Tutorial Fail!

I tried over the weekend to write a tutorial post for messenger bags. Unfortunately, I was unsuccessful. So instead, I’ll just post a few pictures of the bag making process, so you can see! Hopefully I’ll get it all figured out soon, so I can share how to make this easy bag! I have another bag to make, so I’ll try the tutorial again when I make it! 
I received a special request today, for a vintage style apron with the word “Nanny” across the bib. This is going to be very challenging I think! I’ve never actually done letters on anything! But that’s what this blog is about; Adventures in sewing!

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Snip Snip!

Snip Snip!

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Pressing the fleece is so easy!

Pressing the fleece is so easy!

Sewing the rick rack to the front flap embellishment!

Sewing the rick rack to the front flap embellishment!

I love how the rick rack looks!

I love how the rick rack looks!

This is the back of the strip, you can see the rick rack and fusible fleece.

This is the back of the strip, you can see the rick rack and fusible fleece.

All done!

All done!

There's a pocket under the flap on the front of the bag!

There’s a pocket under the flap on the front of the bag!

Inside pockets, with two pencil slots!

Inside pockets, with two pencil slots!


Well, I’m off to have adventures with redoing my website and designing and sewing a little girls skirt! I’ll post pics of the skirt when I get it done!

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Organizing your space

I’ve learned over the last few weeks that keeping your sewing space neat and orderly is an absolute must! I have a very small space right now, so it’s pretty difficult to keep it all organized, especially when you have three little girls and have been sick with the flu…

Before a quick clean up.

Before a quick clean up.

Somehow my sewing table ends up being a catch-all when I don’t use it every day. There was everything from a flashlight to tissues, fabric to school glue sticks; it was an eyesore. I’m not even going to get into what my ironing board looked like!

Up close to the mess known as my sewing table. Yes, my walls are football field green...

Up close to the mess known as my sewing table. Yes, my walls are football field green…

The Patriots fabric is for a pair of jammie pants for my husband. I found a great free pattern for unisex pj pants at Simplicity! I cannot wait to get started on them this weekend. For some reason my Jim Dear tends to go through pj pants like crazy… They always end up with holes in them! I promised him I’d make a dozen pair for him if they are cheaper to make than to buy. I think that would make a great post when I start them!

After a ten minute tidy! Much better!

After a ten minute tidy! Much better!

I would like to put up some kind of pegs or hooks for my ruler and cutting mat, in between the two windows, but that will wait until I have painted the walls. I should say repainted actually! We liked the football field shade of green at first, but the living room is just too dark to have a color like that. We’re going with a nice light shade of sage when we paint in a couple weeks.

I have so many projects sitting in the queue that I can’t wait to start on, now that I’m feeling better! That flu really knocked me on my bum; I fell behind on housework and projects! I’ve been going around my apartment like a mad woman wiping everything down with Clorox wipes, trying to kill the nasty germs responsible for all the misery of the last week or two.

So what projects do I have waiting for me (besides the pj pants)? Well, first both my older daughters have special class projects. Each of the classes at their school are putting together themed baskets to be raffled off at the “Basket Bonanza”. Byrdes class is doing a baking theme, so I am making an apron with a matching oven mitt (I haven’t found a pattern yet). Beans class is doing a stuffed animal basket, so I thought I would make an adorable marshmallow bunny from Dandelions and Lace.  I also have two teachers from their school asking for messenger bags. I’ve also got several girls dresses and some woman’s blouses I want to try out. Oh, and I want to find a 1940’s style button down house dress pattern to try out. 

Tomorrow, I’m spending the day shopping with my sweet husband and youngest daughter, Bum. I can’t wait! We don’t get out just the two of us anymore, but even with our 3yr old in tow, it’s a special day!

What do you have in your queue? Are there any special projects you’ve been wanting to try, but haven’t had the time for or maybe felt overwhelmed by? I’d really like to know, so leave a comment!



 

 

Welcome to the Adventure!

I am Destini, of Destini’s Designs and a sewing adventurer! I want to share the new (to me) techniques I’ve discovered, the terms I think every newbie should know and some great free patterns, among other things. 

A lot of what I make is for my girls (I do have three of them, after all) ; but I’ve been feeling pretty adventurous lately, picking patterns for my husband or myself and our apartment, that I have never tried before. I absolutely love that feeling I get when I finish a new pattern, or learn a new technique, don’t you?

I always welcome comments, tips n tricks, and links to other blogs or sites, as long as they are constructive, not destructive! Remember the old adage “If you have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all” when leaving a comment! 

 

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