Gabry Road

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Tuesday

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September 2016

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The Little Tote

Written by , Posted in Just another day..., Tote

You know the look because you probably see it every time you go to a shopping mall or drive near a high school. Girls wearing black leggings and mismatched socks with Birkenstock sandals. As far as trends go, it’s not that bad and really not an expensive ‘outfit’. They basically wear the same thing everyday so cost wise, not so bad. Likewise, their lunch bags are inexpensive also as they use retail store bags. Environmentally friendly group of kids 🙂 There is though, a certain sized lunch bag the girls seem to all use. Not the large ones but the smaller sized totes which measure around 8″ x 11″. For the girls, this seems to be the preferred sized tote/bag to carry their lunches.

It makes sense. We have a ton of re-usable grocery and retail store bags and once they get totally gross, we add the bag to the recycle bin.
But what if I could make one a bit more permanent and bit cuter? That’s all it took. Just that one thought and I was messing up the studio creating a pattern for lunch bags I thought Rylee may want to use as her lunch bag.

For the pattern, I used an 8.5″x 11″ sheet of photocopy paper. To round of the corners, I used a cereal bowl. Yup, back to basics 🙂 I measured the gusset at 4.5″ wide and cut two strips 4.5″ x 16″ and sewed the two pieces in the middle to create a studier and more durable gusset. Once attached the gusset was about an inch too long on either side but it’s easy to trim down the gusset. Not so easy to add more if the gusset is too short.


Each tote is just a wee bit different. Some I added a zip pocket. Some I didn’t. What is consistent though is each tote is made with quality, cotton linen and linen blends. Most of the gussets are made using Essex linen which I could play with all day. Love the way the linen holds perfectly to the pattern piece and turns out exactly how you want it to.
So dear daughter chose the blue bears bag. Will keep you posted on how it wears and it’s durability. All the bags are washable provided they are washed in cold water and flat dried until damp then fluffed in the dryer. That’s how I care for linen and haven’t had any issues.
These little totes are listed in my little shop.

Thank you so much for stoppin’ by and hope you have a lovely day!

Tuesday

23

August 2016

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When your favourite niece requests a pencil case…

Written by , Posted in Back To School, handmade, Pencil Case, Pouches, sewing

…you create one just for her.
Throughout August, I received many requests for the three-ring binder pencil case. Being the crazy summer it has been, there were weeks, yes weeks, when I simply did not have time to enter my studio. I checked in once in a while but did not even think about heating up the iron or turning on the sewing machine. When life is functioning at normal capacity, my machines are turned on every single day. It felt a bit weird not being in the studio every day but it is what it is. Life is slowing returning to the pace I prefer. When my sister asked me if I could create a pencil case for my all-time favourite niece, I made the time to get into the studio.
Of course, if I was going to create one pencil case, I would create ten.
Three Ring Binder Pencil Case
My niece loves the colour purple. If I picture her, I see purple as she is usually wearing some shade of purple. She also requested an additional pocket to hold special erasers and usb sticks.
Three Ring Binder Pencil Case
I made a few more adding the extra pocket.
Three Ring Binder Pencil Case

Three Ring Binder Pencil Case
Although it obviously takes more time to make a case than to run to the Dollar Store to purchase a very inexpensive one. We did the ‘pencil case test’ over the last school year and my daughters case, after a school year of constant use, remained perfectly intact, albeit a bit dirty. I posted the post school year pic of the case here.
Three Ring Binder Pencil Case
Our test this year will be to see if the pencil case can make it through a second school year.
All ‘ready to ship’ pencil cases are listed in my shop. If you would prefer a custom fabric for the case, send me a message. Most times, I have the preferred fabrics available.
Thanks for stoppin’ by and hope you have a fabulous day!

Sunday

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July 2016

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The Super Tote

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I’ve been a huge fan of Noodlehead’s patterns ever since I made my first 241 Tote.  The patterns are easy to follow and no guessing as to what to do next. I have owned the Super Tote pattern by Noodlehead for a while now but only attempted to create the tote recently. My first tote using this pattern turned out perfectly.

Super Tote

Super Tote

Super Tote

Super Tote

Super Tote

This is the original pattern version of the tote. I love how it turned out. However, for myself, I thought the tote may be a tad too big so I reduced the pattern (via a standard home printer) to 80%. With each attempt, I tried something different. Some I added a magnetic snap. Some I doubled interfacing and some I did not. I added the inside zip pocket to all as that seems to be my thing right now but otherwise, the pattern is identical to the original, minus 20%.
Super Tote

Super Tote

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Super Tote

Super Tote

Super Tote

Super Tote

This size I love. It’s still a large tote but not too large. It will fit a lap top, gym gear, groceries and whatever else you would need to lug around without being too large.
This pattern also allows you to play with various patterns and textures of fabric easily. I love using Essex Linen in my creations and the gusset is the perfect place for linen in these totes.

Now that the kids are out of school for the summer and the fact we have a huge home reno on the go, my coveted time in the studio will be minimal but I hope to get in there to create some more of these totes soon. With the exception of the original tote (which sold immediately after posting a pic on Instagram), the smaller versions are listed in my little shop.
If you were thinking of creating the Super Tote, go ahead and do it. It’s a lot of cutting of fabrics and interfacing but once you get past that, the tote is easy to create.
Thanks for stopping by and hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

Monday

6

June 2016

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The Canvas Wrap Apron

Written by , Posted in canvas apron, canvas wrap apron, craft apron, handmade apron, handmade aprons, Utility Apron, wrap apron

There was a time, about six years ago, when the only thing I was sewing was the Canvas Wrap Apron. I had initially created the pattern and apron for me as I have a tendency to wipe my hands on my clothes and get pretty messy in the kitchen. To save wardrobe changes and serious damage to my favourite clothes, I created the apron which basically ensured full body coverage. I didn’t like ties at the back of my neck so the typical, over-your-head and tie-at-the-back style apron didn’t work for me. Once I created mine, the apron became pretty popular and as I said, it seemed to be the only thing I was sewing for a few years.
I made the apron for friends, for family and for people I met on the world wide web. I made a lot of them.
Canvas Wrap Apron
And then more…
Canvas Wrap Apron
Soon, most of my ‘crafty’ friends had a canvas wrap apron.
And then I stopped making them for a while.
Maybe I got bored and wanted to make other items. Not sure why but I haven’t made this apron in years. Then, recently, I went to put on the original apron I made for myself and realized it had lived it life, fully and completely. Six years of constant use and washing had worn down the pockets and when I tried to tie the straps, they both broke off 🙁
Thus, the need arose for a new apron.
Canvas Wrap Apron
Canvas Wrap Apron

Canvas Wrap Apron

Canvas Wrap Apron

Canvas Wrap Apron

Canvas Wrap Apron
The canvas is a 7 oz. unbleached, natural cotton which becomes very soft and subtle after washing. All accent fabrics are part of the Rustic Blush Collection by Verna Mosquera for Free Spirit Fabrics, which I truly adore. Like all the canvas aprons I have created, all accents and trims are topstitched and stay-stitched to prevent fraying and to give the apron a rustic, aged look.
Now, having said all this, and after finally getting around to creating another one of these, I made it too big and of course, didn’t realize it may be too big until after all the pockets and trim was fastened. And by fastened, I mean securely fastened. As in, there is no way I am attempted to remove and move the trim and ruffle. Because all seams are exposed, I triple stitch to secure. My seam ripper would wear out in no time flat. Thus, I have listed the apron in my Etsy store and will attempt to make another one soon. This apron would fit a size 6 to 8 comfortably. Any questions, please do send me a message!

Thanks for stoppin’ by and hope you have a lovely day!

Tuesday

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May 2016

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The ’38 Shades of Grey’ Quilt

Written by , Posted in Modern Quilt, Quilt, quilting, Quilts

Initially intended for my boy but apparently, Gabe prefers color 🙂 I had pieced about half of the quilt, displayed on the quilt wall, when I asked him what he thought of the quilt I was making him. He said, ‘What color will it be?’.  I had thought he would have liked a nice, neutral grey quilt but I’ve learned he prefers more colourful quilts.

Grey Quilt
Grey Quilt

Grey Quilt

Grey Quilt

Grey Quilt

Grey Quilt
I have named this quilt the ’38 Shades of Grey’ because I used 38 grey based or neutral fat quarters. It’s as simple as that. Not sure what you were thinking but this is how the name derived 🙂 I generally use a bolder binding to frame the quilt, just like a picture frame but I couldn’t resist the striped, ticking style binding. It may not frame the quilt the same way a bolder or darker binding may but I think the lighter, less obvious binding makes the quilt look a little larger. This one sized in as an over sized lap quilt measuring 66 inches by 72.5 inches.

I believe this is the first neutral, somewhat modern style quilt I have made. I love it and it just may be my favourite so far but I think I say that after completing any quilt. Typically, I would have a quilt hand bound in record time so I can get it into the washer and dryer and watch the magic happen. The magic to me is when the quilt becomes all fluffy, crinkly and you just have the desire to get under the quilt and binge watch something silly on Netlix. This quilt took a little longer to bind simply due to the beautiful weather we finally have. It was a long winter and up to recently, a very cold spring. So when our coveted good weather happens, I am not missing a second of it. Having lived in Ottawa for ten years now, I know what’s around the corner and will be here before we know it.

This quilt is now listed in my Etsy shop. After completing a few custom orders, I will make another attempt to make a quilt for Gabe which meets his ‘colourful’ request.

Hope you are having a great day and thanks for stoppin’ by!

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