Happy Mother’s Day friends! Here are two photos of my mama, one when she was pregnant with my older sister Heather, and one of her currently.
My Mom is the reason I love to sew, she let me experiment on all her sewing machines, even when I’d mess up the tension half the time. Always letting me dig through her fabric scraps even if I just wanted them to sew ANOTHER hair scrunchie!
Happy Mother’s Day Mom!
This year I’ve been thinking about stash-busting and trying to use up some of my fabrics. I have a lot of really great fabrics, sitting on shelves and they need to be turned into cute things!! Recently I came across Elizabeth Hartman’s perfect quilted tote
and decided I was going to buy the pattern and make myself a bag or two. I’ve made tote bags before, but they are just simple bags with out pockets, or magnetic snaps and I decided a pattern would be the best thing to force me to make something a little nicer.
I loved the pattern, it has lots of photos, and is very easy to understand. It comes with two sizes and the absolutely only thing I didn’t love about the pattern is that some of the instructions are geared for the taller tote-and then some photos will say “do this for the wider tote but using these measurements” and it was fine, and I was able to do it. I would just prefer it had separate instructions for each one because occasionally I would read the wrong fabric size and get mixed up.
The first bag I made was patchwork, and still has a bit of mistakes. Your supposed to sew down the top band with stitching along the inside and as you can see I messed that part up royally! So when I gave away this top purse and decided to make myself a second bag, I hand stitched down the top band to avoid screwing up the stitching line, and it looks so much better. I’ll try and get a photo of the inside soon to explain what I mean.
For the second bag I also decided just to use up this adorable snow white fabric (which I got here
) Which I’ve been hoarding for awhile. It makes me so happy to use it. Next up I’d like to sew myself a wallet, but I am looking around for the perfect pattern.
No thrift shop date with my sister this week, because I just have so many work related deadlines & projects going on. So here is a really cute cat tag from a previous thrifting trip. I am such a sucker for a cute garment tag, luckily it’s easy to just take a photo and leave the not-very-cute sweater behind ;)
I certainly love a good mug or cup!