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Latest Project: A Tiny Toddler Purse

Today, my sweet niece turned 3! I remember when she was first born, holding her when she was just a few months old, and now she’s an intelligent, sweet, caring, beautiful little girl!

I made her a couple of simple skirts last October, including a Minnie Mouse one. Since that has been several months, she’s outgrown them. When she was told that they needed to be put away since they no longer fit well, she was upset – “But aunt Jenn made those for me!” I knew what I had to do – I wanted to make her something new, something she wouldn’t outgrow as quickly.

I searched Pinterest for a tutorial or pattern for a child’s purse and I found the perfect one on Make It, Love It. I’d had experience making bags previously (see here) so I knew this would be pretty simple for me. I went to Joann Fabrics & purchased a couple of fat quarters. I’d stocked up on different types of interfacing several months ago when it was on sale so I didn’t need to purchase that.

It was a fairly simple project and easily completed in a few hours with a couple of breaks in between. The tutorial says it takes just an hour, but it definitely took me 3 times that (at least!). When I finished, I was surprised at just how tiny it is! It is the perfect size for a little girl. The tutorial was well written and SO easy to follow. There were a couple of instances where I was confused, but it was a ‘user error’!

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I can totally see myself making more of these in the future for the little girls in my life. As I do more of these, it will go a lot faster!

I can’t wait to give this to my niece as a gift from her uncle and aunt. I am sure she will fill it with all of the little girly things she can think of! :-)

My Latest Sewing Project: A Messenger Bag!

In my quest to continue to grow in my sewing skills & knowledge, I decided to attempt this messenger bag tutorial by Amber at Crazy Little Projects. My husband graciously accompanied me to Joann’s on Saturday and helped me pick out my fabric. After I picked the main fabric, I was a little stuck while looking for a good coordinating fabric. David was so helpful that I proclaimed him as my “fabric advisor” and vowed to ask him to come with me every time I need to pick out fabrics!

This was my first time working with fusible fleece, and my first time attempting a project of this magnitude. I am so glad I did! There is nothing like wearing or using something that you made yourself!

Let's get ready to rumble!

Let’s get ready to rumble!

I cut my pieces on Monday and finished assembling my bag this morning. I got stuck on a few parts here and there while I was working on it, but Amber was quick to respond to my questions. After I’d stepped away and come back to it, the things that had me stuck ended up making perfect sense! This morning, when I finished my bag, I was so excited! I danced, jumped up & down, & squealed with joy! I couldn’t wait to show my husband!

For those that are interested in the cost for this project, here is the breakdown:
1 yard of fusible fleece$5.09 (normally $8.49, but it was 40% off)
1 yard of flourish flower print$6.99 (normally $9.99, but it was 30% off)
1 yard of baroque damask plum print$5.59 (normally $7.99, but it was 30% off)
Total = $17.67

Coupons and sales definitely help to keep costs down! Having these amounts in my mind will definitely prepare me for future bags that I may want to make (and I do plan to make many more!) I do plan to make other messenger bags, but I will make them smaller! This bag is a little large compared to what I normally prefer, but I still am absolutely fond of it! It is super versatile and can be used as a book bag, diaper bag, a fancy gym bag, & so much more!

Alas! On to the pictures!

My newly finished messenger bag

My newly finished messenger bag!

The inside coordinating fabric

The inside coordinating fabric!

Inside pocket!

Inside pocket for my phone, pens, and pocket change!

Yay!

Yay!

A Sweet Skirt for a Sweet Girl

When David and I first started dating, I visited Austin in December of 2010 to spend time with him. It was during that time that I met his friends, Josh & Christina. They had been in Austin for a few months at that point, having moved here due to Josh being brought on staff at the church as an Assistant Pastor. I was still living in Dallas at that time, so arrangements were made for me to stay with Josh & Christina during my visit. When I met her, Christina & we immediately hit it off and she fast became my closest sister over the next few months. She has been, and is, a sweet & dear friend to me. She & Josh have three beautiful children – 2 boys (3 year old & 5 months old) and 1 girl (2 years old). They refer to my husband as “Uncle Dae-Dae” and to me as “Aunt Jenn”! We love our nephews and niece!

A few weeks ago, while on Pinterest, I found a sewing tutorial for a sweet skirt with lace trim and immediately thought of my niece. I’d received several boxes of fabric (more on the gifts of the fabric AND my sewing machine in an upcoming post!) which included a fabric reminiscent of Minnie Mouse! My sweet niece absolutely loves Minnie so I thought, what a great fabric to use to make a gift for her! I purchased some spools of lace from Joann’s along with some red thread and decided to tackle this project yesterday!

Getting ready to sew!

Lace sewn on!

All done!

All done!

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For a little bit of flair, I mainly used white thread for the project but used red thread on the bobbin. At a few times during sewing, I switched the thread and bobbin colors.

As far as my niece? She LOVED the skirt! She was so excited to see it when I walked in the door. She kept saying “my skirt!” after I put it on her. What a sweet girl, and now she has a sweet skirt! I’m so glad she liked it and I am looking forward to doing some more in the future for other sweet little girls!