Friday, April 30, 2010
I included plenty of slots to hold my cards, but I do wish I had a few more. I just have so many cards to carry these days and my insurance cards are hiding behind the top slots where I really want my receipts to go. But I'll figure it out . . . probably by adding a small pouch that attaches to the wallet (notice that I planned ahead by attaching a D-ring to the side).
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
So for my first project in over a week, I chose to make something for myself. I have had a purse for me on my list for a while, but I could never decide on a style (nor could I find some selfish time). When I saw this bag, I just had to have one. It's definitely much larger than I originally had in mind, but I am also in desparate need of a stylish tote to carry my stuff (which usually isn't much) and lug around stuff for the boys (which trumps my stuff tenfold).
And guess what I used to make this bag . . . two of my old maternity skirts! They weren't getting any use in the box, and they were both just so cute. I thought this would be a fun reminder of pregnancies past.
I figured that the skirts would be plenty big enough, but I just couldn't get a good cut. I ended up a little short on both the lining and outer fabrics. To remedy, I just added some plain fabric. I like the look. It adds character.
And look--it's reversible! I originally meant for the white and green fabric to be the lining but I liked it so much that I've decided to make it "the usual look."
This Charlie Bag pattern is available for free on the Burda website. I used this tutorial for the lining, and boy was it confusing. But after about 45 minutes, I figured it out and it turned out better than I expected.
Now I can spend the rest of the week creating things to go inside . . .
Monday, April 19, 2010
I have a basket that overflows, not-so-neatly, with t-shirts too sentimental to give away but too big wear. I save them for future projects but this future rarely comes quickly. With a little extra time this weekend but little energy to start a large project (I'm conquering a sinus infection), I decided to make Logan some pajama shorts. None of these t-shirts is in good enough shape to make shorts that will actually be seen by other people, so they'll just have to be pajamas. (The photos don't lie . . . the t-shirts are really faded.)
I made these pajamas using McCalls #4283, the same pattern that I used for his pajama pants. But since those pants were way too big, I trimmed an inch off each side which seemed to work a lot better.
I made these shorts from my brother's old brown Dale Earnhart t-shirt left over from a Jimmi bag. I used the original hem at the bottom of the shirt because I was lazy and included a regular elastic waistband. I also added a dog applique from the pack of scotties that my sister sent me. Logan spent a whole 3 minutes looking over the dog, so I think it meets his specs.
So nice, I think we have an admirer . . .
Sunday, April 11, 2010
My sister requested that I make a gift for her friend's daughter who will turn 2 this month. Since I don't have any girls of my own, I have to recruit other people's kids to satisfy my urge to make things super girly.
I love this fabric! I found both at Hobby Lobby which (a little surprisingly) has some really fun and modern feminine fabric. And after seeing these two together, I'm considering making a return trip for something for me.
I used this tutorial as inspiration for the skirt. There are some great tutorials out there, but this one is my favorite. I skipped the pockets because I was short on time, but they would have looked uber delightful.
This skirt was extremely simple. I even used a fancy french seam on the inside because I don't have a serger; it hides the raw threads so they won't fray. But the elastic casing gave me all kinds of problems (again) so I think I will have to find a better way to add elastic; I probably just have to make the casing wider. After all the fuss, it turned out pretty great.
To accessorize, I included a matching headband. I had to use my 18-month-old's head as a test (and I used him as a model for the skirt . . . I think he liked it). For this headband, I just made a casing (wider than the elastic this time) and let the elastic flow freely through the band. This way, the headband can fit any head smaller than the elastic can stretch.
I hope this little girl has a very happy second birthday.
My cooperative model . . .
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Today is my sister, Laura's, 28th birthday. She will be very disappointed that I shared her age; I think she is trying to figure out a way not to get so close to 30.
For her birthday I made this binder cover, notebook pouch and coin pouch in matching fabric. She asked for a lap desk, but I ran out of time (as usual). So I hope she can settle for these.
This binder slipcover was super simple. I just measured the length of the closed binder from front to back and added seam allowances. Same thing for the width of the binder. After embellishing (I'm still having a hard time sewing ribbon on straight), I sewed up the flaps and slid in the binder. I am extremely impressed at how the binder fit on the first try! I must be getting better at accounting for seam allowances. She can use the binder to house all the pages that will eventually go into many a published book.
I also wanted to give her an easy way to carry around a small notebook to jot down book notes. I didn't want to make a full-size notebook pouch because I wanted her to be able to carry this around in her purse (I think this turned out to be about 6.5 x 7 inches). I made the pouch without a real notebook, so I hope she can find one that fits.
And there is plenty of room in the back to carry writing utensils.
This coin pouch was a bonus. I saw this tutorial one day and desperately wanted to have one. I knew it wouldn't take much fabric, so I decided to make one for Laura. Plus, she is the one who supplied me with that bundle of zippers and clasps so it seemed appropriate to use one of each on a project for her. The front pocket was made with clear vinyl so she can slip an ID or something in the front . . . a picture of a gorgeous man maybe?. . . it's her birthday. I added a pocket to the back as well for extra organization.
I would typically have said here that you can never have too many pockets, but with this project, I will refrain from this bold statement. I thought it would be triple the delight to add an interior pocket, but the pouch is just too small. Every time I practiced unzipping the pouch, the pocket was open and the lining would not stay in place. So I hand sewed (and glued) the pocket shut. Maybe she won't notice. So the lesson learned here is to go easy on the extra pockets with projects that can fit in one hand.
My plan is to have one of these for myself before the end of this weekend. These are so cute and fast it would almost be a waste of my time not to make more, right?
I hope the sis enjoys her gifts. Nothing large or expensive, just special. Happy writing, Laura!