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 ūüėČ

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 ūüôā

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!

 

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!

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Yarn Along

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This week I am still reading Find Her by Lisa Gardner.

I’m 70% through and enjoying it.

I always like revisiting characters I have read so much about.

My project today was to seam my Forbidden Forrest cowl.

This project is for the Ravelry group Beginners Knit-a-long’s color work contest.

The project has to be knit, use 2 colors, and must incorporate those colors beyond simple color blocks.

As a new knitter, I am still working on my technique, so my project was super simple (hope it meets the rules).

I used Romney Ridge Yarns & Wool Boston Cowl Pattern (I couldn’t find a link in Ravelry).

Currently, this is paid pattern (I obtained it for free a few weeks ago).

I used KnitPicks Wool of the Andes sport yarn in Green Tea Heather, Chocolate, Chestnut and Pampas Heather.

I purchased this sampler pack ages ago and I’m happy to finally use some of the yarn.

I’m calling this cowl Forbidden Forrest because the color combo reminded me of the Forbidden Forrest in Harry Potter (which was on my brain because of Inside Number 23’s Harry Potter KAL).

I’m pleased how it turned out.

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Joining Ginny’s weekly Yarn Along.

UPDATE:

This cowl has been claimed by Miss ME!

If I’m being honest, it really does look better on her than me!

Have a lovely week!

 

Stranding

I had a lot of yarn left over from the kid’s Harry Potter Crochet Cable hat, so I decided to make myself a Harry Potter inspired hat.

I didn’t want the traditional HP stripes, so I went for ¬†random stranding color work.

The basic pattern is from Charmed Knits by Alison Hansel, the House Hat Beanie pattern.

I made the adult size, casting on 108 stitches.

I used my book, The Knitter’s Book of Knowledge, to learn basic stranded technique.

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Holding yarn in each hand as I worked, I did a random pattern of stitches.

I also used double point needles for a portion of it (something I need a lot of work on)

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I really liked out the color pattern turned out!

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However, I should have cast on less stitches-it is LARGE.

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I plan on using a pin to gather the ribbing a little to make it a tad tighter.

I definitely am better at crochet hats then knit hats.

I’ll be getting a lot of use out of this hat as we’ve had a lot of snow lately and the kids are loving going outside!

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Have  a wonderful day!

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Mistakes a plenty

Mistakes, mistakes, mistakes…

I made a lot of mistakes making my Oats Cowl.

Am I upset?

Not at all.

The main two mistakes:

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Knitting in the car waiting for my son.

I was so engrossed in an NPR story that I totally forgot to knit row 2.

Then, I was so far in I just kept going.

Row 1 for as far as the eye could see…

Upset?

Nope.

Now, my cowl is reversible!

Next mistake:

I’m terrible at weaving ends into knitting projects.

I really need to watch some Youtube videos about it (it is a lot easier in crochet-lots of nooks and crannies).

Upset?

Nope.

I added a charm to the area.

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Not only to camouflage it, but to also remind myself that it is all a learning process.

The yarn is warm and soft and it wraps nicely (twice) around my neck.

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I’m quite happy and love it!

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I used Quince & Co. Osprey in Frost (1.5 skeins) and 5mm circular bamboo needles.

Update:  I wore it out the other day and LOVE IT!

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Have a wonderful week!

Linked to: Creative Jewish Mom, Sew Can Do, Moogly

London Sky

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…. I bought some yarn.

Beautiful, Malabrigo Mecha yarn in the color way London Sky.

I loved the color and how soft it was.

I really wanted to use this yarn to make something for my mom.

In 2008, my mom and I went to London together and had a wonderful time!

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Since I am new to knitting, I chose a pattern from Tin Can Knits Simple Collection.

The Oats Cowl.

Fittingly, I have London inspired stitch markers (I made them my self, which was fun).

For this, I used my Big Ben stitch marker.

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I made a few adjustments.

I did a 2X2 rib instead of a 1X1 rib.

The body of my cowl  measures 5 instead of the 8 inches in the pattern, as I only had 130 yards to work with.

Also, I didn’t realize this was chunky yarn and still used 5mm needles.

However, I really like how it made the stitches defined and helps make it a nice warm cowl.

I love this so much, I am making one for myself using yarn I originally purchased to make Miss ME a sweater (I’m honest with myself, I’m never going to make the sweater any time soon).

I plan on using the yarn to make Oats and Malt (hat).

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