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Convert me aka Pinspiration numero – sesenta y ocho

As I was perusing Pinterest last year I saw this convertible tote and knew I had to make it!  It was just super neat and didn’t look too hard to make.
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Source: Nap-Time Creations via Tricia on Pinterest

One of my friends hearts Rifle Paper Co and when they came out with their first fabric line with Cotton & Steel, I immediately wanted to make something for her using this awesome print!  I didn’t know what to make until I saw the convertible tote.

I had all my materials.  I even had a few extra, such as these zippers.  I didn’t know which color to use.  My first instinct was to go with orange but wasn’t sure so I asked my friends hubby.  His response was the best. EVER.  It didn’t help.  Paul suggested that I just post it on IG and see what my friend said.  Thankfully I listened to him and did just that.  She confirmed my instinct.
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Once I got the color of the zipper down, my brain let me move forward.  Here is the construction of the exterior pockets.  I just LOVE those flamingos!
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Here is the front all finished! I used these cities cause I thought my friend had been to all three of them.  Turns out she’s just been to Paris.  Oh well.
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The interior slip, gusseted pockets.  So many new techniques!!
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The exterior all constucted!!

Here it is all finished!  I just like to try things on and see how they work before I part with them.  =)

As a purse!
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As a backpack!
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I love the detail of the straps!  I used the selvage of this print.  Rifle Paper Co did a great job making their selvage so cute!!!
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A shot of the interior!
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Isn’t that orange double zipper just amazing!!  I love it!  And the technique used to insert the zipper was awesome!  I can’t wait to use the zipper insertion technique again!  It was so fun!
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One last photo of the purse/backpack convertible awesomeness!

I had tons of fun making this tote.  It stretched me a lot a sewist because the fabric was thicker, the zipper insertion, attaching the exterior pockets, and creating the selvage straps were all things I hadn’t done before.  But I’m so glad that I didn’t let those things freak me out.

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roam

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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As I was cutting these pieces I didn’t think that it would come out right.
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You can totally see the glue in this one.  But it still looks alright.
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Here they are all finished.
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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.
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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.
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See how the grey plays well with the exterior and the mint zipper just pulls everything together.
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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.

241 tote aka Pinspiration numero – cincuenta y siete

While perusing pinterest I noticed this really cute bag.  I found that it was a Noodlehead pattern called the 241 Tote.

Paul and I were going on a cruise soon and I thought this would be a good bag to carry the essentials needed when we were docked. I taped the pattern together and cut out the pieces .  When I went to the fabric store I was drawn to the green/yellow batik print.  I had wanted something bright and colorful.  The yellow just called out to me.
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This was my first time working with pieces that were not just straight edges.  I traced the pattern onto the fabric and interfacing and then cut them out.  It was so tedious.  I vowed to never cut pieces that were not a straight edge.  But then I made this nightgown and realized that it’s not as bad as it was that first time and fell in love.

It was also my first time sewing a curve like this.  I looked up a bunch of reviews on the tote so I could get some opinions on how to sew this together.  Also, I was facetiming with my mom and niece.
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So I got the shell completed.  I love how all the colors play off each other.The yellows and pinks.
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Sorry about the blurry picture.  This was the best I had and I wanted to at least show the tote in full use.
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I really liked the way it turned out and I totally plan on making more.  However, I would probably make it about 15% bigger.  This was definitely a good size for the cruise but for everyday I would need it bigger.  I’m still in love with these colors too.  They’re just so bright and cheery.

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