At last it’s my turn to share, but first, have you had a chance to visit the other bloggers on this Hop? I have been visiting and am so impressed with the creativity these bloggers share with all of us! I’d like to thank Carla of Creatin’ in the Sticks for organizing this hop. What a fun idea for this time of year. How many projects are chasing around in your brain like the sweet nest of squirrels these bloggers are creating in my mind!
Here is the full schedule for you to visit if you haven’t yet had a chance to visit:
Monday, November 11th
Tuesday, November 12th
Wednesday, November 13th
Thursday, November 14th
Friday, November 15th
At our November Executive Guild meeting one of our members mentioned a local organization which does Christmas Hampers and Santa gifts every year. They set up a back room with donated items for kids to go choose an item to gift to their Mom or Dad at the local food bank Christmas Party. They are desperately short of gift items and have asked if we can manage to help in any way. This valley we live in has a strong sense of community and most groups work well together on several different projects. Several of my guild members are making hats and scarves so I thought I would try something different. I love any reason to dig in my scrap bin and play.
When I was in town I picked up some composition notebooks to make some covers for.
This is the finished cover I did for my first notebook.
My supply list for each cover is;
- 2 – pieces of fabric for the outside cover and lining of the notebook cover ( 18” wide x 11” tall).
- 2 – pieces of fabric for the inside flaps (6” wide x 11” tall).
- 2 – pieces of fabric for the pockets on the inside flap (5” wide x 11” tall).
- 1 piece of batting 18” x 11”.
- 1 piece of fusible interfacing 18” x 11”.
Through trial and error and the use of my seam ripper, I did get this first one done. I added a mechanical pencil to the pencil pocket and called it good. I have made some changes to my pattern to be adjusted before I made the next cover.
The pattern is available HERE
I also decided I needed to make some bags. A couple of years ago I saw a bag made with an interesting snap closure. It utilized pieces of measuring tape. I thought of the knitting bag I had bought which had a zipper closure. I love that bag but hate the fact that my wool catches in the zipper. Perhaps some of the kids might want bags for their Moms.
Out came my pieces of muslin to start a scrappy bag front. The rest of my batting scrap pieces and interfacing bin is already out since I am still making notebook covers. Then I just needed to decide on colours and find some strips to play with. I started by laying down my lining piece, then my batting and then the fun part of sewing my strips on in a QAYG method. The piece ended up with a wonky almost square on what would be the front of the bag and stripes on the backside. I sewed on fabric strips to the top of the piece to make the casing for the measuring tape strips. I folded the bag with right sides together and sewed the side seams together. I boxed the corners by measuring 2” in from the bottom corners both ways and drew a diagonal line from the dots. Once I sewed the corners and trimmed the seam. The bag was then turned right side out. All that was left to do was to feed the measuring tape strips in to the casing and hand sew the seam shut. I had cut the measuring tape to fit across the top and then covered the ends of the measuring tape with a couple of layers of painters tape to ensure that the measuring tape wouldn’t poke holes in the fabric. All in all I am pleased with the first one. Then I made some wonky squares over layers of muslin and batting to see how the bag works with using blocks. If it does work I just might have found a way to use some of those orphan blocks I have stacked in a drawer in my sewing space!
Pattern will be available soon on my Patterns Tab.
My goal is to get a bunch of these composition books and fun storage bags done before our Guild meeting in the first week of December. I’m trying for a dozen of each project, wish me luck!
Don’t forget to stop by the great blogs on this hop and leave a comment for these designers. I know I’m collecting ideas for friends and family gifts for this upcoming holiday season.
I am having a gift away for the followers of my blog. To enter leave me a comment telling me you are a follower and what you like to make for Christmas gifts. If you could also make sure your email address is in your comment, I’d sure appreciate it. It makes it easier for me to get hold of you if you are the winner. Closing date to enter my giftaway is midnight November 21 here in British Columbia, Canada. The giftaway prize is a surprise since I have different gifts depending on the location of the winners residence. I dislike having to do it, but shipping and customs can be horribly expensive. 🥴
Have fun fondling fabric and thank you for stopping by to read my blog! 😉 Carol