making my own napkins and loving it

part 3
September 7, 2009, 3:23 pm
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part 3 is not nearly so exciting, but i’m gonna document it anyway.  for my birthday last year elaine gave me cuts of two of my favorite fabrics.  they sat in my fabric drawer for eight whole months, until now…

introducing, the laptop sleeve:


it’s just a simple bag/sleeve design, with two layers of batting in the middle to give the computer some protection.  and of course, a label:


the contrast between inside and outside is my favorite:


i’m planning on attaching some straps to it with a couple of d-ring closures, so that i can cinch it closed for more protection.  but right now it just sits in my bag, making my computer look adorable.


part 2
September 7, 2009, 3:09 pm
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next up was a baby quilt for my friend liz, who wins the award for freaking me out the most by being pregnant with baby #2.  you know baby #1 from such posts as this one.  she’s a cutie, that’s for sure, and now there’s a new one on the way to craft for.

the result:

this quilt-


i love love love all the colors and fabrics, and it was so simple to put together – just 9″ squares in a modified checkerboard pattern.


the backing fabric is repeated a few times on the quilt top as well, in the center and in each corner.  i think it’s beautiful, and i know liz will love it.


i debated what to do about the binding.  i didn’t want to buy extra fabric for it, so i figured i’d piece together a binding out of scrap fabrics.  but then with the way i decided to pattern the squares, i had an extra square of each fabric left over, so i mixed them with a little bit of solid scrap fabric and pieced together an adorable binding that matches the quilt perfectly.


i chose to quilt it in a really simple grid pattern – ¼” on both sides of every seam.


and of course, my favorite part:


i almost want to keep it for myself.

craft cramming part 1
September 7, 2009, 2:51 pm
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there has been some serious cramming going on. between august 21st and september 1st were ten little morsels of vacation, mine for the taking before school/teaching responsibilities started up again.  what to do with all that freedom?


first on the list was alli‘s lunchbag, which, embarrassingly, has been on the list since january.  i’ve received plenty of grief about it over the past eight months, and rightfully so; but now it is finished and presented, and alli can happily go back to work with her very own lunchbag.  well, maybe she won’t happily go back to work, but she’ll go back to work happy about her lunchbag.  or something.

chickens love bugs
chickens love bugs

chickens love bugs

February 2, 2009, 11:05 pm
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so it’s been an insanely long time since i updated this humble little blog.  don’t think i haven’t been crafting!  on the contrary; i’ve been engaged in several projects during the entire month of january, but as they were all presents for people who read this page, i couldn’t really post about them without ruining the surprise.  so here goes….

numero uno:  elaine’s lunchbag

i made a lunchbag for myself a while back, and loved it so much that i decided to make one for just about everyone i know who hasn’t already received some sort of crafted gift.  luckily, elaine had a birthday mid-month, so she was lucky recipient #1!!!


i chose fabric designed by jay mccarroll, the winner of the first season of project runway, that i found at the bestest place on earth, spool. i had to pick the octopus fabric for the inside, because elaine loves octopi!

numero dos: mom’s lunchbag

two days later, my mom had a major birthday, so i whipped up a lunchbag for her too (she also got gift certificates for two hour-long massages, so don’t think i shortchanged her!).


when i made my lunchbag i used velcro to close it, but i decided this time to go with snaps, because they seemed a little classier, and i hate the way velcro looks when it’s open.  the snaps worked well, but the banging coming from my bedroom caused the beagle to go berserk, and i definitely banged the crap out of my thumb a couple of times.  no pain, no gain.

numero tres: can you handle the suspense?

there’s another major project to report on, as well as a fun new purchase that makes me want to reclaim and improve upon all the craft projects i’ve already given away.  but you’ll have to wait at least a day or two, because i’m sick of uploading pictures right now.

peas owt

obsession of the day
October 24, 2008, 1:49 pm
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so today is friday, and i decided rather early on to do absolutely nothing productive with my day.  this means that even though i put on my gym clothes when i got up, i am not in fact going to go to the gym.

instead, i’ve been checking out some of my favorite crafting blogs to get ideas for new projects, and voila, i found it: fusing together old plastic bags in order to make…wait for it…new plastic bags! there’s a great tutorial here.  i have no intention of making a messenger bag, but the fusing part of the tutorial is really helpful.

so my day might end up being productive after all!  huzzah!  plus, i’ve been trying really hard to be more “green” lately, so hopefully i’ll feel all warm and fuzzy when this is over.  double huzzah!

pictures will be uploaded soon, but in the meantime you can check out these.

UPDATE: my first few attempts at fusing actually turned out pretty well, as you can see below.  if you look carefully you can even see some funky stitching in the first one.  now that i’ve got the method down i just have to start collecting bags in order to make a real project.  it’s good to have goals.