29 Feb

Sweater Present

i have challenged myself to create some sort of gifts for each family birthday this year. I don’t know how difficult this is going to be come December. There are a lot of male birthdays that month. Anyway. This will likely have been my biggest challenge.

i have to make the perfect bag for my Sweater.

Obviously it has to be right. It has to have cats. And it should play to our personality. She has a tendency to choose country when I know there is rock and roll in her soul. I decided to play it a little safe and go English. She likes English stuff too. British murder mysteries most of all. What better than some cats in bow ties?

And manacles, with mustaches.

And monocles, with mustaches.

the damn fabric is discontinued, but I found a source on Etsy, thank god.  Coordinating was easy, just needed a small red polka dot fabric and some scraps for the inside pockets.

The pattern was from Emmaline Bags. It’s the free retreat bag pattern and it was so well written! DH’s dice bag was supposed to have the zipper grips on the outside like this does, but the pattern was hard to understand, and I was unable to figure that part out. I didn’t put the frame in it, because I wanted to ensure the bag would open really wide.

I created the appliqué design and the name in Embrillence, and it stitched well, with a couple of places the design was very dense and my machine struggled just a touch. All in all pretty good stitching that laid flat after ironing.

Here are final pics.

Front closed with appliqué

Front closed with appliqué

Back closed

Back closed

Front open wide

Front open wide

A peek inside, I remembered the penny!

A peek inside, I remembered the penny!

Closed from above

Closed from above

The happy recipient

The happy recipient

29 Feb

FTF Prizes

after a discussion with my Sweater and her beau, I followed through on a FTF prize idea they inspired. This is on a blue Marine Vinyl from JoAnn Fabric and some stitch patterns I found at the Etsy shop Designs By Little Bee. I added the text in Embrillance. It was an easy stitch out and it’s backed in the hoop with some acrylic felt. I used KamSnaps to fasten, and away we go!

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29 Feb

Cord Wraps

These cord wraps were inspired by the Blog Life at Clover Hill. I have two large cookie tins that belonged to my mother filled with all sorts of buttons. Likely my sister has a better idea where they came from, but I have the pleasure of having them in my possession. It’s nice to have something of my mothers to use and update into newer crafts.

My new machine has buttonhole capabilities, as do most machines these days. I used this project as an opportunity to learn how to use that capability. The instructions out of the manual were pretty straightforward. It didn’t take very much time at all until I had it figured out.  The pattern used scrap fabrics, and I tried a quilted look on one of them though it ended up just as a design to tack the layers together.

This was also the first time I used interfacing in any real manner. These wraps really do not need it at all. I will make more cord wraps to help wrangle the household appliances, and I can’t wait to dig into Mom’s buttons again.

Cord wraps

15 Feb

The fabric stash

I wanted to take a look at what I had in stock, this is most of the fabric I have not including three projects I have fabric set aside for already. What I did notice when sorting was I have a lot of interfacing that I had no home for. I had to do something about that too.

Here’s the stash pic, it’s a horrible panoramic I took with my iPad. but it gives a small idea of what is in those totes.

The Stash

The Stash

The interfacing was another problem. I keep moving it from one place to another trying to decide what exactly I should do with it… I decided to make a basket. Off to the trusty discount fabric store that BF4E and I discovered a couple of weeks ago. I wanted a semi-stiff fabric that didn’t clash with the livingroom decor….

This doesn't clash.

This doesn’t clash.

The fabric ended up being even lighter than I wanted, but it was all I could decide on. I had to interface it to make it stand up, and that used some of the pieces I intended to put in it. Here’s the final project.

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It was horrible to sew, not easy at all since it was so large and unwieldy. If I ever make a box this large I will not use the pattern that I attempted. My fault for not thinking it through. I also made a smaller box that fits inside to hold the scraps of interfacing in case I need something small for any reason.

15 Feb

Winter Pillows

Our couch lacks pillows to prop things up with. You must have pillows to hold your book or to rest a bowl of soup on. I wanted to show off some new skills too, something I hadn’t tried before. It was not as easy as everyone said it would be, haha.

Finished Applique

Finished Applique

The three on the bottom are applique and made for the living room couch. Patterns from UrbanThreads. Snowman 1, snowman 2 & snowman 3. The Embroidery, again from Urbanthreads, on top was made for my reading chair, which doesn’t get much action in the winter because it is cold in the breezeway.

First one done, I feel bad for this snowman.

First one done, I feel bad for this snowman.

All of the pillows done, they are nice and plump

All of the pillows done, they are nice and plump

The reading room chair.

The reading room chair.

Fiona loves this one.

Fiona loves this one.

Fabrics are from Fabrics.com, but I have lost track of what I purchased. Most of it is flannel except the red snowflake pattern which was a metallic cotton.

15 Feb

Need to make more of these

This simple slouchy hat was created for those days when I don’t want to brush my hair. It’s based on a tutorial I found at StarBelly Handmade that I made even more simple. I also wanted to embroider it and found a simple design on the net, but I can’t remember where it was from. Anyway, I need to make MORE of these. It’s from a grey jersey knit that was simple to work with.

Yep, that's my head

Yep, that’s my head

15 Feb

BF4E Suprise

My BF4E is kind of a pain in the tuchus. She doesn’t like to carry a purse and sometimes I’ll end up carrying things for her because her hands are full. Well, I thought I would remedy that a little bit.

Zip It Up Crossbody

Zip It Up Crossbody

We were scheduled for an outing together to go to Drag Queen Bingo and I thought I would whip this puppy up really fast. She loves Harry Potter but I didn’t want it to be a direct reference. The embroidery pattern is (of course) from UrbanThreads, the fabric and zips are from JoAnn Fabrics, and the pattern I got from a Craftsy class called Zip It Up: Easy Techniques for Zippered Bags with Joan Hawley. This class is great for learning easy techniques for working with zippers (which are not scary at all).

I’ve learned a lot from Craftsy classes and have a bunch more to view/practice with.

The pattern was simple, but I made the strap longer as we are Rubenesque women. Now she can carry her keys and wallet and inhaler and tissue and all the other things that I don’t have room in my handbag for!

15 Feb

The First Stitchout

The first stitchout I created on the SE400 was a stock image from the memory, not terribly exciting. The second I created is the planning stages for a new favor for my DH for when he fences. The pattern was from UrbanThreads and turned out so well that I am looking forward to actually creating his favor. I want to make it a funky shape and haven’t gotten too much farther yet.

Gnarly Tree

Gnarly Tree

15 Feb

Small bag for sewing machine cords

I made an adorable simple bag for my sewing machine cords from a fat quarter that my BF4E brought me back from her trip to Florida. It’s a Japanese-esque teal and black fabric that sewed like buttah. I got the pattern from DaisyJanie. Super easy to follow and the bag is the perfect size to hold my power cord, my foot pedal and the USB cord to plug the machine into my computer.

Cord bag

15 Feb

My first patch

I was super excited to try my first patch. It is an urban threads design and I created it to cover a hole in the jeans that are getting way too big for me.

The fabric is that black twill that I got out of the bargain bin at JoAnn Fabrics, but would have been cute if it were something with a pattern to it. I created it back in December, but not sure what date. This was a lot of fun to watch stitch out, and I can’t wait to create more.