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Make it Monday – Zippered Binder Sewing Kit

Posted by supermom on January 31, 2011

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Make it Monday – Zippered Binder Sewing Kit

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Two More Gift Bags Completed

Posted by supermom on January 28, 2011

I’ve completed two more gift bags.  These are bigger but again each a different variation on the basic tote style gift bag.

The first uses two fat quarters in complimentary prints.  Instead of handles, I chose which fabric I wanted for the front of the bag and then folded the back over the front by 4.5 inches, installed four grommets and then sewed a length of ribbon to the front that is then pulled through the grommets and tied in a bow.  (I hope to have a tutorial ready and posted for this bag sometime in the next few days.)

I used two games to fill the bag so that it would photograph nicely.

As you can see, it’ll hold quite a good sized gift.

The second gift bag, well… you could say that this bag was a little over a year in the making.  I started that redwork embroidery the Christmas of 2009.*   So not only is this second bag part of my gift bag project, it is also a WISP (Work in Slow Progress) completed as well.  The finished bag measures 12.5″ wide by 18″ high by 4″ deep.   So it will hold quite a large gift, as well.

2011 is shaping up to become the year of getting things done.

*Note:  The embroidery pattern is one of a set of three from McCall’s Crafts Pattern #6001.

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My Husband is Brilliant

Posted by supermom on January 22, 2011

Several days ago, I was pressing the fabrics that I used in the gift bags shown in the previous post.  As I finished each piece of fabric, I would bring it out and lay it over the back of one of the dining room chairs; being oh so careful to get them to hang so that they wouldn’t wrinkle.  It didn’t take long before I was running out of chairs to drape things over when Dave suggested that I use our little clothing rack.

Now why didn’t I think of that before.  And not just to hang up freshly ironed fabrics.  I can see it being perfect to keep pattern pieces organized when I’m sewing garments.  Or quilt blocks!

Absolutely brilliant.

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My January Project – Fabric Gift Bags

Posted by supermom on January 21, 2011

It’s been months since I posted.  Some major life changes have taken place in those months and most of my energy, creative and otherwise has been focused on absorbing and adjusting to those changes.

But I do have some things I wanted to share so I’ll begin this first post of 2011 by showing you what I’ve been working on for the past couple of weeks.  Way back in January 2009, I bought several yards of various Christmas themed fabrics in the after Christmas sales with the intention of making them into gift bags.  But life happened and only a couple of bags got made.  We still had paper gift wrap that we were using up, so there was really no pressure to get them done.  But for Christmas 2010 we were down to the last couple of rolls plus bits and pieces leftover from other rolls.  Many of our gifts ended up wrapped in a hodgepodge of those bits and pieces tapes together to cover whichever gift was being wrapped.

So this year, the gift bags have to be made and that has become my January and possibly February project.  I knew before I even purchased the fabric that in addition to several drawstring bags, I also wanted bags that were a bit more elegant and structured.

Here’s what I’ve made so far:

On the left, a large lined drawstring bag, in the middle; four of the six gift bags were made using these instructions and two using the same basic pattern idea but with my own modifications for size and style.  And the folded square of fabric on the right is a Fuorshiki; something I just discovered.

Furoshiki is a traditional Japanese square cloth folded and tied to carry clothes, gifts and other items.  I spent a good hour or more the other day watching videos completely fascinated by the various folding and tying techniques.  I plan to make several.  Not only do gifts look beautiful wrapped in them, they are super simple and quick to sew.

I’m also including some close-ups of a few of the gift bags for those of you who might want to see them in more detail.

These are the four gift bags made using instructions from

This one, I made taller with a squared off bottom. It will be perfect for a wine bottle or other similiarly sized gift.

And finally, for this one, rather than handles and a loop and button closure, I sewed on a length of satin ribbon that is tied into a pretty bow to close the gift bag (the inspiration for which came from ones I saw on

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