Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Factotum Sew Along - Straps and tabs

So I'm still behind...by 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 birthday...plus 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.