Archive for November, 2008

Ghosts of projects past

I finally took photos of my creations and resized and cropped them. This is NOT my favorite thing to do. It takes me hours because I’m not that computer savvy.

Ok. Here goes…and go easy on me, people. I just started sewing in October of this year!

The very first thing I made was a tote bag for myself. Jennifer at Hip Stitch helped me out with the fabric selection and also the making of the bag. In short, I took a class. 🙂

Simple Tote Bag

Simple Tote Bag

Simple Tote lining

Simple Tote lining

Pattern: Don’t really know what pattern we used in the class
Fabric: I’ll have to check with the shop because I can’t remember off-hand which designer’s this is (I’m hopeless!)

Next up, I made one of Amy Butler’s Stash and Dash bags for LittlestCatHead. She keeps her Pokemon deck in it for League.

This was my first attempt at using both a zipper and interfacing. I had some trouble with the zipper and lining. Even with the zipper foot on my machine, I still couldn’t get close enough to the zipper on the ends. The next time I made one of these, I hand-sewed the bits the machine couldn’t get to. Oh and why oh why not just make the bag a size zippers come in so we don’t have to shorten them?

Stash and Dash

Stash and Dash

Since I felt confident I could replicate the Simple Tote I learned to make in class, I decided to make some as Christmas gifts for LittlestCatHead’s friends back in Prague. I added a pocket to the front and filled each pocket with a felt animal I made using that Book of all Books, The Cute Book. I cut out some of the fabric used for each bag and stitched it to the front of each animal. Cute!

Simple Tote with pocket and felt friend

Simple Tote with pocket and felt friend

No more peeking, felt friends. Show yourselves!

No more peeking, felt friends. Show yourselves!

Lining of child's tote

Lining of child's tote

Lining of child's tote

Lining of child's tote

Not happy with the zipper on my first Stash and Dash bag, I tried again. This time, I used a bigger pattern with a handle. Ugh, that interfacing was not fun. I did get better at the zipper although it still doesn’t look quite the way I’d like.

Since this was a gift, I wanted it to be practical so I added a little pocket on the inside.

Stash and Dash, take two

Stash and Dash, take two

Pocket and lining

Pocket and lining

After this bag, I wanted to try something without interfacing and a zipper. I had ordered some Amy Butler patterns so I picked one which look fun: In Town Bags, specifically the Drawstring Purse.

I love this pattern! It’s so easy and you can embellish each purse as your own style dictates. It’s a lot of fun to make.

When LittlestCatHead saw me making this, she immediately claimed it as her own. Note: these wash so well! Out of the dryer and a little ironing and they look as if they’d just been sewn.

LittlestCatHead's Drawstring Bag

LittlestCatHead's Drawstring Bag

Lining for LittlestCatHead's drawstring bag

Lining for LittlestCatHead's drawstring bag

She liked the bag and uses it frequently but asked for a bag with longer handles. Possible a backpack. I found such a pattern in Lotta-Jansdotter’s Simple Sewing. Note: after making a few of these, I wish they were sturdier. You get some fraying on the casing from tightening and untightening the drawstrings.

Mermaid Backpack

Mermaid Backpack

I’ll post the rest of my projects in random order since I don’t remember which came first.

LittlestCatHead’s friends all liked her bags so I let them choose which fabrics and which pattern they’d like. Here are the results:

Backpack for Momtastic's G1

Backpack for Momtastic's G1

Backpack for Momtastic's G2

Backpack for Momtastic's G2

I just love this fabric:

Back of G2's backpack

Back of G2's backpack

A's Drawstring Purse

A's Drawstring Purse

Lining of A's Drawstring Purse

Lining of A's Drawstring Purse

Gratuitous Fabric Cat photo

Gratuitous Fabric Cat photo

The cats have to have something special, don’t they? Raja aka Fabric Cat ripped up the filling from a hair-repellant pillow so I covered it with some owl fabric in flannel. (I mentioned this in an earlier post, right?) Oh my, how that cat loves flannel!

Kitty on the cat pillow

Kitty on the cat pillow

Did you notice the skirt Kitty is wearing? LittlestCatHead has one to match.

Child's skirt

Child's skirt

Ruffle on flannel pajama pants

Ruffle on flannel pajama pants

LittlestCatHead got to Trick-or-Treat for the very first time this year. (We moved overseas when she was 13 months old) She wanted us to go as Egyptian goddesses. She was Bastet and I was Hathor. The gold lame wasn’t as difficult to work with as I had feared. LittlestCatHead was encouraged to glue on her “jewels” in a design of her own but she quickly grew tired of that. She told me her plan and had me finish gluing for her. My collar is the one underneath.

Collars for Egyptian goddesses

Collars for Egyptian goddesses

Trick-or-Treat bag

Trick-or-Treat bag

Lining for Trick-or-Treat bag

Lining for Trick-or-Treat bag

Here is the Kitty Tunnel I told you about in an earlier post. See how it just sort of lies there? Oh well…It’s still pretty! And I’m sure my step-daughter’s cat will love it.

Kitty Tunnel

Kitty Tunnel

Fabric Cat approves

Fabric Cat approves

Lining of kitty tunnel

Lining of kitty tunnel

Mini bag from scraps and using binding as drawstring

Mini bag from scraps and using binding as drawstring

Next up is the No Cash Wallet from Amy Karol’s Bend-the-Rules Sewing. I enlarged the pattern, as suggested on the flickr group, and still it was too small. I will try again though cuz I like this book and LOVE her angry chickenblog.

No Cash Wallet, literally

No Cash Wallet, literally

No Cash Wallet, open

No Cash Wallet, open

Little Purple Guy

Little Purple Guy

Little Purple Guy with matching zipper pouch

Little Purple Guy with matching zipper pouch

Zipper pouch lining

Zipper pouch lining

Gifts for various children we know:

Christmas tote with frog fabric

Christmas tote with frog fabric

Monkey with sleeping pouch (to go with tote)

Monkey with sleeping pouch (to go with tote)

Sleeping pouch gifts

Sleeping pouch gifts

Felt whale and sewing card

Felt whale and sewing card

Smart Handbag gift

Smart Handbag gift

Smart Handbag closeup

Smart Handbag closeup

Smart Handbag closeup

Smart Handbag closeup

Tiny stocking gift

Tiny stocking gift

Tiny stocking closeup

Tiny stocking closeup

Ok. I think you’re just about caught up with what MrsCatHead has made since getting this machine:

The Machine

The Machine

Somehow I missed getting photos of a jumper and a fleece poncho I made for LittlestCatHead and the lounge pants I made at a Hip Stitch class. Also, I have a drawstring purse hanging up at Hip Stitch and I forgot to photograph it.

Just a few more photos and then I’m going to sleep!

New fabrics:

Possibilities

Possibilities

The Stash

The Stash

Since this blog is called CatHead Creations, I can’t pass up a chance to show how fabrics on the bed affect our Bengal, Raja.

Fabric Cat

Fabric Cat

Snuggly

Snuggly

Spot the kitty

Spot the kitty

Still hidden

Still hidden

"Oh noes! No taking my fabric!" "Fabrics. I haz dem."

November 30, 2008 at 11:15 pm 5 comments

Happy Thanksgiving!

The cats are in heaven today. I gave them giblet gravy with bits of turkey from the cutting board. One is in a, ahem, catatonic state. The other is blissed out and sleeping on the bed. Spoiled kitties!

The humans are sated. We had our turkey, gravy, stuffing with apples and walnuts, and roasted cauliflower au gratin. There are plenty of leftovers for the freezer. We’re all about to slump onto the couch and watch The Wizard of Oz. Did that come on television every Thanksgiving when you were a child? That’s a notable childhood memory of mine…perhaps I’m dating myself here! Yikes!

So…I created today but nothing with fabric. It was all food, baby!

November 27, 2008 at 5:26 pm Leave a comment

The Midnight Oil

I’m frantically trying to finish presents before my husband takes his final business trip to Prague this year. He leaves the 9th of December and I absolutely MUST have all the presents completed for Prague friends by then.

I did some seasonal crafts with LittlestCatHead today but mostly I worked on presies. I am so proud of the way my Amy Butler In-Town Smart Handbag turned out! I used the Calaveras line from Alexander Henry for the exterior and some generic bright pink fabric for the lining. I am giving this to the mom of LittlestCatHead’s dearest friend in Prague. She loves funky stuff and I think she’ll dig the skulls.

I also got a load of new fabrics in the post yesterday. Woohoo! Hours of fun! I love the Kitty Kristmas the best and I whipped up a little stocking out of it with a lining. The lining was a bit frustrating so I don’t think I’ll do a full lining for subsequent stockings. Perhaps just a partial one so it will look pretty with the top turned down.

Wish me luck! I have more presents to sew!

Fabric: see above
Pattern: see above (hee!)

November 27, 2008 at 12:03 am Leave a comment

December GiveAway Day!

Sew, Mama, Sew! is already planning their December Give-Away Day. Gosh, those ladies are on top of things. I don’t even know what I’m doing tomorrow!

I encourage all of you to join in. Support your fellow crafters while gaining some press for your own work in the bargain.

Sew, Mama, Sew! December Give-Away Day!

November 24, 2008 at 11:50 pm Leave a comment

Kawaii

The Cute Book byAranzi Aronzo is one of my very favorite craft books. The felt animals are all adorable. Der! It’s not called the CUTE book for nothin’! Each project is within a beginner’s ability to create and the book itself is kawaii. It’s little and the spine opens easily for copying patterns on your printer/copier.

Today, I changed the monkey pattern around a bit and created a Little Purple Guy. I’m still thinking about what I want to do with him. Maybe I should make him a little pouch or sleeping bag and give him as a gift. Or sell him in my etsy shop.

Pattern: see above
Fabric: felt and embroidery floss

November 24, 2008 at 9:28 pm 2 comments

Meow!

I just finished making a kitty tunnel from the Amy Butler book In Stitches. Um, it doesn’t quite stand as well as it does in her lovely photo. But still, I figure it can be turned inside out and used as a soft kitty bed.

I made it for my step-daughter who, upon our urging and recommendation, is getting a Bengal in a few weeks. We adore our Bengal, Raja. In that video, he was just a sweet little kitten…now he’s an imp who is as big as our 13-yr old tabby!

Oh and I’m sorry Momtastic. I’m going to have to bring treats on our weekly sewing lounge visit. I am sewing each day but not getting around to blogging. How about some pumpkin bread?

Fabric: misc. sales rack at Hancock Fabrics
Pattern: see above

November 23, 2008 at 6:19 pm Leave a comment

Hip Stitch

Momtastic and I practically live at Hip Stitch. She introduced me to this lovely sewing lounge and we spend as much time there as we can. Our girls take a homeschool sewing class there. Also she and I hang out one day a week for a few hours, sans children of course, and craft or sew or talk…or all of the above.

Tonight, I went to Craft Night there and it was so much fun. I had some trouble with a sash I was making from the Amy Butler book, In Stitches. One of the directions seemed a bit unlikely and now I see that the early editions of the book have corrections to some instructions. So if you’re having trouble with some of the projects, this might help.

The sash turned out beautifully and I hope to get some pics up on the blog soon. My camera is kaput and I need to find another which won’t break my budget!

Fabric: Amy Butler’s Sky/Temple Garden, black beaded fringe
Pattern: Sash with Beaded Fringe, again from In Stitches (I’m so predictable!)

November 21, 2008 at 10:21 pm Leave a comment

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