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.

15 Feb

Dice bag

Honey needed a new dice bag, and I wanted something more modern that the old spellcaster bag I made him a while ago. This is the final result.

The black fabric was a find from the remnants bin at JoAnn Fabrics, I found a lot of it and use it willy-nilly all over the place. The green was a batik I purchased on Etsy a while back from The Knotted Bobbin. Unfortunately that shop is closed now and I won’t be getting any more fat quarters from her. Inside the bag is lined with a grey fleece fabric I purchased from the remnant bin at JoAnn Fabric again.

I embroidered the Cthulhu Crest on my machine and it gave me a bit of trouble the first time I tried to stitch it. I had to try it twice before it came out as well as it did above.

The bag was a free pattern I found from Noodlehead, but I did not execute it well, the zipper end ended up inside between the outside and the lining.

All in all I would like to try this pattern again, and hopefully get it right, but the DH is very happy with his new dice bag.

This was the final project I worked on the weekend that BF4E came over with her puppy.

15 Feb

Catching up

Still catching up on my already created projects. I embroidered and sewed this Reversible Box Tote from a pattern by Very Shannon. It was pretty simple to create, mostly trouble free. I gave this as a gift to my niece for her birthday.

The finished bag front

The finished bag front

Front Pocket Detail I put together in Embrilliance

Front Pocket Detail I put together in Embrilliance

Inside Pocket Detail, design from Urbanthreads.com

Inside Pocket Detail, design from Urbanthreads.com

The back of the outside tote

The back of the outside tote

Looking inside

Looking inside

Reversed tote

Reversed tote

 

Fabrics are Moda Garden Project line from Fabric.com, and they are Stitched Stripes Blueberry, Stitched Stripes Pear and Polka Patch Blueberry. She seemed excited to receive it along with the book Unbored

11 Feb

Sewing – The New Obsession

For Christmas I have received a Brother SE400 sewing/embroidery machine. I was always fond of sewing and seemed decent at it, but now I am obsessed. I have purchased a ton of patterns and have collected many free ones. Fabric has become like life to me. I love to sew.  This is the first bag I was proud enough to show off. I have made a few before now, but this pattern challenged me in a few ways and was very satisfying to finish.

The Swoon Marianne Clutch

The Swoon Marianne Clutch

The Swoon Marianne Clutch next to my iron for size

The Swoon Marianne Clutch next to my iron for size

Showing the closure on the Swoon Marianne Clutch

Showing the closure on the Swoon Marianne Clutch

Inside the Swoon Marianne Clutch

Inside the Swoon Marianne Clutch