Very nice and your fabrics are great! A little piece of that foamy drawer liner under the weight will help to keep it from slipping.
There are free tutorials available for projects like this on the internet, too. I like to make my bag removable so it can be emptied more easily. Buttons or velcro tabs make that possible. I have one on the sofa and you'd be amazed how handy it comes in! And how quickly I can fill it, too.
I love calendars and especially perpetual ones if it's easy to change them every month. And I also needed a clever way to use up some of the accumulated bitty blocks I had acquired in a Flickr swap. So I came up with this design- a quilted calendar with paper tags for the days and banners made using 5 bitty blocks that represent each month. A small quilted circle for the month completes them. The banners are held on with velcro. The paper tags sit down in little pockets made with strategically sewn twill tape. The days of the week are stamped on fabric with a permanent ink. Grid quilting completed it. I used 2 layers of batting for stability.
You can click on this link to see a mosaic which has links to each banner individually, if you want to see all 5 blocks in each of the 13 banners.
These are adorable. When I saw the photo, I thought you had made just a false top with marshmallows, I thought the mugs were REAL! Totally cute, I might have to make these for an ornament party I go to, thanks so much for the tute and all your hard work and for sharing it, so nice of you!
This will be the toy that she remembers for her whole life. Don't ever let anything happen to it, even in 15 years when she is in college and you want the space, you must preserve this for her "2nd childhood" because one day she'll say "I had the most amazing dollhouse when I was a kid" and it'll be so cool if you can hand it to her - this timeless treasure will be something her kids can play with.
You did an amazing job on it, and I hear ya about the cringing bit, I would be too. I would let her paint on chipboard and use it to embellish the castle.
I love this idea- even if you didn't have sore neck and shoulders, it would be nice and cozy on a cold day.
To make it easier, what if you sketched out where the squares would be and left little openings on all the sides when you sewed the outline of the warmer? Then turn it right side out, sew the squares, fill with a tiny funnel and rice and then handstitched the openings closed? I wonder if you could add some lavender to the rice, too? Or flax seed and lavender, I don't know if you can zap flax seed...
Regardless, what a wonderful idea and gift and so thoughtful. Pretty, too, thanks for sharing it, lelyonna. I bet my mum would love one!
You did a great job, it's wonderful! I love this bag. Yeah, it's a big project but if you can read instructions and have some sewing skills and a decent sewing machine that can handle sewing thru thicknesses, it's very doable. I was intimidated, too, but I really, really wanted one, so I just took my time and waited until DH was out of town so I could devote myself to it and it came together nicely.
I have a friend who is a flight attendant and she told me to NEVER put my Weekender bag thru as luggage, that I would never see it again.
Your bag is simply gorgeous, striking, and you certainly did a beautiful job on it! Here's a small tip for sewing in the lining. Take a few stitches here and there on seam lines, inside, to keep the lining up flat against the inside, it will tend to droop a bit, otherwise.
My interior fabric is mostly black, so I actually had to put a lamp down inside my bag so I could see what I was doing. It never occured to me to use my headlamp thingie that I use when I cut the doggies' toenails! That would have been a lot easier!