Friday, January 30, 2009

The Train Bag is finished!

Between customers at the store, along with this-n-that, I finally finished the train diaper bag this morning! All I need to do is wait for the purchaser to send the greeting card to include and it will be going to its new owner!

I made the handles a bit longer, so that when worn on the shoulder, the bag rests at the hip area. IMO, that makes it much easier to reach in and get something when you're holding the baby.

Today, I tried my hand at this little wallet. I used the tutorial so generously posted by ReFabulous on her blog. I have been admiring her paperback cover wallets for quite some time.

I didn't have any suitable paperbacks, so I improvised.

I fused fabric to cardstock, and then followed her directions. This wallet is nowhere near perfect, because I messed around and let the vinyl slip a little on the folds. I didn't have the actual written directions at the store with me, and I forgot to use the tissue paper. Oh, well! It will still work for me!

Here's the inside! This was a fun little project, and I do thank ReFabulous for sharing her tutorial with us!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Just sewing up a storm!

I've been working on a custom diaper bag this afternoon. I had to send my hubby back to Walmart to get some more of the goldish fabric, since the piece of fabric I had bought wasn't straight on one end, which made the fabric about 2" too small to finish cutting out my pattern! GRRR! I also needed more innerfacing...looks like I'm going to have to start buying innerfacing by the bolt!

Anyway, I got the outer shell of the diaper bag embroidered and finished. Tomorrow, I plan on making the lining and finishing it. The new fabric is being washed as I type. Whether it actually gets finished tomorrow depends on how busy my store is. It was pretty busy this afternoon!

I hope the FTC sees the light and changes their new rules so I can offer these in my future Etsy shop after February 10th!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Taking the Etsy Plunge!

I'm still sewing, along with running the store, and I'm now planning to open an Etsy shop!

I'm trying to come up with a good Etsy user name, since the one I WANTED to use is already taken. I also need to add to the inventory. So far, I only have a couple of things ready to list.

Here is a custom-ordered diaper bag I made last week. I love the chocolate and pink colors together!

I had enough fabric left to make a purse organizer. I tweaked my pattern a bit, to add a space to hold an unsharpened pencil...which is used to hold a key ring! No more searching the bottom of the bag for keys! No more having to make sure the key ring is clipped to a loop or key holder! Just slip the keyring over the top of the pencil. When you need to get your keys out, when you feel the pencil, you know you've found your keys!

See how it works? You simply load your essentials into the pockets, roll it up, and place into your purse. When you're ready to change purses, just pick it up and place inside the new purse! This organizer already has a new home that I'm shipping it to.

The next organizer would be perfect for a teacher! When I get my Etsy shop open, I will be listing this...if I don't sell it locally first!

Here it is, loaded and rolled up! The accessories in the pockets will NOT be listed with the organizer, but I WILL include a new yellow #2 pencil!

If anyone can think of a really cool name for my Etsy shop, I'd appreciate hearing it!