Thursday, September 22, 2011

sew crazy...

The last couple days I was feeling a bit sew crazy and made a few more things...

Leanne's custom note tote!

I made this little guy for Aiden for his birthday next week.

I was in love with the pattern I drew up, but not entirely happy with the end result. I would make a few changes next time...

I was so disheartened by the way it turned out (the head in particular) that I gave it to Aiden right away just to get it out of my stuff...

Well at least Aiden likes it! And that means one less present for him on his birthday, but I don't think he will notice... Aiden does refuse to take him to bed, though, which is really odd and a little bit insulting! lol

Yesterday I was feeling fallish, so I made a few pumpkins out of scraps of material!

They are so easy to make!

left over pants material for the above pumpkin

left over t shirt scraps for this one!

They found their way onto my dining room table this morning. So cute!

PS The orange material came from the hemmings of Michael's bedroom curtains! I made a table runner, a runner for the top of my TV cabinet, this one pumpkin, and still have leftovers. Probably for pillows or something! The curtains were lined, so unfortunately I can't use them for clothes... lol

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

latest projects...

I have been a busy little bee!

The week before school started, I decided to make a messenger school bag for my daughter, and one for her friend. I took a messenger bag pattern I have in a book and blew it up to suit the needs of a bag that has to carry binders, a lunch bag, and the most essential thing, my daughter's purse! lol

It turned out alright, but I am not going to post any photos of it. The bag is not going to be used for school, as it turned out too big! It will be used for sleepovers and such, but I would have to make another bag for school.

The bag below is the one I made for Alyssa's friend. I used a different pattern, sized it to her needs, and this was the result!

J picked out a fun boucle fabric, which was easier to sew with than I thought... I love the pattern on it, and the fact that it looks like a sweater or suit jacket!

She also picked out some purple jewels for me to add as a bit of bling...
Side pockets for a water bottle and what have you...

The zipper proved to be tricky with all the thick material, so I ended up sewing it on by hand. Next time better!

I added a couple interior pockets and voila!

J loves it, and I hope it lasts her many many years... if it doesn't, she knows where I live!


This next project I picked out of the sewing cupboard -- I keep all my fabric in drawers, and chuck stuff that is too small for Alyssa in there that I figure I can use for repurposing.

This shirt fits me, but it fits a little bit too much, if you know what I mean...


I sewed up the sides by the arms a bit more, added a false tank top, and a bit of swing on the bottom...

Both of the added materials came from another shirt that was already partly repurposed for another shirt of Lauren's...
This one ended up being long enough for a dress!

But I made Lauren wear leggings with it, so she can run and jump and play at school without having to worry about being a lady (snort, like she does that anyway...)

She loved the dress so much she wanted to wear it to school again the next day!

I had to draw the line...

This final project is my favourite of the three!!! I LOVE the fabric Alyssa picked out for her second messenger bag -- I have big plans for the excess material!

Her bag also needed a bit of bling, so I took this flower that we bought specifically for the bag a while ago...

Got rid of the plastic centre, sewed on a button and brooch clip...

Instant happiness for the bag!

Alyssa hasn't seen the finished bag yet, so I am really excited to show her after school.

Hope she loves it as much as I do!

Next on my to do list?

A present for Aiden's birthday and three or four pairs of pants for him!

He outgrew almost all his pants over the summer!!!