Thursday, April 25, 2013

Mission Accomplished

Remember this? (from an older post: All Tied Up )

I finally finished the five sets of cosmetic cases that I needed for gifts. The gray and white set made from the fabrics shown above was completed last night.

It turns out that the gray set is actually one of my favorites. 

Then I thought that it might be neat to try making a set from 
denim jeans. I still have a pant leg left from another recycled jeans project I had done and there was still plenty of fabric to make two bags. So I found a fat quarter that would match nicely. I made the larger bag from the fat quarter and lined it with denim. The denim also serves another purpose. Since it is a heavier weight fabric, it doesn't have to be padded. Here both sides of the bag are pictured....

Inside lining in denim below (from recycled jeans)

The denim lining went in so easily. There was no third layer. (fusible batting adds bulk and makes the top stitching a little difficult sometimes) 

recycled denim

Here are the pair....I added a strip of the fat quarter just to add a little oomph to the plain denim. All was well until I realized that the stitching on the top edge of the fat quarter strip was bad (my bobbin messed up). I had the entire bag sewn and the stitching came undone. DILEMNA! Should I take the entire thing apart. Nope! So I did the top stitching over by hand. It was late and I should not have attempted it but I did and it is not perfect. Don't look too closely!

cosmetic case from recycles jeans

Nevertheless, here it is...I did not have a roll of blue organza or wide ribbon to tie it up with, but I will purchase a roll because the denim went together nicely and I will definitely be making more. I have lots of jeans to recycle!

diy coordinating cosmetic cases

...and finally here are all five sets. I will be making myself a set some day to keep my pocketbook organized. 

There, mission accomplished! Now on to the next project on my ever growing list of projects to complete.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Update: All Tied Up

Did not get any sewing done yesterday. We had a college visit in Rhode Island with my youngest daughter. It was a three hour drive to get there and we were all pretty exhausted by the time we got home.We made our decision--finally- and she will be going to school there. 

As much as I would've loved to have sewn last night, I find that it is never productive to start a project when I am that tired. So the only thing I accomplished was to tie up my latest bundle in some turquoise tulle and I took photos of it. The lighting was not good so I took a better photo today.

My daughter would like a set of duffel bags to take to school with her in the fall. (in three different sizes so they can be stored inside each other to save space) I look forward to finding the fabric (most likely PINK--she loves PINK) and starting that project as well. I will most likely tuck in a matching set of these little bundles as well!

Third set done....was making five sets but may never stop making these now. Also have received requests to make some for others. So fast and so fun! Best part is tying them up in tulle, organza or gossamer.

This would be nice to use with....

this bag....from an earlier post   Click here!

I still have the gray set to complete and then another color combination.  I never did get to Joanne Fabrics to pick up that gray zipper I needed. Though now it appears I am going to need zippers by the carload. 

Next I would like to try sewing them in other fabrics and even embellished, embroidered, appliqued, perhaps with a wrist band. Once you know how to sew any basic bag, your  creative options become endless.
Sometimes I cannot sleep at night because so many ideas pop into my head.

Monday, April 22, 2013

When Life Gives you Lace

DIY jewelry gift bags

I have been sorting through a bag of various ribbons and lace (from the bin of fabrics and trims given to me by my mom last week) and trying to come up with ideas to use even the smallest pieces. There are so many delicate laces, edgings and ribbons in my new stash.

I decided to make a trio of jewelry gift bags. Mostly cream colored with a hint of peach....

This is the first little bag. It will hold a beaded bracelet, or necklace....

This one is gathered just by running embroidery floss through the fabric. Small 1/2" stitiches beginning and ending in the middle. Then just tie in a bow. Very delicate looking.

This one has a double drawstring on each side and then you can tie in a loose knot or bows. I sewed a cream colored, wide ribbon on the top front and back for an extra easy casing, then ran the peach colored, gathering ribbons through the wide ribbon casing. 

Purchasing these little gift bags can add $$$ to the cost of a gift. These sweet little bags whip up in 15-20 minutes and in my case, there was no cost. Plus I was able to use up some scraps of fabric and small pieces of embellishments.

To top it off, it is a thoughtful presentation of a gift of jewelry and it can be used to store the piece in a jewelry box or can be reused/regifted. I much prefer fabric gift bags over paper or plastic. It adds a nice touch! 

You can never go wrong with ribbons and lace.

"Whatever improves the lace and makes it more beautiful is right."
Sister Judith

Saturday, April 20, 2013

All Tied Up!

easy zippered bags, cosmetic bags

So, if you have followed the posts from the past couple of days, you will know that I have been working on a project--making several zippered lined pouches. I had four pouches done when I realized that the leftover fabric from each bag would make such a cute little matching bag. For the first bag I used the coordinating lining for the outside of the bag (above) and another bag I used the same fabric for the smaller bag. Then I tied each one up with some organza--now that looks more like a gift!!! I love the green set! But then I am a bit of a greeniac!

A different is off in this photo....

Next set of and color is a bit off in this photo too.

Making these could turn into an addiction...

The color is more accurate in this photo...

You may remember this fabric used for a tote in an earlier post.

This will be the smaller bag--same as inside lining of the bag above it.

Oh oh...more fat quarters...more bags!

and more...


They were on sale today at Joanne Fabrics, so I could not resist! These are so fun to make. My red and aqua set is almost done. Then on to the gray set.

I forgot to pick up a 7" zipper for the small gray bag today so I will return to Joanne's tomorrow. It will be a miracle if I can come out of that store with just the zipper. They are having a great sale and if you purchase $50, you get a 25% OFF YOUR NEXT WEEK'S PURCHASE! 

The small bag is cut from a 7" x 5" pattern as opposed to the larger bag  pattern that measures 9" x 7".

THAT'S ALL FOR NOW....Goodnight!

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Zippered Pouch #3 Completed

These zippered bags are so easy to make....

why would anyone buy one when...

you can make your own in 20 minutes or less....

in any size, color and fabric of your choice?

OK, busy afternoon ahead-- now I have to go run a few errands and grab some groceries. But I did get my little sewing fix in today. Perhaps another sewing fix tonight after dinner!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

You say Trash! I Say Treasure!


I hit the jackpot again last week! No, not powerball or megabucks! Even better! My parents were cleaning out and they were going to throw out some bins of fabric and trim. My mom called me and said to come take a peek and I could take what I wanted....there were two bins of fabric....I wanted it all!!!!

muslin, osnaburg, voiles, oh my!

3 bags of trims, miscellaneous laces, ribbons, bias tape, etc

I love this kind of trash...

little bits of this and that....

lots of lace

ribbons etc....


my dad brought out my grandmother's sewing box! The box was built for my grandmother by my grandfather. As soon as I lifted the lid, I smelled my grandmother's house--just like I remember. The smell reminded me of root beer floats! She used to make them for me when I was little. Then she would make me Ritz crackers and peanut butter. Oh, and homemade doughnuts. Plain. Delicious! On Thursdays she would make doughnuts and always give us a bag. Funny how one smell can conjure up so many memories! Anyways, back to the box:

Here it is...

Close up of the top

Forgot to turn this photo...this is the latch on the front.

The stuff inside....

Tons of thread....old thread....

there were three sections to this sewing container....bobbins galore...

25 cents!

Love this--made in Germany.

on the inside...

Now, this I have never seen before...

to prevent runs in nylons?

Monster foot!!! Anyone know what this is for????

more notions...

I got a chuckle out of this one....only 15 cents!

Had so much fun going through all of this stuff--had trouble fitting it all back in...

I love junk! Old junk especially! I have taken the box out twice to look through all the goodies in it!
Still wondering what that large foot is for...

"One man's trash is another man's treasure. What he don't appreciate, the next man will."