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sewing: lunch bags

I just love this pattern, it is, for me, the perfect lunch bag. I think we got almost a year’s worth of use out of the last ones. And that’s five-day-week use, so I’m happy with how they held up.

I followed my “use your favorite fabric” philosophy. I used to save my favorites, but that was before the internet, back when actually finding something you liked was rare. You settled for what was available, and if you were lucky you liked it. Nowadays, I can shop and pick only my favorites. So why not use them?

This Robert Kaufman print I had anticipated using for something else, but in the end it looks great as a lunch bag. Here it is, front…

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and back.

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This was a Riley Blake print, I think. She always uses great artists.

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My favorite part is the drawstring top. It poofs out a lot higher than it appears here, and you can fit quite a lot of lunch inside.

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Lastly, this fun novelty print.

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Every day, lunch will be fun. Love this whole design. It takes a little trouble, but is worth the effort. Much better when you assembly line it, and make a couple extra to give away.

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I have listed my fox quilt pattern on etsy again. I just sort of let it slide to the way-side, but it should be up running constantly, because it’s a good pattern and fits a niche in a way I haven’t seen anyone else do. Please follow the link above and pin to pinterest from there so people see it!

My shop “limephosphate” has been closed, so it’s got to be difficult for people to find me. I’ll have to fix the watermark on all these photos….

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MSPT: a Japanese knot bag

I’ve wanted to make one of these since the first time I saw one. And then several years passed, and finally there are loads of tutorials on youtube.

Boy, is this a simple bag.

First, I wanted to test my hexi skills, so gave those a go. All hand-sewing and a lot of ironing, but they are pretty satisfying. I got to showcase some favorite fabrics. When I was completing the sewing of the whole hexagon applique, I said to myself, “You better remember to place this so the apple is not upside down.”

Wouldn’t you guess I forgot when the time came?

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I didn’t clip the round corners, either. It looks awkward in this flat version, but isn’t noticeable when in use.

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I forgot to take a photo, but the lining fabric is that the same as that one with little red and pink flowers. It’s a line called “Forget-Me-Not” by Riley Blake. It has a pretty, folklore feel, and I really like it.

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This will be my new project bag, so I can carry around my little sewing box and some embroidery thread and maybe get to work on more tiny necklaces during spare moments (like I have any! spare moments, that is).

I’m already picking out more fabric, because this would make a great lunch bag, too….

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mspt: embroidered fox

Remember I used to write “make something pretty today” posts? Yeah, I really ran out of time for making pretty things. Looking forward to retiring, and having endless days for projects. One day….

I spent several evenings working on this little embroidery. I haven’t embroidered in a long time, or at least not tried to make up my own designs, so it probably took a lot longer than just sewing to fill in an existing pattern.

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I had only 3 colors of wool felt to choose from, and thought this green a better choice than the orange, but upon finishing it I decided I should have used the dark brown.The orange and the green here look like the same value, so the fox doesn’t pop as much as it should.

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Altogether, I am happy with how it turned out. I purchased 4 of the necklace setting in different colors, so I will be trying again. I am thinking of a parakeet, and an owl. The fourth one has yet to be determined….

We will see!

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projects finished in 2017

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sewing: lunch bags

With Christmas coming up, I decided to not be last-minute and so whipped up some pretty lunch bags. These did not come together as quickly as I intended. Somehow I think I can get sewing done in the morning before I go to work, but I never do. Sitting with coffee and reading the internet seems about all the energy I can muster–which is odd, since I get a full night’s sleep. A few days, though, the thought of working with pretty fabrics was enough motivation, and I got a lot of work done.

So pretty, right?

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I’m a fan of the draw-string top. Your lunch is entirely safe.

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Above is Tilda fabric, and Lecien.

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I finally found a use for the silverware fabric! Remember I found it a couple years ago for $3 a yard? It’s not a bargain if you never use it, so I’m glad I know what to do with it now.

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If you want to sew your own, it’s a free pattern found here:  http://ayumills.blogspot.com/2010/08/tutorial-lunch-bag.html

 

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I have been in love with Tilda fabrics for several years, and so disappointed it’s not for sale in the U.S. So my lovely sister in Japan bought this charm pack for me, and even though I’m afraid to use it (because what if my project doesn’t work?), I’m going to jump in and just do it.

I doodled up a pattern.

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I’m going to use the shorter version of the tulip. I wanted a pattern that doesn’t cut down the charm squares very much, so much of the fabric pattern is left whole.

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And now I find out Tilda fabric is making its way into the U.S. market! So I ordered a yard in two colors. I’m hoping the “ginger” color will match the orange above. I’ll know for sure in a couple days.

I can’t wait to get sewing!

Tilda fabrics found here:  http://www.intrepidthread.com

and here: https://www.shabbyfabrics.com/Tilda

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