Monday, September 17, 2018

Tiki Annette (Swoon)

It's been a while since I made my Annette, but I still get compliments (The Target cashiers identify me by it LOL!) and couldn't wait to make another one!

Fire dancing stitch is my favorite!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

WIP Wednesday - Swamped!

Time to take a break from accepting orders -- I need to catch up!  I'm so thrilled that I'm starting to get busy again and have lots of interest in my purses, but I need to either speed up my process, sleep less, or extend my turn around time because there's no way I can keep up if I don't!
This Annette is going to be so pretty!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Wibbly Wobbly Charlotte City Tote (Swoon) - MoonBeam Textiles

The second fabric I receive from Moon Beam Textiles for the Reboot round is this gorgeous Wibbly Wobbly fabric.  The colors are dark, but still vibrant!
I love trying different handle options for this purse!

Monday, September 10, 2018

Ravenclaw Siren Tote (XOXO by Lauren) - Kimmy Snabric Fabric

I have many groups I buy custom fabric from, so whenever they do an open call to play with their newest stuff, I throw my hat in the ring, cross my fingers, and hope I'll be chosen! I got really lucky with this one, my own house and it's super amazing!
Bigger than the huge illustrated version of the book!

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

WIP Wednesday - Clean Up Time!

I finally had some motivation during the holiday weekend and spent a few hours finding my cutting table again.  Good news, I found it!   Bad news, there were no magical gnomes or fairies hidden in there waiting to help me catch up on sewing.
The end of the table I haven't seen in a long time...

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Factotum Sew Along - Pocket and Flap

I apologize for the stretching out of this sew along! The good news is that Amanda finally finished hers and has all the videos now available in the group!
My factotum front piece, ready to go!

Patronus Lola (Swoon) - MoonBeam Textiles

I can't even express how excited I was to see this Moon Beam Textile fabric in person!  It's amazing and I think I need to hoard it ALL!  I don't usually make clothes, but I really want a hoodie in this fabric, maybe even a skirt, and I don't wear skirts!
Not exactly perfect wand carrying size, but close!

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

WIP Wednesday - Another Month Flies By

Didn't August just start? Actually, I'm pretty sure it was June last week...
Patronus fabric and Doctor Who??  So pretty and I'm going to be ordering MORE because this needs to be in my stash!

Monday, August 27, 2018

Fast Projects - Zippered ID Case by Sincerly Jen

I usually steer away from 'simple' patterns because they either look too boring or I just don't have time to fit them in.  These pouches are cute and fast, so I need to get out of that mindset and make a million more with my scraps!
All 7 I made, time to make more now!

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

WIP Wednesday - Troopers, As Far As The Eye Can See...

Lately I feel like I'm spending more time auditioning fabrics, vinyl and linings than actually sewing! I love setting up custom orders, but digging through my stash takes some time... 
I already have one purse ordered in this, with enough for more!

Monday, August 20, 2018

Silhouette Speedwell Sling Bag (Blue Calla)

I've seen several of these amazing bags popping up lately in various custom fabric groups, and while I did buy the Speedwell Sling pattern when it released, I just didn't have time to play around with it. 
This Rapunzel and Pascal panel is a perfect fit

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

WIP Wednesday - Autumn is Coming!

I already found pumpkin spice cereal at Target last week, so Fall is just around the corner!
Next purse focal piece, love Tiki style Stitch!

Monday, August 13, 2018

Vintage Trek Lola (Swoon)

There are some patterns for purses that I see and they just don't really draw me in.  Lola from Swoon (aff link) was one that I saw and thought, "eh, it's nice but not that great." I have been proven WRONG!  This is now my new favorite purse, and I was eyeballing my fabric stash to figure out what the next one is going to be!
The pattern is subtle enough to pass as 'normal' but other Trekkers/Trekkies will get it instantly

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

WIP Wednesday - Baby Steps

Compared to last week, this one seems to be dragging by and full of random 'issues'.
Not an issue, just pretty fabric!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Factotum Sew Along - Straps and tabs

So I'm still a lot...but if you are trying to do a million things at the same time like I always am, it's no surprise!
I had to take a break and clean off my ironing board just so I could get to this stage!

Monday, July 30, 2018

As You Wish Pegasus - V2 (XOXO By Lauren)

Sometimes I get requests to duplicate purses, but usually with some minor changes (or, exactly the same...which I can do, usually).
I even remembered to get the Tiger on before I took pics!

Monday, July 23, 2018

Floral Wars Necessary Clutch Wallet (Emmaline Bags)

One of the custom fabric groups I belong to (Knitorious) does this awesome fabric where they combine Star Wars and florals...mainly roses, but sometimes other flowers! 
So many storm troopers, so little time!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

WIP Wednesday - And This is Where It Gets Hectic...

A robot phone call this week about school starting in a month made me realize the summer is not going to last forever, and that means fall craft season is just around the corner!
Haven't made her in a while, first towel on the new machine!

Monday, July 16, 2018

Mane Event Pick A Pocket Wallet (ChrisW Designs)

There are some custom fabrics that you really need to see in person to appreciate.  The first few times I saw the Mane Event (Backstitch fabrics), I thought it was cute, but not something I'd ever need. 
Technically the back, but the best place to showcase the fabric!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

WIP Wednesday - Need To Be MORE Productive!

I feel like I have a lot I'm getting done, but somehow it doesn't look like it...I'm still cutting out the pieces for the sew-along, and running the embroidery machine non-stop!
I love this fabric...I missed my chance to get more!

Factotum Sew Along Update

How is everyone doing on the sew along? We are almost caught up to the schedule, so the next video will be for the front pocket and flap (Maybe today, maybe in a week...)!  The straps video is up, if you need that! 
Still need to cut the lining and ALL the interfacing...

Monday, July 9, 2018

Friday, July 6, 2018

Siren Tote Pattern Testing (XOXO by Lauren)

I love new patterns, so even when I really don't have time to sneak in a test, I usually will volunteer!  Fortunately this one is SUPER fast!
Amazing panel from Moon Beam Textiles (sold out, but maybe we'll get a re-run!)

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Factotum Sew Along - Cutting, Interfacing and Straps!

I'm not sure why I thought I'd have time to get ahead on this sew along...I'm still barely cutting my pieces!! The good news is that Amanda is already almost done cutting, so she'll be finishing that up much sooner than I will!
For cutting, I really love my giant quilting square.  I bought the 20.5"x20.5" square on amazon for my reading pillows, but it is amazing for the bigger tote bags that don't have paper pieces.  You could always tape some paper together and make a pattern piece, but I find that the ruler is much faster unless I'm planning on making a production run of something.

The straps will be a quick(ish) prep and sew, so if you are ready for that step, feel free to power on through!

Don't forget to join the sew along group (and the main group!)  And there are going to be some awesome prizes in the main group for the 10k member celebration!

WIP Thursday - Not Ready for July

This is another birthday heavy month for my family, with a minion, a sister in law, a brother, a bff, some cousins, and of course MY July means we are on the downhill slide to Christmas!  So not ready...
I don't have a good daylight pic of the finish, but the colors are amazing and this was just a few days ago!

Monday, July 2, 2018

Sew Along - Factotum Plan!

UPDATED!  This bag is taking us longer than we estimated!!

Here's the tentative itinerary for the sew along, and the good news is that if you can't sew along on that day, the videos will be up in the group!  Or if you want to work ahead without the videos, feel free!  We'll be doing the Factotum from ChrisW designs, an amazing pattern that will impress everyone that sees it!  It looks complex, but we'll be there to hold your hand through the Sew Along!

Marauder's Map Ellen's Esplanade (ChrisW Designs)

Sometimes when I get busy a project slips through the cracks and never gets shared!  This Marauder's Map Ellen's Esplanade is too cute to be neglected!
Fabric is from several groups, Affordable Fabrics and More for the main maps

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Sew Along! - Factotum by ChrisW Designs - Prep Work

It's been a while since the last sew along!  For this one we'll be doing the Factotum by ChrisW Designs.  It was originally released last year in the Bag of the Month club, but now you can purchase it individually HERE.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

WIP Wednesday - Slowly Chipping Away at the List

Sometimes you just have to stop procrastinating and finally do the simple task you've been putting off...
Late night couch picture, too tired to pull out the light box!

Monday, June 25, 2018

Adventurous Potter Bonnie Bucket Bag (Swoon) With Concealed Pocket

Sometimes when I get a request for a bag, we go through several stages to find the 'perfect' one!  This bag is the result of a few months of back and forth emails and etsy conversations, but I think it turned out great!
Technically the back, with the zipper, but love how it looks!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

WIP Thursday - It's All Fun And Games

...Until you realize you spend more time with the seam ripper than sewing...which was me this weekend.
Next wallet, hopefully much less seam ripping...

Monday, June 18, 2018

Great Love - Sandra Saddle Bag (Swoon)

The final teacher bag was for a teacher that we LOVE!
Do small things with great love, which sums up this teacher perfectly!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

WIP Wednesday - Finally Got That Nap

Naps are amazing.  Why do we waste them on toddlers? I could totally use them now!
New order, this time I'm sending it unfinished so she can frame it however she wants!  Fabric from Moonbeam Textiles!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Boon Wallet (XOXO by Lauren)- Teacher Gifts

I have limited myself to only doing teacher gifts when they are in elementary school (I'm sorry middle and high school teachers, you deserve it just as much, but this year has shown me that trying to fit in extra is just not going to work for me!)  but this was the last year for my son, and somehow I forgot that in 5th grade they rotate through teachers.  He had 3 main teachers, so I had to do something for all of them...

Friday, June 8, 2018

Skulls and Stripes - India (Swoon) Moon Beam Textiles

Did you ever make something and think, "Wow, I wish I was cool enough to use this?"  I'm pretty sure my kids would tell me that I'm NOT cool enough to carry this purse!
Red zipper totally pops!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

WIP Thursday - Is It Nap Time Yet?

I still haven't fully recovered from my illness, but there's no time for sleep yet!  (Also I'm coughing so much I don't get much sleep anyway)
Preview of all the teacher gifts, they loved them! Features on them soon!

Monday, June 4, 2018

Hobbit Morning Glory Pouch (Blue Calla) - Moon Beam Textiles

The second piece of the After Dark fabric from Moon Beam Textiles (aff link) was intended for a clutch, but nothing I was running across really seemed to make it pop.  The Morning Glory pouch from Blue Calla has been on my list for a while, but without a plan.  Then I started looking at what could fit in the flap accent hole, and my stash of Hobbit fabric was perfect!  It's a Hobbit door, from a previous Moon Beam run, and I won't say how long it's been in my stash...
I debated on the correct 'up' for this door, but I finally decided doors open both ways, so it's all good.

Footprints In The Sands of Tattooine - Moon Beam Textiles

The newest rounds are open at Moon Beam Textiles! (affiliate link)  Lately they've needed all the ambassadors to pitch in with the new fabric rounds, which I'm not complaining, but squeezing in projects for awesome fabrics is limiting what I have time to make!  For this one, I got 2 pieces of the Moon Beam Textiles After Dark 'glitter' fabrics.  They are like skin tones, but to me they looked like sand and dirt!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

WIP Wednesday - Stuff Is Getting Done

Well, somewhat done...or at least worked on!  I'm frantically trying to catch up from last week, and prepare for next weekend, while still recovering.  Fortunately a lot of the stuff I'm doing is 'fast' so I might be ok.
Going to be a panel on a purse for an awesome teacher!

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Supernatural Cursing - Necessary Clutch Wallet

If you are a fan of the tv show Supernatural, you know there is some banter and occasional 'bad word' that makes it way into the show.  For those that are easily offended, feel free to skip this post!
I need to stock up on the swing locks again, I'm down to only 2 left!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

WIP Thursday - Nope, Not Back On Schedule

The universe likes to laugh at my puny attempts to get things under control and throw things at a case of streph and a sinus infection.  Don't worry, I stayed away from the fabric, so it's safe!
Tiki stitch is going to become some tank tops and tote bags!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

WIP Wednesday - Back on Schedule

Well, back on schedule for the blog posts, but not for the sewing.  Somehow the weekend FLEW by and I'm really not sure where the first half of this week went either...
New Strike offs for Moon Beam Textiles!  Make sure you get in your LOTR preorder before it closes Monday!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

No Man Hollyhock Hobo (Blue Calla) - Moon Beam Fabrics

When you have some epic panels, finding the right pattern can be tricky!
Maps from Affordable Fabrics and More were a perfect coordinate for the Moon Beam Panels!

Thursday, May 3, 2018

WIP Thursday - May Day!

Technically May Day was Tuesday, but it is fun to say...And I am not ready for May either.  I really wish this year would stop flying by!
Final project for the Moon Beam strike off's!  Almost done, so you get late night pic