Man, this blogging is harder to keep up with than I initially feared. I swear I have been crafting it up, honest.
Like last weekend I made myself a new wristlet. This pattern is about twice the size of my first. I would call this one a purse, while the other is more wallet.
I absolutely love the fabric's owl design. Have it in a few colors so you may see it again... Also loving the lining choice. It is cut from one fat quarter. Had just enough fabric for two inset sipper pockets, 6 card tabs, one bill tab, and the body. Awesome.
I used to look at fat quarters as never being quite enough meat to work with for my designs. I was thinking too big. Then it dawned on me that I could take those fun, inexpensive cuts of fabric and use them as liners. I am a big fan of colorful lining. Many bags that use poly lining fabric are just so blah on the inside. Super cute outside but there isn't much going on inside. I like it to be functional and fun. Don't get me wrong, I match my lining when it counts; dresses, skirts, etc. But say I make a cute monotone blazer, and "Oh, is that my phone in the inside pocket going off?" Open the jacket and blah-blam! A little sunshine, springtime, color me fun liner. So, those little cotton gems I avoided for years are now working their way into my regular impulse buying at the fabric and craft shops. I try to buy two of the same design in case one wont cut it. And that way, even if I make a bad or wallet with the same outer material, I can change up the liners to make them unique.
I have also been wrestling with my first pattern for purchase. I have it all drawn and divided up for scanning but the dimensions are a bear. Last weekend I had that light bulb moment. Now everything seams to be printing out in the proper dimensions. Of course when I coverted it from a doc to a PDF it will blow up, but as the wise Wendy pointed out, "That is why we work in a library." The resource lab techies can come to the rescue. Ha. Lucky for me I know to ask Google before throwing in the towel completely. So simple. Just save the darned thing as a PDF on my Mac instead of running through a doc converter. Then condense the file when Craftsy says it is too big to upload. Victory! So, though no one is likely to buy it ever, at least I am trying to sell my creations. Next is the Etsy shop for clothing and felt creations. My summer of productivity continues...