Friday, January 4, 2013

Handkerchief tote bag

Here's a very simple project that I did with my Girl Guides (ages 9-11) last year.  They did it as part of their needlework/sewing badge.  The girls were able to get it done on the same meeting that they learned to use the sewing machine (with some help, of course).  If you were doing it on your own, you could probably finish the whole thing in well under 10 minutes.

It makes a cute little gift bag.

Here's how you do it:

Start with 2 handkerchiefs, the same size.  Pin them together, right sides facing (not shown).  Draw a line 2-3 inches from the edge.  Cut along this line to create the strip for the handle (the exact placement of this line is not critical -- just eyeball it).

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Origami frog!

Please excuse yet another non-sewing related post.  This is just something else I had to share.

This origami frog has provided countless hours of entertainment for children (and non-children) I've known.  It's great for warding off boredom when all you have is paper and limited space.  It's less disruptive than paper airplanes and considerably more fun than a paper crane.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Adding a drawstring closure to a yoga bag

Last week, I figured out another (hopefully simpler) way to make the drawstring closure on a yoga bag.  Here's the bag I made today using this new (and hopefully improved) method.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Pencil case / camera pouch

This is a joint effort between me and Sahar.  She started it as a pencil case.  When I saw the pieces in my fabric stash the other day, I figured it would be a good replacement for the camera bag I sadly lost a few weeks ago.  So now it's my new camera pouch.  :-)  (don't worry, Sahar doesn't mind)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Beautiful Thanksgiving Weekend II

We went to Etienne Brule Park to watch the salmon run today.  I wasn't able to capture any pictures of the fish jumping but I did get some birds and trees.  Enjoy!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Beautiful Thanksgiving Weekend

This has nothing to do with sewing, but it is about Toronto...

We are in the midst of a beautiful Thanksgiving long weekend in Toronto right now.

Yesterday, Aunty and I took advantage of the beautiful day and finally used the Groupons I had bought in April for Toronto Harbour Tours.  Our ship captain and first mate, Caroline and Rob, gave us a very entertaining tour of the harbour as they took us to the Toronto Islands.

View of Toronto from Deep Pike Cut (one of the channels between islands).

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Baby bag

I'm meeting my friend for lunch tomorrow.  She had a baby a few months ago and this will be the first time I meet him.  I didn't know what to make for a baby gift, so I reverted to my old stand-by: a bag.  It's one of the few things that I can make well enough to give as a gift.  And you can always use a bag, right?

It's a lined tote bag with pockets on the inside.  My sister-in-law has a bag about this size that she uses fairly often.  When she's taking my nephew out, she'll use it to carry his water bottle, a diaper, his hat, a sweater and a couple of snacks.



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