Saturday, March 21, 2009

Off to London!

Au Revoir mes amies! I am off to London for a couple weeks and I am not sure how much I will get to post. I will try to update with some funtastic pictures :) If not, hope everyone has a great week and I will be back with some fun tutorials!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Tutorial Tuesday - Passport Cover

Okay, I know I am posting this on Wednesday. Is it Wednesday today? I have been super busy getting ready to attend a wedding on Saturday and getting ready for my trip to London! Only a couple more days before I leave!

In spirit of my trip, I am going to make myself a passport holder. The original tutorial is from bunny bum, but I got the link and idea from scoping out Smiles of a Summer Night's blog.

So check out both those blogs! They are wonderful and have other tutorials! I may not have time to post pictures of my passport holder, but I promise I will when I get back from my trip.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Hallway is now beautiful!

First, I need to thank my good friend LB for helping me today. We went and picked up my new fabric hanging because my car was too small. It fit perfectly in her vehicle and we got it to my house safe and sound. Thanks again LB! I owe you!

Here is a picture of it all wrapped up!

Then tonight my dad hung it for me! Thanks dad! I had to take a picture tonight, so the lighting in the picture isn't very good. But you get the idea. It is perfect! Now when people walk up the stairs, they will be welcome by my funky new piece of art! I love it sooooo much! I am now looking at other Marimekko fabric that I can hang around my house. Oh oh - this may be addicting!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Silly Sewing

Tonight is a good friend of mine's stagette and all the ladies attending were assigned a piece of clothing to bring for the bride to wear. My assigned piece of clothing was the skirt. Yikes... I had a hard time figuring out what I wanted to do. I knew that this skirt would only be worn once, so I wanted to keep my costs as low as possible.

I thought of an idea of a tutu, but when I went and checked out prices... wow... they are expensive. My alternative was to scope out the thrift shop and hopefully something would turn up. I ended up finding a basic stretch skirt (I know it will fit her) and decided to sew some embellishments on to it. This is how it turned out:

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Dress for the Wedding - Isadora Clothing

I have been going shopping and shopping and even more shopping looking for a nice comfy dress to wear to our friends wedding. Panic struck me this weekend when I realized the wedding was only 2 weeks away and I have a to-do list as long as my arms. Plus, I am not a big fan of clothes shopping. I am impatient and I just want to find something nice at the first stop.

Anyways, I was complaining about shopping to my sister when we started to search online. I did a quick search on etsy and found Isadora, a local etsy seller that had some cute dresses. I sent her a message requesting to try the chameleon wrap dress on before I bought it. That is where I was this afternoon! It is such a nice material, it's soft and elegant but very comfy. I am glad I found this seller!

She also mentioned that she will be hosting a local craft fair in April. Once all the details are sorted out - I will post the information on here.

WOOT! Happy Wednesday! One less thing I have to worry about!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Tutorial Tuesday - Hooded Baby Towel

This towel was made my me and does not follow the exact instructions of the tutorial. Please see my notes.

I was going to make my own tutorial on how I create a hooded baby towel, but why re-invent the wheel? Break It Down Design already completed a tutorial!

Click here for the Hooded Baby Towel Tutorial

Couple of notes:
  • Materials: I don't buy terry towel from the fabric store - it is way to expensive! I just go to Zellers or Walmart and find a good quality inexpensive towel. My preference is the Home Style (costs $7.00 at Zellers).

  • Cutting out the Fabric: I cut the towel into a square - 31" x 31" - or however wide my towel is and I don't fold it over (terry towel in the fabric store is very thin - that is why she folds it over).

  • Cutting out the Fabric: I round all the corners of my towel - I just cut the corners off. This makes the binding easier to sew on (yah for no mitered corners!

  • Applying Seam Binding to the Sides of Towel: I don't finish my binding by sewing it to the back of the towel (she tops stitches on the front) - yah - I am crazy and I hand sew it. Alternatively, you could use a zig zag stitch to attach the binding.

  • If you are not liking this tutorial that I posted - let me know by leaving a comment and I can create an alternative. If you have any questions - leave a comment - I am always happy to help!

    Monday, March 9, 2009

    New Baby Towels

    I know I promised pictures of the new baby towels that I have made and here they are! I love them all. I actually made another one, but sold it to a friend. I am still debating if I should put these on etsy - not sure if they would sell or not. What do you all think?

    I will be posting a tutorial how to make these lovely towels tomorrow - so stayed tuned!

    Oh ya - what do you think about the pictures? I was playing around with my camera and thought they looked nicer than just laying the towel flat.

    Thursday, March 5, 2009

    Tree Wristlet

    I have major sewing to do, so last night I completed this wristlet. I bought the fabric a long time ago, but had a hard time figure out what exactly to do with it. I loved the trees some much that I didn't want to cut into it. Finally I figured out what to do with it! I am pretty happy with this one. I made this one quite a bit larger than my other wristlet. It is approximately 12" in length and 7" high.

    This one I used lining fabric (you know the stuff you line suits with and stuff). I am not sure if I liked using it. The ends frayed and got black fluff everywhere. I have a meter of the stuff, so eventually I will use it all.

    Tuesday, March 3, 2009

    Tutorial Tuesday - Sling Bag

    I think on every Tuesday from now on, I am going to post a tutorial! This week is a wonderful bag by Oh Fransson! I love the simplicity of this bag. I haven't made it, but her instructions look easy to follow. Check out her>tutorial here.

    Monday, March 2, 2009

    Fabric Swap and New Project

    I signed up for a fabric swap a couple weeks ago, this is the fabric that I sent out... it was really hard to send out because I liked them all so much!

    I received all my fabric pieces this past week, this is what I received back - not too shabby!

    I have been super busy making hooded baby towels - I will post some pictures later this week. I also started making the "Downtown Clutch" (pattern by Amy Butler), but realized that I didn't order enough of the special interfacing online. So, I will have to wait a couple weeks before I can even start making it.

    I have also started another pleated purse, so hopefully I will finish that this week too.

    In the meantime, U-Handblog has a great give away - so stop by and check it out. She is asking people to post their favourite links and books - so it is fun to go through people's favourite links too.