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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!!

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.

 

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!

241 tote aka Pinspiration numero – cincuenta y siete

While perusing pinterest I noticed this really cute bag.  I found that it was a Noodlehead pattern called the 241 Tote.

Paul and I were going on a cruise soon and I thought this would be a good bag to carry the essentials needed when we were docked. I taped the pattern together and cut out the pieces .  When I went to the fabric store I was drawn to the green/yellow batik print.  I had wanted something bright and colorful.  The yellow just called out to me.
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This was my first time working with pieces that were not just straight edges.  I traced the pattern onto the fabric and interfacing and then cut them out.  It was so tedious.  I vowed to never cut pieces that were not a straight edge.  But then I made this nightgown and realized that it’s not as bad as it was that first time and fell in love.

It was also my first time sewing a curve like this.  I looked up a bunch of reviews on the tote so I could get some opinions on how to sew this together.  Also, I was facetiming with my mom and niece.
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So I got the shell completed.  I love how all the colors play off each other.The yellows and pinks.
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Sorry about the blurry picture.  This was the best I had and I wanted to at least show the tote in full use.
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I really liked the way it turned out and I totally plan on making more.  However, I would probably make it about 15% bigger.  This was definitely a good size for the cruise but for everyday I would need it bigger.  I’m still in love with these colors too.  They’re just so bright and cheery.

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