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Ready to ship…, originally uploaded by SewLaTea.

My first swap package is ready to ship. This was a coaster swap hosted by Kindred Crafters. I had a lot of fun and I hope that my partner Sudi-Laura from The Adventures of a Fabric Junky enjoys them!! I will post pics when I know Sudi-Laura has receivd them 🙂

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Made a new belt…, originally uploaded by SewLaTea.

I have been wanting to make some belts like these and these, but could not for the life of me decide which fabrics to use! I finally decided to go simple to start, and went with a pair of fabrics that have been lying around and have had no good use thus far. I intended to use them for a Mei Tai baby carrier, but just never got around to it after making the first one! I grabbed these two fabrics and immediately thought of a new jacket I got at the Gap that will go perfectly with jeans and some flips. And hey it goes with a lot of other stuff too 🙂 I used this tutorial by Not Quite Vintage and because I’m instructionally challenged, I made one little goof, but no one would notice or care….eh, you live, you learn. Now I need to hit Etsy and grab some vintage belt buckles!

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to CRAFT HOPE.  This is a wonderful opportunity to give to those less fortunate.  Craft Hope is working on their second project and I’m jumping on board.  The project is for the children of an orphanage in Nicaragua.  

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“The orphanage is called Casa Bernabe and they house children from the ages of 4 to 18, boys and girls.  They are currently working to not only feed and clothe the kids, they are starting to really focus on their psychological and emotional health as well.  When the children arrive at the orphanage, they literally have nothing and we would love to give them something that is “theirs.”

Craft Hope is working with Eren and the ORPHANetwork to provide handmade, soft-bodied dolls for the children.  Many of the children come from abusive situations and the dolls will allow the children to develop the mothering and nurturing instincts that most little girls have.” 

                                               -From Craft Hope

How could I not hop on board?!  I love to sew/craft, and what better than to use my skills to help kids?  If you know how to sew, jump on board!

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Finished Birdie Sling, originally uploaded by SewLaTea.

It took me weeks, lol….one step here and there….in between kids and working, I finally got it done. Amy Butler is amazing…and I just love her fabrics and patterns. This was my first bag and one of the first times (or the first?!) using a pattern at all! I didn’t have too much trouble, especially since Shear Delight created a GREAT photo tutorial, which helped, especially for creating those gussets 🙂 A few other girls have also commented on their experiences making the bag which helped as well. I had planned on adding a magnetic closure, but couldn’t figure out WHEN to add them….at which point should I have done that? Can anyone out there tell me? I really liked making this bag, and will definitely make another, maybe in the fall with some nice fall fabrics…mustards? I learned some new things making this bag such as gussets and using a slip stitch…which by the way, I found a great tutorial for by Keyka Lou.  Thank god I did, because I had NO idea how to do that! So here it is. Onto making a patchwork belt.  Maybe tonight…

PS–I meant to add these links:

Birdie Sling pattern correction

Pink Chalk Studio’s post on her Birdie Sling

Birdie Sling Tutorial by Grace Designs

Installing a magnetic snap by Craft Apple

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Finished Birdie Sling, originally uploaded by SewLaTea.

Its big, but I love it….

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Teaching the girls to sew, originally uploaded by SewLaTea.

On April school vacation, my sister in law Miech and I planned on getting the kids together at which time the “girls” would sew 🙂  Madison & Emma were so excited to make something of their own.  It really is the best isn’t it?  They picked out some fabrics from their mom’s collection and after some discussion, decided that they wanted to make pillows for their beds.  We used Denyse Schmidt Quilts book to make the pillow case.  We followed the directions for the Hits The Spot Pillow.  Such a GREAT pillow case.  We lined ours so that it would be nice and easy peasy to take off and wash.   The girls were SO proud.  And they should be!  They picked out the fabrics all by themselves and helped sew up their very own pillow!  It was a fun day, and I hope there will be many more sewing days to come 🙂 

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Miech’s Tote, originally uploaded by SewLaTea.

My sister in law, Miech, is such a talented sewer.  She can whip things up so easily.  Her brain just works like that.  Where I have to write things down, calculate, figure it all out on paper, Miech can just figure it out in her head.  She even figured out how to make a gusset without a tutorial, lol!  Anyway, she was digging through her fabric stash and found these prints.  She thought they would make a cute reversible tote and decided she would make it while her husband was out of town.  So, she put the kids to bed and called me a couple hours later to tell me the tote was done!  Here it is.  Her plan is to use it as a pool tote.  I think its so perfect 🙂

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