Favor Bags

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favor bags

Here are the favor bags, I’ve worked on for my daughter’s upcoming wedding. I completed 100 of them. I need about 20-30 more. Just another little thing to help make her day wonderful.

Sewing Hiatus

sewing cat

Well, my break from sewing should be coming to an end soon. I’ve spent the beginning of the year on a self-improvement mood. I’ve have kept myself busy reading motivational type books. But the bliss of my sewing room is calling so, I find myself thinking of projects I want to do.

This week I will start off my doing mending and altering a couple of blouses for a friend. Then, I’m going to work on the favor bags for my daughter’s wedding. Will keep you posted.

Reflection on 2013

sewing lady

Thought it was about time to reflect on all of the different types of craft projects worked on in 2013. In total I made 90 different projects. The bulk of these were sewn. Others were either knitted, crocheted or embroidered. After retiring, I took a silk embroidery class wherein I worked on embellishing t-shirts. Here’s an example …

Wisteria Close Up

From my adventures with my sewing machine I made several scrub sets for one of my daughters. I made several short dresses. A multitude of lap quilts were also made. Then there were fun items like the Japanese Knot bag, pin cushions, quilted baby bibs, aprons and hostess towels. My needle escapades included knitted or crochet afghans and baby blankets. Novelty gift items included a crocheted produce bag.

As the year ended, my girlfriend and I participated in our first craft fair. We were delighted with the success of our booth.
Three Crafters

Once the craft fair was done, I set about cleaning and organizing my craft room. Now, I’m set for 2014.

Craft Fair Experience

So my girlfriend and I decided that we would participate in our first craft fair. We found one we thought would be great. The Craft Fair was held on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday.

We were assigned Booth 15, a corner booth.

We were assigned Booth 15, a corner booth.

My girlfriend, Elaine Chow Christian, made polymer clay anthurium Christmas tree ornaments in two sizes. Each one is handmade with love.

Elaine decorating her tree.

Elaine decorating her tree.

Here’s another look at her tree.
Elaine's Anthurium Tree
Amongst Elaine’s also sold necklaces, placemat and cloth napkin sets, appliqued Satin pillows, and e-Reader covers. Here’s a look at her table.

Waiting for the crowds

My husband joined us in this endeavor. Here are pictures of our table and some of the hand knitted, crocheted and quilted blankets.
showcasing our crafts


4-corner apron

Some little one will be happy with this clown. A grandmother bought it for a Christmas present.
Clown pillow

Clown Pillow

Clown pillow

In looking through my crafting supplies I found this adorable clown pillow.  So, I cut it out, stitched it up, and stuffed it.  It goes onto my craft fair table.  Hope it will make some little one happy.

Japanese Knot Bag

I wanted to make a little bag to use when I go out for my mall walk or just running errands.  After searching the web, I found this one online.

Online Find

Online Find

So after down loading the pattern (pattern can be found on Helen Heath’s site–www.helenheath.com) and putting it together, I was ready to cut out my bag using two pieces Fat Quarters.  I liked the green and black circles and used a solid olive green fabric for the lining.  Following the directions, I used an iron interfacing.  Instead of using cardboard in the circle bottom, I used a piece of green felt.  I added a couple of circular sewing lines for a quilting effect.  The trick to assembling this bag is the handles.  That took some time.

My Japanese Knot bag Japanese Knot Bag 3  My lining looks black but it is actually an olive green.  My bag is big enough to hold car keys, wallet and cell phone.  Used it today during my mall walk and errand run.  Pretty nifty.

Tea Towel Apron

Touch of Christmas

Touch of Christmas


Had several Christmas tea towels lying around in my stash bin.  So, I found a pattern for a Tea Towel Apron.  Stumbled onto a wonder sewing blog, imaginemakebelieve.com.  The site is designed to help young girls create simple sewing projects.  Once such project is called Tea Towel Apron.  The site offers a free pattern.  I used quilt binding for the waist ties.  I made my ties 27 inches in length.  The neck band was made from a 24 inch piece of double fold bias.  Sewed closed the long sides and the short sides and just attached.  On the inside I put a 6 inch hidden pocket.  Thought it would be a neat way to hold a tissue or a cell phone.  Another item for the craft fair.


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