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February 1, 2019
Minikins: Metro Double-Zip Pouch from Liz Makes Crafts

In January, I decided to participate in the Minikins challenge run by Sew Sweetness. Last year I made a few minikins (and they turned out really well) at my own pace, but since the January challenge is the Metro Double-Zip Pouch, something I'd been wanting to make anyway, I decided to do it in time for the challenge.

And can I just say, yowza. That was really, really hard. But it wasn't the zippers that gave me trouble. Or the hardware. Or even thick layers this time. No. It was the fact that there were parts of this ...

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January 19, 2019
Jetset Cinched Bags from Charm About You

Jetset cinched bag - Sew Sweetness pattern

I have had the bundle of minikins patterns by Sew Sweetness for a little while now and finally got round to making the Jetset Cinched Bag. 

Doing a little swap was just the excuse I needed, it's always better making for someone else! After receiving handmade socks from Sarah, I asked what she would like in return; she mentioned a bag to keep her yarn / knitting projects in. This seemed like just the thing, it's sturdy and a good size.

Jetset cinched bag - Sew Sweetness pattern, drawstring bags

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December 7, 2018
Minikins: Desktop Cubes from Liz Makes Crafts

Several months ago I was in Walmart with my husband and sister-in-law and I saw a little black / gold fat quarter bundle that I was immediately attracted to. But then the snob inside me came out and said, "Walmart fabric? Really?" But they were so pretty and shiny ... and pretty cheap, that I couldn't pass them up.

When I was auditioning fabrics for making a trio of nesting Desktop Cubes from Sew Sweetness's Minikins collection, these immediately started screaming, "Use me! Use me!"

I made 3 of the cubes, one in each size, because I figured making 3 ...

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July 6, 2018
Minikins: Grab and Go Sleeve from Liz Makes Crafts

For my second minikin, I chose the Grab and Go Sleeve. I figured I'd finally make a pretty case for my trusty laptop, it really deserves it!

While the I-Spy Pouch was pretty easy and quick, the Grab and Go Sleeve took me several hours to do because it was essentially a bag. The construction was interesting and at times confusing, but I followed Sara's video very closely and I was quite amazed when everything worked out at the end. Some of those instructions feel like they shouldn't work, but they do!

I really like this fabric ...

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June 29, 2018
Minikins: I-Spy Pouch from Liz Makes Crafts

When I saw the promotional video that Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness put out about the Minikins, I was pretty excited. Minikins are a 12-piece collection of accessory pouches, like pencil bags, makeup pouches, and even a lunch bag, and they're as adorable as their name implies. I'm always looking for video workshops to help me gain confidence in sewing, so I was happy to sign up!

My first minikin is the I-Spy pouch, which is a zippered vinyl pouch. For the fabric, I'm using some rainbow fabrics from a Kim Shaefer bundle. I also found a ...

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