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.
I’ve had some quilt luck at the thrift shops lately, but I actually almost didn’t buy this beauty when I saw it at the thrift shop for $5 (I know, not sure what was wrong with me!) It was wrapped up and taped, so I couldn’t open it up, and so I stood there debating it until my sister told me that I needed to buy it, and I am so glad I did. It has beautiful hand stitching, and is so big and cozy. It has easily become one of my most favorite quilts to snuggle on the couch with. Life Lesson–when you see a handmade quilt for $5-you always buy it. always.
I have been playing around with some new fabric designs featuring my little sad bear. I ordered the proofs from Spoonflower
so I’ll post some photos once they arrive.
You might recognize the title of this post, if you have been playing Ni No Kuni
, the video game developed by Level 5 & Studio Ghibli. Tom surprised me with it one night, when I didn’t even know it had come out yet. I am not a huge video game player (I do love and have played both of the Lego Harry Potter games) but I love this one. I’ve been having fun sneaking in video game time when I can, and the other day got another fun surprise in the mail
. I’m already wondering what the heck I am going to play when I finish this game.
I love it when the proofs for fabric arrive from Spoonflower
, its exciting! I have plans to make something special from this Goldilocks fabric, I’ll return with photos soon!
Just a head’s up that Spoonflower is holding my most favorite sale right now buy 1 fat quarter, get 1 free
Once you add 2 fat quarters of fabric to your cart the discount will be taken off (but you can buy as much as you’d like) That’s $11 savings! I have a tattooed together fat quarter size now too, but you can choose from all the fabrics available on spoonflower. The sale runs until OCt 31st…and you can find my shop here