Knitting Socks Project Bag

Who is making Christmas gifts?  I am!  I just finished this Knitting Socks block from my pattern by that name.  I used a knit-look fabric for the sock.  And I used a script print in two different directions to look like a ball of yarn.  The embroidery details on the needles and down to the ball of yarn are a fun touch.

I added borders to make it large enough for a good size project bag. I fused the front and back to fusible fleece.  The back is heavily quilted in a diagonal crossgrid.  The front is just lightly quilted to secure it.  I hope it is well received!  Now back to work I go!

Fantasia Book Bag


Fantasia Book Bag by Amy Friend

Have you seen Sara Lawson’s new collection for Art Gallery Fabrics?  It’s called Fantasia and and it features unicorns! My oldest daughter is in heaven! Horses/unicorns and fantasy novels are her favorites. You can see the whole collection here.

Sara was kind enough to send me two half yard pieces to make this library bag for my daughter. I made sure that I fussy cut the front panel to feature the unicorn, front and center. The interior is lined with a beautiful cream colored print with flowers called Bous Trail Bluet. I let my daughter choose some fabric for the straps, and wouldn’t you know that she went straight for my Netorious by Cotton + Steel? It’s a great coordinate for this print though so it was a good call.

Fantasia Book Bag by Amy Friend

This is such a simple project but it suits Lily’s needs so well. I used HeatnBond Fusible Fleece for the interfacing-both for the body and the handles-so the bag has some heft to it to lug all her books. It was time for a new book bag. Lily’s old bag has worn through the bottom from all the hard labor it has performed over the years. It was made 5 years ago when she was just four, using horrible blue bull dog fabric she chose herself. You can see it here for a laugh. I think it is time that my 3rd grader upgrades to this bag covered with fantastical unicorns and lined with beautiful flowers.  She was very happy to see it all finished this morning.  I think unicorn dresses for the girls might be in my future.

Thank you Sara!

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Fat Quarters: Small Fabrics, More Than 50 Big Ideas

Fat Quarters: Small Fabrics, More Than 50 Big Ideas

I wanted to let you know that Fat Quarters: Small Fabrics, More Than 50 Big Ideas, a collaborative book published by Lark Crafts, will be released in March.  I know you all have lots of fat quarters in your stash!  Hopefully this book will give you some new ideas to use them up.  There are lots of familiar names in the contributor section: Maureen Cracknell, Beki Lambert, Kaye Prince, Abby Glassenberg, Malka Dubrawsky, Shannon Cook and more.  Projects range from items to make for babies/kids, to bags, quilts, pillows, home decor, wearables and gifts.  I have four projects in this collective and would like to share them with you today.

Hothouse Flower Pillows by Amy Friend

I might as well start with my Hothouse Pillow Set since one of my pillows is sitting pretty there on the cover!

Hothouse Flower Pillows by Amy Friend

The pillow pattern is an 18″ paper pieced block.  It makes terrific pillows but I would also love to see a quilt made up using these blocks and some soft feminine colors.  Wouldn’t that be pretty?

First Aid Kit by Amy Friend

I created a First Aid Kit for the bag portion of the book. It’s a practical item that everyone can use.  It would be perfect to hold some band aids, headache medicine, etc. in the car for those little emergencies that come up while traveling.

 

First Aid Kit by Amy Friend

This is a small bag but it fits quite a bit!  Someone on Instagram said that this would make a great teacher’s gift, filled with bandaids for the classroom. I think that is a great idea.

Patchwork Sewing Machine Cover by Amy Friend

If you are a long time reader, you have seen this project before.  But my patchwork sewing machine cover pattern is also included in the book. The patchwork was inspired by stitches; the cross stitch, straight stitch, and zig zag!

Groovy Vibes Quilt by Amy Friend

And finally, you will find my Groovy Vibes Quilt made from Pat Bravo’s Carnaby Street collection.  I used the 8″ Sizzix Tumbler die which makes quick work of a fat quarter, cutting 4 perfect shapes from each. I love this project idea for a fat quarter stack, so much so that this is the second quilt I have made like this; the first using Splendor 1920 by Bari J.

Groovy Vibes detail by Amy Friend

In keeping with the lava lamp shape, and “groovy” feel of Pat Bravo’s collection, I chose to quilt in what I am calling lava lamp bubbles.  I cut circles (also using the Sizzix) out of contact paper in 4 sizes and stuck them on the quilt.  Then I free motion quilted a wavy line up each column and around the circles as I came to them.  As I made the quilt, I kept thinking that it seemed most appropriate for a teenage girl.  Happily, this quilt now lives with one who is enjoying it!

You can preorder the book right here so that you can see all the other fun projects.  I  hope you get to spend some time sewing this weekend!

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Wet Suit Bag Tutorial

Wet Suit Bag Tutorial by Amy Friend

 

You can find my free tutorial for this Wet Suit Bag on the Therm O Web blog today. It is fully lined with vinyl coated fabric so that you can toss your wet bathing suit in it, zip the bag, and throw it into your larger tote to bring home without getting everything soaked. The bathing suit is a simple and fun applique. Enjoy!

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Another 241 Tote

241 Tote

I just finished up my second 241 Tote, pattern by Anna of Noodlehead. I made one that was more for fall and winter last time so I wanted to make a spring/summer bag this time.

This bag is made with a panel of Melody Miller Ruby Star Canvas for Kokka that I purchased at Sew Me A Song. I paired it with Kona Navy.  I’m happy to use it now!

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Topiary Bag Tutorial

Topiary Bag by Amy Friend

Do you remember this bag I shared a few weeks ago? The promised tutorial is now available on the Therm O Web blog. Take a look!

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241 Tote

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I finally finished my 241 Tote Bag, pattern by Anna of Noodlehead. It wasn’t hard to make but boy did I procrastinate on this one! I bought the home decor weight fabric at a steal, under $5 a yard, well over a year ago. It’s one of Denyse Schmidt’s now out of print lines called County Fair. I bought it with the intent to make a bag at some point. Fast forward to this summer, the fabric was still sitting there and fall was approaching so I decided to make a 241 Tote. I printed the pattern and cut the pattern pieces. Then I did something else. Then last month I cut all the fabric pieces and applied the interfacing. Then I did something else. Tonight I decided this was crazy and I was finishing it. I was able to whip it up in just about an hour. I should have done that, oh, last fall perhaps!

Hexiecase Revisited

Hexiecase 1

I am posting on the ThermOWeb blog today about my Hexiecase pattern. Since it is back to school time, it seemed like a good time to take a closer look at this pattern. I wanted to see if I could experiment with some different interfacings and recommend my favorites for the pattern. This pattern relies heavily on interfacing to keep the hexagonal shape of the bag. I shared my recommendations on the blog and have added them to my pattern.

Hexiecase 2

If you are interested in purchasing the Hexiecase Pattern, it is available in my Etsy shop and and Craftsy shop

Ditty Bag with "My Happy Place" Screen Print


Here is the second item that I made with some “My Happy Place” test prints. See here for an explanation.

I made another Ditty Bag by Keyka Lou, this time in the medium size. The front is made from my screen print.

The bottom is “Tufted Tweets in Red” by Laurie Wisburn.

The inside is fully lined with Michael Miller’s “Sunny Yellow Ta Dot” for a burst of sunshine in the cheery little neighborhood…and to pick up on the yellow of the birds on the bottom!

It was possible to make both yesterday’s project and today’s project from one of my silkscreen panels. A little can go a long way!
This ditty bag is now in my shop.