Can I just say how much I love fun projects like this? I really enjoyed making this bag and I think a lot of it had to do with it being an awesome kit made by Sotak Handmade. Svetlana has been steadily working on her own designs and screen printing them on fabric. She also sells a few kits in her shop from time to time and I was happy to scoop one up.
I had purchased the bag kit over the summer and was saving it for a rainy (actually snowy would be more accurate) day. I have been busying myself with cleaning up my sewing area and getting things a bit more tidy and organized. Actually, I had been planning on moving my sewing space to our basement, but at the last minute (after moving almost everything) decided it just wasn’t right. So in the process of moving things I actually found it to be a great opportunity to really look through what I have and how it all flows through my workspace. Of course one of the things I found was this kit and decided it would be the perfect quick project I needed to stay focused and feel somewhat accomplished.
The kit had everything pre-cut and set to go, plus the instructions all in a cute box. So if you’re shopping for someone creative, I totally see a kit like this being such a fun gift. I hadn’t ever bought a kit before, so it was such a fun experience! I enjoyed every minute of stitching it up. This drawstring bag was especially fun because of the variety of sewing. From patchwork to quilting to bag making there was just enough of each which made it super satisfying. Svetlana does have a PDF pattern you can purchase that includes multiple sizes. I’m definitely planning on doing a few more of these for gifts.
I hope you’re having fun doing some gift sewing! I can’t believe it’s almost the end of the year!
I’m so happy to be able to show you this fun fabric bundle that I selected for Stash Fabric’s Design Star. There’s not many things I like more than a good fabric pull. Most of the time I’ll go through my stash searching for the perfect combo for my next project, but often I pull way more fabrics than what I actually need. This is definitely the times that I wish I made more quilts! I’m okay with it though, it helps me bring together fabrics that I might not have at first glance. You just never know until you have a nicely pulled stack that you realize some fabrics were made for each other. I love it when that happens.
So, I was honored to be Stash Fabric‘s Design Star for the month of December. I thoroughly enjoyed putting this bundle together and I hope you’ll like it too. When I got mine in the mail I was determined to put it to use as soon as I can! So of course I thought of a quilt. I figured it would be fun to put together a little round-up of a few quilts that I’m considering making using this bundle. I hope I can decide!
If you aren’t signed up for the club there’s a few bundles listed here in the Stash Fabric shop. The bundle is a variety of designers and manufacturers including Leah Duncan, Carolyn Friedlander, April Rhodes, Lotta Jansdotter, Robert Kaufman, Alexia Abegg, Me + You, Alison Glass, Luke Haynes, and Sarah Watson. The solids are all Kona cotton.
Here’s a few I’m considering:
Lost Ship quilt (ever since I made this block I’ve wanted to do a quilt) || another Picnic Plaid Quilt from my book || Woven Quilt from Patchwork Essentials || Propeller Quilt
What would you make???
Oh, and the pincushion is made by my friend and her husband, here’s her etsy shop.
It’s getting to be Christmas time! We decided on holding off on cutting down a tree for another week or so. I’m excited to go get one though. So in the mean time, I had a stocking to make! It took me about 3 years to get around to making this stocking for my niece, Jillian. I loved making it for her! In between Thanksgiving meal prep and sleep I managed to embroider her name and then finished sewing up the stocking this week.
I totally dragged my feet on this one because Jillian is a relatively long name, and I’m terribly slow at embroidery. I remember when I made them for my family and then my brother’s family and then my nephew that the names took forever! I love the look of it though, and having your name on your stocking is pretty much at the top of anyone’s Christmas list. I got secret intel from my mom that I could probably get away with just ‘Jill’. She calls herself that and writes her name so cute already, so I leapt for joy at being able to skip a few letters! It looks so cute and I think my embroidery skills have maybe improved just a bit since the last one. yay for that!
The actual sewing of the stocking came together so quick, so if you need a stocking you still have plenty of time! I used my own tutorial (forgive it’s wee inconsistencies as it’s a 6-year-old tutorial), but it worked great. I eliminated the small strip under the name to match the one I made for my nephew.
Using my fabric, Rain Walk, was definitely a treat! There might be some shops that still have some in stock, check here at Cloud9 for a list of quilt shops. I was so excited as I went through my mental catalog of fabric and realized this print would be perfect. The little bit of quilting in green mimicking the ripple shapes made me so happy. Instead of doing ribbon and a button I threw on some leather with a rivet. So slick if I do say so.
I also wanted to say a huge thank you for your support of my sale. I sold out of my leather which I am so excited about, but am hoping to get all colors back in stock within the next week or two. I might have to do a little something fun for those who missed out on getting some during the sale. 😉