lunch time, fun time

I adore all of Pink Penguin‘s tutorials, but in particular this lunch tote. It’s a great little bag, with just the right amount of softness and structure. There are a lot of steps, but they go quickly and you can whip one up in an afternoon. As you can see, it’s an addictive pattern. And a boring lunch is more appetizing when wrapped up in something cute!

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small things

At the last minute, I got a chance to meet up with an old friend. I wanted to make her a little something, but didn’t have much time. So I made her a tiny tissue case out of some Hello Kitty fabric. (We are both quite the Hello Kitty fans). This is a fun project that can be done quickly and is a good use for scraps. There are many patterns out there, but I usually blend different methods. For instance, you can use interfacing or not, mix or match your lining and outer fabric, and use any number of laces and trims to make the case as frilly as you like. The frillier the better, I say 🙂

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lesson bag

I love anything with ruffles or bows. And this bag pattern had them both, so I had to give it a try. For the fabric, I used some Lecien scraps I had around my sewing room. It ended up depleting my stash of lace trim, but it was a fun project and it makes a nice tote for piano books. The tutorial is in Japanese, but there are plenty of photos and diagrams to work with. You could also take a shortcut and just sew some bows or ruffles on an old or pre-made tote bag.

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I like to think of the Lesson Bag as the sister of my go-to Library & Cafe tote that I made a while back using the same fabrics.

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tea

During a recent tea party, I realized I would like some little mats to use for a bit of tea and cake.

So I sewed up some patchwork teatime mats. I used fifteen 3.25″ squares. (I like to mix gingham and florals). After assembling the patchwork, I rounded the corners and added some lace I had on hand. The back is just plain linen. So far, they work pretty well–they even have the tea stains to prove it 🙂

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