Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Something For Me!

Since I started back sewing - and started quilting - earlier this year, I've made several things, and really have nothing to show for it!  But that's ok, I love making things for other people.
But I've finally made something for me!  It's not a biggie, but it's something I wanted / needed. 
A new tote bag!

I found the owl fabric in a thrift store bundle back in June, and fell in love with it.  It was not a huge piece, and not suitable for a quilt (more of a canvas feel) so I just put it aside and every so often I would look at it wish I could think of something for it. 
I've recently been using an ages old bag I made twenty something years ago to carry my Bible study book and iPad (which I use as my Bible) to my current Bible study class.  This bag has been through the wringer so to speak.  I actually made it for my grandmother (who passed away 13 years ago) and it's been used as a diaper bag for the now 5 yr old, so it's seen better days (but still holding together wonderfully, though getting a bit threadbare). 
So, last night I put together this bag for me!  But, I got in such a hurry I forgot to add any pockets.  <insert pouty face here>  I had intended to add a patch pocket to the front, and a couple of pockets to the inside, for necessities like my phone, and pens/pencils.  So, the next best solution was a zipper pouch for my pencils and other small items (including my phone). 
It's just a small lined tote, with a boxed-corner bottom (and again, without a pattern I just randomly boxed, and made the bottom a little wider than I needed, but oh well, it works). 
And hey, the fabric is so darn cute, nobody's gonna know I meant to make it different! 

I also finished Gabbie's Bama Birthday Quilt last weekend.  She will get it at her party Sunday.  I hope to get some good pictures of her with it, if not Sunday at the party, very soon. 

It's not quite 'official' twin sized (as you can see from the picture) and it will be going to her home where she has a full sized bed, but she won't care if it 'fits' the bed or not - plus hopefully this one wont be to big / heavy for her to drag around the house with her.  It's a bit heavy due to using batting and fleece backing.  I debated on using the batting and decided it needed that extra body, but now I'm not so sure.  I definitely would not use both batting and fleece backing in a baby quilt, it would be much to heavy for an infant. 
I'm also excited to say I had several items purchased from my Etsy store this week, and I have added more items.
Newly added:
Boot cuffs

Boot cuff / scarf sets 

You can find them listed in my Accessories section of my Etsy Store
Until Oct 15 you can get 15% off your entire order, excluding shipping, by using coupon code SEWY15.
Linking up this post with several of the fine folks on my right-hand sidebar.  Please visit their blogs for more wonderful and inspirational projects!


  1. That owl fabric was a score!

  2. Your boot cuffs are super (now I must go boot shopping tee hee).

    Love your new tote too.

  3. Love the Bama quilt! The back looks like such a cool fabric. Bummer about the pocket, but still fabulous.

  4. Both of your quilts are just gorgeous and how cute are those boor cuffs? LOOOVE them.

  5. Sorry, that was supposed to say both of your projects are gorgeous. I do know that the bag is not a quilt! And boor should be boot! Seriously, what is with me this morning????

  6. What a cute bag! I love the owls. I know a lady that has loved them since the late 60's and has some REALLY COOL owl stuff. I might be a little jealous.

  7. LOVE that owl fabric. It is so darn cute! With or without a pocket, the bag rocks!

    Thank you so much for sharing at Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  8. Those boot cuffs are so cute...and the tote...what a hoot! Here from Whoop! Whoop!

  9. I love the boot cuffs! I've never seen those before. so creative!