Trees are in bloom, colors and leaves are popping out all around, and I got to make some fun gifts with lots of colors. So now , I feel that Spring has officially arrived and is sticking around!
My first project is a Mini Bow Tucks tote.
I love this bag pattern, by Penny Sturges, at Quiltsillustrated.com.
It is a practical bag and with just a few changes it can become a bit more contemporary in shape. Plus, it comes in 2 sizes. This mini size is approx. 9 " tall x 16" wide x 4 " deep (with no bow ties).
I made the basic bag pattern,with a few modifications:
|The Mini Bow Tuck Tote with no side ties|
- 28 inch handles length
- no bow ties on the sides (for gathering in sides)
- added zippered pocket inside
- magnetic snap closure
|Inside row of slip pockets . I added some main lilac fabric to piece the top edge of the pockets|
|Inside zippered pocket on one side|
The next project was a cute and wild-colored Pouch set .... for my sweet little grand niece. "A" had her First Holy Communion this weekend. I wanted to make her a little pouch set to go along with some money.
So what else should I add to the zippered pouch? Little "A" wears glasses, so I made her a simple glasses case. And most kids have a set of ear plugs to listen to some music. So a small zipped pouch would be fun as an addition to my set.
I chose one of my favorite Pouch patterns....Noodlehead's Open Wide Zippered Pouch, by Anna Graham. These pouches are adorable , and they do open wide!
I made the medium size , which is 12" wide x 9 " tall. Check here for the different sizes tutorial .
Earbud pouch: Circle Zip Earbud Pouch Tutorial by Erin at Dog Under My Desk
I used her free tutorial, but she has a pattern in her shop available for sale, also.
This is fun and is a great first zipper project! (I didn't even use a zipper foot!)
Eyeglasses case: I basically winged it... I cut a lining and an outer piece, each 7" x 7" square. Cut one piece of Pellon FF 987 7 " x 7 ". Fuse it onto the outer piece. Sewed the top edge of the lining and outer fabric right-sides-together (this is open edge of the glasses case at the end). Then I folded the lining remaining raw edges together (leaving a 3 " wide hole for turning it through) , and folded the outer fabricraw edges together, sewing it all the way around. I pulled the case through the hole in the lining, and sewed the gap hole up. I tucked it the lining back inside the outer cover. I pressed it well and actually spray- starched it. (This is not a hard protective case, but suitable for my grand niece.)
Fabrics: I found out she just picked out an orange outfit recently, with orange sneakers. Her bedroom is lavender.
|My Zipper Pouch Set for "A"|
|I used some tie-dyed fabric for the lining and a loop inside, so she can hook up her circle zip to it and not lose it!|
|I think she likes it!|
Now, onto some more projects on my list...
|I'm off to my sewing room!|