So, I made this for my Mom for her birthday back in february, but never got around to posting it. She was looking online at a pattern for something like this, to carry these really cool animal appliqué blocks she's been taking a class on. I saw the pic, and thought, hey I could probably do that! So, I cut up a giant frosted flakes box into two squares, covered them in felt (for padding), cut two big rectangles of purple fabric, sewed elastic, vinyl, and four rectangles of felt to the one going in the middle, handles and a velcro closure to the one going on the outside, sewed the rectangles together, with the frosted flakes inside, and BOOM! Its done.
Here's the outside when its closed
A close up of the handle and closure
Here's a not so great pic of it laying open, (oh yeah, that on the right is one of the blocks, not sewn together yet. I gotta check if I can put pics of her finished animal blocks up here, 'cause they're seriously awesome!)
This is that left side, the white stuff is elastic to hold her spools of thread. I was also originally going to put a pocket or something to the right of that, but I think I ran out of fabric. (or was it time? I finished this like the day before her birthday)
On the other side, it has a clear vinyl pocket to put her papers, or whatever else she wants.
So yeah, she said she loved it(she is my mom), and I think it came out good. Some of the sewing was a little sloppy, but I think if I had more time I would have done it better (maybe).
Well today I received from our all powerfull organizer DesignVigilante, who was nice enough to send me a third package.
First off here's everything-
Here's what I see first, So of course I put it on
Then I find this cool, purple scarf and put it on. But wait, there's more - another awesome hat! (that matches the scarf )(and isn't my face just awesome?)
and a close up of the hat-
So then moving on, I find some of her fav stuff - Chocolate drink mix, tootsie roll box with emercency chocolate, a bandana, and you guessed it - mustard!
And she having gone to Vegas recently, she got me a couple postcards, and a little more local (I'm assuming anyway) some trader joes chocolate! (there were also a few of the most addicting peanut butter cups ever that somehow didn't make it into the pics )
And then I see this cool box-
Which is cool enough as it is, but check out what was in it-
The yellow paper says " Knitting Survival Kit! Everything but the needles " and includes a little bit of yarn, sisscors, a tape measure, yarn needle, safety pins, a row counter, two stitch markers, and a pencil with a pad of paper.
And thats it! Oh wait - theres also a little lolly pop wand that only made it in to the first pic - its on the left on top of the bandana, it broke a little in the mail but I'm sure its still good
Okay so I received my second package from Craftykaida forever ago, and am just now getting around to posting pics! I'm so sorry Alexis!
Anyway, here's all the stuff together
I got this awesome bag with compass star/map designs on it, and lined with turquoise, a shrinky dink kit, a cool little booklet on backpacking through Europe, and a small booklet of knitting patterns, her letter, a grow your own pirate with activity book, and last but not least, a magical creature origami kit.
a horribly blurry pic of one of the pages in the backpacking book,
and of course, an action shot of the bag filled with my knitting Thank you Alexis!
Also a couple pic of what I sent, since they never got posted-
Package 1 Stationery stuff, small stuff, about me stuff, and postcards.
Package 2 Box I painted, the inside lined with starburst wrappers, flip flops I created new straps for, and a polymer clay kit that was inside the box.
And I didn't get good pic of the last package, but it had a dress, a box collaged with photos from package 1, some shrinky dinks, and a macramé bracelet.
I don't know if you've already started this, but here's a way to make 8 HSTs at once-
Cut a square twice the size you want your finished HSTs to be plus 1 3/4 ins, of each fabric. i.e. if you want 4 inch finished HSTs, you'd cut 9 3/4 inch squares. Then draw a straight line across each corner, as shown.
Sew a 1/4 inch on each side of the lines (those red lines), and cut as shown below.
Press, and trim dog ears. and now you should have eight HSTs!
you can also, extend the 1 3/4 ins to 2 ins, so that if your sewing isn't perfect you can trim to the size you need.
I hope this made sense, its late here and I'm a little sick, so if you have any questions please ask!
The letter and postcards-(photo looks a little weird )
She plants flowers with her mom every year, so she sent me a bunch of flower seeds too-
The stationary, I love the dot ones!(kinda hard to see)-
Her favorite candy(yumm )-
A coloring book(she love to color) and Emily the Strange comic(I had to put them together for the picture )-
Other little stuff- colored pencils for the coloring book, one of her favorite books Autobiography of a face, box of Hello Kitty band-aids(she loves hello kitty), stickers, rubber duckies, and a beading kit-
A keychain from Chesapeake Bay (with sand inside ), and some cool pins(she collects them) where do you find them? I think they're cool but never see them anywhere. -
the Music=Life is my favorite I'm also curious- whats The Soundtrack?
She also sent a disposable camera that she couldn't get developed in time, and had a couple pictures left, that I forgot to get in the pictures.
So, I came up with the idea to knit my brother a kirby hat, now this idea only came to me like 3 or 4 days before Christmas (of course ). And we were going to see family most of Christmas eve, so I made this in about 2 days. Its improvised, and I think it turned out pretty good.
Anyway, onto the pics-
here's the front-
closer up of the face-
and its feet
Its supposed to look like its holding on to the persons head, but I'm not sure how well that worked, oh well.
I still need to fix part of the sleeves (can't yet, because I used up the last of my black thread on this) and I kinda want to put in a lining, 'cause its not really that warm, but either way I still love it. Please tell me what you think!