Monday, September 18, 2017

Time for More Zippered Pouches!

Sometimes I get a request for a 'simple zip pouch' that will showcase a fabric, and when that happens I refer back to my own quick tutorial.  I really need to update it with more pictures, but it is a pretty fast sew!
Two nearly identical pouches

Friday, September 15, 2017

Giveaway! Starlet Bold and Bright Captivating Clutch

Would you like to be the proud owner of the Bold and Bright clutch?  Enter in the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win!  No purchase necessary to win, but any likes and shares are appreciated!  Giveaway is open to everyone, but if you are outside the US, you will need to pay shipping and any customs fees.  Giveaway will be open from September 15 through September 22, so come back to get your daily entry!

As a bonus, I'll throw in the leftover fabric...use it to make yourself a fun accessory to go with the clutch, a cute dog bandanna, or add it to your own scrap bag!

Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

WIP Wednesday - Turns Out that Sleep Is AMAZING!

My embroidered peeker challenge is coming along, I'm already 6 towels in, so I might actually get caught up this weekend!  They are going pretty smooth and I'm using up my stash!  Of course that means I can add new things to it right? Like this adorable Stitch fabric?  I think I need a hoodie for me, and maybe a cool purse since I've been using my SuperWhoLock one for almost a year now!  Time for a change!
I have this in giant adult sized and kid sized...perfect for both clothes and purses!
I don't think I got enough of this fabric, it's too awesome!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Starlet Captivating Clutch - Bright and Bold Style!

The second fabric set I received for the Ambassador projects was from the Baxter Mill Archives.  This one was printed onto a polyester base, so it was a little more slippery to work with.  I was a little concerned since the colors were so bright and vibrant and decided to pre-wash, but there was NO bleeding or fading, even after drying on high (didn't realize at first that it was polyester!  Oops!)
Orange and hot pink - Very dashing!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

WIP Wednesday - No Time For Procrastination!

There may be no time for it, but I still manage to do it!  Last night's procrastination was actually cleaning and organizing, so I can finally see the top of my cutting table again!  In the process of cleaning I also ran across several more half finished now I have a Next In Line (NIL) pile...
Probably the last time I'll see the top of my table until mid February...

Monday, September 4, 2017

Southwest Clematis - Swap Time!

I love joining sewing swaps, it gives me a deadline I have to rush to meet (I'm a slight procrastinator, in case you hadn't noticed), panic over picking the 'right' fabric, relief when I send it off, and then joy when I get my gift!  Being a glutton for punishment, I always seem to pick the swap going on right when I'm neck deep in orders...but that just adds to the excitement!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Fast and Easy - Brownie Wallet from XOXO by Lauren

One of the new designers that I'm following is XOXO by Lauren.  The first pattern I did of hers was the Boon Wallet, and when she asked for testers for another quick pattern, I jumped at the chance!  This wallet took about 1 episode of Super Girl (would have been less, but I hadn't seen the episode yet and kept getting distracted).  I made mine with some wine colored cork and it probably took me longer to pick my materials than to actually make it!
Effervescent fabric gives a fun accent

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

WIP Wednesday - Farewell August, I Barely Knew You!

August FLEW by, and with one day left, I'm ready to buckle down and get tons of stuff done next month!  Almost time for craft shows and Halloween costumes so no time to slack off!
New 'reading' art, maybe a fun lap quilt?

Monday, August 28, 2017

Starlet Captivating Clutch - Bandanna Style!

I got the go-ahead to do my own pictures, so the up side is that there is no more waiting..the down side is you get my pictures and not gorgeous professional ones... ;)

For the final Springs Ambassador projects, they sent me the Have-a-Hank bandanna fabric, and some printed Baxter Mills Archive fabrics.  First up is the Bandanna one!  The bandanas themselves are large sized for bandannas, but not 'fabric' big so I had to plan out my cuts.  I thought it would be fun to try out the Bag of the Month pattern - Captivating Clutch by Mrs. H.  Since I did the smaller clutch size I was able to fit every piece on a single bandanna, and sometimes several on the same one.  I pre-washed the bandannas and also interfaced every piece since it is a lighter weight fabric.
The color of the inside is more of a teal than a blue, but my camera didn't like it

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Fiona's Freeway - Stage 3

Hopefully you are on track and ready to go for the rest of the Fiona's Freeway!  Tonight Amanda will be doing the final video for the sew along, so be sure to tune in! If you can't watch live, they are available in the main group to watch at any time!  We're trying to figure out how to get them on YouTube or something like that, but are a bit video challenged...
Amanda's in-progress Fiona!  Can't wait to see it all together!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

WIP Wednesday - More Sewing Along!

The Fiona's Freeway Sew Along is over halfway done, so I hope everyone has at least started!  I am almost caught up on everything that HAD to go out this week (almost being the key word...) so I'm planning to get mine busted out on Friday in between all the other million things I have planned for my day off.  Anyone have some spare time I can buy?  If you are on track, it's time to start the lining!  This weekend will be time to finish it all up, so be sure to watch for the videos in the ChrisW Designs FaceBook group!
Cat rattle from the new pattern by One and Two Company, I skipped the eye patch to go faster...

Monday, August 21, 2017

Fiona's Freeway Sew Along - Stage 2

Hopefully by now you have your pieces cut out and are ready to jump in!  If not, what are you waiting for?  You can work at your own pace, but if you finish by the end of the sew along, you can enter to win a free pattern!  Every finished Fiona is an entry!
If you use directional fabric, make sure it's going the 'right' direction!  Owls will be the inside

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Pattern Testing - Bodacious Bowler by ChrisW Designs - Doctor Who Sunflowers

The newest pattern from ChrisW Designs is the Bodacious Bowler and it IS totally bodacious!! The classic shape is perfect for showing off fun fabrics, and as a bonus, there is also an embroidery pattern available to fit on the smaller sizes!
Van Gogh inspired sunflowers and a Tardis make for awesome fabric!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

WIP Wednesday - Fiona's Freeway Sew Along and More!

I'm trying to get everything caught up so I can focus on the sew along, but so far that means a lot of mostly finished projects are now everywhere in my craft studio...I just need a few more hours of time to dedicate to finishing everything!  (or days.  Or weeks....)  I can't wait to cross them all off next week!  Something about crossing stuff off my list fills me with joy.  So much joy.
Test purse - I am totally in love with this one, but I don't NEED another purse....

Monday, August 14, 2017

Sew Along Time! - Fiona's Freeway by ChrisW Designs

It's time once again for a fun sew along!  This is going to be a fast one, only 2 weeks, but we are doing one of the Easy Street patterns, so it shouldn't take you too long (famous last words...) and we are here to guide you along!  As a bonus, there will also be a video guide done by Amanda to help you get through any tricky spots!
I decided to try printing the pattern in booklet form, as long as you have good eyesight, it's perfect!  Just print the pattern pieces in FULL size!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

WIP/UFO Wednesday - Kick It Into Overdrive!

I was feeling like I had room to breathe again, so obviously that's a sign I need to take on a million more projects! Someday I'll finish building the shelves for my sewing room and get it totally set up, but for now I'd rather navigate the obstacle course and sew instead!
Fun fabric for the Ellen's Esplanade lining - opening a purse to this would make me happy!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Next Sew Along!! Fiona's Freeway by ChrisW Designs

It's time for another sew along, this time we'll be doing the Fiona's Freeway by ChrisW designs.  This is the latest in her Easy Street Sew and Sell line, so it should be a relatively quick and stylish sew!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

WIP Wednesday - August!!??!!!

Seriously, where is the summer going? I swear it was just the start of June yesterday!  I'm not ready for the summer to end, but I am looking forward to nice cool temperatures and excuses to crochet hats...or maybe sew them!
Hats all cut and ready to go!
I have a large stash of this fabric, need to make more things with it!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Another Sneak Peek - Starlet Captivating Clutch

I finally finished another project (I kept getting distracted...) but this one needs to go off for the 'good' pictures, so just a quick sneak peek while we wait!
I'm pretty sure the flap is just wavy in the picture, not that I went wavy on the topstitching I was sewing at midnight...

Thursday, July 27, 2017

WIP Wednesday (or Thursday) - Organize Everything!

Now that I finally finished the Beast bag, it's time to move on to the next thing on the list...or take a break and try to set up the rest of my craft studio!  After a 5 hour Ikea trip, I have a table top for my cutting station, a stool to use at it (or my kids will now have a place to sit as they hover and watch me sew), dividers for my vinyl shelves, and some more boxes for random organizing!  Now it just all needs put together....but I started at least!
Not a good shot, but the grey is a divider that hooks onto the middle of the shelf, so now the bottom vinyls might get less squished...maybe
Look at all that space for cutting...or activities!
Eventually the table top will be secured to the shelves -- hopefully pretty soon since I seem to stumble around and bounce off stuff when I'm doing late night sewing. There were so many other ideas of fun organizing I saw at Ikea, but with limited wall space (shelves for fabric!), I had to resist the urge to buy all the things.  Thursday is my birthday, so I'm taking a vacation day to do either everything I want, or nothing at all.  I haven't decided yet, but either way it will be awesome!

Current Projects:

  • Teacher purses (school's out, but they are willing to wait - fabrics all picked out, pattern printed and half cut out, goal is to finish before the end of July - in 5 days....)
  • Springs Creative projects (2) (One left, interfacing all prepped, need to cut the fabric!)
  • Swoon Sydney messenger bags for birthday presents (from April and May...)
  • Beast Bonnie Bucket Bag - Done!  Soon will be on the way to his new home

Current Crochet Projects:

  • WeeBee baby doll  -  Tail/bikini left.Just needs some face details, and maybe a swimsuit to wear when she's not in her tail...bikini sort of works...made up my own pattern and it's interesting...
  • Chunky Unicorn Blanket - almost finished up to the hood, then just ears, horn, and fringe!
  • Figuring out C2C (corner to corner) crochet with some random scarfie yarn...ran out of yarn before I finished!  Now to decide if I frog back with yarn that hates being undone, or buy another skein if I can find it...
  • Started the Mermaid tail towel, hopefully will come together fast since it using a giant hook and thick yarn.
  • Started working on cowls for the fall because they are mindless and fast...but I really should totally finish them, not leave them with tails and button-less...

Next Projects: (orders and using up fabric)

  • Handkerchief Purse
  • Bag of the Month - Done 2 so far, the Minifacto and the Starlet Clutch, I think I need to do at least 2 more before the end of the year
  • custom knit leggings - Harry Potter marauder's map (?)
  • Tote bags using my coffee panels - India Swoon Pattern?
  • Baby quilt - Jungle Path pattern
  • Ruched Shirt
  • 2 more Sydney purses
  • Baby mermaid gown - Need to find the's in a packed box...still haven't found it...

UFO list:  

Fast finishes (hopefully)

  1. Crayon Rolls - precut and ready to be sewn
  2. Buttons on cowls
  3. Several random crochet hats that need ends woven in/buttons attached
  4. Replace stripped screws on Alice in Wonderland Daryl's Drive fixed one, need to get more screws because they are disappearing...
  5. Embroidered Fox pillow cover - just needs the back cut and sewn!

 Ready to go, but will take a bit more effort projects:

  1. Doctor Who Pick a Pocket - all the pieces are cut, just needs finished!
  2. Goldfish Lovey - fish is made, bowl is mostly made, needs put together
  3. Dragon Lovey - pieces and the blanket done
  4. Wisteria Wallets - 2 cut and ready to be assembled 
  5. Bella II in Tula Pink Foxfield - outside is done, inside is cut and waiting for me to finish
  6. Sea turtle crochet lovey
  7. Crochet Worgen 
  8. Alice in Wonderland Bonnie 
  9. Tulip pouches - have some cut out (pattern)
  10. Crochet Giraffe photographer  

Want to make - list:

  1. Legendary Quilt pattern pillow
  2. Pokemon quilts with custom fabric
  3. Cork purse (I have a stash I'm afraid to cut, but it's so pretty!)
  4. Shirts for myself using the custom knit (Harry Potter Ugly sweater fabric)
  5. Shirts/pants/leggings for my kids with the custom knits
  6. Purses with the custom knits (need to research the best way to stabilize) 
  7. Embroidered kitchen towels
  8. Peeker hooded towels  
  9. Giant vintage star quilts - Star Wars and Princesses
  10. zip around crayon rolls

Monday, July 24, 2017

Beast Bonnie Bucket Bag

When I had a request for 'a purse with the Beast' from Beauty and the Beast, my mind went a mile a minute thinking of various fabric options.  Unfortunately there are no fabrics in my stash with ONLY the beast, or even with him as a focus, so I went for the next option - embroidery!  There are some amazing designs out there, some are just sketches, appliques, or even elaborate scenes.  Finally I ran across this awesome design from French Frills Embroidery and decided to go with it!
Bonnie Bucket bag by Swoon

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

WIP/UFO Wednesday - The Best Laid Plans of Mice...

I had so many great plans to finish up things, get more things started, move the thing and the other thing...and it didn't happen.  I'm not sure where the time went, other than a weekend spent on a birthday party and hanging out, cleaning and unpacking, and occasionally sleeping.  Sleep is somewhat overrated.  Would you pass the coffee please?
More please. 
I did something this week!  It's not finished....but it's something!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Challenge - UFO Stash Busting

Anyone interested in joining me for a UFO stash busting challenge?  I recently ran across my box of projects that were either cut and set aside, planned (including fabric and patterns printed) but never made it past that stage, or started and put in time out.  The box was pretty packed...

I see a Wisteria Wallet in there...
I know I have several of my projects listed in my Wednesday posts, but honestly, I run across so many new things that distract me from going back that without a challenge I doubt they will ever get finished... 

Maybe I'll turn it into a competition....where the winners get MORE supplies or patterns...that seems like a good plan.  Or maybe some fabric from my extensive stash...I know the hubby would appreciate fabric leaving the house instead of just arriving to be added to my stash...

Comment and let me know if you would be interested in joining! What would motivate you to finish your UFO stash?

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

WIP/UFO Wednesday - Resisting the Urge to Go Overboard

It's almost time for another birthday party around here, which usually means last minute party favor crafting.  Somehow, I've managed to resist the urge - probably due to the fact that I'm surrounded by packed up boxes and piles of stuff that we need to decide where it will live... I feel like I'm neglecting this child, but we are going to be doing fun crafts at the party (rock painting and foam sticker things) so it won't be a totally craft-less party!
Soon I'll move on to another project...

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

WIP/UFO Wednesday - Distractions Galore!

Right now I'm in a crafting mood (I usually am...rarely in a cleaning mood though, how strange...) but I can't seem to focus on just one project.  Instead, I'm jumping from one thing to another and as soon as I hit a snag or find something shiny to distract me, I realize I've started yet another project!  This week I decided I wanted to make the Bonnie with the Beast from Beauty and the Beast, but when I decided my original glitter vinyl bottom didn't really go, I had to stop and find a new vinyl, and then find a new fabric to go with the already cut out vinyl.  It makes sense in my head. ;)
Cotton Lycra panel in kid sized...will be perfect for a purse!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Sneak Peek - Captivator Clutch in Starlett Size

It's time for me to work on another project for the Springs Ambassador program, so I can't share it all until I get the official pics back, but this time is definitely outside my usual zone - bandannas and bright orange and hot pink fabrics!  Here's a sneak peek of the first one, it's the Captivator clutch from the recently finished Bag of the Month Club!

Black and white pics are 'artsy' right?

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

WIP Wednesday - Delayed For Construction

This week is a bit out of wack, due to surgery on my sinuses.  I'm a firm believer in the 'don't work under the influence of strong drugs because you'll regret it later' instead of sewing, I'm rinsing out my sinuses several times a day, and living on the couch.  ;)  I'd rather be sewing, but leaning forward is somewhat painful at the moment and I keep dozing off randomly.  Before the surgery tho, I did get started on a new project and it's calling my name!  Mainly because I want to get to the next projects behind it, including a fun Beast peeker bag and the latest Swoon pattern release - The Expedition Tote! (affiliated link)
In progress BOMC clutch!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

WIP Wednesday - Breaking in the Crafting Space

After the headbands, I wanted to do more sewing!!  I found a new way to use up my flannel, baby burp cloths!  These are faster than the Flannel Eater blankets, but use less of my stash.  There are a ton of tutorials online for the patterns but I found measurements from this Simply Designing pattern and then modified it a little.  As long as my serging doesn't go crooked, they go super fast and only one tail to finish...otherwise they get a little special...
The silver stars are glittery, but they should soften up more with each wash

Monday, June 19, 2017

Baby Knit Headbands

I finally had a chance to plug in the serger and try out my new sewing studio!  It's not even halfway set up, but I am running out of time to get stuff made for my new niece (due any day now!) and I was itching to try out the new set up!
Hopefully they fit and stay on!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

WIP Wednesday - Sewing Soon!

At least I hope to be sewing again very soon...  The craft studio is starting to come together, if you ignore the giant piles of boxes in the center of the room...I've already rearranged it 2x and I think this is probably still not the final set up. I'm forcing myself to use the entire room, not just along the edges with one thing in the center. 
The important things...Amazon music and tula pink fabric

Monday, June 12, 2017

Things are Coming Together...Slowly

I was going through sewing withdrawal, but I was able to get a quick fix this weekend by doing a small convention at the local library.  I had great plans to get a ton of stuff prepared, but apparently moving takes a lot of effort and I only got a few things cut out and then couldn't find the tool to put snaps on more keychains and bracelets...
bows, bookmarks, finger puppets, snap tabs, masks and crowns!

Monday, June 5, 2017

More Yarn Pooling Fun!

~~Sometimes, you forget what you're doing and then months later you run across a blog post you wrote up and never hit publish you finally get to see the rest of my attempts at color pooling! And, unfortunately, they haven't really progressed in the mean time, so nothing new to add..~~

After I finished my first pooling project, I couldn't wait to start another one!  This time I did the 'chain through all the colors, then moss stitch through the colors again and take some out' method, which I finally got to work, but it took a lot of frogging and retrying...

The yarn is Red Heart With Love in Delightful

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Bag of the Month Club - June's Minifacto by ChrisW Designs

I was super lucky and got a chance to test the final bag for this run of the BOMC, ChrisW's Minifacto!  There are actually 2 different bags included, the Factotum and the Minifacto.  I really wanted to do the Factotum, but being limited on time meant I needed to go for the faster one.  I definitely will be making myself a big one since I need a new laptop bag!  The Minifacto is adorable, and actually a really good size, just slightly smaller than what I'm using now.
I don't know if I can let this one go...

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

WIP Wednesday - I Don't Have a Problem...

I'm just prepared for any fabric and craft shortages!  My WIP this week (and probably the next few weeks) is my new sewing studio!  I'm planning on making it awesome, but for now I will settle for just having a table so I don't have to embroider on the floor (it works - but it's hard to trim the threads!)

That's almost all my craft stuff...but not my scrapbook supplies...I'm going to need a bigger, room....or a really good organizational method.  Ikea trip! 

(Psst, Check out the new Bag of the Month Club pattern tomorrow, it's AWESOME!!)

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!