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i sewed (?) something

I finally finished this teacher gift.  Hope she likes it !


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Summer sewing

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer !  I have been too busy enjoying time with my kids to sew lately .  Here is the project I completed last August for the Lunch Bags! book.   The image below  is a montage of some of  the other sewing projects included in the book.  Information on the book and the other collaborators can be found here  http://www.stashbooksblog.com/products/lunch-bags/ 

This book will be in bookstores anytime.  I plan on  sewing some really cool lunchbags for my family in time for September!

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Needlework is alot of work ;)

~ but the results are very satisfying !   Here are two soon-to-be pockets on a gardening apron I’m sewing  :

I used an iron-on pattern by “Aunt Martha”.

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Lunch Bags!

I wrote a lunch tote and placemat pattern last summer for a sewing book being released in July by C&T Publishing.   I was surprised and honored that I was given this opportunity.  Here is a picture of the cover:

The crafters that will be featured are very talented bloggers and/or  Etsy sellers.  Also, the bag on the cover is not mine.  I’m not sure who is the lucky covergirl !  I will post more pics when I get my copies !

Here is the link to the book on C&T’s website … http://www.ctpub.com/productdetails.cfm?PC=1890

Here is the book’s link on Amazon …


p.s. I was suffering from Strep at the time.   I can’t even believe I made the deadline to get my pattern in, being so ill !


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Japanese leather bag handles

This is my purse. It was one of the first things I ever sewed.  I recently sewed some nice handles onto it.  I used embroidery thread and a big needle.  It was hard work but it was worth it.  The fabric is Japanese also. (the picture below shows another style of Japanese handles that I have)


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Felt applique – how i love thee !

This is a little peek at my gift for my new friend Bettina.  I really enjoyed making her gift .  When I have a recipient in mind I enjoying crafting much more.  The  idea for the applique  pictured below was inspired by Cath Kidston’s Make.    Hopefully I can send  everything off tomorrow .   I went a little slow because I really wanted her to like everything .

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Swap received !

Is it a dream or is it real ?  It’s really real !  A package from the Netherlands arrived  today from a sweet swap partner named Bettina :

She thoughtfully sent 2 fat quarters of cute fabric (I LOVE the doggie one !),  ribbon,  embroidery floss,  a packet of Black-eyed Susan seeds, and a beautiful card with a mouse on it.   These Spring treats came with a quilted bucket bag she sewed with crochet trim and ribbon details.

I am almost done sewing her swap gift and plan to mail it Friday. 

Thanks Bettina !! XX OO

As a sidenote for all you fabric-o-philes like me: I ventured to Target to check out the new “Liberty of London for Target”  line this morning.  It didn’t impress me (and I LOVE Liberty’s Tana Lawn).  The prints were just OK .  I  didn’t see anything that was so great that I’d want to spend my money on it.  Maybe I thrift shop so much now that I am unable to be fazed by any of the  imported junk that fills our stores.

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