Thursday, August 16, 2012

Getting Ready for School...

Yikes! School starts next Thursday! Where did the summer go? We did lots this summer, including a trip to Traverse City for the first time, tennis lessons, girl scout camp, hanging out at the pool, sleep-overs, painting rooms, music camps, vacation bible school... and some sewing and knitting, of course. Sitting down and crafting with the girls didn't happen as much as I was hoping but we did a little here and there. I try not to push my crafts on them...too much.  They should do these things because they enjoy them, not because I enjoy them. But between you and me, I bribed the girls with 10 cents a hexie this week! I got the idea from a mom on another blog but I can't remember who. (If it is you please let me know and I will give you credit.) So, the start of school is soon approaching and I have been immersed in sewing projects that are quick and simple, and ones that the girls can take to school and look somewhat cool :)

The first one is by Noodlehead called Open Wide Zippered Pouch. Great tutorial with easy instructions and awesome pictures. The pouch can be made in 3 different sizes. I made the small size for the girls to put in their school desks. I will definitely be making more of these in the different sizes for traveling and  gift giving!
This next one is by Dog under my Desk called Heart Shaped Pouch. They are so cute I can hardly stand it! The tutorial was very easy to follow and so much fun. These will be great for hanging on backpacks and storing little goodies that girls like to keep close to their hearts (no pun intended). This blog has another tutorial for a circular pouch to store earbuds.
Then, I came across this pouch over at Make it Modern called Perfect Box Pouch. Of course, I had to try this one too! Another great tutorial that was fun, simple, and easy to love. This tutorial makes a pouch that is about 5-1/2 x 3-1/2 x 2-1/4. Nice size for a tissue pack, a couple glue sticks, some fancy erasers, and some heart bandaids...all necessary things little girls like to keep in their desks that boys would never be caught with! Next time, I'll try adding small tabs where the zipper begins and ends. It would be nice to open and close the pouch without having to pinch the fabric.
I can say my fear of zippers has been overcome. All of these projects allowed me to play around with and practice sewing on zippers. It's not all that scary once you've tried it a few times. I am planning to make a few more zippered school items including a pencil case. So stay tuned...

I am linking up this project to Trying New Things over at Happy Quilting. Most of the fabric is Modern Edge by Jennifer Young. The colors are great for E's room (my 10-year-old daughter). We painted her room over the summer and it is in desperate need of a colorful wall quilt. This is one of many projects I'll finish once the kids go back to school. Yeah!

Happy sewing!



Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Paper Piecing a Name Tag

This week I was playing around with paper piecing a name tag. A modern quilting guild is forming in my area - really exciting - and for the second meeting we are to wear name tags. So I brainstormed a bit and remembered this darling one I saw here at Monkey Beans. Megan told me she didn't have an actual pattern made up so I got out my composition book with the grid pages and started drawing some lines to look like an old Singer. This is what I came up with...
For the stamping part, you should use a Versamark fabric stamp pad. I have tons of pigment ink stamp pads so knowing that this project won't be thrown in the washing machine, I used the pigment ink and heat set it. I'm kind of happy with the results:)  Here is a copy of the very rough draft...
I need to get a program to make paper pieced patterns. I had a lot of fun playing around with this and can definitely see myself making more. Any suggestions? I've heard the iPad has an app to make designs like this but first I need an iPad! I guess the good old fashioned way of designing will have to do for now.

I found this awesome tutorial for travel sewing kits over at Lots of Pink Here. These would be great for Christmas gifts for my sewing friends. I have a friend who sews on one of those lovely featherweight Singer machines. I'm going to try using my pattern to paper piece a sewing machine in black fabric and use it for the front cover of the travel kit...


And I leave you with a lovely thrift find for me. I found this in a full sheet size and in great condition. It's sentimental for me because I have the pillowcase in this same exact fabric from when I was a little girl. Of course, my pillowcase is very faded and well loved...
Not sure what this pattern is called but I just love looking at it. Doesn't it remind you of what little girls are made of?

Happy sewing!
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