purse

Rosette Clutch

Recently I participated in a super fun handmade gift swap.DSCF7198I whipped up a little clutch for my partner, because really, can you ever have too many?

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The linen rosettes are my favorite part. [warning: baby hands like rosettes too!]

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Cute little interior pocket, for cards and whatnot. I put some lace, fun pink elastic, and fabric inside and sent it along to its lovely new owner [who happens to be the mama of girls, so she'll probably appreciate the lace and pink elastic a little bit more than me!]

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I totally wanted to keep it. So maybe there will be more rosette clutch sewing in my future…

P.S. Who else is doing some major last minute gift making?? My machine has been buzzing non-stop all week, and I have at least one more present left. Or three.

Mama’s Got a Brand New Bag

With the arrival of baby number three, I knew I needed a new purse.  I’m not a big fan of diaper bags, so I like to try to carry a large purse that has everything I need for me and for my littles.  (You can see my first purse attempt from last year here – not bad for my first time making a purse, but I was in need of an upgrade)

This purse is quite big as far as purses go, but it will definitely hold everything I need to take my three kiddos out with me. [Not that I have done that on my own yet... that's crazy talk.  I haven't even been on my own in the house for more than a couple hours!]

Not surprisingly, both of these fabrics were snagged from the remnant’s section at JoAnn’s.  I am a remnant addict.  I feel badly walking up to the counter with an armful of remnants, knowing they have to key in all the numbers by hand.  But I just can’t pass up those good deals!

Inside the purse, I made two smaller pockets on one side, for my phone, iPod, lip gloss, and other small items.  The other side has a larger pocket that is usually stuffed with granola bars, pacis, hand sanitizer, and a slew of other random things.

I can’t make a purse without pockets for sippy cups.  This time around, I decided to use some felted wool (upcycled from an old sweater) for the pockets.  This helps keep any condensation away from the rest of the items in the purse, plus keeps the cups a little insulated.  The wool I used is also stretchy, so there is no need for elastic.

See how much stuff I can shove in this purse?  And really, I probably carry more than this.  I tend to be Mary Poppins with the random things that I can find in my bag.  I once emptied my purse and found 13 granola bars.  No joke.

I didn’t use a pattern, and hopefully I’ll be able to recreate it, because I’m really happy with how it turned out.  These little pleats on each side just might be my favorite part.

I’m slowly figuring out this whole mothering three children thing, but I haven’t figured out how to work some sewing in quite yet.  And I think I may be close to developing a little twitch from sewing withdrawl.

In the meantime, though, this little face is melting my heart and helping to keep that twitch at bay:

photo by Elle Photography

You can see a few more pictures of Emmett on the Elle Photography blog.  [And p.s. if you happen to be in the Southeastern Wisconsin/Chicago area and need a photog, Courtney is amazing]

Here’s where I’m linking up!

The Clutch That Nearly Killed Me

My dear friend is turning thirty, so I decided to finally try to make the gathered clutch from Anna at Noodlehead.

I have seen this clutch many times, floating around the bloggy world.  So many women have made it, so I figured I could handle it.  Oh. My. Goodness.  I had such a hard time with it!  I don’t know if my brain was just a little mushy from caring for my sick kiddos, but I stared at that tutorial forEVER, trying to understand how I was supposed to sew on that zipper.

But I finally got it!

Once I figured it out, I had one of those “duh!” moments.  It definitely should not have taken me so long to figure it out.

I used the same fabric to make the pockets on the inside as I did for the band on the outside.  The outer fabric is a yummy linen that I snagged from the remnants section at JoAnn’s (plus, I had a 20% off coupon, so I got a killer deal!).

I think she’ll love it.
And if she doesn’t, I’ll use it!

Now that I’ve made one, I think making more will be super easy.  Christmas presents, anyone??

Linking up to:

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The Mother of all Purses

When I was pregnant with my youngest, I realized that my current purse was no longer going to cut it.  I hate carrying around a diaper bag and a purse, so with two kids in diapers (because potty training was definitely not happening before baby number two came along), I needed a solution.  Rather than spend my time searching for the perfect purse, I decided to attempt to make my own.

It ended up much bigger than I had thought it would be.  But since I tend to sew like I cook (no pattern, no recipe…), I can’t say I’m too surprised.

I used three coordinating fabrics from Joann’s (with my coupon, I only spent $25 and bought way too much fabric – I see a matching diaper changing pad in my future…)

Inside, I made four large pockets (they are large enough to hold a wipes container) and two elastic cup-holders, that are the perfect size for sippy cups. *Note to self: take pictures of purses before using and becoming incredibly disorganized!

Overall, I’m really happy with how it turned out – not too shabby for my first attempt at a diaper bag purse Mary Poppins bag that can literally hold everything you’ll need for the next three days.