Monday, March 3, 2014

March Craft-Along Post and Link-up!

Welcome to March, my Craft Book Sew-Along friends! I have to ask... when will Spring be starting? After another snow storm and no school today, this mommy is in desperate need of some warm weather! I realize I am late posting this again. I am going to apologize now since I may be late again in the next few months. We found a house and have a contract on it, so the last week has been full of stress and scheduling inspections, and packing. And what did I decide to start packing first? My craft room, so all my books are currently in boxes. I wasn't thinking too straight there!

To continue along with the Craft-Along fun, here are a  few highlights from February's link-up

SimpleSew's Vintage Quilt Revival block (I may have to steal this when I work on a quilt for my girl)

Thank you to all of you who linked up your projects in February, they were beautiful! If you didn't get a chance to look through the projects, you can see them all here

The winner of the book Quilting Modern is #7 - Lisa Marie! Congrats!

For March I dug out a book that was in the easiest box to open, remind me again what I was thinking when I packed these away!?  Anyway, I found Sweetwater's Simple Home and found a cute and FAST market tote pattern. At least I thought it would be fast. 

I opted to use a pretty printed linen from Joanns for the bag, rather than burlap like the book called for. I'm not one for scratchy things rubbing against my skin, so the burlap was nixed!

I had no problems constructing the outer bag and the lining, although it might have been easier to sew it with Y-seams on the corners like the pincushion I did in January. But when it came to the handles I was completely confused... maybe it is because I was trying to sew at 10Pm after a stressful week? 

The directions state to turn your outer bag right side out and your lining bag inside out. Insert the outer bag into the lining and baste. Then it went on to constructing the handles. I could not understand how to sew the handles to the bag and then attach the facing strip by following the directions. So... I just sandwiched the handles between the outer and liner layers (luckily I had not basted these together) and skipped the facing fabric since I used the same fabric for my handles and lining anyway. 

Note: now that I read my post over again, and after my morning cup of caffeine I may have figured out how to add the handles with the facing. I plan on making another one of these anyway so I will try it on the second one and let you know how it goes. 

Tip: Make sure you leave a hole to turn the bag right side out, the book skipped that step too.

I added side pockets to the ends which was easy to do, I just cut another outer bag piece that was 2 inches shorter than the end pieces. I think I use a 0.75 inch hem, but the pockets on the ends are pretty narrow (3.5 inches) and I'm not sure I will use them much. I will let you know, maybe I can fit a loaf of French bread or something in them. At least it is cute, functional, and helps save the planet from one more plastic bag. 

There are some other cute projects I want to do from this book too, like everything listed in the Family Room section (that pillow almost made it this month, but I would need to make three to save the family from endless fighting)

And the Guest Room quilt (now that we may have a guest room in the new house!)

Sweetwater's Simple Home can be found on and Banes and Noble, and probably other brick and morter quilt/sewing stores. 

This month, Stitch Craft Create has generously donated a copy of Quilt Improv to one lucky Sew-Along participant! This book by Lucie Summers features 12 contemporary quilt blocks and shows you how to use color, prints, and shapes to create modern, one-of-a-kind quilts. Here is a little video from Stitch Craft Create with more projects from the book to entice you:

Giveaway Rules:

To be eligible to win you have all month to make a project from one of your craft books and link it up at the end of this post. You can use any craft book or craft magazine of your choice, this is not only open to sewists or quilters, feel free to link up your crocheted, knitted, or any other crafty project you make. Please read the following carefully, I will delete posts that do not follow the rules!

  • Make a project from a craft book or magazine and either write a blog post or post a picture of your project on Flickr. Then link your project to the link party at the end of this post. You can enter up to two different projects, just make sure to link them separately. If you are not sure how to link up a project, you can check out this tutorial I found from Bargain Hoot.

  • If you are making quilt blocks (or scrapbook pages) pleas make enough blocks/pages to fill a 12x24 inch space. 
  • This is open to everyone, but I am going to ask international participants to pay for shipping on the prize if they win. 
  • The link party will be open until 11:59 PM Central March 31st. 
  • You can read more find more information about the Sew-Along on this post

Please feel free to share this Sew-Along, grab the button below and be sure to join the Craft Book Sew-Along Flickr group!

Thank you so much to Stitch Craft Create for sponsoring this month's prize. You can find many free sewing and knitting related projects on their Stitch Craft Create Ideas blog.

Craft Book Sew Along at Live. Love. Create.


March 5, 2014 at 2:44 PM

You bag turned out great! Congrats to the winner and thanks so much for featuring my bag!

March 6, 2014 at 6:58 AM

I had hoped to participate in the crafty fun, but haven't finished anything to post! I am very close to finishing a little something, so we'll see if I am successful in joining the host of other projects this month.

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