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To-Do Tuesday 1-17-17

Stitch ALL The Things | Slytherin Project Bag

Happy Tuesday, friends! It’s been a busy week of more project bags around here. I finished the Slytherin Bag and took two orders this week. One for a single bag set and one for three bags. I also did some research on selling these on Etsy. After calculating all of the fees from PayPal AND the additional fees from Etsy, I’ve decided to go a different route. I’ll see how selling them by posting via social media goes, and may eventually set up part of this website as my store. The website is capable of doing that, so I’ll see how everything turns out after some time passes.

Stitch ALL The Things | FoxfieldProject Bag

This Project Bag set was particulary fun to do. I had a customer ask for a small grime guard for a 6 x 6 Q Snap, and then ask if I could make an accessory pouch to coordinate with everything. I didn’t have enough of the accent fabric on the bag, but did have extra of the Chain Mail print from Tula Pink’s Elizabeth line that matched the Tula Pink Foxfield print.

Stitch ALL The Things | Foxfield Accessory Pouch

My customer gave me a specific size she wanted, so I first made a test bag that helped me know how boxing the corners on the bottom of the bag would work. I also learned that I did not want any of the fusible fleece interfacing in my seam allowances. My second attempt was this bag and it turned out exactly the right size and sewed up perfectly. LOVE it!!

Stitch ALL The Things | Crouching Tiger Project Bag

My second customer for the week requested three project bags. I had so much fun getting to use a couple of different prints for them. I’ve said it repeatedly, but Tula Pink fabric shines so brilliantly in these bags! Love the Crouching Tiger print and being able to use the green apple glitter vinyl!

Stitch ALL The Things | Fox Nap in Purple Project Bag

I got to play with the Fox Nap print from Chipper again, except this time in the raspberry colorway. So cute!!

Stitch ALL The Things | Sea Siren Project Bag

The Alexander Henry Sea Sirens made another appearance. The smaller 13 x 13 bag only showcases one of the mermaids, but I think this one is pretty saucy enough to hold her own!

Next week I will update on my current cross stitching WIPS. I think this post has more than enough pictures!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Sew Project Bags for two commissions
  • Sew extra bags to sell

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To-Do Tuesday 12-27-16 | Scratch That…

Happy Tuesday! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend!

Stitch ALL The Things | Tula Pink Project Bags

Last week I talked about my plans for 2017. I may have to rework that plan after yesterday morning. I made some project bags for an Instagram/FB friend, Danielle (aka Stitcherista). The Big C decided to knock on her door and she’s currently in the middle of kicking the crap out of it. She is a cross stitcher and does FlossTube videos (YouTube videos made by cross stitchers). She is hilarious! Anyway, I decided to make her some project bags. She thanked me in her video yesterday and briefly showed the bags I made. And then my whole world exploded.

Stitch ALL The Things | Large Size Project Bag

I had a couple of people contact me right away to ask to order some bags. I was so blown away and a little frantic that I quoted some really low prices and got to work getting fabric pulls done and sending pictures. And then. AND THEN. A needlework shop contacted Danielle to ask me to email them about my bags. What an amazing compliment, right?! I am talking with them about potentially making some bags for them to sell in their shop. Turns out my pricing was way off… near wholesale prices. Which is true, because I quoted enough to cover my materials, plus just a few dollars more. Mister is always telling me that I price things too low, and turns out he was right. Well, there’s a couple of ladies getting a great deal on some project bags out there!

Stitch ALL The Things | Medium Project Bag Elizabeth fabrics

I am not sure how things will end up with the shop, as we are just discussing this right now. I know I often talk about setting up an Etsy store, and it may end up that I finally do that and sell these project bags. Maybe having some inventory with these project bags to keep an Etsy store open will motivate me to finally make a few handbags and stock them as well. Anyway, I’m super excited about the possibilities that opened up for me on Monday, but really overwhelmed as well. My brain is very scattered today. I know that I have several bags to make in the next few weeks, and I had a couple I wanted to make for myself. I am not sure mine will get done for a while now, we’ll see. I talked to Mister today about his quilt that I was supposed to baste, quilt, and bind, but he told me not to worry about it for the moment. He is just happy to see me motivated to start selling bags and knows I will get the quilt done when I can.

Stitch ALL The Things | Tula Pink Foxfield Project Bag

So, this coming week, my to-do list will consist of making more of these project bags. I also have to prep a couple of cross stitching kits for my evening stitching in January. Since I am feeling off-track already, and 2017 is not even here, I’m simply going to take each thing as it comes. No pressure to get everything done that I talked about last week. I am learning that crafting and creating is a process that must be adapted to constantly. Something that inspires you one day, may not several days later. I’ve just got to roll with it!

I wish you a Happy New Year! Have a happy and safe New Years Eve!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Sew Project Bags

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To-Do Tuesday 12-20-16 | 2017 Plans

Stitch ALL The Things | Motorcycle Quilt Top

This week I seemed to have a bit of sewing A.D.D. going on. I finished Mister’s quilt top, got the backing cut to size, and cut and ironed the batting. I was all set to baste everything together, but then another project started screaming my name. Normally I can focus on getting one project finished and then working on the next one… but not this time.

Stitch ALL The Things | Beauties and Brains Project Bag

About a month ago I found the Projects Bag pattern on the ByAnnie website. I loved the vinyl front on this bag and knew it would be a fantastic way to organize my cross stitching WIPs. I spied the pattern sitting on my to-do project pile several days ago and had to make one up right away. I used my Alexander Henry Beauties and Brains yardage to make this one, along with Kona Cotton in Aloe and Art Gallery Fabrics Oval Elements in Licorice. I made the extra large bag, so this baby is 16.5″ x 16.5″. Which is perfect for one of my big cross stitching projects in 2017. And that is the perfect segue into my plans for 2017!

Stitch ALL The Things | 2017 Cross Stitch Plans

In 2017 I would really like to make progress with my quilting, bag making, and cross stitch plans. To do this, I came up with a schedule that I think might work. I plan on doing all of my sewing during the day before dinner, and cross stitching in the evenings after dinner. I normally focus on one cross stitch WIP at a time, but I’d like to try doing the rotation thing that I have seen a lot of stitchers do. This year I want to complete my Burlesque Zombie Portrait, so I will keep that in rotation for the first two weeks of the month, Tuesday through Friday. I am super, duper, DUPERTY-DUPER hopeful that Santa is going to put a Sleepy Hollow by Glendon Place chart and supplies under the tree for Mrs. Santa for Christmas and, if so, that will be on the rotation for the third week of the month, Tuesday through Friday. If that’s not under the tree (whimper, whine, whine), then I will work on my Care Taker chart (the zombie nurse) for that week. The fourth week of the month, and any extra days left in the month after that, I will be working on two stitch alongs. The first is Ship’s Manor’s Mystery Town 2017, and the second is from the January 2017 issue of Cross Stitch Collection, Stitch The Seasons. It’s the houses picture in the collage above. The whole chart is in that issue, but I will be stitching only one house per month. I signed up for the Full Coverage on The Fifth event on Stitch Maynia, which means the piece I will work on for that day, is Care Taker (zombie nurse) and I intend to use the whole day/evening to stitch, if it’s possible. No stitching on Mondays, since that is blog writing night. On the weekend evenings, Saturday and Sunday, I will be working on various smaller stitching projects and will post pictures of them as I go along.

Stitch All The Things | 2017 New Quilt Plans

As far as quilting and bag making go, I am dedicating two or three weeks per month to quilting, depending on whether I am going to quilt one of my four already sewn quilt tops, or if I am starting a brand new quilt. I have four new quilts I want to make in 2017. The Bargello quilt for Josh (not pictured), Triple Barnstar by Stitchery Dickory Dock, Pow-Wow Quilt by Cluck Cluck Sew, and Shimmer Quilt Pattern by Cluck Cluck Sew. I may try to fit one or two more quilts in for the year, but I am not counting on any quilting during the months of May through July.

For the remaining one to two weeks of the month I will work on a sewing related project. I have 8 bags that I’d like to make this year. Swoon’s Sadie (currently only available through the Bag Of The Month Club, but will be released on Swoon’s website in January), Charlotte City Tote, and Nora Doctor Bag. Sew Sweetness’ Appaloosa bag and Coalition bag (again, part of the Bag of The Month club, release will be in January). Blue Calla’s Boronia Bowler Bag, Emmaline Bags Necessary Clutch Wallet, and another Hippo Hobo Bag.

The last sewing related thing I’d like to accomplish in 2017 is to start sewing apparel again. I want to start small, so my plan is to make the v-neck t-shirt from Craftsy’s Sewing With Knits Class. I’d also like to get a firm grasp of my serger, so I recently bought the Beginner Serger sewing class on Craftsy when it was on sale for $10. I always seem to have trouble getting my serged edges to look right, and I’m hopeful this will help me understand how the serger works and to adjust the tension properly.

Well! That was a rather long post, but it adequately sums up my stitchy plans for 2017. I feel like I have a good combination of bag making/sewing, quilting, and cross stitching planned. I didn’t mention it earlier, but during the summer I will most likely focus on cross stitching. I’ll still bring my sewing machine with me when we go to Oregon, just in case! Do you have specific goals or plans for the new year? If you write it as a separate post, feel free to link that post up as well!

This coming week I intend to make three more project bags and baste the Mister’s quilt. I am not sure that I will get to quilting it over Christmas, but we’ll see.

I wish you Happy Holidays and/or Merry Christmas!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Complete three Project Bags
  • Baste Quilt

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Finished Friday | Ana’s Hippo Hobo Bag

Stitch ALL The Things | Hippo Hobo Bag pattern by Emkie Designs

This week’s Finished Friday is my second Hippo Hobo Bag. I made this for my sister-friend, Ana. I made her mom the 49er Hippo Hobo Bag about a month ago for her birthday. I know I’ve mentioned these two women before on my blog, but I just can’t say enough how special they are to me. Always encouraging, motivating, and cheerleading me on. They’re just the best!

Stitch ALL The Things | Hippo Hobo Bag pattern by Emkie Designs

Ana loves the color pink. She saw a picture I posted somewhere on social media that included the Chain Mail print in Plum from Tula Pink’s line, Elizabeth. She made a comment about how she loved the print, and I knew right then that I would use it in a bag for her. I wasn’t sure about the interior and accent cotton fabrics at the time, and I chose them later. I knew that I wanted MiKri Glitter Mirror Canvas Vinyl for the vinyl accents. If you’re into making bags, this stuff is bomb! It’s super thin and goes through a sewing machine very easily. I was thinking about using the glitter canvas in pink, but realized that would just be too much pink (Ana might disagree). I decided on the white as it gave it a clean feel, but also a place to rest your eyes when looking at the bag.

Stitch ALL The Things | Hippo Hobo Bag pattern by Emkie Designs

Most people who know me will tell you that if I’m using Tula Pink on a project for you, then you KNOW I love you. Because I really do hoard my Tula fabric. Tula has the best colors, and all of her lines coordinate so well together. I chose Deity in Mojito (the elephant faces) from Tula’s Eden line for the flaps. The color is a perfect match to the aqua green in the Chainmail print. It pops against the fabric so nicely!

Stitch ALL The Things | Hippo Hobo Bag pattern by Emkie Designs

The interior fabric is Pearls of Wisdom in Plum from Tula Pink’s Elizabeth. It is also the fabric I used in all of the pockets. This bag has a hidden zippered pocket under the front bag flap, in the back of the bag, and in the interior of the bag. I also added my favorite zippered pocket panel that is part of The Epiphany Bag pattern by Chris W. I’ve mentioned it before, but I am a huge fan of pockets. If a bag pattern doesn’t have a lot of interior pockets, I add this panel in. It has a pen pocket, a pleated pocket, and two slip pockets. You have got a place for a pen, your sunglasses, your phone, and a notepad. Or a place to store your gum. Whatever you need to stow (or grab) quickly… this is your pocket panel. I’d buy The Epiphany Bag pattern over again just for the pocket panel!

This bag was so much fun to make, and I was so happy to hear from my sweet friend that she loved it. Now I think I’ll be making one of these bags for myself!

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