Archive for November, 2007

Nigella Bag with Handles

You knew it would be back, you just didn’t know it would be so soon. I picked up these purse handles to try out, and doodled a little shape on the back of my bulletin in church today (shhh…don’t tell). So when I got home, had lunch, and put the little guy down for his nap, I had to sew. And when I went to the shelves, these fabrics beckoned. To be honest, I have some new Amy Butler prints I would have chosen, but they haven’t yet been washed since coming home from the quilt shop with me, and the washing machine is busy with a weeks worth of my family’s clothing. Since these were ready to go, they got the nod. The patchwork is because I only had bits and pieces left, and the narrow shape is because I was almost out of interfacing. But I love it, and it was so hard to list it in my Etsy. Which I had to do, since I can’t justify keeping it.

Fiddling With Shapes

And photo hosting. I think I’ll master the shapes well before any of the technical stuff.

And my apologies, still, for the missing photos in the wallet tut. I thought I had everything figured out, but it turns out, not much. I think if you click on one of them it’ll take you to the photoset in flickr, then with that and the instructions here, you can piece it together. I’m still working on it.

The shape of this bag is the other thing I’m fiddling with. I made two more today, adding or taking away an inch here or there to see when I’ll stumble on the perfect combination. And I worked in the interior pocket that I left out of the first few models. These Joel Dewberry Aviary fabrics made an awesome bag whatever shape it takes.

He’s the Apple of my Eye.


Here’s my little guy in his new mama-made outfit.  I’ve been practicing appliques on knits, and with the colors I had on hand, I made an apple tee with double sleeves and hem, and contrasting neckband.  Then, I made some little jeans out of black denim to go with it.  E isn’t the greatest model, but you get the idea.  Oh, and pardon the fact that he’s already gotten some food on the front of the shirt. 

Cut ’til it’s Gone.

You could say I’m in a fabric rut.  I’ve been sewing up my Amy Butler Nigella fabrics, and while I love them, I’m about ready to move on to something else.  This last project was an attempt to finish off some of the prints.  No fussy cutting here, I was working with the bits and pieces.  In all honesty, I still have some left, but I’m going to fold it nicely on the shelf for now and bring it out again later.

Another AB Purse Another AB Purse Inside

And just for fun, I got the whole family of that*darn*kat bags together for a group picture. That’s a lot of bags out of those fabrics! And considering I got only half a yard of six prints, and made a skirt with some of it before I started making bags out of it, the fabric went a long way!


Thanks for your Patience.

I’ve been working on geting my pics back up this morning, but I’ve spent about all the time I have for it (and then some).  I got the first page done, and the wallet tutorial is back up, but the rest will have to wait for a bit.

The rest of today will be devoted to cleaning in the house and collecting my father-in-law from the airport, as he will be spending the Thanksgiving holiday with us.

Not Only Super-Hip, I’m Popular As Well.

Ooops!  All the looks at my blog have exceeded the bandwidth on my photobucket account.  I’ll be working to fix the problem tonight.  I’m sorry for the inconvenience in the meantime.

I’m Super-Hip!

Look what I found in the December issue of Parents magazine!

It’s a little blurb about Etsy, that tells how “super-hip” moms are into buying handmade.  Maybe now when I tell people I sell things on Etsy someone will know what I’m talking about.

Speaking of Etsy, I’ve listed another bag in my Etsy shop.  It’s my newest style, which I call the “coming and going” bag.  It features a center front seam which makes for a different look from the front and back when it’s slung over your shoulder.

When I was working on this pattern, I came to the realization that I could no longer avoid the magnetic snap.  This bag really needed a closure, so I gathered up my courage and installed a magnetic snap with the help of this great tutorial from Craft Apple.  It was way easier than I thought it would be, and made for a super-professional looking finish.  I will definitely be making more of this style of bag!

…..just pictures…..

A Nap-Time Well Spent.

Amy Butler Shoulder BagToday at nap-time I sat down at the machines, and created a new purse.  Two purses in two days; I’d say I’m on a roll.

Any Excuse for a Party.

Last night the kids and I threw a party.  No, we didn’t invite anyone, just us.  It was a Monday Night Football party.  We’re not big football fans, but it was the excuse we needed to eat dinner in front of the TV.

Here are the kids, cheering for “the blue team”.
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