My girl is just CRAZY about ducks! So of course she wanted to be a duck for Halloween. I started with a vintage Tweety bird pattern that I found in a thrift store for the body but modified it and added the hood and legs/feet. She's incredibly pleased with it and so am I!
I was looking for a purse pattern to make for a friend's birthday and found this post yesterday. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=320502.0 It's perfect, such an easy pattern and went together quickly. I used a really cool print, heavy, sueded home dec fabric that my machine really wasn't fond of but I muddled through. I soooo miss my Viking machine that died a few weeks ago, it would have chewed right through and asked for more. I'm still very heartbroken, it'll cost over $300 to repair it but it's 23 years old and I'd rather invest in a newer machine. *SIGH* Anyway, back to the purse!!
inside. that's supposed to be a cell phone pocket that I 've made many times before, but sit didn't turn out so good.
Ok, I learned alot making this quilt. First-I AM NOT A QUILTER!! This was made using Amy Butler's Lotus Brick Path Quilt Free pattern. http://www.amybutlerdesign.com/pdfs/LotusQuilt.pdf I figured it was simple enough that I would actually finish it and I did. It turned out much larger than I realized too, 6'X6' I think.
The second thing I learned it don't use knits for quilting. Luckily I had read somewhere that I would need to use interfacing on the knits, but the special interfacing was quite pricey.
I used my brother's shirts and military uniforms. He was a marine and died in a car wreck along with two other men on his 20th birthday just a few days after returning to the states following a year in Iraq. That was in 2003 and my parents couldn't bring themselves to clean out his closet even after all these years, so I thought this would be a nice way to use his clothes in something they could use and remember him daily.
I'm pleased with how it turned out and so glad I chose this simple pattern. I'm more of an instant gratification seamstress.
(the stripes are actually blue and yellow not raimbow)
That's funny, I looked at the picture and thought "I don't remember posting that bag." I made one VERY similar last summer that was supposed to be a lunch tote, but I didn't like the size. Here's a picture of mine, exact same fabric!! Great minds think alike. I like the way yours turned out, I think I have that pattern too.
I've been wanting to make a zipper pouch for awhile now. I kept putting it off because 1.) I'm not terribly fond of sewing zippers and 2.) I really didn't want it to have slanted corners at the zipper ends, I think that looks unprofessional.
Special thanks to Solsisters for providing the great scraps!! I'm in this scrappy mood lately. Sure I have TONS of fabric, but I'm obsessed with using scraps. Yesterday I bought FOUR trashbags of fabric (alot of it is scraps) for $15 on craigslist...score. The inside fabric came from that pile.
This was just a quickie figuring out a new design. Here's the last one I made and the story behind it: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=286230.0 Fleece on the inside for padding with vinyl pockets on both sides to hold games. This also fits a digital camera nicely and the pockets could be used for memory cards instead.
So I got a bunch of awesome scraps on Etsy. I don't have much in the way of "designer" fabrics, so this was a fun way to use some. My inspiration came from http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=243955.0 I liked the randomness of the placement and the very "handmade" look. If I do this again I will definitely use wonder-under on the scraps and fuse them to a sheet of non-fusible interfacing or sturdy fabric eliminating the need for the water-soluble sheet.
The scrap part of the purse will continue to fray at the edges which I think gives it nice character. You can't tell very well from the pictures, but the stitching over the scraps is kind of wavy. I used a nice woven for the handles/band and an orangish for the pocket. Anyway, here it is. What do you think?
(sorry the pictures aren't great, I was waiting for some nice natural light and didn't get any)
So, my daughter got a Nintendo DS for Christmas. A few days later we were out shopping and she begged me to buy a $20 case for it. I really wanted to make her one, but since I had returned another item for $20 I caved. That very night she left it on the back porch, when I left the dogs out in the morning they decided it was a fun new toy. They tore the handle off and made a big mess of it, but somehow the DS and games survived. (Good thing)
Anyway, I got to make her one like I originally wanted to. I borrowed the idea for the game holders from here. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=252889.0 (thanks Jilden) The yellow fabric and zipper came from a terry robe that was my grandmothers. I didn't have any other yellow that I liked. Oh and I didn't applique the owl it was already on the fabric. shhhhh.
the back pouch opened with all of the cool little pockets to hold games
inside with room for DS and charger and perhaps a few more small items
I really liked this pattern so I decided to try it even though my luck with patterns isn't very good. I did adjust the sleeve length, I thought I'd get more use out of longer sleeves. It's Simplicity #2808 and I'd say it was a good true to size, easy to follow pattern. The only difficult part was marking for the tucks, I ended up using tape and sewed along the tape line since it's not easy to mark fleece. If I make another one (and I think I will) I might make the arm holes just a smidge bigger. It's made out of fleece but the charcoal gray color totally looks like wool.
YAY!!! This is my last purse/bag Christmas present to make. Now all I have to finish is a pair of sleep pants and a tissue holder. It looks like vinyl, but it's a textured fabric and the top band and strap are metallic light blue vinyl (?) from the Walmart clearance trim section. This was my first attempt at reverse applique, I think it turned out pretty good. I'm kicking myself for forgetting the magnetic snap, I might sew in a piece of velcro, but I really hate velcro. I'm not ripping seams out that's for sure.
close up of monogram
inside w/ pen/cell phone pockets (you can see the true color of the blues better in this pic)