Sunday, December 14, 2008

10 days left...

10 days left until Christmas and I was able to complete a few more projects the past two weekends. First I completed this Mr. Bedbug's Ditty Bag by Amy Butler. This is an older pattern but I have noticed there are some stores that are still selling this. Just do a search online for Amy Butler Ditty Bag. This bag was actually easier than I expected and I think it turned out really cute. I used a western toile and a bandana print for the exterior.
Canvas for the lining...
A faux leather for the bottom and handle...
These instructions were very well written. There are no raw edges anywhere once completed.... love that kind of pattern! I don't know... there is something about raw edges showing on a project once it is completed... just doesn't say quality to me. Amy Butler has quality patterns!
This is another project that I completed... actually completed it last weekend. Couldn't get my kids to stay still long enough to get a picture of them wearing them so I had to do it without them. I was inspired by the 5 Funky Monkey's fabric collection by Erin Michael for Moda and sock monkeys and decided to come up with an applique for the kids shirts. I wanted it to have an authentic sock monkey feel, so I used the socks that are actually used for sock monkeys. I created a girl and boy version... one for Paige and the other for Matthew.
I have thought about posting a tutorial that includes the templates to make these adorable monkey appliques that you can really put on just about anything... shirts, bags, blankets/quilts, etc. What do you think? Would you want a tutorial with templates?


  1. Beautiful Ditty Bag! I love the fabrics. Those Sock Monkey shirts are adorable! Yes, I would love to see a tutorial/templates. I already have a few ideas swimming in my head to use them on! Thanks!

  2. A tutorial would be great! Teenagers love these sock monkeys as do many adults so I can think of a few people I could do a project for. Thanks!

    They are really adorable.

  3. I would love to have a tutorial from you!

    Have a Merry Christmas!

  4. love that bag!
    perfect fabric for it too.
    the shirts are adorable, really cute.
    I use to do things like that too for my girls when they were little
    they loved wearing them too!

  5. Now I know why you work for Moda, you get A LOT done! LOVE the monkey shirts! Canon has a little sock monkey named "monkey" (creative huh?) and he would love a monkey shirt to match. Bring on the tuturial! (please?)

  6. I would love a tutorial for these templates! What a cute idea! It's great to be able to share cute ideas with people who are so creative! Thanks for all the fun ideas.

  7. Very cute bag and love the sock monkey shirts. Yes - a tutorial would be great! Your projects really inspire me. Thanks!

  8. Love, love, love the sock monkey shirt! I make the sock monkeys themselves and I'm on number 96!

    Thanks for sharing this darling shirt.

    Resident Grandma at Sock Monkey Ranch

  9. What great ideas you have!! I would love to see a tutorial/templates. My kiddos just love the sock monkeys--thanks for sharing!!

  10. Happened upon your blog tonight and would LOVE a tutorial on the sock monkey shirts - too cute!

    Great blog! Will certainly be back :)


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