Thursday, June 23, 2011

Dos mas...

When looking for a versatile, stylish, fairly-simple-to-make gift, why not try the "For Pleats Sake" bag from U-Handblog?  I certainly have! (Six times and counting!) (see here and here)

Here are my latest two, made for two of little E's teachers as end-of-the-year gifts. 

 I changed out the handle from Lisa's expensive/hard-to-come-by Italian leather handles for some wooden handles.  All you do is cut 4 4x3" rectangles of your exterior fabric.  Fold right sides together and sew with a 1/4" seam.  Turn, press and insert into handle.  Baste onto exterior bag once you've completed all the pleats.  Leave an extra large opening in the lining for turning so the handles pull through. 

My FIRST cut into my New York fabric!

The combinations of fabric, handles and lining fabric are endless.

  Have fun mixing and matching for a one-of-a-kind bag!

Friday, June 10, 2011

On a roll...

Just a quick pop-in to share some projects from a while back.  I got on a roll with these infant knit hats (from Craft Hope)

 and these snack sacks. 

 Both are so quick and satisfying - especially when I finally dared to cut into my t-shirt stash!  I can't tell you how long I had been hoarding saving thrifted t-shirts but never wanted to ruin them!  As for the snack sacks, we have been using them more and more so I thought now was the time to make some of my own.  And, once you make one, why not make 27?! 

P.S. I have two tutorials coming soon - stay tuned for some fun summer projects.

Hope you are well and enjoying some summer sunshine!


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