Wednesday, March 31, 2010

new tote bag

Not that I need anymore tote bags but this fabric (actually curtain) was amazing and needed to be a bag immediately. I used canvas webbing used for support in the seats of furniture for the straps and sides making it very sturdy. It'll be a good bag to haul my cookbooks to work or to use for groceries. Mostly I just want to show off the amazing paper crane on the side.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

New Quilts (In progress)

Somewhere on the internet I was inspired to make a beach blanket/quilt using funky vintage towels. I've been scouring the local thrift stores for these towels for over a year now and finally decided I had enough to make a quilt. I cut them all into 8" blocks and discovered I had enough to make at least two large beach blankets. I guess I could have stopped buying towels sooner but I was able to split the squares into matching/complimentary colors. I have the green/yellow/blue one already sewn into a quilt top. It is just waiting for some sort of back and is very large. The pink/red/yellow one is still just squares but I needed a break. I love the colors of these, even though they can also have that cute in an ugly way thing happening. Regardless I think these will make great beach blankets. Colorful, absorbent and handmade, what else is needed?

New Bags, A Catnip Mouse and A Button Heart

First of all my new sewing machine is amazing! Its strange not wanted to throw your sewing machine every time you use it. I'll have to get used to that feeling. So far I've made a bag and a quilt top on it and it was so much easier, and faster, and quieter... Why did I wait so long to get a new one?Meanwhile check out my new bagsThe top one was made from a table runner I really liked but never used, which I think was made by someone else. I loved the Seminole patchwork and rickrack. It was a super quick project as I didn't need to line it. The second bag is a crocheted bag using a pattern on the yarn tag. I used too small of a hook so it is a little odd shaped. My crocheting skills are slowly getting better, I can read patterns now and have made several items that were not scarves!

A small project I made was this catnip mouse (I think the catnip has already worn off) This was a quick project to amuse my cats for a few minutes. They already don't like the mouse anymore unless I drag it around the house on a string. Oh well, at least they aren't clawing furniture or waking my up in the morning... oh yeah... they still do that! naughty kitties!

Here's something I made around valentine's day. I originally planned to give it away but fell in love with it and its now hanging on our walls. Its buttons glued on paper and then sewn with pink thread and is one of my favorite button projects so far.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

New Sewing Machine!

Yay!!! I finally bought a new sewing machine! I can't say anymore because I need to go use it right now.. It's computerized!? and has a million (seriously) different stitches!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Cassette Tape Change Purse

Check out my awesome new change purse. This was even easier than I thought it would be. Hot glue is amazing! I think the hardest part was finding a cool cassette tape (only cost me 10 cents) and the second hardest was taking the tape apart. I used this tutorial here. This is my first one, but I have many more tapes waiting to be transformed.

Friday, March 5, 2010

From jacket to purse

I bought this size 22 jacket for 99c because the fabric was great and it was large enough that I could actually make something out of it. A few months later I finally made a cute purse for my sister's birthday. BEFORE: