my life in pictures and words

Archive for the category “pinterest”

let’s go fishing aka pinterest numero – sesenta

I found this super cute toddler string backpack tutorial on Pinterest.  (I’ve since tried to link to it but the domain is no longer available.  I’m hoping that I can remember it enough to sort of re-write the tute so that I can come back to it later.)  Mamaurchin is the blog that has the tutorial if it comes back online.

Sorry for the blurry photos.

Start by finishing the edges so they don’t unravel in the future.  I believe the dimensions of these pieces are 11″x14″.
20160205_104233 - Copy

And here it is all finished.  I guess I forgot to take pictures in between.  I believe you iron on two 2 sqin pieces of interfacing at the bottom of both pieces.  This is to reinforce the grommets.
20160205_204353 - Copy

Before sewing the pieces together, measure and mark at 2″ and 1.25″ from the top. Press at 1.25″ mark.  This will help with the enclosures for the strings so that the raw edges are not exposed. Now sew the pieces RST with a 1/4″ SA stopping at the 2″ mark.  Sew the bottom edge as normal. Press SA on the sides all the way to the top.  Turn right side out and sew 0.75″ from the top which should match up with the 2″ mark.
20160205_204502 - Copy

These are the metal grommets that you use a hammer and grommet tools to close rather than the plastic ones that you clip together.  After turning right side out, use one of the grommets to mark where to cut.  Cut and install the grommet.  Repeat on the other side.
20160205_204401 - Copy

For the strings, I don’t know how much you need.  I usually just cut 2″ strips and fold in half, press, and then open and fold those two in half up to the first fold line, and press.  Sort of like how you make a double fold binding.  Then I topstitch down both sides and feed through until I get the desired length.  I’ve also made a bag with string and then burned the edges to close them.

I think that’s it.  I hope I didn’t leave anything out but if I did, please feel free to ask.

This is a pretty simple and fun drawstring bag to make.  The one I made with the strings was a Trick-O-Treat bag for my nephew.  I made it a bit bigger so he could fit lots and lots of candy in there.  So many options!!


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.
20160130_155611 - Copy

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.
20160130_155640 - Copy

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.


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.
20141025_215505 - Copy

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.
20141026_125942 - Copy

As I was cutting these pieces I didn’t think that it would come out right.
20141026_125950 - Copy

You can totally see the glue in this one.  But it still looks alright.
20141026_130000 - Copy

Here they are all finished.
20141026_125931 - Copy

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!

the christina clutch aka Pinspiration numero – cincuenta y ocho

A long while ago I saw this super cute clutch on pinterest by Art Gallery Fabrics.

I really wanted to make it but didn’t really have any reason.  Enter my sil.  She likes and appreciates homemade gifts so I thought, she’ll like this.  haha. Just kidding.  I mean she does like and appreciate handmade gifts but that’s not the only reason I made it for her.  I did think that she would like it.

Unfortunately, the prints I had to match what you see here didn’t look so great once they made their way into my hands.  So I went to Joann’s and got some grey to match.  Since I was going to be in town for her birthday dinner I decided to wait and make it at my mom’s house.
20150727_181214 - Copy

Here it is all finished.  The interior matches pretty well to the bow print.  I had a yellow/gold that was supposed to be where the grey is but it would’ve been too busy.
20150728_010233 - Copy

See how the grey plays well with the exterior and the mint zipper just pulls everything together.

I love how the bow sort of wraps around the bottom.  This was a very fun and very easy make.  I’ve since made another one for my other sil.  But that will be for another post.

take me with you aka Pinspiration numero – cincuenta y seis

Oops…I accidentally posted this one before I finished it.  So now, I’ve finished it and you don’t have to read my draft.  Haha..oh well.

For my birthday one year a friend made these really cute apple coasters. They were made with felt and embroidery floss. So when I was looking on pinterest (but when am i not looking on pinterest?) ;)   I saw this project travel bag on Sew, Mama, Sew.

The pattern calls for using pre-quilted material but I didn’t like the ones that were at the store so I made my own. I bought some fabric and polyester batting and, viola, I now had a padded quilted piece!
20140721_090044 - Copy

Once I had that I just used some bias tape on the edges and the bag was completed!
20140721_132519 - Copy

I think I attached the snap button the wrong way but it still turned out fine.  Plus, I love the colors!
20140721_132526 - Copy

Because my friend made me some things with embroidery floss and felt, I included some floss and embroidery hoops so she could make some more pretty things.  Because she does make VERY pretty things!!

Post Navigation