Sunday, November 27, 2016

A Purse with Pizzazz

I couldn't help myself; I made Claire another purse. This is the fabric I wanted to use for the red purse. I had seen this pattern awhile ago and thought it had a bit more style. I did make a few adaptations. First, I made it one inch longer. Second, I did not gather the lining (which is a plain, solid red fabric), I pleated it just like the outside of the purse so the shape would match and it would fit better. Third, I did not do a button closure. This button is purely decorative. The glittery heart button was a great match for this fabric, but I didn't think the shape would work very well as an actual closure, and I had another magnetic closure that I figured would be ideal. Instead of top stitching after attaching the band to the body of the purse, I waited until the bag was completely assembled to top stitch, thus giving more stability to the band for opening the magnet. 

Finished size: 8" wide at top, 9" wide at bottom, 7" long at center

Sunday, November 20, 2016

One Very Red Purse

Julie sent me a text asking if my machine could sew leather or fake leather. When I asked what she wanted me to make, she sent me a photo of a purse. I told her I would make it, but that it didn't need to be made out of leather. Claire really likes red, so despite sending photos of some cute red prints, we settled on plain, solid red fabric. As a result, I used a very red patterned fabric for the lining instead. There is also a small pocket on the inside. The purse Julie saw had a big bow on the front, but we decided to go with a button instead. I was pleased to find a sparkly heart button, despite the fact that there's not much contrast. I decided to go with a magnetic snap, which I'd never used before, instead of Velcro for the closure. I really like it, but the magnet is so strong I'm afraid it will be difficult for Claire to open. Hopefully it's red enough for her and she likes it!

Finished size: 7" wide, 5.5" high, 2.5" deep

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Santa Stockings

I used this Santa fabric to make some bags last year, and I wanted to use up the little bit I had left, so I decided to pull out my stocking template, which I'd last used in 2012. I was able to make six, and they will make nice little treat bags for Claire and her friends and the kids my mom babysits.

Finished size: approximately 3.5" x 5"

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Mini Quilt Ornament

This is my second mini quilt ornament, but the first is actually for Christmas so it will be posted later. After I made the first one, I realized I needed to make a Doctor Who themed one for a friend who just happened to have an October birthday, so why wait until Christmas?

If you are not a Doctor Who fan, the images include a TARDIS, a Dalek, a Cyberman, K-9, and a Weeping Angel. 

Finished size: 4" x 5.5"
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