Happy April Fool's Day! Have you gotten anyone with your tricks yet today? I'm not very good at it. My boss got me good this morning with an e-mail. It's nice to have a boss with a sense of humor!
Well, this is no foolin! My tutorial is posted today! Click here to go read it! (You can also download a PDF file of the tutorial there. I'll also be posting the PDF file on my Tutorials tab!) Below, I've got some photos of the finished product and different variations on it. I hope you like it!
Are you ready for the big reveal???!!! I'm so excited, because I have am guest blogging today over on Amanda Herring's blog, The Quilted Fish!
It all started with this...Amanda sent us some of her beautiful Sweet Divinity fabric, along with some fun buttons and crocheted flowers. She challenged each of us to make/design something with the goodies and to write a tutorial for you. Well, here is what I came up with!
Now, this is no foolin'! Here it is! I am so excited that this, my very first Quilted Fish tutorial, is posted today! Please go check it out!
This is a tutorial and pattern for a little purse I made for Sweet Pea to hold her Nintendo DSi that Grandma and Grandpa gave her for Christmas.
I made the pattern and wrote the instructions. I hope you all like them!
And don't despair! If you don't need a DSi case, you can easily modify this to make it a small run around purse for yourself, or you could use it as a camera case or a case for your MP3 player!
I am forever indebted to Lynn (Alamosa Quilter) and Jill, who test sewed my pattern for me and gave me awesome feedback. Thank you so much, ladies! They also sent photos of what they created so you can see their versions of the project. I also have yet another version of the project for you to see.
Here's the inside. Lynn suggested that there are other ways you could make the pockets so as not to use girly lace. I tried this and have provided some instructions this adaptation below. Thanks for the idea, Lynn! You can see she also used Velcro instead of a parachute buckle for her closure!
Here is another version I made. This time, I did some machine embroidery on the flap. To do this, I traced my flap pattern on the front flap fabric with a water soluble pen. Then, I positioned my embroidery where I wanted it to go on the flap. I did the embroidery and then cut out the fabric. This way, my fabric was big enough to stay in the hoop to do the embroidery.
You'll also notice that I used a snap as my closure on this one. Now that I've tried that, I think it's my favorite way to close this up. So, I encourage you to give it a try!
I also sewed the pockets out of fabric for this one. For each row of pockets, I cut a strip of fabric 4 1/2" by 5 1/2". I folded it in half the long ways, so it measured 2 1/4" by 5 1/2" with the right sides together. I sewed a 1/4" seam along the long raw edge. After sewing, I turned it right side out and pressed it so that the seam was along the bottom of the pocket and the folded edge was at the top. I repeated it for the other set of pockets. Then, I attached them the same way that I attached the lace in the tutorial. If I had it to do over again, I might make these pockets a little shorter....I might start with a piece of fabric that is only 4" or maybe 3 3/4" wide. Just a thought.
Sweet Pea liked this one so much, she decided to keep it. She gave her other one to a friend of hers on the school bus, who also has a DSi and with whom she swaps games now and then. It was very cute.
Well, I hope you enjoy the tutorial and that you like these adaptations to the pattern. If you decide to make it, I would love to see what you do! Please post photos of your projects on my Flickr page, Mama Pea's Pod or on The Quilted Fish's Flickr page.
And don't forget, Amanda is selling kits for the projects on her website! So, you can go there and pick up some fabric and goodies if you'd like!
I would like to thank Amanda for the wonderful gifts she has bestowed on me and for the opportunities she has given me. I also want to thank my design team members for their inspiration, encouragement, and friendship through this process. And I want to thank Jill and Lynn again for all their help in editing and sewing samples!
I hope you enjoyed this! I have had so much fun making it. I hope you do, too!
Sweet Pea got up this morning and complained that she really missed me while I was gone. My afternoon meeting got cancelled today, and it's her first day of spring break. So, I'm playing hookie from work and taking her out to lunch and bowling with friends. Should be fun!
Until next time,