Craft Bag copy

I have used the multicolored “Thirty One bag” for about 4 years. I keep a travel hand project, either sewing or knitting ready to go at all times. It’s been everywhere and it’s starting to shred along the bottom seam.

I copy ready made garments so making a pattern from this bag was just measuring rectangles.  The best part of sewing your own garments or projects is making it your own and better than the original! Naturally I had some upgrades in mind. I changed the front pockets. The original ones were an odd size, my lipstick tube would get lost down them and it was tricky getting back out. Pens were too skinny and they would fall out. I think the open pockets will prove to be more useful in my new bag.

Adding a zippered pocket was my first plan. The bag is designed to be an open design which is terrific for knitting and projects, not so good for things you might want to keep out of sight or safe. Thus the zippered pocket. I also added a long inside pocket with snap closure to keep directions or patterns for easy reach and less likely to get crumbled.

I also added a back pocket. I can’t believe the original Thirty One bag didn’t have one, so I added that too by fussing cutting a blue bike from the fabric.

I just love this fabric, I found 4 yards of it in my stash so I must have loved it when I bought it. Can not think where I bought it though. It made for an enjoyable rainy Saturday afternoon.

Fabric Pouch

 

I found a terrific, fast and easy tutorial on-line this morning (link is posted at bottom.) The pattern calls for 4 fat quarters, I didn’t have any that I wanted to use, but I had leftover scraps and bits in a pile on my cutting table. I pieced randomly into a shape that was larger than the  pattern.

I cut the pattern out and then decorated each seam with a different decorative stitch on a machine I was testing out for a friend. The rest of the bag went together fast and easy. In about an hour I had it finished in put to use!

This is a perfect little carrier for the handwork left on more T-Shirts!

Here is the link :

Thank you so much to Jennifer Bosworth and her tutorial. Make sure to click “Like!”

Tuck and Point Guide

I searched all afternoon for these original directions for Eloise’s ruler. I scanned them in and posted them for you to use along with your ruler.

Enjoy!

 

The tuck and point guide by Eloise T. Smith…

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Newer T-Shirts…

These are two new  t-shirts I am working on at present. Both are made from recycled clothing and both are the exact same design that I drew, scanned and digitized using the IQ feature on my Destiny. This is something I haven’t tried and wanted to see if it would work for what I wanted to design.
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I drew out two different doodles of shapes, sort of flower-ish. I only wanted a line design to out-line the shape. dscf3141

The rest was so hand work while watching Masterpiece and waiting at the dentist….. I still have more to finish but I’m almost finished with two shirts in about a week.

Fun!

SATB 2016 Kids Class

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I don’t know how this photo got deleted from my post… but here it is….

Outstanding group!!

DIY Tablet Case

Sewing at the Beach 2016 was a big success.  I promised to post the Kids class project I taught … so I had to re-learn how to post on my blog! It’s been sooooo long.

This was so much fun. They got to choose their fabric and design their case to make it their own. I had enough fabric for them ready to take enough with them to go home and make another case for their BFF.

img_4007-2This tablet case was made by one of the girls using the shell we collected from the beach during our Lunch break, for the button closure. The class started at 8:30 and ended at 4 with about an hour and a half lunch break and every one finished!!

Below are the directions, however, in our class I decided it would be easier as a group to stay together by switching the order of sewing. We first making the flap section, then the bag section, the directions say to work on the bag section first. I thought it would give more sewing practice right from the beginning.

Also, Children in our School district are given tablets instead of textbooks. Not all schools issue the same tablet so this pattern is for the I pad/ 10″ sized from Middle School. We had several different sizes needed for the children, so we just measured their device  with the assigned protective case on and adjusted the pattern. If the tablet measured 7″x 5″ I added an inch on all sides.

Tablet case
2 Fat quarters (18” x 22″) piece of precut fabric
6 strips 2.5″ wide by 8″ long
30″x 14″ backing fabric for quilting which will not be seen
Batting 30″x 14″ Iron on Fusible type
14″x 30″ Lining fabric for the bag
80/12 needle for construction
90/14 needle for quilting and side seams
1 skinny hair tie
Neutral thread for construction
Construction:
Body of the bag first. Using the two fat quarters and one piece of backing muslin press and cut to your size of tablet case.For a 10″ inch tablet cut the fabric to 14″x 19″. Press fusible batting to the fabric you chose to be showing on the outside.
Layer backing batting and pieced fabric in a quilt sandwich. Simply put, a quilt sandwich is the two layers of fabric and one layer of batting that are “stacked” on top of each other just before the quilting process. Start with the backing, press and starch the back fabric. lay that with the right side of the fabric facing DOWN. Lay and smooth the batting starting from the middle outwards on top of the backing fabric. Last, the pieced top goes on top of the batting with the right sides facing you.
The quilt sandwich is actually what makes a quilt a quilt! What differentiates a quilt from a blanket is multiple layers of fabric and batting stitched together.
We will make the quilt sandwich .Set aside the lining (inside of the bag) for right now
Fold the fabric in half to find the center (bottom) of what will be the case. At your sewing machine set up for a 3.0 length straight seam and sew across to secure the fabric. If you chose this would be a great time to quilt the entire bag. Try fancy stitches or zig-zags or even freemotion stippling. After you add some quilting press your fabric, clip threads and now square up and cut to 13″x 18″.
Top Flap
Pick out 6 assorted strips of fabric (2.5″x 8″)
Sew the strips together using a 1/4″ seam.
Press with the seam allowances all facing in one direction
Quilt. To quilt our tablet case flap we have some options. We can stitch a straight stitch right down the seam lines kind of hiding our stitches. We can use a decorative stitch in the same place and show off our stitches. You get to design what your quilting will look like. It won’t matter what the back looks like because we are going to hide that with the lining.
Lay the pattern on top of quilted fabric and cut out. Add a hair tie at the bottom center edge, stitch in half with one “loop on the fabric and the other off to t he raw edge. Cut out the lining piece fabric and place and pin with right sides facing. Stitch around the side and bottom edge leaving the top (the straight part) open to turn. Clip edges and turn inside out. Press
Assemble the bag
Sew the two sides together on the main bag piece, Turn and press. with right sides together sew the top edge of the flap to the top edge of the the outer bag.
Sew one side of the lining side and on the other side leaving a 4″ opening for turning the bag
Insert the outer bag into the lining with right sides together matching seams sew along the top edge about 1/2” SEAM encasing the flap.
Turn the bag inside out through the opening in the lining
Press entire bag.
Sew the opening closed and chose a button to sew on the front of the bag.

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Stockings from a sweater

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I hadn’t had a chance to begin Christmas decorating until yesterday afternoon. I started with these stockings. I had a sweater and it was just enough to make four matching stockings

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I had these red wooden buttons and sewed them on to hold a tag made of recycled cardboard

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Merry Christmas

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My Destiny

I’m am not writing a post about my ultimate fate and future, rather I am writing about my new sewing machine. I finally updated my well loved Viking for a Babylock Destiny.

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Hello new friend! I preordered her back the first week in September, and she finally came last week. We got off to a rocky start and she needed the online update to run properly but the web page was down for half the week. Once I got the update and installed it she was much happier and so was I. There are a few other things I see that Babylock will have to update in the future, but for now I’m learning a new machine and having fun.

Sunday afternoon was the first block of time I had to spend trying out new things. I had planned a project back in September to be the first thing to make and do and it was all cut and ready to go. I made  linen Skirt, back in September this was a great idea, but here and November it’s a bit too cold to wear my skirt, but it was a great learning project.

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I laid the skirt out on the breezy, cold deck so you could see the front and backs of the designs. I made the faux cutwork design on the  machine itself . I had the triangular floral design. I combined two designs, then added an applique’ border around the edges so I could cut the bottom hem. I used a prewound black bobbin and black polyneon thread in the top. I was pleased with the turn out, but the water-soluble stabilizer is a bit tricky to get out… I need another soak to get rid of the remaining stick. Even with all the stadium lighting and the camera I still had trouble seeing to line up the design, but I didn’t want to print out a template, I wanted to see if it could all be accomplished without a computer. I’ll get more familiar with lining up on the next project.

The next project I wanted to try out the scanning feature. I found a line drawing of the Eiffel Tower. I scanned it in just like the directions said to and voila it turned out terrific. I didn’t need my digitizing program or an outside computer to edit the design in anyway. I’m not a fan of the auto digitizer on my software program as I like to manually digitize my designs.  I really didn’t think an auto digitizer on a machine using an open scanner would do much better than my computer program but BOY was I wrong! Now this was a simple and clean drawing keep that in mind, I wouldn’t do logo design work yet.

I added the “Bonjour” from the designs that came on the machine and ran a test stitch out to see how it turned out.

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The Back ground fabric is scraps that I stitched together so there are seams that the tower had to sew over and still it turned out even and smooth on top. Here’s the kicker. I forgot to change out the black bobbin thread and it ran out. I changed it to a white Bobbin and you can’t tell a difference on the top thread… so the tension is nicely balanced!

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I’ll post more as I learn…..

 

Pillow crazy

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I wanted to spruce up around the house since my spinning group is meeting here tomorrow and pillows are a fast and easy project
Now you could go through your fabric stash or you could go through your closet.
Here’s the back of the pillow

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That’s right!! It looks like what was once the front of a button down linen shirt.
Now look at this pillow using the back of a linen shirt for the front if the pillow and the front of the shirt for the back of the pillow. Pocket and all!

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I got the ideas for the pillow fronts from looking around Pinterest and I forgot to link the pins.

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I made these pillow the other day to dress up an outside bench and it rained on them so they were sopping wet when i snapped this photo. Thankfully I stuff outside pillows with plastic bags. They’ll dry out fast!

Fun spun trim

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I made this outdoor pillow from a coffee burlap bag using needle felting for the flower and for the trim I used an overspun yarn I made while learning to spin.
I simply zig-zag stitched over the yarn.

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I’m showing how I made the trim however I sewed directly on the fabric and that photo was too dark so this is on a piece of white fabric.

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This is a close up of the flower which was first needle felt then free motion stitched on top to give some definition.