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21  Pearl Trio Necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by b2j2fitz on: April 06, 2012 06:18:51 AM
This is such an easy necklace to make!  It goes together fast and can be made for any girl...big and little alike! 

Here's what you need: jewelry making tools--needle nose pliers, round nose pliers, and wire cutters, eye pin, 19" of chain, lobster clasp, 2 jump rings, 3-6 rounds beads of your choice.  For most of these I used glass pearls.

Sorry, but I don't have any process photos.

The above photos are my adult version.  The glass pearls are 12mm in diameter so only 3 will fit on the eye pin.  Simply feed three pearls on the eye pin then bend the opposite end of the eye pin wire into a loop.  Cut the chain in half and attach one chain to one side of the pearls--the loop in the wire.  Then attach the other chain piece to the other side of the pearls. 

For the necklace on my daughter, I used 6mm diameter glass pearls.  The little girl's necklace is supposed to match the adult version so it also has 3 beads on it. 

Here's another variation of the same idea:

As you can see, this one is made using hot pink beads that are also small: 6mm.  I fit 5 beads on the eye pin and attached the chain.  This necklace is for my daughter's Easter Basket.  Once I had the beads put together, I bent it slightly to give it a U shape...makes it flow with the necklace differently than the straight across look of the pearls.  If you'd like to attach a little charm like I did (the butterfly), you use a headpin and string on whatever bead you are using.  Create a loop on the end and cut off the excess wire.  Attach the charm to the loop on one side of the beads.  And that's all!

More of the pearl version for adults...

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22  shabby chic ruffle tote TUTORIAL LINK ADDED in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by b2j2fitz on: March 22, 2012 02:45:11 PM
The link to the tutorial:


I haven't made MYSELF a bag in almost 3 years.  It was long overdue!  I saw someone else carrying a bag similar to this and thought, I can totally do that!  It is made of 100% cotton home decor weight fabric.  Lined in the same fabirc although the outside is interfaced in heavyweight fusible interfacing.  There are four ruffles on either side and a large fabric rosette on one side...it is roughly 5" across.  

There are two large zipper pockets inside which are large enough to hold all of MY personal things.  The large tote inside is for my craft projects that are travelable...when I go to church it holds my bible and notebook etc.  

I love the handles!  They are about 2" wide and I put 5 lines of stitching down them.  



If you would like the tute, you can find it here:

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23  Keykalou Clutch in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by b2j2fitz on: March 18, 2012 04:47:36 PM
I LOVE this keykalou clutch pattern!!  Every single one of her patterns are modern, easy to do...and look great when done. 

Someone asked me to make her one using her fabric and here it is.  The colors look great together. 

I am also very thankful to finally be able to have a nice enough day outside to photograph my bags Smiley

These clutches have 2 pockets and close with a magnetic snap.  Didn't she pick out great fabrics?
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24  Carseat Liner Redo in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by b2j2fitz on: March 17, 2012 06:29:49 AM
My carseat liner needed a serious overhaul.  It wasn't outdated but the liner was just dingy.  I would have loved to have bought a new carseat but that wasn't in the budget.  So, I picked apart the old liner using the pieces as a pattern.  Take lots of before pictures so you can go back to reference them.

There were darts here in the original...there are darts in mine.

I added elastic on the underneath of the top curve.  My original liner always kept slipping off up there so it's for added security.  Only change I made.

This liner was four basic pieces.  I used the original batting and added an extra layer of batting cause it had gotten a bit thin.  If you put the new batting between the new fabric and old batting, then you can  use the seam lines on the old batting as your template to make sure you are placing the seams in the right place to fit your carseat. 

Here is the original tutorial I used. 


I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. 

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25  Custom Made Moses Basket in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by b2j2fitz on: March 17, 2012 06:18:56 AM
I purchased a used moses basket only to find that it was broken right along the top.  Grrr.  So, hubby and I decided I would make my own...in essence.  I asked a local amish man who makes baskets to create one in his type of basket, to my specifications.  Wow! Did that basket turn out beautiful!

I made the bedding for it.  A liner with a pink ruffle.  I used the original cushion and made 3 sheets to fit.

Ahhh...isn't that basket gorgeous??  He only charged $35 to custom make a basket of this size.  The handles are thick straps of leather.

My mess up:  I had to split the seams on the end because I forgot that the basket angled out slightly on the ends.  Originally I took this into account but when I began fitting the liner I forgot to fold it over the edges.  This resulted in it not fitting over the top of the basket.


Those are two of the sheets and the other is in the basket.  Those turned out great.  This would all be a rather large undertaking for a handmade baby shower gift, but if it's for a sister/SIL/best friend...and you're looking for something awesome, this is it!

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26  Nursing Cover Strap in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by b2j2fitz on: March 17, 2012 01:35:31 AM
This is one of the easiest little gadgets I have ever made and for the nursing mom, I think it is horribly useful and a great idea!  I have personally never used a nursing cover.  Just always covered up with one of babies blankets.  But we all know that sometimes those flailing baby arms pull the blanket down.  And I know my husband would not appreciate another man suddenly getting a free show!!  So, for this next baby due in two months, I had been contemplating making a nursing cover for myself.  We are taking a big family vacation with brothers and bil's...so I thought a cover might be wise. 

Instead of a cover, I made a strap that can attach to any blanket you have on hand.  Do you have a summer baby?  Clip it to a light weight blanket and don't sweat!!  Winter baby?  Freezing under there?  Use a soft bulky blanket to cover up and baby still can't yank it off!  I LOVE this thing! 

All you need is 1/8 yd of fabric. 
1 yd fusible interfacing (optional but I always have it hand and wanted my strap sturdier)
**you could also use cotton webbing, a belt...even sturdy trim**
2 curtain rings with clips attached or suspender clips.

Cut a piece of fabric 29"x3"
Cut a coordinating piece of fusible interfacing

Adhere interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric. 

Fold fabric strip length wise in half.  Using a 3/8" seam allowance sew together down the open side leaving a hole for turning.  I tapered each end so the fabric would feed through the rings easier.  It also seemed to give it a more finished look. 

Clip the corners to remove bulk then turn the fabric right side out.  Press the strip all the way around then topstitch all the way around with a tiny seam allowance.  You should also catch the open hole when you topstitch as well.

I plan to loan this to a friend who is currently nursing and see what she thinks of it.  I can't wait to use it!  Cause when I do...that means my hips will no longer be hurting...I'll be able to roll over, sleep on my stomach, and oh! Most importantly, I'll be holding that new little babe in my arms!

What do you think??
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27  Duo Pocket Changing Pad Clutch in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by b2j2fitz on: March 17, 2012 01:17:25 AM
I've made a few of these in the last couple weeks as custom orders, gifts for new moms, and soon for me!  This Changing pad clutch is my design and I did write up a tutorial for it on my blog.


This one was for a little girl--first girl of the family and last baby Smiley  Actually, she arrived just yesterday morning!!  Her mommy is already putting tons of big flowers on her head!  Too cute.

This next one was made for a baby boy who is a few weeks old now.  His grandma wanted matching clutches for herself and the baby's mommy.  I coordinated the diaper bags and the clutches color schemes but made them each different.

This last one I just finished up yesterday and mailed out to a friend.  I've been making some cloth diapers for my newest arrival lately and wanted to see how the clutch handled for a mom who was cloth diapering!  I was able to stuff 2 diapers and a pack of travel wipes in the clutch.  If you are a cloth diapering mommy and want to make this, I would recommend adding an additional 2-3" to the length of the fabric piece in the tutorial.  This should afford more space for the cloth diapers.

So what do you think?  It's an easy gift to sew together for the mom who likes handmade gifts...
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28  Heidi Bags Galore! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by b2j2fitz on: March 17, 2012 01:05:08 AM
I recently made 4 Heidi Bags in four different fabric patterns.  I'm pregnant and going to be doing a diaper bag soon.  Pretty sure I've settled on the teal, grey, and yellow pattern for that!  Love it Smiley 

The pattern/tutorial you can get from my website:  http://www.vibrant-designs.net/2011/02/heidi-bag-pattern-2nd-installment.html

As bags go, these actually go together pretty quickly.  I can get one together in about 1 1/2 hours (IF I don't make any mistakes!)  Each of these bags has 3 slide pockets, closes with a magnetic snap, and has a 19" handle drop. 

This is the fabric I think I'm gonna use on my diaper bag. 

Need to figure out how to turn this into a zipper closing bag as well  Smiley
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29  Simple Wristlets in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by b2j2fitz on: February 26, 2012 08:45:46 AM
I just completed a variety of zipper wristlets...all the same styles but different fabric.  Here are four of them but I made 7 different ones.  You can see the grouping at the end.  As I said, it's very basic.  No hardware other than the zipper.  It measures 5"x7" with a strap about 12" long.  Should fit anyone's hand comfortably.  What do you think?

My favorite is the one in the front of the previous photo.
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30  the Heidi Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by b2j2fitz on: February 26, 2012 08:16:01 AM
Creating some new items for a feature and just thought I'd share some photos.  This is my pattern I call the Heidi Bag.  It has pleats along the top band and the base is boxed creating a nice roomy bottom.  I interface the outside fabric AND lining fabric with heavyweight fusible interfacing.  Most of my bags I interface the outside fabric with fusible fleece, but because of the pleats in this pattern, the fusible interfacing looks much crisper and nicer overall.  I interface the lining because you DO lose some stability in NOT using the fusible fleece. 

Three slide pockets inside.  The awesome part about these bags is it's easy to add a divider, a zipper pocket divider, or simple zipper pockets on the sides.  I went simple this time Smiley

Straight on view...my favorite fabric!

So, what do you think? 
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