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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Blockless 1/2 Day Baby Quilt on: April 07, 2014 08:03:36 AM
Thanks for making this look so simple! I am planning to put together a stash of baby gifts for the never-ending baby showers at work, and I think these little quilts would be a big hit. I fear the hand sewing, but if I do a bit at a time, I'm sure I can manage. And, while I'd be tempted to cheat and use purchased bias binding, it doesn't come in fun fabrics Smiley Somewhere, I have a tutorial for making continuous bias binding, and I think I'll need to play around with it soon.

Thanks for sharing this!

Don't fear the hand-sewing....it's really not too bad.  Do it while watching TV - you'll be surprised how quickly it goes!  Good luck!
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Blockless 1/2 Day Baby Quilt on: April 06, 2014 06:01:15 AM
I am not a quilter, but I love quilts!  I made this super easy baby quilt for my future nephew in under a day. 

It was pretty simple to construct...2 pieces of fabric, batting and a walking foot.  Most of the time was spent attaching the binding since I finished it by hand! 

I was so happy with the results that I created a tutorial for it.   If interested, you can find it here.  http://sewplicity.com/2014/03/half-day-blockless-baby-quilt/

3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My Decked Out Summer Tote on: April 07, 2013 03:27:37 AM
I wanted a new bright tote for the season.  I had this yellow home decor fabric on hand that I thought would be perfect!  The tote was a super simple construction, but I added some nicer bag hardware to take it to the next level!

To prepare the tote for this heavy hardware I had to reinforce the top a bit with some Peltex.  I also reinforced the bottom since the bag is quite large. 

Finally, I took the time to add screw-in grommets which really make this tote a "looker". 

I am super happy with the results.  This will get a TON of use this summer!

If you are interested in exactly how I transformed this simple tote into the "decked-out" version you see, you can read more and get my free tutorial here: http://sewplicity.blogspot.com/2013/04/tutorial-decked-out-summer-tote.html

Thanks for looking!
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Holiday Gift Idea: Homemade Vanilla Extract (How to Make It) on: December 05, 2012 03:33:40 AM
Super easy, super great gift!

This is an economical gift with a lot of heart.  I made 12 of these this year for teachers, babysitters, coaches, etc.  

What You Need:
  • A dozen 4oz. Boston Round Bottles
  • Unflavored Vodka
  • Fresh Vanilla Beans (I used organic)

How to Make It:
Sterilize your bottles.

Cut the Vanilla Beans in half, then slice lengthwise to expose the bean paste (but don't scrape it out).
Place about 4 Vanilla halves into each bottle and fill the bottle with Vodka.
A funnel makes this super easy.

Make up some labels on your computer and stick them on.  Finish with a nice ribbon.

IMPORTANT:  You need to let these steep for about 2 months before using.  You either need to plan ahead, or include a little note letting the recipient know when they can use it!


See the full post on my blog: http://sewplicity.blogspot.com/2012/12/a-gift-worth-giving-homemade-vanilla.html
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Back of Car Seat Protector & Organizer on: October 17, 2012 11:28:21 AM
I love these!  And surprisingly would not have thought to make them myself.  It might just be time for Sally (my car) to get some new seat back pockets!

Thanks so much for sharing!

You are welcome!  I love to share a good idea....especially "mommy" ideas!
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Back of Car Seat Protector & Organizer on: October 17, 2012 03:56:47 AM
I don't know about you, but my kids have the ability to destroy the back of my front car seats.  I tried out those store bought organizers and protectors, but none fit right....so I set out to make some custom ones.

I simply measured the back of my seats and followed the shape.  Used elastic to hold them in place at the bottom and created a tab with buttonholes to hold it in place at the top (the headrests feed through the buttonholes). 

Added a few pockets for my kids' stuff and my seats are now completely protected from little feet!

This really was an easy project and would highly recommend it for those of you who have little children and can't stand the foot dirt on the back of your seats!

(More on my blog here: http://sewplicity.blogspot.com/2012/10/kid-proof-your-car-seats-seat-back.html)
7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Yee Ha! Cowboy/Cowgirl Vest from an upcycled Suede Shirt (Link to tute!) on: October 01, 2012 10:25:39 AM
My daughter wanted to be a cowgirl this Halloween.  An image popped into my head and I went for it!  The jeans, shirt, and boots were already in her wardrobe.  I snatched up a cowboy hat for about $5.00, a bandanna for under $1.00 and snagged a used men's suede shirt from eBay....

Using one of her shirts, I created a template for the vest.  Did some "smart" cutting to maximize everything that was already finished on the shirt and........

Total Cost?  $13 for the entire costume! 

If you want to see details on how I made the vest, check out my tutorial here: http://sewplicity.blogspot.com/2012/10/upcycle-it-mens-suede-shirt-to.html

Thanks for looking!  Happy Halloween!!!!
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Fun with Faux Leather on: October 01, 2012 05:05:49 AM
Hey!  Nice to "see" you.  Go for it!!!  It's quite easy to work with....but you may want a teflon foot to help move things along.
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Fun with Faux Leather on: September 14, 2012 03:12:48 AM
I have been wanting to make a "store-bought-looking" for a while now so I came up with a simple pleated bag design that I thought would lend itself nicely to adding hardware.  I also wanted a leather look, so I found this faux leather that was super easy to sew with.

While the bag is simple, it is the hardware and material that really give it that store-bought look. 

I even took the time to add some detail on the interior pockets by adding leather accents.

I really had fun making this and I think I achieved my goal!  If you take the time you can pretty much take any bag pattern and give it that "professional" finish by adding hardware.

If you are interested, you can read more about this bag here: http://sewplicity.blogspot.com/2012/09/new-bag-design-and-fun-with-hardware.html

Thanks for looking!
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Quilted Duffle Bag (Link to tutorial) on: September 10, 2012 04:50:55 PM
Pinned <3
Such a lovely bag, great fabric choices too.
Thanks so much for the tute.. been looking for an idea for a new gym bag and I think this is it ^.^

Do share when you finish!
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