presenting ... the Tugger (that's the name of the line of fabrics) Ten :D

Tugger Blue - 2 boxy bags and an earbud pouch :D

Tugger Red, with one boxy, 3 flex frame bags and one earbud pouch :)

Last, but not least, Tugger Yellow, with a regular zippy and a boxy bag :)
This set of bags is headed straight to Blue Hills - the fabric features jeep looking vehicles (I have no idea what movie they might be from) which I think will suit some young lads or lasses nicely :)   This set used up a nice amount of stash fabric and 7 stash zippers - not bad!  :)  My bag count for Bag It 2017 has now increased to 21 - also not bad!  ;)





... photo collage for linky thumbnail :D

Thursday, October 5, 2017

A wee preview ... and some other stuff :D

This is what I have on my sewing table right now - can you figure out what I might be making?  :)  Hint - it's Halloweeny, and a very quick sew :D 

Here are a few Halloween goodies I've finished in the last couple of days - I needed to put a rush on them so I can deliver them to the recipients' grammie this coming weekend when we go home for Thanksgiving with my family :)

Halloween Trick or Treat tote - side 1.  Tote measures 15" wide at the top, 15" tall, and 5" deep.  The fabric is glow in the dark (at least - the package SAID it was - I haven't really tested it!)

Trick or Treat bag - side 2 

Close-up of the skeleton side

Close-up of the skull side

Two Halloween trick or treat bags - the one on the left (9"w X 9"t X 4.5" deep) is the "reject" because I had a brain fart while sewing, and cut the lining the wrong size.  I didn't notice until I was finished, and the lining doesn't fit nicely inside.  This was to be a gift, so I made another one - the one on the right (9 1/2"w X 8"t X 5" deep) - this one worked out much nicer, so it can be gifted :)  

This is the little guy that resulted from the ingredients in the first photo :D  His little spider taggy body measures about 7" across, and the ribbons are slightly gathered, which gives them a bit of texture.   The Crazy Flamingo Lady mug is a gift from my sister (hi Sherry! See you on Saturday!) - I thought it would make a great stand for Spidey, since it's going to her youngest grandson for a Halloween gifty :D

Happily for me, the bonus for my Halloween sewing is that several of these bags qualify for Bag It @ Elm Street Quilts (hi Patty!) :)  The large Halloween tote and the two little baskety bags qualify and will be uploaded to the linky party -- and now my count of bags entered, is 11!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Bag It 2017: playing in my scrap boxes :)

I decided to finally start working on using up some of my beloved fabric scraps.  I love scraps - I think they're pretty, like jewels :)  I store mine in plastic salad containers, sorted by colour :D  Here are the bags I've completed so far ...

Zipper bags from The Bin of Brown ;)

This is the back of the bags - most are pieced, and all are quilted :)

Playing around with my red and pink bins :)

Pieced backs :)


The embellishment on these is very simple - the first ones are quilted (on batting) with buttons added for bling.  Then I started to use the blocks from 101 Crazy Quilt Blocks (Linda Causee) stitched onto muslin (no quilting) - on those, I stitched a row of decorative stitching onto the edge of each new piece as it was attached.  Buttons were added to these as well as a quick little decoration, and to try to use up some of my extensive button stash :D  Of course, I have enough zippers to do as many zipper pouches as I could sew in a lifetime ;)  These bags are all being donated.

Happily, all 6 of them qualify for Bag It as they were made after the start of the event, so they've been posted here :)  That makes 8 bags posted so far :D

Monday, October 2, 2017

What do Bag It 2017 and a bra have in common? :)

THIS!  I just finished this boxy bag - it worked out quite well - this fabric is adorable, lol.   It finished to 9" wide x 4" deep by 3.5" tall (my quilted outer was cut to 14w x 16t) - just right for some pretty lingerie or some bubble bath and chocolates :D  It'll be sent on to Blue Hills - I'm sure someone will be happy to get it :)

Here are a few detail pics:

In case you don't know what a bra is - this fabric explains it for you! ;)

I use prairie points for the grab tab on both ends (to make the bag easier to zip and unzip) - I decided to add a bit of bling to them this time, and I quite like the finished look :)

Could I have found a more perfect charm for the zipper pull?  I THINK NOT!  :)

 This is bag #2 I'm posting to Bag It @ Patty's site -- check out the other bags here!


Monday, September 18, 2017

Bag It 2017 begins today :)

I thought it would be fun to make Halloween trick or treat bags for a couple of kiddos that I know.  I've already made them Halloween pillowcases but when I spotted this tutorial, I knew I wanted to make bags as well ... as one sometimes does ;)  I pulled out some fabric to trial the tutorial for sizing.  As it turns out, it would be just right for a 2 or 3 year old, but I'm going to do the Halloween version a bit taller.   Almost as soon as it was finished, a friend bought it to use as gift wrap for a gnome themed gift :D  I hope to get the Halloween version cut out soon - I have an idea for a 3D embellishment that I came up with a few nights ago while trying to fall asleep - hopefully it works out!

Today I made a bag for my neighbour - she wanted to buy a bag to use for her markers and school supplies (she's a teacher) - I couldn't let her buy something that I could make for her (happily!  I love my neighbour!) so I pulled out fabric I picked up during a visit to Sew Sisters (NAYY) at the beginning of the summer, and I whipped this up.  It measures 9 1/2" X 4" x 4" :)




It's quilted with light grey embroidery thread, and lined with black/white gingham (I buy it at Joanns in the States when I go down there - it's not polyestery like regular gingham - it's a lovely weight of cotton that works well for the bags I like to make).  I think she'll like it - I'm going to go put it on the fence between our two houses and call her :D   We have a thing, my neighbour and I ;)  She leaves garden goodies from her garden, on top of the fence on occasion, then calls me to tell me that our fence is doing weird things, LOL ... I try to return the favour when I can!

I'm participating in the Bag It 2017 event that Patty @ Elm Street Quilts hosts - it starts today so my Star Trek bag will be my first entry :)  (The gnome bag was made prior to today so it doesn't count).   If you like sewing bags, you should check it out - there will be lots of fun tutorials, and people posting their finishes (great inspiration!) and even some cool prizes :D  It runs from September 18 - December 15, 2017 :)

Edited a bit later (lol) to add this photo ...

Not 5 minutes after this picture was taken, the wind blew the bag into the neighbour's yard, LOL.
Murphy's Law - nobody is home to rescue it, so I texted her and
told her to go on a hunt when she gets home :D


Saturday, September 2, 2017

Working my way through my stash of zippers ...

My zipper stash is rather extensive, and I like adding to it :)  I have a bunch 'o zips coming from Ebay so I thought I should try to make room for the new guys :D

Here's part of another one of my "theme" collections ...
there were a bunch of bits and pieces from a line
of bunny and critter fabrics ... enough for 9 bags :)

It was a nice day to hang them on the clothesline, lol!

These bags will be going to Blue Hills next week :)

TMNT Magic Pouch for a birthday boy :)
TMNT and Wonder Woman Magic Pouches for the
birthday brother and birthday sister of the
birthday boy recipient of the Magic Pouch above :D
Boxy bag for the niece of a dear friend ... niece is leaving in
a few days to go to university in Israel!  Oh my - exciting!
My friend wanted to send her niece some goodies for the plane -
lip balm, candy, pen, notepad - things like that - and asked
if I could make a pretty bag for her.  My friend
likes the result - I hope the recipient does as well!

A bag for yet another young lady headed off to university!
She likes Pokemon, LOL.  I tucked some notecards and stamps
in the bag so that she could send some surprise "miss you"
notes to her family when the mood strikes :)
If the sun keeps shining, I can get more clothesline pictures tomorrow - I have some kiddy wallets and other items ready for the counselling center, but I need to get pictures before I send them off :)

Monday, August 28, 2017

August finishes - aprons and pirates :D

Sewing in August - I did some!  My fabric stash increased this month when I visited my dear friend Mickie and her hubby Brad and her (OMG GORGEOUS) pupper Scout in Pennsylvania :)  I met her awesome friend Carol, and Mickie and Carol presented me with a box of fabrics to use as I saw fit :D  Talk about stash enhancement!  We also did some shopping, went caving (loved it, and will be doing it again in October!), went out to eat, hung out, hugged and stuff - it was great :D  This  needs to be an annual thing - we had so much fun, and hubby was quite happy to hang out with Brad - what do you think, Mickie?  :D

Here are a few of my August finishes - in no particular order, because I'm not organized enough to keep them in order, hehe.

A pirate pillowcase for a soon-to-be 7 year old :)

Aprons on a windy day - some for gifts, some for donation :)

Batman!  The tutorial for this one is here - I made Batman in size 6-8 for a soon-to-be-6 year old :)  The lining (back) fabric is the same Batman print that the pocket is made from :)  The denim is upcyced from a pair of kids jeans ($1 from the thrift store :D) - it's a LEG!  I left the seam  in (off-set) so it would be obvious that this was made from jeans :D 

This Batman apron is for the younger brother of the recipient of the black/yellow Batman apron :D  The tutorial is here ... this one is sized for about a 2-3 year old :)  Same deal as the previous apron - lining is the same as the pocket print, and the apron itself is made from a leg from a pair of kids jeans :) 

This sweet little girl apron is made from a lovely heart print given to me by Mickie & Carol (see first paragraph :D) :)  It's the same size and pattern as the denim apron directly above, from Peekaboo Pages :)

This is a booboo apron :D  I wanted to make an apron featuring an owl.  I didn't have an owl print in stash, but this fall animals fabric does have owls; unfortunately I had a brain fart and fussy cut the FOX instead of the owl, when I was making the pocket!  At that point I decided I would do Batman instead, so this apron will get donated, since it has the wrong animal guide, haha :D  Same size (6-8) and pattern (Sew Liberatedas the first apron in this compilation :D

More fabric from Mickie and Carol - perfect for an apron, I'd say!  Same Sew Liberated apron as above, in size 6-8, and into the donation box she goes :)

Right now I'm working on some superhero pencil cases for birthday gifts - there WILL be Batman.  And Wonder Woman.  And Ninja Turtles (or more Batman - I haven't decided) :D


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Aprons for the grands :D

My sister's grands!  Sadly, I don't have any yet  :D

Here's the apron I just finished - I made it for a great nephew who will be 2 later this year.   The apron is sized 2T-4T, so it should be good for him for a while :)  The pattern is a freebie from Amy @ Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop - it's a quick and simple sew, so I'll be making more of them for Blue Hills :)  The blue in the fabric isn't quite this turquoise in reality - it's a gentler blue.  The print is from the "a walk in the woods" line by Aneela Hoey for Moda :)

Next up will be another apron, but a bit larger, for that g-nephew's bigger brother :D  I hope to get it finished tomorrow - but for now, I need to go upstairs and get supper started.  It's my husband's 57th birthday today, and the kids are coming over tonight for a bbq :)

Friday, July 28, 2017

More denim - 3 of 20 :D

Okie dokie, artichokie - another pair of kids jeans has been cut to pieces and restitched, this time resulting in 6 finishes :D

Here we have a critter ... from the pattern @ this post :)

Regular zipper bags

Tiny little boxy bag with angled corners :)

If baby aims carefully, they can drop their crumbs into the pockets of these bibs :D

A few years ago, a bloggy friend - Katherine - gave me some scraps (probably from a quilt, judging by the cuts!) - they've been ripening in my stash for an embarrassingly long time, but have now come out to play :)  The first project I made was a QAYG zipper pouch, made with log cabin-ish type blocks.  It's lined with lovely grey polka dot fabric just because :)  See the yellow flower button on the left?  It's from a card of 3 buttons that another bloggy buddy sent me for no reason whatsoever - and doesn't it work perfectly with this project?  Thank you Katherine and Karen :)

Last, but certainly not least - a new-to-me design using more of Katherine's scraps :)  This is a Bella clutch from the Clover and Violet website - the free tutorial is here :)  I really like the shape and gathering - it's very pretty and feminine :)   You could actually make this bag in any size - I like that, because it allows me to use up the last bits and pieces of fabrics by sizing the bag to fit the fabrics, rather than doing it the other way around :D   This project qualifies for Fiona's New to Me linky party for July - I made it in the nick of time, lol!


(A running total of the jeans upcycle finishes = 8 + 5 + 6 = 19 finishes from 3 pairs :D)

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