School of Sewing

My sewing project this week was a pillow case for my daughter.

She loves Peppa Pig and I was able to find cotton fabric at my local Joann’s.

A while back, a friend sent me a link to Shabby Fabric’s Magic Pillowcase tutorial.

A great video tutorial.

I used it to make Miss ME a fun pillow case using the purchased fabric and some blue fabric I had on hand.

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I love how you roll it up and, like magic, the seam is all encased!

I had some Peppa Pig fabric left over and wanted to use it for something for Miss ME.

I recently ordered and received a GREAT book- School of Sewing by Shea Henderson.

It is a beautiful book with lots of information and 12 projects to build your skills with.

Project Number 2 is a Lined Drawstring Bag (designed by Jeni Baker).

On a side note, Project Number 1 is a Magic Pillow case with french seams.

I forgot about this book when I did the pillowcase, but will do another pillowcase soon so I can practice french seams.

Back to Project Number 2.

This is a clear tutorial  and I managed to make a very sweet bag that Miss ME loves.

Just big enough to hold her “treasures” which include hot wheel cars, a small basketball, an Easter card and a pair of Minnie Mouse socks.

This would make a great sock knitting project bag!

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I plan on backtracking to Project Number 1 (hopefully, king size pillowcases for me!), then attacking Project Number 3-Simple Strings Apron.

Have a good week!

Linked to: SewCanDo, LiveRandomlySimple

 

iPad Zippered Pouch

I like to practice all my crafts: crochet, knitting and sewing.

I like to learn new stitches and new patterns.

However, I don’t like to make things that I’ll never use.

For sewing, I really want to practice simple zippers.

I made a zippered pouch for myself that I use to carry my library books in my work bag.

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It turned out cute and I use it every day.

Video tutorial found here.

I love Jenny at Missouri Star Quilt Company!

My second pouch…a dismal failure.

I tossed it in the trash.

My zipper was on backwards, my seams were terrible and it just looked awful.

Today, I decided to try again.

My son uses an iPad to communicate (using an app called Sounding Board).

His iPad travels with him to and from school and we take it with us when we go out.

We’ve been using one of my knitting bags that I purchased at Michaels.

Well, a four year old boy needs a zippered pouch fit for, well, a four year old boy.

My first attempt turned out okay.

Except there was a tiny, teeny gap in my seam and the zipper.

This bag will get a lot of use, so I decided to make a second.

The first bag is now holding a small fraction of his many Thomas the Tank Engine trains.

My second attempt worked much better!

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The lining on the iPad pouch is also the same Thomas fabric.

It is not perfect, but it was made with love.

I think that is a suitable bag for a four year old!

Have a good day!

Linked to: LiveRandomlySimple, Sew Can Do, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

 

Yarn Along

This weeks read is a guilty pleasure.

Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke’s The Cinderella Murder.

Television producer Laurie Moran is delighted when the pilot for her reality drama, Under Suspicion, is a success. Even more, the program — a cold case series that revisits unsolved crimes by recreating them with those affected — is off to a fantastic start when it helps solve an infamous murder in the very first episode.

Now Laurie has the ideal case to feature in the next episode of Under Suspicion: the Cinderella Murder. When Susan Dempsey, a beautiful and multi-talented UCLA student, was found dead, her murder raised numerous questions. Why was her car parked miles from her body? Had she ever shown up for the acting audition she was due to attend at the home of an up-and-coming director? Why does Susan’s boyfriend want to avoid questions about their relationship? Was her disappearance connected to a controversial church that was active on campus? Was she close to her computer science professor because of her technological brilliance, or something more? And why was Susan missing one of her shoes when her body was discovered?

With the help of lawyer and Under Suspicion host Alex Buckley, Laurie knows the case will attract great ratings, especially when the former suspects include Hollywood’s elite and tech billionaires. The suspense and drama are perfect for the silver screen — but is Cinderella’s murderer ready for a close-up?

~GoodReads

I haven’t read MHC in ages and I’ve always liked Alafair Burke’s books.

A good book to throw in my bag and take with me.

Today, I went to start my car to go run errands and…nothing.

So, while I waited for Triple A, I decided to do a little sewing.

I had seen Jennifer Bosworth of Shabby Fabrics tutorial for a fat quarter Infinity Scarf and thought it would be a quick project.

Youtube tutorial found here.

I used fat quarters I already had in my stash.

Final result,  a really cute scarf!

Light enough for cool spring nights.

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I’d like to make another, but may make the width less.

This is a quick project I can practice my seam allowances on.

Have a good week!

Practice

I am on a constant quest to find two things: the perfect mascara and the perfect bag.

I think the mascara quest will be life long.

The other, I can do something about.

I decided it is time to make my own perfect bag.

I made this tote bag in my sewing class.

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Right now, I am using it to hold fabric.

I like how sturdy it is and how well it holds its shape.

I liked the material (canvas and cotton) and think it would be a good sturdy bag.

I need to have a cross body strap though.

I found this tutorial online and loved the bag and how the strap was attached.

I decided to try to make it with inexpensive cotton.

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It turned out cute and I learned a lot…a lot of things I would do differently to tweak it.

It has 3 pockets both outside and inside.

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This bad is too floppy for me though.

I can use this to keep kid supplies in the car.

I think I am going to combine the two patterns and make a fun summer cross body tote bag!

I love the orange and white circles and plan on using that along with some cream canvas!

Have a good week!

Linked to: Craft Dictator

 

Learning

My last sewing class (until the end of May) was Saturday.

We learned how to make a simple stuffed bunny.

Simple, but with lots of learning points: making darts, sewing curves, pattern cutting, etc.

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This bunny was intended for a newborn, so no eyes and I sent the pompom tail incase they wanted to put it on (choking concern).

A charity I give to, Hooking for the Homeless, has put out a request for handmaid stuffed animals so I plan on making more of these (and other easy animals) and sending them off in the next couple of weeks.

They will provide the stuffed animals to police stations so officers can use them for children in difficult situations.

I also made a simple reversible baby blanket.

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I had grand intentions of making this one, but you need to have one particular skill (which I don’t have).

You need to cut nice, straight lines.

After failing and changing my plans, I read comments and now have tips on how to do a hem and then make the blanket.

I think it makes a cute set!

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Today is Opening Day here in the Boston Area and the kids were dressed appropriately! (A big feat for me as I completely forgot St. Patrick’s Day and sent my kids to school in blue and pink).
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Also, yesterday was my brother’s birthday, 2nd one since his passing.

 

Many family members and some friends came out to my neck of the woods to participate in an Autism 5k and raise a glass to Matt after.

A nice way to spend the day.

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I hope you all have a good week!

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!

Linked to: SewCanDo

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!

 

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).