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Mother’s Day gifts!

For Mother’s Day 2016, I made two Noodle-Head Snappy Mani Wallets.

This one was for Paul’s mom.
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The inside.  It has four small elasticized pockets and one medium sized zippered pocket.
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This one was for my mom.
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She really likes the color blue so I used this blue medallion print and blue thread.
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I found this small scrap of pink fabric that had this little heart on it and I thought it would be cute.
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I also paired it with a small bottle of lotion.

This is a great gift to give.  It’s simple and easy to make and it pairs well with a bottle of lotion, a bottle of nail polish, or even some nail clippers.

So fun!

it’s like a mullet!

For Christmas 2015, I made my other SIL a Christina Clutch.  Remember this one I made for one SIL?  Doesn’t it look all nice and fancy?  It’s in black and white but it basically is black and grey in color IRL .
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The reason I say it’s like a mullet is because on the outside it’s all nice, simple looking and everything and then when you open it….it’s all party on the inside with minions!

I also made this one slightly different than the grey/mint one.  This one was made with pellon 809 and pellon fusible fleece interfacing, applied respectively, giving it more stability.

I really like this combination of interfacing.  I’ve thought about using their fusible foam but I haven’t tried it yet.  Maybe sometime soon.

Until then…party on Wayne! party on Garth!!

roam

In December 2015, my parents had come out a few days to visit before my dad had a business meeting at the strip.  While we were driving around I saw that my dad was carrying all his glasses, I think he has three different ones each with a case, in a plastic bag. So I asked him if he wanted something more sturdy for them.  I had seen a photo somewhere before a zipper bag with a handle on the front side rather than coming up from the sides. I know it sounds confusing but you’ll see what I’m talking about in a bit.

So I had some leftover fabric from his Christmas gift to make this zipper bag for his birthday.  It’s called Roam from Hawthorne Threads.  It’s one of their in-house prints that is digitally printed.  It’s gorgeous!

Oops..before I get ahead of myself, here is his Christmas gift.  He wanted a trash bag for his car. I used Pellon Matte Vinyl Fuse to make it water-resistant and easily wipeable.  img_20151107_163338

He’s always liked horses but recently he’s said that he also likes buffalo’s so that’s why I went with this print.  I liked how the top looks like the sky with the buffalo roaming and the yellow strap is like the sun.  On the interior is the cloud print at top and the feathers you see above.
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Here’s the zipper bag I was started talking about above. I put some scraps together to make this bag.  I ended up messing up a little.  I had imagined the feathers print to be next to each other on the left, however, when I was piecing it I didn’t plan correctly and ended up with the feathers on the left side of both sides.img_20151219_191432

You can’t really tell in the picture above but in the one below you can see that on the other side of the feathers it’s the blue roaming one.  Also, here’s what I was talking about the handle being on the front side rather than on the sides.
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I didn’t measure any of his cases so it’s a good thing they fit well.  I actually had a lot of fun making this bag because it was the first piecing/topstitching pieces I’d ever done.  It was a little stressful because I didn’t want to mess up with topstitching but then I remembered that my dad would love it no matter what.  haha. So then I felt better and just went with it.  The stitching is probably the straightest I’d made thus far.

 

snuggalicious

My sister-in-law and I have a running joke, well more like I have a running joke, that I am going to buy her a snuggie because she’s always cold. I knew the general fit and look of a Snuggie but I didn’t really have a clue as to how I was going to make it.  I has wanted to make it for her for Christmas 2014 but because I didn’t know where to start I ended up chickening out and doing something else.

Around mid-November 2015, I had made myself a Marianne Dress.  I had found the pattern while perusing Indie Sew, which is where I get most of my patterns.  It turned out great except for the length, I had shortened just a tad bit too much.  It fit well, it was just about an inch or so shorter than I had imagined it was going to be.

But making the dress gave me an idea as to how I was going to construct the snuggie for my sil.  She’s about five times smaller than me so I just used the same size for the width and lengthened it.  Unfortunately I don’t have any photos of how I checked for length but basically I laid the fabric on the floor and laid down on/next to it to make sure that I have enough for the hem and everything.

From there I just followed the instructions for the dress.  Because fleece isn’t too stretchy I had to measure the neckline and cut my own neck band rather than cut what the pattern calls for.  Here is where I was measuring the neckline.  I just used a retractable measuring tape and clipped it to the neckline.  I think I saw somewhere that you take the measurement and subtract four inches to get the neckband length. So I think that’s what I did.  I don’t remember.  oops.  haha.
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Here it is all finished…and next to my Christmas decorations.
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A close-up of the neckband.  I sewed the seam allowance down so that it doesn’t pop up while she’s wearing it.  I think the length ended up being pretty good.  I really liked how it turned out, if I do say so myself.  haha!
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Here is sil wearing it on Christmas Day after opening it up.
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And my dorky bro who tried it on.  haha!
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Who wore it better?!?!!?!!?!??

My bro was wearing it more than my sil and so I ended up making one for him for his birthday.  But we’ll save that for another post.

 

it’s a RED EYE, singer

The photos in this post are pretty blurry so I apologize in advance if your eyes hurt afterwards.  These are the only photos I have at the moment.

This old school Singer sewing machine was my great aunts.  I don’t know if it belonged to her mom first but I do know that it was hers for a very long time.  It was at her funeral that I learned she was a tailor.  I wish I had known before she passed and I wish that I had taken up sewing way before then.  It wasn’t until three years after she passed that I had started sewing.

In any event, this was her sewing machine and I just had to have it knowing that it was hers.  Here is the table.

As you can see up close it is going to need some cleaning and elbow grease to make it shine again.

A close-up of the iron underneath the table.  It’s pretty dusty and rusty.  gross!
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And here is the sewing machine itself.  She’s a Red Eye Singer, built circa 1920’s, with a motor and light bulb that still work, and could have a belt attached if I wanted.

Ahhh..the blurriness!  But here she is after I took her out of my car and examined her.
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I’m  debating whether I should just use chalk paint to clean up the wood part or if I should sand and stain.  I’ve not done either before so I would be going into either one a newbie.  And I don’t want to mess it up.

What do you think I should do?

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