Friday, September 16, 2011

What's in your PURSE?

Well ok it's not really what's in your purse but weather or not you made it!  I made my first purse last year  from a pattern in a book called "Bend the Rules Sewing".  I had a picture my daughter did of a bird when she was 3.  It was just amazing!  She's an artist for sure.  Anyway I wanted to do more than just put it on the fridge so I brought it to life in a purse.  I can't even tell you how many compliments I got on my purse I actually had a lady hunt me down in the mall to ask where I got my purse.  Anyway here it is.

I did a few pockets one for my phone and one for all the little stuff I can never find at the bottom of my purse.  
Well it's become on of those things.  Now my son wants me to take one of his drawings into a purse.  As much as I love my "bird" purse it's just to big.  I end up putting to much in it and then it would be way to heavy.  So I came up with my own pattern a little of a smaller purse and tried to incorporate my son's "boy drawing" and found I need a bit of pink and ruffles to fem it  up a bit.  Here is that purse

 I added a zipper pocket this time.  I found that when the bag was on my shoulder and I bent over all those little things would fall out.  So I'm zipping them up this time.  I'm hoping to have some time and do a tutorial or put up some patterns for this second purse I created.  

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Easy Car Track 2 Go

I'm all for the quick easy, cheap presents that are totally AWESOME!  I love to make little quick projects that kids love!  This one is my new favorite simply because it's so quick and easy.  Also it's so fun to take with you.  I wish I had done this for Jake when he was little he would have taken it everywhere.  I really think this would have been great in the doctors office too.  I'm hoping to get my hands on some pink denim and do a set for Faith.

Old pair of Jeans (I used my daughter age 11)
Yellow fabric paint
paint brush
Old zipper (you can just seam rip the one out of the jeans you are using)
Sewing stuff

Cut legs of jeans off as high up as you can. Then cut off the leg bottom near the ankle (this will be the fanny pack) go up about 6 in or more and cut and set aside.

Then cut out the shapes for the track.  I like to have at least one 4 way stop, a lot of straights and a few curves.  Get as creative as you want or jean allow.  I made mine about 4-5 in thick so a car could drive on one side.

Paint lines on "roads" and let dry

Inside/Wrong side of fabric view.

While the paint is drying get the bottom of one leg and cut up one side.  Then measure down about 2 inch from the cut edge and draw a straight line on the inside or wrong side of the fabric. Make it as long as your zipper.  Measure down 1/4 and draw another line and do the one more time.  You should have 3 lines for a total width of 1/2 inch.  Mark the side and stitch around the outside of the rectangle.  Cut down the center line and into the corner.  iron back the edges.   Then glue stick the edges of the zipper and glue on the inside/wrong side of the fabric.  Put on your zipper foot and stitch around it.  SUPER EASY!  Now stitch on some loops. Then stitch the 3 side up turn inside out and your done!  It's really easy I'm not sure my directions are as easy as it really is.  Maybe I'll do a picture tutorial or video. For now here it is.