Monthly Archives: March 2015

More scrappy fun

March 18th 2015

Does this happen to anyone else? You get this little thrill when you make something really great with scraps? I know some of you do, fess up! Maybe you squeal or jump up and down or put it on Instagram. Yes, me too!

mickey cross body bag

After I made this Mickey Bucket Tote, I had some squares and rectangles left that for the regular lay person would naturally be trash. But I saved them and hummed and hawed (is that a word?) until I created a fun design for another kind of bag. I have made cross body bags before, see here, so I kinda just repeated the same technique to make these. I just varied the patches and combined some other scraps and came up with 2 new designs. The squares in the center on the left are totally fussy cut, since the fabric itself is patchwork. Ha!

mickey scraps designs

As I quilted the second one it occurred to me to hide some “mickeys” in the quilting.

mickey quilitng

Now the recipient can count Mickeys as they stand in line or something.

mickey cross body bag 2

These were so fun to make and pretty easy. Helps that I have made them before.

I guess this would also count as a project for

sewing for fun

Mickey Mouse Tote

March 6th 2015

I really enjoy making things for people.  I find the process so satisfying, especially as I see the finished product come together like this bucket tote. (Bucket because of the wide bottom)

mickey tote back

I have my “standard” go to bag pattern that I can whip up in no time (2 hours at least)


But this person wanted me to “reproduce” something she already had in Mickey Mouse fabrics. No problem.

First up, we had to choose fabrics and came up with these fat quarters and roses for the lining. She loves roses. Her name is Rosie and she loves all things vintage and Victorian.

Mickey fabrics

She wanted to wear it cross body style so I replicated the 3 inch strap in patchwork. I wanted to add some cool hardware rings for the strap but 3 inches is too wide. Next time, I’ll find the hardware first and adjust the strap width.

Mickey strap

I arranged the fabric in strips, with a wider bottom (center), and sewed them together to make the outside. I layered it with batting and backing and quilted it as I would a quilt.

mickey fabric

After sewing it closed, WST, at 1/8 inch. I turned it inside out and created a french seam by sewing RST 1/4 inch seam(red) I covered the raw edges with binding (black) so it’s neat and tidy.

french seam

I added the snaps then attached my label and strap with the binding.

mickey tote 3

Now she is ready for a trip to Walt Disney World.

Mickey mouse tote

She has my card in case anyone asks where she got it. LOL

scrappy mickey

Then I started playing with the scraps. I think I’m making a little bag for her daughter now.

It Starts Today!

March 2nd 2015

Today is the day!

SSPBH on blog

Hop on over to Susie’s Blog andcheck out my Simply Striped Pillow.


This was such a fun project thanks Susie!! Below are the other participants. Tomorrow Susie will feature her own pillows.

On March 3rd, Susie herself right from her Sunroom!

On March 4th, meet the very skilled Geta from Geta’s Quilting Studio

On March 5th, meet Sheri, Multi-project extraordinairre, from Sunshine in the Attic

On March 6th, meet lovely Lara from Buzzin’ Bumble

On Marth 7th, meet Amanda the Most Clever Mug Rug Designer better known as The Patchsmith and

ON March 8th, Susie’s very own sister, Amy from Amy Made That (my very first quilty bloggy friend)