Thursday, June 30, 2016

A teacher's gift

This past school year has been a year of change for my family, as my son started high school and my daughter started in a French Immersion school. It has been challenging for my daughter, as she is a year behind her classmates. The school is a grade one entry only, but they made an exception for my daughter and allowed her in at grade 2. Thanks to her wonderful teacher though, we feel it's been the best thing for her and she's getting a far better education than in our local English school.

So I wanted to make a little something to say thank you to this great teacher. I used the same tutorial as in my previous post, found on Moda Bake Shop HERE. This time, I used the same size strips as in the tutorial, whereas in the other one, they were cut a bit smaller, so I had used more. I used the fusible fleece to line the outer pieces and a light interfacing for the lining.

I just stitched in the ditch to quilt it this time and made a small square pocket on the lining.

For the zipper, I made end tabs again...I really like doing zippers this way! You can see, it's shorter than the lining and outer fabrics, so it makes it easy to sew up the sides, with less bulk.

And the finished bag...

I think these make great gifts as they are different than what you can buy in a store, and are fun to make. It's a great way to use up left over squares from a charm pack! I'm sure I'll be making more of these...but not for awhile. I'm going in for gallbladder surgery, so I don't expect to be sewing much in July.

Thanks for dropping by and happy stitching!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

A few small, zippered bags

As I mentioned in my previous post, I wanted to make a cosmetic bag. I was trying to use up the scraps I had left over from making the blue tote, and ended up doing some rather wonky piecing! I can't decide if I like it or not. But my 8 year old daughter decided she liked it and it would be great to hold her drawing things, which she takes everywhere we go.

For the inside, I made pockets and a divider.

 It's been great to have both our bags together, ready to grab and go out the door.

 I still needed a small bag for inside the tote, so I just did a simple bag, using up some old, favorite fabric on-hand.

For this one, I used fusible fleece, and really liked the outcome. It's soft, yet holds it's shape nicely.

This lead me to wanting to do some machine quilting, using the fusible fleece. I found THIS cute pouch on Moda Bake Shop which was perfect. I used charms from the Patisserie line by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda,  and quilted the seams with machine embroidery stitches.

To do this, I pieced the prints, fused them to the fleece, embroidered them, then added and fused on the bottom piece.

For the inside, I made two pockets for charge cards.

I did do the zipper differently than the tutorial, by adding tabs on the ends. I'm really happy with this one and already gave it away as a gift to a kind neighbour.

I have made another one, but I'll save it for the next post. There is something so satisfying about doing smaller projects! I'm sure I'll be making more of these in the future. It's such a great way to use up your scraps from other projects.

Thanks for dropping by and happy stitching!