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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 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

Maxi Skirt in under one hour

I finally did it!  I successfully made myself a maxi skirt.  Yea me!  I attempted one other time and it came out so-so.  You know the kind of thing I’ll wear around the house, but not anywhere else.  Kind of like that old shirt you don’t want to throw away… LOL

So I bought some knit fabric and laid one of my skirts on it (a short skirt, because that is all I have – UNTIL NOW). I traced the skirt onto the fabric giving myself about an inch the sides and top for a seam allowance.  Then I kept drawing the sides down the length of the fabric.  Make sure the bottom is wider than the top or you’ll have trouble walking.

Please excuse my poor pictures.  I wasn’t paying attention to the sunlight in the photos.  Next time I will shut the blinds.

Trace an existing skirt onto the fabric

Trace an existing skirt onto the fabric

Make sure the bottom is wider than the top

Make sure the bottom is wider than the top

Cut your fabric and sew the sides together.  I have a serger so that’s what I used. Sew the hem.  Again I used the serger and sewed a rolled hem.

Now for the waist.  I rolled the fabric to give me a waistband.  I also made it so I wouldn’t need to use elastic to keep it up.  Once I had the waistband where I wanted it I pinned it then sewed it.  I tried it on and it was a bit wide so I trimmed a little off each side using the serger.  Man I love my serger.  Then I noticed it was still a little long  (I have short legs).  So I rolled the waist band again.  Since I had already sewed it once, I just sewed about a 1/2 inch on either side of each side seam to hold the new roll down.  You have no idea how much I wish that would work on my belly.  I’d have 1/2 inch seams all over me!

Completed Skirt

Completed Skirt

My skirt is not perfect, but then neither am I.  I like it and will be wearing it outside the house.  I might even wear it to work this week!  Here’s the best part of the whole thing.  Start to finish it took me less than one hour.  Can you believe it? In under an hour I made clothing. WOW!

Shhhhhh, the baby is sleeping!

Two friends are having babies soon.  One is having a boy and the other a girl.  I’m having fun making things for them.

I came across a picture of a thing to block the latch on the door from letting the door latch shut.  The purpose, I gather, is to prevent the door from shutting and the child being unable to open the door.  The other purpose was to prevent the door from making noise as it opened or closed and waking the baby.  I looked at the picture and decided I could make one from each of my friends.  I whipped them up last night.

No Latch

No Latch

Brighten Your Day Quilt

Let me start off by saying I was way out of my comfort zone while making these quilts and pillow cases.  Way out!  My favorite color is brown.  If you were to take a look in my closet you would find mostly brown, black and gray.  If there is something in there that is bright, it is only because my sister talked me into buying it or she bought it for me.  So like I said, way out of my comfort zone.

I made two of these.  My boyfriend and I each have a niece with a birthday this month.  The only guidance their mothers gave me was bright colors, pink and purple.  Ok, well I was their age once so I thought about it.  That didn’t go very far.  Yup, you guessed it. I liked brown then too.

I dove in and just went for bright colors.  I found this variegated blanket binding and used it.  Otherwise I would have used black.  Habit… hey, I could have used brown…

I made a strip quilt and a pillow case to go with it.

A peek of the backside

A peek of the backside

For the pillow case I made a “Magic Pillow Case”.  I posted that on 4/17/12.  Click here to see it.  Again, I went with bright colors on the pillow case.

Quilt with pillow case

Quilt with pillow case

I folded the quilt, put it inside the pillow case and tied a ribbon around it.  I chose ribbon I thought the girls would want to keep and reuse.

Wrapped up

Wrapped up

This project took me 6.5 hours for each set.  This is an easy weekend project.  In my case, I put in an hour here and there after work.

Mother’s Day Quilts

For Mother’s Day this year I used my novice quilting skills to make two quilts.  One for my mom and one for my boyfriend’s mom.  Thankfully they both liked them.

I had some fat quarters I hadn’t used yet.  I picked them up at Joann’s. Well, let me make a confession real quick, I have an addiction to fat quarters.  I love them.  I have a hard time passing them up.  So needless to say, there are more than just a few fat quarters in my sewing room at any given time. Also needless to say, most of the projects I do, use fat quarters.  Anyway…. moving on….

I sewed the fat quarters together and selected a fabric for the back.  I slapped them together and tried my hand at free motion quilting. A simple wavy line was all I was up for, but I did it.  I chose a thread that would stand out and dove right in.  Here’s what they looked like:

Shades of Gray

Shades of Gray

Yellow and Gray

Yellow and Gray

Each quilt took me about 6 hours to complete.

Look at this Delicious Mess

The machine, that mess of a quilt . . . perfect!

Let’s just be honest.  People who quilt in their designated Quilting Rooms with their perfectly organized by color and texture fabrics, with cutesy little shelves and peg boards for threads, and pincushions with actual pins in them . . . they are figments of your imagination.  They are all just  a part of your hot sewing fantasy.  I took this picture because as I walked by my dining room table and saw this awesome quilt stuffed under that machine with that poor needle hanging on for dear life . . . it made me happy. This is just a sneak peek at a post to come in the next few days.  It is actually the very first quilt I ever made and I started it SIX YEARS AGO.  I got so caught up with everything quilting that I moved from quilt to quilt, starting and stopping a million quilts in between, and I have finally, finally finished this extremely crooked, scrappy, unmatched, strip quilt that I get to keep for myself and smother with love every day.

My God, is that an Easy Bake Oven in the background with my taxes laying next to it?  LOVE IT!