Monthly Archives: July 2014

Happy Birthday America!

July 4th 2014

I love the idea, sights and sounds behind the Fourth of July. It’s really the epitome of festive togetherness and genuine summer fun. At least that’s how I imagine it.  To celebrate, I just wanted to share my Red, White and Blue projects and maybe a tutorial!

dad's flag small

Flag for dad, see more here.

binding

Binding. runner

I finished this runner last summer. I stitched his name on it.

SAM_4343
Fun bag for Summer essentials. Free pattern if you sign up for my newsletter up there on the right.


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Tutorial for ribbon pillow available here!

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Cowboy heart tutorial available here!

These fun patriotic projects go right along with this month’s Across the Pond hosted by The Patchsmith.

Across the Pond Button

Take a look at some other great project ideas on her blog The Patchsmith. You can also stop at Susie’s Sunroom, (this was her theme idea) and her sister Amy over at Amy made that has more to see as well! Won’t you click on over?

Even though I already have this bundle I have some time to figure out what to do while the other one arrives in the mail!

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Happy 4th of July!

Something for me!

July 2nd 2014

I never really plan on making bags except for that one time I made these

apple totes

Or maybe this one for my daughter (which she doesn’t put to much use!)

kitty tote with dolls

What usually happens is I start putting much loved scraps together, in one way or another and before you know it, a bag is born.

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Okay so these were scrappily planned too.

treasure box

But this one is a totally spontaneous one! I just can’t stop looking at it. I made it to take on my vacation.

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My methods are really easy, I mean I make them the same every time it’s just the size or fabric that changes.  One of my favorite and super NEAT-O features is the french seam. I first read about it in this magazine (in the instructions for that bag there) and have been doing them that way ever since. They are really super easy and the finish is very professional!

french seam quilts and more 2012 arrow

Written instructions can be found here or you can watch the process on you tube. It is not a tutorial for a quilted bag however, the method is the same.  The measurements I used were sewing initial 1/4 inch seam on the right sides of fabric and trimming to 1/8 inch. Then I turned the bag inside out and sewed another 1/4 inch seam and it works like a charm! See mine?

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I am just going to bombard you now with bag photos, you’ve been warned!

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The shells gives you some perspective.

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I used scraps from Bonnie and Camille fabric lines: Vintage Modern, Happy Go Lucky and Scrumptious.  It’s no secret that their fabric takes up a great deal of my fabric shelving (Heart) and I just love being able to make more pretty stuff from scraps and leftovers!

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Magnetic snaps? Grab ’em while they’re on sale, who cares what color they are!

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It’s the perfect size for carrying books, drawing pads or embroidery.

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The perfect vacation tote!

(I think I’ll make some extra ones, you never know when you have to give a gift of some kind or some other unexpected excuse to just “give.”