Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Versatile Dresden Tote Bag - Storytime 30's for Riley Blake Designs

I have a confession. I love making bags (can you tell hehehe). Let me tell you friends, this bag doesn't disappoint! When I received Storytime 30's I knew I had to make something so darling and dainty for these adorable prints by Penny Rose Studio for Riley Blake Designs. I'm a total sucker for feedsack reproductions in cute, colorful patterns and Storytime 30s is it!

Look how cute these fabrics are:

Storytime 30s for Riley Blake Designs

Summer is finally winding down for some, but not in my household! It seems that my twins are toddlers forever! They are in their threenager years and oh boy is it awful hahaha! Anytime I get to sew these days is when they are napping or sleeping. Mama is tired! So, I wanted to make a bag for myself, not one where I had to stuff toddler things in (yeah right!), but for all my planners, chocolate, water bottles, ipad, you know MAMA stuff. 

I went with a Dresden design to highlight an old time vibe and used regular natural canvas to give it a sturdy feel. The design of the bag is classic with a modern twist. I wanted the bag to be roomy, yet easy to carry. Not too big, not too small, and I found the perfect size. I may have to make an army of these for Christmas gifts and of course a pattern too! 


Here is the Versatile Dresden Tote Bag:
First side of bag


Side details. I added grommets and  pink suede
 string to expand the size of the bag if needed.



Second side of the bag with larger Dresden pattern.



Side of the bag. I added D-rings to the sides so you can attach a
shoulder strap if needed.


The bag expanded into full tote size. First side of tote bag style.





Second side of tote bag style with larger Dresden.


Detachable shoulder strap.

I added a snap closure backed with leather to make it sturdy.



The inside of the bag has the beautiful Storytime 30s fabric
as well as a zippered pocket.


Storytime 30s fabric for Riley Blake Designs

Storytime 30s fabric is out now, so check your local quilt/fabric shop or online. I hope you enjoyed looking at my bag as I enjoyed making it!

Thanks,

Karen

Friday, July 19, 2019

Mr. Owl and Friends for Riley Blake

Hello friends! I've been on a nostalgic childhood kick of some kind. Is it me or does anyone miss the 1980's when it was a little more carefree? I remember playing dodgeball in the front of my garage with all of the neighborhood kids until it was dark, bowl haircuts because no one cared if your Mommy gave you a homemade haircut, and homemade jello with fresh fruit (or sometimes canned because it was cheaper). Those were the days. Mr.Owl and Friends for Riley Blake Designs surely brought back a lot of missed memories and I was so excited when I was shown this line! 

If your a candy lover or just nostalgic like me, check out Mr. Owl and Friends. He's awfully cute!




For this project, I made my classic Tiny Pincushion which I've finally perfected over the years of making these little guys. In the past, I've used water bottle caps but have now upgraded to clear cosmetic circular cases as the base. A lot of teeny tiny sewing, hot glueing, and rice (?!) was involved in the making. Riley Blake designed Mr Owl with the perfect circle candy badges and candy strips, which makes a perfect print to use on Tiny Pincushions. I also made a small candy pouch to hold all my candy. I'm glad I made it this size because if it was any bigger I would just stuff it with more candy that I shouldn't be eating!

Here's what I made:
















Here is the candy pouch I made:






I hope you enjoyed my project for Mr. Owl and Friends which will be available soon so check your local quilt shops or online.

See you next time!

Karen

Monday, July 1, 2019

Fab-Boo-Lous Candy Fruit Baskets for Riley Blake Designs

Summer is officially in full swing and I'm already thinking of Halloween and Fall hehe. It's okay to be prepared months in advance! Fab-Boo-Lous fabric by Dani Mogstad for Riley Blake Designs has the cutest, dainty Halloween prints, in softer Halloween colors with pale lavender, pretty orange, and black and white to bring it all together. 


Fab-Boo-Lous Fabric


I made a pair of quilted Candy Fruit baskets to showcase each cute print. I was able to sew them and photograph them in the most wonderful setting a sewer can dream of - Vermont. The setting was idyllic, dreamy, and just stunning. Please enjoy!

Here is what I made:


Quilted Candy Fruit Baskets









Here is the second basket:













And here is the most magical place on earth where I was able to make the baskets:


Goshen, Vermont



I hope you enjoyed my baskets and it gives you the inspiration to take a project and make them during your travels. It really makes the project even more special!

Fab-Boo-Lous is available now, so check out your local fabric stores or online!

Thanks!

Karen