Thursday, June 10, 2010

Ms. Crafty Pants

My darling niece, Chelsea, just graduated from Shippensburg University and has decided to move to Tampa, Florida.  She was checking out a Vera Bradley hanging make up organizer for $48.  She asked if I could make her something like it.  Well, sure I can!  I didn't put a handle on it so it will fit better into her suitcase or travel bag and mine isn't quite as long but I think it turned out really cute!

She wanted zebra fabric so I found some at Joann's that was perfect for the bag (and on sale!).  I made a little fabric rose to cover the stitching where I attached the velcro.  The interior is a poly blend fabric that can be wiped off and has a bit of sheen to it.

I should have filled the bottom pouch so you can see that it is about 2" deep.  The upper ones are fairly flat.  To finish it a little more professionally, I threaded narrow black ribbon through the zipper eyes.  I am also giving her a little carabiner to snap through the "d" ring so that she can hang it from a towel bar.

I used a Kwik Sew pattern , 3748, as a guide.  I wasn't crazy about some of the construction and I do not like working with bias tape.  The next time I make a similar bag I will use some other techniques that I much prefer for a nice finished edge.  All in all, I think this was a pretty successful project!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Couple of things...

I spent the weekend in upstate New York with some of my favorite people.  In preparation to go, I had to finish 3 table runners and a purse.  Did I take any photos?  Why, of course not!  I am not really sure at this point why I even own cameras.  Either I can't find one, leave one behind or forget to use one!

I got home on Monday afternoon in time to make it to Burkholder's for the tail end of their sale.  I bought a few fabrics for bags

I am not exactly sure which bag designs I will use but is nice to have some new fabrics from which to choose.

A couple of weeks ago I also picked up all of these to use for bags
I love this collection in neutrals and purchased enough fabric to make several different styles of totes and purses.

I also recently got a really good deal on some Moda Martinique by 3 Sisters jelly rolls.  I also bought some coordinating fabrics to use for borders and that sort of thing.  I want to make a queen size "summery" looking quilt.  Does anyone have a good suggestion for a pretty quilt that uses jelly rolls?

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