Aug 8, 2010

Crocheted Party Bags

As I dislike wasting stuff and throwing plastic party bags afterwards, I saw this cute crochet blanket at a Salvos store other day and thought it would work wonderfully as a bag!

So what I did was to cut it up:

And used two large squares as cover for the bags and a nice pink cotton fabric as bag liner and handles. It works well as I made it for my daughter's birthday party earlier the year. All the girls love theirs!

Go and see what you can use up from blankets, and such into something else more fun.

Let me know if you think I should create a tutorial on this.

Cheers till later, peeps!

Notebook Cover

One day I decided that I'd sew a cover for notebook - I carry one in bag almost all the time for the ease of communication and write down ideas, etc.

Here I tried making piping cord for the first time as well sewing on the velcro and design the whole thing out from start without any particular pattern but an idea that has been brewing in my brains for a while. I wrote out how I'd like it and measured everything a few times over before I started working out how much materials I'd need for it. I also wrote out the steps how I'd do it... can do it in as tutorial here easily lol!

I found the cute apples fabric from Lincraft last year and used what I've got here to create the rest of it.



With the flap open - you can see I created a pocket for my favourite type of pen to go in:

Opened notebook - I created pockets on both sides:

In all, it was a challenging project for me, sewing in the piping bit into this without ruining the size of it. It was a bit tight squeeze for the corners so this is where I'd go back on drawing board if I am to create another one anyway. I'd put interface in the pockets to keep it sturdy.

However I am pretty happy how it turned out. Not bad for a newbie, eh?

Cheers till later, peeps!

Bag's Duo packs

I made those for my MIL as her bday present and I think she like them.

I used scraps for those - the cover of the duo I used leftovers from MIL's table runner I made years ago and the inside fabric was also leftovers from my SIL's quilt I made years ago as well (kidda a hoarder, eh?). I try to stay without buying anything and I succeed here (except that I'd need to buy more tea bags to replace those!).

Tissue cover - this is for the traveller small pack which contains between 6 and 9 tissues.

Tea folder - thought it would be good idea as we tend to take our tea bags with us when we go somewhere (work, etc) and this would be nice to keep them tidy and easy to dig out of bag. Pocks up to 8 teabags.

Simple sewing projects to do in a day. PM me if you'd like patterns.

Cheers till later, peeps!

Doggy Bed made up!

Yeah, we got our latest puppy, named Brumby - she's only 11 weeks old now. The bed here I made was for her and our older dog Tassie to share when Brumby is ready to graduate outside (sleeping, etc) probably next week.

It is almost big enough for two of them to share.

What I did is to buy a sheet of fleece with paw prints from Spotlight for 12 dollars (I get two covers out of it and probably a small doggy sheet as well) and an European pillow ($10 from Big W):

Being anal, I decided to make the pillow doggy friendly by sewing 5 'holes', for wanting of better wording here, to balance or even it out. I just sew the short ends in and have the short ends overlapped about 10 cms and sew the long edges together:

As you can see, it fits in quite well, with enough movement for the dogs to 'dig' around on pillow!

Brumby really liked it - Tassie was a bit cautious with it but I think once it is outside, both will hog it all the time except in Summers, of course!

More sewing projects that was done before will be posted here next...

Sew stay tuned, peeps!