Sunday, August 30, 2009

Three Way Bag

Yes it really is just one bag. One bag, three different looks. How fun is that, one bag for every mood. This is a pattern from a Japanese book. It was one of those you had to draft your own pattern from a diagram. Of course, this makes it easier for design changes. I prefer a shoulder bag, so I made the handles longer. I also wanted a completely reversible bag. The list of possibilities goes on and on. There are a few more changes I'd like to try. Hope I get around to it soon.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Ladybug, Ladybug

Remember that poem from when you were little. I was reminded of it while putting together this table. My daughter needed a project table for her classroom. We bought the table top and legs from Home Depot. They were raw wood. My husband cut down the legs a bit so that it was child-sized. Then we sanded and primed it. My daughter thought long and hard about how she wanted it painted. She couldn't decide. One night I had a dream, in full color, that the table was painted turquoise and red. I love that combo. Of course she wasn't sure about it. But I had a dream. The turquoise paint is leftover from painting the bathroom. I love that color. Maybe I mentioned that already. Anyway while buying the red paint she found the cute ladybug stencils. Her classroom has a plant and bug theme to it. Ladybugs are a perfect fit. If I still had little ones I would love to put this table in their room. Too cute!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Charm Square Purse

This is a bag I see frequently in Japanese books and magazines. It is made from 17 squares. I used a charm square pack (Clementine by Moda). The 5" squares make a nice size bag. Or a least I really like it, not too big, yet big enough. The extra squares from the charm pack can be used to make pockets on the inside and/or the handles. If you don't have a charm pack, you can use leftover pieced squares from a quilt or even make some just for this bag. You can use a different size square to make a different size purse. It is a very versatile pattern. I plan to post a tutorial on how to put it together as soon as I edit the pictures.