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Shortly after I signed up for the #boxybagswap, I signed up for the #swapaonehourbasket.  The most hilarious thing is that I found out about the swap a one hour basket by stalking my boxy bag swap partner.  She hosted the swap a one hour basket.

This is the one hour basket I made for my partner.

This is the interior.

A close up of the patchwork.

Love these handles!

This is what I received from my partner.  I LOVE it!  I just love Art Gallery Fabric’s Avant Garde line.  The colors are so beautiful!  She even made me a small zipper pouch and got me several Harry Potter swag.

The pattern is Kelby SewsOne Hour Basket.  The swap was hosted by Michaela McBrown.


Halloween Candy Bags

I went fabric shopping with my sil-S to look for some prints for her stand mixer cover.  While I was looking around I saw this super cute print and thought it would be so fun to make a candy bag for my nieces for Halloween.

Thankfully I already had some experience in making simple lined totes like this so I was able to whip them up in just a few days.

This was for the nieces.

This cute candy corn was on the inside.

Aren’t they the cutest?  My third niece-K is not pictured but she got a bag too.

After I got the niece’s fabric cut, I realized that the nephew’s probably would like them too.  So I looked for some fabric for them.  My oldest nephew-B is a bit older and the cutesy print probably wouldn’t be his cup of tea.  I found this print that was a bit more mature and made him a drawstring bag.  The design was based off the fishing drawstring bag, just larger measurements.

A few detail shots.

I had bought the orange print from the same fabric store and was planning on just making it unlined.  But ultimately decided that it would last longer and look better if there was a lining.  Luckily I was going to Joann Fabric anyway and quickly looked around for something.  All I could find was orange and black.  Then I stumbled upon this white with black triangles and it was perfect.

I even had enough fabric to make a third bag so I reversed the prints with the white on the exterior and the orange on the interior for my sil-S.  She’s so lucky!

These were fun, nice, and quick projects.  And hopefully they’ll last for several Halloweens to come.


Three Dandelions Shop hosted their first swap in September 2016.  This was the first swap I signed up for.  We made Kelby Sews’ Boxy Bag.

This is my sneak peak photo.

My partner is a San Diego Chargers fan, love all things Star Wars, and had all the heart eyes emoji for the Rifle Paper Co’s first fabric line.

A close up of the Rifle Paper Co one.  I just love that selvage tab!

I nested the three bags for this shot.

This is the one I got from the person who had me.  The colors are so pretty.

And check out those cute zipper pulls.

She also included this cute Noodlehead pin cushion.

This water bottle

A few other small items.

And this cute sewing sticker.  Which now sits on my grey heavy duty singer sewing machine.

I had a great time with my first swap that I signed up for three more within two weeks of signing up for this one.  I’ve since completed eight more swaps.  They are addicting!!


The Memory Game aka Pinspiration numero – sesenta y nueve

Do you remember playing the memory game? I remember playing with cards like the ones you use to play Old Maid.  But I saw this handmade fabric memory game and thought that would be fun.
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Source: Begin with B via Tricia on Pinterest

I bought some fabric and started fussy cutting and came up with these.

My friend-A’s daughter is who I made these for LOVES Thor. So I took this photo to send to her.

Here they are all done!

The backing is the same on all of them.

I made a small pouch to hold the cards.

Here they are all squished in!

This project actually went by pretty quickly.  The hardest part was the fussy cutting because I had to make sure that each piece was exactly the same.

The other thing is that I made this for a two year old and her mom was telling me that she’s probably too young for a game like this.  What age would this game appropriate for so I know in the future. I’d like to make it again for someone but I’ll have to make sure it’s age appropriate.


Custom Order

Last month I showed you the Vikings coloring pad carrying case.  A few days after I posted it on Instagram/Facebook, an old classmate of mine inquired about making some for her.  She told me what theme she wanted for her two cases and that she wanted me to find fabric for her.  The cases were for two girls who love Frozen and Hello Kitty.

Here is the Frozen one.  I found both prints at Joann.
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I did a little bit of fussy cutting to get Olaf’s face and full body on the flap and pencil holder, respectively.
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Here is a close up of where the coloring pad goes.
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And a close up of the pocket and pencil case.
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The Hello Kitty print was harder to find.  There wasn’t any quilting cotton at Joann or online at Joann. I ended up ordering this print off Etsy.  It is super cute!!  And I’m so glad that I went with this one rather than just settling for a print at
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The only print at Hobby Lobby was this all over HK one.  I thought it would be cute as the pocket and pencil/pad holder.

And I was right!  At least in my opnion.  Haha!

Here is where the coloring pad goes.

The two side by side.

After I mailed them to my classmate, I asked her for some feedback. The only thing she suggested was itemizing my invoice to state the price of fabric and price of labor.  But quality-wise and concept-wise everything was great.  Yay!

What do you think?  If you have your maker purchase fabric and everything for you, would you prefer your invoice to be itemized or would you prefer to just see the total?


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