Ok, ignore that last published post with just photos if you subscribe. Whoops;)
The winner of the Christmas fabric is Paddy Anne! Thank you to all who contributed by adding their favorite patchwork gift tutorial. I’ve created a ‘Gifts to Sew’ Pinterest board for you all to check out with my favorites of your suggestions.
Quite a few of you linked to box pouch tutorials, so I thought I’d share what I’ve been up to as a little end of the year post.
At our Birch Bay retreat we started making pouches. The time spent building out the panels made me think about all the quilted stuff I had packed away just waiting to be recreated.
Some long forgotten pillows and bags have been reimagined into zip pouches that turned out amazingly.
I think the improvisational curves one is my favorite.
I never liked these panels as a bag, but I’m loving their reincarnation. I had used duck cloth to line these when they were a bag and their structure turned out to be the best of all of them, but a little more fussy when it came to boxing the corners.
This one just has so many great fabrics.
I love all the color and details. I used a mix of techniques I found in a load of online tutorials.
And guess what? I created a Pinboard for those too:)
So I guess that’s it for the year Peeps. We’ve had a good one. With the challenges of ALS in our family, my brother in law’s smile at seeing us and the positive attitude he exhibits encourages us to take advantage of our happy places and ditch the rest. While ALS has entered our lives so have his amazing group of friends, enlarging our family circle with impeccable timing.
In honor of Jeremy, I encourage you to “reach for your best feeling thought” each and everyday.
See you in the New Year:)
What a great idea – to take something you made but might not use & then use it to create something even better! hmmmmmmmm . . .
Is your gerbil racing?!
Ha! I never heard that before, but, yes, exactly.
Such beautiful gifts. Merry Christmas to you and your family! 🙂
and to you;)
Elizabeth Bolton says
Love the snowfall on this page – and your gifts are wonderful!
Thanks Elizabeth. Hope your season is bright!
Amy H says
I love the feather tote bag! Such great colors.
Thanks, the color way was a little out of my comfort zone.
Martina "Mortl" Guttenberger says
Hi Katie, Your tote bag is awesome. You should devote a class to it. I haven’t gotten any further with my quilted pillows because we are still in temporary housing w not a lot of room and a too tiny table and on top uneven. Keep the inspiring images coming, Martina (one if your former students)
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Thanks Morti! Perhaps I’ll see you in my new studio one day soon;)
In The Boon Docks says
Your pouches turned out beautiful! Have a happy holidays and new year!
and you as well;)
such beautiful gifts 🙂 Have a great holiday
Have a great holiday Lerry;)
I do love your pouches! They are incredible. Tomorrow I am making pouches and was wondering if you would share your changes when putting in the zipper. I have also viewed a ton of tutorials on pouches, but would love to know your changes. Thanks Have a Wonderful Holiday and see you next year.
I just center the zipper and when it comes to sewing the seam on the ends of the pouch make sure you open it first! Good luck;)
p.s. one of the most popular boxy pouch tutorials forgets to mention that you need to open the zipper, so pay attention so that you can actually turn the pouch right sides out when done;)
Thank you for your inspiration. I enjoy your posts very, very much.
Thanks for making my day;) Have a good holiday!
Pat S says
Oh, these photos just made me groan. I love all of them!! Thanks for your encouragement to reach for your best feeling thought each day. It’s a good reminder that everyone has challenges but attitude goes a long way towards meeting them.
Thanks Pat. We remind ourselves a lot in our house that all our problems are first world problems;)
Nicole Neblett says
Great repurposing, Katie! Happy New Year!
loved the pillows and love the bags. your work is always so delightful!
and oh my gosh thank you for putting together all those tutorials/ideas/executed projects on your Pinterest page! and reminded me of how much i loved that patchwork Halloween bag you made.
oh Wow!! I just logged in from being away on holidays and found that I have won the Christmas Fabric – Thank you Very Much!!
oops!!! Sorry, it looks like my full name didn’t make it on my comment! I’m sorry it took me so long to discover that I am a winner, I was away on holiday and tried to stay away from “technology” as well .. lots of puzzles and book reading 🙂 my email address is email@example.com I will pay for postage as I am BC, Canada. Thank you again!! 🙂
Wowzers!!! I just found out that I won the Christmas Fabric – Thank You Very Much!! It is much appreciated and I will make something very special with it. 🙂 Thank you again! 🙂 🙂 🙂
Beech Tree Lane Handmade says