Every year in November I participate in Make It Indie in Cobourg. It’s a fantastic show, great vendors, huge turn out, wonderful crowd, I absolutely love it. I’ve decided this year I’m going to pick up this display shelf I saw at Michael’s and fill it with oodles of my scrappy wallets! It’s no secret that I love Michelle Patterns and I especially love making my scrappy wallets from one of her now retired patterns.
I went ahead and ordered a pile of zippers for the occasion. I’ve been getting them for a few years now from Zipit Zippers on Etsy. It’s the best value and quality I’ve found. Being in Canada it’s tricky to find selection and reasonable shipping rates (why is it all so hard for us!?). They’re YKK and she has a great variety of colours.
I’ve gone a bit crazy recently making these scrappy pouches.
I broke out some of my really fun fabrics and pieced together some fun pouches. I have so much fabric and so many scraps I made all of these with what I have on hand. The denim is left over from other projects or repurposed from old jeans.
The red one is from a pattern I picked up on Etsy from Imazzpatterns.
I did some tweaking and made some changes to come up with the multicoloured design. I played around with the length and the size of the scrappy pieces.
Well I’m going to be part of this fun day! Etsy’s Made in Canada event in Toronto later this month.
I’m going to be running a workshop where you can make your own magnet set and hairclips. I’ll be teaching how you can use small, and smaller, scraps of fabric to make these items.
Come say hello!
There are others happening around the country, you can find them here.
I’ve ordered a few pins lately. Thanks to Instagram I’ve fallen down into a bit of an enamel pin addiction.
I found this lovely fox pin from KushKush on Etsy.
Of course I had to like this tote and dream of owning it too. I’m resisting . . . for now.
This is my friend Shannon and she’s amazing. I met her years ago at Blissdom Canada. I signed up to be her roommate without even knowing her. I arrived at the hotel room we were to share in downtown Toronto on a Friday. Shannon was coming from British Columbia and there was a medical emergency on her flight. They had been diverted into the US to land and deal with it. Things were all crazy and complicated as they were taken off the plan but no one had passports, because it was to be a through Canada flight . . it was a mess. Apparently she had been Tweeting about it madly but I was busy settling in at the conference and meeting people. Eventually I heard there was an issue. So rather than meeting in the lobby or over dinner, Shannon walked into our hotel room while I was sitting in my bed in my jammies at nearly midnight. It was a sort of ‘Hello’, ‘Hello’, ‘Good night’, ‘Good night’ sort of deal. It was pretty funny.
Needless to say since then I’ve grown to love, love, love her!
A bit ago she started a knitting channel on YouTube, I don’t knit but she’s amazing and funny and a hoot to watch. Might be enough to get me knitting!
She’s also started sewing recently and opened an Etsy shop, Soxcetera. She has these great project bags, I’ve already ordered two, and now project backpacks, like this.
Honestly, how could I resist!?! Look at these amazing prints!
Anyhoo, while there are many tutorials for drawstring bags out there and I could totally whip myself up some here and there I don’t mind supporting other handmakery people, especially when they’re a friend.
I can’t tell you how much I loved this class my Tara Rebman- Quilt-As-You-Go: Patchwork Bags. I have made sooo many. They never fail to get commented on. And they play on my love of making use of scraps!
I love Echnio fabrics and I had a vision of making my self a bag using scraps of their prints. So off I went to Etsy to find a scrap bundle. I found Mountain of the Dragon and after some chats about ‘Will you pretty please ship to Canada?’ we sorted out a way to get me some pretties. Basically I said ‘I’m willing to spend $X, send what you can for that amount’. It’s so hard lately with the terrible exchange rate to get things shipped from the US . . .
These scraps were perfect! So I set to sewing up my own tote, finally.
I used some thrifted purple denim at the bottom instead of the usual blue and chose to make use of my pre-made bias tape I purchased from my favourite pattern making gal Michelle Patterns. Sadly I was missing about 4-5 inches of tape to finish it off! Of course I hadn’t measured twice before I started so I had all the tape sewn on the bag and then was missing this one piece. Luckily thanks to a sad face shout out on Instagram Michelle let me know what the fabric was.
Did, yet another, quick Etsy search and found this shop to order exactly what I needed, and of course a few things more . . . because FABRIC!
I’ve become a bit addicted to embroidery lately. I’ve been carrying around little projects to have on hand. After finishing my Mollie Makes bear I happened to stumble onto this little beauty on Etsy in Jenny Blair’s shop.
It’s a sampler so just the printed fabric arrived for me to fill it in how I’d like. Which is a great idea. It came packaged very nicely, and the fact that it’s all nice and flat means that shipping was pretty reasonable.
She has a mix of pdf, fabric and kits in her shop. They’re all really quite lovely. I’m swooning over these ones.
Find her blog online or follow her prettiness on Instagram.
I bought another bag. I did it before with this one.
Then I did it again with this one.
Now I’ve done it with this one.
Same style I already have, just in another awesome colour.
This bag is great, I have little words to tell you how awesome it is.
I still want the grey one.
I may have a problem.
Check out the whole shop selection here.
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Ok I think it’s done . . . for now. Here’s some close ups.
#1 from Lisah
#2 & 5 from the lovely Jenny, an original hoop I won (yes won!!) from her 365 project and a print available in her Etsy shop.
#3 from Coucousalut
#4 bought from from Elsie herself at Renegade Chicago a few years back.
#1 Bought at a craft show, sorry about the glare. It says “When I get sad, I just stop being sad and be awesome instead” Thank you Barney Stinson.
#2 freebie from an Etsy event, made by 1canoe2
#3 print from ninjandninj
#4 another from from Jenny’s Etsy shop.
#1 From Julie her stuff is great, sadly her shop is empty right now.
#2 I don’t remember at all, bought in Ottawa at a craft show many, many years ago.
#3 Cub and Cabin on Etsy.
#4 Laura Jean‘s amazing work. I even picked more up yesterday from her.
#1 Julie again.
#2 Light and Paper
#3 Happy Town USA
#4 Made by my best friend. Says “Don’t ever let anyone dull your sparkle, because sparkle” Based on this and something funny my son said.
#5 One of two great prints I picked up at Make It Indie last year from Christine Benson
#6 Mittens by Katie Muth
I had another plan for the wall that my headboard is against but I started on the mission and realized it wasn’t going to work out as planned. I’ll have to rethink that one for now and make a new plan.
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