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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Five Simple Zip Bags on: January 04, 2009 07:30:09 AM
Blue Flowers

Brown Multi-Dot

Classy Floral

Cocoa Polka Dot

Pink Multi-Dot

What can I say about these? I loosely followed the directions in Bend The Rules Sewing. They're all self-lined, hand-finished. I enjoy making these, and they make great gifts. You can make one and a half from 1/4-yard fabric, so you could mix and match the linings. Another, not shown, I gave my sister for her birthday with some little trinkets and a vintage hankie inside.

Highly personalizable! I didn't add embellishments, because I couldn't find any I really liked at Joann's, but that would be super-fun, too.

Thanks for looking!
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Serenity Checked Baby Quilt on: December 27, 2008 01:00:41 PM

I made this quilt loosely following the directions for the lap quilt in Bend the Rules Sewing. It is machine-pieced and -quilted in the ditch, and machine-bound (I use lots of pins, and never have a problem with lumpy binding). The batting is a light bamboo/cotton blend. The prints are from the Tracy Porter line at Joann's. Approximate dimensions are 37"x37". As Karol recommends, I waited to wash the quilt till after I assembled it, giving it that vintage look.

I'm in love with it, with the colors. It's the third lap/baby quilt I've made, and it gets easier every time. Thanks for looking!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Ruffled Dream Flowers Apron on: December 20, 2008 08:30:18 AM

Here's another apron, like the Buttercup Blossom Apron I posted here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=283582.0.

I'm excited about the fabric in these aprons; I think they're so pretty.

As I've been creating my own patterns, I've been thinking a lot about which areas are most susceptible to wear, and reinforcing them accordingly. For instance, in this one, I've got stitching doubled in some places, in some places the stitch length is 2, in some 3, etc. With something like this, I think it's really important that it hold up to frequent washing.

Comments and questions are very welcome. Thanks for looking!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Buttercup Blossom Apron on: December 20, 2008 08:05:54 AM
I found an apron in big red and white checked gingham at the antiques mall http://bethgem.blogspot.com/2008/08/vintage-checked-apron.html, surely a 4H or sewing class project, from the looks of it. I took a pattern from it, and here's one that's finished!

Vintage aprons are easy to copy.

I made the pocket a little less geometric.

And used pretty fabric.

I'm really happy with how this turned out. I'll be making a few more, so I'll post them here when they're done.

I'd like to hear any comments or questions. Thanks for looking!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Blue Elephant, Pink Paisley and Chocolate Cherry Big Bibs on: December 20, 2008 07:23:20 AM
Here are some bibs I made, both for my three- and one-year-olds.

I followed the basic idea of the bibs from Bend the Rules Sewing.

First you cut the front fabric and cotton flannel backing, sew them right sides together, then turn, press and topstitch. I used a snapsetter to set in the snaps (that thing is one of my favorite tools ever).

The Blue Elephant and Chocolate Cherry fabrics are from purlsoho.com, and the Pink Paisley is from Joann's, the M'Liss Rae collection.

I'd love to hear any comments or questions. Thanks for looking!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / First sweater - brown baby caftan on: December 03, 2008 05:16:32 PM
I finished this about a month ago, but forgot to post it here! It's in Patons Merino, and it's from a free pattern on a skein of yarn. I made a lot of changes to make it fit my long-armed 21-month-old.

The color shows best in this picture.

I didn't finish around the collar in the natural, because I forgot and used it all on something else, and I thought it looked fine without.

The pattern was in four pieces... lots of sewing. That was the worst for me, since I'm pregnant... bending over a table, sewing it up. It probably took me two hours just to do that, especially as this was my first knitting project involving sewing pieces together.

But it was worth it. The baby loves to wear her sweater; if she sees it hanging in the closet, she asks to put it on. "Weyoo sweatoo."
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crocheted Old-Fashioned Snowflake Ornaments on: December 01, 2008 06:51:26 PM
I enjoy making a few more of these every year. They are of size 10 crochet cotton, on a size 7 steel hook. My grandma made them, and my mom gave me a couple from her, so that's how I got started... They are a perfect quick crochet fix. This is a free pattern I found online, though I had to make one correction:


A couple of things I did differently:

Rnd 2: SLST IN TOP OF CH 3, slst into the next dc, etc...

Rnd 4, in line 2: Ch3. Sk next dc. *Sc in next dc. CH 3. Sc in next ch3 sp. Dc, ch3, etc...

Thanks for looking. Smiley
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Ruffled Flannel Girls' Nightgown on: October 17, 2008 08:49:22 PM
This is a nightgown I made for my daughter of cotton flannel, with a white muslin ruffle.

I made a running stitch on the hem with embroidery floss, since the ruffle bulked it up so it kept wanting to turn.

I love putting my children in flannel when cold weather comes, but because my daughter gets hot when she's sleeping, I went ahead with short sleeves.

The pattern is an out-of-print Simplicity pattern that I use for bloomers, pinafores, and dresses - a very handy thing to have. Simplicity is probably selling a new one that's comparable. Thanks for looking!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / A Long Scarf and a Short Scarf on: October 17, 2008 08:38:52 PM
This fall it got cold early here, and I got the urge to make scarves. I knitted this yellow one of  Lily Sugar 'n Cream yellow cotton on size 8 needles. I forgot to make a border, so it rolls, but my little girl likes it anyway (thankfully).

And for myself, I made this long garter stitch scarf of Patons Classic Merino Wool in taupe and natural, also on size 8 needles. It's so cozy. I wish I had a lap blanket of this wool, though I'm sure it'd get hot fast!

Now I'm working on a dark brown/green one for my husband, just like mine but of a single color, and a little less wide.

Thanks for looking!
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Atomic Sorbet Baby Quilt on: September 02, 2008 06:19:41 PM

Here's my first quilt - a baby quilt. I love the juicy colors, and the soft feel of the cotton. I used a bamboo batting, and it feels so different from the ones with polyester - it lacks that oily feel, and it's more flexible.

We're looking forward to all sorts of fun on and under the quilt: picnicking, sorting nuts and nature treasures, and reading. It's almost like a guilty pleasure, working hard on it to sell, then, at the last minute, keeping it for our very own.

The retro atomic pattern, orange stripes and raspberry flower prints inspired the name. It is machine-pieced and -quilted "in the ditch", between the squares.

I had such fun making this - thanks for looking!
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