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1  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/

2  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!
3  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
4  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)
5  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!!!!
6  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!
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Quilted Duffle Bag (Link to tutorial) on: July 17, 2012 05:43:41 PM
I've been wanting to make a duffle for a while, and with Vera Bradley's quilted, bright bags all the rage, I set out to merge the two....

I came up with this design when I couldn't find a tutorial that matched what I wanted.  I'm happy I did.  I LOVE this bag! 
I wrote up a tutorial for anyone who would like to make one like it.  You can find it HERE: http://sewplicity.blogspot.com/2012/07/tutorial-quilted-duffle-bag.html

Happy Sewing!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Saving a dress from the trash.... on: May 11, 2012 09:59:02 AM
My daughter managed to stain this dress the very first time she wore it.   Sad

When the stain refused to come out, instead of dumping it, I got a little creative.
I deconstructed it, replaced the top half with a white shirt and added the sleeve ruffles from the original dress to make it look more "complete".

The project took about 15 minutes in total.   My daughter (and I) couldn't be happier!!

If interested, you can read the details on how I did this on my blog here: http://sewplicity.blogspot.com/2012/05/mix-and-match-outfit-15-minute-fix.html
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Simple yet adorable peasant dress on: February 27, 2012 03:33:40 AM
I have to say, I am impressed with Sis Boom's Molly Peasant Dress pattern.
It was super easy to follow, had a ton of illustrations, and the provided measurements were spot on. 

Total work time was under 3 hours and is suitable for all sewing levels.  I love that the pattern offers a ton of customization options!

My daughter LOVES the dress too!  You can read more about my experience with this pattern here: http://sewplicity.blogspot.com/2012/02/pattern-review-molly-peasant-dress.html

Thanks for looking!
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / My First "In The Hoop" Project on: February 12, 2012 08:26:30 AM
I've had my embroidery machine for over a year and have never done an "In The Hoop".  I found this FREEBIE from Five Star Fonts and decided to give it a go.

I'm super happy with the results!

You can get the free design here: http://fivestarfonts.com/free-fonts-designs/free-heart-coin-purse-in-the-hoop/prod_821.html
You can read more about my experience with an In The Hoop design here: http://sewplicity.blogspot.com/2012/02/my-first-in-hoop-design.html

Thanks for looking!
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