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Coloring Pad Carrying Case aka Pinspiration numero – sesenta y dos

I saw this awesome coloring pad carrying case and thought it would be so fun as a gift for a kid.  But when I clicked on the link from pinterest, I couldn’t find the link.  So I bought a coloring pad and used the measurements of the pad to create my own pattern.
Source: (site no longer working) via Tricia on Pinterest

I had bought these Viking prints for a friend’s kid who loves, well the family loves, Vikings and anything associated with it.  I didn’t know what to make with it but then I saw this case and thought that would be perfect!
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Sorry for the blurry photo.  Here is my inside all put together.  On the left side, there is a pocket up top and a color pencils holder on the bottom.  On the right side is where the coloring pad goes.
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Here it is all finished.
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A close up of the left side.
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A close up of the right side.
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This project was pretty fun to make.  It hurt my brain to figure out the math, but once I got it done it felt great to know that I made this. It wasn’t my idea, but I created a pattern from the picture and sewed it altogether.

Quilted Water Bottle Tote

My mom carries, like, five bags with her at all times.  One of them carries two water bottles.  This is the bag that she used to carry her water bottles.  She asked me to make a tote about the same size.
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So I took some pictures and some measurements.  See her water bottles?
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This is what I came up with.

I started by making a template (see right side of picture) on graph paper and then I cut all the squares (2.5″ x 2.5″) and arranged them as I had written on my template.

After I sewed all the squares together, I sewed the strips together. (sorry for the blurry photo)

A close up of the sewed squares.

I used Alison Glass’s Handcrafted Indigo line to make the outside.  The inner print is a cute Cotton & Steel print called “Tea Stained Dots in Blue”.  The stains look weird but a good weird, at least I think.  =)

I feel like the stains add some dimension and depth to the print.  I put in two slip pockets so that she could put her phone, or anything else, in there without having it get wet from the bottles.

The front side.  I used the blocks to make a small message.  Can you see what the message is?  It’s kind of hard to see but if you know my mom you should be able to figure out what it says.

This is the back side.

She had told me that she really likes the quilted look so when she asked me to make this tote for her I knew exactly what I was going to do.  She also likes the color blue, if you couldn’t tell.  Haha!

Lilo & Stitch

My SIL-J loves Lilo & Stitch.  I had made her an Art Gallery Fabrics “The Cristina Clutch” for Christmas and used Minions as the inside lining.  I knew she liked the Minions but hadn’t heard her talk about them in a while so I had asked her if she still liked them and then she reminded me that while she does like them, her absolute favorite is Lilo & Stitch.

I then went on a rampage trying to find some L&S print so that I could make all things L&S for her.  I found some and quickly started into making something.  But what could I make that she might use?

I decided that a small zipper bag could always come in handy sometime.  So I made her a small zipper bag with a little key chain ring.

I wasn’t sure what color to use for the lining but ended up with this bright yellow.  I like that yellow is bright so it can help you find things when you’re looking inside, even though this bag isn’t very big or deep.  I also like that it is so bright and happy.

I made this toddler drawstring backpack for my niece-Z.  She already has a backpack but i thought this might be fun so that she could match her mama.  It’s the same size as this fishing one.
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Just a picture of the inside, no lining.

A close up of Lilo.
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A close up of Stitch.

This print is super cute and I still have at least a half yard left, I think.  I’m not sure what to make next with it but I’m sure I’ll find something.

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.
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.

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