Thursday, May 25, 2017

Intermission - Pretty Fabric

All that's happening now is packing and more packing.  To keep the blog active, here's some pretty fabric to look at.
 (Imagine some upbeat elevator music playing while you enjoy pictures of fabric...)
Magical Floral Fabric.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Pick A Pocket Wallet - Shih Tzu Style

Somehow I missed sharing the final pics of this adorable wallet!!  This is the Pick a Pocket from ChrisW, still one of my most requested patterns!  I think I need to make another one with the extra Shih Tzu fabric, it is just too cute!!
Cute puppies!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

W(not)IP - Sewing Withdrawal!

I took my embroidery machine in last week, and even unplugged my sewing machine!  I feel like I need a sewing fix!!  Maybe I'll sneak in a quick zippered pouch or 5 from the free Pixie pattern from XOXO by Lauren...
Sweet roll yarn from Joann's, used part of it for a cowl already...

Monday, May 15, 2017

Magical Coffee - Ellen's' Esplanade Sew Along

The Ellen's Esplanade Sew along is finished, and so is my purse!  I hope everyone had fun sewing along, (or living vicariously through my sewing journey) and I have seen quite a few amazing purses in the group!  Thanks to everyone that joined in, and keep posting your finished pictures on instagram and in the FaceBook group!
I totally love this fabric!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

WIP Wednesday - Break Time!

I've got everything finished up that I needed to before the move, so now it's time to pack like a maniac!  And I'm sure once we get moved in I'll go through my stash again and see what I can thin out!
Alison Glass and Fairy Frost fabrics

Monday, May 8, 2017

Nightmare Messenger Bag - (Sydney by Swoon)

The final Swoon Sydney (affiliated pattern link) in my mass production madness was a Nightmare Before Christmas one.  The request for this purse was only for 2 of my fabrics -- so much less chaotic than the super fandom Sydney!  Although that seemed a little boring after playing with all the other fabrics on the last one, so I snuck in a third fabric to give the pockets a pop of color!
So many awesome pockets on the outside!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

WIP Thursday - May the 4th Be With You!

Once again it's time to celebrate my nerdiness...With Star Wars day!  And what better way than with new fabrics!  I didn't have time to turn these into anything amazing (yet), but I have plans.  BIG plans.
Awesome shirt panel from Backstitch fabrics

Monday, May 1, 2017

Business Time - Magnolia Mini Messenger

It's a good thing I practiced on all those other Magnolia's, (here: 1, 2, 3, 4)now I can almost make them in my sleep!  This was one of my fastest finishes ever, but it was also the plainest purse I've ever made!
The camera picked up on extra lint, I'm going to pretend it's not there.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Ellen's Esplanade Sew Along - Week 3 (and 4 If You Need It!)

It's zipper time!  For this week, we are going to get all the zipper things sewn and then put the entire bag together!  If you need to stretch this out over 2 weeks, you have time, but I bet you can bust it out!  If you start getting overwhelmed, just do it one step at a time and get up and take breaks.  This seems like a lot, but it's (hopefully) going to come together easier than you expect!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

WIP Wednesday - Time To Wrap Everything Up!

It's almost time to pack up my sewing area for a move to a sewing STUDIO!  (or at least that's what I'm going to call it, which sounds fancier than a sewing room.)  I need to get at least some of my WIPs and UFOs cleared out so I don't lose the pieces in the move, or forget what I was doing...
My sewing machine likes to wear purse hats.  Says it makes him feel fancy.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Ellen's Esplanade Sew Along - Week 2

Now that you have your pieces cut out, time to get sewing!!  (I apologize in advance for the quality of pictures, my sewing hasn't been taking place until after dark on most nights and I don't want to stop to drag out the light box for every step!)

One quick announcement, if you post your finished Ellen's Esplanade on Instagram and use the #sewalongcwd you will have a chance to win a free pattern!!  If you aren't on instagram, go ahead and post it on the event or in the main FaceBook group and Christine will be able to post it for you!

Back to the sew along...
First, get the strap out of the way.  This is an easy step that is fast and nice to have done.

Swivel clips from Emmaline Bags - pretty and solid!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

WIP Wednesday - April is Rushing By!

I'm still looking for that magical pause button for life, but so far no luck... It's almost time to pack up my sewing sprawl for a move to a new sewing room...which means that I won't be able to sew for WEEKS!!  I might go crazy!  Or, it will inspire me to clean and unpack faster so I can get back to sewing.  ;)  Before I go through sewing withdraw, I'm trying to get everything done, like the Ellen's Esplanade Sew along!
Magnolia Mini Messenger by Blue Calla

Monday, April 17, 2017

Dachshund Boon Wallet

I'm definitely going to use every scrap of this fabric!  This time the wallet is a Boon from XOXO by Lauren.  This wallet is still a good size and lots of pockets, but a little faster and less detailed than some of the other ones!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Ellen's Esplanade Sew Along - Week 1

This is one of the Easy Street Patterns from ChrisW, so feel free to move on ahead if you are on a roll and don't want to stop!

To start out, you need to have the Ellen's Esplanade pattern purchased and printed, pick out your fabric, and gather your supplies.
Judith made this awesome Ellen's Esplanade, looks like leather!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

You're Welcome - India Hobo Bag

Not only did I have the opportunity to sew up the fun Neon Character fabric, I also got to play with some pre-order strike offs.  This one is full of Little Maui, and totally cute! You can still preorder it for a few more days at the Little Hatcher, otherwise you'll have to wait for retail!  For another super fast project, I chose the India Hobo by Swoon (affiliated link), a VERY fast project!  I had to do the small one since I only had a fat half of fabric to work with.  I was able to cut ALL the outside main pieces from it and one side of the inner slip pocket.
These fabric look like they were made for each other!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

WIP Wednesday - Getting Caught Up...Again...Almost

It's time to start organizing and rearranging my sewing area, which will be a BIG task, so I'm trying to get all the orders out the door and get ahead of everything else I might need for the next month or 2...which means I should probably stitch out more Mulan combs, just in case!
Tab for the Pick a Pocket wallet, Too cute!!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Neon Characters Sandra Saddlebag

Now that I've conquered my fears of sewing with knit fabric, I decided to go for broke and combine it with glitter vinyl!  The Disney inspired fabric is a custom knit from The Little Hatcher and I was fortunate enough to be picked to play with it to help her show it off!  She needed a quick turn around since the fabric is already available for retail, so that meant picking a super fast pattern.  I chose the Sandra Saddlebag by Swoon, one I used before on my mermaid purse, and I exactly followed the pattern this time, no changes to the snaps or pockets!  It feels very pocket-lite to me, but the inside not having any pockets means that whatever you stick in there will just glide in.
All the great characters, no princesses but just about everyone else!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Ellen's Esplanade Sew Along - It's coming !!

I hope you were a part of the shindig in the ChrisW Designs FaceBook group and took advantage of the discount code to pick up your own copy of the Ellen's Esplanade because we are going to be sewing up that pattern in the next sew along!  (Thanks to Ellen and Judith for letting me borrow their finished pictures!)  We will be starting on the 14th, so pick up your pattern now if you haven't already!
Ellen's Ellen's Esplanade.  (confusing?)

Thursday, April 6, 2017

WIP Wednesday - Another New Month!

I would really appreciate it if time would stop zipping by.  I bet I could get a petition going to slow down time, every mother would sign it so their children would never grow up.  Or maybe not, there are some days when you can't wait for them to move out of the house and only come back to visit...I'm sure that's not just me...
Disney neon characters!  trying to find the perfect vinyl color...

Monday, April 3, 2017

Super Fandom Sydney by Swoon

Did you ever get a request that makes you sit back and question your own sanity for agreeing to it?  This purse had the potential to be either amazing or seizure inducing...good thing it turned out awesome!  This is for my friend that loves so many different sci-fi worlds that she couldn't pick just one for her own purse.  I did limit her to only 10 fabrics, and fortunately for me, they even kind of went together with similar color schemes!
It's not TOO crazy looking...

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

WIP Wednesday - End Of March

I knew last week was too good to be true, almost completely caught up on everything??  Instead of getting my list finished, I ended up getting a cold that sucked all my motivation.  I had to get a birthday towel done for the weekend, but I didn't even have energy to personalize it, and it was one of my easiest patterns!
My last green towel set, time to stock up on more!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Mario Marigold Messenger Bag - By Blue Calla

Continuing the tradition of waiting until last minute to start gifts, I recently decided that making a messenger bag for a cousin in a week (or less) was a GREAT idea!  He was turning 7, so it needed to be one that wasn't too huge, or too small, and had some fun features.  When he was younger I made him a tiny messenger style bag, so he was ready for something larger.  Messenger bags are generally gender neutral, but somehow most of the patterns I owned seemed to be more 'girly' so I went on the hunt for a fast and more 'manly' style.  There are tons of free patterns out there, plus even more guides on making your own, but I really wanted something I could throw together without worrying about anything going wrong or the measurements being slightly off.

Metal ring is a bit too big, but it keeps the flap down for sure!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

WIP Wednesday - Moving Right Along in March

The kids are off for spring break this week, so I decided to take some time off and just relax with them.  Which meant that I got to do some sewing.  ;)  I'm actually getting close to having my entire list for the month marked off!  Of course if I'd stop adding more to it, I'd finish it for sure!

Still have a little more of this fabric, maybe enough for another wallet or 2!
The second Dachshund wallet came together MUCH faster...and now I have an order for a Shih Tzu wallet...maybe I should get into dog lover's wallets? 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Magnolia Mini Messenger Madness - #4 Tula Pink Tree of Life

Here's the final Magnolia from my assembly line madness!  This fabric is one of my all time favorites!  I love the blues and greens, so relaxing, but so many fun details too!
This purse is three trees wide...very roomy

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Pick a Pocket Wallet - Dachshund Style

This fabric is not one I'd usually pick out, but I kind of fell in love with these dogs!  Especially the one just lounging with the 'how you doin'?' look on his face...

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

WIP Wednesday - Halfway Through March

Beware the Ides of March!  Especially if your name is Caesar....

If only he'd had a cute dog to warn him...
In other news, Things Are Getting Done. (yes, needs the caps)  I FINALLY finished up the Dachshund Pick a Pocket wallet!  Now I'm only 3 (purse) orders behind, and if you take into account that I have the interfacing cut for the second one already, I'm really even closer to caught up!  Of course I have several "When you have time we should get together and discuss my purse" orders, but they aren't definite yet so I'm not counting them!
A quick pencil topper request, all from Miss Meggie Designs

Monday, March 13, 2017

Magnolia Mini Messenger Madness - #3 Tula Pink Turtles

The entire reason I started on my Magnolia Messenger mission was for the swap, so I guess it's time to share the real one I sent out!  My swap partner indicated that she loved all things Tula, plus purple and pink, so this fabric won out for the actual swap purse!  It is definitely bright and bold, and the colors are very vivid!  The turtle on the flap is not totally obvious at first glance (at least to me anyway!), but the colors and design are very pretty.
Tula Pink Slow and Steady

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

WIP Wednesday - A Whole Bag of NOPE

Did you ever have one of those crafting days when everything you touch is cursed?  That was me last night.  I was trying to do some pencil toppers on the embroidery machine and it decided that I needed to stay RIGHT beside it while it worked...the thread was shredding and getting caught, needles were breaking, and I'm pretty sure it was laughing at me.  Then when I finally got that done and went back to the wallet I was working on, I tried to speed through it and messed that up too!
He doesn't have cataracts, that's glue.  And it's not coming off.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Magnolia Mini Messenger Madness - #2 Ariel Love

The second Magnolia is done in all fabric, and I only had a limited amount of the tonal gradient one.  I love the colors, and they perfectly match the Ariel fabric!  I think it came from a Gelato Ombre half yard pack I found on Mass Drop.  I need to stockpile these, they are so gorgeous in person!
I love all the colors on this.  A LOT.
The ombre fabric is so gorgeous in person.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

WIP Wednesday - New Month, Slightly New List

I wonder what it feels like to be totally caught up?  I'll never know since I keep adding on new projects! I did manage to finish one project in the wee hours of last night...the twin SuperWhoLock is finally done!  Yay!  Coming up on the list are 2 more Sydney purses...but I did cut out most of the interfacing for them at least!
Aww, twinsies!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Penny Inn Sew Along - Week 4 - Home stretch!

If you've made it this far, give yourself a pat on the back!  Now it's time to make the magic happen and put it all together. (Sorry, no pics since I'm trying to get this up and I'm still swamped trying to catch up on my orders!)

Hey look, a new pic...of the same wallet.  :p

Monday, February 27, 2017

Magnolia Mini Messenger Madness - #1 Stormtrooper Style

When I joined the swap in the Blue Calla Sewing group, I was looking for an excuse to try some of her the other patterns and also, I love swaps!  Originally I was going to try the Snowdrop, but when I saw the Magnolia on my swapee's list of wants, I decided to try it instead!  Picking a fabric for someone you don't really know and can't directly ask if they like something (secret swap!) makes it more challenging, but also a bit more fun!  Since I hadn't done this pattern before, I wanted to do a practice one first.  Not that I usually do practice ones, but it was a good excuse to make an extra one.  ;)  Instead of just one 'practice' bag, I kept pulling out more fabric combos and ended up making 4!
Sugar skull style!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Penny Inn Sew Along - Week 3 continued! (and a quick zipper tape tutorial)

I apologize to anyone that likes to work at a nice steady pace, I seem to start out like that, have great plans, procrastinate (or take on more than I should), then do a mad rush to finish stuff in time.  Since it's almost mad rush time, we need to use the rest of this week to get a little further along!

Step 12 - More card pockets!

Did I mention that this wallet has a million card slots?  Ok, not quite that many, but it's a LOT.  Now that you are an expert from making the first set of card slots, time to make more!  And just to make sure you are an expert, you're going to do the same exact set of card slots twice, one with a back and one without!

Step 13 - Zipper Pockets!

It's very important to have the top marked correctly on this piece, otherwise you're going to end up with some odd pockets!  If you are using zipper tape instead of the pre-made zippers, you can cut it to the exact length needed, but make sure your pull is on first.  I seem to always end up with one end shorter when I add on a zipper pull, so I started putting them on before I do the final cut for size.

Step 14 - Two more zipper pockets!

Maybe it's time to buy stock in a zipper company!

If you are interested in using zipper tape, here's a quick picture guide of how to get the slider on!  There are tons of videos, so be sure to look for those if you need more help.

Step 1 - Get out your roll of tape, and a zipper slider.  Find the end.
Keep an eye on your zipper pulls, they like to wander off.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

WIP Wednesday - Last One for February!

When I was trying to figure out what today was (Holidays always throw me off...but I was really hoping it was already Friday), I have to say I was quite amazed that this is the last Wednesday in February!  I am NOT ready for March!!  The long weekend was really nice, but it flew by!  No time to stop and rest, need to get everything done!
More pictures of the awesome fabric. 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Penny Inn Sew Along - Week 3

Now it's time to get into the magic of this pattern.  If you've never made it before, you need to pay close attention when it tells you to sew to a specific spot, and this is the perfect time to pull out the disappearing markers/Frixion pens, or tailor's chalk.
These are a few of my favorite marking items!
This week, we need to work on finishing the outside, plus getting started on the inside.  There are 9 major sections left, so we're going to go for broke and get this done in the next 2 weeks!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

WIP Wednesday - Stay on Target!

Well, at least I didn't add anything new to my list last week...except for the Valentine's treats I procrastinated on...but other than those 56 items, nothing else new was added!
Just made the exact number of Eevee and bookmarks, but I have extra Mudkips!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Sparkly Princess Emma Bags

Once again the Emma by ChrisW has proven to be the perfect purse for little girls!  This time I was commissioned to make some for sisters, and since they are little girls that love all things sparkly, I broke into my stash of pre-glittered Disney princess fabrics.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Penny Inn Sew Along Week 2!

It's finally time to start sewing!  If you are still cutting out the pieces (like me!) don't worry, it's all going to come together like a miracle at the end and we still have the second half of the sew along to play catch up!
Dug out the pictures of the other flap I made....
For the first part of this week, we are doing steps 4-7.  If you are not doing any straps, you can skip steps 5 and 6 and be that much closer to finished!  ;)  If' you haven't done it yet, cut out the fabric and fuse the interfacing as directed in the instructions.  You shouldn't have the decovil fused yet, or the interfacing for card pockets A and B.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

WIP Wednesday - Productive Procrastination

Once again my productive procrastination skills are in effect...instead of working on finishing up the UFO's on my list or prepping for the sew along that started Monday, I started new projects...but they are orders, so it's all good.  Last weekend I finished up the last of the Magnolia Mini Messenger then started 2 new rush order purses for little girls...  Fortunately the Emma purses are pretty fast to sew, already over halfway done with the first one and the second one is also prepped!
Outside is all together, just needs the inside finished!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Penny Inn Sew Along - Getting Started! - Week 1

(Just a reminder, the Penny Inn has been a sew along before, and you can find all the guidelines and steps HERE on Christine's blog!  I'm sure my instructions will be very similar, but if you are getting confused or want to work ahead, feel free to jump over there and see if that makes more sense!)

Sorry, this is the only one I have pictures of for now!
Everybody ready??  It's time to get started!  If you want to see a few more shots of my last Penny Inn, here's the blog post!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Penny Inn Sew Along! It's coming!

Just a quick note to let you know that we'll be starting a sew along for the Penny Inn by ChrisW on Monday!  Join the event  and the FaceBook group for a discount code (only available until Midnight on Monday in Australia)

Hope to see you in the group!!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

WIP Wednesday - February!!!

Well, January certainly was in a rush to leave!  I swear the year just started a few days ago and now we're starting February.  Next thing I know, it will be December again and I'll be wondering where another year went...
My swap Magnolia, all done!  Ahead of schedule even!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Owl Love - Epiphany by ChrisW Designs

Long, long ago (maybe last year?) I started to test the Epiphany Purse by ChrisW Designs...and I was nearly finished when my sewing machine decided to break several needles trying to do the final topstitching.  And by several needles, I mean about 9...putting the purse in time out helped me to not go through my entire needle stash, but it also meant that I moved on to new and more exciting projects and left the purse on the time out shelf for many, many months.  Part of my New Year's resolutions were to finish up my UFO projects, and this one is finally done!  My Juki HD3000 was able to finish the topstitching without breaking any more needles!
Shoulder straps are nice and long, but not too long.  ;)

Monday, January 30, 2017

Pretty Pony Emma by ChrisW Designs

The Emma pattern has been very popular with little girls, so when Christine updated it, I was excited to try the new version!  The updated pattern is a little bigger than the original and also includes a fun flap option!
Next time, lighter background will probably make the pink of the horses look truer...

Thursday, January 26, 2017

WIP Wednesday/Thursday - Insanity Abounds

I signed up for a fun swap in the Blue Calla Sewing Group on Facebook, and instead of picking one pattern and making it, I decided to try to mass produce the purse in a bunch of fun fabrics! The pattern is the Magnolia Mini Messenger, but I think it's perfect sized to carry everyday!
Stormtrooper will have vinyl and Ariel will be all fabric

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Springs Creative Ambassador Project - Dreamworks Trolls!

I love the character fabrics, and it seems like Springs Creative Brand is coming out with some really fun ones!  When I got the chance to work with their new Troll fabric, I jumped on it!  I tried to think of something fun and kid-oriented to make and I needed to get the project done ASAP, so it had to be something quick!
Love the beautiful pictures they take of my stuff!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Space - Boon Wallet from XOXO Lauren

I'm always on the lookout for new patterns and designers to try out, and I stumbled across this one in my many hours on FaceBook...It's a very fast and easy pattern, with just enough features to make it interesting!  The Boon pattern goes together very quickly and will be a great stash buster and table filler!
Even more shiny and glittery in person!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

WIP Wednesday - Already?

Seriously, it's already Wednesday? Where is the week going?  I haven't had time to really sit down and work on much since last week was spent making 28 stuffed slimes for the Slime Rancher party!  They seemed to be a hit, but of course I forgot to get a picture of them all together...I'll have to round up the stragglers at our house and do a photo shoot.  ;)
Tula Pink Slow and Steady Line, with green and gold glitter matches perfectly!