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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Drawstring Backpack on: November 30, 2008 03:23:52 PM
I made this today for a friend. 

Outside, all closed up.

Inside, completely lined and with pockets.

Open, lying flat.

It was fairly simple, only took me an afternoon.  I'm sure the next time I make one it'll go quicker.  The bottom and strap loops are made with a black canvas for added strength.  The rest is cotton.  I love the contrast the pink adds.  I used this tute, although I modified it a bit to use the two fabrics on the outside and I do not have a grommet press. 

Thanks for looking!
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / A messenger and a tote... on: November 02, 2008 11:50:18 AM
Nothing fancy... no zippers, no buttons or snaps, no adjustable straps... just to very straight forward bags for swaps over at Ravelry.  First, a small knitting project tote:

With a small pocket for stitch markers, yarn needles, cable needles, or other notions.

The bag is reversible (the pocket can be on the inside or outside, which ever is more convenient) and has a nice short handle so it hangs nicely off the wrist so you can knit while wandering about...  Perfect for a pair of in-progress socks!  Both the pink skull fabric and the maroon fabric are 100% cotton.

The messenger has two compartments on the inside and pockets on each outer wall...

I designed (per request) it to hold a knitting project and purse/lunch stuff. 


The strap is nice and long and can be knotted to shorten it.  And the front flap falls completely over the front, even when it's full (shown with three rather large skeins of yarn inside).

The black fabric is a sturdier canvas type and the lining is a Mary Englebright cherry print on 100% cotton. 

Thanks for looking!  Comments and critique welcome!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Winter's A-Comin' on: November 02, 2008 07:25:52 AM
And rather than spend a small fortune on mittens... I made some... out of an old outgrown sweatshirt... with sleeves so they would actually stay on my toddler!  The entire story, and tute, can be found on my craft blog.  Go check it out if you'd like!  Here are a few pictures...

Thanks for looking!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Sucess! on: October 13, 2008 09:57:02 AM
So many firsts were conquered this morning!  First zipper, first knit garment, first long sleeved garment... 


Back.  I'll post action pictures later when she's home. 

I used New Look Pattern # 6770.  Joann's had a sale...  =)

Thanks for looking and for any comments you may leave!

5  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Kimono Dress and Pants on: October 12, 2008 05:46:14 PM
I finally got around to diving into that pile of fabric I picked up at Joann's a few weeks ago... killer sale!!!  Anyway, here's today's result:

I think she likes it...  I used New Look Pattern # 6333.  Went together very smoothly...  making the bias tape was the most time consuming thing.  Here's a closer shot so you can really see the pink fabric:

Don't mind the deer-in-the-headlights look, or the leftover dinner(chili) on her cheeks...  or the huge tangle of curls on her head...  Can you tell where Mum's attention was most of the afternoon/evening? 

Thanks for looking!  Comments and questions are always appreciated!
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Quilt Along Question... on: September 17, 2008 10:49:35 AM
I just started a new project with my preschoolers(I'm a teacher)...  a quilting project.  And as I was working on it with the kids it occured to me, what an awesome quilt along this would be with other teachers, parents, anyone really with a bit of time and some basic quilting knowledge...  So I raced here during my lunchbreak, only to realize that there is no Quilt-Along Board.  Why is there no Quilt-Along Board?  The knitters have KALs and Crocheters have CALs... why can't we have QALs?  Just curious...

And... I'll be posting the QAL info in my craft blog if anyone is interested... 

7  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Olive Branch Yoga Hoodie Along? on: September 07, 2008 12:15:50 PM
So I'm finally getting around to knitting myself this:

It seems to be simple enough pattern, and nicely inexpensive to purchase at webs.com!  Anyone want to join me?  Post progress pics and such?

8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Last one... for now... Action Shots Added! on: August 19, 2008 05:51:21 PM
I think this will be the last dress for a bit... a week or so anyway...  I just love the results!  And a big, huge thank you to Vegbee and her tute!  I used her math formula for the twirl skirt part...

Can you believe I only paid five bucks for the materials for this dress!!!  Woo!!!

Thanks for looking all!  I'll post action shots ASAP!

*edited to add action shots!*

9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / The Cutest Skirt Ever!!! on: August 17, 2008 12:16:53 PM
So I needed something a little different to sew after going on an A-Line Dress bindge... 3 Sleeved Dresses, 2 Sleeveless Jumpers and 2 Pairs of Pants...  whew...  So I went perusing the internet for something fun to make for my daughter and found this.



I used a ribbon drawstring instead of elastic and just some fabric from my stash(I've been saving this paisley for something special...).  My first time making anything ruffly...  Super easy tute if you're wanting one for your own little one... or yourself.   Wink

Here's a picture of a dress I made this morning that I didn't upload into the other batch of dresses I made...

Thanks for looking!!!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Dresses for my Little Bird *edited to add more FO's* on: August 15, 2008 03:25:23 PM
I spent the day sewing... well... half the day anyway.  Here are the fruits of my labor:

I had originally bought this fabric for a purse for myself... but it just screamed for my daughter.  Just a simple A-line jumper... my first time using bias tape - SO EASY!!!

This fabric I just had in my stash...  I can't remember what I got it for.  Another A-line, but this one is reversible...

See!  Nothing fancy, and I would have posted an action shot, but they're still too big for her(I'm working on her winter wardrobe).  Thanks for looking!


I finished a pair of pants today...

She insisted on wearing them right away.  I'm sooo in love with this fabric!  I also made two more dresses today...

Bias Tape is my friend...  =D  I learned to check the pattern's seam allowances... this one fits better.


My first sleeved item!  Sleeves are a pain!  But I'm pleased with the outcome... and so was The Little Bird.  Thanks for all the comments everyone!
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