Tote Bag

In my Sewing 100 class, we are making a tote bag.

However, it is too small a bag to use for work.

Once again, onto Youtube I went in search of a suitable size bag.

I need a new bag because my current bag is on its last legs.

This is particularly sad for me as I have had that bag since 2008.

I bought the bag at M&S when I was in London with my mom.

I LOVE this bag.

However, as you can see, the handles are so frayed it is going to rip soon.

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Now, I’m not getting rid of the bag.

I’ll either put new handles on or cut it up and use the fabric for other projects (all ideas welcome on how I can use Twiggy’s face somehow).

The bag tutorial I found was Beverly’s DIY Reversible Tote Bag.

I wanted a lined bag, and this video looked easy enough.

Now, I swear I watched the part about the pocket 40 times and each time I said, “Are you sure?” to myself.

Maybe I was just constantly hearing her instructions incorrectly, but my pocket was upside down on the finished item.

Since the bottom of the lining is open until the very end, I was able to rip stitches out and do a little repair work.

Now the pocket is correct and is large enough to hold my stethoscope (although, my intended slot for pens had to be sewn shut to do the repair).

I found the fabric in the clearance section at Joann’s and used 1 yard to make the bag (using the same fabric for the lining).

Using some fusible fleece to give it a little strength, the entire bag cost me bout $6.00.

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I’m sure as my skills increase, I’ll be able to make a bag that has slots and pockets galore to hold all my work stuff.

For now, this will be just fine!

Next up, making a small zippered pouch to hold my pens, sharpies and scissors.

I also whipped up a little something for a friend that I will show after I send it 😉

Tomorrow is my last Sewing 100 class then it is onto a one day class to learn how to make stuffed animals.

Hope your weekend is proving to be relaxing!

Book Reading Pillow

To practice my sewing, I searched the internet and found the perfect project for me!

A wedge pillow to make reading in bed nice and comfy!

Sew Very Easy on YouTube provided the perfect pattern.

I used up some fabric and used some fat quarters to make a very comfy pillow.

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It was a great project to practice skills on!

Please be aware if you use the video tutorial (which is great), she does mis-speak on one measurement.  Be sure to click the link for the written pattern and schematic.

I showed my cousin my finished pillow and she loved it…so I made her one too.

For hers I used this fabric, which reminded me of Van Gogh’s Starry Night, and the sides were a nice bright, golden yellow.

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Each pillow used an entire 32 oz bag of fiberfill.

Using coupons, the gift pillow cost me $12.oo to make…you can’t buy one of these for that 🙂

Of course, I need to make one for my husband since the kids have destroyed his backrest.

For his, I think I’ll use fusible fiber to give it some more structure.

I know I’ll be using more Sew Very Easy tutorials soon!

I hope to find a kindle/ipad pillow holder video/pattern.

This week in sewing class we have sewn all the pieces for our tote bags and next week we put it all together!

Next week is the last week of Sewing 100.

I wanted to do Sewing Patterns 101, but I am doing a road race the first day of class and working an additional Sunday during the 5 week schedule.

I’ll sign up for that class when my schedule allows.

I am going to a one day class to learn how to make stuffed bunny rabbits which will be a great project for Hooking for the Homeless.  They are currently looking for handmade stuffed animals for police departments to hand out to kids when they are called to a domestic disturbance call.

I swear I haven’t given up on my knitting and crochet!

I am working on Charlotte and my Boom! shawl.

Have a good week!

 

Yarn Along

I live on the border of another town and utilize many businesses and amenities of that town.

I follow the library on Facebook and it is doing a One Book, One Community event.

The book choice is A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner.

September 1911. On Ellis Island in New York Harbor, nurse Clara Wood cannot face returning to Manhattan, where the man she loved fell to his death in the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. Then, while caring for a fevered immigrant whose own loss mirrors hers, she becomes intrigued by a name embroidered onto the scarf he carries …and finds herself caught in a dilemma that compels her to confront the truth about the assumptions she’s made. Will what she learns devastate her or free her?

September 2011. On Manhattan’s Upper West Side, widow Taryn Michaels has convinced herself that she is living fully, working in a charming specialty fabric store and raising her daughter alone. Then a long-lost photograph appears in a national magazine, and she is forced to relive the terrible day her husband died in the collapse of the World Trade Towers …the same day a stranger reached out and saved her. Will a chance reconnection and a century-old scarf open Taryn’s eyes to the larger forces at work in her life?

~GoodReads

I put it on hold at my library and it just came in.

It had me hooked right from the get-go.

When I opened up to the title page, there was a post-it from someone who took it out before me informing the next reader that it was a wonderful book and will be hard to put down.

How cute is that?!

The only problem?

It is not on my kindle, so I’m not reading it as fast as I want (I get a lot of reading done when I can’t sleep in the middle of the night…can’t turn the lights on to read an actual book).

This week, along with my Charlotte Baby Blanket and some sewing homework, I am working on a Boom! Shawl (a free patten by Playing with Fibre, found on Ravelry).

I had purchased a Caron Cake in Rainbow Sherbet and I searched for a project by the yarn.

I love how other Caron Cake colors worked up.

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BTW, I love my new carry-all from Joann’s.

60% off plus another 25% off, it was a steal.

It is great holding my “mindless, watching TV” knitting project.

Have a good week!

Joining Ginny’s weekly Yarn Along

 

 

Snow Day

What to do on a snow day?

Well, in our case, we played, we baked muffins and then we all did our own thing.

The kids played in the play room and watched their kindles.

This allowed me to practice my sewing!

I wanted to make E his own pillow.

Using the instructions from class, I increased the size to a 16X16 pillow.

It is not perfect, but E likes it!

Welcome to a yet another Thomas the Tank Engine addition to our household!

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This pillow from start to finish probably took 30-45 minutes.

A nice quick project!

I decided that I didn’t want to always pack the sewing machine away after each use.

Onto YouTube I went.

Low and behold, I discovered Crafty Gemini Creates!

I think she must have had an older site named The Crafty Gemini.

This is where I found her video tutorial for a sewing machine cover.

What an easy to follow video!

The book nerd that I am, I wanted to use some Harry Potter fabric I bought when I bought the kids fabric.

I realized I needed to create a solid main piece for the cover so both sides would be right side up.

I used  patterned fabric to make a middle panel of the main piece and used the same material for the sides and a pocket.

I lined all pieces and the pocket with Fusible Fleece (super easy way to line and give it structure).

It is in no way perfect, but I love it!

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Picture below shows true color.

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Don’t mind the wonky stitching on the pedal/cord pocket, its located on the back of the cover, so I didn’t rip it out and redo.

Someday when I know how to do a bias tape edge, I’ll neaten the bottom up.

For now, it does the trick!

Hope all you New Englanders are surviving the storm!

Sewing 100

Week three of my Sewing 100 class is complete and so is Project #1!

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A simple pillow, but I was super proud when my pillow form actually fit in my finished project!

My seams are a little wonky (note to self, fleece was not the best choice fabric to start with-stretchy).

I have already purchased two more pillow forms and Thomas the Tank Engine and Peppa Pig fabric to make additional pillows at home.

This class pillow is for Miss ME and I think she likes it!

I can’t recommend The Creative Sewing Studio in North Attleboro enough!

If you are local to the area, check it out!

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Since I am hopeful that I will sew more and more at home, I decided to make our dining room into a creative/sewing space.

We use our dining room table twice a year (Christmas Eve and Christmas Day), so it has now become a desk.

I quickly and easily covered some cardboard boxes with paper for books and organization, used a vase for my knitting needles, jars for my crochet hooks and a lidded box for my circular needles and expensive crochet hooks.

Also on the “desk” is our printer and my new sewing machine (I love it!).

I purchased a basic Brother model which, across multiple websites, had only positive reviews.

I need to make a sewing machine cover and pad (I think I can handle that…hopefully!).

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I hope to complete Charlotte Part 3 this week.

Have a lovely week (12-18 inches of snow expected here in New England on Tuesday).

Cables

In an effort to learn new skills, I did a small knit cable project today.

Using up some wool yarn from my felted bag, I made a cup cozy.

I found a simple pattern on Ravelry (free) by MissKnityPants.

Link found here.

This looked like a simple enough pattern to start out with, and I was right!

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I finished it quickly and, for me, the hardest part was seaming my cast on/bind off edges.

This is perfect for my reusable cup from Starbucks (certainly needs a sleeve as it is not insulated).

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I’ve already found some left over LionBrand yarn I’m going to use to make another!

Have a lovely day!

Find me on Ravelry: MrsMcD918

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Felting

This week, my project included felting!

My friend has been making these great, felted tote bags and is now making a Japanese knot bag (on my Ravelry list of many projects to do).

I decided to make a small, felted project bag.

I chose to make Puk Vossen’s Mortarde tas bag (free pattern on Ravelry).

My color choice was inspired by Ravelry member Mellifico’s bag.

I used Patons Classic Worsted Wool in Sunset Gold and Cream.

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Due to my newness at knitting, where I picked up stitches (to start knitting in the round) was rather sloppy.

So, I chose to do a reverse single crochet all around the seam (otherwise known as the crab stitch).

Where I casted on for the handles was a little loose, but the felting helped that tremendously.

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On cycle in the washing machine, with some towels and it was done!

It is ADORABLE!

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This is perfect size for when I actually attempt to make socks!

Next felted project will be k knits felted knot bag (free pattern on Ravelry)

Today was also my second week of a five week sewing 100 class I am taking.

Last week we learned all about the machines.

This week, we cut our fabric for our first project-a small pillow.

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This will be a pillow for Miss ME.

Our second project will be a tote bag.

Have a good week!

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Linked to: Creative Jewish Mom, The Crafting Nook, Sew Can Do

Yarn Along

This weeks read is Richard Russo’s The Whore’s Child and Other Stories.

In this title story, a septuagenarian nun resolutely invades the narrator’s college writing workshop with an incredible saga; a seasoned Hollywood moviemaker uncovers a 25 year old flame he never knew he’d harboured; another child is forced into a harrowing cross-country escape; and more.

~Good Reads

I am also listening to Ruth Ware’s The Woman in Cabin 10.

In this tightly wound story, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for—and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong…

~Good Reads

I love the woman who is narrating this!

Makes my workouts on the treadmill go by quickly.

Along with my Charlotte Square, I am working on a Moutarde tas felted project bag (free pattern on Ravelry by Puk Vossen).

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I’m using Patons Classic Worsted Wool in Sunset Gold and Cream.

I just need to finish the handles and toss it in the washing machine.

I don’t want this to felt a ton, just enough 😉

Have a great week!

Joining Ginny’s weekly Yarn Along

Charlotte Part 2

I have completed part two of Look At What I Made’s Charlotte Square and I love it!

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I used Esther’s video tutorial for to do the first triangle, then used LAWIM’s written/photo tutorial to do the remaining three triangles.

Each section was a very quick project with variety to keep it interesting!

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Clusters, puff stitches, front post treble crochet, etc.

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I love how the red makes the center square pop!

See part one here.

I’m not sure if I am going to do part three or use parts of the Around the Bases CAL to complete the blanket.

Have a good week!

Find me on Ravelry: MrsMcD918

Yarn: Deramore Studio DK

Hook: Furls Odyssey 4.5mm

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