New Sketchbook Covers

I made two new sketchbook covers to take notes and doodle in classes this semester.

Each of them has an accompanying zipper pouch that velcros to the back of the cover so I can keep my essential drawing tools attached to my sketchbook.

I’m so excited over all these fun prints! They are going to be quite handy too.

I am officially ready for the new semester to start. Well, until I get the syllabuses for my courses, and then I’ll probably have to make a trip to the art supply store and the camera store.

Custom Sketchbook and Zip Pouch Sets

I'm so excited to finally be ready to show you my newest and most favorite products - custom sketchbook slipcovers and zippered pouch sets!

I am offering them in three combinations of sets from my shop.

Set 1 includes the small sketchbook, measuring 3.5 inches wide by 5.5 inches tall, and fits perfectly inside the medium zippered pouch, which is 9 inches wide by 5.5 inches tall. That way, you can carry your favorite drawing tools with your sketchbook.

Set 2 includes the  medium sketchbook slipcover, measuring 5.5 inches wide by 8.5 inches tall, and has a velcro strip on the back to attach the small zippered pouch, measuring 7 inches wide by 4 inches tall.

The idea here is that this small pouch attaches to the sketchbook slipcover so you can carry your favorite pens and pencils when you’re out and about.

All the sketchbook slipcovers have a double elastic loop, one attached to the front of the cover and the other attached to the back cover. When you slide the pencil through both loops, it keeps the slipcover closed.

Set 3 is the mother-load with all five pieces!

The large zippered pouch is 12 inches wide by 7 inches tall, and all these goodies fit inside. It’s a stylish way to carry your sketchbook and drawing tools.

The pencils and my handmade sketchbooks are included. The best part – these slipcovers are all reusable! When you fill up one sketchbook, replace it with another.

I am listing these as custom orders so you can pick and choose your own colors.

Ever since enrolling in art school, I have wanted to find a way to combine my passion for sewing and my new love for drawing and illustration. This is a fun start! Stop by to check out my new goodies!

Cutting Into It

I can’t believe I am cutting into my chocolate lollipop fabric stash again.  These are some of my favorite fabrics so I have been saving/cherishing them.  I made a few things last year, including a set of pillow covers, a purse, a lunch bag with a vinyl lining, and a market bag.  This weekend, I pulled out a pile of scraps and made this zippered bag.

chocolate lollipop bagI love how it turned out!  It’s so girly and fun.  I even got a compliment the other night from my design teacher. (Thanks, Lisa!)

front side of choc loll bag

Here’s a shot of the inside, where I added a little pocket:

inside of choc loll bagI added a handle which clips to the zipper pull on a key ring. 

the handle

This bag was even more fun than the last one I made because I winged it more with this one. I didn’t follow one set pattern but instead made my own shape and size (8 inches X 9 inches), and added a few features I wanted in one bag. I am working on a couple fabric yo-yos to embellish the front.

Here’s a preview of what I’m working on next:

layout of chocolate lollipop quiltMore cutting into the chocolate lollipop stash! I’m not following anyone else’s pattern on this one either, nor following any quilting rules or guidelines.  Just piecing the way I feel like it.

I’m thinking about adding pink sashing in between each row, and I am planning to add light pink and dark pink borders around the patchwork.  It’s going to be a very girly quilt, exactly what I want it to be!  I’m so glad I finally cut into my stash to make a few more treasures.

Crazy Pouch and Pattern

I needed a quickie Friday night sewing project to round out a full week of work and class and art, so I decided to cut into my Good Folks fabric stash to make a zippered pouch.

zippered pouch

I was relatively happy with the last zippered pouches I made, but not 100% pleased.  We are an overly self-critical bunch, aren’t we?  I decided to try this pattern, which came highly recommended by Sheri from A Quilting Life.  Now I would like to recommend this pattern too!

  • The materials list was exactly what I needed, nothing more, nothing less.
  • The fabric recommendations include making the strip pieced outside or 1-2 fabrics on the outside, depending on the look you want. The pattern gives you options, and you take it from there.
  • The instructions were crystal clear, with accompanying photos that walked you through some but not all the steps, which was enough for me.
  • There was a also a suggested quilting diagram laid over the pattern piece, which included ideas for quilting lines, ribbon placement or other embellishment suggestions. I really like how the quilting lines turned out with the denim blue thread.
  • I would probably make the strap a little bit wider than the 1/2″ suggestion, but that measurement works fine too.
  • There were several techniques in this pattern that I will use in other sewing projects, especially the fabric tabs on each end of the zipper, and the instruction to sew all the way around the outside and lining in one shot rather than stopping and restarting around the zipper. I also like having a boxy bottom so the pouch stands up on its own.

my Good Folks pouchHere’s a shot of the lining:

inside of zippered pouchI am really crazy about this little bag, which turned out 100% perfectly!  Could be due to a good pattern. Could be due to fabulous fabrics!  I just love it and wanted to shout it out to the world!