Thursday, August 23, 2012

A Sweet Project Week

Sweets Completed

I have had a busy week. I imagine that a lot of us are busy helping our children, both young and nearly grown-up, get  organized and ready for Back- to -School.  Happily, I had time to fit in several small projects that had been on my "to do" list, while getting our son ready to head back to college.

My sister-in-law asked me for a sturdy case to hold her new sunglasses . She asked if I could make it wide, so she can slip the glasses in and out easily.  This was fast and easy.

( These busy bees are making honey...  honey is sweet... see the connection?)

The next project was a  Sweet Pea Hobo purse for my mother.  It came together fast, because she wanted the same fabrics that I had used in  an ensemble for my daughter .  (You can see the Sweet Pea Hobo,  Sweet Pea Zip & Go wristlet, and key fob on my Flickr page. This  Link is on left side of my blog page.)
The fabric is Secret Garden  by Sandi Henderson, of Michael Miller. I love to mix and match these!
I used  the Sweet Pea Hobo pattern  ( designed by Sweet Pea Totes), and made a few small changes:
  • The handle is solid- and 32 inches long. (Not adjustable)
  • There is a zipper pocket inside .  Can you see the keys in the fabric?  .... this is for unlocking the Gate to the Secret Garden, of course!   (on the outside fabric)
I added  a "J" on the band ,with my Topaz sewing machine, to personalize this  bag for my mother.  This pattern gets completed quickly!

The third project involved making  a Sweet Pea Zip & Go Wristlet for my daughter.    What fun I had doing these, some of my favorite smaller bags!  ( Pattern from Sweet Pea )

She wanted a small wristlet to use for everyday use while going to grad school.  And she wanted it to match one of her Birdie Slings bags that I had made for her last fall.  This  fabric is from Robert Kaufman,  Imperial Collection. She loves the browns and blues.

In both of the  bags , I used  the Pellon SF101 interfacing on the outside, and Pellon 987 FF on the linings and handles.   ( I use a LOT of both of these fusible interfacings!) It is fun to see the curves and gathers emerge.
                                            Outsides got SF 101,  and the linings got 987 FF

                                             Pinning the tucks for the pleats on the front and back
 Everything went smoothly, until I realized that I had sewn the top band on upside down .  Her initial would backwards!!  Oops!   Out came the ripper.

                                      At least I noticed this before putting the zipper in ,and the sides together.

                                         Almost done... just sew up the lining bottom, and tuck the lining into the bag!

                                  The finished little Zip & Go Wristlet!   I'll be sending it to you soon, honey!

I have linked this post up to Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Friday's "Can I get a Whoop Whoop!"  Go over to take a look at what other people are working on!

I hope that all of your preparations go smoothly as you get your families off to the new school year!
And that you can find a few moments to fit in some "sewing therapy" and Sweet Times!

I'm off to my sewing room!

1 comment:

  1. I really like all of the little projects you have completed! The sweet pea hobo bag might be favorite though. Great choice of fabric and little pattern changes.


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