Monday, June 30, 2014

Baby Girl dress completed

This dress (Finish Along List #6) I started couple of years ago in order to enter for the American Sewing Guild Contest. When I couldn't complete it before the due date, it ended up in the closet zipper unattached, pack of rick rack, bias binding and pattern and all in a ziploc. I took it out of the closet when I found out I was going to have a girl last April and it sat on the table until this April. Wait another 8 months to actually try it on my baby when she turns 18 months old.

Zipper attached.
Layered rickrack hemmings.

Neck and collar bound using bias single fold binding.

Kindle Sleeve

My Kindle Sleeve( #9 on Finish Along List) is sewn with these colorful fabrics by laurie Wisbrun's Perfectly Perched collection, using Amy Gibson's Ipad sleeve workshop on It took me a while to get all the dimensions for my kindle as I am not so precise on measuring and cutting. By doing this project I learned quite a bit about interfacing and stabilizers as well as to have the measurements written down rather have it in memory. Amy's pattern has two pockets but my kindle dimensions only allow for only one pocket and its just right for my cell phone. Another alteration I did was to add binding to the inside of the sleeve because it's raw edge and my lining fabric was a super raveling kind. Didn't want to take chances on that.
Quilted using one of the decorative stitches on my machine. Love the way it looks, seems just right for this project.

Binding on the inside to keep the lining from raveling.
New home for my phone and kindle.

And some hand sewing for a finishing touch. Following all the way to the very end of a pattern, which I rarely do.


These tissue keepers and grocery bag holders are gifts#7 Finish Along List I made for those who helped me through my difficult pregnancy and childbirth. I was planning to give these out on Mother's day, but did not get it done by then.
Several unexpected things and my crawling baby kept me away from sewing. I am glad to have finished these gifts now. Some of them not pictured here have gone to those whom I intended for.

I received an adorable pocket tissue holder last year from my friend Carole and absolutely loved it. It is very handy, so using that as my  pattern, I  whipped  up a few in just minutes. An easy project anyone can sew.

These are my go to gifts for friends. Very easy to make and really useful in your pantry for all those plastic bags.