Thanks for joining me today! I'm so excited to show you my projects in our new book Just For You. But before I get to that I want to give you a little more info on what inspired this book and what Caroline and I hope you'll do with it.
We know that as sewists we mostly sew things for our children, grandchildren, for our home, or for gifts to give to others. We wanted this book to be full of projects that you'd want to sew for yourselves. We wanted you to be inspired to take a moment for yourself and sew something you can use, wear, and enjoy. After all we can serve others more fully when we make sure we take care of ourselves. Our book is organized into 12 chapters, one for each month of the year, with 2 projects in each chapter. We hope you will challenge yourselves to sew a little something for yourself each month. What do you think? Are you up for the challenge? Okay lets get onto my projects
This first one is my favorite, it's called the Painter's Clutch. Can you guess why? Those handles! They are made from paint stirring sticks. Yep, plain old free paint sticks with couple coats of spray paint.
After I sewed up my first prototype I carried it around all year as my main purse. It's just the perfect size. I love that I can carry it like a fold over clutch and tuck it under my arm or hold onto the handles when I need a little something extra to grip. And isn't that that model daughter of mine just so cute!
The inside has a single divider so your keys don't scratch your phone. And there is a nice little invisible snap to keep it closed so your stuff can't so easily escape.
My other pattern in the book is the Venna Tote. I designed it originally for Caroline when we did our quilt market swap.
My favorite thing about this one is the size. It's big and can carry all sorts of things. I think it even makes a great diaper bag.
I also like the cute look of the belt cinching it up a bit. The belt loops that turn into handle make for an interesting construction technique. And the flower is a little nod to my original tote bag designs. Before I started blogging much, I used to make little tote bags to sell at local craft fairs. They always had some type of flower or bow embellishment.
I'm so glad for the opportunity to finally have a couple of my designs in real pattern format. I hope you enjoy sewing them and using them as much as I have.
Now for a little fun! I get to give one of you lucky readers a book of your very own so you can sew something for yourself to use and love. Just enter in the rafflcopter widget below. US winners will receive a book to hold in their hands courtesy of Stash Books, International winners will receive the eBook version. And don't forget to visit all the stops on this month long celebration to see who else contributed to Just For You and their fabulous projects. The link list below will fill up as the posts and giveaways go live.
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