Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Heather Bailey's Marlo Bloom Pattern Review

After making beautiful bags for friends and family this holiday season I decided to make a gift for myself. I bought the Heather Bailey Marlo Bloom Pattern in November from another great shop on Etsy Material Girl Shoppe. The gorgeous fabric is Amy Butler's Daisy Chain Collection! I bought the fabric from Fresh Squeezed Fabrics and I had been looking for the right opportunity to use it.
I will tell you this pattern is not like most bag patterns. The instructions call for double sided, fusible, extra heavyweight, interfacing called Peltex (Say that 3 times fast.), fray check and strong .5" magnets. After collecting everything I needed to make the bag I dove into it. There is a lot of basting (Light stitching in order to tack pieces together or in place, used like pinning.) and gathering. If you are a bag maker and you want to get into dress making later this would be a great pattern to try before you buy your first dress pattern. Or if you are a dress maker but you have not made a bag before you might love this pattern as a first bag pattern.
There are basically 3 steps. Step1, make the bag. Step2, make the handles. Step3, put it together. I loved Step1, I sailed straight through it and thought I would finish the bag in no time. Step 2 was not as simple. I made 2 handles and trashed them. Practice makes perfect and after my first mistakes (The handle interfacing must be the same shape or it will look wrong when you go to sew the handle peices together.) and learning from them I kept moving forward. Step 3, I had never put a bag together this way before. Most of the time the handles are put on before the topstitching begins but not in this case. I had to trust that in the end it would turn out and I would be the wiser for the new experience. Basting the 3 layers together really helped in top stitching the handles onto the bag. (By the way make sure your magnets are facing the correct way or the closure will not work:) I had to reopen one handle and turn the magnet over:) LOL The only change I would make is to use more small magnets around the handle so it would close even easier. I love my new bag!! I think my husband might take me on a date soon. This is such a great date night bag!!! Best Wishes!!!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Sew Spoiled Horse Lover Weekender Tote

This is a weekender tote for my Niece. She loves horse back riding. She even has gone to horse back riding camp in the summer months. Hopefully she will love this tote as much as I enjoyed making it for her. The fabric is West Hill By Heather Ross - Ponies/Blue and Equestrian/Khaki from Fabric Palooza an Etsy store based here in NC. This fab fabric is being discontinued so if you love these fabrics get them now!!! The font is Victor Embroidery Font Alphabet from Apex Embroidery again here in NC. It comes in 3 sizes I used the middle and largest size for the initials. The embroidery pony is free at Ann the Gran. (Just go to free designs, animals and horses.) I hope you are making time to sew and create this holiday season!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Molly the Monkey and Katy the Kitty

Merry Christmas!!! If you have not tried making any dolls yet this should be your first doll pattern. It is free right now at mmmcrafts. She also has a Katty Kitty Pattern available in her Etsy store!!! There is a wonderful trick she uses to stuff the limbs and make it easier to turn right side out!! If you make your own join her Flickr groups for the
Molly theMonkey and Katy the Kitty.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Fanny Book by Holly Hobbie


My mother is awesome when it comes to give giving and this year was no different. She gave my girls this wonderful book called Fanny by Holly Hobbie. I really relate Fanny in this story. Fanny wants a store bought doll but her mother won't buy one. In the story Fanny decides to make her own doll. It becomes her favorite and she continues to make doll clothes and accessories.
When I read this book to the Wee Wonderful Dolls smiles grew on theirs faces!! I hope you get a chance to enjoy this book. Happy Christmas Eve!!!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Coffee Cozy e-book!!

I have found the perfect teacher gift that is fast, easy to make, economical and Teachers love it!!! It is the Coffee Cozy Sleeve at YouCanMakeThis.com!! In no time at all I cut out all of the pieces, embroidered them and sewed them into cute little cozies. At Target I found travel coffee cups! If you want to be fancy you could drop in each cup a $5 gift certificate to Starbucks or small packet of tea/ coffee. This time of year I always find myself wanting to give everyone something handmade and special. I hope this Sew Spoiled find helps you. If you are looking for a great way to spread some holiday cheer then you might want to check out this cute e-book!!!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Happy Birthday!



In my family we have a few people who's birthday is in December, my sister included!! It is always hard to make their day extra special. I decided to make a Sew Spoiled Ladybug and Wristlet with my sister's initials embroidered on them. It came out so well I think I might have to make a few more:) The fabric is Micheal Millers Ebony and Ivory Ironworks bought from Above All Fabric and the Pink Damask is from the Ava Rose Collection bought from Fresh Squeezed Fabrics. I actually bought the font from an Etsy store too. It is called Victor Embroidery Font and I received it from Apex Embroidery. I love Etsy!! I hope my sister enjoys her new pouches. Happy Birthday to all of you who have a birthday is in December!!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Pop Garden, Pop!

I love these prints!! I had a little fabric left from a fun project that I just finished. (I will share more about that later.) I love how bright and warm these colors are. I know that it is winter here but just sewing with these fabrics made my hands warm! These fabrics are from Heather Bailey's Pop Garden collection and they do just that Pop!!! If you know someone who enjoys wearing warm colors than maybe this Holiday season you should make them something from Pop Garden!