Thursday, January 19, 2012

Christmas through the Year

my fabric choices-
I decided not to save this one for Christmas-
 its a little too springy!

Every year I say- "this year I will make an ornament or a gift every month so I will be ready at Christmas time"and of course it  never ever happens! I do enjoy the rush of trying to get things done but imagine how much more I could get done if I had some things already done! (that's a lot of "dones" for one sentence!) This year I have some bloggy land help! Cheryl and Darlene are hosting Christmas through the year with tutorials & motivations all year long! I found them through one of my dear friends from Christmas to the Max who happened to mention that her sister Barb was joining bloggyland and following these ladies thru the year. I tell ya I found all sorts of fun things to do! I found this tutorial from Thimbleanna whilst bouncing around these blogs on Thursday and printed it off to take home! I had some "me time" on Saturday so I actually did some of them! It only took me twice through Beauty and the Beast to make it! I had so much fun making it that I decided to teach my mom and sister how to make one and I am making a mini one as well. (I had to stop sewing the mini one last night because I was too busy watching Courageous to pay attention to the sewing. Didn't want to have to rip out seams or remove the needle from my fingers)
this fabric came from my Bevy stash of Fat Quarters
 My bag is a little taller than I wanted. Obviously I didn't measure twice and cut once!- it kinda looks like a Bible cover (for a short fat Bible)-I of course did NOT follow directions completely and I was too lazy to go get my rotary cutter, the next bags will be simpler to make if I use the proper tools!  I gotta tell you - I am in love with this bag and the mini one is turning out rather cute too!

Hey Bevy- Can you see Moe and Curley? I think Larry is hiding!

The zipper went in very easily and I didn't even use the zipper foot- mainly because my needle would have broken- the foot is not the right one for my machine (garage sale special.) Thank You Thimbleanna for a great tutorial!

I love the little tab on the end- I almost didn't add it but I am glad I did!

Before the needle broke-
good thing Lou's favorite sister has a stash of needles!
Lou's bag (which would have been finished had the needle not broken on her machine) is so sweet and feminine-  I haven't started Mom on her bag yet - hopefully next week? 
Anywhoo I will have a cute little goofy bag for my Christmas stash- watch for more Christmas gift ideas right here! You are more than welcome to join us - it will be very nice to have 12 gifts all ready when December rolls around!



I did start in January and had rather high expectations for me. I am just finishing #13 of the queen-sized afghans which just happens to be yours. It was a real labor of love for each of you and hopefully you will remember me and say a prayer for us when you fall asleep.

Thimbleanna said...

Thanks for the shout out Bobbie. Your bags look great -- I love the fabric you've chosen! And I especially love that you added that little shoe clip to a later version -- very, very clever!!!