Monday, November 18, 2013

changing pad

Commissioned recently by 
my friend Hannah, 
whose husband designed 
my snazzy labels & logo. 

I love her choice of fabric!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

an etsy first!

I sold my first item on Etsy yesterday!
It was a good fortieth birthday gift indeed.  
I'm off to the post office now to ship it!

Friday, August 30, 2013

two cloth-diaper clutches

Lately, I have had several
requests for diaper clutches
of the cloth-diaper variety.

I have sewn up a couple, and 
they are now available in

Both are constructed of Michael
Miller "Poppy" coordinating cottons.
While they differ in the details,
each includes a hidden zip pocket,
a wet bag, and a changing pad.

Monday, August 26, 2013

The Bicycle Diaper Clutch
is finally complete!
I started it last year when 
I made a similar one for a friend
who loves to bike ride with 
her husband and was about to have 
a baby boy. I was waiting until 
my labels came in to finish this one.

I hand sewed the label in place
last week. Sewn from Michael Miller
"Bicycles" print in charcoal, turquoise,
and white, this diaper changing clutch 
(for use with disposable diapers) is
wipe-able laminate on the outside
and soft cotton on the inside.

Up for sale now at my new Etsy shop!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

the shop is open!

After many months of planning and preparation
(a.k.a. procrastination and perfectionism),
my Etsy shop is up and running!

I found that I was waiting until I
had fully developed and stocked the shop before
putting it online. However, there's no good way
to develop something that hasn't started.
So I kicked it off with what I had on hand,
and I'm in the process of sewing up
more diaper clutches and the like.
Stop on by and check it out!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

new supplies = new possibilities

Between the onset of the school year and the near-completion of
my new sewing space, I am ready to head into some new projects!
I recently took an exciting trip to my local super-discount fabric shop
(SAS Fabrics -- I'll have to tell you all about it sometime!) and found
zippers for twenty-five cents, twill tape for fourty-five cents a yard,
and this adorable owl piece for two dollars! I have plans for all of
them, which I'll be sharing with you in the coming weeks.
Happy August!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

the labels are in!!

My beautiful labels have arrived!!
I ordered these from etsy shop eyluldesign. They were a great
deal, costing only $50 for the whole batch of 500, including
laser cut edges, free shipping, and no set-up fees. 
Communication was a bit sparse, as the owner doesn't likely 
speak English, and I don't speak a lick of Turkish. 
But I really like how they turned out!
I'm now contemplating some little labels to tuck into side seams
as well as making labels for my fabulous church so the towels 
and aprons that go home to get washed won't be lost in the shuffle.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

the logos are in!!

Steve Yeakley of Merdeka Studios dreamed up these
beautiful logos for my little business.
I totally love them! Can't wait to turn 'em
into labels, tags, business cards, etc., etc.
Thanks, Steve!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

penelope tote

Check out this cutesie bag! The pattern is care of Melissa Esplin.
It whipped up with ease, although I realize now that I may have
turned the bottom pleat differently than the pattern calls for.
I love the decorative trim between the top and the base of the bag.
I also really like how it looks in upholstery fabric. Yum!!
I decided to add a magnetic snap closure and a zip pocket...
as well as a hidden turquoise treat.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Here's the first of the aprons!
This is the Emmeline by Sew Liberated.
Samantha ordered it up as a bridal shower 
gift for a friend. She's showing off the reverse 
side, which also has turquoise trim and ties.

Friday, March 15, 2013

aprons away!

I just bought three new apron patterns, and I'm super stoked!
First, I've been looking for a one size fits all pattern to make a basic
apron for the people who make dinner each week at our church.
Second, while I've made the Emmeline Apron before, I had borrowed
the pattern. A friend asked me to sew one up as a wedding shower
gift, so I went ahead and invested in the pattern for future use.
Finally, I ran across the Gathering Apron last week, and I really
like the design, which includes a gigantic front pocket (a pouch, really).
So here's to a springtime full of freshly sewn aprons!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

affordable oak tag

Oak tag, also known as tagboard or manila paper, is commonly
used in commercial settings as the pattern paper of choice --
none of this flimsy mimsy stuff you get in pattern envelopes
for home sewing. As it is thick (think cardstock), it's durable and
is therefore easily used for cutting a pattern multiple times.
As I mentioned earlier, oak tag patterns are traced onto fabric
(and removed) before cutting happens, whereas patterns on
tissue paper are usually pinned on and cut around directly. This
tracing method keeps the pattern accurate by protecting it from
scissor nicks, wiggly lines caused by pin creases, and the like.
Oak tag is expensive paper, though, and hard to find.
It is often sold on the roll (for $300!) or by the yard (still
expensive at $4.75 a yard). However, I recently discovered
150 lb. manila board at art supply retailers for much less.
It comes in sheets from 9"x12" to 22"x30". This may not
be particularly useful for large items of clothing, like pants or
dresses, but I suspect it will work just fine for bagmaking.
All that said, I just received my first box of oak tag from
Dick Blick. At $21.50 for 100 sheets, it's a steal!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

further pattern development

I spent a good bit of time last year developing a diaper clutch pattern
that would work well for cloth diapers. In the current stage of
development, I finalized my paper patterns and did another run
as a gift for a friend who recently had a baby. As you can see, I also
figured out how to rivet leather for the handle. How fun is that?
The interior of this bag has a zip pocket for keys and the like,
not a built-in wet bag. Turns out if the wet bag is internal,
the whole clutch has to be washed on a regular basis.
Instead, I included a couple of separate wet bags which can
be easily laundered and also clip onto the bag handle if desired.
I guess now it's time to sew one up for the ol' etsy shop!