Sunday, December 27, 2009

Black, White and Red

The 5" square has been luring me in strange directions. Today, I finished up these wonderful bags.Each is unique. Don't let the colors fool you. Yes, the same five fabrics were used for each.
Not as big as the last scrappy bags, but I think they're better.

Friday, December 25, 2009

December 25th

This week I've been working on some bags based on the 5" square. I got a little carried away and made these huge bags. Big enough to tote around all the yarn for a sweater, I think.
I'll try to make the next set a little smaller.
This is for those of you that have dogs. This makes me laugh every time it happens. (Except when it's in the house, then there is yelling.)

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Grab Bag, Continued

Since I got the fabric one Thursday afternoon, I had it all cut out and ready to sew. Today, I put it all together. Here are two grab bags. Each the mirror image of the other. Dark with light lining, light with dark lining. Very stylish.WARNING: If you buy too much fabric for a project, you may end up with more finished items than you intended.

I also dug through my stash and found a bunch of triangles that begged to become something more than tiny scraps of fabric. Which brings us to this pieced bag. Same pattern, different look entirely.The lining is wonderfully mismatched, which is just more stash busting magic.Lastly, I've been working on these great pen/pencil rolls for a few weeks. It's those little finishing touches (buttons) that slow me down. Here are three of them. One rolls up and stays that way with simple ties. The other two (three counting the one you can't see) have a pair of mismatched buttons and a nice elastic to keep them closed. I'm sure I can accomplish something more today... I wonder what it will be...

Ladies Saturday: Grab Bag

Yesterday, the ladies all got together to make these wonderful little bags. A friend was kind enough to share the pattern she found. I was running around playing teacher and didn't manage to finish a single bag for myself. One of the ladies (away with family for the holidays) gave me fabric to make one for her. I've got all the pieces cut out, just no sewing progress. I'll try to get something sewn today.Disney princesses. Perfect for a little girl.

Wonderful flowers, the perfect bag for the tween. I've almost gotten through all the little bits of fabric left over from the diaper bag and the baby quilt made for our mommy-to-be. The perfect bag to throw her phone and wallet into when she goes out with the little ones.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Baby Shower

This is the diaper cake I made with the help of the other ladies.
Here, you can see the wonderful little booties that the hostess put together for the shower. She is a cake decorating guru. The punch was divine.
The pile of goodies for mommy to be and her newest little one (some gifts for her older little angel are thrown in there, too). No, I didn't get pictures of her opening presents, I'm rubbish at that kind of thing. If it looks like a bundle of fabric, it is most likely a gift from me, or a gift made by me for someone else. A length of ribbon wraps up a gift quite nicely without a bunch of waste.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Gift Bags

Today we have instructions for a simple gift bag that is perfect for all of those video games and DVDs.
I used a Christmas print and coordinating red flannel for my bags. Cut each of your chosen fabrics to 8.5 inches by 20 inches. Place them right sides together and stitch around the outer edges, leaving a 3-4 inch opening for turning.
Clip the corners diagonally.Use a chopstick, or other pointy thing to get the corners turned out. Turn right-side out and press. Sew up the opening by hand. Top stitch along one short side.

Fold the bag so there is a flap at the top. My fold is 8 inches from the end with the top-stitching. Pin the sides together.
Start at the bottom fold and stitch up one side, across the top, and down to the fold on the other side.Slide the DVD or video game into the bag.
Using about two yards of ribbon, tie the bag closed. You could also sew in button holes and buttons to close the bag.

Granted, it isn't for those really sneaky kids (all sizes). It is great for putting out gifts on Christmas day or for giving to friends you might not see until after the day.