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Shoe Fruit Games!

Sometimes, I just need a break from projects that require me to think. I’m constantly engineering, prototyping, and problem-solving when sewing – it can be exhausting and burn me out.

So when Erin of Dog Under My Desk offered to give a bag pattern away to anyone who was interested in sewing one and blogging about it, I said “sign me up!” and I chose The Essential Wristlet pattern.

Click to see the other blogs that are part of the blog hop plus all the individual giveaways!

I knew from talking to Erin on Twitter that she was my kind of perfectionist because I’ve seen how meticulously she tests her patterns before offering them in her shop. And I knew that she would be giving me the gift of a fun little project where all the brain cramps had been suffered for me.

I was not disappointed!

Erin’s instructions are amazing. A detailed supply list. Full step-by-step, with beautiful color photographs. Multiple options and ways to customize.

And her pricing is hardly charging what the sewing instructions alone are really worth!

Yeah, I can make a bag pattern, but why bother when Erin already has, and has already tested… and tested… and perfected?

Anyone can make professional looking bags with instructions like hers, truly. (When he saw it, my husband actually thought the first one I made was retail merchandise! “Where’d you get this?” was, in fact, uttered.)

I have plans to make other versions (especially when I need a break from thinking!), but here are the three I’ve made so far in more detail:

3 wristlets – one small and two large.
They make perfect little clutch purses or bags to go in a larger bag or purse.
(Phone for size comparison.)

Bingo-Print-Bag

Small size wristlet.
I used a lobster clasp with detachable keyring on my bags.

Large size wristlet.
I shortened the wrist loop a little after making the previous bag.

Large size wristlet with double zipper & outer pocket.

My Samsung Galaxy 3 phone fits in both the small and large size wristlets, but it is a little tight in the small (top) bag.

The best part about all of this is that I have a free copy of the wristlet pattern to offer to anyone who comments on this post. But you have to be quick!

Drawing for the free PDF pattern is closed only open until 3pm on Saturday, September 21, 2013 United States Central Time (GMT -6). I will announce the winner in a short post that evening. Winner announced in this post.

I already have a 4th bag (another large version) cut out and ready to assemble.

I figured something simple like a wristlet would be a nice project for the scraps of such hateful fabric (you might remember the metallic brocade from this post).

So leave me a comment for a chance to win the pattern and make your own. And check out all of Erin’s other great bag patterns too!

Thanks, Erin, for the great pattern!

I Smell Cheese

It’s time to take a short break from whatever you were doing and enjoy a laugh!

Below are two amusing videos from the 1950s that I came across today.  First up is an umbrella fashion show.  (Do fashion designers still do accessory runway shows today?  I can’t say I’ve ever seen a modern show featuring them.)

While most of the umbrellas they are showcasing look like they should be props in comedic musicals, the dresses and hats worn by the models are beautiful!  I especially like the red & white hat that was paired with the red & grey umbrella.

And here’s another video with horribly kitschy hats, complete with cheesy narration and acting:

It starts out rather costumey and then just becomes absurd by the end!  (The “funnel” hat made the laugh most.)

“It just goes to show what can be done with a little imagination – if you know how.”  LOL

Now don’t you feel inspired to go looking through your kitchen cabinets instead of in your closet?  Hope you enjoyed the quick break!  =oD

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