Monthly Archives: December 2013

Circular Jewelry Bag

Jewelry Bag closed
Jewelry Bag closed

My friend Pam asked me to make her a circular jewelry bag for carrying earrings when she travels.  She described it so well that it was easy to make.

It is comprised of two circles of fabric, each one lined with something silky so jewelry won’t catch on it.  The larger circle (cut out at 12″ in diameter) has a casing around the top for a cord to pull it closed.  The inner circle (cut at 8″ in diameter) is placed on the inside surface of the outer circle, and then stitched in such a way that there are 8 compartments, shallow enough to be able to dig out pairs of earrings.  The very middle can hold necklaces.

Jewelry bag compartments
Jewelry bag compartments

I am quite pleased with the outcome of this lovely bag, as is Pam.

Car Seat Side Pocket

Car Seat Side Pocket
Car Seat Side Pocket

Lexie, 4 years old, likes to have things to keep her entertained in the car – a book, paper, crayons.  The car seat already has Velcro on the side arms, for some reason, so it was easy to make her this pocket that attaches so easily.

The tote is 12″ wide and almost 14″ tall, bound all around the edges with bias seam tape.  The back piece is quilted with some batting, and the front pocket is just doubled over.  Hope it helps keep her happy to have some fun things to do at hand.

Irish Runes

 

House
House

I visited some friends recently who dance a lot of Irish sets.  We looked at the runes, to see whether any of them would be appropriate to the Irish dancers.

The design I use for Petronella works wonderfully for the Irish move called “House”.  You “house around” at the end of many sets.  So here is a version of that same design, but called HOUSE.

The Irish crowd also uses a swing, and a move that is similar to square dancing’s “grand right and left”.  So watch for that design in the future, you Irish fans!

If you’d like a patch, contact me.  They cost $8, plus shipping.  Each one has a fusible on the back, to hold it in place while you SEW it onto a garment or bag.

Tutu for Short Person

Tutu for Short Person
Tutu for Short Person

For my youngest granddaughter, Mikayla, I have made a tutu as a Christmas gift!  She is not quite 18 months old, but has an older sister who is totally into ballet, and when the older sister and cousins dance, Mikayla sees that she, too, is meant to move her tiny body.

Voila!  I found a pattern for a child’s tutu, with many layers of colored tulle and Velcro at the waistband.  Funny that Mikayla’s waist isn’t much larger than that of this teddy bear!  And that she is only 6″ from waist to knee!  If nothing else, this should be high entertainment for parents and grandparents alike, as she wanders around the house with something fluffy around her little middle.