Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Supporting other crafting momma's

I am a part of a wonderful group of crafting momma's over at Craft Cafe on CafeMom Forums. I have mentioned them before, they continue to inspire me and I have sewn more things in the last few months than I have in the last few years! I love supporting other crafting moms, and have either purchased from or done a swap to continue to support them.

My first purchase came from Cody over at Lu & Ed, she makes these adorable monsters called Mon-Stor's (get it? A monster that stores things! Brilliant!), that can hold toys, clothes, crafts, etc. She also makes smaller monster plushies with fabulous fun hair. I requested a girlie mon-stor because I am such a girlie girl!

My mon-stor watches over my craft area, she is a perfect addition!

Another mom I have purchased from makes hairbows but she dabbles in sewing as well. She made these ADORABLE dolls that I just HAD to have! She made a red headed doll (and as soon as I get my hair done again, I shall be a red head again lol right now its more of a strawberry blonde) that called my name and said "please adopt me!" which of course I couldnt pass up! It hasnt arrived yet, but here's the picture she posted of her:

How cute is she??!! I cant wait until she arrives <3

Another mom I did a swap with, I made her the boho sling bag, she made me a painting for my sewing area. She first sent me a drawing she did in her paint program for approval and I loved it so much I asked if I could use it as my logo for my website. As soon as she gets an online link, I will add her link. She does amazing paintings and I love my little sewing girl painting! I havent gotten this one yet either, but here's the preview:

I love these crafting momma's and am so glad I am a part of such a great community of women!

Feb. 1st Giveaway and more!

Tomorrow is Feb. 1st, which means my birthday is in exactly 13 days from today. I think a fun giveaway to bring in the month of my birthday and Valentines Day is in order! I will post the giveaway and rules tomorrow so be sure to stop in and check it out!

I've been sewing a lot and posting new items in my storenvy shop! I've made 2 more wallets and a purse to add to my shop, and will be working on another purse today! These purses are a collaboration of all I have learned from different tutorials, put into one purse. I started out with my practice pieces, the first one being too small, and the second one being too big, and finally I worked out a pattern that fit my liking. I kept the first purse I made with these new dimensions and am LOVING it! I love carrying around a purse that other women stop and ask me "ooh, where'd you get that?" and I can say with a bright smile on my face "I made it!" - I love that feeling!

Here is the 2nd purse I made, along with a matching wallet.

I am in love with zipper pockets! And the magnetic snap closure, I feel, is easier to open and close than a snap that clicks into place.

I've also made another wallet with Happy Mochi Yum Yum fabric that I picked up at Fat Quarter Shop, I just love these colors!!

I will be putting together a wonderful sale on my storenvy shop. If you purchase a purse and wallet, you will get a matching cell phone cozy for free! That's a $67 value for only $52! A matching trio set in wonderful hand picked fabrics, and stitched by me with love and care. I thank you all for your continued support, and if there's anything you'd like to see added to my shop, please let me know!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Fabric Lady

This is so me! Hahaha


I finally decided to try out this tutorial for a wallet and Im so glad I did! I love this wallet and it could also be used as a clutch to grab and go when you dont need a purse! I did a few things differently, using fusible fleece on the main outside fabric and some interfacing on the inside for extra stability. I also added a magnetic snap closure instead of a snap. I am also loving this woodland mushroom fabric, so I just purchased some more! I am going to make a purse and a cell phone cozy to match this wallet.

I also finished a carrying pouch in the Happy Mochi Yum Yum fabric by Monica Solorio-Snow. These little pouches are so cute and perfect for the smaller things you need to carry!

I opened a Storenvy shop yesterday also! It seems a lot of crafters are making their way over to storenvy since its completely free and fully customizable, so my shop looks just like my blog and website! Stop by for a visit and let me know what you think, I love feedback!

Now Im off to make another wallet and a purse. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Carrying Pouches

These little pouches are so cute and fun to make, Im working on quite a few of them!

My order of fabric from Fat Quarter Shop arrived last week and I've been trying to decide what I should make with them. I basically put together the DS Case I made my daughter for her birthday, but made it slightly bigger and added a zipper pocket to the inside, so these would be great for just about anything! Perfect size for handheld gaming systems with the inside pocket to hold games, or they can be used as a makeup purse, or mini purse for yourself or a child!

After reading about Zipit, an etsy zipper shop, on another bloggers post, I decided to take a look at her zippers. Buying $2 zippers from Joanns and running to the store just for a zipper each time I needed one was really a pain. I figured I'd give Zipit a try. My zippers came in on Wednesday and the colors are perfect for my fabric! At only $10 for a pack of 25 zippers - at Joanns I'd only get 5 zippers for $10! Great prices and I'll definitely be shopping her store again!!

These carrying pouches are addicting to make, so be prepared to see a lot of them from me! I'll be adding these to my website tonight for sale so keep an eye out!

Im currently making one in the Happy Mochi Yum Yum fabric <3 Pink pouch with green lining. I'll post pics later of the 2 I am about to make now. Until then, Sir Fritzalot (my new nickname for him) and I bid you farewell!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

DS Carrying Case & Boho Bag

I've been so inspired to sew and make things for others. I am a part of a great group of crafty moms over at Cafe Mom who support eachother and inspire eachother to create. I just wanted to say thank you to all the ladies over in our Craft Cafe board for all of your support and inspiration. I have sewn more in these last few months than I have over the last few years because you inspire me to do so!

My 8 year old turns 9 this weekend, my youngest daughter of my 3 girls. She'll be getting a DS Lite and a couple of new games for it, so I thought I would make her a little carrying case to keep everything in. I did a basic zipper pouch and then added ribbon handles to the outside so she could carry her pouch easily.

I hope she makes good use of this! It should help her keep everything together so nothing gets lost!

I've joined in on a swap over at my craft cafe forums. My swap partner was wanting a boho style sling bag and in return she's making me a painting of a girl with her sewing machine (see logo above) for my craft wall! I am so excited I cant wait to see the finished painting. I finished up her boho bag this evening and love love love how it turned out! I know I'll have to make more of these sometime in the near future!

I like the fabric I picked out for this bag, Im hoping my swap partner likes it also! For my next bag I may go bigger print and see how that looks. I added a magnetic snap closure to the inside, I just like the idea of being able to close a bag so nothing falls out too easily, and for my next bag I may add a couple of pockets.

But until then, I still have a knit scarf to work up, a custom heart pillow hanging, and a scrap strip carrying case for my mother in law for her ds lite!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Crafty Companion

Hello hello! I've been busy lately, making a few things. First I want to congratulate April of firsttimehomesteader.blogspot.com/ in winning the Hanging Heart Pillow! Thank you for visiting and leaving me a comment! Please send me an email with your address so I can get it out to you!

I'll be adding these cell phone/ipod/mp3 player cases to my website soon! I finally settled on a design I like that isnt bulky from french seams. I hope you like it too!

My mother in law is doing a coffee theme in her kitchen/dining room. I made her a coffee themed table runner with some hot pads, and I added this coffee themed hanging heart pillow for decoration to her wall!

I've been sewing so much, my cat Fritz keeps trying to tell me it's time to take a break. He's my little crafting companion =)

I'll be making a couple more cases/cozies and then will add that category to my website!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Hanging Heart Pillow and IPod/MP3 Player pouch

New ipod/mp3 player pouch in a fun ladybug print with a blue and green stripe fabric lining and handle, and a fun orange pattern for the back pocket!

I've also finished another Love Notes Heart Pillow hanging, this one is made with a black and pink design.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Sewn Crochet Hook Case

Adding some sewn crochet hook cases to my website. Here's the first one. These are great for holding not only crochet hooks but also yarn needles, scissors, and a small roll of measuring tape.

New Fabric

I love going to the craft store and picking out new fabrics for things I plan on making. I bought these fabrics with thoughts of love note pillows, mp3 player cases, and crochet hook holders in mind. Another stash of 20 fat quarters will be arriving in the mail tomorrow from Fat Quarter Shop also. These should keep me busy for a couple of weeks!

MP3 Case

New MP3 case which I will be adding to http://www.itssewchelle.com/ as soon as I make a few more! These measure approx. 3" wide by 4 1/2" tall with a velcro closure and a pocket on the back. It's big enough to hold your mp3 player, earbuds, and charging cord.

Monday, January 2, 2012


Welcome to my new blog for my itssewchelle.com website! It's Sew Chelle will be up and running soon for the new year 2012 with items I sew, quilt, and make just for you! In the meantime I want to start off this blog with a big HELLO and a valentine give-away!

Please leave a comment below, let me know who you are, how you are doing, what your blog name is, or anything you'd like to comment about. Please include your email address so I can contact you if you win! Winner will be picked at random from a random number generator based on your comment post #. Please only one comment per person!

What is the give-away you may ask? I will be giving away this adorable hand sewn 'Love Notes Pillow' that I made. (Pattern by bitty bits & pieces) It includes a note pocket in the front for those little "love notes" you can place inside! Pillow measures approx. 7" tall by 7 1/2" wide with a 4 3/4" hanging drop.

Give-away ends Monday Jan. 9th at midnight est.

I look forward to reading your comments and visiting your blogs!