My New Purse

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QAYG 241 Tote Collage

I just stepped outside and took some pictures in our pitifully weak November sunshine so that my best friend could see my new purse, then thought that I might as well share it here, too.  This was my first attempt at “quilt as you go” and it was just OK.  Not sure if I’ll bother with it again because I much prefer the process of plain old patchwork.  Do you see the inner pocket that expands?  I just learned that with this bag too, and that it’s called a bellows pocket.  There’s always something new to learn!

This bag was made with the 241 tote pattern from Noodlehead.  This is my fourth 241 tote, so you know it’s a great pattern.  (Her pattern taught me inset zippers!  Another thing learned!)

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Faux Sequins Fold Over Clutch

Faux Sequins Clutch

I didn’t really mean to sew anything this morning.  Still, I ended up at the sewing machine and about 20 minutes later I had this nifty little fold over clutch.  I found the not-sequins fabric at Joann’s and fell in love, even though I have absolutely no occasions that require a shimmery purse.  You may see me carrying this to the gym.

Dr. Who Pouch

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Dr. Who Zipper Pouch

My younger daughter started eighth grade today.  I tried to give her the best start to the day by waking her with our purring Kitten, made her pumpkin bread with Nutella for breakfast and gave her this little Dr. Who case to keep her iTouch and phone safe in her school bag.

If you’d like to make a little zipper pouch of your own, you can find the pattern by Anna at Noodlehead here.  (I still need to add a key ring to each pouch.)

I hope my Little One has a great first day of school — middle school has got to be better when you take the Doctor with you!

Sewing Lessons!

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Sewing Lesson Pillows

My little sister in law visited us and wanted to learn how to sew.  I was so excited to teach her, especially because my own daughters don’t have the slightest interest.  I let her pick what she wanted to make.  If you keep the design simple enough, even a beginner can make almost anything she wants.  Thankfully, she wanted to make pillows (super easy!) and a purse (slightly harder but still very doable).

We bought new pillow inserts that she can recover with new shams any time she likes.  I won’t give detailed instructions here because there are so many great pillow tutorials, but here’s a quick breakdown:

For the front of each pillow, we took the height and width of the insert and added an inch to each measurement.  To make the back, we cut two pieces the height of the pillow plus an inch, then divided the width in half and added four and a half inches to that number to give a little overlap.  (So for her 18″ square pillow insert, the front piece was 19″x19″ and the two back pieces were 19″x13.5″.)  For each back piece, press under one tall side about a quarter inch, then turn it under another half inch and press again.  Sew along this pressed edge to create the finished edges for the back opening of the pillow.  To finish, lay the front piece right side facing up and cover it with each of the two back pieces (facing down) with the cut edges lined up neatly and pinned in place.  Sew around the edges, clip the corner and turn it right side out.  Easy?

She wanted to get a little fancy with her last pillow.  Didn’t she do a great job?

Pillow Sewing Lesson

It was her first time EVER sewing!  She was amazing.

For lesson two, she wanted to make a purse.

Sewing Lessons

We used the slouch hobo purse pattern from Ali Foster on Etsy because it’s a simple, easy to follow pattern that gives you a classically shaped purse.  She enjoyed the instant gratification of the pillows but did a great job on her purse, too.

Her Purse

She was amazed that after spending $50 in a fabric store, she had three pillows, a purse AND left over fabric to make more things — not to mention that the pillows can be recovered again and again.  And everything is in colors and patterns that she adores, because she picked them all herself.

Isn’t sewing wonderful?  Hopefully this is only the start of a lifetime hobby!

“Hello, We’re Tourists” Camera Wristlets

I couldn’t decide if I liked the wristlet better with a gray camera and a floral background

Camera Wristletor with a floral camera and a gray background

Camera Wristletsso now I have one for me, and one for a friend.  Indecision is a wonderful thing. :)

Camera Wristlets

I used the free PDF template from Ashley at Lil Blue Boo to make the camera applique.  Isn’t it the cutest!?  Thank you, Ashley!  (I reduced mine to 75% to better fit the purse.)

Now I feel a need to go be a tourist!