Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Hoedown #75-Clown Shoes

Have I mentioned that I LoVE polka-dots?  No?
When I wear polka-dot socks I can't help but be happy and smile. 

I have been sewing several different items lately.  All of the items I've been making have used some color and size of polka-dots!  :) 

Well, on with this week's Hambo Hoedown Challenge.
I used two digital images from Hambo Stamps--Clown Shoes and Candles. 

Enjoy your week!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Flores Clutch (cross body)

Hello again!
I made this fun bag yesterday.  It is the Flores Clutch from

 I had scraps of the black/white fabric left over from another project.  I thought it would be fun to use red with it. 
 I added a few things to this bag.  On the back I added a pocket.  I thought it would be nice to use it for cell phone or keys or sunglasses....or whatever. 
 I also added a cross body strap.  I cut a strip of fabric 3 inches wide by 54"(width of my fabric).  I folded it in half.  Opened it up then pressed the raw ends into the center.  Then edge stitched down each side.  I think I ended up cutting off about 3"-4".  I centered the strap over the side seams before sewing the lining and exterior together. 
 On the inside I added another double slip pocket on one side.  On the other side, I added 4 credit card slots with a pocket behind that. 
As usual this is another great pattern from  The only teeny bit confusing part was attaching the red oval on the flap.  The instructions tell you to clip the seams of the flap and the oval piece where they will be sewn together. Then to pin the center of the oval piece to the center of the flap piece....then sew it.  It took me a few different times reading the instructions and looking at the pictures before it hit me.  You pin the pieces matching the center then pin down each side matching the raw edges...the fabric pieces will arch since you will be sewing a concave to a convex curve. (I believe those are the correct terms) LOL!  Just make sure that where you will be sewing is flat and you remember to clip the seam where the instructions tell and show will turn out beautifully. 

Enjoy your day!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Hoedown #74-Sunglasses

I created this card for this week's Hambo Hoedown Challenge

I don't know why....but if you click on the image it will be clearer. 

I used a few different punches on this card....I used a 1" circle punch for the lenses, I used a punch to cut the circles in the scallop at the bottom, the flowers on the glasses, as well as the big flower are punches. 

I love this sentiment..."I wear my sunglasses at night...mostly because I forget they are on my head"  LOL!  This reminds me of some people I know who are panic-stricken searching for their phone (both cell and cordless) as they are talking on said phone.  LOL!  Ok, maybe that's me.  (shhhh!)  :)

This week's image is "Sunglasses" a digital image from Hambo Stamps.  This is such a fun, fun, fun image with two styles of sunglasses and 3 great sentiments. 

I really need to get myself training for the half marathon  I'll be running in Jan., but I'm still trying to heal my ankle injury.  ARGH!  It is taking soooooo long to get better. 

Have a great week!

Charlotte Mary Jane Slippers

I recently got the pattern for these cute Charlotte Mary Jane Slippers from

I had to make them right away....
I made my own flower....not exactly sure what all I did to make the flower.I had red fabric scraps sitting around from an attempt at didn't go so well.  I had some squares and some strips...I used them both.  Instead of  sewing the flowers to the slipper, I added a pin on the back of each one and pinned them on. 

 I also added non-skid soles.   Sorry...I can't figure out why this pic keeps posting upside down.  LOL! 

The instructions for this pattern are pretty clear with lots of pictures of most steps.  I was able to sew these together in an afternoon.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Make It Monday #75-Roll the Die Challenge

I needed to make an anniversary card to put in the mail today.  So, I decided to check-out this week's Make It Monday Challenge
I LOVE this week's challenge! 

Here are the outcomes of my rolls:
Orientation: Horizontal
Layout: #2
Stamp Set Image:  A Little Argyle
Stamp Set Sentiments/Supporting:  Big and Bold Wishes
Color Combo:  Blue, Pink, Yellow
Embellishments:  Flowers (I used Simple Sunflower Stamps and Die).

Have a great day!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Hoedown #73-Stilts

This week's great image from Hambo Stamps is "Stilts."  How fun!  :)

Have a great week!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Faces--Amira Bag

Wow!  I didn't think I'd be able to make another bag in time for the end of Purse Palooza 2012....but I did!!  :)  My plans for today got rained-out.   I made this bag in about 5 hours (maybe a little less).  It helps that I used the pattern a few days ago. 
The pattern is "Amira Bag" from Kati Cupcake.  The fabric with the faces is from IKEA. 

 I made this a cross body bag, again. 

the back (with the seam)

the inside with one slip pocket

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Teardrop Bag

This is the Teardrop Bag from Emmaline Bags

I used home decor fabric on the outside.  I also used the optional zipper closure.  :) 

Inside with zipper pocket and slip pocket
The only slight change I made (besides adding the bow); I made the strap adjustable. 

I just love all of the Emmaline Bags.  The instructions are very easy to follow and lots of pictures.  The bags are just adorable! 

Have a great day!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Ghastlie Amira Bag

Hello again!
As I was searching to find a bag pattern that would look good with the "A Ghastlie Family Reunion" by The Alexander Henry Fabrics Collection fabric my mother had bought, I came across the "Amria Bag" Pattern by Kati Cupcake. 
Looong strap.
This is the bag I made.  I only made a few slight changes when making the bag.  I made the strap long enough to be cross body.  I also added a piece of plastic in the bottom to make it stiffer...OH!   I also made the length of the bag that I could fit the design of the fabric on the bag without out making  it look too silly. 

Close-up pic
The flower is made from black fleece. 
The back of the bag.

The inside.
The inside of the bag has one BIIIIG slip pocket. 

I really love many of the bag patterns that Kati Cupcake offers.  I think this might be the first Kati Cupcake Bag I've made.  The instructions were easy to follow.  There weren't a lot of pics. in the instructions, but I don't think it is necessary for this bag.  It is fairly simple bag to make. 

For the fabric of this bag I used quilting weight cotton and heavy fusible interfacing. 

Have a great day!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Ghastlie Crossbody Bag

My mom and I were out shopping at quilt stores.  We saw this fabric and had to buy some. 
Then we had to find a purse that would look good with the fabric. 

I used See &Sew B5273 Pattern, view B.

The Fabric is "A Ghastlie Family Reunion" from The Alexander Henry Fabrics Collection. 

Here is the inside:  The grey/black polka dot fabric is from Hobby Lobby.  So is the pink cotton.

The "other" side LOL!:
Have a great weekend!