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Some bag sewing to share--

One of my favorite happy things to do is test patterns (I know I've said that before!), and this bag is the result of one of those opportunities. If you like to sew, and you like to sew bags or would like to give them a try, then the Bag of the Month Club might just be the thing for you! (Link to that info in comments)

This is the Podium Bag pattern by ChrisWDesigns, and it's the January 2018 Bag of the Month. I made this one from a suede-ish ty...pe accent fabric, a striped duck cloth fabric (the lining), and a vintage-y Tim Holtz train station clock fabric. The hardware is from various places, mostly local (if you're wondering about something in particular, feel free to leave a comment or message me--I'll be happy to help out).

The adjustable shoulder strap makes it easy to wear this bag in a crossbody style; and there's enough room for all the essentials (and then some) without it being too huge. Inside the bag is a zipper pocket and some slip pockets--perfect for organizing. The outer flap closes with a sturdy magnetic snap.

It was a pretty awesome feeling to not only test a bag pattern, but to have the January bag made and ready to go BEFORE January! It will remain to be seen how the rest of the months compare!

#Bagofthemonthclub2018 #ThePodiumBag #ChrisWDesigns #bagsewing #crossbodybag

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Book Sleeve/Pouches!

This is a fresh take on a basic idea--I was inspired by a photo in my Instagram feed and just had to try it out because of all of the book lovers in my life. I love the results.

I'm playing around with sizing to see what I like best....the possibilities for fabric are absolutely endless.

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These are made of 100% cotton and sew-in foam, making them completely machine washable. They can be made any size--these are around 7.5" x 9".

They're great for protecting one's current reads!

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Minky fabric is not just for baby blankets (though babies know when they have a good thing going!)! It makes great infinity scarves, too. They're in the stores this season, but they are so easy to make and are easily customizable.

I made this minky infinity with a half yard of 58" wide fabric, and I used a tutorial from a Youtube tutorial (link in comments). This scarf is machine washable, but I chose to air dry the fabric instead of machine drying it. It's incredible soft!

#minkyfabric #minkyinfinityscarf #Christmas2017makes

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Minky is a new (to me) fabric I discovered in 2017. It feels so soft and makes up into luscious blankets (which you can also find pretty much everywhere in stores right now, but it's still fun to customize size and color).

This is a 58" X 72" blanket-- reversible, large enough for two adults to cuddle underneath, and would also fit onto a twin-size bed comfortably. It is machine-washable and dry-able.

I used a combination of free tutorials online that gave great tips ...on how to sew minky fabric. My number one recommendation would be to use a walking foot (and a ton of pins. )

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Happy New Year!

One of my December makes was this little zipper pouch using the Roundup Pouch pattern by Michelle Wootton of Birdcage and Thread.

I purchased the exact size zippers so that I wouldn't have to take the time to re-size; it was well worth it!!

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This little dapper fellow fits well in the hand and has a nice accompanying wristlet strap. He may (or may not) have something to hide.

#Decembermakes #BirdcageandThreadpatterns #RoundupPouch

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There's something about the Northpond Notebook Cover pattern that keeps me coming back! It's one of my most favorite go-to patterns, and I love to give it as a gift. The pattern includes two sizes, and the larger size fits a standard composition notebook for refills (and you can buy those just about anywhere in the U.S.).

I found the Anne of Green Gables fabric in a local fabric store. I was surprised to find it in our area and to be honest can't understand why it's ...available here....but I bless the inventory buyer for choosing it! I purchased some and hung onto it for a while until I could decide what to make with it.

The day came when all the "dots" connected--the recipient, the occasion, and the pattern! It's my habit to photograph everything I make as a visual journal, but I completely forgot to take any photos of this notebook before I sent it off as a gift to its international destination. Meanwhile, an unplanned God-given opportunity to actually be with the recipient face-to- face came about, and she was more than willing to bring her notebook cover along. These photos are also special because they were taken in the recipient's own country in a location not very far from where L.M. Montgomery wrote the original Anne stories. I could not have planned it to happen that way if I had tried.

(The link for the notebook cover pattern is included in the comments)

#radianthomestudiopatterns #northpondnotebookcover #AnneofGreenGables #Friendship

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Blue Hues. I liked how these three went together--one fabric piece came home with me so that I could think about my idea. And so I don't have to drive all the way back to that particular store. But then, the other two are still out there, waiting... #huesofblue #notsurewhatIamgettingmyselfinto #customsewing #fairygodmotherswouldbegreattohave

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I'm one of those people whose shopping style is on a mission: make the plan (maybe call ahead), get into the store, go right to the aisle or section where the item is, and make the purchase! If I'm looking for something specific or have others with me, I rarely take the time to browse. For me, browsing is best done alone. Being alone is rare, too! So this next project is special on all kinds of levels: it was put together from those rare moments of browsing and findi...ng unique elements, it was made to celebrate our Northern neighboring nation's 150th anniversary, and it was given to a very special friend.

In 2016 we had the amazing experience of spending Canada Day (July 1) in....(wait for it)...Canada! It was definitely a wonderful cross-cultural experience for me as we celebrated the blessings of the founding of a country that was not our own by birth.

I came home wanting to commemorate it somehow through a sewing project. The idea morphed out of different details I liked--the red-and-white color scheme, the maple leaf, the people. The pattern I used was "Ellen's Esplanade" by ChrisWDesigns, who produces fantastic bag patterns (link to the site in comments below). I used lightweight home dec canvas from JoAnn Fabrics, and a fun Canada flag motif fabric from a local fabric store. The little metal bling in front I found at a Tandy Leather Store and was really the main inspiration for the project.

The final product is a bag which holds a lot, looks sharp, and is comfortable to carry.

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A little crafting going on today....this time, a bracelet depicting the days of creation in Genesis 1-2. We've been studying this passage this summer, and it was fun to make something in keeping with the theme!

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One of my all-time favorite patterns to make. I started out being a tester for this and went on to make many more. They're fun, useful, great as gifts, and customizable! The larger size is designed for standard-size 100 page composition notebooks, which are plentiful this time of year in the school-supply section. Link for the pattern in the comment section!

#radianthomestudio #northpondnotebookcover #giftsforwritersandnotetakers

A recent make--such a fun, summery project!

Presenting the "Fiona's Freeway" bag, the newest addition to #chriswdesigns ' "Easy Street" lineup of patterns. I chose to sew up the grommet version--there is also a cute non-grommet option in the same pattern!

This bag closes with a drawstring and has one exterior zip pocket, an interior zip pocket, and an interior slip pocket (perfect for phones!)

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Fabrics used:

stripe: cotton chambray, floral/solid: cotton home dec

Link for the pattern in the comments.

#chriswdesigns #fionasfreeway #bagmaking #summersewing

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Introducing Minkee the first! It's an adult-sized throw made of minkee fabric that is SO incredibly soft (softer than fleece), yet still washable (yay!). We're welcoming this one into our home with open arms--it's the perfect time of year to have a super soft blanket to snuggle up under.

From a sewing standpoint, there were some things to learn with this project even though it's of very simple construction. Minkee fabric has a learning curve.

Minkee blankets--they're n...ot just for babies anymore!

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These guys--headed out to good homes! Guaranteed not to melt in sunny weather!

#snowmanbling #winterfun #jewelry

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Time for some experimenting today--metal stamping! I'm very much a newbie and so the mistakes are sometimes laugh-out-loud funny (because of mis-spellings or sideways letters). It's a fun way to combine words and art and function--some of these might turn into tags or zipper pulls or jewelry charms.

#metalstamping #tryingsomethingnew #bslooklikeds

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After an intenseive, yet Providentially blessed trip, it felt good to sit down and make some beaded bracelets. Color and texture are good therapy!

#makingthings #hobbylobbybeads

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I was thrilled to have the opportunity to test the "Carriers Conquest" design for Christine Welsh of ChrisWDesigns. This is a great mid-sized bag that will definitely hold a lot and keep one organized and looking put together. It was a bag that went together amazingly well with wonderful results. The pattern pieces fit perfectly and made sewing this bag a real pleasure. This bag could go anywhere and carry almost anything--it definitely works for business or pleasure. It will easily hold an e-reader in either of the zipper pockets, and there is a separate pocket open from the top especially designed for easy access to your phone.

Right now, the pattern is only available through the Bag of the Month Club (link in comments). It may be released individually at a future date (not 100% sure about that, though).

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It wasn't at all on my list to go to Hobby Lobby and buy beads today. No, not at all. But when I saw the sale on the Traditions line of products, I wanted to go check them out. It felt like a mini getaway. I'll be making some projects with these, but I'm enjoying looking at them, too! #colorandtexture #hobblobby #traditionsbeads

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