Monday, 27 June 2011

Jeans bag

My mom gave me her old jeans (from the 90's! Horrible. Elastic waistband, can you imagine...) and I got to work. There is plenty of material to use, and I have been making skirts from it. One I already made using the said elastic waistband but the other one is still work in progress. I doubt Emma will ever get it, it is so boring to make. Anyway, I used the rest of the fabric for this bag, the middle of this bag is the side seam of the jeans leg. The inside fabric is from Ikea, remnants of the Christmas dress project.

I have a hard time deciding which side I like the best! I'm so happy this bag is reversible!

Friday, 24 June 2011

Daisies and roses - finished

Yes, the squares were made to a bag - I am so predictable! No, actually I was a bit lazy and did not feel like crocheting more squares, so bag was the natural solution. I did not use any pattern, just crocheted the squares together, added straps and a lining and called it a bag. The patterns for the daisy and the rose square came from ET magazine (09/11), Finnish pensioners' magazine that I borrowed from my mom. 

I added a pocket inside the bag and used some ricrac to decorate it.

Emma has not seen it yet, I hope she likes it!

Oh, this weekend we are celebrating midsummer, have a nice weekend everyone!

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Tree bag

I don't think these require any explanations. I am still obsessed with making these bags. I have at least one more coming up, just need to get some decent pictures of it. Yep, my camera still isn't my new best friend, but we are slowly getting there. Very slowly.

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Ruffle skirt

I had one elastic waist band from my mom's old jeans (from the 90's...) and yellow and lavender coloured flower curtains donated by my mother-in-law. It was destiny - those two needed to be paired. I did not use any pattern but I did take a look at Emma's another ruffle skirt, store-bought, so that I would get the proportions of the ruffles correctly. This became Emma's favourite instantly and she has been twirling and dancing in this skirt the whole day.

 Almost forgot, linking this to Tea Rose Home!

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Marigold dress

I've been wanting to make this dress for Emma for ages now but I haven't found any fabrics that would inspire me. Then yesterday I was going through my favourite blogs and found this. Amazing. Perfect. Actually all the dresses from that blog are amazing, I'll might just try to copy them all. Too bad the blog is not being updated anymore. 

I had fabrics for that dress in my stash so I started cutting and sewing immediately. Result: Amazing, perfect. Oh, and Emma approves as well, LOL. The pattern is from Good Girls Cute Clothes (ISBN 978-4-579-11194-7), the pattern book where I also took the leggings pattern.

White fabric is some polyester blend from the 80s (mom gave it to me) which I thought to be nice, light-weight 100% cotton but found out otherwise when I tried to iron it with hot steam. It melted. Luckily the melted bit is not shown, it is in the lining. The yellow fabric is just some basic cotton from my stash, I had barely enough to make this dress.

Oh, in case you are wondering why I named it the Marigold dress: I shamelessly copied the name from Katie Did. Could not help it, it describes the dress perfectly!

Friday, 17 June 2011

Three bags

I made three bags for Emma's kindergarten teachers - today is her last day in kindergarten. I used once again the pattern from verypurpleperson and this time I let Emma help me in sewing them. Emma has never before been allowed to touch my sewing machine so she was very excited. She sewed the bottom seams (under my very watchful eye) and did a very good job! She was very proud of her work, so we will continue these sewing exercises, perhaps she could make herself a gym sack or something simple as that.

A warning: My photos are really bad and almost all are blurry. I took them this morning, in a hurry and didn't check my camera settings.

The paisley fabric above is actually an old shirt that my husband has never worn. It seemed like a good idea to get some use of it, and it looks quite nice as a bag. The red bird fabric is from Almedahls, stripes and blue fabric from Ikea.The lining of the first bag is orange cotton.

The green lining fabric is an old table cloth and the tree fabric is, once again, from Ikea. I love Ikea fabrics!

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Check out the Blogger views!

Did you know that you can now view blogs powered by Blogger via dynamic views? There are five options available: Flipcard, Mosaic, Sidebar, Snapshot, or Timeslide. The views are more visual than the usual, boring way of just scrolling down the posts. Although I do like to see the texts behind each photo but anyway, the views seem really nice.

Interested in checking out the views? Click here to test Flipcard view with my blog. You can change the views from the drop-down menu in the top right corner.

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Roses and daisies

On a whim, I started crocheting squares again, the colours inspired me. It might be a pillow, it might be a bag, we'll see when I get it finished. Plans are a bit sketchy at the moment! I like the rose square but I love the daisy square more. It is so easy to make. Oh, and did you notice a certain kitty in the bottom right corner...

Photos are taken with my new camera! I am so happy but seriously, camera can only do so much - I'll have to learn how to use it as well...

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Another door stop

I have a pile of these door stop parts cut and waiting for sewing inspiration. This one was a present to a dear friend and I chose the fabrics that I thought might fit her home nicely. Stripey fabric and the handle fabric from Ikea, red fabric from Almedahls. Lots of sand  (in a plastic bag) and wadding inside. Pattern is my own.

I don't necessarily think my door stops are pretty but they sure are very practical. I need to make a few more to our house now that the weather is so warm and nice and doors are open all the time.

Monday, 6 June 2011

Another bag

I used the same pattern by verypurpleperson as before. Love the pattern! I have five bags cut out and ready to be sewn. If only I had the time to start sewing... By the way, check out her blog, she is amazing! Right now she is making bras and panties. Seriously, bras and panties! Now I can't think of anything else, I also need to make my own bras!

The fabric is from Ikea, my favourite at the moment. The lining is some old Hello Kitty patterned cotton from my stash.

Cute bag for a cute girl :)

Btw, I got a new camera! Can't wait to start learning how to use it, it seems a bit more complicated than my old mobile phone camera! However, these pictures have been taken with the broken camera, if it isn't obvious from the picture quality...

Friday, 3 June 2011

Another present

My godson turned seven and since he is starting school after summer I wanted to make him something useful. That and I also forgot to buy gift wrapping paper and had to have something to cover his real present :) Anyway, I decided to make a sack for his sports gear and it turned out quite nice!

I appliqued the letter "R" to the sack, since his name begins with R. The R is cut from old jeans and the sack fabric is from Ikea. The strings are orange and red bias tape, just to bring some more colour to the mix.


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