Saturday, April 18, 2015

Sewing again

After more than a year of barely looking at my sewing machine, I finally started planning, cutting fabric and sewing again. I have missed my favorite hobby so much. Of course, there are 3 awesome reasons that I don't have much time for sewing...

In a flurry of stitching, I have whipped up several items lately.

Fat Quarter Tote Bags - these are quick, easy and fun to make!


A 241 Tote... I think this is the 6th one I've made. It's a well-written pattern that works up pretty quickly. I really like the size/shape/functionality of these totes.


Flannel pillowcases for my big boys. My boys picked out the fabrics and so they LOVE their new one-of-a-kind pillowcases. These are enjoyable to make and are really quick.


Weighted pincushion and organizer (and thread catcher). I should have made this years ago. This is SO handy! In addition to being free standing, the thread catcher bag also attaches to the organizer.
 

Check out this cute Bella Clutch. I used the free pattern from Clover and Violet. (Wow, they have some amazing free patterns and tutorials. Go check them out!) It was nice to use up some of my favorite scraps for this project. I have plans to make several more of these.


This Mini Messenger Bag was made from a pattern by Quilts Illustrated. I purchased the pattern a few years ago from a cute little quilt shop (Nana's Quilt Cottage) in Old Colorado City. This is a nice and easy pattern. I like the weight of the bag - the fusible fleece makes it look great. I would only change one thing, which would be to add a magnetic snap closure on the flap.
 

2 Little Bike Messenger Bags for my boys. What a fun and quick project! (As you can see, they've already been used for wrapper storage.) 
 
 
 

Trail Tote (another great noodle-head pattern!) This is the large version of the bag. I really like the simplicity of the design and was happy to have a use for this lovely bird fabric. I'm planning a second bag in the smaller version. ((And hopefully I won't forget the important step of adding interfacing to the interior pocket this time.))
 

I was in need of a place to store my essential oils. I used the Open Wide Zipper Pouch tutorial for the basic construction of the bag, but changed a few things. I got the idea for the oil holder insert here. I have a few dimensions to tweak and then will create another bag. (And hope to share the dimensions and notes here for anyone else wanting to make their own essential oil bag!)
 

Cosmetic bag / boxy pouch for my husband. I didn't use fusible vinyl, but instead a layer of lightweight interfacing and fusible fleece to give the bag body. It turned out just how I envisioned.


Another Lego bag. We already have one, but needed another. I didn't use a pattern - they are so simple to make.
 
You'll need 1 1/4 yard each of exterior and interior fabric and approx. 4 1/4 yards of cording/rope/etc (I used 1/8" diameter nylon cord, cotton doesn't slide through the opening as easily). Measure from selvege to selvege on both pieces and use the smallest # as the diameter of the circles you'll need. Draw a circle on the wrong side of one of your fabrics. (I folded the fabric in half one direction and then again the other direction to make -almost- a square. Then I cut a string half the length I measured above - at the folded corner I hold one each of the string. At the other end I hold a pen and mark along the fabric using the string to create a quarter circle. Then I cut along that line, open up the fabric and there's a circle!) Place fabrics RS together, with circle fabric on top. Sew around the circle with a 1/4" seam allowance, but leave a 5" opening. Trim larger fabric 1/4" from stitch line, so it'll be a circle like the precut piece. Pull fabrics through the opening and smooth out. Press around edges. Topstitch near edge. Then topstitch again about 1 1/2" from edge (this will be the casing for your drawstring). I used my seam ripper to make a 1" slit in between the two rows of topstitching (This will fray, but hasn't been a big problem. You could always do a buttonhole stitch, etc. BEFORE sewing the 2 layers together if you're worried.) and use a large safety pin to guide 1 end of my cording through to the other end. Tie the ends of the cording together with a knot to keep them together. Done.


We are no longer living in Colorado and I miss it... and the beautiful backdrops I had for my pictures.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Project Linus

I found out about Project Linus a few months ago through a blog I follow. After learning about the organization I decided I'd like to become one of their blanketeers. I was very excited to find out that a chapter would be opening in my town soon (it opened in April)! Since then I have been sewing away and have the following blankets to donate:

 San Francisco Window Boxes Baby Quilts
   

Scrap Color Baby Quilts


36" square baby blankets (cotton front, minky back)


Self-binding receiving blankets




45" square receiving blankets (flannel front & back)


No-sew fleece blankets (these are so simple - you just need 2 pieces of fleece, a ruler and some scissors!)


I enjoyed meeting with my local coordinator for the first time today. Some of these blankets will be donated to help families affected by the Waldo Canyon Fire and the rest will go to a local hospital. I hope to become more involved with this organization as my local chapter grows.

If you like to sew, knit, crochet or even tie no-sew fleece blankets please check out PROJECT LINUS and see how you can help bring comfort to a child!

Also, check out this charity quilt drive going on all summer:
Swim, Bike, Quilt

 

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Birthday quilts

My sister Rileigh recently turned 21 and I wanted to make her a bright quilt for her birthday. I decided on a Color Brick Quilt made with Amy Butler fabric and linen.


And for my mom's birthday I settled on a Pinwheel Sampler Quilt. I added an extra row of blocks to make it longer. My triangle points are not perfect, but I'm otherwise happy with how this turned out.


Saturday, May 26, 2012

Giveaway Day: WINNERS!

I had such a great time participating in Sew, Mama, Sew! Giveaway Day. I received so many kind comments about my giveaways. And thank you to everyone who gave me a pattern/tutorial recommendation! I have added SO many of them to my list of quilts to make. I'm sure I'll never get to all of them, but its nice to see all of the inspiration.

Without further ado, here are the winners...
The 241 Totes go to:

Comment #281 was from Appie
Comment #96 was from Taslim
Comment #322 was from Amanda
Comment #39 was from pennydog


The fabric lots & I-Spy squares go to:

(I forgot to copy & past the first # generated - oopsie) Comment #58 was from ejricca, who unfortunately did not leave an email address (and I can not contact through blogger)
Comment #145 was from brandi
Comment #51 was from Mar
Comment #154 was from Jenelle
All of the above winners wanted the larger cuts of fabric, so the I-spy squares go to comment #10 from Bailey.

I will be emailing each winner today. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Monday, May 21, 2012

GIVEAWAY DAY - 241 Totes

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!!! WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON MY BLOG AND NOTIFIED VIA EMAIL

Today begins Sew Mama Sew's Giveaway Day... which actually lasts all week! You will find some amazing handcrafted items as well as crafting supplies, so what are you waiting for? Go check it out!


I am offering THREE FOUR 241 Totes. I really love making these bags (pattern) as well as using the one I made for myself. It's a cute design featuring 2 outside pockets, 2 inside pockets and a magnetic closure.
Wall Flower     *     Deco Rose     *     Morning Glory

I am blown away by all of the kind comments I've received here... so I found a little time this week to whip up another 241 Tote for the giveaway!
Heirloom
TO ENTER:
Simply leave a comment telling me which of the bags that you'd like to win AND your favorite quilt pattern/tutorial. Only ONE comment per person please. MAKE SURE TO LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS (either through blogger or in your comment). If I can't contact you I will have to chose another winner. And I'd love it if you'd follow my blog!
 
Open to everyone - I will ship internationally!
Giveaway will close at 5 pm PST on Friday, May 25th.
Winners will be chosen randomly and posted here on my blog and emailed no later than May 27th.
Items will be shipped by June 1.

Psst... I am also giving away some fabric & I-Spy squares, too!

GIVEAWAY DAY - Fabric & I-Spy Squares

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!!! WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON MY BLOG AND NOTIFIED VIA EMAIL

Today begins Sew Mama Sew's Giveaway Day... which actually lasts all week! You will find some amazing handcrafted items as well as crafting supplies, so what are you waiting for? Go check it out!



I am offering a group of 4" I-Spy Squares and some random fabric:
* Approx. 94 I-Spy Squares are a mish-mash that I've received in swaps plus a few from my own fabric stash (there are some duplicates/some of the same type of print).

* FABRIC LOT #1:  5 Amy Butler prints and more. The fabric pieces vary in size (a few smaller than fat quarters, a 1/2 yard, a yard and a few in between).

Due to the overwhelmingly kind (and numerous) comments here, I'm adding another bundle to give away!

* FABRIC LOT #2:  Prints from Sandi Henderson, Riley Blake, Amy Butler, Victoria and Albert and more. There are some 1/3 and 1/2 yards as well as various other sizes.

TO ENTER:
Simply leave a comment telling me whether you'd like to win the fabric (lot 1 or 2) OR the I-Spy Squares. Also, please tell me your favorite quilt pattern/tutorial. Only ONE comment per person please. MAKE SURE TO LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS (either through blogger or in your comment). If I can't contact you I will have to chose another winner. And I'd love it if you'd follow my blog!
 
Open to everyone - I will ship internationally!
Giveaway will close at 5 pm PST on Friday, May 25th.
Winners will be chosen randomly and posted here on my blog and emailed no later than May 27th.
Items will be shipped by June 1.

Psst... I am also giving away three 241 Totes, too!