Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Library Book Bag and other Applique Projects

Each year, my daughters’ school holds a fun fair to raise funds for parent council supported initiatives.  One of the highlights of the fun fair include a silent auction.  Each class assembles a themed gift basket for a silent auction.   This year, Lily’s class is assembling a summer reading basket.  I have been working on a number of applique projects.  I made this library book bag out of denim and Erin Michael’s Goodnight Monkey (Moda) book fabric.    The bag was inspired by a bag made by Made on Maple which I pinned months ago.  In addition to the bag, Lily contributed some books, a flash light for reading under the covers, and some book plates.
Hope’s class has a beach-themed gift basket.  I made a “wet bag” for wet swimsuits.   I love this popsicle fabric.  For the structure of the bag I used this tutorial by Little Birdie Secrets. She also contributed some sun screen and sand toys.
Unrelated to the fun fair, but related to applique, one of my childhood friends is on her honeymoon right now.  I made her these sacs for her suitcase.  You can find the pattern for the “intimates” bag at Love Me Sew.
{A couple of sewing notes re applique: Avoid Heat and Bond (it is fine for no-sew projects, but not applique). Use Steam and Seam and titanium needles. I read that on a sewing forum and it is completely true.}
Thanks for your kind concerns re Lily.  She was not herself for a week, but is now back in fine form.  We have been working on a few projects in the garden.  Here is a little  peek at our Majesty Garden!  The castle was originally an unfinished bird house.  I first read about them on Ikat Bag. You can find them at Michaels.  My dad bought it for Lily for her birthday last year, but we didn’t paint it until the weekend, to celebrate Victoria Day!
Happy Crafting,
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  1. love the bags! the wet suit bags are a great idea. I spend a lot of time at the beach in the summer and usually just take plastic grocery bags with me, but yours is such a cute idea.
    speaking of the beach... its almost time!
    have a great week

  2. Your fabric selections for your special projects are just outstanding. You are so talented. Darling pictures of your girls. Great minds think alike. I just posted a picture of a special project happening in our toadstool garden too. Hugs!

  3. The bags are great and I love how you've made them to suit their usage. I think I'll make a wet bag too - we've been swimming every weekend and using a lot of plastic bags.

  4. wonderful ideas & lovely projects ~ thanks for the ideas & inspiration.
    you have such a creative garden and so nice and green!

  5. Such lovely themes for the fun fair!
    I love what you've made and the little sacks are adorable!

  6. I love the bag but even more I love the vintage pattern applique on your friends bag...the castle is absolutely darling!!

  7. Great looking bags. Where did you get that MacCalls pattern applique? Your fairy garden is so special. I love it.

    1. Thanks Janlynn! I purchased the fabric on Etsy (here is an example of it http://www.etsy.com/listing/94028413/mccalls-vintage-pattern-on-pink-gingham and I cut out one of the "patterns" and made an applique. It is a very special fabric!

  8. The reading bag turned out great! It would make a fantastic end of school teacher's gift.

  9. Oo, that castle is crazy-pretty. What an inspired thing to do on the Victoria day weekend. Makes perfect sense, and what fun!

  10. What sweet photos :-) Your little bags are darling. I was thinking about making some bags--- once our pirate party is over. Right now... its pirate season for us lol

  11. These bags are so cute, KJ! The little bathing suit appliques are killing me... too adorable! Fun fabrics :)

  12. Those bags are sweet. I see you are a Canadian from TO. I used to live in Ottawa. Now we live in Saint John, NB. Love your craftiness. I haven't blogged in a while but can't wait to get busy soon. I can't seem to upload pictures. Reading your profile and I see your gals love Julie A. My girls love her as well and sing those songs all the time. Do Re Mi...LOL
    The mushrooms are lovely and the castle is fitting. Loverly.


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