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My Second Clutch/Wristlet

Ok, second time around. Made a few alterations from the first one.

My second clutch

My second clutch

The first change I made was to add interfacing to it to add body to the fabric. Here’s what I used.

Interfacing

Interfacing body

I put it between the pieces of fabric to add body. I also used it in the credit card second.

Inside peek

Inside peek

Look at all that junk!

Look at all that junk!

Man, I carry a lot of stuff! One of the best things about this clutch is my epi pen easily fits in it. I could fit it in my first one, but I had to work at it and it took up so much room. I made this one a little bigger specifically for my epi pen. Bonus – If it is big enough for my epi pen, it will also hold my glasses!

It is about 10x6

It is about 10×6

10x6

10×6

I used Velcro it close it and the same kind of elastic on the wrist hold as the first one.

Velcro close

Velcro close

So pretty

So pretty

I like the contrast of the dark fabric outside and the red fabric inside.
I used fat quarters from a novelty pack I got a Joann.
I used one whole fat quarter to make the inside of the clutch and half a fat quarter on the outside fabric.

My first clutch

I made a clutch today out of some scraps I had in my stash.  I wasn’t sure how it would turn out so I wanted to use scraps.

 

My First Clutch

My First Clutch

 

This is my own design and the first time I have made a clutch.  There may be an easier way to do it, but I got inspired and made this.  The inspiration came from one of my fellow nursing students, Andrea, who carries a small clutch instead of lugging around a purse along with our two tons of books.  I thought I’d like one too so, I did it my way…

I started with a piece of fabric that I folded in half (pretty sides together) and sewed up three sides except for a two-inch hole so I could turn it right side out.  I did the same thing twice more with pieces that were slightly smaller in width and a couple of inches shorter (to allow for the folded flap to close it).

Make 3 rectangles. One of which is larger.

Make 3 rectangles. One of which is larger.

So now you have 3 rectangular pieces of fabric that have the pretty side out on both sides.

3 rectangles

3 rectangles

Pretty on both sides

Pretty on both sides

Now you want to fold one like an accordion to make pockets for your credit cards, insurance card and ID.  I took some gift cards to the ironing board and started folding and pinning the fabric with the cards in them.  I made three rows.

Side view of credit card section

Side view of credit card section

Now sew a center line so you will have 6 slots for credit cards. and sew as close to the edge as you can on each side.  Use your finger to make sure there is enough slack in the fabric to put in credit card(s).

Credit card section

Credit card section

 

Now take your large piece of fabric and figure out where you want the bottom to be.  Fold it three pieces.  Like an envelope.  I left a two-inch (ish) piece at the top to act as the flap to close it.  Once I did that then I sewed Velcro on it to close it.  I folded the edge of the top flap over so it would be more sturdy, then sewed on the Velcro.

Crease your large piece of fabric with the iron and fold the remaining smaller piece in half.  This will act as a divider inside the clutch.  It will give you three separate sections.  Then sew the two pieces together along the crease.

Sew the two pieces together

Sew the two pieces together.

Now sew the credit card section to the large piece.  You can choose where you want it.  I felt like it was better furthest to the back so I can see the cards when I open it.

Sew in the credit card section

Sew in the credit card section

I sewed it in following the same center line I sewed earlier to create 6 slots.  Then I sewed as close to the edge as I could on each side and across the bottom.  I did not sew up the top.  I happened to notice that it was just the right size for my iPhone, so I left the top open which give me two pockets that for my phone and whatever else I might want to stick in it (monthly girly items).

Unexpected iPhone pocket

Unexpected iPhone pocket

Next I laid it open flat and sewed the dividers as close to the edge as I could.

Sew the sides of the dividers down

Sew the sides of the dividers down

Now make a strap.  I made mine out of some elastic I purchased to make hair ties.  I got some that was velvety on one side and elastic on the other.  Turns out it isn’t stretchy enough for me to use as a hair tie (I like things easy), so now I have a use for it.  I looped it so the velvety side would be against my wrist. You know, because I am a princess and like nice things.

I folded my clutch in half and sewed up each side and enclosed the strap when I did.  Voila, one clutch.  Like I said, this was my own design, so there are probably easier ways of doing this, but I had a blast making it!

Look at all that stuff!

Look at all that stuff!

 

My 10 Minute Dress

I am by no means an expert seamstress.  I would definitely call myself a novice, and I just made a dress in about 10 minutes!  Talk about a confidence booster!

I bought some fabric yesterday at JoAnn.  It was that fabric that is already shirred.  I’ve been eyeballing it for a while, but never purchased it because I felt like to was too expensive.  Well it was on sale so I bought it.   I mean really, I made a dress in 10 minutes for $12.00.

So the dress took one seam.  Yes, I said ONE seam.  Well, really it took two because I redid the seam to make it fit a bit more snug.  Had I gotten the size right the first go round, it would have only taken one seam.

I measured myself above my boobs (just put the measuring tape in your armpits – or if you are like me… um, a bit lower) and have your fabric cut to an inch more than that measurement.  Iron your fabric.  Next pin the fabric inside out and sew the seam.  I used my serger, but you can use your sewing machine.  Tuck in any loose threads and voila, a dress in 10 minutes.

The 10 minutes includes ironing, pinning, sewing and trying it on, and in my case, sewing again and trying it on again.  So it will probably take you less than 10 minutes.  I’m seriously thinking about going to get more fabric so I can have one in each color they sell!

In another 10 minutes you could easily add straps to the dress.  I’m going to live on the wild side and not add them to mine. LOL

My 10 Minute Dress

My 10 Minute Dress

Length of dress

Length of dress

More Baby Bibs

I made some more bibs and wanted to share them with you.  I used the same basic pattern as back in October of 2012.

With a couple of modifications.  I used buttons to close the bibs and I mixed and matched some fabric to make it more fun.  I also put monograms on one of them.  I think they turned out adorable!

Girly bib

Girly Bib Back

Girly Bib 2

Girly Bib Front

Boy's Bib Back

Boy’s Bib Back

Boy's Bib Front

Boy’s Bib Front

They aren’t perfect, but I’m not sweating it too much.  They were fun to make and the babies are going to be getting them filthy anyway.  More importantly, aren’t they adorable?  So much fun!

I need more of my friends to get pregnant so I have a reason to make more of these!  Come on – get to it! Make those babies!  It is spring time after all…

Apron

It has been a while since I’ve posted.  I took a little break.  It seemed like everything in my life was going crazy so I took some time to myself.  I am back now, so watch out!

Reversible Apron.  Two Pocket Side

Reversible Apron. Two Pocket Side

Reversible Apron.  Three Pocket Side

Reversible Apron. Three Pocket Side

I made this lovely reversible apron for my boyfriend’s mom.  She loves horses so the fabric seemed like a no-brainer.  As for the design… I made it with all the things I would like in an apron and can never seem to find.

  • extra long ties
  • multiple pockets (two on one side and three on the other)
  • reversible
  • monogrammed
  • long
  • busy pattern so you can’t see the mess (really so others can’t see what a mess you made of yourself)

I cut the aprons (2)  free hand. Then sewed the pockets together then to the apron.  Cut and sewed the ties together then pinned them to the aprons.  I sewed the two aprons together wrong side out, leaving the bottom unsewn.  I turned it right side out then sewed up the bottom.  Voila! A reversible apron with pockets on both sides (two on one side and three on the other).  Different pocket styles on each side.  I find I can never have enough pockets.  I placed the pockets below the waist so when you bend over nothing falls out.

Scribblings of a crazy woman.

Scribblings of a crazy woman.

I hope my design works as well for her as I think it will.  I’m going to get sewing on another one for me.  I’m beginning to have apron envy.

Flannel Lounging Pants

I made my first pair of lounging pants.  It was so easy! I could not believe how easy it was!  Seriously, it took me less than an hour to make my first ones and even less time the second time around.

Here’s what you’ll need:

flannel fabric – the amount will depend on what size you are making.  I’d venture to say an adult pair will require at least three yards.  Mine took less, but my legs are short. 🙂 You want to make sure you have the prints all running in the same direction.

Scissors or rotary cutter and cutting mat

coordinating thread

a pair of pants that fit you (I used a pair of old sweatpants)

no roll elastic (enough for your waistband)

sewing machine

serger (optional)

about 45 minutes

A camera to take pictures of your work.  You’ll be so proud of what you made you’ll want to take lots of pictures to show off.

Directions:

Fold your fabric with the selvage ends together.

Fold your pants (the ones that fit you) in half so the crotch pokes out – I can’t think of another way to describe it (see pic below).

Lay your folded pants on the folded fabric with the crotch toward the open side not the folded side.

Folded pants on folded fabric

Folded pants on folded fabric

Cut around your pants with at least an inch on seam allowance around.  If you are unsure, give yourself two inches.  It is always easier to take them in later.

You will do this twice so you’ll have two identical cuts of fabric.

Cut two identical pieces

Cut two identical pieces

Take your two pieces of fabric and lay them pretty sides together and pin.  You’ll be sewing up the crotch area up to the waist.  I used my serger to do it.  You do not have to, a regular sewing machine will work just fine.

Sew the crotch area

Sew the crotch area

Next you will refold them with the two new seams facing each other.  Still with the pretty sides together.  Presto-Chango!  Magically legs will appear. You will pin them.

Pin legs

Pin legs

Sew up one leg and down the other.  Again, a serger is not necessary.

Sew up one leg and down the other

Sew up one leg and down the other

Now comes the hemming.  Figure out how long you want your pants to be and hem up the legs.  That isn’t a bottle of pills there on the table.  I use an old prescription bottle to hold safety pins.  The stress ball (star) is for another project.

Hem up the legs

Hem up the legs

I couldn’t find my hem ruler so I made myself a little hem guide out of some cardboard that came with something (I forget what).  I found the ruler after I finished both pair of pants.  Isn’t that always the case. Oh and to top it off, it was right where it was supposed to be.  The same place I looked (apparently not with my eyes) three times before giving up and making one. Sheesh!

My Fancy Hem Guide

My Fancy Hem Guide

Next comes the waistband.  Roll your fabric to make a tunnel for the elastic.  Sew up the tunnel leaving enough room for your elastic.  Do not sew it up completely.  Leave yourself a couple of inches to put the elastic in.

Sew the waistband

Sew the waistband leaving a gap to put in the elastic

I put a safety pin on one end of the elastic and another one through the other end and pin that end to the fabric.  If you’ve ever pulled a piece of elastic all the way into the tunnel, you’ll remember to pin the other end.  Man was that frustrating!

Pin the elastic

Pin the elastic

Pull the elastic through the tunnel and then sew the two ends together in a couple of places to make sure it doesn’t come apart.  Now sew the tunnel shut. Try to line up with the previous stitches.  And… you’re finished! Bust out that camera and let the model shoot begin!  Work it…

Completed Flannel Lounging Pants

His Completed Flannel Lounging Pants

Her Completed Flannel Lounging Pants

Her Completed Flannel Lounging Pants

Ha! I just noticed my flat iron in the pic.  That’s a old one that I use on fabric for quick jobs (like the leg cuff hem) so I don’t have to break out the iron and ironing board.  Shhhhh.  Don’t tell anyone my secret!

Oh and apparently I got super lucky with the flannel I chose for my pants.  Elisa (fellow blogger) wanted some and it was no longer available anywhere. Hopefully Joann will get more in, it is so cute!  The name of the print is Cherry Blossom Girl.  It is in the Snuggle Flannel line.

Let’s Get Loopy

I’ve made a couple more scarves, you know the No Knit, No Crochet Scarf.  I saw this lovely purple yarn and thought it would make beautiful scarf.  I bought a couple of skeins and went to town!

This time I went with longer loops.  I think I like it better.  What do you think?

Purple Loops Completed

Purple Loops Completed

To get the loops the same general size, I put a strip of masking tape on my sewing machine to use as a guide.

Purple Loops Sewing

Purple Loops Sewing

I tried something a little different on another one.  I braided 3 strands of yarn and sewed that down the middle.

Purple Loops Scarf with Braid

Purple Loops Scarf with Braid

Laid out like that it kind of reminds me of a dust mop.  Trust me once it is on, it no longer resembles a dust mop!  It looks great!  If I liked my own picture, I would have put it on to model it.  Alas, you are stuck with the pic of it on my lamp.

These take no time at all to make, so get to it!  Christmas is closing in on us!

Oh yeah, here’s one I made out of straight strands of yarn sewn across the strands in five places to hold it together.  For a little fun I sewed some black yarn I had laying around into it.

Purple Lines Scarf

Purple Lines Scarf