I do enjoy a good messenger bag!! Here's a grey/white chevron print with hot pink trim. I added pink piping around the flap and the pink lining comes up adding a nice trim along the pockets. There are 2 slip pockets under the flap and the two slip pockets just like the others on the back.
The inside has a large zipper pocket and across from it are two more slip pockets. The finished dimensions of this bag are 16" across the top, 14" across the bottom, 12" top to bottom, and 4" deep. I love grey fabric prints with a nice pop of color!!
My laptop died a few weeks back and it was replaced with my first ever tablet: the Mircrosft Surface RT. Sorry to all my Ipad friends, but I really do love it! I desperately needed a protective sleeve for it so I got to work using some fabric that I had had my monogram put on recently. The monogram was placed oddly: as if it were on an afghan...right in the corner of the fabric, which does not work well when you need to cut rectangles from fabric! So I cut it on the bias and was able to create an angle flap for my sleeve using the monogrammed portion. And I am loving it!
This would also make a great envelope clutch except it has no pockets inside
If I'd had more time, I wanted to include a hole for the charger to go run through so I could charge while in the sleeve...but time wasn't on my side!
Velcro closure as I'm not sure how magnetized snaps may interfere with the workings of electronics? I also didn't need a button disrupting my monogram so velcro it was!
I do love a good hands free crossbody bag!! I ended up with this bag after I realized I couldn't box the bottom well (too much bulk). So instead, I rounded the corners, clipped the seam allowance, and ended up with this.
This is the second version where I added a zipper/slide pocket on one side instead of the same two slide pockets as seen in the first photo.
Inside has no pockets and there is an adjustable and removable strap. I used silver swivel clasp hooks to make the strap removable.
This is a pattern I drafted and designed when I was trying to copy a VB bag a few years back. The original bag had gussets and was ridiculously difficult to put together! This is much simpler and I love the lines! It's a simple pattern piece with darts for space in the bottom. I added an adjustable strap so I can have the crossbody option. There are three in er slide pockets.
I would love to make the pattern available but I don't know how to load it into my computer!!
It is exceptionally easy to follow and you end up with a beautiful bag afterwards! I had someone ask if it could be made larger to accommodate a mom and her many baby items. So, I followed all the same steps except I added 2" to each of the pieces: length and width to create a roomier bag that will hold much more!! I also added pockets to the inside, a zipper pocket on one side for Mom's essentials and two bottle pockets on the other side. And if you don't have a baby, these pockets ares till great for water bottles or sippy cups. These are NOT elastic but could easily be changed to that. I personally do not like elastic pockets so I stay far away from them!
The front/side view showing the drawstring and accent stripe on the flap.
Adjustable straps to fit Mom or Dad!
And another front view:
The backpack has a magnetic snap and drawstring closure with one of those sliders on it to keep it tight. I like the yellow and grey
I have had this lace curtain panel for 9 years: and I only had the one. In our first house, I had an upper bedroom that had one single window that was narrow. After our first baby came, the curtain was packed away and never used again. I almost sent it to the thrift store but this thing was gorgeous. I have always secretly had a love affair with lace so...it stayed.
As I was packing our home last summer to move, I found this curtain and had a picture in my head of turning it into a piece of clothing. There wasn't quite enough to make a maxi dress, but by george there was enough for a skirt! It's a basic elastic waste band maxi skirt and I love it. It has such a romantic feel and look to it.
A backside view...
Overall, this was an easy reconstruction. I measured where I wanted the skirt to fall on me. That was 36". I cut from the bottom up (there was the beautiful long ruffle on the bottom I wanted to use). I then put right sides together and pinned it. I sewed the single seam. I had purchased a really nice ivory knit for the underskirt. I folded it in half then laid the lace overskirt on top. I cut out around the lace skirt to get the pattern for the under skirt.
Pin down either side and sew in place. Then I baste stitched the lace overlay to the under skirt by turning the under skirt right side out and sliding it inside the lace overlay skirt. Pin the wastes together and stitch all the way around. Then just attach to the elastic waste band and you're home free with this gorgeous skirt!
This cute wristlet is made of recycled products with the exception of the interfacing. I love the size and shape and can't wait to make a bunch more.
The outer fabric is from a thrifted skirt: it's a unique sateen cotton fabric with lines of knubby...stuff. LOL Make sense?? The lining is from a sateen sheet! The swivel hook for the wrist strap is thrifted off of an old bag. I rarely buy hardware outright. Way too expensive.
the inside...no pockets. Not really the space for that, but you could easily fit cell, cash, keys, lipstick...
I first made the Hobo Bag for a new project and had the perfect amount of scraps left over to try out a new pattern I purchase a while back. Here is the wristlet:
and here is the hobo bag:
So, is the chevron fabric still popular?? The fabric is printed duck cloth so it's nice and sturdy, and that's teal and natural (light cream). I love the removable strap on the wristlet. The hobo has 2 slide pockets and a magnetic snap.
and mentioned that I had also finished up a magnetic paper doll set to use on our road trip. Here it is, all ready for my littles to play with next Friday! I posted about it on my blog so if you're interested in finding out where I purchased the paper doll set or the magnetic paper, go have a look at that:
These are very easy, albeit time consuming to put together. All you need is a printable set of paper dolls, magnetic paper, a pizza pan or cookie sheet (the $ store carries them where we live so very cheap), and coloring utensils. I prefer the markers...and I tried coloring pencils and crayons also.
I made a set in girl...
I have had the devil of a time keeping my girls away from these! They are dying to play with them but I won't let them...and I'm hoping that's a good thing!
Overall spent on the project: $20 for two sets $10 for 4 sheets of magnetic paper $8 printable (reusable) paper doll sets $2 2 pizza pans
Remember, I made a set for 2 of my children because i don't want them to have to share one set.
We are about to embark on a 14hr+ road trip on June 1st... and I have 4 littles to tow along with me. (Did I mention that my husband isn't able to drive with me? He flies down a couple days later to meet up with us...)
So, I have been wracking my brain for some fun activities for the kids to do in the car. I also like to make a couple of them just because I'm like that and it usually saves me $$. Here's what I came up with for my toddler:
a Magnetic Alphabet Matching Game
I purchased a pizza pan at the Dollar Tree for um, a dollar. Purchased heart shaped wooden discs at Michaels for $2.99 and a role of magnetic "tape" for $1 as well. Total spent=$5. If you have the plastic alphabet set that you can for a buck at Walmart/Dollar Tree, then should only cost you a buck or so for the pizza pan. I would recomend simply buying a new pan since they're so cheap.
I used a sharpie marker and just wrote out the alphabet randomly on the pan.
I then wrote out the alphabet on the wooden discs. Cut small pieces of magnetic tape and apply them to the backs of the discs. You CAN apply a bit of hot glue or E6000 for added strength. I tried glue and no glue. They are all holding still after a week.
I'll be back soon to share a magnetic paper doll set I just finished this morning! The littles in this family are getting super excited for vacation!