Hi Everyone! I spent much of my free time in March and April sewing some gifts for my daughter's 9th birthday. She loves Hello Kitty so I found some Hello Kitty fabric on etsy and set to work making some things for her.
The first thing I made was this large messenger bag. I wanted to use this fabric for it because it was such a large print that it wouldn't work well for small items. (I hated that white stitching around the top and ripped it out after this photo was taken and replaced it with red stitching which looks much better.) I didn't follow a pattern and kind of just made it up as I went along. :)
My daughter is learning to sew and really enjoying it. So, I decided to put together a little sewing kit for her. I made this wide open pouch to hold everything. You can find the tutorial here for making one. I've heard how people dread installing zippers. This was my first zipper and I was a little worried. It was really pretty easy.
Here's a shot of the pouch open. It really has lots of space in the bottom and holds quite a bit. I filled it with a couple items below along with some embroidery scissors, needles, pins, seam ripper, and ruler.
This is probably my favorite item that I made for her. I created this little needlebook for her. (Inside there are felt sheets to hold needles which I did not take any photos of.) Here is Amy's tutorial for creating needlebooks. I used some beautiful fabrics from Atsuko Matsuyama (along with a Hello Kitty fabric square). They are some of my all time favorite fabrics.
I created this cathedral window pincushion as well. I love the look of cathedral windows in sewn items. I'm definitely going to have to make one of these again. The center is a fabric covered button.
The back of the pincushion matches the button on the front. I followed a tutorial that called for a seam in the back. Next time, I will put the seam on the edge. I think it would look so much nicer.
Lastly, I created a little quilted pouch that she can fill with whatever she wants. It is a flat pouch instead of one with a wide bottom. I quilted the fabrics before assembling the pouch.
Thanks so much for taking a peek at what I've been up to. What have you been creating?