I'm back, after a long break from blogging and Etsy and best of all I’ve actually got something to talk about, new stuff. I've long played around with this idea and finally settled on a design I love. My new line of snack bags feature and embellished natural cotton exterior and super cute appliqué images.
Architectural Calculations Sandwich Bag
This collection is perfect for architects, engineers and land use planners. Each, wrap or bag in the this collection features high quality fabric designed by Carolyn Friedlander from her Architexture fabric line.
I have ivory calculations (shown to the the left), green topography lines, blue landscape plans with a grid back ground and blue architectural drawings.
Ikea Latt table and chairs before upgrade.
Earlier this summer I stumbled across one of the coolest blogs, little free radical, (http://littlefreeradical.com/2012/03/04/20-latt-childrens-table-chairs-makeover-d-i-y-ikea-hack-little-free-radical/) She took a simple Ikea table and chair and turned them into a stunning personalized addition to her toddlers room.
Now that August has arrived and I'm in full get ready for school mode I finally finished my own version of this "hack". As you can see our set of Latt Ikea table and chairs has been used, scratched and stained in the three years we've had it. It took me a week to paint, cover, sew seat cushion and talk my dad into cutting down the plexi glass to cover the top. Overall the finished product is great and the project was pretty easy.
1. Our Loews would not cut down the plexi glass to fit the table top
2. sewing cushion covers for the chairs was tricky to smoothly cover the one inch notch
3. I would recommend priming the wood first to cover blemishes on the wood so they don't show though.
4. gluing fabric to a flat surface without distorting the pattern is not as easy as it looks.
My bean is turning 5! I've still got a long list of things to make to mark the occasion but I did manage to finish this years party favors. I've been feeling more eco-friendly this year and wanted the favors to reflect that. So each of our party guests is going home with a jam jar drinking cup and reusable travel size chalk board.
To create this project you will need jam jars, ( I found mine at Ace Hardware), paper straws and decorative lids also called daisy lids ( I purchased mine at Cupcake Express on Etsy) http://www.etsy.com/shop/CupcakeExpress. A collection of these would look brilliant on a serving tray and patio party.
The chalk mats were also easy and fast to sew. I purchased a 1/2 yard of oil cloth and chalk cloth and box of chalk from target and some ribbon. I tend to sew in assembly line fashion. I cut my fabric and ribbon first. The oil cloth and chalk cloth were 5.7, the pocket was 3 by 1.5 and the ribbon was 16 inches long. I attached the pocket first and used a small piece of scotch tape to secure it while i sewed. Then I sewed the oil cloth to the chalk cloth (wrong sides together and secured them with small binder clips ( a trick I read about on oilclothaddict.blogspot.com). Once all complete I trimmed the exterior with pinking shears. The finished product is pretty cute.
My Zakka Themed Tea Time Coasters were featured in this lovely Treasury!
My Lavender Dots were featured in a lovely treasury! One of these I've got to figure out how to make these on Etsy.
Stitch Duchess has been very busy this year doing everything but Blogging. I finally organized my studio and fabric closet, which unfortunately is a bit messy again. I purchased my very first new computerized sewing machine. And best of all have spent the winter exploring new products for my shop.
This spring I'll have new wearable items, fleece toys and new project patterns. Here are Ronan and Regan. Two lovely garden friends made of fleece, fabric and poly fill with safety eyes and noses.
I have a great passion for a well brewed cup of tea. A steamy hot cup of Oolong tea is my current favorite. I recently began to combine both my passions to create a new line of tea themed products for my shop. To introduce the line I've created two sets of quilted fabric coasters. Each set of four coasters has a super cute tea applique on them. The second set of coasters in the line are tea time coasters designed to hold a tea bag with a touch of zakka flavor.
I made this great little bag using a tutorial I found at a wonderful coco stitch blog. I substituted the third panel with a floral print to add a little spice. If you are looking for a great little lunch bag or a small bag to keep in your in larger totes this is the one to sew. coco's steps are easy to follow and the seam allowance is large enough to permit the raw edges to be folded under and top stitched. Visit coco-stitch.blogspot.com for more information on the bags.
Going Green in 2011
I wanted to get a head start on a personal new years resolution to find easy and fun ways to be green and lighten my footprint in my personal life and in my business. To start I’ve decided stop using plastic bags for lunches at work and school. These bags are so much fun to sew that I thought I'd share a set for giveaway day. Very little fabric is required to make a snack bags which means these are a great way to use scraps from larger sewing project.
The set of two snack bags pictured is what up for grabs to one lucky winner. To win these bags simply leave a comment here any time before 9pm on December 17, 2010 sharing the ways in which you are green. I will use a random number generator to select the winner and mail your snack bags on Monday December 20th. I do ship internationally.
Details: Both bags are made from African cotton and feature dark blue teardrop shapes on a yellow background. Each bag closes with Velcro and is lined with rip-stop nylon and has a gusseted bottom so they stand up on their own. Each bag is 4 inches tall and 6.5 inches wide.