(Every time I look at this print I find something else even cuter than the last time. I just saw the little Thriller MJ! I’ve got to order more of this for myself, for a bag or something. In canvas I think.)
Posts tagged ‘ispy’
so, as promised, here are the pics of the i spy bag that i made:
enough with the pictures, let me tell you about it now! firstly, i feel bad because i don’t really remember where i saw this first. it might have been here: http://sarivalsisters.blogspot.com/ … it looks kind of like the picture i have in my head. I know it talked about putting the label on the back, which i didn’t do.
anyways, the owl fabric is from Ann Kelle’s Urban Zoology, I used very little: a single two inch strip from a full bolt-wide piece. the other fabric is just a packaged fat quarter piece i picked up on clearance at Michaels… i thought they went together quite well!
I first created a rectangle with the strips… all horizontal and then a small left over piece of owl fabric vertical on the end, for interest. i lined the entire piece with more of the squares fabric, and then quilted along the seams. I folded both ends in, sewed the plastic window between them, sewed along the sides leaving a gap, filled it up, and closed the seam.
now, the most important part: what did i learn?
- I got so excited about using my machine again that i forgot that the best stitch to use on plastic is anything except a straight stitch… and i used a straight stitch. it seems to be holding, i hope it’s ok. i’m seriously considering pulling it all out and doing it again because i’m giving it to a 5 year old with special needs.
- the gap for filling shouldn’t overlap plastic. it’s virtually impossible to hand sew the plastic area closed without tearing. it was at that point which i remembered the part about the straight stitch.
- i think i filled it a little bit too full. just a little bit. you need enough in there that it hides the things that are in there, but enough open space that you can move things around.
- i meant to add glitter, but i forgot. i think i’m going to have to experiment with glitter first, i just get the feeling that it’s going to stick to the plastic until there’s just a wall of glitter that you can’t see through.
needless to say, i made it for a 5 year old, but i love it so much that i want to keep it. is the baby seal not the cutest thing ever???
In other news, i made an outfit for my husband’s xmas party on the weekend. he actually helped me finish it 😀 i love it, everyone else seemed to love it. it’s loud, but it’s very me, and i think this was the most comfortable i’ve ever been at a semi-formal event like this. I asked my husband to take a picture of the outfit, which was mostly skirt, and he cut the picture off mid-thigh. oh well, you get the idea, i’m sure. it’s blurry because it was low lighting and was taken with my blackberry. we made the skirt and the shawl, i think i paid 4$ for the shirt at a boxing day sale last year 😀
here’s a new update on the spoonflower i-spy!
i also received an email requesting address info and co-ordinating payment… w00t w00t! i’m SO excited, and i should actually have some time to work on it by the time they get here!
Take a look HERE to see my spoonflower fabrics that have arrived at their destination! Susan over at crafterhours was kind enough to facilitate international participation in the ispy swap by letting us ship our fabrics directly to her and agreeing to cut them up for us! yay! I’ve heard that there is a USPS strike? All I know is that it’s been taking 3-4 weeks to get anything from the States… you’d think Canada was on a different planet!
Additionally, I came home at lunch to find my own little spoonflower surprise!