Snippets: 12.18.12

Not too much is happening around these parts as of late, but I thought I’d write a quick little post with some snippets from the past week.

Amongst holiday shopping and sprucing up the house for the holidays, I was able to complete a couple more items for the shop:

Another Morgan Pourch, of course. :)

Finally chose some buttons for my second ever Idea Pouch! :) I’m loving these guys. Pattern by Keyka Lou here.

I also worked/am still working on several handmade Christmas gifts, including this little fella:

Kitty Coin Purse.  Took me less than one day total  to complete!

Kitty Coin Purse. Took me less than one day total to complete!

and a Cozy Car Caddy, that looked much like the one posted here at Homemade By Jill, that is filled with awesome little matchbox cars the bf had tons of fun picking out but of which I completely blanked on photographing.

Well I must be off to continue work on my last handmade gift of this year.

Happy Holidays to everyone!

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Productivity in Pouches

It’s been a little over 1 month since I officially opened my Etsy shop; and sales haven’t been through the roof by any means, but they certainly have been more frequent than I was expecting. I’m quite ecstatic that people seem to like the things I’ve made; but I am having to learn to adjust to my fluctuating inventory and come up with ways to restock quality items somewhat quickly and without completely losing my life outside of my day job.

The solution I’ve come up with…

Pouches!

The Morgan Pencil Pouch

The Morgan Makeup Pouch

Metal Frame Pouch

I made all three of the above pouches over the weekend, and two sold within a day!

I still plan to make more of my larger items, I even started and almost fully completed another one of the Idea Pouches that I talked briefly about here (just having a bit of a hard time deciding on the buttons), but I think the quick little pouches make a nice filler to keep the shops inventory attractive to buyers while I work on the bigger things. :)

On a side note, I did get a few projects done around the house over this past weekend, including a skirt for our Christmas tree; but the darn thing turned out so poorly (in my opinion) that I can’t bear to share a picture of it. I will say that I was attempting to follow this tutorial here, and suffice it to say it has been years since I’ve attempted to cut out a snowflake, let alone do into a large piece of felt! Next year, I think I’ll plan ahead and actually sew one; I seem to be much better at that.

Snippets: 12.04.12

Pieced Feather

As usual, this past week was quite busy, but I did manage to get a decent bit of sewing done amidst that busyness.

Over the week nights, I found time to put together this little clutch:

          Feathered ClutchFeathered Clutch - Interior

I used the Envelope Clutch Pattern by Noodlehead and paper-pieced the feather on the front flap (inspiration provided by LRstitched).  Though I love the feather on the outside, the inside of the clutch seems to be my favorite part as the color combination is one of my favorites. It was my first ever attempt at installing a zippered pocket on the inside of a bag; it was really simple to do and I like how the resulting peak of floral fabric around the pocket adds a bit of interest to the otherwise mass amount of solids.

Some time early Friday evening I think it was, I quickly put together this fold over clutch:

Fold Over Pouch

I used the Leather Accent Fold Over Pouch Pattern by LBG Studio, as a guide. I didn’t use any of the pattern pieces provided in the pattern since I only had half a fat quarter to work with, but my construction method was the same. I didn’t take as much care as I typically do, so I have some fixing up to do. I need to straighten up the seams on the outer fabric near the zipper and increase the seam allowance a tad on the lining. But, otherwise, I really like how it turned out and am in love with the cutesy fabric. :)

I didn’t find time to sew over the weekend, but I did enjoy spending time with some friends and my roomies. On Sunday we picked up a Christmas tree and trimmings. For your enjoyment, here’s a pic of our boy lazily enjoying the new addition. He had been adorably snuggled up underneath the tree for a bit, but it didn’t last long.

The Boy and the Christmas Tree: 2012

It’s already Tuesday evening, and I haven’t sewn a line in days; but I’m hoping to get started on a couple of projects for the house and some items for the shop before the weekend begins.

::Fingers Crossed:

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