My fabric stash was starting to overflow, I tried some advanced organization techniques but it had encroached on valuable space. I made some drawstring bags for the dance school and took them over before I even got pictures. But that was barely a dent. The only cure was to make some handmade gifts. Tote bags for my hubby’s co workers. Totally loving the surprise combos I used, I would have never guessed the Park Slope Flowers would match so nicely with that Kingdom fabric!
And drawstring backpacks for the Pre School Teachers. I think I will put some gift cards in the pocket.
Pre School teachers need a ton of thanks in my book!
These have taken forrrreeeevvvveeerrrr. I am glad to do it for a good cause.
I used this to sum up the last time I talked about this project;
“Days for Girls” . If you don’t want to click I can try to sum it up. In parts of this world where there isn’t regular garbage collection or bathroom plumbing, that time of the month means that young girls and women frequently stay in their rooms, sometimes sitting on cardboard. And here is the important part, these girls are hiding away and missing class or work for one week every 4 weeks, the effect are huge, they marry younger, stay less educated, and earn less for their families. Basic hygiene that we take for granted is being brought to them in the form of kits from amazing sewing volunteers.
In a moment of victory I laid the 48 I made out. They kinda look like a quilt here.
Very impressive stack here.
Another stack picture, humor me, these took way longer than I thought they would!
More Christmas sewing going on behind the scenes, but when I brought home the nesting dolls fabric my preschooler insisted on something being made instantly. An abandoned patchwork square and now it is her favorite to cuddle with.
A little work in progress post while I work on secret Christmas projects! I recently bought a pretty awesome sewing magazine and found an article about this amazing charity, “Days for Girls” . If you don’t want to click I can try to sum it up. In parts of this world where there isn’t regular garbage collection or bathroom plumbing, that time of the month means that young girls and women frequently stay in their rooms, sometimes sitting on cardboard. And here is the important part, these girls are hiding way and missing class or work for one week every 4 weeks, the effect are huge, they marry younger, stay less educated, and earn less for their families. Basic hygiene that we take for granted is being brought to them in the form of kits from amazing sewing volunteers. I have started to sew a pretty decent collection in hopes to get them shipped by Christmas.
I enlisted my mother-in-law and she enlisted her sisters and they did all the cutting for the shields. I have started pinning and sewing and I think we will have 45 total shields, as long as I don’t screw any up!
The shields are 2 layers of cotton and a layer of PUL, a waterproof and washable fabric also used in cloth diapers, which also happens to be very slippery to sew with. 2 cotton tabs on either end keep in the liners. I don’t have a snap press, but the charity mentions that they will do the snaps on any shields without them. One shield down, 44 to go!
The liners are made from flannel, I have to get my serger out to finish the edges on these. 4 yards made about 60 liners.
And the easiest part, the tote bag, I made 12 so far, but those guys are easier to kick out. My numbers are way off, each kit should have 2 shields and 10 liners per tote bag. I figure the shield is the hardest part to make, so I am making lots of those, and now that I do the math, I would have to make 160 more flannel liners, that’s another 12 yards of flannel! Yikes! I I want to make 22 full kits I am gonna have to find a good sale on flannel!
Finished two quilts at once, feeling very accomplished.
The Bento Box for a friend in NYC,
Hence the city fabric for the back.
And this beauty is for sale.
Here on my etsy site.
I lost count of how many of these I made last year. But a new school year calls for some more bags.
And now we are off to dance class!
It is official. I am sewing crazy. I looked at those over the door shoe organizers and could not bring myself to pay 15 bucks for a some canvas. So, here we are, Ikea canvas for the backing, pockets out of sheer curtain scraps (that I hung on to for some reason) and I have one very pleased artist.
I think I might have to do another for the stuff animal over population around here.
I started a commissioned quilt recently for a yet-to-be-born baby.
My longtime favorite Bento Box was the go-to pattern. And then I decided to piece the back. But I got carried away, so I think I actually have 2 tops here.
One for the soon-to-be baby and one to sell. But the question is, which one for the friend of a friend?
I am talking to you, Kathleen! Which one do you like better?
Could you love those little bees more? I love them! And if you were wondering where the yellow wall came from…
My soon-to-be screened-in porch is coming along nicely! Next, a roof. Which is going to be pretty darn tough and I am already planning ways to reward my hubby. I might have to arrange a fishing weekend soon, which is a pretty good trade for a screened-in porch, no?
I fell in love with this great fabric at Cloth and Bobbin last week.
And knew that I needed to make a skirt out of it.
I used one yard and traced the pieces of a skirt in my closet and got this lovely creation in about an hour.
If you love it, Cloth and Bobbin has a free shipping sale this weekend!
whoa. it has been a busy summer.
Some of this;
Some of this (that used to be my front door);
And then I helped do inventory for my local quilt shop, Cloth and Bobbin, and helped create this fab new website. That took a few minutes.
Somehow I managed to get my own stuff up onto etsy;
Oh yeah, I almost forgot. Our dog was in a musical. Hilarious.
Bring on the fall!