It's been non-stop sewing around here...and there is still so much to do! I have at least come to accept the fact that at some point tonight I'm just going to have to put all of the sewing away. First, though, I need to get my Vintage Modern "Sugar Dish" quilt bound since it's a Christmas gift.
I've seen a lot of really great double zipper bags on-line lately and have been wanting to try one. On Friday I tested out two patterns. The first pattern was a complete disappointment...I really didn't think the pattern was very well-written; it had few diagrams and didn't at all address ways to sew a bag with professional results. I was determined to get this right, so I tried another design and downloaded this amazing pattern, The Essential Wristlet, by Erin Erickson.
I can't say enough good things about this pattern. The pattern offers two different sizes and also offers the additional zip pocket as an option. There are clear photographs for each step, and if you follow along you'll be able to sew a bag with professional results. I love that my phone fits in either the outer zip pocket or the inner pocket. I think this will be a great little bag to take along when I don't want to take my whole purse--and yet it's roomy enough to take all the other essentials: keys, chap stick, money, etc. I will be adding a wrist strap to this bag after Christmas as well.
I also just had to sew these tumbler blocks together made with Tasha's amazing collection The Simple Life. I'll get back to this project after the holidays.
Finally, I've been spending quite a bit of time on these little house ornaments by Retro Mama. The other night I decided I wanted to give each of my children and a few friends a homemade ornament this year. So Saturday afternoon I began assembling these little homes!
All I have left is to stitch close the openings I used for stuffing. They have been a lot of fun and each have their own little personality. I'm only keeping one for me...it will be hard to decide which one I want!
Thanks so much for stopping by...I hope you are enjoying your weekend and hope you have the merriest of holidays!
I'll be taking a break for a couple of days to enjoy Christmas with my family but will be back in a few days!