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Last month I showed you the Vikings coloring pad carrying case.  A few days after I posted it on Instagram/Facebook, an old classmate of mine inquired about making some for her.  She told me what theme she wanted for her two cases and that she wanted me to find fabric for her.  The cases were for two girls who love Frozen and Hello Kitty.

Here is the Frozen one.  I found both prints at Joann.
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I did a little bit of fussy cutting to get Olaf’s face and full body on the flap and pencil holder, respectively.
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Here is a close up of where the coloring pad goes.
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And a close up of the pocket and pencil case.
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The Hello Kitty print was harder to find.  There wasn’t any quilting cotton at Joann or online at Joann. I ended up ordering this print off Etsy.  It is super cute!!  And I’m so glad that I went with this one rather than just settling for a print at Joann.com.
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The only print at Hobby Lobby was this all over HK one.  I thought it would be cute as the pocket and pencil/pad holder.
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And I was right!  At least in my opnion.  Haha!
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Here is where the coloring pad goes.
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The two side by side.

After I mailed them to my classmate, I asked her for some feedback. The only thing she suggested was itemizing my invoice to state the price of fabric and price of labor.  But quality-wise and concept-wise everything was great.  Yay!

What do you think?  If you have your maker purchase fabric and everything for you, would you prefer your invoice to be itemized or would you prefer to just see the total?

Poolside Tote

I used to sell Thirty-One when we lived in Alabama. I even sold it for a few months after we moved to Ohio. Shortly after though, I stopped since I wasn’t getting any sales and I wasn’t a fan of their products.

When we moved to Nevada, we found out that we had some Alabama friends stationed here. Thank goodness!!! We were hanging out once and my friend had asked if I still sold Thirty-One or if I knew anyone that sold. I asked her what she was looking to purchase and she said she needed a tote for towels and whatnots. I told her that I could make one for her.

I showed her a few options and Noodlehead’s Poolside Tote was the winner.
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After I cut out the pieces I took a photo and posted it on Instagram. Doesn’t it look great?
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The inside. Didn’t she pick out great prints?
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I hung it on my ironing board to show how big it is.
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A close up of the interior. I just love that small hook.
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Isn’t it just so cute?
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A small fishy that I had to show a close up. He’s so stinking cute!
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All completed!
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This tote ended up being pretty easy and quick to sew together.  I was a little worried that I would have a hard time because the pieces are so weirdly shaped.  It was fun and I can’t wait to make another one.

Senna Dress

My extended family had plans to take photos with a color scheme of reds, pinks, purples, and blues.  Of course I didn’t have anything to wear so I looked through, Indie Sew, my go-to pattern shop, and found the Senna Dress.  I read the one review and was sold!senna-dress

I was worried about what kind of material to use which is why I had hesitated so much prior to going for it this time.  I liked that I had some Art Gallery Fabric knit, which is what Priscilla used, on hand and that the solid was just a plain jersey.

I went to Joann with my fabric in hand to find the perfect shade of solid pink knit.  I couldn’t find what I was looking for.  The only color I could find to match was white.  I DID NOT want to wear white.  I wanted a pink or purple, even a blue would have been fine.  Luckily there is a Hobby Lobby across the way from Joann that sells fabric.  And luckily they had THE EXACT color I was looking for!
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I just LOVE the scrunchiness of the skirt!

I got home, put the fabric in the wash, and started taping and cutting out my pattern.  As soon as the pink was washed and dried, you bet I had everything all cut out and ready for sewing.
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The neckband was sewn on different than I was used to but it worked well.  I just love how the neckband pops off the shirt.

Basically, you sew a skirt and a top and then attach them together and you have a dress.  The sleeve is super easy as it is part of the top and you just hem to finish.  I opted for the scoop neck finish for the front, although, as the dress will fit both ways, I can always have the crew in the front and the scoop in the back.
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I don’t have any of the official family photos that were taken but here is one of me and my hubby.
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I didn’t hem the bottom but you can’t really tell since I just folded it under.  The dress is very comfortable and bright, thanks to my choice of colors.  The pattern was written well and the pieces came together very quickly.  There is also an option for the dress to be a two piece with the top being a crop top.

Lunchy Lunch aka Pinspiration numero – sesenta y seis

I was looking around for things to make for Birthdays and Christmas last year and found this lunch bag.  I remembered that my SIL-C had been looking for a new one since her Thirty-One one snagged a while ago.  lunch-bag-129-sewmamasew
Source: Rebecca Mae Designs via Tricia on Pinterest

I thought I took more photos of the process of making the lunch bag but I guess I didn’t.  This is the only one that I have.
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Here it is all finished!!
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A photo of the inside.  I wanted to show the inside because I used Pellon’s Vinyl Fuse on the quilting cotton to make it wipeable.
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There are pockets on the outside.
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The exterior is a Cotton & Steel Canvas, Metallic Arrows Green, that I’ve had in my stash for a while now.  I got it on sale from Craftsy.  The grey is a Linen from Joann’s.  The interior is a quilting cotton from Riley Blake, Geekly Chic Cassette Tapes Music Retro on White, and the batting is Insul-Bright.  Insul-Bright is a material that keeps things cold or keeps things warm.
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I was a tad bit intimidated to make this lunch bag.  It has a few techniques that I had not tried before but the tutorial was very well written and sewing this lunch bag was a breeze.

My SIL-C even gave me some feedback saying that it works perfectly and fits all her lunch containers.  It even fits her pill box perfectly, which the other one did not.  So thumbs up all around!!

Car Caddy aka Pinspiration numero – sesenta y cinco

This caught my eye as I was looking for things to make for little boys.  I wanted something small and fun that they could carry around with them.
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Source: Smart Schoolhouse via Tricia on Pinterest

My newphew-B2 loves Star Wars.  So I knew I wanted to make him a Star Wars themed caddy.  When I went to look for cars, all I could find was actual Tie Fighter, etc shaped toys and wasn’t sure how to make that work.  Then I went down the next aisle where the Hot Wheels are and wha-la!  I found what I was looking for!!  I posted this photo on my Instagram and my nephew-B2 saw it and told his mom to buy that for him.  Haha!
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I followed the tutorial on Smart School House.  Here is my inside altogether just making sure that the cars fit.
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And here it is all done!  I went with this blue Star Wars print as the “road” since they’re in space, even though cars are what I provided.  This was for my nephew-B2’s 2016 birthday.  Then for Christmas 2016 I gave him two more cars to fill the other spaces.
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This is what it looks like all rolled up.20160619_081919 - Copy

From the top you can still see the cars.
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This is a different caddy that I made for a friend’s kid for Christmas 2016.  For his birthday 2017 he got two more cars.
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My OH neighbor-L loves construction trucks so I made one for him using construction trucks for Christmas 2016.
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These were pretty fun and easy to make.  They make great gifts, even for girls if you could find something girly.  =)

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