Monday, November 2, 2009

Projects

It seems as though every time I find myself with a little extra "time" on my hands (this means I have a long stretch off from work and I spend the evenings indulging in my hobbies...) I find a boundless amount of energy to do some of the things I enjoy. This past week I worked on sewing together the pieces I had cut out for this beautiful sling bag (which is functional as a purse/diaper bag) that I had been putting off for months. I learned some new things and was ultimately proud that I ended up with a finished product that didn't look like a novice had butchered it. But when my sweet husband kindly announced that it was almost as impressive as his cardboard fire truck I had to bite my tongue and tell him "yes dear... almost..." Complete with a gusseted bottom and pockets conveniently sized for bottles, diapers and wipes (oddly enough this pattern wasn't advertised as a diaper bag...) And large enough to hold an array of various other items.

But as if the bag wasn't enough of a challenge, I also decided to finish a blanket that I had been wanting to make for Aubrey and finally found the perfect combination of fabrics. Pink and brown flannels mixed with a heart-embroidered ultra soft pink "minkie" fabric (which also lines the back.) Cut out the fabric on Monday and put in the finishing stitches Friday night. The finished product is actually about 40x48 inches but I folded it up for picture taking purposes.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well that is a really impressive fire truck.... :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Annie,

I don't know if you remember me, but I was in the Mommy 2 Mommy class with you at Evergreen. I was just looking at your blog and that bag you made is adorable! Where did you get the pattern? Was it very hard? I'm thinking of attempting to enhance my sewing skills :-) Great work and your kids are adorable in their costumes, too! Please email me if you can tell me where you got the pattern. Take care!

Kelli Elmers
krugerkj20@hotmail.com

Kate said...

Very cute Annie. I need to get out my sewing stuff. Espically with the weather cold now it would be something to occupy my time. My sister actually handed down and quilt she has been working on for a very long time. And it has sat in the top of her closet for even longer. I guess the easy part of washing, drying, ironing, cutting, putting the pattern together is done. I just need to sew it together. She thought that she would give it to me to finish before she left the country. How nice of her. :)

Kelly Olson said...

So impressed with your sewing skills. I had no idea!

Matt and Melissa said...

I love your bag. So cute and functional. I am VERY impressed.

Anonymous said...

Can't figure out where you learned to actually "finish" your projects...guess I'll have to give credit to your dad...don't think you learned it from me...smile...very impressive sweet girl!! love you, Mom

Jess said...

Nicely done Annie! That bag is so cute!! Where did you find the pattern? I've decided I need to tap into my creative side :o)

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh Annie - is there anything you can't do!? I love the blanket and the bag and would die to know where you got the instructions for the bag - what a great gift for mom's! (psst - it's also way better than the firetruck ;) Erica

The Youth Pastor's Fam said...

love it!!!! i didn't know you sew too...thus the reason i love blogs, you learn so much about your friends