Monday, December 31, 2012

Book Lover

book tote


My sister loves to read and she frequently walks to the library to check out books. For her birthday I wanted to make her a cute little tote to carry her books in. I used the Gift Bag Tote tutorial for this one. It's a good size to carry home a few good novels and maybe a few CDs.  I also added a small pocket on the inside, just the right size for her library card and keys.

book tote 2


The book print is from David Textiles' Victoria and Albert Museum Collection. The yellow is Kona in buttercup (my favorite of their yellows).

book tote 3


I filled the tote with some yarn since my sister loves to crochet, some fun earrings and a pair of crazy soft socks. My sister loved the book print, the sturdy handles and that when it gets dirty, she can throw it in the wash!

Happy Birthday little sis!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Christmas Stockings

Christmas Stockings

Christmas Eve morning I did a bit of last minute holiday sewing.  I really liked the idea of stockings that were all different, but had similar colors -- and not just red and green -- I love the red and brown combination and even though only one print is "Christmasy" -- the poinsettia print -- I think they all look very festive!

I used the basic pattern from Noodlehead for the stockings, but changed much of how it was put together.  The brown stripe at the top is Kona in Chocolate -- it is also lined with it.  The loop for hanging is extra large -- large enough for it to hang on a doorknob, if we want.  I also used Pellon's fusible fleece (instead of just plain batting) which was fused directly to the wrong side of the exterior fabric.

First up is Gwyneth's stocking.  This fabric is from Robert Kaufman Sparkle All The Way - Holiday.  I used it a few years ago in Gwyneth's Christmas dress (and Connor's tie).  They looked so cute all dressed up in them!

Stocking 3

Connor's stocking is made using David Walker's Boys Will Be Boys - Puppies in Red.  He loved it!

Stocking 2

Perhaps he will "outgrow" the puppies one day -- but I won't mind making another.  

detail

My stocking -- Red Lotus from Amy Butler.  **LOVE**

Stocking 1

And finally my husband's stocking -- Red Circles by Monaluna from Mingle for Robert Kaufman.  I really like how this one turned out.

Stocking 4

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!  My hubby surprised me with a brand new camera -- a Canon Rebel EOS T3i.  I've been having lots of fun playing with it and learning how to use it.  So hopefully you'll see some nice photos in the future!

Last min Christmas sewing

Thursday, December 13, 2012

More Hand Dyed Fabric Love

new colors

Last week I dyed some more fat quarters with a friend.  I think I'm in love.  It's so much fun to pick colors.  Here's twenty fat quarters dyed in five different shades of colors (turquoise, scarlet, lemon, and a mixed orange and green).  Eighteen of these will be used in a Swoon quilt in the future, but for now they'll add to my fat quarter shelf and just make it even prettier.

piled high


One of the best things about dying your own fabric is that it's much cheaper.  I stared with Kona PFD (Prepared for Dyeing) cotton fabric and with two coupons, it came out to be $3/yard.  So for $15, I have my main colors for my Swoon quilt, plus an extra half yard.

If you want to read a bit more about my last fabric dyeing adventure, go here.

Here's the main colors (and 1/4 concentrations too for a lighter complimentary color):

full and 1/4 shade


For the darker shades, we added a bit of black to each.  Also striking on their own.

darker shades


And of course, keep the dye recipe in case I need to make more!

recipe



Sunday, December 9, 2012

Yarn Love + Snow

I have been super busy here working on patterns and moving my sewing space (and making room for said space).  I'm really excited about how it's turning out.  There's still a bit more to be done, but you'll see it very soon.  In the meantime, while my sewing machine has had no table to call home, I've been keeping my fingers busy with some knitting.

It's hard not to be inspired with all of the beautiful new patterns out there.  I just purchased a copy of ISLAND and I'm excited to start on a couple of those projects as well.  I ordered some lovely baby alpaca, so I should be able to sit down with it right around Christmas time and get knitting.

But first a knitting project that's been on my list since last year . . . The Bandana Cowl from purl bee.

bandana cowl


This is a beautiful cowl and I fell in love with the colors of this yarn!  I don't usually go for the acrylic yarns, but I couldn't resist the colors of this one.  It's Lion Brand Tweed Strips in Mixed Berries.  Another bonus was I got it for only $3 (on sale + coupon).  Nice.  Here's a side view to see how beautifully the color changes.

bandana cowl, profile

The cowl knit up very quickly.  I love knitting in the round.  It's so much faster.

close-up view


Today it's been snowing all day (and still is).  Finally it feels like Christmas is coming!  Here's a view from my street of all the snow covering everything!

snow keeps falling





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