Sewing

Drawstring Bags

Who doesn’t need all kinds of bags and totes, especially when you have kids?!  I love these little bags I made for my twins, plus I made a “big girl” one for my sixteen year old!  

I was inspired to make these by watching Dana from Made Everyday.  Her video is below, thanks Dana for sharing your awesome talents!

Here are the two bags I made for my twins:

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Of course my Matthew had to have sharks for his bag!  I used fat quarters to create the bags.  I got mine at Walmart where they are less than $2.00 and come in lots of cute designs.

Here is Amy’s bag, princess themed for her!

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Here is another view of Matthew’s bag showing it open:

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I used ribbon for the drawstring but you can also use cord if you prefer. 

Watch Dana’s video below to see just how to put the bags together.

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderfully crafty day!

Quilting, Sewing

Charm Square Quilted Bag From Alanda Craft

You all know I LOVE Miss Alanda from Alanda Craft!  When I saw her video for this adorable quilted bag made with charm squares I knew I had to make one each for my girls!  

I made one for them both but for some reason did not get a finished pic of Maddie’s.  Here is the one I made for Amy:

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Isn’t this adorable???  Amy loves it.  It’s funny I told her that she could use it to keep her underwear and jammies in when we went on trips.  Later I went to get her dressed for the day and all her underwear was missing!  I finally found it – in the bag!  Ha ha!  I have to keep reminding myself that kids like to take things LITERALLY!

The bag is super simple to make, I just followed the instructions provided in Alanda’s video which I am posting below.  My only oops came when I forgot to add the fuseable fleece!  Soooo, Amy’s bag is a bit thin, but I am happy to say that it is still holding up strong, even with her stuffing various things into it.

The bag is created using Charm Squares.  If you are not familiar with Charm Squares they are small, about 4 x 4 or 5 x 5 squares of fabric used in quilting.  I got mine from Walmart, I think there were about 23 squares in a pack for under $5.  You can get a bigger selection at Michaels but the price will be higher.  OR you can cut your own squares from your scraps.  I did need to add a few extra squares from my scraps because I didn’t have enough for the project but it worked out fine.  

Here is the layout for creating the bag (this is actually the layout for Maddie’s bag!)

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Here is Alanda’s video which shows the entire process.  Now I need to make one for myself!  🙂

Thanks so much to Alanda for her awesome creatiions!

Misc. Crafts, Quilting, Sewing

My First Quilt

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So a few months ago I started quilting!  This was my first quilt and as you can probably see from the picture, it is nowhere near being perfect!  BUT I had a blast making it despite the imperfections.

I am a very novice sewer so this was a big step for me.  I barely knew how to operate my sewing machine before tackling this project!  I had zero idea how to quilt really so I watched a ton of Youtube videos to learn more.  Here are the ones I really enjoyed and can highly recommend if you too want to learn!

(I’m listing websites which will have the most info then you can follow the website onto the youtube tutorials)

Alanda Craft   I love love love Alanda!  She is an amazing teacher and my most favorite sewing youtuber.  She makes everything look so easy!  I have learned so much from watching her!

Made Everyday  Another great one is Made Everyday, hosted by the super fun, Dana!  She is so fun to watch and very funny and informative.  Her projects are super easy to follow and perfect for the beginner.

Professor Pincushion  A wealth of knowledge comes from Professor Pincushion!  In fact watching her quilting video made me first want to learn the craft.  Here is the video that first inspired me! 

 

And last but certainly not least is Melanie Ham  She is a great instructor too and has TONS of tutorials, classes and lessons for the beginning quilter, both free and paid.  Check her out!!

Since sewing my first quilt I’ve done a couple more, plus many smaller projects and I can certainly say I am hooked!  I’m really enjoying creating what I hope will be family heirlooms for my children that they will pass down from generations.  It’s not the mistakes in your quilting that matter, it’s the love you put into them that counts.  

Have a great day and be sure to check out those sites, you’ll be glad you did!!