Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Anyway, D ripped some holes in the knee of a pair of Mama-made linen pants, so I needed to fix them... I save my scraps, so I *probably* have some of this fabric somewhere, but I wanted to do this quickly before the pants got swallowed by my to-do pile.
So I quickly cut out a car from this cotton-linen blend Echino print, interfaced the back of it (for stability), and blanket stitched the patch centered over the holes.
It took about 15 minutes to do (with help from the 20mo who sat on my lap and who thinks pushing buttons on my machine is great fun. So I guess I killed two birds with one stone: D got fixed pants, and the bean got time with mama to talk about color, steal some thread spools, and push buttons on the machine.
Well worth it.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
isn't it PUUUUUUUUURRRRRTY?!?!?!?!?
The print is all Far Far Away II, and I made my own piping to match the lining... the hardware is all "brass" (dunno if it's solid or just colored)...
the messenger strap is removable, with clips and D-rings... there's a key fob inside, and a zippered pocket, a cell pocket, and a pen pocket... on the other side is a big pocket to hold my sketchbook, or just paperwork... there's also an exterior pocket (shown above), just in case I need to carry something (like a car for D)
the original shape is from the Echino bag pattern, but all the useful stuff is my own addition...
LOVE LOVE LOVE it
(this is my anniversary present, I got to buy the fabric/have the time to make it for myself) YAY!
and here's the back...
Friday was our 5th wedding anniversary, which is supposed to be our "wooden" anniversary, so I used a wood grain print (the medium brown used for the sashing and on the back), and the majority of the back is a wicker print my mom found for me.
the batting is pure wool, which was the first time I've ever used it, and I LOVE it.
I hand quilted most of it, all but the border, and will post close-ups of that soon...
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
I made one for D too, using the Owl and the Pussycat print from Heather Ross's new line...
it perfectly holds his water bottle and absorbs all the condensation....
and I even sewed it up in about an hour, with (SERIOUSLY) a child on each knee while I was on the machine.
Momen was out of the red print, but they had it in brown, so I bought that... The ladies are in a square dancing club called the Honeycombers, so I found a tiny print with bumblebees on it...
with the scraps, i made a striped fabric card to accompany the gift...
hope she likes it!
the outside is some remnant red ticking, with a stripe of the red fireworks and some fussy cut "blah" print
the inside is all blah print with firework pockets/card & pen holder, and the other side has elastic straps to hold a notepad in place so she can write...
luckily, she loved it!
Happy Birthday, Mom!
My mom jusst finished her PhD in education, and is a teacher now, primarily in the junior college system, teaching remedial/esl english classes...
she loves the color red, and she loves fireworks, so the outside of this bag suits her to a t...
the lining, a reminder of what her students here if she lectures them
it's just the right size for her phone, wallet, pens, etc...
and it's reversible (the bottom of the Blah blah side is red with large white polkadots)
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
remnant, but I med a lined project bag to hold my knitting. The ruler
print is super helpful. I made one slightly larger in brown for my
gram to gift to a knitting friend too. So handy!
I might make one more and post a tute. Writing directions is so much
easier than remembering to take pictures as I work... But start to
finish this one took about an hour... Of course, I used a puppy leash
(from the Pasadena humane society, where we got our puppy, Guinness),
for the strap, and elastic for the pockets, instead of snaps or flaps,
etc. It's a drawstring bag, so if my knitting yarn is inside, I can
cinch it up, and the ball won't flop around while I work.
my wedding anniversary is left this month.
Since I'm almost done, I decided to chill for a little while and pull
out my knitting. I havent touched it for a few weeks, but I have the
legs done, just started on the rise, and then I'm almost done! I also
made a new project bag, I'll post about that next.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
cake. We put in all the (plastic)animals he sees at the farm, and a
farmer, (him), and a field of dirt to dig in. Of course, the real farm
has chain link fences separating the pens, but piped chocolate wooden
rail fences are so much cuter!
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
shorts. I doubt D will EVER wear them together (unless I force the
issue), but I used some of the Heather Bailey (ordered online) stripe
to line the pockets of the linen/cotton blend shorts (fabric from
I used the Sketchbook shirt as a basic pattern, (perhaps to my folly, as I haven't tried it on him yet)... the mustard colored fabric is a linen-cotton blend from Joann's, bought to match the Heather Ross print I bought at Momen a few weeks ago... it's called "rabbits in race cars," I think, regardless, it's ADORABLE, and D chose it and loves it...
Friday, June 11, 2010
bought at michaels. It was so fun that I immediately ordered 2ply
crepe, but it took me till tonight to start making them. It's hard to
believe these are made of paper, they look SO real!
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
the fabric is from Momen+ (of course)
I followed the pattern exactly (but I don't have any memo pads the right size, will need to make some before I give it to the kiddo)
Since I have so much stiff stuff (it's like that brown stuff that clipboards are made of... not quite wood) from Lowes (they only had a big sheet that measures 4'x8', so I've got enough for LOTS of projects!), I made another one, sans finished-artwork-pocket, but with elastic to hold a larger pad, and with board backing on the pad side. I didn't put board on both, but will next time, as I LOVE the stability for a toddler's ease-of-use...
here're the two together, my design on the right
and here it is open...