Gabry Road



March 2017



Spring totes and more…

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It’s been a long winter. Cold. Very cold. And the white fluffy stuff which falls from the sky seems to make an appearance every time you think the ‘stuff’ has exhausted its welcome. I’m longing for spring. For the days you can leave the house with just a sweater instead of enduring the ordeal of layering winter gear to the point where you can’t even move with ease or feel any punches because you are so well insulated. Lovely image? Not!
So while rummaging through my stash of fabrics, I had spring in mind. Brights, florals and then I found the bunnies. I didn’t realize I had quite a few fabrics featuring bunny prints. Instead of a UV lamp or sun lamp, I chose these fabrics to brighten my day and turned them into totes and pencil cases.

Creating these Easter-ish totes and pencil cases did brighten my day. Initially designed to be used as Easter gift bags, they really can be used as a lunch bag, book tote, small work tote or whatever use which could brighten your day also 🙂
Some have already sold but you can find the remaining in my little shop.
If you are in a place also wishing for spring, we only have a few weeks to go. We can do it! I know we can.
Hope you have a fabulous day and thanks for visiting my little place in the world wide web!



February 2017



Bullet Journal Pouch

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The act of journalling, list keeping and day planning has undergone many phases and trends. Each time the trend changes, the media used to journal, list keep and day plan appears to change also.
Recently, the Bullet Journal has become extremely popular. As described on the Bullet Journal website, the Bullet Journal is an analog system for list keeping, tracking and everyday planning. I used my smart phone for years to keep track of schedules, lists and more but recently found pen and paper to be more reliable and effective. The advantage of using a smartphone to keep your life on track is you generally have the smart phone wherever you go. Taking a journal type agenda keeper with you may be more combursome for some. Thus, the idea of creating a bullet journal pouch arose.

Here is a video showing the purpose and beauty of the bullet journal style of journaling.

Bullet Journal makes a fabulous journal, with numbered pages and paper thick enough you can use your favourite journalling pens.
I decided to I wanted to try the bullet style journaling but of course had zero patience to wait for an online order delivery. I visited my favourite local paper boutique and discovered the Leuchtturm 1917 would suit my needs perfectly.

The weight of the paper sold me on this journal. Bleed proof and 100g paper would allow for doodling and boo boos that I make.
I purchased a grey Leuchtturm 1917 journal. Not because I didn’t love all the fabulous colours the journal is available in but because grey has been my go to colour for a while now.

I don’t do any of the fancy doodling or labelling. I just write and make lists or notes. However, if you are interested in seeing how fun this journal can be, visit Pinterest and search Bullet Journal.
After visiting Pinterest and viewing just how these journals can be transformed into works of art, I decided to make a case for the journal. It just makes sense if you are going to take the time to make amazing lists and tracking sheets, why not be able to take the journal everywhere you go? Of course you need your fancy pens to go with the journal and maybe some pretty accessories or sticky notes. I modified the pattern for the iPad Idea Pouch to accommodate the Leuchtturm1917 journal and ended up with the perfect fit for the notebook.

So there you have it. You can keep your favourite journal and pretty pens all in one place and make it easily portable. Again, search ‘Bullet Journal’ in  Pinterest, Instagram and the World Wide Web to learn more about the bullet journal style of list keeping.  And if you do decide to try bullet journal style list keeping and want to take the journal with you everywhere you go,  the Bullet Journal pouches are now available in my little shop.

Next up on my list of to-do’s is a carry case for an A5 size Filofax.

Thanks for stoppin’ by and hope you have a fabulous weekend!



December 2016



Happy Holidays!

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Hope you are all having a fabulous holiday season!
I have been a wee bit quiet over here on the blog but that certainly doesn’t mean I haven’t had much to write/blog about. I keep telling myself to blog about this or that but inevitably forget to do so or enough time passes that I forget what I intended to write about. And yes, I have been sewing. Probably not as much as previous months but certainly enough to keep me in my happy place for a little bit each day.
Every once in while, I create a pattern or project I get really excited about. This past month, it’s been the shrunken hockey gear bag. I call it the shrunken hockey gear bag because I designed it to resemble a life size hockey gear bag.

The purpose of this little bag is to store hockey stick tape, scissors, skate laces and all the littles hockey players generally need in their equipment bags. My boy keep losing his tape and stuff at the bottom of his big hockey bag so I thought to make a pouch which he would use only for the hockey accessories. It was definitely a hit and many other players on the team requested a pouch for their player.
I love when function meets practicality. I don’t usually sew ‘useless’ items. In other words, I like my creations to have a solid purpose so when the notion of creating a bag for hockey stuff surfaced, I fell right into it. Of course, it took about four pattern tries to get it right but in the end, I think the little gear bag resembles the actual hockey bag. Mission accomplished.
I have a few listed in my Etsy shop and plan on making a few more generic versions.
Here are a few more ‘custom’ orders:

Hoping it’s warm and sunny, wherever you are!
Thanks for visiting my little spot on the world wide web!



September 2016



The Little Tote

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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!



August 2016



When your favourite niece requests a pencil case…

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…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!

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