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Huge Quilted Tote aka Pinspiration – numero sesenta y uno

I saw this tote on Pinterest shortly after I started sewing.  I think the colors drew me in.  I loved how the orange, yellow, teal, and pink pop against the white and grey.  I knew I wanted to make it but was a bit intimidated as it is quilted and such.
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Source: Jedi Craft Girl (tote tutorial) & a bright corner (pieced section) via Tricia on Pinterest.

A friend’s birthday was coming up and she is studying to be a teacher.  I thought this would be perfect for her.  I didn’t realize exactly how LARGE this tote was going to be but once I got the measurements to make sense in my head I thought, yup, this is perfect for an elementary school teacher.  Here is the finished front and back.

I first started by cutting 2.5″ strips by WOF and from there cut the strips into 2.5″ squares.  Then I followed Andy’s design for the pieced portion.  This was side A, laid out for sewing.
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Side B, laid out for sewing.
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After I pieced and ironed the sides, I ironed on some interfacing and quilted it along the squares.  This is side A.
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And side B all completed.
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The straps were pretty easy to make too.
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On the inside, there are four slip pockets and a magnetic snap closure.  I just LOVE the color yellow and thought it would make the inside easy to find things, especially since this tote is so large.  And also, doesn’t that purple just pop so naturally?
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Here is one side of the two pieces sewn up together.
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And just another shot for you to see them side by side.

This tote was pretty fun to make and it was my first pieced/quilted project.  I had tons of fun sewing it.  I can see how and why quilters are so addicted to quilting.

Birthday Gifts

One of my friends likes to crochet and has several hooks but not enough space to hold them.  So I thought about making this Sew Together Bag. I had bought the pattern when we were still in Ohio, before I learned about PDF patterns. I was a bit intimidated by this pattern but after making a few other things I realized that it would only be as intimidating as I made it.

So I started working on it and found that it really wasn’t that hard to make.  As long as you take it one step at a time.  Here I’ve gotten all three zipped sections sewed and put together.  I think the hardest part is at the end when sewing the bias tape onto the edges.  It also could’ve been the hardest part for me because my thread kept getting pulled up and into a ball.
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After re-threading several times and taking a short break I finally got it completed.  After I finished it I realized that I probably should have used a color of thread that matches the bias.  But my friend loves the color green so I just kept it.
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Here is a close-up of bias and thread color.
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The completed inside.
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Speaking of green, these are the prints that I used to make her a blanket.
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She loves the celtic look too, so it all worked out.  I used this foot for the first time and found that I LOVE IT!  I don’t remember the name of the foot but just know that I love it. Haha!
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This was also the first time that I used this binding method my mom found on you tube.
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Here is the front side.
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And the backside.
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I’d had this material for a year before I got it sewed up so I’m glad that I got it done and finally gave it to her.

red hot!

I made a purse and wallet for one of my friends who loves the color green but by this color scheme you would’ve never guessed it!  These colors play so well together!  The print on the right of this photo is named crochetting, which is what my friend likes to do.  So it was only appropriate for her.  Plus I sent her a photo of the prints to make sure she’d like them.
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This is the bag/purse.  Since she crochets I used that print on the outside, which normally I would have put on the inside.  To go along with the color scheme, I used the wavey blocks on the inside with some dream catchers as slip pockets.
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When making the wallet, I found this little face.  The face was made when I was marking where to cut for the magnetic snap.
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A close up of the wallet.  This is the double zip wallet from Anna Graham from Noodlehead.  You can read more about the double zip wallet here.
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I had tons of fun making these items for my friend and she said they worked out well.  One other thing I added in the bag/purse was a covered stiff board so that it kept the bottom from bowing.  I had bought some hard plastic and just cut it to size and then made a cover to slip it into.

succa-felt aka Pinspiration numero – cincuenta y nueve

I had seen these really cute felt succulent on pinterest.  And when I was finally ready to make them, I visited Shaken Together Life to follow her tutorial.

I cut out some shapes of succulents making sure to vary the size.
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I used a glue gun to layer some rocks and then just started glue gunning each piece to each other.  It was actually a lot of fun and less frustrating than I thought it would be.
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As I was cutting these pieces I didn’t think that it would come out right.
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You can totally see the glue in this one.  But it still looks alright.
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Here they are all finished.
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I made the smallest jar with my sil and got the other two from Target.  I bubble-wrapped them so they’d be safe in the mail.  Luckily enough they arrived in tact…from Ohio to California.  Yay!

i need an apron!

So I think I had posted a photo of me wearing my Starbucks Coffee Company apron and one of my old coworkers had said she lost all of hers.  I offered to make one for her and she said that it’d be cool to have one.  So I went to look for some fabric and started.

First I laid out the apron and cut along the edges and included a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
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I cut two pieces, front and back and cut a piece for pockets.
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Here is the apron string ends.
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All completed!
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A coworker from Old Navy asked me to make three aprons for Christmas gifts for her after she saw this post on IG.img_20140730_174351

This is the first one. Sorry about the blurry photos……
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A close-up of a small quilting to keep the pieces together.
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Apron strings.
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The second one is for her sister who survived breast cancer.
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She asked to include this ribbon somewhere.  I thought it added a personal touch.
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Some quilting to keep the pieces together.
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The apron strings.  She really liked this print even thought it was on flannel.  I thought it went well, color-wise, too.
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The last one.  I forgot to take photos of it at home so when I brought them to work I ended up taking photos of it at work.
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I was proud of my super straight stitching so I took a photo of it.
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Sweet stitch quilting to keep the pieces together.
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Here is a photo of the three recipients, her grandma, mom, and sister.
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So glad that I was able to help her with some handmade gifts .  Also, making aprons is fun!

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