Tuesday, June 1, 2010

A winner!

The winner is Becky! I linked to her blog, which is adorable! Thanks Becky for following, and thanks to everyone for spreading the word! I'm going to post more on the party later- it was a blast!

Ruby says "Have a great week!"
 (btw,If you're not into cute pics of my baby,  you should probably "unfollow" now...)

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Please move with me! I'll make it worth your while!

I have new followers! I am so excited, however, if you read on to a few posts ago, you'll see I'm moving.It's like making great friends in your neighborhood, and then finding out you're husband got a new job. In a different city. The difference is, I can take each of you with me!
Please come over to mama's hustlin'

I've already moved my posts over, and set up. It's really quite cute! And I have an awesome tutorial for later today.
To make the deal even sweeter, I'm doing a giveaway! And you followers who started here on blueberry-kisses, get two entries. Head over to see the details.

Pretty Please?

Monday, May 24, 2010

Mama's Hustlin'

Allright- Here we go! Head on over to my new place of bloggy-residence. Enter to win a tote bag!



Friday, May 21, 2010

Here's the Deal...a Giveaway!!!

I announced earlier today that I'm making a big move. I'll be absent for the weekend, but am planning something fun! Enter to win this tote bag! Don't worry- if you don't win you can learn how to make one in the post below! : ) Watch for me on monday to announce the big move. Hope you'll come on over with me!

I'm going to give away this Tote Bag!

Here are the Rules:
  1. Must be a follower to enter. Enter by commenting on the first post of my new blog on monday 5/24. (I'll give you the address on monday)
  2. If you are a follower before I make the big move, you can enter twice!!!
  3. Followers who join after the move get one entry.
  4. I will open up shop at the new blog address on monday 5/24.
  5. Give-away closes at midnight 5/28.
  6. I will use random.org to pick a winner.
  7. Good Luck (open to US residents only)!!!

Big Change Coming Up!

Okay, this is something I've been putting off for awhile, but now that I'm in the swing of blogging, and would like to make it more of a focus, I need to address it.

Are you ready?

There. Is. Another. Blueberry Kisses.

I know.
And she has an etsy shop.
And she has a blog. Two actually. Registered to shopblueberrykisses (my other name!!!)
So, I've decided this name is not big enough for the both of us.
I will be keeping this name for my etsy shop. (I have business cards and tags already printed!)
But my DIY blog will be moving.

I'm unpacking the furniture this weekend, and should have an open house next week.

I'm thinking a give-away to entice you brand-new followers to move over with me.
How about a tote bag?


btw, you'll love the new title!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Tutorial: Reversible Tote Bag

This is by far the most popular item I sell in my etsy shop, or locally. It's functional, practical, cute, machine-washable, reversible, totally lovable! I call it the "Momma Tote". When I got back into sewing about a year and a half ago, I started in with bags made out of home-decor weight fabric. There is a local store near me that sells it for 3 bucks a yard!!! 3 bucks! Crazy! It is sturdy enough to hold a good shape with-out interfacing. Most big box craft stores carry it, (just not for the crazy price of 3/yard!)

Choose two corresponding fabrics, we will call them outer and inner. Cut 2 rectangles 16"x18" of each outer and inner. Cut 1 rectangle 8"x12" of outer and inner. These will be pockets. Cut one 4"x 44" length of outer and inner. This will be your strap.
Fold each pocket in half right sides together, and sew around three sides, leaving a spot for turning. Clip corners, turn and press.

Turned and pressed pockets.
Top stich along one shorter edge of pockets (merely decorative), and attach 3 sides to one side each of outer and inner. Be sure to stitch back and forth a few times along the top where it attaches, this area will see a lot of pressure.
Sew outer together, right sides facing. Repeat for inner. I used a 5/8" seam allowance.
Sew strap along one edge, with right sides together. Open up and press seam to one side. Press one side up by 1/2".
Press remaining side in 1/2" to meet other side.
Press the entire strap very well. Sew each side with a 1/4" top stitch.
Miter corners. Do this by popping open the bag with one hand, pressing the bottom flat. I measured 3.5" from side to side and marked. Sew back and forth along this line several times. I serged the edges after sewing. You can also just trim.
Serged edges.
At this point my assistant got a little fussy. I let her help. She's very demanding.

Turn outer bag right side out, and stuff into the inner bag, right sides together. Pin strap into place, with the right sides together. The strap will be inside the bag "chimichanga". That is where it belongs. Have faith. It will all come out the right way.
Stitch around the entire bag with a 1/2" seam allowance, leaving a gap for turning.
Pull the whole bag out through the opening (I love this part!)
Stuff the inner bag back inside the outer bag.
Press and top stich 1/4" away from top edge. Congrats! Take it to the beach! Or the pool, if you live where I live...

Enjoy- Feel free to comment with any questions! -S

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Play Nice

Birthday present number one:

meet birthday present number two:

Play Nice
Having fun together? I'm certainly enjoying this threesome. : ) -S