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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!

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.

totes on totes

These are all cut from fat quarters.
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My dad ordered these for some of his clients.  I think they turned out alright.  =)  They are all made using just five fat quarters.
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They are fun and easy to make.  On the inside there is a slip pocket and magnetic snap closure.  You can also add a zippered pocket on the other side of the slip pocket.  There are so many modifications you can do to personalize!!!!

Primrose Peplum by Sew Caroline

Earlier this month (Feb 2017 – since I’ve been posting makes from a few years back), Caroline from Sew Caroline put out a call for testers for her new pattern. I follow her on Instagram and saw her working on this pattern in the Fall and thought it looked super cute. So when she put a call out for testers, I just had to get in on that!

Before I start into the pictures I want to state that I don’t normally wear blouses/tops like this.  My everyday, most comfortable wear is a knit shirt and loose shorts or leggings.  I don’t like to dress up much, in fact this top is dressy to me.  With that disclaimer I want to say that this pattern has made me want to wear dressier clothes a little more often.  THAT is how easy and how well written this pattern is!

This is my wearable muslin made of a dobby cotton from the now closed Hancock Fabrics.  This is the circle skirt with a hemmed short sleeve. Well, you may be able to see that it’s not actually hemmed, but that’s what this version will be once I finish the hemming.  I was mainly using it for fit purposes.
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After finishing the one for fitting, I cut into this crepe that I got from Joann’s.  This time I cut flare sleeves and the gathered skirt.  This was right after I finished hemming the sleeves and skirt.  It is a bit tight so the next time I make one I’ll have to grade between sizes in the waist area.
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The easiest place for me to take pictures in a jiffy is the mirror in the bathroom, so please excuse the toilet paper, etc.  It was late and I was playing around seeing what pictures I could take to show off the fit.
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I had a friend take some photos for me the next day so you can see the top in all its glory.
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I just absolutely LOVE that flare sleeve!

A little goofing off!
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This was my first time sewing with darts.  I was a little intimidated but Caroline’s instructions make it simple and easy, no fuss.  These are the front darts.
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The back darts with Caroline’s simple yet effective “invisible zipper” insertion.  You don’t have to use an invisible zipper in order to obtain this look, which is super helpful as I probably would’ve taken a lot longer to sew this top.  ps…look at those gathers!  I love them!
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This top was made with the tester pieces and have since been updated so it may look slightly different than the final release.

Go now and get the Primrose Peplum pattern!  You’ll thank yourself after you’ve made a few and have a wardrobe ready for work, or fun, or play!  The pattern is on sale through February 19, no code necessary!

Don’t forget to check out the other testers and the awesomeness that they created with this one pattern!  You can find them at Sew Caroline’s blog.

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