Friday, October 3, 2014

FHS Patterns and a Giveaway!

Today is Day 6 of the FHS Blog Tour, FHS stands for FABulous Home Sewn, a blog written by Fenna, she is amazing and blows my mind, she has a whole passel of kids, and she sews for them all AND herself, plus  she is in charge of the Sewing For Pregnancy Care Centers, a really nice organization that helps women who find themselves unexpectedly pregnant and to encourage them and show them that they are not alone--that there are people who would love to and are trying to help them and their babies!  If you would like to sew for the Pregnancy Care Center, just get in touch with Fenna!

So let's look at what I made!  I got to make both of her patterns, the Pirate's Treasure Wallet and the Perfect Petal Purse, both available through Craftsy at very reasonable prices.
A little bit of Sunshine and Rain brings the Flowers!
My son loves yellow and I picked out a few fabrics, I thought he might like and then had him decide, he looked at my selection for all of 1 second and chose the 2 fabrics he liked, lol, so not like his mama who takes days on deciding what fabrics to use.
For the exterior we used this nice bright yellow and for the interior a space themed fabric.

The wallet is a tri-fold style wallet with a small zipper compartment on the left, a vinyl pocket in the middle, and three credit card slots on the right. It also has a pocket for paper money and closes with a strip of velcro.
This is the first time I have sewn up a wallet and the pattern is easy to follow, in fact I liked it so much and it was pretty easy to do, I made a second one!
First one on the left, second one on the right
The second time around I decided to make a few changes, the first was to only put interfacing on on of the exterior pieces, you can notice the difference in the size right away, the wallet is still stable, I use Pellon TP971F Fusible Thermolam, it could have been a little too thick doubled on such a small item.  Also with the vinyl pocket I had difficulty folding it into the seam line so I cut the long side 1/2" smaller and sewed the smaller fabric strips at a 1/4" instead of the recommended 1/2" and this made it so the vinyl was out of the seam allowance, but the fabric was not.
 That zipper that you see at the top, was my son's idea, you see I don't give them paper bills, since the first Euro bill is the $5, so they get lots and lots of change, he wanted a bigger pocket for the change and he suggested making on at the top, well it worked.
zipper pulls added to both
The second wallet went super easy together and my daughter has picked out her fabrics, cause she wants a wallet too :-  but with pink Tula Pink fabric.
The Petal Purse, ADORE!
Loved making the petal purse, found the instructions easy to understand and I had no problems putting it together, I am going to make a ton of these, one for each dress I make for Kat, in fact I am already working on the second one, but it will take me a while to do it, since I am making it match her sunflower dress and I am doing a ton of french knots for the front of the Perfect Petal Purse.
 She wore it to school and the teacher's, parents and other girls all wanted one.  Now she is economical and fills her's with what is important, money.

I tried to get her to put other things in there, but nope she wanted her change in it.
The only "change" I made to this pattern was in how I sewed up the Petals, I cheated... I cut out the interfacing, I used Pellon SF101, in the petal shape, then I ironed it onto the back of a strip of fabric, put the 2 strips of fabric rights sides facing, sewed it down and cut the petals out with my handy wavy rotary cutter.
So fast and easy, okay if you want to add cute ricrac, like this lady did, then you can't cheat, but I love it when I can make things go faster, plus I am horrible at cutting with scissors.

Both of these patterns are so fast and easy to do, the hardest part for me is finding the zippers, I don't have that great of a choice here in my town.  I will be sewing these up as quick little presents, especially the wallet it is the perfect size for me to start using all of my "brick" sized fabrics, hey did you see that the Fat Quarter Shop now sells what they have termed the "Jolly Bar".

Be sure to go to the other ladies showing off what they have made with the patterns.
September 28

Nosy Pepper

September 29

From a Box

Gracious Threads

September 30

Project Destash

October 1

Filles a Maman

October 2

Sew Very

October 3

Friends Stitched Together

Secretly Stitching

October 4

Lulu and Celeste

Made By Sara

 And if you haven't yet, be sure to enter in the giveaway for your choice of one of the patterns.


September 28

Nosy Pepper

September 29

From a Box

Gracious Threads

September 30

Project Destash

October 1

Filles a Maman

October 2

Sew Very

October 3

Friends Stitched Together

Secretly Stitching

October 4

Lulu and Celeste

Made By Sara

- See more at: http://secretlystitching.blogspot.gr/#sthash.HaaQeHXq.dpuf

September 28

Nosy Pepper

September 29

From a Box

Gracious Threads

September 30

Project Destash

October 1

Filles a Maman

October 2

Sew Very

October 3

Friends Stitched Together

Secretly Stitching

October 4

Lulu and Celeste

Made By Sara

- See more at: http://secretlystitching.blogspot.gr/#sthash.HaaQeHXq.dpuf

September 28

Nosy Pepper

September 29

From a Box

Gracious Threads

September 30

Project Destash

October 1

Filles a Maman

October 2

Sew Very

October 3

Friends Stitched Together

Secretly Stitching

October 4

Lulu and Celeste

Made By Sara

- See more at: http://secretlystitching.blogspot.gr/#sthash.HaaQeHXq.dpuf
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10 comments:

  1. THere are so many patterns that I like - to pick just one is really hard - I am very into making soft toys right now and I like the free standing bird pattern so I guess I would say that one is my favourite right now. But I like a lot of patterns.
    Pauline

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  2. I really like the petal purse, and would make these for gifts for my daughter's friends. Your kids are cute! :) Isn't it nice to make things they like! I recently made the shark pencil case, and my kids loved it. sarah@forrussia.org

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  3. The petal purse is very cute - I could see making many of these. Thanks! notwendy gmail

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  4. The purse and wallet turned out so cute!! Especially love the purse.

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  5. Did you make the zipper pull? Your children are brilliant at choosing fabric! Great wallets and purse.

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  6. Hello Mara, love the little petal purse, maybe you can bribe her into staying at school with your change from your pocket....I just laughed myself silly reading about your girls not wanting to stay in school..Hope your boy is doing better, in the picture it looks as if he is enjoying his wallet.....

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  7. What a asweet little purse! I know two little girls who would love one. I'll have to take a look at the pattern :)

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  8. Oh Mara! They are both so adorable!! I adore the wallet in the rockets and the robot zipper pull!! Sorry you were feeling icky, I hope you are feeling better now!

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