Thursday, February 12, 2015

Sew Sporadic!

Looks like my blogging is down to about once a month here lately.  Well, that's pretty much my life any, sporadic.  I love it.  I hate it (the sporadicalness part) sometimes too.  Mostly love it =)  Constantly moving around like a gypsy can wear a girl out!  But, I crave the adventure if I sit around idle too long.  So, I stay thankful, and grateful for it.  Over the last month or so I have gotten back into sewing and thankfully my yoga routine.  Note to self-  Never Ever Ever give up yoga!  After a looong bout of sickness, it feels good great to be healthy again and have some energy.  With that being said, here is some photo soup for you of some of the things I've managed to create.  Hope you are doing well, feeling healthy, energized and creating!  Be inspired!

Loving my new pincushion caddy!!  Free tutorial over here at Sewing by Moonlight.

Cosmo Bag Love!  I have had Amy Butler's Style Stitches book for four years and finally made myself a Cosmo Bag!

The bag I'm carrying right now.  Modified the Noodle-head Pool Side tote by printing out the pattern at 75%, left out the cut out and added a zipper closure.  Leather fringe fob embellishment by non other than Shelly Jack Handmade of course :)

Cate shoulder bag by Swoon.  Have I mentioned how much I adore Swoon Sewing Patterns and Alicia?  Seriously, the Facebook group is awesome.  Simply one of the best if I do say so myself :)  this is my version, quilted Cate, love her!  Fabric panel is Sea Spirits by Laurel Burch for Clothworks.

That's it for now.  Hope you are inspired.  Next up a couple of nice beach hats to keep me cool and protected for all that paddle boarding in my warm future!  See you then!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!  It's been a little quiet around here for the last week or so.  The holidays were great and went by like a whirl wind.  Got to spend some great time with the kids.  That was my favorite.  Cleaned up the decorations and house.  Got sick.  Got better.  All good.  Not too much sewing going on.  Managed to whip up an April Rhodes Popover Poncho out of some great cotton sweatshirt fleece.  Looking forward to wearing this when the temps warm up a bit.  It's so comfy!  Have some cool hikes and walks to look forward to this spring.  Lots of change in the air for this year.  Taking it slow at the start and really enjoying some down time.  It won't last long, but for now, it's great.

Popover poncho.  Pic is poor, sorry.  Poncho is great!

Made a canvas and leather duffle for dad before Christmas.  Swooning over how great it turned out.  You can get the free pattern over here at Sew 4 Home.

Next on the sewing front a Poolside Tote by Noodle-head.  Pleated Tote by Jen Fox.  And, because I can never have too many bags or bag patterns, I'm thinking the Swoon subscription should keep me busy in all my 'spare' time lol.  The beauty of all these pdf patterns is that you can shrink and print them to any size you like.  I'll be modifying my Poolside Tote and making it a tad smaller.  I printed it at 70% and it's the perfect handbag size.  Until next time, have fun checking out the patterns.  I love all of them.  Maybe make a few for yourself :) 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Super Tote Love

Super Tote love.  I did it.  Jumped on the band wagon and made myself a Super Tote.  What can I say, I just love it!  I've been eyeing this bag pattern for a while now and finally decided to just make one already!  The pattern is the Super Tote by Noodlehead.  Some how I see a few more of these in my future.  It's a great size for traveling, which we all know I do quite frequently.  I picked up the red quilted fabric and the holiday fabric for a steal at my local craft store.   For the interfacing I used fusible fleece and it worked like a charm.  Instead of making elastic pockets on each side, I made one and put a pocket for my phone on the other side.  I also added a key fob finder.  I can not stand to use a bag with out one of those now!  Everything came together pretty nicely.  It was a nice slow project for me, I really took my time making this one.  It took me about four days.  To be fair, I actually cut out an entire other bag and fused all the interfacing on, then decided to make another our of red holiday fabric.  So three days all in all.  That's in between cleaning the house, showering, eating etc lol.  Now I have to sew and assemble the other one.  It's a great tote!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Holiday Clutch

Yes, I am obsessed with sewing bags!  We already know that though.  Here is my holiday hand bag.  I am in love yet again!  So, with that being said, I will also enter this into Purse Palooza 2014.  This will be bag number six for me.  Six entries LOL.  Do I feel the need to blog every time I make a bag? No.  But this is the only way I could figure out how to post pics of my entries!  Besides, who doesn't like to admire a handmade handbag!  If you are a bag sewist there is still time to enter your bag creation over at Sew Sweetness Purse Palooza 2014.  Contest runs through November 14th.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

And Another!

Obsessed with these! Using my own pattern and just boxing the the corners! Loving my little snow person zip pull!   Shelly Jack Peek A Boo Traveler pdf pattern on Craftsy.

Friday, November 7, 2014

A Bag For Every Season!

I love seasonal and holiday themed bags!  They are fun and quick to make.  Here is my 'altered' Amy Butler Spice Market Tote Bag made with holiday tree quilting fabric.  My goal was to use up my holiday stash and not purchase any new fabric right now.  So, I had to alter the pattern just a tad to work with what was available.  Happy with the results!

I also made up a few of my own Shelly Jack Peek A Boo Traveler's!  I am a little obsessed with these right now.  I've got six cut out.  Two down, four more to go!  I also altered the pattern a bit and made a smaller version.  Love!  It was very easy to downsize.  I just cut all the measurements in half!  I will be updating and adding those instructions to the pattern this weekend.  

How CUTE is the little snowman zipper pull!!!  Love how it looks like he has legs and feet!  The Bling Pattern is included with the Peek A Boo Traveler Pattern!  I picked up seasonal beads and only used three on this one to make the snowman!

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.  The weather here is perfect for sewing a few of these up!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Cargo Duffle!

It is absolutely gorgeous outside today!  So I headed outdoors to photograph the new bag that I made. Yet another creation I am in LOVE with!  This one is the Cargo Duffle by Noodle-head.  You can get the FREE pdf pattern over here at Robert Kaufman.  It was a pretty easy project.  I took my time quilting the pieces and got reacquainted with my machine.  It gets a little challenging with all the layers, but if you take your time and use the proper needle and thread it comes together nicely.   I really enjoyed working on this bag.  All in all it took me about two days to complete, working on and off during my days.  I will be making a few more of these for sure!  It is the perfect size for my little four year old niece as an over night suitcase.  It's also perfect to tote around books and my e-readers and iPad on road trips.  Toiletries would fit perfectly in here including the blow dryer on longer trips.  It could also be made in plain canvas or leather for a man bag too.  Great pattern!  Now go make one! =)

Think I'm headed back out to that pool.  The water is cold but the sun is warm!