Reusable lunch bags

We are coming to the last few days of summer vacation, and I must admit I’m feeling nostalgic for the days when we still had a long, hot summer ahead of us. I think the kids are, in some ways, starting to feel ready to get back to school, but I’m feeling a little sad! To keep myself occupied, I’m trying to craft my way to school preparedness, starting with this vinyl, reusable lunch bag.IMG_6190I used this pattern by Pretty Prudent, with a couple of modifications. Firstly, I used a vinyl material with a wipedown wrong side. A quick rinse under a tap should keep this lunch bag clean inside and out. Second, I used Velcro for the seal, instead of a button or tie. Velcro is so easy for small fingers to manage, and I really like how you can roll down the top edges to make a neat closure and avoid spillages. IMG_6182The Rotary Cutter and Ruler Combo worked a treat on this vinyl.IMG_6162And I used my Softgrip® Pinking Shears to finish the seam allowance.IMG_6164To attach the Velcro, I sewed one side to the top edge of the bag and the other piece a few inches down from the top edge on the opposite side.IMG_6169IMG_6167If you liked this idea, you might also like these Reusable Snack Bags too!IMG_3619




Mini mustache embroidery hoops

IMG_5467 Every now and then I like to do a little hand stitching, do you? These miniature (3″) embroidery hoops are the perfect size for a quick project that you can start and finish in less than 2 hours.

I used the mustache stamps from What a Gentleman Clear Stamp Set which I stamped onto a piece of dotted fabric and then put it tightly inside the hoop.IMG_5435I filled the mustaches in with a satin stitch and black embroidery floss. I added extra detail (which was a chance to practice a few other embroidery stitches) around the edge of the design.IMG_5445 To finish, I covered the back of the hoop with a felt circle.IMG_5451IMG_5458IMG_5462 You’ll be pleased to know that I’m refraining from using any mustache-related puns in this post!

Summer sewing

IMG_3453 You might recognize this little playsuit as the same pattern I used here. It’s the completely adorable free playsuit pattern by Elegance and Elephants. This time, I used an unknown, super lightweight fabric with this tiny ditsy print. To recap, the pattern has some very lovely details, such as the pleat at the center front…IMG_3461 …and the super comfy elasticated waist.IMG_3463 And of course, who doesn’t LOVE pockets in their clothes?! I know my daughter does!IMG_3465We’re in the middle of a hot, sandy summer here. It’s nice to squeeze in a sewing project or two. What have you been working on lately?

Monthly round-up JULY

This month has been a month to RELISH! Like many of you, I have had children home for the summer vacation and we’ve immersed ourselves in spending quality time together, playing, creating, reading and having fun. Many of my crafting projects have in some way involved them.  I had the chance to review the new Book Let’s Sew Together (and we even gave away a copy!) which is a great resource for people looking for creative projects to work on with children. From the book, my kids and I made these slippers and these necklaces!July collageI shared an idea for creating your own abacus here and my son’s amazing cardboard box arcade ideas here.IMG_1395We announced our three winners of the Create Behind the Seams contest we co-hosted with Pellon and it was so fun to watch the unique and fabulous entries roll in.CBTSFacebookHighlight-4I shared a peek at Spoonflower’s new faux suede fabric with a new Kindle case and some cushions.IMG_2877And I also managed to sneak in a few paper projects too. There was the stencil technique with punches and possibly my favorite project of the whole month, my simple geometric heart wall art.

August’s theme will be REFOCUS. Whilst I’m not ready to start thinking about Back To School, it’ll be upon us before we know it. That means, new school clothes, pencil cases, accessories etc. I’m not going to wish away the summer though. In reality, I feel like it’s only just beginning!