I just came across some handmade pieces that my daughters had sewn when they were young. These little bits of our past have lasted though moves as well as time. It's so very nice to come across things that send you back in time.
After I finished my first green bags I looked around for other fabrics and started making more. With some of them I placed the design in the center while others I cut a bit more randomly. I really like the center design because it draws the eye in and the fact that the design is so simple almost goes unnoticed. Only a few more bags to go to finish this sewing tangent.
Simple Shopping Tote I have been wanting to make shopping totes for some time now. This took little time (under an hour) and used only 3/4 yard of fabric, so it was quick and cheap. Best of all it's good for the environment and good for me, no more plastic! DIRECTIONS *Cut handles 20" x 3 1/2" *Cut 1 piece for bag 40" x 20" *Pin handles right sides together and sew *Turn handles inside out and iron with seam in the middle *French seam sides *Take bottom point and rotate seam to the middle and pin *Sew 3" from bottom point creating a triangle, do the same with other side *Turn top edge under twice and iron *Insert handles under top edge on both the front and back of bag *Sew down *Turn handles up and sew down. The bag can be left as is or a piece of cardboard can be cut to fit the bag bottom. It might be best to sew a vinyl cover for the cardboard so that it can be easily cleaned.
Making Things Garland I asked my sewing students to think about what they liked best about making things. Once they wrote their thoughts I placed each on an eight sided star and laminated them. Between the kids thoughts we added tissue mosaics that they had made.
Sewn Photo Garland I had about 150 photos of my sewing students and wanted to display them in a way that they could be clearly seen. I sewed each child's photos in a set and hung them in swags. It worked out nicely because at the end of the event each child could take their photos home.
Diane from CraftyPod tagged me for the "7 Random Things About yourself"
1. I was born and raised in Alaska and we homesteaded for a time when I was young. I went back a few years ago and as awestruck at the majesty of Alaska, I had lived in it all those years but had not seen it.
2.I am a minimalist in most parts of my life except when it comes to craft, sewing and event materials. I keep everything just in case you never know it just may come in handy some day.
3.I hope to start a non-profit in Mauritania helping artisans with seed money, design assistance (using their designs to appeal to western market) and the basics of business.
4.I love walking at sunrise to catch the first light of day.
5. I always hated art in school and never felt artistic or creative. It took a long time to see that there were other models for creativity.
6. I love foreign films and all films visual and reflective. 7.One of my favorite books is "The Man Who Planted Trees" by Jean Giono. It is a lovely story and lesson for life, one person can make a difference.