Summer Sewing

While I have not been a good blogger this Summer, I had completed a bunch of sewing projects. One of my goals this Summer was to work through some of my stash fabric. While I haven’t really made a dent in the fabric stash, it is nice to have some 100% finished projects to show for my effort.
Deer pattern from here, I wanted to try and find some vintage soft toy patterns to make as gift toppers for this Christmas. I’ve been experimenting with little sew-in frame purses, here is a helpful tutorial.

I decided right before I left for Florida for The Golden Years show that I needed to create a new purse for myself out of Golden Book fabric. I purchased the it’s a cinch tote bag pattern here. At first it bothered me that I could only find the connecting rings in a size that was too big for my webbing straps, but then it hit me that I could just turn the rectangle rings sideways! I didn’t get a new photo, but I hope you can see what I mean. I also made myself a little Halloween handbag using my Halloween fabric and a frame purse that I have had for months.

I used the same fabrics to make another coffee mug-rug, I use these little things for pot holders, hot pads, and underneath my coffee mugs to catch any spills. I used this paper piecing pattern for the sawtooth star.

I finally dug out all my halloween fabrics and made a quilt-as-you-go strip quilt, which I was able to finish in just a little over one day! I used this tutorial for guidance. Now I’m considering making a second Halloween quilt, but using the sawtooth stars instead.

And lastly I made myself a wallet! I didn’t use a pattern and it has a lot of silly mistakes, like it opens the wrong way. But it work well for me now until I find a wallet pattern I really love. Have you finished any sewing projects this Summer? I’d love to find some more things to sew before the Summer is over!

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20 Responses to Summer Sewing

  1. Rachel says:

    You have been busy. Ive been a bad blogger this summer too and not accomplished near what you have.

  2. Persephone says:

    That wallet is cute! And I love the Tawny tote bag.

  3. I’m kinda in love with the Halloween fabric and the wallet fabric (and the wallet!). So cute, my eyes lit up in sparkles and unicorns appeared around me when I saw it. Lovely job!

    Sewing is something I want to get better at, I always try online tutorials but somehow I get discouraged and stop. Maybe I should look up classes at a shop. I did make a half circle zippered pouch with some cute felt characters on it, it, that was fun. There’s so many cute fabrics out there, the possibilities are endless!

  4. These are all so adorable. I especially love those colorful pouch. Definitely perfect for the summer.

  5. April says:

    Whoa, I LOVE your Halloween quilt! It’s so you! (Well, the “you” I only know from years of reading your blog, but still.) What a great idea. Beautiful!

  6. Caylie says:

    Oh I’m a little bit in love with that Halloween Quilt. I have been meaning to make a quilt for a while now and LOVE the Halloween theme idea! Good job!

  7. rae says:

    I LOVE that wallet, even if the pattern didn’t work out. the fabric combo is so cute!

  8. Heidi Kenney says:

    thanks Rae, Ive still been using it even if it is a little awkward :)

  9. Heidi Kenney says:

    Caylie, aw thanks! I actually started working on a second Halloween quilt :) Cant wait for fall!

  10. Heidi Kenney says:

    April, awww yay! I have been collecting all this halloween fabric for years, so I was so happy to finally put some of it to good use. I’ve actually even started a second Halloween quilt :)

  11. Heidi Kenney says:

    thanks so much Alexis :)

  12. Heidi Kenney says:

    Pamela, haha love the idea of the sparkly unicorns! I found it on Etsy, I can let you know the seller if you want, she has so many cute things! And shipped from overseas so quickly, and included a little bonus fabric too!!
    I think classes are a great idea, or look for projects that say they are for beginners and just slowly work your way to harder projects :)

  13. Heidi Kenney says:

    thanks so much Persephone :)

  14. Helen says:

    Wow! you’ve been busy, it feels so good to get something completely finished and I love your bright fabrics

  15. Heidi Kenney says:

    Rachel, I always feel so lazy and unstructured during Summer, so it helps to gather up a bunch of photos of something I actually have gotten done haha

  16. Heidi Kenney says:

    Thanks Helen, feels good to get the sewing documented in one place haha, makes it look like I’ve been busier then I have haha

  17. Jessee M says:

    I saw the orginal quilt picture and was curious what “quilt as you go” meant but then I forgot to ask. Now I want to try!! It looks great for last minute gifts or to use up random long scraps!!!! I’m so happy you shared the link

  18. Heidi Kenney says:

    Jessee, Oh I cant wait to see what you make with the technique!

  19. JLVerde says:

    Love the quilt! What a cool way to get a quilt done quickly. Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

    As for my summer sewing, I’ve been making dotee dolls (to swap) and stuffed toys (for charity) and I just sewed up 8 cloth grocery bags (from some cool Star Trek fabric).

  20. Heidi Kenney says:

    JLVerde, Yeah I feel like I’d be stuck with how to get the top quilted if I didn’t do the quilt as you go method! I’m curious about your dotee dolls, ive never heard that term before!