Monday, February 15, 2016

Quilty Penelope Bag

Hello sewing friends. I get to be the guest designer this month for Patchwork Posse's online Quilt Guild and I'm so excited to share with you the project I've created for it.  I've added a little "quilty" flare to my Penelope handbag and turned it into a PDF pattern to share. Introducing the Quilty Penelope Bag.

The handbag has a Variable star built into the side panels, giving it a pop of color and a cute way to show off your love of quilting. The star panel is great for using up some of your scraps or for playing around with your new favorite fabrics. You can also substitute an 8”, or larger, orphan block to the center panel for a completely different look.

 The Quilty Penelope Bag is perfect for carrying all your essentials, plus a few extras. It’s small enough that it won’t weigh down your shoulder, but roomy enough to hold what you need. 

There are pockets on the inside and a simple magnetic snap closure. The comfortable fabric strap stays on your shoulder and easily slips on with one hand. 

This pattern is written exclusively for Patchwork Posse's online Quilt Guild. Are you a member yet? You may want to consider joining. Not just for my pattern but for access to all the other exclusive patterns, tutorials, Block-of-the-Months, and giveaways that come along with membership. 
There's also a facebook group where you can show of your projects and get feedback and fun swaps you can participate in. It's just like being part of a local quilt group but with the convenience of your own schedule. You'll find all the details about how to join on the Quilt Guild Info Page 
You can read more about me and my project on the Guest Designer page. Sign up and download my Quilty Penelope Bag pattern and let me know what you think.
Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Making Christmas

Now that the packages are all sent and the presents shopping is done (mostly), for us these last few days before Christmas are all about keeping the kids busy, cleaning up the house, and planning meals.

Yesterday we did a fun craft from with some friends using the Yarn Wrapped Ornament tutorial from the Inspired Treehouse. We cut, taped, wrapped yarn, made a mess, and it was fun. Of course a box of donut holes made it a little extra fun too.

I love how they all turned out! Now tonight's job is to tackle the 5 pair of Christmas jammie pants I have waiting for me in my sewing closet. Wish me luck. Are you having fun making Christmas too?

Anthro Inspired Monogram Ornaments

I often browse the Anthropologie ads and think about how I could try to recreate some of their beautiful clothes and cute stuff. Last year there were some totally adorable ornaments on the back cover and I just had to make them. So this year I thought I'd show you how to make some too.
If you are heading to a Christmas party in the next couple of days they would make a fun little hostess gift to take along with you.

Last year I saw the cutest Ornaments in the Anthropologie Look Book. I don't live anywhere near a store so I thought it would be fun to try to recreate them as a Christmas craft with Jack and Luke, my 2 craft loving kids. Today I'm going to briefly show you how we made them. They just turned out way too cute not to share.  

We gathered up our supplies (Mini Pom Poms, floral wire, Baker's Twine, Yarn, and Tacky Glue) and set to work shaping our letters. To shape the letters we bent a wire into the letter and the used haanother wire or two to wrap around the first a bit to give it some dimension.  They ended up to be about 3 inches tall.  You can find a photo of the whole Anthropologie alphabet on Pinterest for reference.  Next we tied a small length of baker's twine a the top and set to work wrapping it with yarn. It gets a little tricky on the ends of the letter you have to get creative with how you wrap it to get the yarn to stay and not come unraveled right away. Next we glued on a bunch of super cute pom poms. 

Anthropologie has them for sale this year with a little different twist. LOVE!! They would make a fun gift for a special friend.

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Mini Tulip Tote Winner

Hello there! I'm just checking in to announce our Mini Tulip Tote Winner from the Sew Mama Sew giveaway day.
And the winner is LeeAnna Paylor!! I'm sending your pattern today!! Thank you to all who entered the giveaway.  If you aren't a winner the PDF Pattern is still available in the Etsy Shop along with 1 more sample bag that's still up for grabs.

Also I received a lovely email recently from Melinda Burch showing off this lovely Mini Tulip Tote she sewed. You can find her at Sew Good To Be Home on Facebook.

She got creative and figured out how to insert a zipper into the top. Way to go Melinda!

That's all for now. Back to Christmas shopping and prep. Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Christmas Crafternoon: Felt Candy Cane Ornaments

Are you enjoying our Christmas Crafternoon posts? Join us all month as we share how to make our favorite handmade ornaments. They are all easy enough to make in an afternoon of crafting, a.k.a Christmas Crafternoon. Today we have candy canes.  Red and white striped candy canes always make me think about Christmas. We always hang candy canes on the Christmas tree, sometimes they are real and sometimes not. For the past several years we have had these lovely felt candy cane ornaments on the tree. My mom made them and I think they are just so cute. Do you know who's Christmas Tree they would look great on? YOURS! 

These are so quick, easy and inexpensive to make.

Materials Needed:

White Crafting felt (each 9x12 sheet will make 2 candy canes)
Red Pipe Cleaners (2 for each candy cane)
Coordinating 3/8 inch Ribbon
Low temp glue gun
Wire Cutters

Let's Get Started! 
Fold your sheet of felt in half, matching the short sides together. then cut along the folded edge to make two 9x6 inch pieces. Then, cut 1 inch off to make your piece 8x6. Next, using your wire cutters, cut 1 pipe cleaner to be the match the length of the long side of the rectangle. 

Run a bead of glue along the long edge and press the pipe cleaner on top of the 
glue to adhere it to the felt. Roll the felt tightly around the pipe cleaner. When you get to the end, run another bead of glue along the edge and then press against the felt to secure the edge and complete the roll.  

Put a dot of glue on the edge of the felt roll and press the end of a pipe cleaner into it. Wind the pipe cleaner snugly around the felt roll. Secure the end of the pipe cleaner to the edge of the felt roll with a dot of glue. 
Bend to make a Candy Cane shape and voila! You are done! Wasn't that so fast? 

Add a bow to finish it off, and then go make another one! These will look great on a tree - they don't even need a hanger, you just hook them on! 
Now, go make a few more! 

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Christmas Crafternoon: Beaded Angel Ornament Video Tutorial

Hi there, this is Rachel from Beyond the Bead Jewelry. I am Sarah's sister and along with making jewelry with our mom, Nedra, I also sew for the Blue Susan Etsy shop. I am a new contributor to the Blue Susan Makes blog and am excited to bring you some fun tutorials during this holiday season!

In today's tutorial, you will learn how to make these beaded angel ornaments.

They are  fast to make and can easily be made in an afternoon. They make a lovely gift for family, friends, or neighbors.

Here's What You Need To Make One

Tools Needed: Flat-Nose Pliers, Round-Nose Pliers, Hook-Nose Pliers, Wire Cutters

For the Angel: (All of these items are available at Hobby Lobby, JoAnn, or
  • 1 Large bead for the Angel body - 1 to 1 1/2 inch tall works well
  • 1 Large, 2 inch wide Wing spacer bead
  • 1 large crystal or pearl for the head (mine is 1/2 inch wide)
  • 1 large Spacer bead for the crown/halo
  • 1 - 3 inch head pin. 
Here is our Video Tutorial
Thanks for watching! If you want to see some of our angel ornaments for inspiration, hop on over to our Beyond the Bead Jewelry Etsy Shop and take a look. 

If the video is not working for some reason, here is a quick picture collage of the step by step to give you an idea of what to do. It is way easier to understand from the video, however. 

Happy Making! 

Giveaway Day!!!

Hello everyone! Today is Giveaway Day! Not just here on our blog but on lots of others too.  SewMamaSew is hosting this fun event where everyone with a shop or a blog can link up an item that they would like to giveaway. Which means there are A LOT of other things you can win around blogland.  The giveaways are open for one full week so you can take your time browsing around and getting to know other fun blogs too. Want to see what we're giving away today??  The Mini Tulip tote PDF Pattern!

This stylish little tote is the size of a small handbag. It is perfect for when you just want to carry the essentials.  It has a wide base so it stands up by itself. The top opens up wide and stays closed snugly with 2 magnetic snaps. There are 2 pockets on the inside to organize your small items. It's quite roomy despite it's small size. The handles are sized to hang on your forearm, but you can lengthen them if you’d like. My favorite thing about the tulip tote is the ruching on the sides. I just love the texture it creates.

This pattern features 18 pages of instructions with step by step photos, as well as 2 pattern sheets with printing instructions. Finished Dimensions are 7” tall X 14'' wide X 4'' deep with 16’’ handles. For more details about this pattern, check out my full Mini Tulip Tote post.

Want to win the Pattern?  Just leave a comment telling me your favorite thing to do with your free time.  I'd love it if you'd follow me or "Like" me on Facebook too, but it's not required to enter. Make sure your email address is linked in your profile or leave it in the comment so I can find you. U.S. only. 

If you are new to Blue Susan Makes, Welcome to our little corner of the sewing world!  You'll find me sewing handmade gifts, stuff for my kids and home, and lots of handbags. I'd love it if you'd check out my Blue Susan Etsy Shop and our sister shop, Beyond the Bead Jewelry. Let's keep in touch!