June 18, 2010

Yo-Yo Give Away Winner

Drum roll please......
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The winner is Ashley!  Send me an email so your new yo-yos can get to their new home.

June 15, 2010

Circle Tote Purse Design

A few weeks ago, I really wanted a new purse. Of course, all of you fellow sewists know that the first thing you do is head to your stash. Midway through my stash was some periwinkle blue cotton with an unusual texture. It had been floating around for about two years. I decided to put it to use. Now, which pattern will I use? I could not find any in my stash that I wanted to make using the periwinkle fabric. After pacing and thinking for a couple of days over how which design to go with, I made a decision. I would make my own purse pattern.

This process took me two days and another two days to cut and sew together. All the while, I was crossing my fingers that the pieces would go together the way they needed to. It worked for the most part. I still have some bugs to work out but I am happy with the results. The picture above is what I am calling my prototype bag. It was the test bag. Now all I need to do is find somewhere to print the pattern pieces so I can share the bag pattern with all of you.

The finished bag measures 23 1/2" wide x 15" tall x 4" deep. It featured an inside pocket, magnetic snap closure, pleated or pin tucked body (your choice which one), and hidden pockets behind the pleated sections. You are not stuck making just the tote. There will be a smaller shoulder bag option along with a clutch option included in the pattern. I am doing my best to write the instructions clearly, so that even a beginning sewist can make this bag!

The flower attachment I made with Janome's Tattered Flowers Tutorial. I used safety pins to attach the flowers. I like being able to change the flowers to different colors for added fun.

June 13, 2010

Yo-Yo Give Away

I'm fueling the madness.  This week I'm giving away 20 handmade yo-yos.  This will be a random drawing with random yo-yos as the prize.  Leave a comment at the bottom of the post to be entered in the drawing.  Entries will be taken until midnight (12 A.M.) on Thursday night, June 17, 2009.  I will announce the winner on Friday.