Gabry Road

handmade goodness

Thursday

29

December 2016

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Happy Holidays!

Written by , Posted in Pouches

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!

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

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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

4

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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

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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!

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