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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Steering Wheel cover on: September 20, 2014 07:25:46 AM
I also made a steering wheel cover for my car.  It is sort of a bag right??!   Tongue

I now live in New Mexico and it is way too stinking hot out here.  I would practically burn my hands every time I have to drive.  So I made this cute steering wheel cover.  It is double sided, with a little bit of cotton batting (almost like a heavy felt) strip down the center for some padding.

It was super easy to make.  I did not make the elastic pocket big enough and I had to rip out one seam the whole length and try again, but nothing major.  I used 1/4" flat elastic in each long edge.  The outer fabric is this super cute penguins with hats and mittens, and the back fabric is purple with white dragonflies.  It is whimsical, cute, and it protects my hands from a super hot steering wheel.  It fits pretty snug. I might add some fabric paint dots to the back fabric to help it grip the wheel better.  I am used to a smooth and slick wheel and get kinda lazy when I make turns, with this fabric cover, my hands don't slide/smooth over the wheel to let it slip (if that makes any sense).

Here are the pics:

Close up of the penguins!
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Gun Case fully lined and has a zipper on: September 20, 2014 07:12:46 AM
Here are a couple pictures of the latest gun case I have made.  I have tons of wool fabric so I picked this brown wool for the outer fabric.  I also have tons of zippers so I was able to find one that matched pretty well.  I dug around in my enormous amount of fabric stash and came up with this silk tartan that had a few holes in it.  Since it was not any good for making a garment out of it, I figured it would be good enough to line something with it.  This gun case was pretty easy to make.  I drew my own pattern from a rough trace of the gun then cleaning it up, adding seam allowances, and a little extra for wiggle/3D real life room in the case.  I will modify this pattern to make the barrel area a bit wider, As it is, it is too narrow for my hand to fit all the way up in there to smooth out the lining correctly when I turned right side out.  Hubby is very happy with it, and wants socks for all the rest of his guns.  Good thing I have lots of wool!!  This gun case is not padded, just fully lined.  It is more of a zippered gun sock than a full on protective case, since there is no padding.

Here are 2 pics.  thanks for looking.

Closed case:

Open showing the silk tartan:

3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / AB weekender travel bag on: April 25, 2011 05:24:16 PM
Well it only took me 6 days to finish it.  My hands are so sore and my sewing machine just booked a vacation away from me!!   Tongue

I did add feet and modified a few steps.  I did a daily log of what all I did on my blog )link in my sigy, but the last installment will not be published until tomorrow.  I had to share the final pic here today though!

I should have tacked the lining up the side seams more than I did, but I forgot.  I also wanted to add a zipper pouch to the lining and forgot to do that too.  Oh well.....maybe next time.

4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Can we handle yet another AB weekender Question?? this one a little different on: March 23, 2011 04:45:30 AM
I have the weekender pattern and I am going to make me one first to work out the kinks and get familiar with it.

I also recently found out that my cousin is newly engaged.  I was thinking this would make a great shower gift for her.  Then I took it one step farther....how about his and her's matching set (for their honeymoon??).  My question is:  Is this bag too girly for a guy?  I know the fabric choice would be key in making this masculine...  do you think a guy would like this bag?  Use this bag?  Fabric pattern reccomendations??
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / How much yardage? on: March 22, 2011 05:16:10 AM
ok I have never made a quilt before but I do sew a lot.  I want to make this quilt for my cousin's wedding present:

I want to make it king size.  Can anyone give me a rough estimate as to how much yardage of each color I would need?  There appears to be about 32 different fabrics in the main desing part and then the boarders.  I assume that this as pictured is on a full size bed.

Any guidlines/hints/helpful suggestions would be most appreciated!

6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / COMPLETED: Fall Challenge: Bacon Wrapped Smokies in a Maple Brown Sugar Glaze on: October 27, 2010 08:10:00 AM

Bacon-Wrapped Li'l Smokies in a Maple - Brown Sugar Glaze

1 lb Li'l Smokies
12 oz center-cut bacon (I use Kunzler's honey cured center cut bacon)
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup maple syrup ( the real stuff!)
1 TBSP Dijon mustard

Empty the Smokies onto some paper towels and blot them dry. Dry Smokies will allow the bacon to adhere better.

Cut the bacon into thirds. You can put the bacon in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 350F.

Line a cookie sheet pan with heavy-duty aluminum foil.

Make the glaze by whisking together the brown sugar, maple syrup, mustard.  Whisk the mixture well to ensure that the larger pieces of brown sugar have broken up.

Wrap a piece of bacon around each Smokie, pressing firmly on the final edge of the bacon to better ensure it does not spring open during baking. Try not to stretch the bacon when wrapping the sausages.

Place the bacon-wrapped Smokies onto the foil-lined sheet pan, seam-side down. Continue with the rest of the bacon and Smokies.

Using a spoon, put a little bit of the thick glaze on top of each bacon-wrapped Smokie trying to coat each one evenly. You should have just enough glaze to do the entire batch.

Bake the Smokies for about 35-45 minutes or until they are lightly brown on top, and the bacon is crispy.

Immediately transfer the Smokies to a serving plate or a crockpot set on low to keep warm.

I usually do 3 batches of these for parties.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Cute retro style reversable apron (pic heavy) on: September 30, 2010 10:56:31 AM
I made this cute reversable apron from a retro pattern book I have.  The fabric is from Joann's.

The front side:

The reverse side:

Laid out front side:

Close up of the details on the front:

Reverse side laid out:

Close up of the reverse side:

8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Aran Nosegay Throw on: September 30, 2010 10:49:14 AM
I finished this Aran Nosegay Throw the other day.  It is a wedding gift.  I foudn the pattern at Red Heart.  I used Woolese yarn (Lion Brand) in 'fisherman' color.  The pattern did have a few tiny mistakes that were easy to catch and fix.  It went together quick and was easy to do.  The fringe was probable the worst of it all.

9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Anyone have a Europro sewing machine? on: July 01, 2010 07:26:43 AM
I know it is not the best machine out there but I like it and it does great for me - especially hemming jeans and BTU pants.

Anyway - When in position A (straight stitch) the needle seems to be off to the right some and not down the center.  I flipped through all the stitch options and it moves the needle this way and that but when I return to A it is off center.  I tried to reinstall the presser foot but that just snaps in - no brainer  - no play right or left.

Any suggetions on how to fix this alignment?
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Guidance needed on how to sew kangaroo pouch to the outside of a purse? on: July 01, 2010 07:19:26 AM
I want to make a version of this coach bag.  I do not have a sote near me that carries hsi bag to examine up close and personal.  It has a kangaroo pouch pocket on the outside of the bag.  It seems to be almost entirely made seperate from the rest of the bag and then attached - but the linings of both the litle pouch and the main bag do not show seams.  Do I make this as a bag unto itself with the front pannel of the main bag as part of the assembly then make the main bag and deal with this finished pouch hanging off of that pannel?
Here are some pics of the coach bag:

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