I made these as Christmas gifts for 2 of my gal pals. I whipped them up last night from scraps I'd been saving. This one is for my friend who just got married...
And the second set...
They were so easy to make. I just made a square pattern with rounded edges. The tops are cotton material, backed with 2 layers of thick felt and bound with contrasting bias tape. Tell me your thoughts on these...
I just finished making this apron for my mom as a Christmas present. She rarely asks for anything, so when she asked me if I could please make her a pretty apron for cooking, I set out on my mission! My mom loves to cook and entertain, and I wanted to make her something she would love to wear while cooking and visiting with guests at the same time.
Her request was that it not tie at the neck. So here it is...
And here I am modeling it... please excuse the pregnant belly. The apron should lay better on my mom...
Comments and questions are welcome . I'm really happy with the way it turned out and I think Mom will be pleased.
I wanted a dress for my daughter to wear to a preschool open house. So, last night I raided my fabric box and found a fat quarter of cute carnival fabric and some leftover yellow polka dot scraps from a wrap dress I made for a swap. I played around with the fabric sizes until I could come up with a design that used what I had... I ended up making this little halter dress. I'm in love with it! Thankfully, I made myself a pattern as I went along, so now I can make another one, or two, or more! She was a hit at the open house . What do you think?
Diamonds are a girl's best friend, right? But gold, silver, and shiny metals are nice too. And don't forget emeralds, rubies, topaz and all those lovely stones.
Wouldn't it be fun to bring a little bling into your life right about now? Let's have a Bling Bling Swap .
"What would a bling bling swap entail?" you might ask. Well, first there is the obvious... jewelry. But wait! It could be so much more! There are metallic fabrics, jewel-toned papers, embellished clothing... just to name a few. Hey, you are only limited by your imagination!!!!
So, I forgot our wedding anniversary (oops). My husband was out of town for work and sent me flowers. He was going to be home around midnight, so I headed up to my sewing room and put together something I knew he'd be crazy over. I left it on the kitchen island so he'd see it as soon as he walked in the door (My husband ADORES sock monkeys).
It is a pillowcase for an airline pillow (he swiped it on his last trip). I had some sock monkey fabric that I bought a long time ago and wasn't sure what to do with. The sock monkey face is cut from felt, fused, and then sewn on. He can take the pillowcase with him when he travels (he goes cross-country a lot) and stick it on the airline pillows and think of me (and our daughter) .
I designed this bag for my mom for Mother's Day. The outer is a mid-weight black cotton/poly blend and suiting material, as well as cotton prints to accent (applique). The lining is cotton with a zipper pocket. The inside of the pocket is the same turquoise fabric. The strap has 2 fabrics and a little hardware for accent. It is fully lined with thin quilt batting, except the flap which just has interfacing. I made it extra sturdy. The closure on the bag is a black fabric covered button (it is a bit hard to see in the pic- I did it this way to blend in with the bag). I was inspired by the outfits of people walking to the subway in the morning in my "uptown" neighborhood (everone seems to wear black/white and a splash of color). I hope my mom likes it. Comments? What do you think?
I've been trying to figure out what to do with the tootsie roll fabric that's been in my fabric stash for awhile. Well, I decided to made my daughter a little outfit for our going away party yesterday, and it was perfect! I didn't have much of the fabric, so I coordinated it with a brown polka dot fabric that I had plenty of. I was up at midnight making the tootsie roll bias tape for those shorts- LOL what we do for our kids . I started with a pattern, but then improvised to make the outfit the way I wanted. What do you think?
I made this bag last night. It is cute, but it has some design flaws that I need to correct in my pattern. I wanted a very rectangular bag, but with this type of purse, I need the sides to angle a bit so they don't gap open when the flap is shut. I plan on making the adjustments to the pattern. Also, flannel is not the best material to line a bag with because it is too soft. If I use flannel again, I will have to reinforce it.
The outer is cotton fabric with fused/sewn interfacing, the lining is flannel with a divided pocket, and the strap is nylon. When I fix my pattern and sew another bag, I'll post the results.