Pop the Clutch

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Also known as the wristlet, here are 4 in fabulous POPular colors, new and fresh fabrics. Fun to make and the tutorial is on Sew4Home here. http://www.sew4home.com/projects/storage-solutions/wristlet

I did a few things different than the pattern: I used fusible fleece on the outside pieces and nothing on the lining instead of all that interfacing, I used a longer zipper to make it easier to insert (12″), and I zigzagged around the last seam to avoid ravels.

The black and red one there was a gift and the blue&white&green one I’ve used just recently. So liberating!! I’ve been carrying a tote bag for stuff all summer and this was just so light and easy. The red one will be wonderful for the fall and the other blue one in that snappy Australian print goes perfectly with jeans.

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Little Pouches

I have been busily sewing in November. Just because I haven’t posted doesn’t mean I haven’t been sewing. Almost every day. Here are my projects…

Made Laura 2 more skirts. One already has a hole in it, discovered this morning. Looks like a couple of sharp fingernails went through when wrestling her into it. I am contemplating some applique ideas to cover it up.

I finished a big bunch of Fat Bottom Bags for an order from one of L’s nurses. Made all from Christmas fabrics. She’s putting a couple of things in them and giving them as gifts. Soooo glad I bought those fat quarters and half yards at Keepsake’s sale a couple of years ago.

I finished the top for that curvy quilt. It is Kathy Alyce’s from her book, Flip Flop Quilts. And its all in modern fabrics, coral, pink, and navy. The curves were a good challenge but not too hard. A departure from my comfort zone. This is half the quilt folded over the quilting frame. Not quilted yet. No surprise there. I’m thinking about what the back will be. I have lots of scraps.

And I’ve also had some fun with making some small zippered pouches. I took out my Christmas fabric scraps. And I mean scraps! Small pieces that I saved, now I know why. I did a sew and flip, quilt as you go, on scrap batting. Lots of fun! They are intended as gifts. Try it some time! I put in the zippers and finished the bags just like in my Fat Bottom instructions. Only one of them has a fat bottom, the rest are flat bottoms.

So pretty. This one might be for me!

Gift Ideas for Quilters

This is a Special Edition post for those who need ideas for gifts for their friendly quilter friend. Quilters like to make stuff with fabric, not only quilts. They always need new ideas, inspiration, and challenges. I know my eyes open wide (full engagement) when the beautiful colors of new fabric get my attention… I just have to pat it!

So here are some ideas for your creative quilter, not in any priority. The highlighted words have links to some awesome stuff.

  1. Patterns to make things from fabric. Like bags, household items, or book/ipad/phone covers or cases.
  2. Books. Something new with lots of inspiring pictures.
  3. Books about what to do with their creations or how to display them.
  4. Some fabric from a brand new line. Something up-to-date and expensive! (like this group from Lotta Jansdotter)
  5. Thread packs. Gotta have that thread to make a project hold its shape! Aurafil is the best.
  6. And of course, gift certificates! To a local quilt shop or online shop where your quilter can find the newest tool or get fabric for that new pattern.

I hope this list was helpful. If you know another crafter a similar list would probably apply.

Happy Holiday shopping! 🙂