Monday, December 15, 2014
I have made this bag before, and it is super easy and quick. It came from the gook "Home Stuff" by Linda Lum DeBono. This is a bag I did last year for my MIL with a matching crochet bag.
I added a luggage tag on the outside that she can take on and off if she chooses. There are 3 large pockets across the front - the solid blue. And I added one small pocket on top of the larger pockets just because I thought it needed something else. The ribbons were added to hide the seams, because I didn't like them on this bag. And I thought the added lace just made it girly. And she is definitely a girly girl - and right up my alley!!
Here is the close up of the front.
This bag is very roomy. I folded a king sized blanket and stuffed it down inside. There is plenty of room in there!!
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Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Big difference, huh? I'll show you how I did this in about an hour. Very simple. I didn't choose these fabrics. My friend, Cheryl, did. She had a shirt embroidered for her dgd and wanted the jeans to match.
The belt was easy. I cut a 4" strip the WOF. Folded that in half, opened it back out and folded the edges in to meet the fold line. Fold again and stitch down both long ends turning in the short ends and stitching those closed.
Now for the ruffles. This is not rocket science, so no worries about getting these perfect. We wanted the ruffle on the bottom slightly larger than the other two.
Here are my pieces. I cut the pink polka dot at 3.5" X WOF and the other two 3" X WOF. 2 strips of each, but I wound up only needing one.
I hemmed the long edges using a rolled hem on my sewing machine because my serger is in the shop.
I tried ruffling the pink and purple together, but it wasn't as full as I wanted. You can see the pink isn't as full.
So I took it apart and ruffled them separately. I used my ruffler foot, but you can easily do this with a gathering stitch. I ran it right on top of my stitch line of my hem. We didn't want any length added to the jeans, so I only dropped the ruffle down 1/2" below the hem line of the jeans. I pinned the ruffle in place.
When you get back to the first pin, overlap the ruffle by 1/4" and mark with a pin.
I used my pinking blade to trim the seam.
This is why I say no need to worry about exact measurements. I have a smidge extra width on my purple ruffle. See where my finger is poking through? That's roughly 1/2" too much.
And it should look like this now.
Pin this back to your jeans legs and use a basting stitch to attach. **Note. I put a piece of tape on my machine and lined up the hem line of the jeans to be sure the ruffle was stitched on straight. If the ruffle
And here it is stitched on.
Repeat the same procedure with your next ruffle. I aligned it on the same seam so the seams would be stacked. I used a basting stitch again.
Now it's time for the last ruffle. I ran my ruffle stitch line right down the middle of this last piece. I wanted to be able to move it just above the first two ruffles to hide the seams.
And I thought I'd give you a modeled picture. Isn't she adorable??
Happy Birthday Emma!
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014
I am making a pair of these for a Christmas gift for the daughter of one of my best friends. The pattern is from an old AS&E issue and the smocking plate from an old Sew Beautiful magazine. The floss is DMC but I can't remember the number. I'll look and update this post later. The fabric is a cotton sateen that I picked up from a fabric shop in Savannah called Fabrika.
The pattern called for piping between the case and the smocked panel. I decided to use a satin ribbon. It really didn't have the affect I was going for, so I'll rethink that on the next ones if I decide to make anymore. I had quite a few issues with these and won't go into a lot of detail. But many ugly words were said and tantrums thrown. And I even walked away for a week at one point. LOL
The pattern calls for doing a simple scalloped hem, but I wanted a little frill, so I stitched on some lace with a little entredeux. I hadn't used this method in I'm guessing 10 years or more. I definitely need some more practice with this technique. But I will add more projects to get the practice, because I'd forgotten how much I enjoy heirloom sewing. The entredeux is from Capitol Imports and the lace I had in my stash.
I hope Gracyn loves her new pillow cases. Despite all my problems with them, I really enjoyed them after the fact. Lol
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