Finally crossed one off the list…

I love pattern books. While I am well aware that it is much cheaper to find patterns online and just purchase what you want as a PDF or download from a blog or follow a free tutorial, I still love books. The beautiful photos, glossy pages. They really are beautiful. A few years ago when I took sewing back up I purchased Amy Butler’s Style Stitches – 12 Easy Ways to 26 Wonderful Bags. I love this book. It is filled with a wide variety of beautiful bags in gorgeous Amy Butler fabric. The best part, when I bought the book I felt as though I could make at least the first few (now I am pretty confident I could make all of them… and one day I just may!).

I fell in love with the second bag: The Reversable Everyday Shopper. It was big, bright, and looked like my kind of bag – one that could hold a lot of stuff! It also had a huge pocket on the inside and outside… and I do love pockets! But, like most of my pattern books, it sat on my shelf just waiting to be used, waiting for the time when I felt ready to try it, had the right material… all the usual excuses. Well, that time was now!

I picked up some fun and bright outdoor fabric (I like using outdoor fabric for big bags as it is sturdy and I love how water beads right off so it is great for the beach…. it also goes on sale quite a bit and because it is so wide you never need as much!). This bag used 1 3/4m of fabric – 3/4m of the main, and 1m of the coordinating fabric – and 3.5m of heavy weight iron-on interfacing (I am very happy I got it on super sale for $2/m!). So for materials the bag only cost about $25 +thread (white, all-purpose).

It was definitely an easy bag that I finished up in 3 short sessions and one longer one. The most time-consuming part was cutting everything out and attaching the interfacing. Once that was done, the bag practically sewed itself together. I am very happy with how it turned out and all I can say is that it is HUGE! HUGE! It will be prefect for everything I use it for!

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Why yes, maybe I will try something new…

I have been doing a lot of sewing lately. Pretty much every night after H goes to bed I head up to the craft floor and continue working on a project or start something new. I have definitely seen improvement in skill over the last month or so from doing this, but even more so I’ve noticed a greater confidence in my ability.

With this new found confidence (however new and shaky it may be!) I think I would like to try my hand at making clothes. I love vintage dresses/style. If I was rich my entire wardrobe would come from modcloth, shabbyabble and pinupgirlclothing. Seriously love the look – but not in love with the price tag. For Christmas this year Dahl bought me a vintage sewing book that I found incredibly intimidating when I first looked through it…. now it doesn’t seem so daunting.

I think in the next few months I may givenit a go. I picked up a beautiful vintage-inspired pattern yesterday from fabricland and I have a few picked out from my book. Now to find the material and the courage!

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A little more for me…

Continuing with my one day trend of making things for myself I decided to make a bag… and not just any bag, a bag that I thought was pretty enough to warrent digging through the good fabric. We all have it… the super nice fabric we keep ‘saving’ for a special project that never happens and it just collects dust. Yup, that fabric!

The fabric I chose is a home decor weight print from Ikea purchased almost two years ago. Yup… been sitting on the shelf for awhile now. I chose a bring pink broad cloth for the lining and used a heavy weight interfacing to make it a little sturdier. I put in two interior pockets with three sections each so it will be easier to keep track of my little things. It is a good size bag that will easily fit all of mine and H’s things for trips out.

I am so happy with how it turned out! I finished it off with a fun black button that shines pink which is exactly what it needed! Best part… it was super easy, didn’t take too long and looks fantastic! I can definitely see myself making a few more of these as they make great gifts.

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(Pictures were taken before I added the button. Sorry!)

Something for me!

I usually have a project or two on the go (or five or six) at any given time… however they are mostly for other people. After finishing up the final few items I wanted done before launching ‘Sweet Beginnings’ I decided to make something for myself – Sweet Beginnings is my new facebook adventure where I’m selling handmade baby goods.

I decided to make myself a tea cozie. I love this cozie and have made it quite a few times for friends and family but I thought it was just about time for me to make one for myself. I used my favourite granny florals and I am very pleased with the result. I will be trying it out tomorrow as I enjoy a cup of earl grey.

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Sorry about the weird angle… it was the only way not to get a weird hand shadow!

Something for me!

I usually have a project or two on the go (or five or six) at any given time… however they are mostly for other people. After finishing up the final few items I wanted done before launching ‘Sweet Beginnings’ I decided to make something for myself – Sweet Beginnings is my new facebook adventure where I’m selling handmade baby goods.

I decided to make myself a tea cozie. I love this cozie and have made it quite a few times for friends and family but I thought it was just about time for me to make one for myself. I used my favourite granny florals and I am very pleased with the result. I will be trying it out tomorrow as I enjoy a cup of earl grey.

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Sorry about the weird angle… it was the only way not to get a weird hand shadow!

Well Hello Blog!

Wow, it has been ridiculously long since I have posted. Things got a little busy leading up to Easter with our trip to southern Ontario to visit with family. My mum scored me a few orders for baby things so I was busy sewing those up before I left… and of course, I am kicking myself as I didn’t take photos before they were picked up!

Now that we are back home and settling back into our routine I can focus on getting items posted so I can hopefully start selling some more stuff soon. My mum ‘donated’ some fantastic fabric from her stash that I just finished washing, ironing and adding to my collection last night as well as the 6m of flannel I picked up on super sale this weekend. I also, finally, made my light box so some better pictures are coming up!

More to come very soon… especially since I will be picking my serger back up today. It needed to be checked out. Ever since the needle broke the tension has been ridiculous and there has been an awful clicking sound. I’m hoping it’s all better now and ready to make some blankets!

NCM Day 21: Catching up with some sewing

I have been trying out some new patterns the last week or so – I haven’t made it very far as I have also been relaxing with some Dexter and my husband, but tonight we did some crafting. I didn’t make a lot, but I happily made myself a set of fleece breast pads (my son has been really rough lately as he is really interested in everything going on around him at ALL times and most of the time forgets to unlatch when he wants to look around… ouch!). My plan for tomorrow is some Newman’s cream and heating pads in my bra (which is why I wanted the fleece pads). Along with those, I made a quick pattern for a diaper pouch… I seem to be focusing on diaper carriers a lot lately, I think because I’m transitioning out of a diaper bag. It was really quick to sew up and I got to use some of my new fabric. I did it with cotton without interfacing, but I think next time I will either use a heavier fabric or add a lining to make it a little sturdier. All-in-all I am very happy with how it turned out. I may even use a PUL fabric at some point to make a quick, small wetbag. And yes, my cat Omlet tried to get in the picture… that’s her style.

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My plan for tomorrow is to finally complete my photo-takin’ box! Hopefully then my pictures won’t be so awful! Bring on the white light!

NCM Day 17: Fabric!

I meant to post this last night, but sleep over took me after a fun day!

I finally made it out to the fabric store yesterday – I have been in need of some different coloured fleece for some more soakers (specifically black so I can do Batman ones!) and flannel. Well, I managed to purchase some flannel – one has a slight flaw in the dye so I got it for $2/m – and I also picked up some on sale cotton which included a Michael Miller pattern which this store NEVER has!

However, I am very disapointed overall with this store. It never seems to have a really good selection, the sales are always on the crappy stuff (IMO) and everything else is overpriced. It’s sad too as we only have this one and a local quilter’s store which has beautiful fabric, but, understandably, only cotton and a small selection of flannel. I am heading down to my mum’s for Easter so I may do a quick trip and check out some of the stores in her area to see what they have before I order online.

Here is the flannel – the polka dots has a white streak about 6″ long every metre or so… won’t work for a single large project (receiving blanket, pants, etc), but will be great for projects that require smaller cuts! Also, how cute are those sharks!
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And here is the cotton! The Owls are a Michael Miller print, and I just couldn’t resist the alphabet pattern.

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NCM Day 17: Diaper Strap

Yeah, I’ve totally missed quite a few days this month, but I made it back up to sew something new tonight. I have been sewing – made a few fleece soakers as gifts this week – but tonight I was finally able to make the diaper strap I’ve been thinking about! Super easy and quick sewing project and I am so happy with how it turned out.

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The strap easily fits a small wipes case and a few diapers. I have tried it with disposables and I have no doubt I could get one or two cloth in it too. This will be great for quick trips out and to just throw in my bag… or just leave in the car so I’m never without!

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NCM: Day 12 & 13

Hmm… my Day 11 blog didn’t post… odd… good thing I noticed and got it up!

I finally made it back up to the craft floor tonight – I didn’t do a lot, made a bib and another soaker. It was relaxing. Sometimes I just like to sew straight lines. I find it calming. I really need to get started on a rag quilt. I have been thinking a lot about crafting the last few days – the things I would like to make, fabric I’d like to get. I think I will draw up some patterns this week to help move things along.