My goal for April was to make eco-friendly shopping bags.
I thought it would be fun to incorporate some orphan blocks into the project.
I used scrap denim and some quilting blocks for the above shopping bags. I wish I would have thought to take the time to quilt the blocks, but I like the bags anyway.
I may have to give this bag to someone with a small child. At least I remembered to add some quilting to the bag. Ha, ha!
The last bag features a hand-painted orphan block. It was a fun little sample to learn some fabric painting techniques, and I am happy to have found a way to use the block!
These bags are durable, can be washed, and used over and over. They are eco-friendly and more fun to use than plastic grocery sacks!
I am linking up with OMG at Elm Street Quilts and Patchwork Times.
As I was digging around the sewing studio looking for orphan blocks to use in making shopping bags, I found two 4.5″ Lemoyne Stars that I had hand stitched many moons ago.
I made two muslin pouches and filled them with crushed walnut shells.
Then I put those pouches inside the Lemoyne Star pouches that I had sewn.
They sure make cute little pincushions!
And they aren’t orphans anymore!
I made my Lemoyne Stars from the free Diamond/Triangle/Square Collection from Inklingo. Try it!
Remember the Siggy dolls from this post?
Now that my QAL Bear Paw distraction is done (Quilting doesn’t count…ha,ha!), I have gotten around to sewing dresses for the dolls.
My granddaughters will receive these dolls for their birthdays.
The dolls took me out of my comfort zone, but I think my girls are worth it!
I have wanted to make the Siggy doll since I received the premiere issue of Soft Dolls and Animals in 1997.
Umm…yes…1997. I was going to make the doll for my daughter. Somehow, time has gotten away from me.
So, I have made two dolls…one for each granddaughter.
I think I lost my mind! I thought that it would be fun to alter the simple pattern a bit.
I have a new respect for doll makers!
I tried making bendable fingers…that was tough.
I tried making toes. That was tough.
Worst of all was the hair. Whatever was I thinking?! Hot glueing a bunch of tangled, curly hair was tremendously boring and tedious for me!
Oh nooooo…I couldn’t just buy a wig…or make one. I had to glue this stuff by individual strands.
Sometimes, I am an idiot.
These dolls have more hair than Cousin Itt!
I shall be making a dress outfit for each doll.
Should be a piece of cake.
Quite a few years ago, I printed out a tutorial for a tech bag. The creator called it a tech bag because she wanted a bag for her charger cords.
I wish I could find the tutorial for you, but it is an extinct website.
I have, however, finally gotten around to making the bag.
I am going to use it for the same purpose…to hold the phone and the charger cord.
And it is roomy enough to add a wallet and keys, too.
I am continuing to use up the scraps of hand-dyed fabric by making boxy bags.
You can find the tutorial for the boxy bags in my previous post.
I have made a couple more bags that are not pictured here.
I have also made zip pouches, one for each bag. I found a basic tutorial over at Elm Street Quilts.
I plan on keeping a couple of bags for personal use (I’ve got a trip to Hawaii coming soon!).
The rest of the bags will be Christmas gifts.
I am going to fill them with goodies for the grandkids…the bags are the Christmas wrap! It is going to be fun finding items to fill the bags!
I still have a lot of squares left. I have thought to make pot holders (I do need some), pincushions, and other small items.
Frankly, I’m tired of these squares! Ha, ha! So I am giving them to some creative young ladies.
And I feel great…I am actually thinking ahead for Christmas! No stress!
Organizing my scraps by storing them in color coded fabric baskets has been on my To-Do List for quite some time.
I wanted quick and easy baskets to make. No handles, zippers, cardboard or plastic inserts, magnets or Velcro.
Pam, over at Threading My Way, posted a fabric basket tutorial that fit my need. I changed the size of the bag (mine is larger), and I used Timtex, since I already had that on hand, and wanted to use it up.
Now that the scraps are no longer “out of sight; out of mind”, I hope to use them more in projects. It will certainly be a lot easier to find them!
And I like the way the bags look on my shelf, too!
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