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More fall love… Both last weekend and today (a Monday no less), I had perfect lazy fall days with friends. Last weekend a friend who’s learning to sew came over for the afternoon and we had a mellow few hours talking, sewing and enjoying some homemade pumpkin soup. My project that day was to start some pillow covers for fall/winter. I got one front done and they’ve been mocking me ever since. But today another friend came over to teach me how to bake bread (yeast and I just don’t play well together). The bread baking took a few tries – there just might be something to my yeast jinx… but we got one tasty if somewhat dense loaf out of it. And… while we waited for the dough to rise we enjoyed more pumpkin soup and did some sewing. Once she finally pushed me to get back to the pillows I got back in the groove and got them both done! And I’m feeling motivated to keep sewing and to keep trying to make friends with yeast. We’ll see how it goes…

A sure sign of fall, one roasted pumpkin just waiting to be turned into tasty goodness.

First up… pumpkin soup. At first I was disappointed that it was so mild. But it worked out for the best, I added a different combo of things to it each time I served it. A few things on the list: bacon, parmesan cheese, cashews, chilli oil, garlic croutons and I wanted to added roasted apple but ran out of soup before I tried it.

I saved some of the pumpkin puree because I have to bake with it. This is gluten free pumpkin, chocolate, hazelnut bread for a stitch ‘n bitch.

Sewing day one about all I got done was cutting the strips and piecing together one front (that was the intimidating but fun part). But finally a week+ later… here are the two pillow fronts.

Here are the two quilted backs.

completed pillow #1

and completed pillow #2. Oh, it feels good to have those done! And to finally have some new fall pillows on the couch.

And just for the fun of it, here are the bacon maple biscuits I made on Sunday while I was avoiding the pillows 🙂

Fall is just around the corner which means it’s time to start thinking about my next list of projects…

In the meantime, I have one more laminated cotton creation that I never posted.

My family headed to Maine this past month and it would be the first time my little nephew had flown. He’s not always one for sitting still, so I wanted to make him something small enough for plane travel that would help to keep him busy. So I revisited the oh so cute crayon folio, but this time in laminated cotton.

I’m so in love with this fabric that I was really excited to use it again.

 

Here are the front and back, ready to be sewn together (this got to be a serious number of layers of laminated cotton and my sewing machine was not pleased with me, but we got through it – literally).

Ta da! Finished and filled with all sorts of fun stickers, paper & crayons to play with.

It’s so darn cute, I love it (especially the little outside pocket).

 

 

I may be addicted… Gingercake has the cutest patterns that I feel the need to try them all. The latest creation was her Art Tote. Again, I switched it up a bit to make the bag out of laminated cotton.

Her patterns are so detailed and easy to follow, but this one tested my attention span 🙂 That’s a lot of pieces to cut, layer, attach and sew together and then do it again for the inside… but it was well worth it. I just spread it out over a few afternoons…

This project was for Tate, one of my favorite little toddlers. He comes to work with his mom now and then, and they have a tiny house, so an easy place to store art supplies seemed like a good fit. And for his mom’s sake, there are no trucks on this bag (though I did find him crayons that come in a truck shaped case).

One of my favorite parts of making things for kids is the freedom to have even more fun matching prints. In this case I managed to work in owls, polka dots & madras!

Since ironing laminated cotton is not ideal, I skipped lining each piece with interfacing, figuring the lamination would do the trick and it seems to be just fine. Here are all the pockets attached and the sides attached to the bottom of the bag:

I’d attempted making gift bags, once before and failed at attaching all the sides, so I appreciated the detailed (and this time successful) directions!

Just when I thought I was done, I realized I had to do the same thing again (minus the pockets, well…minus most of the pockets…) for the lining. Ta da, two successful bags:

Stuffed together and finished with a cute handle, I had one very cute bag with pockets for paper, stickers, crayons, scissors, pretty much any and all art supplies you could want. (And no, I did not give the scissors to the two year old, that was for demonstration purposes only).

Though, I think my favorite part is the secret pocket inside. This madras print was so darn cute and I was inspired by the patchwork to match up a 2nd square to get a pocket. Because really, who doesn’t want a secret pocket?

I’m finally getting to the initial motivation for sewing with laminated cotton – reusable snack bags!

I found a couple patterns for lunch bags & snack bags – the other lunch bag is still in the works because so far it’s the worst pattern I’ve ever worked with and I can’t bring myself to finish the set… But luckily I was also using a Gingercake pattern for a super cute lunch bag & snack bag and it was a dream to work from.

The lunch bag itself is child-sized with an easy to grab handle. It even has pockets on the sides to hold a fork or two.

I went with a fairly neutral green dot fabric on the outside, with cute dinosaurs on the inside – it is for a toddler after all. I made a couple different patterns of small snack bags, including a drawstring one that my nephew decided was better used as a hat.

And because I can’t resist, here are a couple photos of the bag in use by the cutest nephew around!