Monday, July 21, 2008

Good things

Jodi made a basket and showed it on her blog and she credited Ayumi from Pink Penguin. The baskets are so cute. And Pink Penguin has a TUTORIAL! Don't you love when that happens. You find something really cute and the instructions are free and easy to make.

Over the weekend I cut out 6-7 baskets. I thought they would make great gifts and be a cute way to hold small things in my home. The baskets are smallish in size by the way. I'm thinking of modifying the idea and making some larger ones.

I really had a great time picking out fabric (from my stash!) and sewing up the first basket shown here. I made the handles slightly longer and added some rick rack. I also opted to machine quilt around some of the squares.










I finished my apron I started sewing last week. It has been a while since I have followed a pattern for something more like clothes construction. I had a few things to change/fix. I lowered the ties slightly (actually I unpicked them 4 times but most of that was user error). I love Jennifer's Bell Bottom line of fabric and I think the apron turned out bright and cheerful with a hint of vintage. The pattern is from Barbara Brandeburg. I had planned on making more aprons this week but I don't think I'll have time. I'll stick to the baskets I have cut out and see how much time I have left over. I have really darling yellow and blue fabric for my next apron so I am excited to make another one now that I've conquered this design. Here is Laurie again, the reluctant model wearing her Phillies' cap and teenager expression.

-nanette

25 comments:

TLC said...

I am so excited that you posted about that little bag! I just got one as a gift in the mail and was wishing I knew how to make it. Thank you! Yours is cute and I love the apron!

Jennifer Paganelli said...

wow..this is fantastic with those big huge dots..lovin it sooo much...thanks I truly love all that you do that bag on top is a great shape please if you have a minute put it in Sis Boom Sightings on fliker for everyone to see...xoxox Jennifer

Catherine said...

Oooh -- thank you for posting the link for those little bags. I can see so many uses for those that I'd love to make a few!

Darlene said...

Cute, cute bag. The tutorial is excellent but I'm bagophobic so I haven't tried to make one. I need to just take the plunge because I'd love to have one or two (ok maybe three!) LOL

Darlene said...

Wait, wait, I love the apron and your DDs are absolutely adorable. Great models. :-)

MichelleB said...

Adorable basket! Love the fabric and rick rack.

Carrie P. said...

I love those little baskets. I have made four already and plan to make some more. It is fun choosing the fabrics.
Carrie P.

flora said...

Very very cute! And your "In the Leafy Treetops" hanging in the Springville quilt show, looks great

CJ said...

You must always be busy at your machine! How small is the basket? It is adorable and was thinking it could be used for some cute storage for my dd at school. That apron is adorable! Now that you have the kinks ironed out on the construction you SHOULD just make some more. :D

Jo-Anne said...

How fun is this bag?!?! And now that I just joined in a bag swap--this might be "the one"!

Your apron model is just adorable...(so's the apron, by the way)!! I recently twisted my daughter's arm to model an apron for me so I could blog about it. :)

Thimbleanna said...

Very cute apron Nanette! And those little bags are just adorable -- I can see how those could be addictive!

PamKittyMorning said...

I recognized the expression right off!

Cute stuff!

yellowfarmhouse said...

I love that little bag - what a great giftie idea. That apron is adorable as well as the model wearing it.

Hugs - karen

amandajean said...

I love those little baskets, too. I have yet to make one myself, but it's definitely on my to do list.

Erin said...

Love the basket! I'm going to that blog or website and take a look. I want to add pockets to the inside for my scissors, needles, floss, etc..Thanks for the idea! How are you and things?

Fiesta said...

I love your baskets.
Thank you for the tutorial.

Stephanie said...

I've been wanting to make that little basket. It's darling and showing up everywhere. I love the ric rac. I think the baseball cap go great with the apron. ;o)

belinda said...

Love the little basket AND the apron.....AND the "LOOK"!!!

Jacquie said...

This might be just the little basket to hold my sock monkey and burp cloths for the church bazaar. That would make a sweet little package.

sarahmurray said...

That little basket bag is so cute! I could think of so many uses for them.. And the apron turned out so cute!!

CalicoDaisy said...

This is so darling. I hope to make one, too. -- Michele

upstateLisa said...

love those fabrics!!!!

Simply This That and the Other... said...

Ah cute! It's the little basket. LOVE yours! I started making another yesterday. They're so fun. I too want to do a bigger one. Wouldn't it be fun to stuff one of those little ones with fat quarters and quilting stuff that matches and give to a quilter as a gift. Your girls are adorable! Great models. I love the apron too!

Nancy said...

I just love these baskets. I'm thinking they might be work for little Easter baskets. The handles are darling.

Nan said...

That apron is gorgeous! The fabrics work very well together in that pattern - I love it!
I am loving that basket, too - thank you for the link to the tutorial.