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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Bags and Mug Rugs

Happy Fall Y'all..

I have been so busy sewing and quilting that I have not had time to devote to my blog. I have been making birthday presents and mug rugs and now starting on a baby quilt...

First the Birthday Gifts, all the kids got bags this Birthday...The "Chase" Bag, The "Blake" Bag, and A Messenger Bag for my Step-daughter...

"Chase came first...his was a large bag that he could put his racing things in when he goes on trips. I got him to send me a pic of his Logo and I made 1 and appliqued to the front of the bag. 
I added lots of pockets throughout the bag for organization. Slip pockets in the interior and a zip pocket on the back. 
The colors are his racing colors and it is very large...
Final measurements were 10" x 16" x 25" with a concealed zipper top that allows the whole bag to open for complete access...

When he got the package, he texted and said it "Was Awesome"

That put a smile on my face...he usually just says...it is ok...or it is cool...etc...
So I know he liked it....BIG SMILES!!!



"Kaela" was next, my stepdaughter, she wanted a bag like mine...which was a messenger bag, that she could carry to college and that would also hold her laptop...

I already had the pattern made for that...all I had to do was downsize the measurements a little to fit what she needed...

She picked the colors and I added some others that really brought out the lesser colors in the main fabric...


 I also added another pockets to this messenger bag...a zipper pocket in the back.


She loved it!!!

Another Happy Customer!!



"Blake" was the last Birthday bag to make...
Blake wanted a lunch bag...he told me Blues & Browns or Beige's... so I went shopping for fabric...
I purchased some Blue print and then some very small Blue pokadot...
Later I found some more that I liked better and decided to purchase more...LAUGHS..
Hey I can always use Blue in my fabric stash!!

The Blue print that I decided on was a darker Blue with small squares in lighter tones of Blue...
and then the contrasting fabric was a Blue and White art deco print...

I looked through many patterns and then got to designing...

He wanted it to be washable on the inside and not much larger than the one he already had...he was limited on spaced in the Frig at work...Wink...Wink..

I decided to add slip pockets on the inside that would hold smaller things he wanted to keep separate, or an ice pack to keep things cool...

I also added a zipper pocket in the back side as well...all pocket were vinyl lined and washable...

I used Pellon Iron on Vinyl to the fabric for the lining and pockets to make them washable...
It is very easy to apply and so much easier to work with than regular clear vinyl and you can sew it.

The inside turned out great!!!



I also made a placemat to match in interior with the vinyl cover as well....

I made the bag similar to a doctors bag with a large zipper. This style allows the whole bag to open for accessibility.  I used some Beige Cotton Duck fabric on the bottom to add support and also for the handles...

I add decorative stitching for my top stitching along the top of the duck fabric.  I tried to stick with something that would go with all the shapes going on in this bag...

I added my label to the back.. You can see how long the zipper is in this photo... and the handles..

And the finished bag final measurements were
6" x 8" x 10" just a tad bit larger than his old bag...and I added his monogram to the front of the bag...
The poka dots may give it a feminine flare...but, I like it and he said he did too...so that is all that matters...
I guess you could get technical and call it a Man Purse Lunch Bucket...

"FALL MUG RUG SWAP"
I participated in another mug rug swap, this time the theme was "Fall"... After talking with my partner, Sandy, she lives in Colorado, we decided we would surprise each other with our mug rugs..."Fall", "Christmas" "Everyday" 

I ended doing a couple "Fall", and a "Christmas" and a couple things that were just because...They were 2 pincushions, and a quilted glass / sun-glass case...

 The Owl is also a wall hanging as it is a bit larger than a regular Mug Rug...



Christmas Mug Bug Mug Rug...LAUGHS!!1


And the Final Grimm Ripper....

This can also be hung, as I attached wall hanging corners on the back of the mug rug...

I forgot to get pictures of the pincushions, but one is a Friendship Spool Pincushion, and the other was a Skinny Pincushion that goes great by your machine...I used bright fabrics for these...the skinny was some cute fabric I found the other day...

This is a picture with the fabric...but the small scrap bucket is for my sewing room...SMILES..

And now I am finally getting started on a Baby Quilt for a very good friend of mine, whom passed away, baby girl whom is having a Baby Boy...

This is the fabric I am using:


Thursday, October 3, 2013

Website Adventures!!! & BANDIT

Hello Friends,

If you have noticed my blog maybe has changed...I have been trying to get a new site up and going for about 2 months now and it is DRIVING ME CRAZY!!!!

My new domain is www.atouchofhink.com which was supposed to be a stand alone domain that pointed to my blog...well somehow my www.cclrlycreative.com got mixed up in there somewhere and it DISAPPEARED IN THE WEB HOSTING SPACE NEVER TO BE FOUND AGAIN!!!

So I am still dealing with that and WHO KNOWS HOW IT WILL TURN OUT....

I have been Sewing thought...I always try to find time to sew...SMILES!!
First I want to tell you about my new Iron Water Bottle. I saw this on an episode of Fons & Porter a tip that a reader had sent in. I got mine at Sally's Beauty Supply and the top locks down to keep it from spilling and when filling your iron, the little nozzle works perfect with no bubbling over in the fill hole...
Look what I found on Sale...I don't know what I am gonna do with it yet...But I just fell in love with the colors...LAUGHS!!!

This is another I just fell in love with...I know I will be using this SOON!  Wink...







I have been making bags for my kids for their Birthdays, I am still in the process of that...The first one I just completed was my own NEW DESIGN, and it was Trial and Error....Many ripped stitches...but in the end, it turned out Great and my youngest son loved it...

Pics coming soon of the bags adventure...LAUGHS..

I just completed a Kennel Cover for one of my dogs. He is such a FREAK when we travel. He has to be in the lowest darkest place in the Tahoe and it does not matter how he gets there...ripping out wires...climbing over things...you name it, he is going to get there ONE WAY OR ANOTHER...
So I have had to resort to traveling with him in his kennel...and he would so stressed I had to do something.
One day I grabbed a black backdrop from my photography studio and just covered the whole kennel...That seemed to help some...WELL THAT ALONG WITH THE HAPPY PILLS MY VET GAVE FOR HIM...

So I decided if he had to be covered, he was going to have a cute cover...and BLACK of course!!
I just used the backdrop for my fabric and got to measuring and cutting...I cut the sides and back and top first. 
 I then decided that I wanted some COLOR...IMAGINE THAT...WINK!!
I had some fabric put back to make them a quilt and I got this Cute Print out and decided it would be the contract fabric...
I decided I wanted windows in the sides even though he need dark, in our house there is no need for the whole thing to be enclosed. I had to line the red with black fabric, kind of like light filtering curtains...LAUGHS..

I decided what size and where I wanted them and made my window panel and then placed it on my side panel and marked with a chalk pencil. I then measured in 1" marked then in another 1/2" and did the same...
I stitched around the 1" line and then cut out with a ruler and rotary cutter on the 1/2" line to make a window...I had made a miter mark in the corners and when cutting, careful not to cut into the stitching you just finished.
Then I folded the fabric to the wrong side along the stitched line and pressed with a hot iron and steam.

Then I top stitched it close to the edge to secure it.
I then attached my window panel matching the lines that I drew when first starting

I started with tie straps to keep the window closed and that changed, I would have to have so many to keep it closed secure enough for my CRAZY DOG!!

So I took all them off except the top ones that would hold the window open. And attached Velcro instead...that makes so much more sense and EASIER..
I had left my front open for a reason, I DID NOT KNOW WHAT I WANTED TO DO...LAUGHS.

 I decided to cut a header strip and two side strips around the door opening and attach them to the rest of the cover. I hemmed my side panels and back panel using 1" of the fabric, folding 1/2" twice and stitching along the top edge of the fold. Then I stitched my side panels and my back together first...making 1 LONG piece.

Then I started working on the top. BANDIT HAD TO HAVE HIS NAME ON HIS COVER...RIGHT...SMILES...

I made the letters and Appliqued them to the top panel.  CUTE HUH...wink..wink..

I then attached my top panel to the sides and back. I tried it on the kennel to decide how to make the smaller strips around the door opening...It was looking good so far....

I made my door the same way as the window panels but much larger...have to cover all the holes you know...I don't know why Bandit is like this..he has rode in a vehicle since birth...WEIRD


 I also attached Velcro on the door panel as well. Then stitched to the top panel. And just the finishing touches and it was ready for the kennel...

The whole thing is completely BLACK when all the openings are covered.. CRAZY DOG will love that...and with the windows and door open, there is plenty of air circulating keeping him cool...




After he got in and checked it out..I think he approved....BIG SMILES....

Now making LITTLE MISS MIWI'S!!! 
thank goodness she is not as FREAKY AS BANDIT!!!!

Next post hopefully will be about the bags and other things I have been up to...
Until then, Try to Stitch a little each Day...

Glad You Stopped By:

Charlene 
Aka Hink

Thursday, September 12, 2013

note book binder strap

Hello Friends, I hope you are all doing well...and that everyone had a Great Holiday Weekend...
I have been busy doing NOTHING....LAUGHS... Actually been very busy but can't seem to get anything accomplished.

Let me start by saying if you are having problems finding my blog...I AM SORRY.... I am currently working on my web site www.cclrlycreative.com and my blog getting it's own domain...and well it has been an experience..After I get it all straightened out I need to do a post about my whole experience with the WHOLE MESS!!!     OH WHAT A HEADACHE....
Maybe it will help someone who is dealing with what I have been for 2 wks!!

Hopefully soon my blog and web site will be running correctly...if you do get my site instead, there is a link to my blog...AGAIN SO SORRY...
MY NEW BLOG WILL BE FOUND AT www.atouchofhink.com...WHENEVER IT IS UP AND ACTIVE....LAUGHS...

I wanted to share something that I have been making that I just love and I use them on everything...

I first started buying these at Staples from Martha Stewart...had a coupon...you know...had to get something...SMILES...

Anyway...I loved the ideal of them and found that I really did use them all the time...problem...THEY WERE A LITTLE ON THE PRICEY SIDE...and they only came in Black and Pale Blue...Well you know me IT HAS TO BE PINK!!!

These are so simple to make...and you can use up some of that scrap fabric that everyone of use have loads of...BIG SMILES...

I simply measured the note book I was making it for, this one measured 2.25" x 18.25" folded. = 36.5" total length..
Here you will sew your strip RST to make a tube. First you will want to press each end 1/4" to the wrong side and stitch  and then turn RSO and press your tube with a hot iron. 
I then run my elastic through my tube. I know the picture shows the tube not turned yet...but I was measuring how wide elastic to use...LAUGHS...
My tube ended up being 1 1/8" wide minus the 1/4" seam allowance and my elastic was 7/8" wide it was just the right fit...I wanted to use as wide elastic as I could use. 
Then I ran my elastic through with a XL safety pin...you know the ones you use when you are making a Quilt Sandwich...or as big as you can fit in the tube....SMILES!!
Sorry no Pic..
After it was all pulled through...I then secured it each end with a small safety pin and wrapped it around the book I wanted to use.

After I had pulled to the tension I wanted...Use your discretion here I left some room for my book to hold more and PROBALEY MORE THEN IT SHOULD...BIG LAUGHS







I reattached the safety pin on one end to secure and then cut...I simply stitched back and forth over the ends to secure the elastic in place.  

And you have a Book Binder that is TOO CUTE...I found my self making them for every note book or sketch book I have...LAUGHS...I know you will do the same THEY ARE ADDICTING!!!

And you can make them the colors and prints that you want...Now let me see....
fabric....mabye .20
elastic...   "      .05
thread..    "      .05
TOTAL           .30 cents per strip
lets say 2 for   .60
Martha Stewart at Staples                    $3.99 + tax
http://www.staples.com/Martha-Stewart-Home-Office-with-Avery-Fabric-Elastic-Bands-Blue-and-Gray/product_368039

seems like a pretty good deal to me....and I can make them the size I want....BIG SMILES!!!!

I recently participated in a Coaster Swap...it was the first one I have done...The patterns were alot of fun to do and I am in love with the fabric I picked...
I hope my swap partner enjoys them as much I as I did making them...
I have yet to receive my coasters from her...looking forward to that...
I also made a couple gifts to send along with the coasters out of the same fabric...SMILES!!


FRONT OF COASTERS









I am looking forward to the next swap..it is a FALL MUG RUG SWAP....I DO LOVE MAKING MUG RUGS....SMILES!!!




BACKS OF COASTERS














BACK OF DRAGONFLY COASTER
BACK OF BUTTERFLY COASTER
BACK OF LADYBUG COASTER
BACK OF BIRDIE COASTER



Well that is it for me for now, I hope you all enjoyed and please come back soon, hopefully everything will be up and running correctly....SMILES

Till then, try to stitch a little each day...and Have A Wonderful Weekend!!

Charlene
A Touch of Hink

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