Saturday, May 21, 2016

Sew What Did I Do Last Week?

I looked at the calendar and suddenly realized that if I was going to make end of the year gifts for my grandchildren's teachers, I had better get going! I decided that teachers can always use a new tote so I used my Out Of Time tote pattern by Dog Under My Desk.  I ended up making four the kids have to decide which teacher gets which tote with one left over for good measure!

Yoga frog in all his glory!

I love these cats!

A little birdie told me!

Yoga cat....can't let the frogs have all the fun!

After I finished these totes, I remembered my roommate's mother's 80th birthday was coming up. So another OOT tote. This time I went a little fancier and made it out of suede with an inset of a map on front. It really turned out nicely and she loved it!
Suede and map insert

When I finished all of these totes, I realized that I have made 8 OOT totes and I do not own one for myself! So I dug around in all of my stash and found some great denim and some flowery fabric and made one for me!!!! I used webbing for the handles, added some piping to the front and even covered a button to add a bit of pizazz to the front. I think it turned out well and I really can't wait to use it.
The lining matches the front insert

On top of all the sewing, I have cut out 8 more totes for future projects and put them in ziplock bags. Everything is there, zippers, interfacing, etc so all I have to do is grab a bag when I want to sew. Hope your week was productive also!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Bigger on the Inside Backpack...what fun!

I have had Erin Gilbey's Dog Under My Desk " Bigger on the Inside Backpack" pattern for a long time. (See link at top right!) Why didn't I make it? Who knows but now that I have found it, I can't stop! I decided to make one for my daughter-in-law for the families' travels this coming summer. When I finished hers, I figured why not make one for each grandchild. I made the kids version 90% of the pattern.

I found some black and yellow fabric that I bought a long time ago along with some cute little yellow birdie lining for my daughter-in-law's. I really like how it all came together. Bright and cheery for the summer.

Here is the front with the front zipper pocket 

See the cute little birdies  in the lining...look carefully LOL!
I next made my granddaughter a Paris backpack. Since I was using two fat quarters, I didn't have enough fabric to cut out the bottom piece so I found a gray checked fabric. I am really glad that I did because I think the Paris fabric would have shown lots of dirt on the bottom.

Front of the backpack
Who doesn't love polka dots?
Bottom of bag with coordinating gray bottom
Last but not least, I made a Teenaged Mutant Turtle backpack for my grandson! He loves them and he loves green so it was a win-win situation!

All of those happy, smiling turtles!
I love this stripey green fabric with a passion! Can't tell you how many times I have used it for a project!
Here are the three backpacks together before they get mailed.
If you want a fun pattern to make, try this one! Erin's patterns are the best. She has such clear dirctions along with great pictures. You can't go wrong!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Takeoff Tote and Noodlehead's Poolside Tote

I have been busy sewing rag dolls and their clothes along with QAYG blocks for a while so I decided that I was ready to sew a tote or two!

 I have wanted to make the Take Off Tote(for me) by Erin Gilbey of Dog Under My Desk for a long time and I finally did it!!!! I have had this fabric forever and I love how it turned out. Instead of fabric straps, I used webbing. Also I used Stiff Stuff for body.( For me, it is so much easier to use than Soft and Stable and gives the bag wonderful body. This is a large tote perfect for a weekend trip.  I think the best compliment that I have received for this tote is from my roommate who thinks it looks like a Coach bag! Since all the fabrics were remnants, this certainly didn't cost what a Coach bag would!

Front of the bag with zipper pocket with butterfly zipper pull

Back of bag with pocket

Inside pocket and cute little owl lining.

Leather tab on zipper

I next moved onto Noodlehead's Poolside tote. I got this pattern when I was a member of the Bag of the Month Club in 2014 but I kept putting off making it! Boy, was that a mistake. This is such a great pattern and perfect for the beach. I made the first one on Sunday and I quickly made a second one on Monday. The first tote I made exactly like the pattern was written with only Pellon SF101. This leaves the bag quite soft and has the ability to be stuffed to the gills with needed items for the beach. For the second tote, I usedPellon® 987F Fusible Fleece to give it more stability. I had so much fun making these. I am now planning on making one 80% of the full size for my grandkids.

Front of my first Poolside Tote. Note the cute little zipper pull.

Inside of tote with key fob.

Second tote using Pellon fusible fleece

Inside of tote

Close up of zipper pull

Close up of key fob

Friday, April 15, 2016

Topsy Turvy

I have had lots of fun this past week making several dolls. First up is Topsy Turvy! This is a doll who has two heads....and no feet! Most stories I have read say that this doll goes back to the Civil War(or the War Between the States, depending on where you grew up!) Those dolls would have a black mammy on one end and an anti-bellum lady on the other, or some would have Little Eva and Topsy. . Modern day dolls are known to have cartoon characters such as Little Red Riding Hood on one side and the Big Bad Wolf on the other. Since I was just practicing, I made Blue Girl and Pink Lady for mine. Next I want to make one end sleeping and the other wide awake!
Next on my agenda was to make my granddaughter's doll a cheerleader outfit. I made a reversible dress; maroon on one side and gray on the other. I still need to make some pompoms to go with the outfit!

 Wednesday, the new Dress Up Bunch dress came out. Since it is spring, Wendi decided that the dolls all needed to do some gardening and she provided us with a cute dress, belt, apron and of course, a sun hat! I found the perfect gardening fabric and off I went! (Oh btw, the new doll has a name! She is Jessie named for the cowgirl in Toy Story!)
Gardening dress with matching apron and of course, a sunhat for a red head!

The dress that I added a ruffle on the bottom to match.

The dress with the matching belt.

The whole she-bang! Dress, belt, apron and sunhat!!!
I have a few more of these dresses cut out and ready to go. I love the Dress Up Bunch! And please don't tell folks that I still like playing dolls...shhhhhh! If you love dolls, follow the link to Wendi's site and join in all the fun.

Friday, March 25, 2016

This, That and Whatever!!!!

I have been sewing for the last couple of weeks, but just didn't get a chance to post. I made a second doll for my granddaughter so that when her friends come over, they will have a doll to play with also. The second doll has dark hair and I made a load of clothes for the both the dolls.

A bright, cheery yellow red trimmed with red rick rack! Fun!
Several overalls, dresses, skirts and shirts to mix and match!
Today I made several outfits for the patriotic holidays! Who doesn't love red, white and blue?

I have also been working on a pillow from a Craftsy class I have taken. It is Maureen Cracknell's Quick- Quilt-As-You-Go. It was fun to make and even more fun to stuff the pillow form in, especially with arthritic wrists!
 I am now working on a herringbone quilt from the same close which I will post about when I finally get it done. I have 2/3 of the top finished so am hoping the rest will go as quickly!

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Emily and her Fantastic Wardrobe!!!

This week I have been busy making Emily and her wardrobe! She is another pattern from the creative mind of Wendi at Shiny, Happy World. Believe me when I say Wendi's  patterns are addictive!

Here is Emily in her "sparkly" top and skirt! She will be able to wear this outfit for the 4th of July!
I also made her a pair of shorts out of the same sparkly denim so she will have to make a decision of which one to wear!

Next up is the same shorts but with a bright red top! She is a very patriotic girl you know!

She might get a bit cold so she also has a pair of striped overalls that go with her red top.
She really isn't being choked...I used my granddaughters's doll stand so Emily could stand upright!
I guess she decided that the overalls were too warm so she put on another pair of denim shorts, this time a bit lighter in color. She added a new shirt, too. This one is blue and green specks with shiny green snaps! What a stylish girl!
Well, the day finally came to an end and Emily put on her flannel jammies and got her little doll out so they could go to bed. It's been a long, hard day! Yawn!

I am going to make another doll and lots more clothes for my granddaughter and her friends...cross your fingers I get most of it done by next week when I get to see her!

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Elephants, Bears and Paperdolls! Oh, My!!!!

This week I made my first stuffed softies from Wendi's fun patterns. I finished my elephant and teddy bear and have a cat and dog to go!

I love my elephant and have a pink one planned (doesn't everyone need a pink elephant?)
I love his big floppy ears!
Of course, I have many more teddies planned of all colors. I used pleather for his nose and faux suede for his face, "hands" and feet!

He seems right at home sitting in my chair!

Here are a few more paperdoll blocks. This week I made ones with my kids and grandkids! Oh course, I had to use my memory for what my kids wore all those years ago! Thank goodness the grandkids are recent so I didn't have to use too many brain cells for those!

First up is my oldest son and one of my favorite outfits he ever had! His grandmother gave him these quilted overalls when he was really little so I had to put a huge hem in them! He wore them until I couldn't let them out anymore and then they were passed down to his brother.( I did take poetic license with them because the original quilted knees and pocket were yellow calico.)
I then moved on to my younger son. He played soccer from 1st grade until he graduated so what is more apropos than his soccer uniform. The cleats were lots of fun to add!
Then I made one of my granddaughter and the outfit we shopped for on her last birthday. She picked out the whole outfit and was especially proud of her Sketcher shoes with memory foam. She had wanted them for so long and then found them to match the outfit she had chosen!!!!
Last but not least is my grandson and his swim suit! When they come to visit, swimwear is all you see them in! They love the beach. I had fun putting the whale appliques on both his swimsuit and protective shirt. Fun, fun!
One other block I finished was "Lily" my Easter girl! It was based on  a dress that my grandmother made me when I was 8 or 9. The dress was yellow dotted swiss (remember that?) and I had black patent leather shoes. I loved that dress! I added an Easter basket filled with flowers.

I have at least two more softies to make...a cat and a dog and of course I am still working on my paperdoll and house blocks.