My friend Jessee and I joined the DC Modern Quilt Guild and signed up for one of their swaps right away. I made this travel sewing bag by starting with a design to make a makers tote
(love this pattern) but then I made a few changes. I made a quilted front pocket, made the tote a bit longer, and added the zipper along the top edge. I added gummi bears since my partner said they were her favorite, and a few other small goodies which I didn’t photograph.
The swap had some questions to fill out explaining things you liked, and my partner said “bright + saturated colors, neon, linen, chambray, metallic. i like everything from the florals in flower sugar to the minimalism of carolyn friendlander. have fun!” so I wanted to combine chambray and bright colorful fabrics with a little bit of neon. I had to order the chambray and the pink dot because I knew I wanted to use both of those, but the rest of the colorful stuff actually came from my stash. I even had a little bit of neon from the Cotton & Steel fabrics, so it worked out really well.
I have a favorite kind of sketchbook (paperchase’s A5 plain paper spiral bound $8 notebook
) so I have several blank ones on hand, and decided to sew myself a cozy to keep my current sketchbook and pencil in. Since I knew I would be using the same size sketchbook for as long as possible, it was easy to measure the one I had, add 1 inch around (.25 seam allowance and .25 around each side for wiggle room) I used my current favorite method of finishing the edges with bias tape. I made a quilted front using my Technicolor Halloween fabrics
, and Kona cotton. I had so much fun making it that I have been trying to think what else in my life I need to sew a cozy for. It’s been very handy to as I used to set down my pencil and then have to search around the house every time I wanted to draw. Now with the zipper, my pencil gets closed up inside the cozy.
Crafternoon for the month of April was a combination of baked potato bar feast & a craft attempting to sew a bunch of tank-dresses. I baked up a bunch of potatoes and then just had as many toppings as I could think of spread out along the table. It was one of the easiest ways I have ever fed a crowd. As for the dresses you can find all kinds of tutorials for them online just by searching “fast tank dress”. You sew a gathered skirt from fabric to elastic, and then sew a tank top onto it. After sewing our skirts I think most people decided to just keep it as a skirt and that way you could wear any tank top with it, and achieve the same look. Jessee
went ahead and made her dress ahead of time which was very helpful as she could then assist everyone. The skirt sewing portion went pretty smoothly. Mine ended up on the large size (I can pull the skirt outward and easily fit another person in there with me) but you can’t really tell when I have it on. It does tend to slid down slowly over the day though, so I am going to try and alter it to not have so much stretch.
A lot of the ladies do not enjoy sewing, so I loved that everyone was such a great sport! You can see there was such a variety of fabrics, and lots of trying on the skirts over whatever we were wearing. I used the beautiful Trefle Cucito Double Guaze fabric by Kokka
for my skirt, and I am so pleased that I ended up having a bunch leftover so I can play around with it.
I found the silly PA Dutch napkins at a thrift shop recently. It was an unopened package for 25¢, and too funny not to pick up for crafternoon.
The last photo is the items I stitched up for the white elephant gift exchange. I love this free drawstring bag pattern
as a go-to for a quick way to wrap up a gift.
Next month we are going to be working on some faux food and I have been so excited planning for it!