Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Sunglasses Case

Well, I'm slowly getting settled in after moving across country.  I'm slowly finding my life again.  I quickly made these sunglasses cases before all my crafting supplies were packed up.  I again used a pattern from the "Bags The Modern Classics" book by Sue Kim. 
It is a very quick and easy project.  I did run into some issues with the floral (blue/brown) case.  I decided to use fleece on the inside of that one...to make it soft and non-scratchy.  It (the fleece) was not very friendly to use.  Also, I'm not exactly sure why, but it turned out smaller than the black velvet case.  I'm guessing I used a different seam allowance?

  The instructions and illustrations were great.  However, copying/tracing the pattern is a bit of a pain.  This pattern is a fun way to use scraps...and co-ordinate with the bags I make. 
Click here to see another project from this book.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Frenchy Bags

This is the Amy Butler Frenchy Bags Pattern.  Originally, I wasn't too keen on this pattern.  I actually bought it because my mom liked it and wanted a purse made from it.  It kind of grew on me. :)

It is a pretty simple project to sew together. 

There are two versions a shoulder bag and a hand bag.

Here is the handbag: 
This is made from faux suede.  The inside is a silky fabric. 

There are are instructions to include two big pockets inside.  But on this small handbag if you include both pockets it becomes one big mess on the inside.  The pockets kind of combine together.  On the larger bag, you can divide the inside pockets by sewing down the center of each pocket to attach it to the lining   

On this small bag, I  made one pocket that I did NOT sew down the center. So, it is more of a divider--to separate keys from phone.  Again, sewing down the center of the pocket on the smaller handbag would make it too small to be useful--for me.  

The flower is not included on this pattern.  I created it by playing around with fabric scraps.

Here is the larger bag:

Enjoy your day!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Tilda Doll #2

Here is another version of a Tilda Doll. Click here to see another one I'd made.   I actually made this one as a Christmas present.  This was my first attempt at this doll.  That is why I was able to make the other doll in a few hours. 

The pattern came from the book "Tilda's Summer Ideas" by Tone Finnanger.  The instructions are minimal...but with some guess work can be understood.  Also, there are full size patterns at the back of the book, but you will have to copy the page 3 or 4 times to get all of the full pieces you'll need.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Travelin' Bag

Here is a bag I made for a recent trip I had to make.  I'm finally getting braver.  I made this myself...without a pattern.  I bought all fabrics at Michael's.  This bag has a zipper top closure.  :)
It is 21"wide at the top.  15" high (not including handles), 6 1/2" wide.
front with flower and luggage tag
 I just created the flower...no pattern...just played with fabric. 
back with zipper pocket

inside with big divided pocket on one side and big zipper pocket on other side.
The pink bottom makes me smile.

luggage tag
The tut and previous post for this luggage tag can be found in this post. (scroll towards the bottom of the post)
Have a great day!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Crochet Water Bottle Carrier

This was a gift for a friend.  She had asked about a crocheted water bottle carrier.  So, I searched online.  I found a few options. 
I ended up using this pattern from Vallieskids Blog.  I think I made only slight changes on the handle and maybe the top band. 
Here is the result:

My friend wanted the handle to be long enough to go across the body.  I, of course, had to add a flower.   I think this can stretch to fit a variety of different sized water bottles.   

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

One Skein Summer Wrap

Here is another crocheted Christmas present I made this year. 
The pattern for the wrap can be found at the www.caron.com.  Or by clicking here.
I also added a flower from "Crocheted Flowers" by Nicky Epstein.  I used the Lady Finger Lace pattern.  I made two of them and sewed them together.