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Giveaway winner!!

Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway and spread the word about it. Thanks to the wonders of the lucky winner is . . . .

Rachel, look expect an email soon from BLISSFULpatterns. Oh and be sure to tell me all about your finished project!

I actually finished my project last night and photographed it just now, all while getting ready for a day at the beach today!

Friday Create Along & a giveaway!

Well since I already unveiled my better late than never Create Along project earlier this week I don’t have one to share. But I do have an up next project as well as a giveaway!!

Shannon of BLISSFULpatterns has generously offered to give away a PDF copy of this fabric basket.

Giveaway will be open from Friday July 13th until Tuesday July 17th. I’ll announce the winner on Wednesday July 18th. That won’t leave you time to play along and reveal with me next Friday but please share in the future.

To enter just leave a comment below (make sure there’s a link/email/contact way for me) and tell me what you’d be using your basket for. I might just have to steal your idea, I don’t *neeeed* a fabric basket but it’s so stinking cute and I love to try and stitch up new things!

Normally I don’t make people jump through hoops and earn extra entries but if you do happen to share on Twitter, your blog, or the Facebook please do come back and leave an extra comment, you’re worth it.

Good luck!

Friday Create Along, yeah.

Nothing like letting yourself down on deadlines you set all by your lonesome eh?

This was done last Friday but I just didn’t get to the whole photographing and posting bit. So here it is now. I’ll just forge ahead and share and then Friday I’ll announce my new creation.

I went with the lovely yellow & grey combo on this one. I love how it turned out.

Pattern is from here fabric is by Joel Dewberry, it’s Majestic Oak in Sunglow. Find it on Etsy.

Friday Create Along

Woohoo, I’m finally done the messenger bag!! Well . . . one of them at least!
I was zipping along all fine and good when I realised I may have done thing wrong with Wesley’s bag. So I laid it aside and started in on Nate’s to discover where I’d messed up. I found out, finished Nate’s, spent some quality time with Mr Stitchripper and Wesley’s bag and then I sort of wandered off to do something fun. Yeah I’m like that.

I’ll get Wesley’s done this weekend, Nate loves his. I used the same Japanese fabric I used when I made his little back pack so he likes it since it’s a bag “like Mommy and Daddy’s” but still like the little backpack he really likes.

I suppose I’ll get a double action shot too.

Next up is this Flores Clutch from I Think Sew. I’ve wanted to make it for a while and have owned the pattern for ages so I think I’ll set to it now! Take a peek around the shop, there’s some lovely PDF patterns there and they’re really affordable and delivered by email!

It’s a busy last week of school, lots of celebrations, parties and cleaning up but I’ll sneak in some sewing time.

Friday Create Along

I’m going to tackle one, hopefully 2, of these messenger bags from Michelle Patterns.

Wesley asked for a bag like that, probably because Mommy and Daddy have messenger bags. So of course Nate wants one too. I’ve taken their colour requests and if I’m lucky I can get both finished this week! I’ll let you know on Friday how far I get.

Friday Createalong

Well I finished this tote and I really love it. This is the first project I’ve made from my ever growing Pinterest board and I’m thankful to Michelle Patterns for presenting me with this challenge. I may be addicted. I picked the fabric up for $3 a metre at a quilting shop and I loved the vintage look of it. As a tote it’s turned out great!

I used this free pattern from UHandbags. The recommended handles are longer than the ones I used but I grabbed what I had on hand. It won’t go on my shoulder but it’s great to carry down at your side.

The pattern was pretty easy to follow but man, oh man, I’m not a fan of pleats! Also, I’m not sure what I did wrong, there were supposed to be 6 pleats and somehow I had room for 7 *shrug* But that doesn’t change the bag. However, that meant 7 pleats times 4 pieces of fabric, it was tedious. I do love the way the topstitching works and holds the pleats down. I’ve put pleats in totes before but they’ve only been sewn at the top.

Sewing the handles on was killer on my fingers, going through all those layers and trying to aim for the holes. I also tried to keep the interior stitches really, really small since I matched the thread to the handle colour but foolishly used black for the interior fabric.

Every time I make something new I take it into school to show some of the ladies I work with. The tote was well received. And then a bunch of them asked if I’m done the projects I’m working on for them. Good thing the weekend is coming!

See the other Pinterest Challenge participants here.

Challenge accepted.

Lately I’ve been bothered by unfinished projects lying around. They sort of eat at the back of my head and nibble away, annoying me. It’s sort of like how you make resolutions, or unrealistic goals and they end up just bothering you rather than inspiring you. This weekend it’s been my scrap bin that’s driving me batty.

Last night I had the idea to sew from my scrap bin all week. I didn’t set a Create Along goal for Friday since this week is busy for me but I do vow to go to my scrap bin for every project I tackle.

See it’s HUGE! I’ll keep you posted.

Friday Create Along

Here’s my cute little door stop from this tutorial over on Mollie Makes!

I filled it with rice we had lying around, which from what I know about making bean bags, is fine unless the rice gets cooked somehow. It can even get wet but will be fine once it dries.

Annnnd now I’m not choosing another project for next week since I have to finish planning and run my school’s Community Day next week. Usually our Community Day is a big fundraiser for our school and the money goes to help pay for things like graduation, the next year’s Community Day, etc. This year my school is the lucky recipient of a national award from Let Them Be Kids. On Saturday, June 9th our staff, students, parents and community will be pulling together and working hard all day to erect 2 play structures in our school yard. Current our school yard has nothing but pavement and a small patch of grass, this will be such a big amazing change for us. If you’re local and want to help, or are feeling generous and can make a donation, you can follow the links for more info.

Friday Create Along

Here are my fat quarter produce bags from the Sew Mama Sew tutorial.

I couldn’t find utility mesh, as the pattern called for, but the nice lady at Fabricland helped me out and what I ended up using is a meshy drapery fabric. Hey it works.

I’m not sure yet how these will work being weighed at the grocery store, or if they’re see thru enough to be used, but we hit the farmers market all summer and these would be great to separate our fruits and veggies instead of tossing them all into the same sack. I promised my hubby I’d make some manly ones.

Next up is this this fun door stops from Mollie Makes. With warmer weather coming some of our doors like to slam shut with the ‘down by the lake’ breeze we get moving through our upstairs. This outta fix that!

Because I’m silly

I didn’t announce my next Create Along pattern. This one’s a freebie and I hope someone will play along with me! Add a pic to the Flickr group, I’ll share it here, you’ll have more friends, you’ll be cooler.

Ok, back to the task at hand, I’m going to make, hopefully some, of these produce bags.

I’ll have to be disciplined this week in getting things done this week. Friday night I’m heading to Ottawa to check out the Urban Craft Market. I really want to be part of it but I’m busy for the June one and then the next pile of weekends are holiday weekends and October is Wesley’s bday. So I’m hoping to table at the November show. Right now all my stock is on sale at the local art gallery and with all the NYC trips I wasn’t able to build up enough to table at this months show.

I’ve read that you should check out a show before you table there and I’ve never actually done that. Plus, I went to university in Ottawa and lived there for 9 years. I’m looking forward to checking things out, seeing how it’s changed and meeting up with some friends. I think these NYC weekends have given me the bug for wandering cities on foot until I can barely walk anymore.