Category Archives: CRAFTS

To clutch or not to clutch

I’ve always loved the look of clutches, but I’m definitely one of those people that have a hard time with them. I either misplace them, can’t fit in everything I need for the day or simply handicap myself to using only one hand. And yet, here I find myself, tackling the sewing machine again in order to make one. I figure they make a great accessory for date nights and and exciting change to my regular over-the-shoulder bag.

I got a roll of vinyl for half off in the remainders section so I had to adjust my idea to fit 11 inch parameters. A few cuts with my rotary cutter and a ruler and I had a rough two feet rectangle.

Trimmed one end for the flap. The inside of the vinyl isn’t very appealing but I wasn’t too worried, this was mostly a trial run anyways.

Folded over my rectangle, sewed the sides together and added a button and button hole.

And within about 15 minutes I had my very own handmade clutch! I think it needs a stiffer fabric, perhaps leather would hold up better. I also want to try my hand at making my own laptop case – just add a layer of padding sewn inside for cushioning.

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Sewing Adventures

I think I might be getting a little addicted to the sewing machine. We had a huge fight yesterday (how can one bobbin winding misstep cause me so much agony?) but we’re back on track today!


Some more Montana pillows and a little motivation as well. We’ll see how much it inspires me in the mornings. Two-toned back and front pillows add excitement too! You can hardly see it from the front, such a fun surprise when reversed.

Pillows White

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Home Sweet Home

After my confession last week about my sewing abilities I decided to bite the bullet and start doing more crafts that involve, you guessed it, the sewing machine. Up to this point, I’ve been hand-sewing the infamous dinosaurs, but when Krista shared her adventures tackling this post on the Letter 4 blog, I had to give it a go. It took a few tries, but I ended up with a lovely lavender and rice filled “polar bear” that I affectionately refer to as Lavender Butt. (I hesitate to label him as a true polar bear because there’s a bit of special sloth in there as well. Hey, it’s a learning process.)

Lavender Butt

Today I wanted to try another simple sewing machine project and I was inspired by this pillow.

However, feeling a little uninspired I couldn’t think of any phrase I wanted to emblazon upon a pillow for all to see. So instead, I settled with a local favorite, a cutout of our home state, Montana.

I started by simply cutting out my rectangles from an older home-made pillow cover. However, if this isn’t available, just measure your pillow and add one inch to each side to account for the seam. (A 12 x 12 inch pillow would require a front square of 13 x 13.) For the back square, add 4 inches to one side to create the envelope. (A 13 x 17 rectangle.) Fold and pin one one end of each piece for the hem.

Here’s my cutout- a simple shape, but I’m definitely going to try letters next time! Time to get sewing.

The decal, sewn pretty far from the edge, to give it a little texture.

Pin the front and back together, inside with the flap folded inside, and sew around the 3 sides. Reverse and fit around your pillow!

You’ll notice my decal ended up on the same side as my flap. This was not intentional, but I do end up liking the look of it. As Katie said, “It’s wearing a little hat!” Or something of the sort. She also suggested how fun it would be to use different colors fro the front and back, so the flap folds over with a different color. Something to try next time!

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Meet Phil

I’ve never been great at sewing. The extent of my training was a home economics class in middle school whose end project culminated in a handmade pair of boxer shorts.¬†And yet, here I find myself, trying my hand at making my very own stuffed dinosaurs. Meet Phil (I also have a series of cartoons featuring a dinosaur named Phil, but we’ll leave that for another day).

Materials include fabric (I used a sort of flannel/felt mix), stuffing, thread, and pins and a needle.

Cutting out the body.

Sewing him together.

Adding teeth and eyes.

Sewing on the stomach, and turned inside out.

The body all stuffed and sewed up!

Arms and legs being made.

Time for things to get real.

Meet Phil!

The growing army.

Is it sad for a grown woman to make stuffed dinosaurs for no purpose other than that she loves the t-rex? I hope not, otherwise we’re all in trouble…

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