Friday, September 30, 2016

Cross body bag 1 of 3

A few weeks ago a friend of mine asked if I'd sew her daughter's some cross body purses. I love a new project. I searched all over for a free pattern but did not find what I was looking for, so I bought a pattern from Etsy that looked easy. It wasn't! Each purse had over 30 pieces to cut out and four zippers per bag! (I thought there was only one). So I set that pattern aside and looked again for another one to buy. Then, I came across a FREE video tutorial for a bag I really liked. Simple. Just a few pieces to cut out. Sewed similar to bags I've already made.

I quickly made a sample bag. Easy peasy. Then yesterday I sewed the real one. It took me a little while to figure out how to do the adjustable purse straps but I found a helpful video for that. And here is the finished bag-

The back has a pocket for a notebook and pen. 

                           Inside polka dot liner

I'm really pleased with how it turned out. I may have to sew one for myself. :-)

I plan to sew a zippered pouch to serve as a coin purse/wallet to match in the pink polka dot print. 

Two more bags to sew...

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Flat scrubber

One of the places I sell my scrubbers at, someone requested I make flat scrubbers. I've been making these round ones for years and this isn't the first time someone comes up with a new way for me to make them.

I've actually tried a wide variety of different styles and like the round ones best. But not just any round ones, but the double thickness ones. I like that they last for around 6 months or longer depending on how hard you use them. I actually had a lady tell me that I made them last too long and that I needed to make them with cheaper materials and more flimsy so people would have to buy more often. What!?? I refuse to do that!

I don't care that people will buy a handful I've or twice a year for themselves and friends and family. These take time to make whether made poorly or not. I like my scrubbers just these easy they are.

But to humor the lady that asked me to make a flat scrubber because she claimed food got stuck in the center hole, I decided to make her a flat scrubber. Now first of all, I've never had trouble with food getting caught in it. I will throw the scrubbers in the washing machine when they are dirty and air dry them. They can also be put in the dishwasher. Second of all I don't think she actually used them, but saw the hole and assumed food would get caught inside.

Anyways, here is the scrubber I made her. I used the same netting in all my scrubbers. Same width cut, six strips because I've actually been using only 6 per round scrubber as I like the size they are.

What I did was-
I followed the same instructions for the first 2 strips. Then for the 3rd strip, I did this- *SC in next 3 chains. 2 SC in next chain. Repeat * until you add next strip. Then with 4th step- *SC in next 4 chains, 2 SC in next chain. Repeat as before. I followed this pattern adding one sc per each strip as the number I was on to keep track of what strip I was working on.

It is a nice scrubber but I prefer my thick ones. When these get wet. They flatten out quite considerably. There just isn't much to hold on to, when using these flat ones. I'm not impressed, lol!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Finished sample bag

Well, the pattern I bought proved to be way to difficult to figure out at the moment. And I found a free tutorial after I bought the pattern. Ugh. Anyways, the free tutorial was great and I made this-

I didn't have enough fabric to make a proper strap so I used ribbon instead. I'm happy with how easy the pattern was. Now, to sew the real bags...

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Purse construction to begin

I'm gathering some fabric and getting ready to cut in hopes to make a practice purse for a friend. I needed some hardware. So I went to the thrift store and found two purses that had just what I needed. They were $1 each, not bad since the hardware can cost me $7+. I don't mind paying that much for the real purse, but for practice I need cheap stuff! Lol.

Wish me luck! I'll be posting up pictures as I go along.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016


I joined a really neat group on Facebook called "dehydrating for divas and dudes."

I've learned so much about so many things I can dry that I never thought about before.

When I got my dehydrator, I dried mostly fruit leather, smoothies, and dried bananas.

The above picture is strawberries and apples. I never knew how delicious dried strawberries could be! And I've dried apples before but only peeled ones. These have been sliced whole with a mandolin. The seeds pop out when dry and the core center looks like a pretty star. I thought the center would bother my teeth, but they don't.

I found that I like to eat the dried apples while out on a long bicycle ride. It is just the thing I need to energize myself.

I dried tomatoes this year. Two friends gave me gobs of free tomatoes so I ate as many as I could fresh and dried the rest.

I dried watermelon too. What a tasty treat!

One of the fun things I learned about was zucchini gummies.

This is the last of them and boy are they delicious! Chewy, sweet. Tastes like apricots or apples. You cook the zucchini in fruit juice and then dehydrate them. Such a great way to use up those hidden surprise gigantic zucchini in the garden. 

I never knew you could dry egg shells for... Come join the fun to find out what it's for. 

Tea wallets

Finished these for the kitchen store this week.

Reusable reversible shopping bags

My friend asked me last week why I don't use cloth bags for shopping knowing how much I hate the plastic ones. I told her we did use cloth ones years ago before it was "popular". Cashiers had a fit and customers behind us got mad at us for taking too long. Then we just quit and didn't use them anymore. 

She was surprised with all the sewing I do that I've never made any for myself. I told her I would make some this week. 

I've been looking just the right bag pattern, but didn't like any that I had seen. And I had been looking for quite some time long before she mentioned it to me. 

One search led to another and I finally found these. Google - The chilly dog reversible grocery bags. I like that these did not need any interfacing. While I like bags that can be stood upright, I was out of the stuff and wanted something easy to do without much thinking involved. It took me awhile to figure some things out, but once I did, I was hooked! I plan to sew a set of 8 from the bed sheets I used. 

See, I had sorted through my fabric stash determined to make a bag or two before I saw my friend. But I didn't have enough material. Then I remembered two vintage bed sheets that I had gotten with the purpose of using them for a cool craft project. I was thrilled when I liked the look of them together and was happy that I had enough material. 

This bag fits perfectly in my bike basket and will hold a lot of groceries. I do worry though about the bottom seam, so I think my next bags I do, I'll cut the material 20 by 40 and fold in half so there won't be a bottom seam. 

Here are the bags. The liner is the opposite color. 

One thing I've come to enjoy is to find material that I can repurpose. 

Boxy bag for bicycle basket

I just got a new bicycle basket so I wanted to sew a boxy bag to fit exactly inside. I wanted to make a practice one first as I wasn't exactly sure it would turn out.

I found a formula that tells me what size I need to cut to get the finished product.

I used a fusible fleece to help hold its shape but it's still pretty floppy. I hoped to have enough material left for a handle but didn't. But I'm going to take it apart to put one in so I can carry it with ease.

This is what it looked like after cutting out the corners. I was convinced I'd messed it up, because I'd never cut such a large corner before, but it came out exactly the size I wanted it to be. 

I got to try it out today as I rode my bicycle to knitting group. It fit great inside my reusable reversible shopping bag. 

Crayon bags

I picked out some material last week to turn into crayon bags. I'm pleased with how they turned out.

I've made these before but decided to do the handles a little differently this time. They are so much fun to make! 

Chicken project bag

I'm still plugging along and sewing like crazy! I forget that I can blog without the app.

This morning I went to meet a lady outside the quilt shop but was early so I went inside to look around. The owner there had some things for me to go through. After sorting through some bias tape and netting, I watched her work awhile before volunteering my time. I love to iron and helped her press some material. She was going through it as it had belonged to a lady that had passed away. It was interesting to see her fabric stash and her unfinished projects, but weird feeling too. I wonder what people will think when they go through my things. This lady had a lot of stuff!

One piece of material caught my eye as it was adorable!

I just had to take a picture of it as I've never seen anything so cute! The owner mentioned giving it to a friend who loved chickens. I asked her if she happened to sell any that I would love to buy a fat quarter worth to make a boxy bag. She asked me if I would make a boxy bag for the friend in exchange for the material. She offered to pay me for the bag too, but I declined. I just love sewing! I said sure! She found some interesting material that kind of looked like bird feathers for the liner.

When I finally got home after visiting some other shops, I started to sew the boxy bag. I decided to put in a handle, something I'm just learning to do.

I just love how the bag turned out!

Talk about being in the right place at the right time!

Cell phone zippered pouches

Last week a friend asked me to sew her a cell phone holder that she wanted to give to a friend. So I took out my supplies and started to d...