Category Archives: Sewing

April OMG 2017 Update

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.

Shopping Bags

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. 

Shopping Bag

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!

Shopping Bag

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.

Pincushions

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.

Inklingo LeMoyne Star Pincushion

Then I put those pouches inside the Lemoyne Star pouches that I had sewn.

They sure make cute little pincushions!

Inklingo LeMoyne Star Pincushion

And they aren’t orphans anymore!

I made my Lemoyne Stars from the free Diamond/Triangle/Square Collection from Inklingo.  Try it!

Siggy Doll Dresses

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.

Siggy Doll

My granddaughters will receive these dolls for their birthdays.

Siggy Doll

The dolls took me out of my comfort zone, but I think my girls are worth it!

Siggy Doll

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.

Siggy Doll

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!

Siggy Doll

I tried making bendable fingers…that was tough.

Siggy Doll

I tried making toes.  That was tough.

Siggy Doll

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!

Siggy Doll

I shall be making a dress outfit for each doll.

Should be a piece of cake.

Tech Bag

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.

Tech 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.

Boxy Bags and Zip Pouches

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.

Boxy Bags and Zip Pouches

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.

Boxy Bags and Zip Pouches

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.

Boxy Bags and Zip Pouches

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!

Boxy Bags and Zip Pouches

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!

Scrap Bags

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.

Scrap Bags

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.

Scrap Bags

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!

Scrap Bags

And I like the way the bags look on my shelf, too!