Twin Baby Blankets and Totes

12583955_1099086010104429_1861946937_n-001Twin Baby Blankets and Totes

I’ve reached an age in life when all of the kids of my friends are having babies. Okay, maybe I’ve been that age for a little while now, but I like to think it just happened. 😉

Recently I received an invitation to a baby shower of one of those kids. They were expecting twins! I knew I wanted to make something, but since they lived in another state I didn’t want to break the bank with shipping charges. I started digging through the possibilities.

My friends are always giving me hand-me-down craft supplies, and the mother of the father-to-be is no exception. I usually get a box or two every time she visits. The goodies range from stuff she no longer uses to things that belonged to her mother or mother-in-law. That’s when I had my light bulb moment. I decided to make matching baby blankets using a WIP that had either belonged to her mom or MIL.

DSCF6350I was excited to find the beginnings of a Dresden Plate quilt top, extra blocks in various stages of completion and extra fabric for what still hadn’t been completed.

I was a little nervous because it was vintage fabric and it did not look like it had been washed prior to the stitching that was already done. I threw everything in the washer and crossed my fingers. I was just sure it was going to come out with bleeding all through it, but absolutely nothing was tinted. Yay!

The quilt top had already been started, but since I wanted two baby blankets I needed to take sections apart, rearrange and add more borders.

There was not enough of any one fabric to use as the backing, so I did need to buy that and also the batting. There was also not enough time to quilt, so I satisfied myself with just tying.

DSCF6354Those extra blocks kept screaming about not being left behind, so I whipped up tote bags to put the blankets in.

Then the day of the shower arrived…and so did the babies. Yep, the best laid plans… :) The new daddy stepped up though and became the guest of honor.

12583955_1099086010104429_1861946937_nSpeaking of the best laid plans…my friend does not recognize the fabric or the quilt project. Go figure. LOL! I told her we need to come up with a good story.

Enjoy!

Festival Totes-The Tutorial

10-festival toteFestival Tote

12-totesThe tutorial for the festival totes I posted last week has been published on FaveCrafts.

11-festival toteYou can find the tute here.

Enjoy!

Festival Totes

10-festival toteFor this project I kinda veered away from my vow of not accumulating anything new until I used up some of the things I already had, but…I was gifted with a bag of fabric from a friend that I just couldn’t say no to. I mean, come on, it was free fabric!

11-festival toteI made one of these bags years ago and called it a festival tote because it is so big and convenient for carrying just about anything on-the-go. It’s gone to fairs, to festivals, on vacations and even down in the fraidy hole during tornado warnings.

Isn’t that fabric delicious? Thank you, Faith! I think she said it was left over from curtains.

09-festival toteIt has four tabs to criss-cross and close the top.

12-totesSince I can’t ever make just one of anything, I redeemed myself somewhat by using fabric I already had to make multiples of the tote. I love, love the tote I made using a pink chenille bedspread. Which one is your favorite?

13-totesIn anticipation for spring and summer festival season, I’ve already taken them, and a few smaller ones, to the local store where I sell my crafts.

Enjoy!

Denim Skirt Tote Bag

I’m still busy with my yard sale, so with that in mind I have another transformation of a yard sale find.

Denim Skirt Tote Bag

While on one of my yard sale adventures I found this cute denim mini skirt. It was obviously too small for me, and a bit short for anybody, but that didn’t stop me from seeing the possibilities. I decided a skirt tote bag was just the ticket. I have made jean totes before, but they always look like you’re carrying your butt on your shoulder. The length of a jean tote can also be hampered on the distance between the waist and the crotch. The curves on the bottom of jean butts also make it difficult to cut and sew a straight line along the bottom edge of the bag. With a skirt, these issues were non-existent.

You can find my tutorial here.