Friday, January 29, 2010

Friendly Fabric Find

Hooray! I answered an ad on Kijiji and scored myself a great number of fabrics! This nice lady local to the area is moving out of her farm house and is trying to get rid of 13 boxes of fabric! Most of it wasn't stuff that I could really use, so I couldn't clean it out for her. However, I did add a lot to my stash. Most of it will make great bags, but are just plain single colors. Plain colors are a good thing sometimes though. I can add a bunch of unique embellishments instead of relying on a bold pattern. Stay tuned I will be posting a new selection to choose from!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Fabrics 2

Again here are some of the fabrics that I have in my stash. I have given them numbers for easy identification when you order.



These are the fabrics that I currently have in my stash. As you can see I like bright bold colors that stand out. However, every now and then a more subdued piece will catch my eye. Most of these fabrics are medium weight. They are a little stiffer, which helps in holding the structure of a bag. Lighter weight cottons can be given more body by adding interfacing, so if you happen to like the feel of quilting cotton or something similar it can still be made into a bag. Keep in mind that some of the larger prints do work better for larger totes such as a book tote or diaper bag. I usually line all of the bags I make with a plain neutral. However, if you would like a reversible bag, I can put print on both sides.

Patterns for Ideas

Pattern from "Quick Stuff to Sew"




I haven't been able to post lately due to a sweet little baby of mine who is teething! Let the fun begin! Anyway, since I don't have too many new pictures, I thought I would post some pictures of the patterns I have available to give some ideas of what I can make. I will also be posting pictures of the fabrics I have in my stash. I am hoping to visit a few fabric stores by the end of the next week, so by then I hope to have a few more. Bare with me!

SometImes I modify patterns to make them a bigger or smaller size, and I also come up with some ideas of my own. You really don't need a pattern for some basic bags...just some imagination. If you already sew and you are just wondering what pattern I used so you can just make your own, I have listed the pattern numbers. I can't credit for their invention anyway!

You can get most patterns at your local fabric store or online. Try the Simplicity website

Friday, January 22, 2010

Pretty Purse


I just finished this purse last night...isn't it cute! I got the pattern from a magazine called "Quick Stuff to Sew" by the publishers of Threads magazine. You can get more info also at Anyway, this mag comes out once in awhile and has great projects for those of us who like quick gratitifaction! This purse was super easy (once I got my orientation correct), and fun to make. It has a velcro closure with a fabric flower embellishement. The flower is only pinned on so can be moved around or taken off if desired. This pattern is very very versatile. I am getting started on another version soon!

I think this bag would look super cute with jean caprics and a summery top!

Snug for a Boy

Here is another cozy baby snug I's off for a baby in Newfoundland...I hope he likes it!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Computer Troubles

AHHHH! I am having such computer troubles. I think my laptop has I virus, I don't know where I picked it up! Honestly I have found that free sites don't just come free...they bring with them junk like viruses.

I first found that out when I used to download free music on my desktop computer. I had to get it repaired several times and it never was the same. So now I only download from itunes because it's safe.

Now, I don't know what I did. I was searching for free digital scrapbooking stuff and I must have picked it up somewhere there. MY ADVICE, just pay for things!!! It's cheaper and less frustrating than dealing with repairs and a sick computer. I am so frustrated. I have a newsletter to complete for work and I can't get that done.

Anyway I should be able to post new pictures and things soon when my computer is fixed! ta ta for now.

I found some great bag patterns at the store the other day, including some diaper bag patterns that I can't wait to try out!!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

V- Tote Bag

Hey All

I have finished another bag and it's ready to go. I modified an existing pattern that I had and made it my own. For this I used sorta a vintage looking heavy fabric for the outer and a regular lining fabric. It is a medium sized tote with a fabric strap. I wanted to dress it up just a little so I tried my hand at a fabric flower and pinned it to the bag. You can find out how to make these great little add ons at I have a link for Heather Bailey in the side bar. Anyway, the flower is pinned on so it can be removed or moved to a different location on the bag.
I don't have any models handy to show off my creations, but luckily Billie was willing to get in on the action. He is never far from my side and I often trip over him around the house. He's a little shortie and with him and Gingi around there is never a dull moment.
Anyway, he made a great last minute model (he works on short notice) although I could have probably stuffed him in the bag quite comfortably.
Anyway tomorrow I think is going to have to be a house cleaning day. Time to go through the place with the vaccuum, mop, duster and everything else needed to get this place spic and span! Keep checking back for more creations coming this way!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Tied Bag

I just completed this bag yesterday amoungst a lazy day. I just was feeling kind of blah, but I kept myself occupied by finishing this project. It turned out okay, but I think the next time I make one I would make some adjustments to the straps. I found that once I tied them they then seemed a little short. So I will lengthen them next time.

The finished size of this bag is approximately 15" wide by 10" tall by 4" deep (from front side to back side). So it makes a great purse to throw your wallet and a few items in. It is constructed from cotton, and is lined. I admit that it has a few minor gliches since it was my first one, but if you don't take a magnifying glass to it, you won't even know!

If you would like it, drop me an email at Thanks.

Stay tuned for more bags, including some totes that make great diaper bags etc, and some sling style bags.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Lets go Oilers!

It's been awhile since I have been able to post. It's that time of year when people are running around visiting, celebrating and eating! As you know I am trying to get my weight on track since having my baby and I was doing really good before the holidays. But I have to admit I fell off the wagon over the past two weeks which is a shame. I am back on it today though, striving to lose that first 10 pounds.
Over the last week I was able to deliver another set of hats and scarves to my cousins who are die hard Oilers hockey fans. They specifically ordered durango hats, and scarves in Oilers colors. I think they look awesome don't you?
I am still plugging away at a few more crochet orders, then I think I am going to switch gears for a little while. I have some sewing projects that I would like to try a hand at. I am planning on sewing some more bags to add to the tote I have already posted. I found some funky fabrics at Ikea that I am going to use, so stay tuned for those!
Also, because I am not already busy enough I have decided to join a fundraising event that will also help me drop the weight I am lugging around. I am joining the Weekend to End Women's Cancers which is a 60 km walk over two days in Edmonton. I have to start training fairly soon and also fundraise the money needed to enter. I will be posting more about it soon so stay tuned. Also stay tuned for my bag creations!
Take care.