I hate when I get the urge late at night to start making something because I just know I’ll stay up waaaaay too late working on it. Of course, that was the case last night. The result, this mini quilted handbag:
You wouldn’t believe, but this started out as something COMPLETELY different. I was just sort of “wingin’ it” so it’s no wonder it ended up totally opposite of what I originally had in mind! I’ve been wanting to do a large shoulder/tote bag out of this material so this made a great miniature mock up.
This was the first time making handles like these, and it was easier than I thought. It wasn’t wise however, to attempt sewing them on while being so tired. What a pain to put on! It also didn’t help that I had to put them on once the main body of the bag was already constructed (due to my “wingin’ it”).
I can’t wait to make a full size quilted tote, but next time I’ll be more prepared. It would be super cute to add some rivets, a snap closure, and a pocket inside.
This is one of those projects that seems like it’s on the right path until you get about half way done, and realize you want to throw it across the room. Even though it came out basically how I envisioned, there are quite a few things that need to be fixed.
I even went back and forth on whether it would just be a shoulder bag…no, a bucket bag…wait, shoulder? No, definitely a bucket bag. Lol most of this happened because I was too lazy to write and plan out my process before starting. The whole point is to build prototypes and patterns anyways so it’s not entirely a bad thing.
Overall, I’m happy it worked out and I know I’ll be super pleased once I make the necessary tweaks that will really up the quality of the handbag!
Stayed up waaaaaay too late last night working on this clutch. It took me so long just to get motivated to start, but once I did, I couldn’t stop. The original vision I had in mind was for a crossbody bag, however I didn’t have any matching hardware to make it possible.
This was the first attempt using both faux suede and fringe in a sewing project. It was surprisingly easy to work with. I didn’t need any special needle and my regular machine foot worked fine.
The whole basis for the clutch was actually because I wanted to use the Aztec print fabric that I used as the lining. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it for some reason. Even the woman at the cutting table was drawn to it and wasn’t sure why.
I love that it is colorful and fun, and stands out so well against the faux suede without being overly bright and loud.
I still have some faux suede left over so I want to play around with it and see what else I can come up with!
Just a quick post for the second handmade baby onesie I just finished. This time I chose to use the sleeveless style from the same Mammacandoit pattern found HERE.
I decided to use the same main fabric instead of a woven for the snap area, and I like it much better. It was a little more difficult to maneuver, but I prefer the way it looks. It also caused a difficulty when putting the snaps on because it was thicker, but they came out more aligned and more neat than the first onesie.
I wish I had enough matching thread to use in the serger, but I wasn’t about to go buy more just for one project. Considering it won’t show, the white was fine and more importantly, I didn’t have to change the threads!
I thought I picked out the same knit material, but I soon realized this one was much thicker and stretchier. It was a little bit more difficult to work with so I did get some pinching and bunching in some areas.
Loving making these and I hope more of my friends start having babies so I have an excuse to make more! Next up, I’ll try out the long sleeve style when I pick up more fabric!
I know I always say it, but I really am so excited and pleased with my most recently finished craft project! It’s something I’ve wanted to learn for awhile, but I’ve just always seemed to put off.
I absolutely love making baby items because they’re all so cute and tiny, and it’s an excuse to use all of the absolutely adorable fabric prints available! I was a little disappointed this time though, that when I went shopping for fabric, the selection wasn’t as great as it has been in the past.
I found this cute little dump truck fabric that would work cute for a little baby boy’s onesie. I believe it was an interlock, which is a nice stretchy knit that is a little thicker than jersey knit.
It’s been sooooo long since I’ve worked with a knit fabric. I was actually a little intimidated getting started again because it really is different than working with wovens. It was a perfect excuse to pull out the serger again so that I can get some practice in before the secret project I’m working on.
I don’t believe you always need special equipment to make things, but a serger seriously helps take your handmade items to the next level. It’s amazing for creating beautifully finished seams like the manufacturers. I’m such a perfectionist that it’s a MUST if I’m sewing apparel items.
If you’re planning on using a serger for your knits, don’t be intimidated by playing with your machine’s features. More specifically, the differential feed. The differential feed refers to how the fabric is fed through the machine. Knits tend to curl or wave when passed through the machine at the standard machine setting. For my machine, the standard is 1.0. By increasing the differential feed to greater than 1.0, it tends to “gather” the fabric as it’s being serged, rather than stretching it. You will have to check your machine’s manual, and I also recommend doing a test swatch to find the right setting.
Always do a test swatch on a scrap of the fabric you will use. Below shows the importance of adjusting your serger’s differential feed:
I found a pattern on Etsy for the baby onesie that included a wide range of sizes and different sleeve styles.
The link to the mommacandoit shop can be found HERE.
The instructions for the baby onesie were very easy to follow and it finishes up fairly quickly. I used both my serger and my regular sewing machine, and I think it helps add a more professional finish. The only thing I wasn’t fond of was using a woven in the crotch area where the snaps are adhered. I would prefer just using the same knit fabric, or binding the edge like the the neck and legs.
It was at this point that I realized I had placed the first set of snaps on wrong!! Luckily, it wasn’t too much of a pain to remove and correct them.
I was a little bummed that after correcting them, I put the second set on crooked. It’s ok though, I’ll get it right on the next one!
Overall, I loved making this baby onesie! It is so cute and tiny and can’t wait to give it to the sweet little baby boy. I’m happy I took the time to learn how to make a onesie, because it will make another great gift to go along with my baby blankets!
So incredibly excited for my new Cricut Explore Air!! As with most people, I’ve wanted a Cricut since FOREVERRRR, but I never could/would for many reasons. My wonderfully amazing boyfriend knows how much I love crafting, and gifted it as an early birthday present. I really want to open up an Etsy shop at some point, and this will definitely help take it to the next level! 🤗 I’m super intimidated by it, but I can’t wait to try it out for the first time! If anyone has any tips or tricks for a beginner, please share!
One of the goals I’ve set for myself is to work on projects consistently throughout the year. I want to make sure that I’m working on SOMETHING weekly, even if my schedule only allows a few hours a week. Not only is this great for working on technique and fundamentals, but it’s giving me the chance to learn new techniques and processes. I had some extra time this week so I was actually able to start and complete a project, which is super nice because I’m the type that hates dragging a project out. I’ve always loved working into the late hours of the night just to see the final product (my lovely eye bags are the unfortunate side effect that I’ve come to accept).
The most current craft I’ve been working on was a sewing project. I found a pattern on Etsy for a small file folder/wallet that works great for organizing coupons, receipts, recipe cards, etc. Link to the Etsy shop page can be found here if you’re interested in checking out all of the patterns offered. It was a great choice because it features a few techniques I’ve always wanted to try but have always avoided, serves a functional purpose for my organization obsession, and is small enough not to spend a fortune on supplies (since it is a trial piece). I was a little bothered at the instructions as they were not very descriptive, and there seemed to be a few errors which in a way messed up the first attempt. I took my own notes along the way so that I can make proper adjustments when I make another one. Although it didn’t come out as I hoped, it’s still functional so I’ll probably use it for awhile. I also wouldn’t consider it a total waste because above all else, it was practice. Not everything will work out on the first try, and the only way to improve is through failed attempts like these.
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Required minimal fabric/supplies. Be sure to wait for sales and use coupons to keep costs low!
Cutting the pieces and applying interfacing is not exciting whatsoever!
The errors in the pattern made this part almost impossible, but I didn’t want to waste all of materials so I forced it as best I could.
I really wanted to throw it out the window at this point. The sloppy sewing makes me cringe.
Alas, the evenly spaced and nearly perfect sewing lines brought me a bit of peace.
Tip: Don’t spend on binding if you don’t have to. This easy to use bias tape maker creates your own custom bindings.
The body of the folder before attaching the binding.
Pattern error strikes again making it too difficult to machine sew the binding on. Had to improvise with a little (a lot) of hand sewing.
At this point, I gave up caring about a clean finish as I knew it was a bust.
The finished product.
So many areas of ugly/sloppy sewing and the fabrics are not great together, but at the end of the day it makes me happy.