Thursday, November 17, 2011

TaDah!!! More little projects finished -- The Click-It Purse

Last night's sewing finish was a "Click It" Purse. I bought the pattern over a year ago during a Quilt Run, but failed to make it until last night. No grass grows under my feet... right?! lol
The 'magic' that keeps this little item securely closed is: ...
a piece of metal measuring tape! Did you guess what it was? 
This little purse [roughly 8.5" square] takes TWO FQs + two 8" pieces of metal tape. Be sure and round off the cut ends and smooth them with an old file or emery board. It might be a good idea to put a piece of masking tape over the ends as well... don't want the metal tape to "poke" it's way out of the fabric.

This little purse is for my DD to keep in her desk at work. I'm calling it the "911 Bag" because I plan on filling it with emergency items that could be useful: 'cotton angels', bandaids, small sewing kit, lip balm, small tube of Tylenol, Kleenex tissues, nail file, brush/comb,... etc etc..  I think DD will be pleasantly surprised to have this little surprise gifty. Probably wouldn't hurt to make another one for myself and keep it in my car.
A quick visit to a local bead shop was all I needed to creat a 'fob' to hang on the Prairie Point [these are "handles" to open purse]. I found some numbers -- 9-1-1 -- a few crystals, a couple of blue beads, some findings and voila a "911 Bobble" of sorts... just for fun.

That's all for today. I hope where ever you are that you have time to create something you like.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

CUTE, QUICK, USEFUL... what could be better?

Spent quite a bit of time sewing yesterday -- the Yarn Goddess is now whining. lol. Finished up several projects. My fave one is of this teeny tiny tote to carry iPod earbuds, change, what-have-you. Handy little gadget and it only took 4 Charm Squares, plus a small corner of a 5th for the loop, and a 3/4" sliver to make the zipper pull. Well, OK, 5 Charm Squares. ;-)
The idea came from: Erin. She wrote a great tute... go check it out. Thank you Erin for such a nifty design! 

I constructed mine slightly different -- see below:
I cut two Charm Squares in half [front and lining] and installed the zipper without cutting into 1/2-circle shape. So easy to line up the ends... straight is better than a curve, eh?!  Next, I added two rectangle batting bits and edge-stitched the zipper... I also chose to lightly quilt, as I was using Cotton Classic batting. [Adding the batting AFTER zipper installation keeps the edges flatter so they don't get 'poofy'.]
Now, stack two more Charm Squares [backing/lining] and a scrap of batting -- tack-press a FP circle on top and cut through all layers. [Quick little bit of FM quilting is optional.]
Last... layer circle bits on top of zipper/rectangle, and using circle edge as guide, stitch around with a 1/4" s.a..  Trim if needed and overcast edge for neatness. Turn right side out, press, edge stitch, and you are done! 

Hope you like this little project. If you decide to make one, I would love to see it. Also, Erin has a Flicker site to share pics [link on her blog].

That's all for today. I hope where ever you are that you have time to create something you like.


Friday, November 11, 2011

WOW... I've Been Off Planet: Some Crochet to share. . .

I've sure been off planet the last two weeks. My left foot had a bit of surgery and it's taking it's own sweet time to heal... you know the drill: stay off it, elevate, blah blah... ok. End of update, now for fun stuff:
Been crocheting more and sewing less -- just been working out that-a-way. Above, is Missy [my little 6 pound kitty] relaxing on one of her new blankies. And below is the other one I made in Pink... and, wow, is it PINK! lol
Open, these little blankies cover her beds in the house, but folded in half they pad her carrier purrrrfectly! They are quick to hook up and make good use of all the smallish bits of yarn leftover from other projects.

Please don't forget to go check out the other blogs sharing their crochet in the on-going CAL's -- it's nice to see what others are up to: LuAnn, Elly, Katrin [just to name a few].

That's it for today... thank you so much for stopping by to visit. I hope where ever you are that you have time to sew, crochet, knit, or otherwise make something that makes you or someone you love happy! Bye for now. . .