thank you foldover clutch

1 Oct

before i show you the sewing, i’ve got a little story.

it’s no secret that my little gal has a strong affinity for elephants.  she has since about a year old, and the obsession continues to this day.  it’s pretty cute to have this feminine little girl that loooooves giant gray mammals with huge noses, but hey she loves what she loves!

well.  she has about 20 stuffed elephants, but her favorite has always been Frankie, and E is very attached to her.  Frankie is Real in the Velveteen Rabbit sense – loved to the point of shabbiness.  one day, E dropped Frankie somewhere between summer camp and home, and we didn’t realize she was missing until bedtime.  her absence caused a panic.  E has a huge heart and tons of empathy for everyone and everything, and she was so certain that Frankie would be very sad and lonely without her.  of course, E was very sad and lonely without Frankie.  my husband and i were worried that someone would see a “ratty old stuffie” on the sidewalk and would just toss her in the trash.  it broke our hearts, and after making the walk himself to look for her, my husband even found and ordered the same type of elephant on ebay (though of course Frankie could never be replaced).

fortunately, this story has a happy ending.  in fact, E happened to drop her in front of pretty much the best house possible.  Monica, a mom of three little boys that could see how loved Frankie was, noticed her on the sidewalk and kept her safe that night.  my husband and i actually went to high school with Monica and say hi when we see each other in the neighborhood, and her son was even attending the same summer camp!  it was a wonderful coincidence that the next day at camp (after I had searched the place top to bottom) she came over and said “is anyone here missing a stuffed elephant?”  i freaked out, hugged her, and beelined straight to her house, where she had kept Frankie dry (yet visible!) during the overnight rain…

valley of azure clutch

i mean!  oh man!  it made me cry!  E was thrilled to be reunited with her special stuffie, of course, and thought it was funny that Frankie “spent the night in a tree.”  i had to make Monica a thank you gift.  wouldn’t you??  an especially good deed deserves a handmade thank you, for sure.

valley of azure clutch

i made a foldover clutch from my tutorial (with two tone variation tutorial by Cherie).   Continue reading

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sun print pot holder deluxe

19 Sep

popping in with a little birthday present i made for my sister Laura.  she loves to bake but doesn’t own a stand mixer (!), so for her “main present” the family teamed up on funds to help her buy one.  couldn’t just leave it at that, though!  had to make her a pot holder too.

potholder deluxe

i love to make pot holders as gifts.  they satisfy the urge to do a little bit of quilting, they’re super practical, they’re quick and fun.  i can make them with scraps or a fat quarter in an evening.  haha too bad my own pot holders are basic black ones that i bought when i was in college…

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mustangs in front fawn lily

17 Sep

it’s a difficult thing to design a unique children’s dress these days.  super difficult.  the market is flooded with patterns, and now that i’ve been sewing dresses for this little gal for about 5 years, i’ve gotten to the point where i’m able to sew a lot of things with only a quick glance at the instructions.  a lot of it just becomes intuitive.  that’s all well and good, but it’s also very refreshing to sew something that feels new and different!

mustangs in front fawn lily dress

this dress, the Fawn Lily by Rebecca of rock the stitch (for willow + co) is new.  different.  fresh.  crisp. Continue reading

snack bag review

12 Sep

i’ve been pretty quiet lately because i’ve been sewing my little heart out in the background.  you guys, a new film petit is coming!!  between having a baby (me) and moving to another state (Jess) we let it slide for a few months.  but it’s back in the works, and we’re super duper pumped.

today, i don’t have a project i sewed to show you, but i do have a project that was sewn by a mama and is still pretty awesome.  just because i love to sew doesn’t mean i love to sew everything, ya know?  there are certain things that i just can never seem to sit down and actually make.

hustlemama snack bags

i think we probably all have stuff like that – some people think it’s silly to buy t-shirts, some love sewing them.  for me, it’s apparently snack bags i can’t do.  we’ve still been buying plastic even though i’ve MEANT to make some reusable ones for years.  never did.

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arizona mission maxi

5 Sep

i had it in my head that i wanted to make this exact dress, and it was driving me bonkers that i couldn’t find the time to get it done earlier in the summer!  but finally, with a labor day vacation to central oregon looming, i got it made.

arizona mission maxi

the pattern is jamie christina’s mission maxi view A, a dress i’ve seen lots of gals make (my all-time favorite is Kelli’s tie dye version).  i bought the paper pattern at Bolt, which was a good decision (vs PDF) because the two pattern pieces were so big, i had to move to my living room floor just to trace my size!

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