Just a little bit of sewing… by Annemarie

Posted in: Us- Nov 08, 2012 3 Comments

So, I’ve been on a little bit of a sewing kick lately.  Here are a few of the projects that I’ve completed.

Our chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild participated in the QuiltCon Block Challenge, and needed some extra block to complete the quilts that we’ll be challenged to put together for the conference in February.   I had some fabrics in my stash that matched the challenge colors and I whipped these up one night.  It was fun to just work with fabrics that I didn’t really have to choose myself and just freeform.

Just the other night, I had a few moments before heading out and put together one more, as the fabrics were still just sitting there and staring at me.  I’m not sure which one I like the best, but I can’t wait to see the final results once Irelle (and whoever else) puts them all together!

Some of the SBMQG ladies have made a few of these lined drawstring bags, and I wanted to give it a try.  I had the perfect reason, Autumn’s birthday was coming up, so I found some cute fabric in my collection, and made this one night.  Shows you how long I’ve waited to blog about this, I actually DID have it made before her birthday, and that was almost a month ago!

Now THIS one I am really proud of.  A few weeks back, I went over to hang out with Alissa and Raven to talk about sewing, and specifically this bag.  It’s called the Showoff Bag, a pattern online at made by rae.  I really liked the ones that they had made, and asked them if they thought I was skillful enough to make one of my own.  With much encouragement from the two of them, and fabric gifted to me from Raven, aka my Fabric Fairy Godmother, I was all set.

I came home, and just a few nights later, bought my pattern online and got going.  I started the process after Burke went to sleep, I printed it, taped it all up, cut my fabric, and got to sewing.  I hadn’t ever taken on any kind of project like this, so I went very slow and followed the directions carefully.  It was around 2am when I put the final touches on it, and I was glowing.  I couldn’t believe that I’d made this bag.  I love it and I’ve been carrying it ever since.  I’ve gotten a lot of compliments on it, which I think is the real reason why it has it’s name. 🙂  The fabric choices make the bag, I think, and I wish the line was still made because I’d buy up as much as I could find.

I also made, for someone else (not naming names, although I doubt she’ll see this), a mini version of this one mixed with made by rae’s Buttercup Bag.  I needed it to be a little smaller than the actual Buttercup pattern, so I did a little math, and was so giddy when it turned out pretty much exactly as I was hoping.  I used the same fabric choices as my bag, since I loved the combo so much!   I hope the recipient likes it too!

As soon as I made my Showoff Bag, and I realized that I don’t have much to put in there besides my wallet, I knew that I had a few more projects in mind.   I searched online for a diaper clutch tutorial and found one that seemed easy enough.  I also wanted to make a little zippy pouch to keep some small items in, so they wouldn’t get lost in the big bag bottom.  I liked this tutorial and was thrilled to find that I actually had a zipper already that matched!  Both of these came together pretty quick one night when my parents were here after everyone went to bed.  I got these two done in about 2 hours.  I can’t wait to make something with zippers again now! 🙂

I mentioned a while ago that I wanted to make Burke another crib sheet with this super cute Tim and Beck’s Bungle Jungle fabric.  While my Mom was here, we made a stop at Craft Essentials and I picked up the necessary cuts.  I wanted to use both of the fabrics, so I did a two toned crib sheet.  It was a little bit more work, but worth it.  I love it, and so does Burke!  He loves to point out all the animals.

On the same trip to Craft Essentials, I spotted this cute print too, and made a crib sheet for the cosleeper.  Why shouldn’t baby #2 get a little something nice too, right?

I’ve also been working on a few quilts, so I’ve been keeping super busy. I took my machine out to the garage the other day, and had Brett help me clean it. We removed the plate, and oh.my.goodness., it was WAY overdue for a good cleaning. Let’s just say the recommendation is to have it cleaned out every 12 hours of sewing, and it had been over 12+ months! Yeesh!

Now I just have to get my mind straight so I can figure out what else I’d like to sew for Christmas! 🙂

3 Responses to “Just a little bit of sewing…”

  1. Autie says:

    Looks like you rearranged the bedroom.

    Love my gift! Anxious to see it in person 🙂
    Thank you for making me something.

  2. Marisa says:

    nice job!! the bag is ADORABLE no wonder you are making more!! one more thing you might like to add to your bag stash – i made one of these for eric’s diaper bag soon after kiah was born. it was pretty easy and you could match it to the rest of your things! (i did skip the velcro part, it surprisingly stays in place without it)


    we’ve been a bit busy lately but i have been itching to get sewing again…probably won’t until after the holidays but you are inspiring me!