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July 24, 2013

A Little Something New


I recently received a request for a laminated waste bin that straps onto the back of a car seat. I'd seen photos of bags like this before, but I'd never made one. And since I like stretching myself to try new things (especially with laminates - they're so versatile!), I accepted the challenge.


The finished bag measures 9" wide x 11" tall, with 3" gussets at the bottom. And since laminates are a little floppy and don't have a strong backbone, I used some stiff interfacing to make sure the bag stays open and you don't have to fight to put your trash in it. Because no one wants that. That's the road that leads to cursing and food stains and fiery car crashes.



The straps are about 1" wide and I used two small pieces of 3/4" wide velcro to secure it to the headrest.


Overall, I'm pretty darn pleased with how it turned out, and the cutting and sewing were very straightforward so it only took about 3 hours to make from start to finish. I forsee one of these in my future since Plaid Baby is bound to bring lots of messes and waste disposal issues, lol.

And in case anyone is wondering, I used Treasure Box in Charcoal from Amy Butler's Lark collection for the exterior, and a gray PUL for the interior that I purchased here (gray PUL is surprisingly hard to find, believe it or not!).

July 23, 2013

Best Part of Quilting


The best part of quilting is definitely seeing cute, snuggly babies wrapped up in your work :)

Finished up this quilt (only 4 months post baby shower, lol). Straight line quilted and backed with some of my hoarded yardage of Folksy Flannels. Binding is a gray dot DS Quilts print from Joann's.

I'm trying to get all my backlogged projects finished so I can start sewing for the Plaid Baby without anything hanging over my head, because I really want to take my time and enjoy the process :) Just ordered some of the Briar Rose strawberry jersey from Amanda at Westwood Acres and can't WAIT to get my greedy little paws on it! Cute summer dresses, here I come!

July 1, 2013

Catching Up (and a Destash!)


I'm a little over 18 weeks along now and finally getting my sewing mojo back! It's a good thing too, because the To Do List was really stacking up...eek! I was severely behind on this baby shower gift (try 3+ months behind), and was able to turn this....


into the quilt top pictured above. The quilt is for a couple with the awesome last name Quackenbush, so the hubby and I like to refer to their little girl as "The Quackenbaby". I'm totally loving the colors they picked out for their nursery...so sunny and happy!

I also have grand plans to make my first piece of clothing and turn this stack of delicious AMH voiles and flannels into a pair of Quick Change Trousers...wish me luck!


Also, my sewing room is OVERFLOWING with fabric after the Renegade Craft Sewing Frenzy of 2013, so I just tossed up a bunch of scrap packs and fabric steals in my Etsy shop


Personally, I'm partial to the Farm Fresh flannels because they'd make great backing for a baby quilt...I just don't have the room to store them, or the time to do anything with them :(


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