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11  My first amigurumi in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by CartoonJunkie on: May 09, 2009 08:16:09 PM
I just starting crocheting on Monday (or maybe Tuesday?) because I really wanted to try amigurumi. My sorority animal is the turtle so when I saw this pattern I had to give it a try. My sorority colors are pink and green so that is the story behind the colors. I screwed up a few things on the shell but I know what I did wrong so I can fix it for next time. Overall I think it is pretty cute for a first try Smiley

and here is another picture for scale
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12  Embroidered Purse and Matching Wallet (EDIT: added pictures) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by CartoonJunkie on: May 02, 2009 10:18:17 PM
My grandmom really liked the tote bags I made but she doesn't need a big bag like that. I decided a little buttercup bag would be perfect for her. She loves birds so I picked the lining fabrics with birds and trees. I hand-stitched one of the birds onto the front of the bag. I'm giving it to her for mother's day. I hope she likes it Smiley

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13  Cupcake Tote Bags (lots of pictures) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by CartoonJunkie on: April 29, 2009 05:17:25 PM
The last time I sewed until recently was in high school. My sister asked me to sew her some simple fleece throw pillows for her guest bedroom so I dusted off my sewing machine and got to work. I had forgotten how much fun it was! I went out to Joann fabric to get some fabric and ideas. My sister found some super cute cupcake fabric and a pattern that she liked and I got to work.

The pattern is one of the simplicity patterns. We realized once we got home that the pattern was way to small for what she needed so I enlarged it a lot. I also decided against the zipper that the pattern called for and used magnetic snaps instead. I also added a liner with a zipper pocket and some pockets for her phone or whatever, and a key chain holder.

I made one for myself with the same cupcake fabric in pink and then my mom wanted one too. I also made a wallet for myself to match my bag. The wallet is based on this tutorial

My Bag and Wallet

My sister's bag

My mom's bag

They definitely aren't perfect but doing these bags has gotten me excited about sewing and I can't wait to start some more projects Smiley
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