Hello Friends! It has been quite some time since my last post. I had such a wonderful time trying the laminating film that I thought I would once again wander into new territory. For the past month I have been trying my hand at several new items--hair bows, backpacks, wallets, and computer storage cases. There is just something about the anticipation of whether you can accomplish something you have never tried. Then, of course, there is the thrill of success when the project comes together as you imagined.
Several new items have been added to the availability list at Southern Comfort. First, there is this adorable child's skirt that was created by using the 5 inch squares of one charm pack.
I actually made this one for my granddaughter and decided this would be a wonderful addition to Southern Comfort. It is quick and easy to make. Just add a cute blouse and a matching hair bow and you get one unique outfit!
Hair bows!! Now there is one craft I have never been able to create. But I did want to finish off this outfit, so I watched video after video until...
I was finally able to create a bow that I thought a stylish little girl would wear. Once I figured out how to make these sweet little bows one entire morning was spent creating them!
The next project was really completed to make my life a little easier. Each morning I would load up everything needed to drive 15 minutes to the shop. I was so afraid I was going to damage my computer or my iPad by carrying it back and forth everyday. So, I scoured the Internet for patterns for computer cases. In the end, I got some ideas online but created a carrying case that fit my own needs.
I just love this case! It is lined and well padded. The velcro closure keeps everything in the front pockets, located under the flap, safe and secure. The pockets have room for my pens, charger, and cord, and the case is custom made just for my computer. Who could ask for more than that? This case is stylish, easy to carry and keeps everything I need in a safe and padded place. I love the curved corners on the flap and this new fabric from the Riley Blake collection.
Project #3 was designed to sooth my tattered ego. During the summer, I made my daughter a wallet. She loved it, but I was not satisfied with the way it turned out. So, once again, I turned to the internet searching for an easy pattern that had all the qualities I felt a wallet should have: card pockets, money/checkbook section, a zippered coin compartment, and (this was my main requirement) folded neatly into a nice square or rectangle. I didn't want any of the seems to pop out unevenly and the wallet had to be easy to use. Finally, after a few tries, this wallet emerged.
I could even use this pattern and manipulate the width to fit my own needs! I made one of these for myself that is just big enough to fit in my miniscule purse and hold my passport. Let's just say that my ego is now happy. I have since made one of these wallets for my daughter, sister, and niece!
The last project was the most challenging. Isn't that always the case? A few weeks ago, my son was visiting. He was looking around our shop when he asked if I could sew backpacks. HIs question exuded such confidence in my ability that I just had to give it a try. This time I headed to the fabric store for a pattern. I found one, but was really looking for something different. Then, when ordering supplies, I found a book about making backpacks. Jackpot! It seemed confusing, but after reading through the book I decided to give it a try. My first attempt looked like this:
Not bad. The seams were all finished nicely, the straps were padded and adjustable and everything was nice and straight...even the tricky pockets. Even my sister was amazed that I had successfully made a functional backpack! There was one thing that I learned while working on that first backpack. That is that bias tape is NOT my friend...but I'm sure that will change with more practice.
Then my grandson came to spend the night while his parents were out of town. As I opened his backpack to help with homework, I noticed the handle was hanging by a thread. I wondered if I could make a back out of thicker, more substantial material for a young child. There wasn't really any point in making a new backpack unless it was one he would like...maybe a superhero themed bag. That was on a Monday. My grandson loves superheroes, especially Batman. By Thursday, this is the bag that finally emerged:
I couldn't wait to give it to my grandson. As you can see by the look on his face, he loves the "Bat-pack". The bag is made with 100% cotton Duck and lined in "Batman" yellow. It has two large black interior pockets and one small pocket. The exterior has padded adjustable straps, a padded back panel, and a large front pocket. Best of all is the nameplate on the inside to inform everyone that, "This Bat-pack belongs to...."
I just love the challenge of creating crafts! The look on this little guy's face made the work worthwhile.
What is next for Southern Comfort? Well, I'm not sure, but I think I will look into creating aprons. Maybe even some travel games would be fun. There is also that rug pattern I saw....Just too many choices!