Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
This year is the first time I've really been able to make him something since I started sewing and was pretty excited about it. So I now present to you the man purse!
I'm a bit worried it may look too much like a purse. I actually used this wonderful TUTORIAL for a messenger style diaper bag. Ha! I just shrunk down the measurements a whole bunch to make it just big enough for carrying his ipad and maybe some papers and stethoscope and stuff to work. Also, whenever he opens the flap he gets a little peek at his family!
I used fleece on the inside so it would be nice and soft and wouldn't have to worry about scratching any screens. It has some little pen/pencil pockets on the sides. I even did the zipper pocket on the back! I was so proud! I've been avoiding any projects with zippers like the plague. I was quite scared of zippers but it turned out to be not as bad as I expected.
I'll be sure to update after Christmas with whether or not he liked it!
Monday, December 13, 2010
I also made a business card holder that I mentioned in my last post. This time I kept the measurements as listed in the tutorial instead of making it longer. It turned out pretty great. Instead of using it for business cards I stick my debit card, license and a few bucks in it for those quick trips when I don't feel like carrying a purse. It works perfectly!
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Now I'm just working on filling them up with matching accessories! For this wallet I actually used a tutorial for a business card holder but made it long to hold bills flat out. I added a little loop of elastic and still need to add a little button to the front so it can be closed.
On the top edges I added a decorative stitch I can now do
with my new sewing machine. I probably should have practiced with that first because it is a little bit crooked but not too bad. My husband always says some craziness about how its better when it has those little flaws because it makes it more special.
I'm still deciding what other accessories to add. I've got a couple in mind. Be on the lookout for the finished package!
Friday, December 10, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Our dog is the messiest drinker ever!! Or maybe all dogs are like that?? Well, I made this cute little placemat for her food and water dishes. It has a cute little bone pattern and blue fabric on the back. I just threw some quilt batting in between and got some quilting practice. I cut out a piece of clear vinyl the same size as the placemat and use that for the placemat to sit on. That way it keeps the water from soaking through to the floor and I can just snatch up the placemat and throw it in the washer when needed. However, it didn't come close to solving the problem of the messy drinking. I'm not sure why I thought maybe she would contain her drips to such a small area. Water still flies everywhere! At least she's eatin' and drinkin' in style I suppose.
Rarely while I'm browsing for fun sewing projects do I c ome across good ones for little boys. So when I found this tutorial http://www.makeit-loveit.com/2010/02/childs-tool-belt.html
I knew I had to make one for Isaac. It was super easy to throw together and he's had lots of fun using it not only for his tools but also for his little army guys and whatever else he can think to put in it.
I used this tutorial to make this cute little basket: http://ayumills.blogspot.com/2008/05/tutorial-fabric-basket.html It currently sits on the sewing table to be used as a place to throw scraps.
This last one is just a bag I threw together real quick that hangs from the side of my table right now. It has a short pocket on front and at the top a piece of boning to help it hang open better.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
I used the same thing for the crib skirt. Sewed the blocks together and added a small border on top and bottom. Also added some small but well spaced out pleats at the top just enough to give it that wavy look. I thought I was gonna go all out and even make a fitted sheet. However, I got a bit lazy at this point and found a cute one at target that went well with theme!
Then we have the diaper stacker. I think the material I used for that top rectangle was a bit too thin and maybe the single handle in the middle wasn't a great idea because it kind of pulls it funny. Overall it turned out pretty well. I plan to eventually add Connor's name to it.
At the moment Isaac's bed has some store bought sports theme bedding. They don't match my creations though! So I am working on the quilt for his bed as well as some other matching room decor. I'll be sure to add the pics when I get it all finished and set up!
Friday, December 3, 2010
I wanted to start with a diaper bag. So I searched and searched online for the right free pattern and found several that I really liked. However, since it was my first time making a bag I wanted something really simple. So I got the general idea of how to make a reversible bag and then kind of did my own thing. The corners are actually square, I just didn't push them out in this first picture. Beside it is a little case for a couple diapers and travel wipe case.
It was super easy to make. I just hemmed all the edges, made a little casing at the top and slipped in a piece of corset boning for the peek hole and added some D-rings to make the adjustable strap.
Sadly, this is another project that has not got a ton of use. It turned out perfect and I loved it. I just am not one of the brave women who can just whip it out in public and feed baby anywhere they are, whether the hooters are hidden or not. So when I am out and find that I HAVE to nurse, I go sit in the car to do it. So when we are sitting in the car it's just as easy to throw a blanket over us in case someone should walk by. However, right after little man was born we were going to football games for my oldest son and still had some hot and humid weather. During that time I did use my homemade hooter hider since it was much more lightweight and therefore cooler than a blanket.
Oh! One more thing before I end this post. If you happened to click on either of the last two pics, please pay no mind to my nasty ironing board with all the ugly burn marks and stuff! lol But if you did already notice it, rest assured it is on my crafty to do list. I will definitely be recovering my little ironing board before too long!