Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Sling Sack

Here is another bag I actually finish! And it only took me a couple of hours! It is the Sling Sack that is pictured on the cover of Sew What Bags by Lexie Barnes. I actually finished this bag before I made the Party Bag using the Tiny Tote pattern. I surprised myself because I didn’t notice that the Sling Sack is a pro skill level. Really it was pretty easy. It did take me a little of adjusting because of the fabric cord. I decided to use my 1” bias seam maker to make the cord. That might not have been the best route but I liked the results. I also adjusted the pattern by making the outside pockets large enough to hold sippy cups. I wanted a bag that would be pretty hands free that would hold the essentials like keys, diapers, snacks, etc. without taking the whole bag. If I had it to do all over, I might make the straps long enough to go across my body instead of hanging off my shoulder. I’m short folks and it still hangs a little high. But oh well, I think it would work. Love the fabric. Both came from remnant piles!
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Monday, June 29, 2009

Party Bag

We got to go to a sweet little man’s second birthday party this weekend. There was bubbles, pizza, a little jump house, a sand box, great cup cakes, adorable gift bags, and loads of fun!

I was a little nervous before we left because I had had sort of a hard time thinking of an appropriate present. I didn’t want to give a toy, because, well there are always toys. I wanted to give something creative. I thought about making a felt board, but decided that since the Mommy was a kindergarten teacher that it might be a great idea. It didn’t seem original. I didn’t want to make a crayon roll, although I know they are very popular homemade kiddy gifts. It just didn’t seem like a fun present for a two year old. So I decided on a little man sized tote.

I had planned on making fabric balls ages ago (but they didn’t turn out like I had hoped so I never finished them), and so I had the perfect fabric on hand. Go Dawgs! So here is the finished project.

I had usually used the Tiny Tote non-pattern from Sew What Bags by Lexie Barnes. (And if you go the book's website and click on sample, you can have the instructions for free!) The problem that I ran into is that the instructions call for one large piece of fabric folded in half, which I couldn’t do because one side of my bag would have been upside down. I decided on making it a little larger too, because I wanted it to be able to hold Little Golden books. I first cut out two pieces of fabric 10”x9”. I also had to make my straps longer than in the book because my bag was going to be larger. I ended up cutting two long trips 3” wide using my rotary fabric cutter and a ruler. I cut each strip a complete length of my fabric, made the straps, measured them to the bag to the size I wanted, and the cut the excess. I like the bag being a 9” width, because it made it easier to find the perfect placement for the straps. I laid the main fabric on my blue cutting mat and measured it out. The finished straps measured an inch wide so it was 2” fabric, strap, 2” fabric, strap, 2” fabric. My weird Monk mind loved that.

I really liked this idea because I didn’t have to worry about wrapping the presents. I just filled it with goodies and put in doggie pawed tissue paper. Perfect! I think it went over pretty well too. When little man’s Mommy asked where I found the bag and I answered that I had made it, I got a few whiplash looks from the other mommies. That’s a pretty good compliment right?
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Friday, June 26, 2009

Bounding Bunny Pin

Back around Easter I made this Bounding Bunny Pin from Allsorts. I know, I’m way behind. This was really easy and fun to make. I think I will try to make a few more . . . hopefully before next Easter. Also, I was able to make this all out of stuff I had on hand. That was the great part. No more shopping around to three different stores to find supplies. Even better!
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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

It's in the Bag

Remember this post and this post. Well I finally finished the bag. Yes, that means that I have been working on this bag for two months. It’s a little wonky and has some puckered places, but I finally finished it. I used this Tote Bag pattern from JCarolineCreative. I thought this was going to be an easy pattern, but it was not. It probably would be for a more experienced sewer. Probably the hardest part was trying to maneuver the stiff bag around my machine. I do like the feel of the heavy interfacing though. I just think it might have been easier if I used the same kind, except the one that you can iron on.

I did learn a lot. Actually this was the first time sewing in a zipper and I think it went pretty well.

Here is the part where I sewed the needle to the bag. Classic!

I know I have another bag pattern already cut out, but I’m not sure that I will make it the same way. I think it’s going to be a project that I’m going to put off for a while anyway. I will have to find something else to make with the beautiful Moda Wonderland Tea Time that I have. At least this project didn't turn out like this one.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Hootie Whoooooo

This was made completely by hand, with no pattern. Thus explaining the wonkiness.
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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

I had a great time!

Guess where!
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Fabulously Frugalicious: SewMuchDetail Keylette Giveaway!

Fabulously Frugalicious: SewMuchDetail Keylette Giveaway!

Trina at Fabulously Frugalicious is sponsoring a giveaway in honor of her birthday. (Happy Birthday Trinia by the way!) It’s for your choice of two Key Fobs from SewMuchDetail at Etsy! There are a ton of great choices that it is super hard to pick two . . . I ended up picking three, Wildwood Yellow Orange Trees, Pretty Please Blue Lime Pink, and Sweet Frogs Lime Pink.
So if you enter and win I call one! I need it because I can never find my keys. Speaking of . . . .

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


I have been procrastinating on working in our small back yard garden this year. It’s always raining, there are mosquitoes, and it’s hot. Yes, I know I was raised in the woods, but that doesn’t mean that I think mosquitoes are . . . well, anything but vicious little creatures that should be avoided at all costs. In fact my one item I would have to take on Survivor is my bug spray . . . back when Survivor was cool. Which was like the first session. Anyway, I digress. Yesterday I was finally able to go work in our garden and try getting the posts set like I wanted. What follows is what happened when I moved over one of the posts, including inner monologue.

(oh, gross what it that . . . . some sort of weird dead spider . . . let me go get my camera)
(ok, now I have my camera let me take a picture,
I can’t get it to zoom in and be in focus,
what is all that stuff on it’s back,
well I’m going to have to get it out of the garden so I will move it will my hoe . . . . .
ok move it a little)
OH SH*T! (it’s not dead . ahahahhahahahaha . . . . )
(oh crap now what . . .
I guess I will take more pictures . . .
that is the biggest spider I have ever seen . . .
zoom in a little closer . . .
wait . . .
is that. . .
oh crap I think I’m going to throw up . . .
it’s a ZILLION little spiders!
Ahahahahahahahahha . . . . .)
(ok I have to get a picture of the front . . .
ahahahahahahaha . . . . . )

(ok now what . .
I don’t want to kill it cause it’s a mommy and I’m a mommy, but it’s babies are spiders and what if they come back and why can’t stuff like this leave me alone and I’m super grossed out . . . .
this is totally my Indiana Jones moment in Temple of Doom
with the bugs and the baby snakes . . .
ok don’t throw up, don’t throw up . . .
ok so I’m going to have to kill them because I don’t want this to happen again,
but if I smush it then they will climb all over me,
ok don’t throw up, don’t throw up . . . .
I’ll go get the bug killer)

(Ahhh haaa!!! Take that you disgusting evil beast!)

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Seriously I have had it with this stuff. I love it when our wild rabbits are in the yard (I say ours because we have named them) and quite enjoyed seeing the turkeys, but I really really don’t want to have any more encounters like this, PLEASE! I don’t want to see or hear anything that . . .well anything that is gross, can bite me, is in super large numbers, or that can fly at my head.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Dog and Cat Puppet Kit

A few weeks ago I came across some of these kits on Clearance at Wal-Mart for about $9. I thought it was a pretty good price, not great but pretty good. Originally I thought the kits had three different puppets, and that would be $3 a puppet. Well it turns out it that the kit had four, so it was even better. I have wanted to make some hand puppets for my little one for a while now, but just hadn’t got around to it.

So far I have only made the one, but it’s pretty cute. I have to say though that the craft part kind of seemed . . . well un-crafty. The only part was assembly. That was it. I think I would have liked it better if there had been some way to customize the puppet. I do like that the basic construction is of a cloth version of a paper bag. Here you can see that it has some kind of light interfacing. Pretty smart. Maybe I will try to make some fabric bags of mine own.

Overall though, I think it was still a good buy and some cute puppets.

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