Crafty Me: Sewing Projects Galore!

I haven’t had time to get back to my sewing machine since my last post until yesterday. It seems like doctor appointments never end around here. Some weeks we have something every stinking day, but this whole coming week our calendar is empty. So, I got back in the sewing room. These little zip cosmetic bags are easy enough, and cute too, so I made six of them in one day. 

little zipper pouches

Little cosmetic bags

The last one I made has some sparkles on the fabric. I really wish they showed up in the pictures. It was made of scraps leftover from making a tote bag for my daughter’s niece a few years ago. 

zipper pouch cosmetic bag.

Pink sparkly fabric

I tend to save all my scraps that are bigger than about 4 inches. You never know what you can make with just a bit of fabric. It’s not like I don’t have any fabric to work with. My sewing room is full of it. I pulled out these red and white fabrics hoping I would have time to make some valentine projects but that did not happen. 

fabric stash

I pulled out these red and white fabrics hoping I would have time to make some valentine projects, but that did not happen.

I found these two pretty fat quarter packs at Wal-Mart last week. I have plans for them, maybe next week. 

fat quarters

Two fat quarter packs from Wal-Mart.

I also bought some pretty fabric roses. They will be used in my project next week too. Can’t wait to see how they turn out. 

fabric roses.

Aren’t these cute?

That stack of fabric over there is a lot of flannel, some knits, and some cottons. I have a plan for all of it, just need to feel good long enough and have time to make things. 

more fabric

More fabric

Yes, still more. I have a lot of men’s flannel over there, and more cotton prints. There are lots of projects stacked up in this room. 

There is still more. There is a lot of flannel and some more cotton prints on that cube unit.

When I went in my sewing room to get started, and looked at what was on hand, I found tons of projects that I cut out when we were at the Grand Canyon so that when I had time to sew, all I would have to do would have been to pull one of those projects out and sit down and sew. Those little zipper bags were all ready to sew, stuck in a desk drawer. I also found 7 children’s “Wait Books”, 4 Business Card Wallets, and 3 backpacks. I have so many things to sew up this week that were already cut. Today, I started sewing one of the backpacks. 


The start of a child’s backpack.

I would have finished this project today, but my sewing machine went beserk. The bottom thread was bunching up and clogging up the machine. I tried everything I knew to do, with no luck, so I took it to Facebook with pictures of the top and bottom of the line of stitching. I got about 25 responses to my query in about 10 minutes, and got things running smoothly in just a few minutes. I lost about an hour of sewing time though, so will have to finish the backpack tomorrow. 

sewing projects

How cute is that?

What projects have you been working on lately? Done any sewing? 


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  1. sheila ressel says:

    My poor sewing machine has been in my closet collecting dust. I need to drag it out and still if I can still remember how to use it!

  2. Clever, crafty you indeed! I’m very impressed with the ease with which you’re able to whip up those pretty cosmetic bags, and the backpack is adorable. And good for you for getting your sewing machine fixed with the help of your Facebook friends! I’m looking forward to seeing more of your creations.

  3. You are crafty! So glad you got back to it. LOVE the cosmetic bags ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you! I love making them because I can finish them quickly and feel like I have accomplished something.

  4. Me? Sew! I am so bad at threading things I have self-tying shoes. Love your little bags, though

  5. I think it’s great that you got a break from the doctors and were able to put your time again with what you love. I am amazed that you can make six of those in one day! WOW
    You seem to make the most of every bit of fabric.

  6. That little backpack is sooooo cute! I used to sew alllll of the time. I am hoping since I am feeling a bit better that I can pick it back up again.

  7. Oh my, I can “sew” relate! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I need to tackle my own mountains for fabric, craft supplies, and UFOs (UnFinished Objects). I even belong to a group on Facebook called UFO Queens, in which the idea is to finish all those uncompleted projects and be “Queen” of the group each year if you finish the most!

    I actually have a quilt order to complete, among multiple other items. Time to uncover the sewing machine and get sewing!

  8. Cute projects, love the fabric. Thank you Karen for sharing this post at Wednesday AIM Link Party at Grammyโ€™s Grid. I shared it on social media. Hope you get lots of traffic!

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