Friday, May 11, 2012

Drawstring Bags by jenib320
Drawstring Bags, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
Hi there! Apologies for the quietness this week. I got buried in vintage sheets, hehe! Thanks for your support of my sale, it went great! Just a few more orders to get out the door Monday! Okay, here comes a long post! :)

It had been 2 months since I had made any new drawstring bags, but after seeing Terri's, Nova's, and Monica's bags, I got itching to make some more! I made two sizes, the Project size (found in the pattern), and the Everything size (found in the tutorial).  I used a mixture of favorite and new fabrics! I love having new bags to circulate, you can never really have too many.  You can see all the bags close-up and the fabrics I used in my flickr stream: here, here, here, and here!

You can find the tutorial here, and the pattern (with all 8 sizes), here.

New Top by jenib320
New Top, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
Managed some garment sewing this week too! I've been saving this Innocent Crush voile for a while now and it was finally time to use it. Originally I was just going to make a tank, but as I've now accumulated a lot of tanks I thought I'd do something with sleeves! I love the shape of the Wiksten tank, so I added sleeves to it instead of finishing the arm holes.  I used the sleeve from the Scout Tee by Grainline. It actually worked out pretty well!

Pattern: Wiksten Tank by Jenny Gordy, Fabrics: Innocent Crush by Anna Maria Horner.

Sunday Morning Quilts by jenib320
Sunday Morning Quilts, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
Last night was the Sunday Morning Quilts book signing at The Sewcial Lounge! I got to see Anna and meeting Amanda Jean was so fun, she's super sweet and her quilts are beautiful! I left feeling so inspired to dig into my scraps! And look what else came home with me! A bunny scrap!! I have a bit of this sweet print in pink from Christina, and now a little yellow from Amanda! I do love my bunny fabrics! I spent some more time perusing the book last night, it's really lovely!

Fabric by jenib320
Fabric, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
A little happy mail today! More fabric for clothes: Prince Charming by Tula Pink, Innocent Crush by Anna Maria Horner, and Farmington by Martha Negley.

Lilac by jenib320
Lilac, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
I have found myself really drawn to this lilac color recently! I couldn't help but pull a few things together, I miss taking fabrics photos like this! :)

Fabrics: Far Far Away by Heather Ross, Sugar Pop by Liz Scott, Weekends by Erin McMorris (middle 3), Promenade by Riley Blake, Echo by Lotta Jansdotter. Nail polish is Essie Splash of Grenadine, Thread is Gutermann #913.

:) by jenib320
:), a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
I did a little rearranging that allowed me to bring some extra cuteness into my sewing room! I snatched up this vintage Coke crate at a garage sale last summer and it's the perfect size for displaying a few little treasures.  Here is proof that I am 23 going on 5! Hehe :)

The top are Lalaloopsy dolls, then Hello Kitty mega blocks, and finally Unazukin dolls!

George by jenib320
George, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.

Finally, last week Michelle of Mrs. Sew & Sew asked my opinion about quilting with vintage sheets! I was happy to share my thoughts, you can read them here!

Today I love the..
Smell of: Clean kitchen
Sound of: Spongebob
Taste of: Fruit salad
Sight of: Sunshine
Feel of: Having the windows open!

Good Things about Today:
- Had a sesame seed bagel this morning!
- Happy mail!
- Finished my top!
- George is being extra sweet!


  1. Ooh! I'm excited to see what you do with that Farmington print! I just saw that Amber from one shabby chic had some of that fabric as well in different colors. It's gorgeous! And you aren't the only one going on five years old. As we speak I am wondering which Disney movie I should watch tonight while I cut fabric to make a few more of your drawstring bags for birthday gifts this summer :)

  2. I just bought that same color nail polish today! Love the bags...what do you use them for?

  3. I love those colors too! So fresh and happy. Your little collection of sunshiney things sure makes me smile!

  4. One of these days I am going to get some patterns and make myself some clothes again, used to do it all the time when I was young... like you and easy to fit, it might be a big challenge now though. :)
    Love the coke crate and what you did with it! Fun. :)

  5. I have that bunny fabric, too! I collect bunny fabrics :) I have a super-special one that I am about to cut up for a special project, and I am all nervous about cutting up my bunny fabric! Does that ever happen to you?

  6. Is that Hello Kitty duct tape too in the picture or is it packing tape? I can't tell in the picture. I love Hello Kitty. I wanted the Mega Block but the kids didn't. I just may have to buy them for myself! Lalaloopsy blends in quite well :)

  7. Ahhhhhh, you have a Blythe. I want one so much. (38 going on 6 here :P ) Love the lilac fabrics, so delicate and soft. And gonna check out the bag patterns, I've got some fabrics that would be perfect for one or five. :)

  8. Lucky you to get to meet Amanda Jean!!!!! And get bunny fabric from her too!

  9. my daughter would love to come play with all of your dolls and george! xo love your new shirt. great idea to use the tank pattern and just add some sleeves! xo

  10. ahh I think your sewing room looks so cute!! You are very sweet Jeni :) love your bunny fabric too!

  11. Hahaha- I love the LaLaLoopsy. I use my daughter (age 1 1/2) as an excuse to buy them. But then I secretly buy doubles or only actually let her open and play with certain ones. Glad I am not the only one who loves these. ;)

  12. Age doesn't matter on cute stuff! I'm older than you... I bought the Marie Antionette -ish Lala Loopsy - they are adorable!

  13. Jeni,
    Thanks for coming out to the signing. Thanks for your kind words! It was so awesome to meet you. And I lived feeling your liberty tank, too, lol!!! That was so cute and funny!

    Hope to see you in a few days!

    Amanda Jean


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