Saturday, September 22, 2012

Tooth Monster Pillows

Pinterest can be an awesome resource for ideas. I've got a craft fair scheduled for Oct. 6, and even though I think I have some great items, I wanted additional things that are more crafty. I have my purses, knitwear, crochet items and greeting cards, but sometimes you need little inexpensive items.

When I saw a pin that showed Tooth Monster Pillows, I thought it would be perfect to whip some up and put in a little plastic basket. I followed the pattern a bit, but tweeked it some to personalize them. I have a HUGE stash of craft buttons and wanted to incorporate some for the eyes. The mouth part is perfect for placing the lost tooth, only for the child to wake up and find their dollar (or whatever amount your Tooth Fairy leaves).

If you're feeling crafty, why don't you try these cute pillows? All you need is some felt, buttons, needle and thread (these are entirely hand-sewn). I could have taken the easy way out and used the sewing machine, but I think making them completely by hand gives them a certain charm.

Thanks for spending some time with me.


Monday, September 17, 2012

Cotton Wallets

I've been playing with the idea of making wallets. After searching the web for ideas, I came up with a design that would incorporate what I needed- a place for cards, currency and my checkbook. When I go back to the drafting board, I will perhaps include a zippered pocket for change and a loop for a pen.

My concept includes using a section of fabric and making accordian type pleats to create the interior pockets. It is so much easier than cutting out individual pieces and it takes away from the bulk in the seams.

The finished width is about 7-3/4" total. The 6 card pockets are actually large enough to hold 2-3 cards each. The 2 pockets on the opposite side are roomy enough to include receipts if needed.

Want to know te greatest part? This type of project using up your scraps! You can have a cute print on the outside, and your interior can be a coordinating print or a matching solid.

This pattern is for sale in my Etsy shop if anyone is interested in making their own :-)


I'm linking to these great parties!

Sumo's Sweet Stuffmaking monday marvelous linky party

Sunday, September 2, 2012

OOAK 100% Wool Shoulder Bag

Happy Sunday! Anyone have special plans for today? We're planning on heading to my Aunt and Uncle's house for an afternoon of swimming and food. That way we can use the actual Labor Day holiday to rest up before heading back to work.

Today I've got another upcycled shoulder bag, using another pattern from ithinksew called the "Martina" bag. I took apart a man's 100% wool coat and used a red and chocolate print for the lining. I really like how this one turned out, and if it doesn't sell in my Etsy shop, it may go to someone as a Christmas or Hanukkah present.

Front of the bag

Back of the bag

Front of the bag with the flap open. I just love the richness of the red print with the wool. You can also see how I made the pocket placement~ it's perfect for your cellphone or any other small items you need quickly.

Thanks for stopping by today and have a great day!

Friday, August 31, 2012

OOAK 100% Linen Shoulder Bag

Lately I've been on a "recycling" kick. I've been using jackets or coats, cutting them up, and turning them into brand new accessories. It's not a new concept, but new to me. My latest find at the Goodwill store was a ladies 100% linen jacket.

*I seriously need to start taking before pictures of the clothing*

To begin with, I started with the Leslie purse pattern from ithinksew. It's a great shoulder bag for this project. I use an initial pattern piece out of scrap fabric, old sheets, anything to lay my "cut up" jacket pieces on.

Cutting the jacket apart is fairly easy. If following the seams you can snip and rip, but not too quickly or you'll hit a grainline and lose valuable material. I arrange pockets for practical use. I re-use buttons for decoration and throw in some embroidery thread with simple patchwork stitches from my sewing machine to create something that is truly one of a kind (OOAK).

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Switching some things up...

I'm going to be giving my lil' blog a facelift, in hopes that I will actually start USING it again LOL. I've gotten so bad about not posting my projects anymore. I thank everyone who has stayed connected, and I promise to get back into the groove.

Much love,


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