Sunday, June 12, 2011

Birthdays All Round.....


It's been a week of birthdays here! There are 6 birthdays in our family in June, and 4 of them were this last week, including my son, my sister and myself. So I decided today to make a little pressie for my sister using this gorgeous Tanya Whelan fabric that my friend H bought me a little while ago.

I used this great tutorial at The Plaid Scottie that I found through Elizabeth and it was really a very straightforward make - even though I was, as always, afraid of getting the zip ends all messy. It takes only 2 pieces of 8" x 10" fabric, the same of lining fabric, a zip and some twill tape. Oh, and interfacing of course! But for a simple, gorgeous little bag its a winner and I'll definitely make more of these, I can see lots of use for them. Even the zip was easy!


The outer fabric is Darla Rosie Dot in Red (although I would see the colour more as a cerise pink) and the lining is Darla Rose on a pale blue background. I love Tanya Whelan fabrics and this is so girlie - its perfect for a makeup bag.



Then, when I had made it I felt it was a bit lonely - so I decided it needed a little purse to go with it - something that would work for coins, or some lipstick & eyeshadow - just a little handbag purse. I looked at the coin purse pattern in the Amy Butler Style Stitches book, but, to be honest, wanted something quick and easy and those patterns tend to be over complicated. So I cut a couple of 6" squares, made a small pleat and kind of improvised as I went along. I had a bit of a panic when it came to sewing up the side seams, but it turned out ok. I lined it with the same fabric as the pouch and its pretty much done, except I need to do a tiny bit of hand sewing to close the lining at the zip ends.

Cerise rose coin purse zip

I think the two of them make a nice pair and I hope you like them M, if you're reading!


Even though I'm supposed to be working from my stash only at the moment and not buying new fabric, I was browsing through the shelf of fat quarters in a little city centre craft shop yesterday and, to my total surprise, came across these:


They are Penny Lane by Riley Blake fabrics and I've never before seen Riley Blake fabrics sold in any shop here in Cork! I just couldn't resist them, it being my birthday, so I bought them - aren't they pretty? I also was very naughty (as I would tell my kids!) and did a little internet shopping on Friday evening (I felt I deserved a little extra present!!). I bought some FQ bundles - 1001 Peeps by Lizzie House in 2 different colourways, this blue and also in dusk/orange:



Source: etsy.com via Sarah on Pinterest



And Just Wing It by Momo for Moda, also in 2 of the colourways, this lovely pink and the blue also.



Source: etsy.com via Sarah on Pinterest





I just can't wait for these to arrive - lots of plans are flying around in my head for what to do with them!!

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23 comments:

Manda said...

Great little bags and super yummy fabric coming your way!

Jessica said...

Don't feel bad about buying that fabric =o) It's beautiful! I know you will enjoy it.

Flying Blind... said...

Great makes and fantastic Birthday shopping - Happy Birthday Lovey! (I think I am going to start milking that excuse even though it's not mine for another fortnight!).

Lindsay Conner said...

Lucky you for finding those fabrics! I don't blame you at all for being "naughty" :)

Lynne said...

Happy birthday!

Lovely fabrics and lovely pouches for your sister.

Becky said...

love those pouches! I've been wanting to make that box pouch. Yours is adorable. I was bad too and ordered some 1001 peeps - it's too cute to resist!

Sara @ Sew Sweetness said...

Happy birthday!! I love your zippered box, it came out great...I really must try that tutorial!

The Sunflower Patch said...

Happy "B" Day! Lovely fabric :) You deserve something Sweet on your special day,so don't feel bad about being a little Naughty :)

Jennifer at Ellison Lane Quilts said...

Hope you had a lovely time on your little getaway. Happy Birthday my friend! Love the gifts you made your sister and your happy new fabric!

susan said...

Love your sister's present. Hope you got some good ones too - ones you didn't have to buy yourself (which I an coveting). I am now going to look up that Penny Lane fabric line because I think I might NEED it desperately. A belated happy birthday.

Wendys Hat said...

So cute! My favorite is the little coin purse!

Cindy said...

Love, love, LOVE the Reiley Blake fabrics. I have not seen his stuff in Galway either. Next time I'm in Cork, I will have to search out your fabric shop and have a little spree :)

Happy Birthday, Sarah!

Elizabeth D. said...

Awww, happy birthday to you! I'm so glad you liked Kaelin's tute, I think your boxed pouch came out beautifully. Can't wait to see what you do with your new fabric! :)

Judith said...

Happy Birthday! Sounds like you've enjoyed yourself buying fabric! Yeah! Gorgeous fabrics - have fun with those. And the box pouch is adorable. Jxo

Leanne said...

These are lovely, I am sure your sister will be pleased with them! Lovely fabric on the way too.

Druid Lady said...

Very beautiful work Sarah, I'm sure your sister will love your presents. Happy birthday to you and the others. Been quilting for over 30 years, but haven't done a lot lately. I'm finding your blog to be very inspirational. It makes me want to start quilting again. Thank you.

MJ said...

Happy Birthday! I love all the little pouches!!

Angie said...

What a busy birthday month! Cute pouch :)

Riel Nason said...

Those are such pretty pouches. I would be more than happy to get that as a gift. June is a big celebration month for our family too. 3 birthdays and an anniversary! Cheers, Riel

felicity said...

Happy Birthday! I love how your pouch and purse came out. Am about to start a pouch for teacher gifts, and will probably use that tute. Thanks for the idea of an extra little something, too!

ulinkap said...

Happy Birthday! This little purse is so sweet! And I love your blue fabrics! I've used last scraps of my blue fabrics and I need to buy something new :)

Helen said...

I'm sure M loved her Pouch and Coin Purse, they are really beautiful!

I hope you got lots of nice treats yourself and that you have saved lovely fabrics to make something special for yourself!

Happy Birthday Domestic Goddess!

Love
H.

Megan said...

Love your pouch--that one is on my to-sew list too! :) Thanks for linking up to {Sew} Modern Monday and have a great week!