Cool Wristlet Giveaway!

I’m always thinking about new things to make with my fabric stash. Recently I noticed wristlets on some Etsy sites. So I made up a few in my own style. Shortly after posting photos of one on social media, I had the follow text conversation with my daughter.

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I was so excited when my daughter told me wristlets were popular (I had no idea) and that she wanted one for Christmas! I always put super high value on positive comments given by a young person. Because then I feel a teenie weenie bit hip.

After our conversation I immediately started cutting out a few more. I am offering up this one made with Lotta Jansdotter fabric for the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway!

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The wristlet is accented with hand-dyed cotton trim and a tie-dyed wristband.

ANYONE can enter the giveaway! To enter just tell me your favorite holiday food in the “comments” section. If you are unable to leave a comment, you can email me your answer at loribeilby@gmail.com. If you want to enter TWICE, “like” Modern Home Ec on Facebook (just let me know you have done so in your comment.) The giveaway is open through December 13, 2013. The winner will be notified by December 15. You can enter more giveaways at Sew Mama Sew!

Wear a little tie-dye on your hip

A few months ago I posted photos of some beautiful hand-dyed fabrics in Great Weekend for Dyeing. I felt they were too pretty to cut up, but I finally took the plunge and made a few things. Here are two fold over bags.

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I sewed on leather handles. A first for me. I just got a new machine that can do this. (40 year old Elna Super – I still love you and will always keep you.) The inside is fully lined with an Amy Butler print fabric. (Side note – I had the good fortune of attending an Amy Butler workshop in Los Angeles this past Saturday, and she truly is a rock star. Also the nicest – and possibly tallest – woman on the planet.)
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DSC_0642These bags are both for sale on Etsy.

Fun, Day of the Dead totes

I had been waiting since spring for this Andover fabric to be available. The collection, “Mi Famalia,”  is designed by Jesus Cruz who is an artist that lives in my city of Riverside, California. Both my husband and I are thrilled by this fabric – me, because I sew, and my husband, because he actually had Jesus as a student in a printmaking class several years ago at our local community college when Jesus was beginning his art career. My husband, Michael, can say “I knew him when…..!”

So far, with the fabric, I’ve made two totes. Same pattern with variations.

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The totes are also lined with fabrics from the collection. They have two interior pockets.
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The long strap tote sold before I had a chance to list it (I’m sure I’ll make more!), But the short handle one is for sale on Etsy.

pouch with a pom pom

Recently I have noticed zippered pouches and clutches everywhere. Many are made of leather in beautiful, bright colors. I decided to make my version of a little, zippered pouch using a combination of hand-dyed and print fabrics.

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The pouch is 7 1/2″ x 7″. It’s fully lined with a contrasting print fabric. I got my zippers from my favorite source, Zipit. They carry any color you can imagine.

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These little bags are as fun as they are practical! Great for travel.

They are for sale in my Modern Home Ec shop.

This post was shared on Sew Country Chick.

Grungy t-shirts become beautiful little bag

I’m currently working on my inventory for my Summer’s Coming Open House. I thought a little bag made from tie-dyed, recycled T-shirt yarn would be a great addition to my collection. I had quite a stash of dyed pieces made from very worn, white T-shirts donated to me by my son.

My project started like this.

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In progress, it looked like this.

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Finished, it looks like this.

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It’s has a silk lining.

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Now my son’s upcycled T-shirts sit happily on my happily on my daughter’s hip!

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Fold-over satchel, take two

While I loved the fabric and the style, I wasn’t completely happy with the way my tie-dyed, fold-over satchel lay on the hip when worn across the shoulder. I decided to refine the bag by adding a layer of batting, some interfacing at the opening and a snap closure. I used some fabric that I purchased at JoAnn’s with the intention of altering it in some way.

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I over-dyed the fabric with Coral Pink dye from Dharma Trading Co., making a pattern using  rubberbands and marbles. The result was a bright fun fabric.

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I trimmed the opening of the bag with a multi-colored hand-dyed fabric from my stash. It is fully lined with a polkadot print and has two interior pockets.

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The handles are made from the unaltered fabric.

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This bag is can be purchased on Etsy.

Tie-dyed, fold-over, satchel

I’ve noticed some leather “fold-over” bags on recent fashion pages. I thought it would be fun to adapt that idea to a cloth shoulder bag. I dyed some fabric using the “color parfait” method from Color by Accident by Ann Johnston and sewed up this everyday sized bag.

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I trimmed the bag with some hand-dyed lace from Dharma Trading.

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The inside is lined with a fun print and it has two interior pockets, good for cell phone, keys, and lipstick.

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The strap is 50″ long, and is attached to the outside back. The dimensions are height – 10″ and width – 12″.

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