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For the young artist

One of my dear friends asked me to come up with a gift for her twin nephews who like to draw.  I knew I wanted to make some type of roll-up.  I was inspired by Lotta Jansdotter‘s Tool Roll from her Simple Sewing book.  Lindsay over at Lindsay Pindsay made a roll-up for her knitting needles inspired by the same pattern.  Hers is similar to the one in the book.

lindsay pindsay roll up

I slightly modified the pattern to come up with a design I thought would work for the boys.  So, here’s my take on it.


I filled them with some random items I have here at the house just to give my friend some ideas of what they can put in their roll ups.  For the colored binding strips I just used some material from cut up t-shirts.


The outside fabric is from……..wait for it…………a curtain remnant.  Let me guess, you weren’t surprised.  I used the music print because, if my memory serves me correct, they are a part of a musical family of singers and musicians.


My friend just told me that the boys have been enjoying their roll ups.  They love to sit and draw.  That is all I can ask for.  It feels so good to create an item that others will enjoy and are able to use.  The boys have a birthday coming up in April and I will be making them messenger bags to hold their things.

Done any upcycling lately?


Purse party of sorts

I guess that is what it’s turned into over here.  One request has sent me diving head first into the beautiful world of purses/handbags….whatever you want to call them.  I have come up for a breath long enough to share my craftings.

So, my first challenge was to make a purse to be given to a mom as a gift.  No frills and thrills, just a basic bag.  I searched around for purse tutorials as I had absolutely no clue how to make one.  There are a plethora of wonderful purse tutorials out there.  I settled on this one over at warehousefabricsinc.com.


The instructions were pretty easy to follow.  I decided to omit the piping they included in their bag.

Finished product

inside of purse
inside of purse

One cool thing about this purse is that the fabrics used were upcycled curtain remnants (They were never used as curtains, fabric was pretty much new and unused when given to me).  The pleats are just so adorable to me.  I later added the flower for visual interest.  It has one snap closure and two pockets on the inside.

After the bag was done, I was all excited and like, “Yay, I made my first purse.”  I was just hoping my friend’s mom would like it.  A day later I decided to make another purse.  Not that I thought anything was wrong with the first, I just wanted to give my friend a second potential bag to choose for her mom.  I knew I wanted to make it a little more jazzy, and of course it had to have black and white in it.  I know, some would think that color combo gets old after a while.  Well, for me, NEVER….ha, ha, ha.

I used an actual pattern (the kind in the envelope) for this second bag.  I have no for real clue how to read these commercial patterns, but am determined to learn that my skills may increase.  The pattern used was Butterick B5766 bag D

Butterick bag 5766-D

One thing I like about both of these bags is how roomy they are inside.

Here’s my take on it.


I had to ask my friend to snap a pick and send it to me because, for some reason, I often make things and they leave my hands before I capture them on film.  My husband goes on and on about how my ways need to change.  Lol.  I agree.  How will I know what I’ve done without a record?  I’m trying to do better.  My friend so graciously sent this one to me.  I’m so glad because I absolutely loved this one.  And it goes without saying that she decided on this one for her mom as opposed to the first purse.  So glad I went with my thoughts to make a second purse.

The party doesn’t end there folks.  I figured, why let the momentum die?  I went on to make a third purse.  Recipient = my 12 yr old niece-y-pooh.  I had another paper pattern on hand, and thought it was a great time to give it a go.  I used Butterick B5505 bag B.

pyramid bagVery reminiscent of a pyramid in my opinion.  I was glad to have successfully completed the bags above, because they gave me the confidence I needed to tackle this one. Lots of intricate details went into making this bag.  It is such a fun bag.  Hopefully my niece likes it.  She’s into black and white too.

Finished product

pyramid bag front
bag front
pyramid bag back
bag back
bag inside
bag inside
bag zipper opening
bag side zipper opening
bag front flap
bag front flap with hidden smaller zipper pocket and magnetic snap

I was happy with the way this bag turned out.  Other suggested fabrics were synthetic suede or synthetic leather.  I’d like to make another one out of suede or leather in the future.

I’ll stop here for now.  There are a few more to share.  It’s like I started and did not stop.  Time really does fly by when you are having fun.  I am so glad I did not continue on in fear when it comes to sewing.  I would not be experiencing the beauty of creating in this manner if I had.  It took me so long to jump in because sewing seemed so intimidating.  I am amazed with the completion of each project.

If there is something you have been longing to do (I’m not talking about the silly stuff we long to do that would bring no true benefit to ourselves and others), you might just have to jump in…..fear and all.  Fear is only successful when it prevents us from jumping in.  Even if you don’t think you have all the resources you need.  There is something special about starting where you are and with what you have in front of you.  It seems that additional resources come when they are needed.

A holiday gift

There is a special woman in my life that has encouraged me from the first day we met.  She’s the kind of person that sees things in people that they might not see in themselves, and continues to talk about those things until she sees fruit from it.  She adores my family, and cannot keep herself from bringing our children gifts at least once a month.  Seriously.

One day she was telling me about her recent trip to a craft fair and all the goodies she saw.  There were beautiful Christmas-themed table dressings she had her eyes on.  She mentioned her desire for a holiday table runner.

My wheels began turning, and I decided I would make one for her.  Her style is very different than my own, so I did a lot of praying while I walked through the fabric store.  If I had my way, it probably would have been black and white.  I really hoped she would like my selection.  Only time would tell.

When I got home, this is what I had to work with…..



I forgot to mention my project inspiration came from a lovely lady over at the Missouri Star Quilt Company.  They are pretty much amazing.



It was very helpful to have a tutorial to follow since I had never attempted a project like this before.

For the finished project….





With the leftover fabric, I decided to get a little jazzy and make a drawstring bag for the gift.



Last but not least, I wanted to sneak in a set of matching quilted coasters.



I was pretty happy with how things turned out.  I definitely took note of the areas I need to give special attention to if I make another project like this.  Sometimes I get so excited when working on projects that I just want to get it done.  I am learning that patience is my friend.  The project will get done.

Are you creating anything special to give this season?




5 days, 5 gifts – Day 5

Start with Day 1 if you missed it.

Well, tis the final day in this series.  The love for handmade items is growing, and I’m glad to be apart of the movement.  This last gift was made for a person I am fond of.  Curly Cutie of course.  When I came across this item, I knew immediately it had to be done.  She would just be so cute lugging it around.  And I knew it was the perfect item to make with the fabric that was given to me at my first rummage sale.  Well actually, a gal saw a necklace I was selling and we decided to do an even exchange.

The fabric was pre-quilted with coordinating fabrics.  Cute girly colors and everything.  No, it didn’t match the black and white set  I made for her big sister gift.  I didn’t care though.  I used a tutorial over at Twelve Crafts Till Christmas for this project.  It took some tweaking since my fabric was already quilted.  Actually, it just made the project that much simpler. 

The Doll Bassinet

You can see the two sides of the fabric.  I’m thinking the inside should have really been the outside.  It is such a fun print.  But I like the dots too.

Here are a couple of pics with her baby in the bassinet.

Never mind that she doesn’t have any bottoms on.  We were doing great for her to have a shirt on in the second pic.  I don’t know what the fascination is with some kids stripping the dolls down and leaving them that way.  Guess who has not recieved a request for doll clothes?  That would be me.  Am I complaining?  That’s a “no”.

It’s so fun to watch Curly Cutie in action.  So glad I was able to make this item for her.

That’s a wrap folks!  Another peek into my beautiful handmade life.

Out of the 5 days, do you have a favorite?  I love them all so, I don’t even think I can pick a fav.  If I had to chose, I would probably go with Day 4.  I wonder what this year has in store.

5 days, 5 gifts – Day 2

Start with Day 1 if you missed it.

A couple of years ago I read a story about a woman that started a business making one simple item.  I had no clue that one day I’d make one too.  After some encouragement from a loved one, I decided to jump right in.  She said they make really nice gifts. 

Presenting the beloved Heating Pad

Can also be used as a cold pack.  This particular pad is filled with rice.  The woman I mentioned above filled hers with corn.  The outside is a damask print flannel fabric.  Staying true to my love of B & W.  Very easily heated for 1-3 min depending on microwave.  Easily chilled by placing in a plastic bag and put in the freezer.

 Pockets were created down the length of the pad for an even distribution of the rice and heat.

The heating pad was scented with lavendar essential oil for its soothing and relaxing properties.

Heating pad scented with lavendar made for a very dear friend whose favorite color is purple. I made a coordinating card to accompany the gift.

Go to Day 3.

5 days, 5 gifts – Day 1

Around this time a year ago, I embarked upon a journey that has proven to be quite interesting and fulfilling. Learning to sew. Some of you recall my very first sewing post about a quilt. That’s where it all began.

It’s kinda hard to believe all that has happened in one year. Started this blog. Began learning to sew, had a water birth, decided to homeshcool, had some relationships restored, had some relationships fizzle, became more aware of areas I am prone to sin, learned how to cook some of my favorite Indian dishes, started visiting a house church. Oh, I could get carried away with this list. This is supposed to be about sewing and crafts.

To celebrate this newfound joy in being crafty, I thought it would be fun to take the next 5 days and post a gift made by me each day. Sometimes I’m asked about the kinds of handmade items I create. The next 5 days will be another peek into my beautiful handmade world.

First up……….

Betcha didn’t know I could bake. Well, I don’t really. Not anything that you would wanna write home about anyway. This cake is not edible for its contents are only to be used on a baby’s bottom. It’s a DIAPER CAKE! Why did I feel cheesy typing that? Oh, well.

Ok, so at the time I made this I had not been invited to a baby shower or anything. I just made it. Sometimes I just be making stuff. Lol. Sometimes it’s just good to create. We were born with that in us. Whether it’s an idea, a dance, an easier way to organize, underwater basketweaving, or an idea to eliminate hunger……it doesn’t matter. We are all interested in something. I feel like I now have an itty-bitty glimpse into how God felt after he looked at everything he created in the beginning. He said it was good!

I knew deep down in my heart that one day I would be able to give this cake away. Don’t you know that day came? My source informed me that the recipient loved the cake. It happened to be colors she is particularly fond of. Score. And you know how much I love black and white with a pop of color. She is a woman after my own heart.

And for details if you so desire…..

I wanted to put my own spin on a diaper cake. A modern spin of sorts.

Top tier is accented with faux flowers to conceal the diapers. Two types and sizes of ribbon were used to decorate. Cake was created with 1 package of size 1 diapers.

Middle layer was covered with a damask patterned fabric and wrapped with ribbon.

Bottom layer is similar to top, but smaller flowers were used to hide diapers. If the diapers were all white I probably would not have added the flowers. I could not have some cartoon characters clashing with my mod-ness. This was so not your traditional diaper cake. I was pleased with the results. Even more pleased to give it away.

Well, that’s it for Day 1. Go to Day 2.

Have you put your spin on anything here lately? A recipe? A song? A business practice?