Monday, April 20, 2015

A tote purse for Liz

I've had this idea to make a tote purse for Liz for a long time - something a little bigger to use as a purse that you could throw a book in, on your way out the door.  But not so big that you end up lugging everything around and hate carrying such a heavy bag.  Just right - but on the big side. 


Here it is!

The sides are made from an old pair of kids jeans - and include the back pockets.  The outside is patchwork - done with a quilt as you go method.  Then a couple of 1/2 square triangles cut down to diamonds appliqued on both the front and back add a little something something.

I wanted to include one sneaky little dragon on this for some reason.  I think I want to add something whimsical to everything - but in this case I didn't want it to look like it was for a child... so I suppressed the urge to inclue pom pom trim.  

But I did include a Laverne and Shirley style "L" on one side.  Liz mentioned a long time ago that she liked that "L" and somehow it stuck with me.  Funny the things I remember.  The straps are added with little loops of fabric and metal hardware, so they'll lie down flat.  First time I've used this method to add straps.  

I hope she likes it!!!  Happy Birthday Liz! 

Monday, April 13, 2015

The reversible sling bag that wasn't....

I began with good intentions...!  Thought I'd try this reversible sling bag patttern from Sugar Bee Crafts.  I like her sample bag a lot, and thought it'd be fun to make one. 

What it isn't.
But then after I was 1/2 way done, I didn't like how thick the straps were on mine.  I used two layers of bull denim and a layer of quilt batting.  Too much.  So, I cut it down into a rectangular purse, and attached a narrower strap separately.

I also added an outer pocket - just sewn right into the bottom seam of the bag.  And a zippered pocket inside the purse.  And a magnetic closure.  So it's not reversible anymore.  And it's not a sling bag.

Following instructions really isn't my strong suit!  But I ended up with a fun new purse.  And it works for me.  I need the pockets.  Need them.   

What it is.
My reversible sling bag that is not reversible and not a sling bag boasts hot pink pom pom trim and the most amazing gold fabric ever.  I used up some flannel for the inside, and a little peek of Melody Miller Ruby Star for the slash pocket. 

Friday, March 13, 2015

Doll clothes for Elaine's birthday

A certain SOMEONE around here has grown to love American girl dolls.  Since she asked for a birthday party luncheon at the store with some girlfriends, I thought new doll clothes would be a perfect birthday gift. 

So I spent a couple of months whipping up some cute doll clothes.  It wasn't a surprise gift - she knew what I was doing and even picked out most of the fabrics herself.  But I worked on them at night, so she wouldn't see the end result until her actual birthday.   

On her birthday Elaine's paternal grandparents came over and we went to her school classroom for her "birthday walk."  Everyone goes around in a circle and each child in the classroom says something that they like about the birthday girl.  Then, Elaine read a book out loud to her classmates, called "Even Aliens Need Snacks," by Matthew McElligot.  Then we had "galactic pudding," for her birthday treat.  It was extra special, because Mommy, Daddy, Grandma, Grand Dad, and little brother were all there to celebrate.

Then we had a special birthday dinner at home.  Elaine chose Publix sandwiches.  The next morning Elaine's friends came over and everyone piled into the limo daddy hired, to head down to Miami for lunch and shopping.  What fun!  Thanks to Lani and Rosalie for coming with and helping me to manage with all the girls!

It became kind of a clothing collection!  Lots of mix/match pieces and a few fun dresses. 

 White jean shorts with colorful tank top. 

A fancy dress with matching black shawl - just for special occasions!

A few simple dresses... this first is a Popover dress - pattern by Oliver & S

A dress with a matching jacket/shrug... (Loved this free pattern for chloe dress/jacket by Imaging Gnats). 

And some casual outfits...

These skirts are actually the bottom of some old kid's sweatpants that were worn out...  one for each of her dolls, right?!!! 
 It was so much fun making all of these clothes, and imagining my little girl playing with them!  
Elaine, I love you SO much!  Happy birthday, my darling girl.  xoxo  ~Mommy

teacher gifts

I made some potholders for the kiddo's teachers this year for holiday gifts.  (They were completed before Valentine's Day, so still count as holiday gifts, right)?!!!  Between classroom teachers, beloved extracurricular teachers, and a couple of others, I had 8 of these to make this year. 

So, I've been wanting to try making circular potholders for a while now...  and decided to make them extra crazy with lots of scraps.  Hope they like them! 

Here are a couple of "close ups!"