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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.
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.

Mustache You, Mustache Me

A friend I met in Alabama had seen my Noodle-Head Double Zip Wallet on Facebook and casually mentioned that it would be awesome in a mustache print.  I didn’t have any in my stash but I found some on sale so I purchased some and started working on it.  Here it is in its finished form.
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A close up of inserting the magnetic snap.  Whenever I insert one of these I always inadvertently make a smiley face.  =)
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The interior print.
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After making three before this one, it definitely came together quicker and easier.  The construction of the wallet is baffling but fun.

Crossbody Tote

I had made Noodle-Head’s Summer Madras Tote a few years ago for myself but neglected to take any photos.  My friend had saw it hot off the machine and asked me to make one for her.  I started looking for fabric that week, however, about a year later was when she finally received it.  I’m so slow.

I had all the pieces cut and started putting them together but I remembered how to sew it together wrong and just gave up.  When I finally went back to work on it, I finished it within a few days.  I don’t know what’s wrong with my brain but if something is not right, it takes me a while to get over my timidness and just do it. Because when I do, I realize that it usually isn’t as hard as I was making.  Also, bonus points to those that can name which episode of GG I was watching at the time.
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The is the inside.  There’s a zipper pocket and two slip pockets, with a magnetic snap closure.  The strap is adjustable and sewn on the outside of the tote.
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The black is a twill from the now closed Hancock Fabrics, the purple with silver dots is from Joann Craft Store, the interfacing is a cotton duck canvas from Joann Craft Store as well.  The magnetic closure and adjustable strap hardware are from an Etsy store.

Sorry for the blurry photos, I didn’t realize how blurry they were until I saw them as I was writing this post.

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.

Mixing It Up

An instagram friend announced she was having a baby in May 2015 and I just had to make a blanket for her little girl. I wanted to make one that was super comfy and that could use up some scraps.

I had purchased this coral chevron for another project that was never made.  The pink flannel was used to make some aprons for an old co-worker’s family members.  The pink and purple plaid was purchased to make a toddler nightgown but ended up being used to make some shorts for my niece and a friend’s daughters.
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I pieced them together to match the backing that I had purchased to make a toddler nightgown.
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I also made some pacifier holders for her.
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Isn’t that ladybug super cute?  This was pretty fun and I’m so glad that I was able to make something for a friend I made over IG.

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