Monday, October 5, 2009

I Finished Something!

(Tutorial for the bags can be found here.
Patterns for the appliques are below.)

Yay! I accomplished something other than just showering today. Not that I'm saying showering isn't a HUGE accomplishment for me most days, but it was nice to have something else to add to the list today.
  1. Change a million diapers
  2. Transform robots again and again
  3. Get the mail (True, the mailbox is next to the front door, but it gives me such joy to retrieve it.)
  4. Blog hop
  5. Rush Liam to the potty frantically
  6. Do yet another load of laundry (Where does it all come from? Mutant replication process?)
  7. *Shower* (Sigh.)
  8. Finish a project AND blog about it!
I started these bags on a whim just before Teagan was born. I finished Liam's just in time to send it off with him to Nanna's and rush to the hospital.

Did I mention he likes Transformers? Oh and the color red. All our red crayons are about an inch shorter than the other crayons. Do you think they'll develop a complex?



Making four was a simple as making one thanks to this fabulous tutorial (seriously the BEST tutorial I've ever used), so here are the other three for a friend's children:





(Outside Pocket)



(Inside pocket)

I pretty much followed the tutorial word for word, but added a couple of extra lines of stitches on the inside pocket to accommodate pencils. I also made the straps adjustable.

I used freezer paper stencils for the plane and transformer ones and the branch on the owl one. I used fusible web to applique the owl and guitar ones and then stitched around the edges using the buttonhole stitch on my machine. Here are the patterns I made for the owl and guitar ones:

(Click on the thumbnail pictures below to open up the pattern files. You will need Adobe Reader to see and print it. It's free, and you can download it here. )


The pupils and leaves on the owl one are buttons. The butterflies are folded ribbon.


The pegs on the guitar are buttons and the strings just straight stitching.

12 comments:

Larissa said...

those are totally awesome! thanks for the linkage and the nice words. I can't believe you managed to make four with such great appliques. be sure to add them to the mmmcrafts projects group, if you like!

Lckevan said...

I love how the bags turned out! The owl one is my favorite! So cute!

Malia Burns said...

Hi there Refugee Crafter!

You are so talented. I know this is a very random question but do you ever sell you crafts? I've been looking all over for a Woody costume for my boyfriend and the one you made for your husband was the best I've seen. Please e-mail me if you do - maliaburns@gmail.com

Malia Burns said...

Hi there Refugee Crafter!

You are so talented. I know this is a very random question but do you ever sell you crafts? I've been looking all over for a Woody costume for my boyfriend and the one you made for your husband was the best I've seen. Please e-mail me if you do - maliaburns@gmail.com

the mama monster said...

ok so how talented are you?! i love these bags. i will for sure be adding your blog to my blogroll. i love the bolt costume. my boys love bolt. hmmm maybe a chirstmas present...

laceylady said...

Love your bags! Found your blog from your link on the mmmcrafts flickr group. I'm convinced now that I have to make one w/ a couple of those little ribbon dragon/butterflies.

hippygeek said...

Wow I love the guitar bag! The picture link is dud so I'm going to have to wing it but there's no way I could pass up the opportunity to make something as cool as that! Thanks for the inspiration :)
Hehe no wonder the pic is a dud link, I just realised this post is a year and a half old - but it still rocks :)

Refugee Crafter said...

Whoops! Sorry about the missing link. It's fixed now. I recently had to transfer my files to a new server.

hippygeek said...

YES! So glad you could do that, I was stalling because I knew I'd get the guitar shapes stuffed up lol. I will make it soon and send you a link to the finished goodies. Crossed fingers it works ok now that I've bravely said I'll share it lol.
Thanks heaps for the pattern!

Mrs.Denny611 said...

I cannot get the owl template to open. Is there anything else I can do. I would LOVE to have this template! Thanks!

Refugee Crafter said...

@Mrs.Denny611
Rats. I'm sorry the owl template didn't open for you. Have you tried downloading the newest version of Adobe Reader? That might be the problem.
In any case, if you send me your email address, I can email the template to you in a couple of different file formats. One of them should work!
Tabitha
(refugeecrafter at gmail dot com)

Brittany Desnoyer said...

I cannot find where the link is to download the owl template? Please help!

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