Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
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?
Friday, June 26, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
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.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
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
(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!)
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
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.