Friday, November 28, 2014

Making Bags

Last Christmas I went on a bit of a bag making spree. This wonderful pattern from Michelle's Patterns inspired me to go a bit crazy.  The Grocery Bag pattern is a wonderful way to use up large pieces of fabric and showcase those big prints.  Best of all that lovely cotton can be washed and washed and washed if they get dirty.

The other tote bag is a free pattern from The Sassy Quilter called the Sassy Summer Tote.  I made the straps longer and also lined it.

The two bags with the spot fabric have a bit of a story behind them.  I have a friend at work who is a fabulous knitter.  Earlier in the year she had given me a scarf she knitted and two yards of beautiful linen spot fabric that she knew she wouldn't use. I wanted to make her something in return using the fabrics she had given me but I couldn't come up with a plan.  Its amazing what a impending deadline (she was going on leave for 3 months) can do for getting your butt into gear.  All of a sudden it came to me what to make. She loved her bags and was thrilled to have something made especially for her with fabrics she loved. I was very happy that she was pleased with what I had made her.  It can sometimes be daunting trying to guess what someone will like.

Hope everyone is happy and healthy!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Table Runners

It seems when you don't blog for a while but still keep sewing you get fodder for your blog.  I am slowly trying to catch up on documenting things I have made.

Next up are two table runners I made for Christmas gifts last year.  I used a wonderful pattern from Sherri of A Quilting Life.

One is made from the Tapestry fabric range by Fig Tree and the other is made from the Scrumptious fabric range by Bonnie and Camille. I only bought the 2 1/2 inch square pre-cuts.  All other fabrics were from my stash.

I hadn't quilted in some time and it seems not all spray baste products are made equal.  How annoying is it when they just stop spraying even after ensuring the noozle is cleared after each use. Wasteful.  Thank goodness for safety pins.

Christmas gift production has sort of started but I feel a bit unsettled what I am going to make.  I think I know but I just need to knuckle down and make a sample or two so some decisions can be made. I am kind of annoying myself that I am being somewhat indecisive and quite a few things need to ready a couple of weeks before the big day. Please send some decisiveness my way.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Zippered Pouches Galore

For someone who was once terrified of zippers I can safely say I have conquered that fear.  Mind you don't ask me about clothing and zippers.  I am strictly a one trick pony. I really enjoy whipping up these little treasures.  We needed some for where I work so I happily looked through the stash for lots of different fabrics.  I even bought some zipper pulls to bling them up a bit. All the recipients loved the idea of having a pouch that was uniquely theirs.

I also made a couple of pouches for a couple of very special girls who help their Mum's while we do school banking for the students each week.  They will both be starting school themselves next year so I wanted to make them something to keep their treasures in. The girls are the best of friends so of course I had to make their pouches with the same fabric. I may have also snuck a treat or two in the pouch.

My go to pattern can be found on the Skip To My Lou website. I buy my zippers from Zip It on Etsy. Sometimes its hard to get the supplies you need without clocking up quite a few kilometers not to mention wasting time (especially when they don't have what you need and equally bad is if the quality is not good).  I have found the zippers from Zip It to be very high quality and they have a fantastic range of colours. I am not getting paid for this.  Sometimes its just good to know where you can source your materials from.

So I dare you.  If you haven't made a zippered pouch before, try making one from this pattern.  Trust me if I can make one, anyone can! If you do make one let me know or send me a picture.  I would love to see it!