A Little Elephant Pouch Gift

For the holidays I really enjoyed making handmade gifts for family. I do enjoy a nice quick ‘er’ project than a full quilt every now and then!

This project was a bunch of new! A new pattern, times two, altering a paper pieced pattern, sewing with cork and new quilting pattern.

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The pattern is by Olesya Lebedenko Design and I got it from her etsy shop. She has a lot of cute patterns.  This came in a set of other ‘Jungle Flat Face Animals’. The paper piecing pattern set up is different than I am used to. It’s not set up with the 1/4″ seams shown, so there are more copies required to get the pattern pieces you need. But it still worked. I loved the elephant face, but I didn’t like that the trunk just ended. So I added that on myself. The corners didn’t come together perfectly, but close enough for me. And if you look at at the right angle, you don’t notice it as much! ha!

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Then I had to decide what to do with my little elephant head! This person was already getting pot holders and I’d given them coasters another year… Then I found Sew Sweetness’ Persimmon Dumpling Pouch pattern. And that was that! It’s a free pattern on her blog and even comes with a video tutorial. It’s a really easy make.

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Not too long ago, I was gifted an amazing pouch by a friend in my guild and she had done this awesome quilting on it. (Yes, I still need to share about that!) I was totally inspired by her to do the quilting on this little pouch! The quilting on the back is moreo detailed than in the front. I was planning on doing the back pattern on the front as well, but it seemed like it would be too busy and take away from the elephant.

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The inside uses a contrasting grey fabric. I also love how well this zipper goes. When I saw the zipper I knew I’d be able to use it and this was the perfect project for it!

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And the cork bottom! This wasn’t actually the first time I had used cork. But it is the first time I’ve used it in a pouch and really had to work with it. I’ve ben hoarding my cork fabric for way too long. I finally busted it out and made some wallets and was hooked! Ordered more and have a lot of plans for it now! I love it!

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And that’s my elephant pouch! It’s my Persimmon Dumpling Flat Faced Elephant Pouch!

 

 

Sew-A-Bration of Womanhood!

I have loved getting to know the ladies over at Shaffer Sisters, so when they asked me to participate in their Sew-a-Bration of Womanhood series I was honored!

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The series is hosted by Shaffer Sisters and Call Ajaire and is all about women taking the time to sew for women, whether it’s making themselves something or something for some another woman, and the struggles that sometimes get in our way.

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I know my biggest struggle in sewing for myself is myself! My weight has become a huge struggle for me over the last few years, so making something for my self and getting behind the camera or in front of a mirror isn’t something I get very ecited about! But I signed up to do this and I didn’t want to break my commitment.

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One of the questions the ladies asked was, ‘What has been the biggest challenge with this project? And how did you over come it.’ My biggest challenge is taking the time for myself. I guess in a way all my sewing and blogging and photography is taking time for myself in that it’s all doing things I love. But I rarely make anything for me. Mostly because those darn mirrors…. For 2 years now I’ve been saying that I am going to take more time and sew for myself. And I haven’t done it. That is until I was asked to participate in this event! And how did I overcome it? I just did it! I had a deadline for someone else, and I just did it! Stop and do it!

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Not long ago I won a giveaway from Sew, Mama, Sew for two sewing books. Both were about making clothes for yourself without patterns. One of the books was DIY Couture: Create Your Own Fashion Collection. At first I thought it was kinda silly stuff. But then I started really looking at it and it’s AWESOME! I love it! SO the book has about 10 or so designs. But then each design is detailed a bit different in 6 or so different collections. Basically it gives you a bunch of different ideas of how to detail the basic design to what you want. I made the goddess dress which is 2 rectangles. That’s it!

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It’s a bit shorter than I planned. So I won’t be wearing it to work or anything. But it’s perfect for the beach or a day in the sun! The top part is a bit too narrow, so I want to redo that and make it a bit wider so it’s more comfortable for me to wear without worrying if any body parts are hanging free!!

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But I did it! Finally after all these years of saying I’m going to sew clothes for myself, I finally made me something! And not even that. I made myself something. And I let my picture be taken wearing it. And I posted it. If I can do it, you can do it!

What have you been wanting to make for yourself? I’d love to know! And be sure to check out what everyone is making!

Weekend Whims- Cute Women’s Clothing from the Blogosphere!

Big news here! I did something last week that I have wanted to do since high school. I kept blowing it off as no big deal. That is until Thursday morning, the morning before my scheduled surgery, I woke up freakin’ out. A nervous Nellie I was FOR SURE! I wasn’t questioning what I was doing, but all of a sudden it hit me that what I was doing wasn’t just a little nothing thing to ignore! I had a breast reduction! I’ve wanted and needed it for a long time. I’m sitting here writing this between naps from my pain medications! The surgery went well, but like with any surgery, there’s the painful healing time….

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I’m so excited to not have to deal with the pains of the big boobs. I soooo don’t understand wanting big boobs.. They just hurt! And they don’t make too many cute clothes for those of us that do have them. This year, one of my goals was to make more of my own clothes so that I didn’t dress so blah. But now I had this and am so excited to be able to have my pick of patterns that will look cute!!!

These are some I’ve had my eye on….

1. This easy peasy shirt from Lemon Squeezy Home via Sewing In No Man’s Land is really cute! I had it pinned thinking would be good for the before boobs, but it’s going to look really cute for the after boobs!

2. I just found this pattern for the Amelia Dress on Sew Mama Sew today. Very cute and it would never have fit me before!

3. I think this Front Tie Spring Dress by Make It Love It is totally cute! And before it probably wouldn’t have fit me since I wore the size 5T pattern she has it in, but like she says it could be for kids or adults!

4. I want to try again with the Wiksten Tank. You might remember that I tried it before and wasn’t real excited about it… I don’t think I ever wore it again after those pictures…. I’m excited again!

5. And who doesn’t love the Washi Dress by Made By Rae??? Before I knew there was no way to get the girls in that dress. But now I can try this one too!

6. I’ve been wanting to try out these t-shirt patterns from Sewing the Littleheart Collection.

7. And this dress is cute, too. The One Hour Elastic Dress via Make! I just can’t believe that I might be able to wear a sleeveless dress again… Wow!

I still some work to do on the ‘ole figure, but just knowing that I will have more options this summer is helping pull me through the recovery process. OK, now to take another nap…..