Friday, 19 July 2019

Another book bag

My son is leaving middle school and also the school he has been at since he started! He had the same form tutor for the last 2 years and she has been great. So we thought we would gift her a bag too. He picked the colour as she likes teal apparently.
I used exactly the same method as for the other one I made. Starting with 2 rectangles of outside fabric and 2 rectangles of lining fabric 15.5' by 13.5'. For the straps I used rectangles 1.25' by approximately 12'. 
The straps were made by placing the strips wrong side together and stitching on each side and in the middle. This particular one was quite difficult to sew as it really really stuck to even my teflon foot. The fabric has a suede aspect and doesn't glide at all.
Although this is a book bag, I thought it would look nicer with a boxed corners so I clipped a 1.5' square off the bottom corners on the main and lining fabrics and then assembled the bag outside and the bag lining. I left a rather large opening at the bottom of the lining bag for turning outside out.
I placed the outside bag, right side out, inside the lining wrong side out and sew along the top opening of the bag. I then turned everything right side out. With a lot of clips, I pushed the lining inside the bag and top stitched near the top to keep the lining in place inside the bag, then closed the opening at the bottom.
Et voila, a cute bag that I really liked and could have easily kept for myself!
Another OPAM, another one of my Q3 FAL list.

Linking to Needle and Thread Thursday. 

Celine

Thursday, 18 July 2019

More pencil cases

My middle daughter's main teacher is a man so we thought a pencil case would be a good present. She also decided that she wanted a present for her PE teacher who is also a man so I doubled up and made 2 pencil cases, identical ones. She picked this lovely shiny petrol blue fabric that almost look like it has a subtle grid on it.
I made both pencil cases at the same time since they were the same colour, I could use same thread! 
And soon enough I had 2 nice masculine pencil cases, ready to be gifted away!
Not forgetting of course the cute "handmade" tag by Kylie and the Machine
2 more OPAM and 2 more off my Q3 FAL list.

Linking to Let's Bee Social.

Celine

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Sunglasses pouches

Continuing on the double theme of end of year presents for school and using up some of my large stash of faux leather, I found this cute tutorial on The Littlest Blog to make a lovely sunglasses pouch. I tried the first pattern with some green patterned fabric and it was so easy and fast to make!
 I used ribbon instead of a strip of leather fabric to close the pouch and decide to add a little label over the end of it to stop it fraying
 I really like this, the fabric patterns look like there is raindrops on it.
The second pattern has a triangular flap instead of a rounded one. This time I used a grainy lilac fabric. 
 I really like the look of this one too!
And because they were so fast to make I made a third one for my son's head of year with the same grainy lilac fabric and the rounded flap. 
 Definitely a fast make but also a lovely present!
 And here are the 3 pouches together. I can definitely see more of these in the future, maybe I'll even make one for me!
3 more OPAM for July and another off my Q3 FAL list
Linking to Midweek Makers

Celine

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Book bag

With soooo much faux leather stash to play with, the kids have been spoiled for choice when it comes to pick colours and ideas for their teacher's gift. My youngest picked this lovely apple green to make a bag for her teacher who is sadly leaving the school. She also picked the grey patterned one for the handles and I had this lovely dwarf print in my stash which worked perfectly well with the green. 
I had cut all the pieces about a week ago, hoping that it would be an evening make but the evenings disappeared before I could get started. My initial plan was for a straightforward book bag but in the end, I decided that it would be better to box the corners so I did just that, cutting a 1.5' off the bottom of each piece of fabric before sewing.
I used 2 strips of fabric for each handle that I placed wrong side together and sew each side plus one line in the middle. Construction was quite easy. I made the handles, the outside bag, the lining, leaving a big gap in the bottom. 
I then placed the outside bag inside the lining, right sides together and attached both bags at the top.Turned everything to the right side before top stitching at the top (keeping all in place with lots of clips) 
I then attached the handles to the bag, 2.5' from the side seams. Et voila, a lovely book bag that I will gift but would happily keep for myself!
One OPAM for July and one off my Q3 FAL :-)
Linking to Monday MakingMonday Design Wall.

Celine

Sunday, 14 July 2019

Pencil case

It all started with an ad on Facebook, and a bit of jetlag...and it ended up with nearly 50 rolls of faux leather each with between 1 and 2 m of fabric on them and a lot of scraps too... Hubby was a little taken aback when I got home with all this stash... but he kindly helped me to put it all away....

So with so much new statsh it was time to think about how to use and what to make. The first thing on the list was a new pencil case for my son because his was ripped. He picked the fabric and the style!
And now, he has a lovely light green pencil case, ready for when he starts back at school next year.
And with that, I have my first OPAM and my first item off my Q3 FAL list.
Linking to Whoop Whoop Friday.

Celine

Saturday, 13 July 2019

Q3 FAL

Time to look at the crazy long list I think. I have a few I can delete but I doubt the list will be shorter for the new quarter and the time to sew will be even more restricted, never mind, let's just try!

Quilts:
1. Modern HST triangles (19 blocks are done), this one is hopefully also a serious contender for this quarter - only one block left to do now - no progress
2. Project 48 quilt with a few Solstice challenge blocks (all blocks done, might need a few more???) - no progress
3. Farmer's Wife (not half way yet....)  - no progress
4. Farmer's Wife 1930 - only 24 blocks done - no progress
6. Black and white quilt - needs binding
7. Gipsy Wife (in progress) - I have fallen off the band wagon again.... - no progress
9. Enchanted Stars
10. Underground railway - most blocks available from years ago  - no progress
11. 365-challenge - so many blocks still needed! few blocks
12. Kingfisher quilt - a portable project, as long as I prepare before I go.... - no progress
13. Super Mario quilt - no progress
14.  Impromptu quilt - abandoned so long ago... I dream of having the quilt on my bed next summer... - no progress
15. Scrappy strips quilt -  top sewn together, just needs quilting now - no progress
16. Blue and purple quilt - this one is for my Auntie and I'd like to gift it this year.... - no progress
17. Harry Potter quilt few blocks but I am really behind
18. Horse quilt not finished...
19. Threadology quilt
20. Sewing studio banner


Bags etc:
1. Power trip bag 
2. Passport cover (up, up and away) for me 
3. Handbag for me - Carrier's Conquest - started
4. Bucket bag
5. Card wallet for my friends
6. Pencil case for M
7. Pencil case for teacher C
8. Bag for teacher A
9. Bag for teacher M
10. Sunglasses pouches for teachers' assistant A
11. Tote / maxi bag
12  Tote/book bag for me

Dressmaking:
1. Lander trousers - navy 
2. Free range slack - beige
3. Shirt (button up)
4. Kimono (dressing gown)- dusty pink
5. Blouse
6. Fiore skirt - black
7. Ostara or Brasov or Uvita top
8. Salida skirt
9. Summit peak top - cut alredy!
10. Barkcloth dress (Marbella or Daphne or Belladone)
11. Forester jacket with magic fleece 
12. Underwear 
13. Dropje or Malala or Toaster Sweater
14. Fumeterre skirt
15. Yoga long sleeve T-shirt 
16. Pyjama M 
17. Nightdress or summer pyjama C
18. Pyjama S  
19. Pyjama A
20. Nightdress for me
21. Teahouse dress 
22. Mandy boat or Givre tee 
23. A new pair of jeans 
24. Jeans for hubby
25. Voltaire top
26. Muumuu dress
27. Jasika Blazer
28. Tee for the girls
29. Seed pattern for the girls
30. Zadie jumpsuit 
31. Sirocco jumpsuit
32. Boardwalk wrap dress
33. Fiore skirt asymetrical

Linking to Q3 FAL 2019

Celine

Friday, 5 July 2019

Q2 FAL review

Time to look at the crazy long list I think. I have a few I can delete but I doubt the list will be shorter for next quarter....

Quilts:
1. Modern HST triangles (19 blocks are done), this one is hopefully also a serious contender for this quarter - only one block left to do now - no progress
2. Project 48 quilt with a few Solstice challenge blocks (all blocks done, might need a few more???) - no progress
3. Farmer's Wife (not half way yet....)  - no progress
4. Farmer's Wife 1930 - only 24 blocks done - no progress
6. Scrappy trip - finished and gifted!
7. Gipsy Wife (in progress) - I have fallen off the band wagon again.... - no progress
9. Granny Squares quilt - 60 blocks from 5 years ago - finished and gifted!
10. Underground railway - most blocks available from years ago  - no progress
11. 365-challenge - so many blocks still needed! few blocks
12. Kingfisher quilt - a portable project, as long as I prepare before I go.... - no progress
13. Super Mario quilt - no progress
14.  Impromptu quilt - abandoned so long ago... I dream of having the quilt on my bed next summer... - no progress
15. Scrappy strips quilt -  top sewn together, just needs quilting now - no progress
16. Blue and purple quilt - this one is for my Auntie and I'd like to gift it this year.... - no progress
17. Harry Potter quilt few blocks but I am really behind
18. Horse quilt not finished...

Bags etc:
1. Power trip bag 
2. Passport cover (up, up and away) for me 
3. Handbag for me - Carrier's Conquest - started
4. Fremont tote bag 
5. Card wallet - finished
6. Pouches for teacher's present
7. Pencil case for teacher
8. Bag for teacher

Dressmaking:
1. Lander trousers - navy 
2. Hepburn trousers - black and silver - finished 

3. Shirt (button up)
4. Kimono (dressing gown)- dusty pink
5. Blouse
6. Kobe top - finished 
7. Ostara or Brasov or Uvita top
8. Salida skirt
9. Summit peak top - cut alredy!
10. Barkcloth dress (Marbella or Daphne or Belladone)
11. Forester jacket with magic fleece 
12. Underwear 
13. Dropje or Malala or Toaster Sweater
14. Fumeterre skirt
15. Yoga long sleeve T-shirt 
16. Pyjama M 
17. Nightdress or summer pyjama C - finished
18. Pyjama S  
19. Pyjama A
20. Nightdress for me
21. Teahouse dress 
22. Mandy boat or Givre tee 
23. A new pair of jeans 
24. Karri dress - finished
25. Voltaire top
26. Muumuu dress
27. Jasika Blazer
28. Tee for the girls
29. Seed pattern for the girls
30. Sew Together for Summer jumpsuit - finished x 2!

Linking to Q2 FAL 2019

Celine

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