Tag Archives: Homemade Accessories

Traveling in Comfort

I found an adorable travel pillow that I had to try out! It went together very quickly. I think it took me thirty minutes to get this puppy put together. It took me longer to stuff it since I was using old batting that I tore up so it wouldn’t be so lumpy.

I have to say I really like this pillow!! What great presents this would make. Even Ruby likes it!

After all, it does look a little bit like a dog bone.

Prototype #1

My friend’s (Jackie) mother found out that I enjoy sewing and issued a challenge for me. She was wanting a “Bridge bag” that she could take with her when she plays bridge to hold her score card and money instead of having to take her purse. With that in mind, I put together the first trial bag to see how it works and what needs to be changed. My lovely husband played model for me!

I really like how the outside turned out with the decorative stitching (hard to see in this picture) and beautiful wildflower fabric.

I think the bag needed to be a little wider to make it work better. I also wasn’t too hip on the pocket I put in for the scorecard. Once I put the lining in the bag the pocket got quite loose. That’s one thing I will need to fix. I also need exact measurements of her card to make sure the pocket is the right size! I also added a pocket for her money with a small spot to add a pencil or pen.

I’m not thrilled with it, but I’m happy with the outcome. I have something to solid to build from for the next one. I think I’ll add some magnets to close the top on the next one.

I don’t play Bridge so I’m not sure what all she would need.

Anyone else have any suggestions?

Traveling Light

I am going on a trip in a few weeks and wanted to make a travel bag. The pattern I had would make a large enough bag where I could put my small purse and anything else I may want to carry on with me. Unfortunately, I measured wrong. As soon as I let the rotary cutter fly I realized my mistake. So…I decided when you screw something up beyond repair, just repurpose it for something else!

I ended up making a small purse instead. I didn’t have a pattern. I was just trying to make the best out of my mistake so I was flying from the seat of my pants. However, I really like it!

Most of my purses are big enough to carry all my stuff, which is probably why my purses end up weighing the same as a baby elephant. This one will force me to only carry my essentials. I really liked this fabric. The outside has the caged bird (do you know why it sings?!) and the inside has the free birds!

I ended up adding a snap, just to make sure not too much falls out if it tips over. All in all, I’m happy with how it turned out!

Crochet or Knit?

I’ve been considering taking up a new crafty hobby. Quilting is my first love, but I’d like to expand my craft choices a bit. My Grandma tried to teach me how to crochet when I was young, but I didn’t really have the patience for it. One and off, I’ve considered trying it out again but hardly got very far. Part of that may be because I don’t know what the heck I’m doing!!

I started an afghan 15 years ago, but it was taking up so much yarn that it was getting expensive and I didn’t like the way the sides looked. I always forgot how many stitches I had done on a row some of the rows probably have more than others!

I still have it and work on it here and there. Last year I decided I wanted to try to make a purse. Well, I liked the way the Sak purses looked so I thought, “why not? I can make one of those. It can’t be that hard.” So, off I went to crochet myself a purse. I liked the drawstring design so I had decided that’s what I was going with.

I have to say, I was happy with how it turned out. Considering I didn’t have a pattern and just made it up as I went, it actually didn’t look to bad! I even added different stitches to give it a striped look. I know…look at me getting all creative! lol…

I even added a small pocket on the inside for my cell phone.

The problem was the yarn stretched out after a while. It may be ok if I threw it in the washer, but I’m afraid it may come apart if I wash it!

So, here’s my delema, I want to either pick up crocheting again or get into knitting. Knitting looks nice when it’s done. The stitches look bigger and it looks like it would be easier to see what you’re doing than with crocheting. Plus the knitted afghans look a little softer than crocheted ones.

However, I love the texture of crocheted items. I also like the weight of a crocheted afghan. It just seems to take so long to crochet things.

What are your thoughts? Is Knitting easier than crocheting? You have two needles to work rather than one hook and that could be a bit difficult to keep up with. What do you think??

Colorful/Personalized Coffee Koozie

I finally decided to try to make a koozie for my coffee/hot chocolate cups. Not that the paper ones don’t work well, but they’re just not that much fun! It was a lot of trial and error, but I’m happy with the outcome.

My first one was a little small for what I was wanting. So, I broke out more fabric and tried again. This time, I added 1/2 an inch to each side of my template on the fusible fleece.

After cutting out the fleece, I cut two pieces of fabric to make the outside and inside of the koozie. I then sandwiched them together and ironed the top fabric to the fusible fleece.

I then cut the fabric around the fleece so I could better see where I was quilting!

I did some simple channel stitching. The trick was to make sure you follow the curve of the template so the stitches look straight once it’s sewn together.

After pressing the koozie I cut out two strips of binding 2 inches wide and sewed one on the top and bottom.

I decided to machine stitch the binding down instead of hand stitching. So, I made sure to use a lot of pins to keep things in place.

The last step was to sew the two ends together using a 1/4 inch seam.

The extra 1/2 inch on this template seemed to be just the right size!

They both went together very quickly and are just darn cute!! Now, to give them a test run tomorrow on my way to work!