Monthly Archives: January 2008

I Now Have A Diaper Bag

Last night, I had the opportunity to sit in front of my machine and finish the last few steps of the nappy bag – and here are the results:

Let me say that the extra pockets did create quite a bit of extra bulk, but my machine manged to make it through it fine! Trimming away the excess canvas and grading the seam allowances also really helped make the seams lay flatter (although they are still a bit bulky). The only other problem I had with this is turning the whole thing right side out after sewing the lining and bag together…. I had to have Bret help me pull it all through! Otherwise this pattern went together without a hitch. I do think that if I make this again, I’ll omit the canvas all together. Although it gives the bag shape, it does make it a bit heavier and bulkier than what I think I would like – I’m thinking of using a heavier weight interfacing instead.
Next up, the changing pad! I’m planning on heading out to the store and picking up an inexpensive towel for this one – I think it will really give me a lot more color options and weights.

Extra Pockets

Since Taylor invited a friend over for the afternoon, I found some time to start on the Nappy Bag project. I had spent some time reading reviews of this pattern on Pattern Review and decided on a few changes before I got started:
1. I planed on attaching the canvas to the lining of the bag and not the outside material. (I wound up using a basting spray to adhere it to the lining which worked wonderfully, although a bit smelly)
2. I will add a magentic snap to the lining to help keep the bag closed a bit better (I found a package of three in the purse isle of Joann’s so now I have plenty for future bags).
3. I will eliminate the bottle pockets. This was probably the biggest complaint that I read about – attaching the bottle pockets according to the directions will cause you to lose the function of several pockets (you’re essentially sewing a pocket over top of two other pockets causing them to become an ‘L’ shape and pretty much useless).
Since I decided to nix the whole idea of a bottle pocket, I thought it might be nice to add another row of pockets on the inside (because you can never have to many pockets right?). To do this, I measured how tall I wanted the pocket to be, marked this off on the pattern piece, and cut. When it came to stitching the pockets down to the lining, I made one continual line and sewed them all at once. Here’s what it looks like so far:

I’m sure that when it comes to sewing the linings together that I will have a tremendous amount of bulk to deal with when I hit the extra pocket. I plan on switching out to a larger needle and increasing my stitch length to help with sewing and then trimming the canvas close to the stitching and grading the seam allowances once I’m done.
What kind of modifications did you make to your bag to make it more personalized?

Tracing, Pinning, Cutting, Oh My!

With bitterly cold temperatures yesterday, we spent much of the day inside – keeping warm. Since we’re avoiding hanging drapery rods, I decided it was time to get to moving on tracing some patterns and cutting out fabric. I managed to all the pieces of the Nappy Bag done, however, it did require a trip to the fabric store since I didn’t have enough canvas, interfacing, and lining. Needless to say, I think I have everything and I’m all set to get sewing (hopefully, I can find some time to work on it today)! You can now find all the information on this project on the 2008 sidebar.
What projects is everyone working on today?

Mail Call

The mail service was kind to me yesterday – delivering all sorts of goodies to my mailbox. Not only did my Nappy Bag pattern arrive, but an absolutely amazing package from Sassy Priscilla:

Awhile back, she held a contest to win a copy of The Prairie Girl’s Guide to Life: How to Sew a Sampler Quilt & 49 Other Pioneer Projects for the Modern Girl (I couldn’t find a link on Amazon for this title) and I won! Not only did she send me the book, but all sorts of wonderful goodies as well: some beautiful baby themed fabrics (I’m thinking of using the Laura Ashley nursery print for my Nappy Bag), a delicious cinnamon from Penzey’s Spices, Rosemary Balm in a fun carrying container, some hand creams, and baby patterns! Thank you soooooo much! I’ve already started reading the book last night and can’t wait to use the rest of my package!
My first order from Sewzanne’s also arrived:

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Sewing Survey

It’s not very often that you see surveys about sewing. This survey will take approximately 20 minutes of your time and will get to know us better, the ‘next generation of sewers’!

The Top So Nice, I’ve Made It Twice

Before I show you my new (and rather fantastic, if I do say so myself) Kwik Sew maternity top, I thought I would share a photo of my new and massive pillow.

As you can see, it takes up a whole side of our king size, so if you have to share a small bed, you may have some placement issues. Otherwise, it’s fantastic – it’s like being wrapped in a big hug all night! When I’m not sleeping with it, Taylor has decided that it makes the perfect pillow to lounge on while watching t.v. – at least I’m getting my money’s worth with this item!
Now…. to the new top!

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Trash The Cheap Stuff

Repeat after me – “Never use cheap fabrics.” I broke that rule last night and now I’ve got headaches as payment. I had decided to break up some of the horse-bit jersery in latest version of the Kwik Sew maternity top by adding a white contrast band and ties (let me note, that the horse-bit jersey is not cheap and is very cooperative to work with). I had picked up this white jersey on he $1 table of Walmart and I’ve realized, there’s a reason it was only $1! Right after cutting the material, the entire piece curled into itself – no matter what I tried I couldn’t get it to lay flat. Finally, after numerous applications of spray starch I got it to lay flat enough that I could work with it (but it immediately curled once it cooled and I picked it up). I’ve never worked with something so stubborn in my life. What I would love to know is how do factories deal with this problem? How does someone sew up material when it curls this badly? I’m guessing this is the reason why you can purchase the same shirt in the same size, but get two completely different fits.
While I figure out what to do next, enjoy some fun links:

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Fabric Out, Fabric In

The weather has cooperated the last few days and temperatures have been fairly mild (we won’t talk about the 20+ degree dip in temperatures and snow we’re having today), so it gave me the opportunity to do something that I’ve been meaning to get to….. painting a lamp:

The photo on the right is how the lamp started out – white with a while lampshade (boring!). Since the baby’s room is decorated in this nursery theme, I decided to paint it the soft green color that appears in the bedding (I did this outside with a NIOSH filter mask). Ahhhh, so much better! So, while the lamp was drying, I headed out to the fabric store…..

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Golden Globes We Missed You

Not only is the writer’s strike causing some of our favorite shows to cease production and start running re-runs, but it also contributed to the disaster called the 2008 Golden Globes. Since celebrities banned together and decided not to attend the event, there were no beautiful gowns to gawk at, knock-off, and discuss the next day. Fortunately, People came up with “What Should the Stars Have Worn to the Golden Globes?” You can now scroll through and envision what your favorite celebrity might have worn. Let’s cross our fingers that the Oscars don’t get canceled, too – besides Britney sights, the celebrity style watch is getting sort of thin!