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Infertility Awareness Week – Boxy-Bag

When I saw this tutorial floating around, I knew I’d found a winner. Being thrown head-first back into fertility treatments again I knew that my cycle was going to be all sorts of screwed up again and so I like to have spare “Princess Pads” at my convenience. I’ve been thinking about a bag for a long time but I didn’t know exactly what I wanted. I made one for someone else last year, and it’s pretty awesome but not quite what was in my vision for myself. So when I saw the box bag, I knew this was it – I need something just as cute as the pads themselves to store the pads in!

My first try, last year.

My first try, last year.

Laminate inside, holds 2-3 Princess Pads.

Laminate inside, holds 2-3 Princess Pads.

I spent most of the last weekend on Princess Pads, but after completing 5 of them I decided to attack the bag. I knew I wanted something cute for the outside – probably something heavier than a quilting cotton – and something cute for the inside – something in a laminate for sure.

I ended up going with a Spoonflower kawaii-type rainbows-sunshine-rainclouds pattern in a cotton canvas for the outside and a rainbow-colored apples pattern from the greenhouse collection for the inside (left over from this project).

Cute on the inside AND the outside! Laminate is waterproof and easy to wipe.

Cute on the inside AND the outside! Laminate is waterproof and easy to wipe.

At first the tutorial was really difficult for me to get a handle on. I’m used to kind of glancing over the instructions and getting a feel for what’s going on, and then winging it myself in my own style. I actually had to sit down and read every word of this tutorial to “get it”, and even then my attention wandered periodically and I ended up ripping stuff out when I didn’t follow her directions.

Exceptionally cute handle and pull tab - the instructions worked perfectly.

Exceptionally cute handle and pull tab – the instructions worked perfectly.

Once I got the hang of what was going on, this bag come together beautifully. I went with the default sizes in the tutorial, just because I didn’t feel like I had a good enough understanding to make adjustments. Now that I understand the pattern I’m planning on making one of different dimensions for a different purpose – carting around my injectable vials of several medications and their mixing mediums, plus everything that goes with them – needles, syringes, alcohol swabs, transfer caps, sharps bag, plus all the other oral medications.

Fits about 4-8 Princess Pads - depending on size. There are 2 big, 2 medium, and 1 little in this one.

Fits about 4-8 Princess Pads – depending on size. There are 2 big, 2 medium, and 1 little in this one.

I just want to mention now that it’s Infertility Awareness Week this week. You can find out more about the disease of infertility, infertility etiquette, and what you can do to help at RESOLVE, or the Canadian support site IAAC (even though Canadian Infertility Awareness Week isn’t until May!)

how does your garden grow?

Mine? Not so well. But I look pretty doing it!

This year I made some new gardening gloves from Amy Butler Love home dec and laminates. I drew an outline for the gloves (I still have to get better at this part… some of my glove’s fingers are pretty wonky…) and centered the glove pattern right over the main repeat… sorta like this.

Have I mentioned lately how much I love that designer fabrics are becoming available in different materials? Oh, I have?

Anyways, sew them together, right sides facing. Do exactly the same thing on the laminate, and then slide the inside out home dec inside the right-side-out laminate part. Turn the edges in and sew!

And lucky me, my apple blossoms were blooming… and full of bees.

happy eiffel tower yum yum

Last weekend the DH went and bought a new table. It’s a really nice table, it totally goes with out living room, he did a really great job! But this table has a mostly marble top… unsealed marble at that. It was a clearance table from Ashley Furniture, so someone bought it and returned it, and then we bought it for maybe 1/5th of the prices. It has some rings stained into the marble and he’s working very hard at getting them out, but I’m a very messy person and if someone else managed to mess up the table, I’m pretty confident that I will too.

That’s when I got the idea to make something that can only be described as the love-child of a coaster and a mugrug. I know how much Monica hates the term “mug rug”, which makes it quite funny that I ended up using mostly her fabric (Happy Mochi Yum Yum) to do it!

These over-sized coasters are about the size of a large postcard. I have a large wire eiffel tower in my livingroom so I’ve been collecting fabrics that refer to Paris. The back wraps around to bind the coaster and is made from a laminated cotton with no seem so it’s totally waterproof. The middle is an insulated batting (like you’d use for potholders and oven mitts) to protect the table from hot and cold things.

Lastly, there are five (5!) of them, so I can stack them all together or lay them all out for something big, like a big messy plate!

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