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Gingham Tote Bags

If I’m not making quilts, I’m usually sewing bags – mostly as gifts. Anna Graham from Noodlehead has written many great bag patterns, one of which is called the Gingham Tote from her book, Handmade Style. It’s a simple, cross body bag with instructions for two styles, however, I’ve only made the rounded pocket version. This bag features an open and zip pocket on the front, deep inside space and two open, inside pockets. It calls for a magnetic closure for easy access and has an adjustable strap. I first made this black and cream dot tote for my aunt a couple years ago.I enjoyed making it so much that I almost immediately made this black and white geometric designed bag for my sister-in-law.My mother-in-law borrowed my sister-in-law’s bag this summer when she traveled to Iceland and Greece and thought it was the perfect bag for her travels. When she arrived home, she asked if I would make one for her so that she can take it on her upcoming trip to Italy. I recently finished this black chambray version for her.This most recent finish means I met my January sewing goal, even though it was a very short list. Anything that I work on now is just a bonus for the month. I’m going to get started working on my February sewing goals.


Sewing for Baby Girl

I love sewing for new babies, but add pink in the mix and I’m giddy. This weekend I had so much fun sewing for a friend who recently had her first baby girl. First, I made this adorable diaper cover set. Who wouldn’t want to see a cute little baby’s bottom crawling around in these? You can find a free tutorial for them on the Made Everyday site. Dana also has a video that walks you how to assemble them. I also made a matching set of drool bibs made from cotton prints and backed with white terry cloth. You can find a template for the bibs here, but I altered mine a bit.Bibs_Covers_BPCenterBib_BPDC_2_detail_BPDC_1_detail_BPI also made one of my go-to, quick, whole cloth cuddle blankets. The combination of a gray flannel print backed with white minky is so incredibly soft and cozy!JE_Blanket_Full_BPJE_Blanket_Detail_BPOne of my favorite things to do is create really great packaging. I bundled up all the items, tied them together with pretty ribbon and attached my signature tags. Instead of wrapping them in a box or using a gift bag where you can’t see the items, I found this really cute, shabby white crate which can be reused for diapers or books in the nursery. I love the finishing detail of a pink, silk hydrangea bud to fill out the basket.JE_Basket_1_BPJE_Basket_2_BP

I can’t wait to deliver this sweet gift box to my friend and sneak a peek at her new, precious baby girl.


Patchwork Stationery Kit

After working with the beautiful pink, green, aqua and yellow fabrics I used to make the round pencil pouch recently, I just couldn’t put them back into my stash. I knew I wanted to make something else with them and this patchwork stationery kit seemed to be just the right project. This time, however, I wanted to sneak in some lavender and I am so thrilled with how all of these prints and colors play together.StatKit_FrontAngle_BPTo make the kit, I used a tutorial by Fabric Mutt which you can find here. My kit has a few slight variations which include a strap closure, patchwork back cover and a separate pocket for a pen on the inside.StatKit_OutsideBott1_BPStatKit_OutsideBott2_BPStatKit_BackAngle_BPThe inside also has two slip pockets that can hold such things as a small notebook and notecards.StatKit_Inside_1_BPI really love the cute little envelope pocket that can hold small items like paperclips, stamps or envelope seals.StatKit_Inside2_BPStatKit_Inside3_BPIt’s so fun to make scrappy projects like this one because you can use so many different fabrics. This little stationery kit is on its way to a friend as a “just because” gift. I’m sure I will be making more in the future and maybe one for myself. What I’m not sure of is whether I can put these fabrics back into my stash. I love them all so much together and almost feel that if I don’t make something for myself with them I’ll be unsatisfied. I’ll ponder the possibilities while I move forward with my other projects.


A Finished Round Pencil Pouch

I love making handmade gifts for those special to me. So when I realized it was going to be my dear friend Melissa’s birthday, I ran to my fabric stash and picked out a big pile of some of my most treasured, pretty fabrics.RPP_FabricPull_BP Our love of sweet, feminine florals runs deep and she, like me, loves fabric, sewing and handmade goodness. I decided to make her a round pencil pouch, designed by my friend Kristyne of Pretty by Hand.RndPouch_Full_BP This pouch is the perfect little gift – not only is it beautiful, but you can fill it with all sorts of small goodies like candy, pens, or sewing notions. There are three variations to the pattern, but I chose patchwork as I usually do. It’s a great way to show off a lot of different fabrics, plus I love a scrappy look.RndPouch_Full_crop_BPI quilted it with a classic diagonal stitch and adorned the top with the prettiest lace trim.RndPouch_Top_BPI also added a sweet little thimble zipper charm for a finishing detail.RndPouch_Detail_BPThis is the second round patchwork pencil pouch I have made and I love how much character they have. I’m positive this will not be the last one I make. Have you made one of these before or do you plan to?