Tuesday, July 27, 2010



eusable Shopping Bag

Walmart sold these but I didn't like the cheap, blue fabric. I made the pattern for this, and this is what I am teaching at Lib's Place. The small bag is sewn into the seam of the bag, so you always have a pouch to stuff it into. It fits great in a purse! I picked a wild fabric for the fun of it. I like it. :) I might make a pictorial "how-to" if anyone wants it. Even better, come to Farmville and I will personally teach you!



mbriodered Bookmarks

My good friend Laura gave me the idea of making a fabric bookmark. She gave me the idea, and I now make them all the time. It is a quick and easy project and perfect for scraps! Cutting, ironing, and sewing one takes about 10 minutes. What makes it special, though, is the embroidered part. I did my Grandma's initials on one and a friend's on another. They were both for their birthdays. You just may be getting one when your birthday comes around, so act surprised!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Gathered Skirt


athered Skirt

About 6 months ago, I bought some jersey knit fabric on clearance. I used this website to walk me through the steps of making it. They were very thorough and my dressform was very helpful in the construction and sizing. The whole thing took about 30 minutes. It's rather comfy, too! I have a green knit fabric left...looking for a project....any ideas?

Sling bag


ver-the-shoulder Sling Bag

I made this bag trying to imitate my friend Emily's bag. She has a Fossil bag that I fell in love with! I used home decor weight fabrics which I picked out with my mom. Half-way through, it was not turning out as planned. I made some impromptu decisions, such as making the two straps into one to use over my shoulder. After that decision, things took shape. If I were to make another one, I would change a lot of things. I learned my lesson that fancy bags with lots of intricacies are VERY hard to reproduce! I have two characteristics that I like about this bag. I really like the fabric combo. I also love all of the pockets/pouches built in. I can never get enough of storage options!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Pattern Making


I made this apron for my friend Danielle as a going away and early birthday present. I made up the pattern for this one. I based it off of the book I mentioned in an earlier post. It was fun to make up the pattern! I like how it turned out, but next time I'll make it a little wider. I might simplify this pattern a little bit and then teach it in a class at Lib's Place. I love the boldness of the prints, and I think it fits Danielle nicely.


uton Throw Pillows

I was inspired from one of my favorite blogs: www.howaboutorange.blogspot.com to make some throw pillows! We recently got a futon from Target for our library/kitty/guest/Longwood room in our new house. It was just so plain, that I bought 5 "ready to cover" pillow insides from Ikea. I had been collecting pretty fabrics that would tie in with the futon and rug. I love the color combination and how it fits in with the room. I also like doing zippers. :)