Big Girl Handbag (AKA Cracker Carrier)

Granddaughter Vera needed something to carry things, too, since brother has a tool belt.  They are 2-1/2 years old and, honestly, these will probably contain crackers more than anything else.

So, here is her very fashionable cracker carrier.

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It is loosely based on THIS TUTORIAL.

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I wish the handle were just  a little longer.  The pattern called for 12″.  I made it 14″.  It would be even better at 16″.

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But, that said, I am really happy with this big girl handbag and hope it carries many crackers for a happy child.

Restful Crochet

This afghan has been a work in progress for a while. With all the resting I am doing these days, I was able to finish it up.

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I love the pattern and the colors. You can find the tutorial HERE and enjoy making one yourself.  The tutorial is clear and easy to follow and resize for your own purposes.

It doesn’t have a home yet, but I am sure the right occassion will come along.

ps–My thanks again for all the kind words and suggestions for recovery. I am getting better. Slowly. But trying hard to be patient with life and with myself.

pps–Direct link to tutorial if that works better for you: http://lanasdeana.blogspot.com/2011/12/wave-blanket-pattern.html

 

All Small Three: Day Five

This might be my favorite project this week:  Fabric Crowns!  Those babies (twin grandchildren) turn two very soon and need a little something for the big day.  What could be better than crowns?  I can’t think of a thing!

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The tutorial was a breeze.  Printable template.  Everything sizes just right.  I used Pellon 809 interfacing.  The crowns have just enough weight to make them hold up, but not enough to be heavy, painful or pokey.

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I am so very pleased with how these turned out.  They will go in the mail Monday to bring (hopefully) a smile to faces of babies and parents.

ps–Don’t tell, but I tried them on, and they could fit me too.  Barely.  But it was fun to be queen for a while. 🙂

All Small Three: Day Four

Now, that was fun!

I have seen fabric bowls all over the place and thought about making one for a long time, but it took All Small Week to be the right excuse.

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This tutorial from Craftstylish looked interesting. The only hard part was going to the store and actually buying clothesline.  Shouldn’t I have had some laying around here somewhere?  But, I did not.

Once I had the clothesline, though, things went smoothly.  I thought about using scrap strings, but my pieces were really small and various reviewers and the tutorial writer all said bias cut would be easier.  So, I went back to the bias tutorial I used earlier in the week, but this time my strips were 3/4″ wide.  With a piece of fabric just larger than a fat quarter, I got a lot of bias strip. Enough, in fact, to make this extremely cool bowl.

It is about 5″ tall and 10″ handle to handle, and used nearly all of 50-foot package of clothesline.  Yes, you can tell this is my first try. It is a little lopsided, the handles aren’t even,  and some of the stitching isn’t beautiful, but I LOVE the results anyway and really want to make more.

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This is a tutorial would recommend if you need a home decor item other than a quilt, or just if you want to try something new.  Go ahead!  You’ll have fun with this one.

ps–If you make one and would like to share, please do! I am interested in hearing how this tutorial works for you. ddt

 

All Small Three: Day Three

Today’s project is an organizer tutorial from the Glamorous Housewife.

Her directions are detailed and not too hard to follow, but I managed to make a mistake that I did not discover until I was ready to call it finished.  My fastener is either backwards or upside down.  However, I decided that, since this project was just for me anyway, it was fine with me, and I wasn’t tearing the whole thing apart.

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Part of the reason for letting the error stand is,  even though I like the look and it wasn’t exactly difficult, it wasn’t exactly fun.  All the layers on the pocket side make for very thick sewing.  Machine stalled out.  I switched to the old Pfaff 130 (which can sew leather).  I broke a needle.   I still had to hand crank through the very heaviest part at the zipper pocket.

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So, go and take a look at the tutorial for yourself.  You will want one.  They are clever and handy.  But, be ready.  You’ll have to work for what you get.

ps–If you make one and would like to share, please do! I am interested in hearing how this tutorial works for you. ddt

All Small Three: Day Two

Small Scraps.  Small Time.  Small product.  Big impact!

Welcome to All Small Three:  Day Two.

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This corner bookmark tutorial by Simple Simon and Co.  looked fun.  As a book lover and teacher I know it is nearly impossible to have too many bookmarks.

Once the system was figured out, each one took me only about 10 minutes.  Before I knew what I was about, I had three finished and the fabric picked out for several more.

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I did substitute a lightweight interfacing for the batting to make a thinner bookmark, but batting might be just the thing for you.  A scrap of heavy weight fabric could work, too.  You just need something to give it body.

Ok, now go try one of your own.  All you need is three 4″ squares and some interfacing. And, in a few minutes, you will feel totally justified in sitting down and having a quick read.  You’ll be marking your place with style!

ps–If you make one and would like to share, please do!  I am interested in hearing how this tutorial works for you. ddt

 

All Small Three: Day One

Today features a mug rug or snack mat by Sneezerville.  The quilting really caught my eye.  Plus, it used two inch squares.  What is not to love?!

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I was concerned about the size–at about 7″ it would be a little small if you have a large mug or prefer substantial (multi-cookie) snacks. Then I realized that the tutorial writer had used 1/2″ seam allowances, not the standard 1/4″ used for quilting.  Well, that changes things.

The new dimensions for the finished piece are 9″ x 10-1/2″.  The four pieces of background fabric should be 5″ x 6-1/4″ , 3-1/2″ x 6-1/4″, 5″ x 3-1/2″, 3-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ , and you need more like 50″ of binding. The back, of course, needs to be larger than 9″ x 10-1/2″. I pieced mine.

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So, there you have it.  It took some adjustment, but I like the results.  If you wanted the original dimensions you could use 1-1/2″ squares and a standard 1/4″ seam allowance to produce very nearly the same effect.

Enjoy!

ps–If you make one and would like to share, please do!  I am interested in hearing how this tutorial works for you. ddt

pps–It would be easy to add a few squares and make placemats.  ddt

Bias Binding

One of my neighbors asked me to finish a quilt her sister painstakingly quilted for her over the course of 20 years.  Not that the quilting is detailed, but life interrupted many times, as life has a way of doing–illness, moves, illness, and, finally, gout in her hands.  The final section was done one stitch at a time using needlenose pliers. So much love!

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Binding was required, and a quick trip to my local quilt shop located a good match.  You might think colors are impossible to match when they are strong and dated, but, don’t dispair.  It might take something a little non-conventional, but there are possibilities.

One of my stated goals for the year was to learn to properly do bias binding and this was my chance.  After looking at several options, I decided to go with THIS tutorial.

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 I made an error and the binding turned out more narrow than I intended, but it got the job done.  The quilt was delivered this morning–on the owner’s birthday.  Perfect!

ps–In case the link doesn’t work, here is the URL: http://sandyquilts.blogspot.com/2009/07/bias-binding-tutorial.html

All Small Week Day 4: Mouse Pincushion or Ornament

Here we are for All Small Week Again Day 4:  Mouse Pincushion.

I have been trying to get rid of mice around here, but the scratching, chewing, pooping mice just aren’t as cute as this one.

Who could resist a mouse pincushion?  Or ornament?  THIS TUTORIAL seemed simple enough…It turned out larger than I expected, and required more hand-sewing than I regularly do.

I changed the directions around a bit, using this textured grey linen scrap rather than felt and machine sewing when I could–the tail, around the ears and the large body seam.  The top half is stuffed with fiberfil and the bottom with crushed walnut shell, which I poured in to the very last stitching space using a funnel.  It has a nice weight and stands up easily on its own. If you wanted to make an ornament, just add a hanger and use all fiberfil.

It is definitely charming.  For a mouse.

Come back tomorrow for the exciting finale:  Day 5.

PS–Here is the complete link: http://bustleandsew.com/freepatterns/PinCushionMicepdf.pdf

All Small Week Again Day 3: Slippers

Welcome to Day 3 of All Small Week Again.  Today featuring slippers.

Here are my old slippers, a Christmas gift from Daughter a few years ago.  You can tell they have been loved.

It was time for a new pair of slippers. When I came across THIS TUTORIAL, I was ready to give it a try.  It is cold here!

It is a great tutorial.  She uses flannel and minkee.  I used fleece.  Also, the slippers are lined with quilt batt scrap for warmth and comfort. Genius!  I have a lot of quilt batt pieces around.

I did not add the insoles or stitch around the top and include elastic.  My feet are fat enough to hold the slippers on.  Next time I will take the time for the elastic.  Yes, there will be a next time.  This pattern is worth doing again. Slippers in an hour.  What a deal!

Tomorrow is Day 4.  HINT:  Mouse related.

PS–Here is the full link: http://prudentbaby.com/2010/10/baby-kid/how-to-make-fabric-slippers-with-free-pattern-2/