Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Lunch bag #1

First up from my to-do list: lunch bags! I ordered fabric for my partner and grabbed some from my current stash to make my own bag. As a rule, I always try to make something first for myself if I intend to give it as a gift. This way I can figure out how to handle any issues I run into and make note of what I'd like to change.  Plus practice makes perfect.

When I started pulling out fabric I had a "staring into the fridge" moment. You know when you're hungry and you're looking in a fridge or pantry full of food but don't see anything to eat? That's how I felt with my fabric spread all around me.

Eventually some pieces started to jump out at me and it came together quickly from there. However I decided that the problem I was having originated from a lack of solid colored fabric in my stash.  Guess this means I'll have to go buy more fabric :)

For my bag I settled on a blue on white geometric pattern as the main fabric for the bag with a solid blue border. From there I picked a nice bright blue for the handles that would give it a nice pop.  I think my favorite piece of this bunch, however, has to be the white with blue birds fabric for the drawstring portion.  The cross stitched birds are absolutely adorable! :D

The best thing about working with fabric you love is that it makes the whole process of ironing, measuring, cutting, and sewing so much fun! I swear I had a smile on my face the entire time I put this together (and it had nothing to do with Disney's Robin Hood or Emperor's New Groove playing in the background).

This pattern has been a lot of fun to put together.  It's so simple and easy to follow! As you know I'm working from Pink Penguin's Lunch Bag tutorial and her abundance of photos of the process make a visual learner like myself very happy.

I've only deviated from the pattern in one aspect, which is not using a vinyl fabric for the inside.  Instead I purchased iron on vinyl to use overtop my interior fabric. I had never used iron on vinyl before this project and I'm very glad I'm making my bag before my swap partner's! The most difficult part for me was getting the vinyl on and keeping the fabric flat as I ironed. Fortunately it all worked out in the end. Next time, I'm cutting the fabric a half an inch bigger so I have more room to work with.

All I have left to do now on my bag is put everything together! Hopefully I'll be able to do that tomorrow night and then dive right into my swap partner's bag!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Snowy To-Do's

As DC gets 5-10 inches of snow, I'm sitting on my couch figuring out my next few projects.

Two Baby Quilts

My mom has two co-workers who are expecting and each are having baby showers in March. These two quilts need to be gender neutral so I'm working on finding two fabric spreads that don't lean towards one gender or another. I'm also trying to figure out which designs to use.

For designs, I'm thinking through a couple that I have found through Pinterest as well as the Missouri Star Quilt Co. tutorials.  The option to do some more with half square triangles is always tempting, but no particular pattern has come into my head yet.

Secret Santa Lunch Box

I am part of an online Secret Santa Lunch Box exchange and I'm really excited about it! My partner said that she would really love to see something hand made, so of course I saw that as a challenge.  I looked at her profile and BINGO! a link to her Pinterest account!  And even better: she has a bunch of pins of different fabrics, lunch bag patterns, colors, piecing work, and a whole lot more to use as inspiration!!!  This couldn't be easier!!

I'm so excited to work on this project for her, I just need to get it done and shipped by February 7th! That gives me 2.5 weeks, I'm positive I can do it!  The hardest part is going to be picking the fabric since I've already chosen a pattern!

I'm going to be using Pink Penguin's Lunch Bag Tutorial which I first saw over at Happy Zombie's blog. I love this pattern because it has handles and a draw string top! Most of the patterns out there are based on the traditional brown bag and are folded over. Some of the cuter ones use a button to close but I like how you can physically close this one. I also love  the handles!


These are to help me get organized! I already made one basket to hold all my fabric scraps, and it turned out really cute! I used the Sometimes Crafter tutorial for scrap baskets which was super easy. I'm going to be making another one soon for my makeup.  There's also a nifty pattern for fabric trays that I'm going to use to hold all my bathroom odds and ends.  I already have the fabric picked out, now just to make them!

UFOs (UnFinished Objects)

These include the coffee sleeve, coffee sleeve tutorial, hot pads (post on those soon!) as well as the nerd glasses wall hanging.  All of these are waiting on something or another, but mostly they're waiting on me to stop making to-do lists and actually get to work!

So, do you think I'll have time for all this? I think I will! I'll keep you guys posted