Saturday, February 28, 2015

February sewing

A few snow days this month gave some extra time for sewing.  My first project was a tote bag with vinyl trim, using the same pattern as the one featured on this post. 
I used upholstery fabric and vinyl purchased at my local fabric shop.


This particular bag has gone to my school auction, scheduled for March 21.  So, for any of you local friends, get your bidding ready! ;)   I have been using my brown bag, and love it.  It opens wide to fit lots of work to take home from school.  Oh goody! :)

Project #2 for February was a table runner.  I had picked up a set of fat quarters from Tuesday Morning some time ago, and finally got to making something with it.  I've been seeing string quilt blocks on line and decided to experiment with that.  Here is the result...



Runner front
 After piecing the front, I still had fabric left so decided to create a back with a different look.  I've tried them both on the table and like them equally.  This fabric is from a line called Holiday Bouquet, featuring Christmas balls, but I think the holiday theme is subtle enough to work at any time.
Runner back
That's it for this month.  Up next month ... Cindy Apron time!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Working with leather...




Today's post is the second installment of 2014 Christmas gift sewing.  A Christmas idea came my way for a handmade tool holder/bag.  Girls are easy to sew for, but for guys it gets a bit tricky.  When this idea came, I jumped on it right away.  My local fabric store has a great selection of leather remnants.  The piece I wanted was huge (uh... yes, cows are big!) and they kindly cut it down to the size I needed.  Here is the finished project...


My first all-leather project was a tool holder.  Leather takes a bit of practice to work with.  I used my regular sewing machine and a needle designed for sewing with leather, but it can be tough going!    
There is something great about leather, though!  The smell, the feel -- I just love it.
The pattern for this is a "one of a kind."  I had some outer dimensions to work with and just went from there.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Snow Day posting... The City Slicker bag

It has been two months since my last posting on this blog!  2014 sewing for me was definitely on a slower pace.  In 2013 I completed 70 projects and posted about most of them, whereas in 2014 only 42 projects were completed.  I say "only," but really, 42 sewing projects while teaching full-time is nothing to sneeze at! So -- on to some of those projects that never made it to a blog post.  My sewing goal for this year (...just so I remember!) is to sew at least 52 projects, use fabric from my stash and stockpile a few small items for ready gifts.

The City Slicker bag has been my most challenging bag project ever.  It really was not super difficult, but more time consuming than I anticipated.  Of course, the fact that I gave myself about 2 weeks to work on it before Christmas (yep, it was a Christmas gift) didn't help.  It was, however, a challenge well worthwhile!  I love how the bag turned out, and the recipient -- a horse lover for many years -- was delighted!

Project Resources:
Pattern:  The City Slicker - Intermediate
Fabric:
 Band of Horses Collage
 Kauffman Essex Wide Line linen
Zippers, lining, hardware, foam, interfacing were all bought at local quilt shops


Roomy front pocket has a magnet snap closure.

Back slip pocket -- I love using Kauffman Essex linen.  I would be completely happy with a bolt of this on hand to work with! :)

A harp comes in handy for purse photography! 

My first time to use a purse zipper with double pulls.  I added a bit of leather strips to pulls.

Inside slip pockets on both sides.  One of them was supposed to be a zipper pocket, but in the interest of time I opted for the easier method.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Airport Quiet Book Page

This little Airport Quiet Book page has been in the making for several months.  It was such a fun project to pull out once in a while to work on.  The pattern came from the imagineourlife blog.  If you are interested in this kind of project, follow the link above to see many delightful quiet book pages.

This pattern features the airport with a luggage truck, a plane that can be "flown" across the sky, a helicopter (in place with a snap) and a plane with storage compartment!

Am I too old to play with this??  

The truck is ready to load the luggage!

Hmmm... not much to say about the cover.  It IS a pretty bright green! :)

Monday, November 3, 2014

A new bag for November!

Sew4home recently featured a great tote bag with a designer handle.  I saw it and immediately knew this would be my next bag for carrying my things back and forth to work.  After some frustrations with sewing through layers of leather ... my bag is complete!

Overall, I would say this was a simple bag to make.  After taking some time off from sewing, it feels good to have a finished project again!  Now for a few more finishes...

Fabric & handle supplies:
Outer body:  1/2 yard upholstery fabric from my local fabric store (with a lot left over!)
Lining:  Nothing fancy!  ... from local store
Leather inset:  Recycled leather (also from local fabric store)
Handles:  Fabric.com


Monday, September 1, 2014

"Housey" sewing...

"Housey" sewing #1:  Years ago I made a tube "bag" for holding plastic bags from the grocery story.  It was not fancy, but very functional!  This year, I made one to replace the old; this one has quite a bit more style to it!
Old, uninteresting one on left -- new replacement on the right
I find it interesting to see the two side by side.  Either my taste in fabric has drastically changed, or the fabrics available these days are so much more interesting.  Both statements would be true!
 The pattern for this little project is an original pattern. I pretty much designed it as I went.
 Fabric choices:
Kona cotton - lime
Backyard Baby by Patty Sloniger
 What a cute little woodpecker!  It reminds me of the bird I see every once in a while pecking away at a tree in our backyard.

"Housey" sewing #2 was a quick sew of last evening.  I recently went to my local quilt shop and found several lines of toweling.  They had several designs, and I went with this one to try it out.  
 The long edges of this fabric were already finished, and all I needed to do was hem both ends!  It doesn't get much easier than that!  I love how it feels and will definitely be getting more designs to update my well-used dish drying towels.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Glass Mushrooms!

In my garden there are glass mushrooms.  If I am not careful they will be sprouting up everywhere!  The idea of reusing, remaking, recycling has always intrigued me.  While an object was made with a specific purpose in mind, I love to find new and sometimes unexpected uses for the same object.  Enter -- the glass mushrooms!


These little cuties were inspired by my sister-in-law.  She hosted a party recently and in her garden were tucked "mushrooms" similar to these.  At the base she had a "lit" battery operated votive candle. It was so pretty!  Since then I've been looking at the glassware in thrift stores in a whole different light.  And what do you know?? With a little glass adhesive and pretty glass, we have have mushrooms!  What is sprouting in your garden?