Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Ditty Bag 02/26/2013

I'm lovin' today's Ditty Bag.  While I was making it, I thought I'd like to put a certain someone's Chocolate Easter Bunny in it!  The fabric on bottom is another trade from the 90's with everything else being of recent vintage.  I love stripes and I love flowers!  Last night we had a mighty nasty snow storm with very wet snow that weighed down all the branches.  Had to go out and help the roses and redbuds lose some of the weight by tapping on the branches and the trunks.  The Sweet Gum out front lost a branch in the driveway, though.


Monday, February 25, 2013

Ditty Bag 02/25/2013

This one is late because I had a very full day.  We're getting another ice/snow storm and everything will be closed down tomorrow, so I went to the grocery store and got some stuff and then went to work early.  Got home and made meat loaf for dinner and by the time I got into the sewing room, it was already after 7 p.m.

I'm not too happy with the grossgrain ribbon ties, so I will probably change those out for something else.  What I love about this one is the squirrels, owls, foxes, frogs and rabbits in the blue print.  It's another one of those prints that I don't remember who sent it to me, but I love it.  The gingham is vintage from the 60's and the pink print is a modern Chez Moi offering.  This one has a drawstring top that is elevated from the rest of the bag.  I used some sulky decorative thread on parts of this.  Measures 9" x 11-1/2". 

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Ditty Bag 02/24/2013

This one was created this morning -- a sunny, warmish winter day on which I can almost hear the snow melting.  I saw a squirrel digging down into the snow looking for his nut stash.  Actually, I first spied only his tail; the snow is still about 10" deep.  I think because of all the snow, I'm attracted to the spring and summery prints in my stash.  This one is  another print that was traded to me back in the 90's and features ties made of a vintage VIP print, with casings and trim made from a 21st century 30's repro. 


Saturday, February 23, 2013

Ditty Bag 2/23/2013 -- Day One

Ditty Bag of the Day

Today I decided that I would make a ditty bag every day for an indefinite period of time.
Why #1:  Because I love to sew and I have a huge fabric stash and I enjoy combining fabrics that weren’t made to “coordinate.”
Why #2:  Because I have peripheral neuropathy that has eaten away my ability to dance (although I can still walk with difficulty) and is now whittling away at my dexterity.  After it finishes with my hands, it will go for my eyes, but I hope that is several years in the future.  I really love color!
So I want to make as many of these as I can in the time I’ve got!

Each one is made of cotton fabric sewed by me on my home sewing machine.
Each day I choose a base fabric and then add fabrics for the various components.
No two ditty bags are alike and each one has the date on which it was made written somewhere inside.
They can be machine washed and dried.
Each will be listed in my etsy shop:  http://www.etsy.com/shop/pattyskypants

Today’s Ditty Bag:  02/23/2013
This bag measures 12-1/4" x 14-1/2" and features double drawstrings.  The top fabric is a VIP print circa 1990 – aqua bunnies on a white background.  The bottom fabric is a yellow, green and blue floral that was traded to me sometime in the ‘90s, so I don’t have any information about who made it.  The casings and drawstrings are made of 30’s repro fabrics from the 90s.  This one is very cheerful, reminding me that spring is very, very close!  Bunnies, daisies and tulips will be here soon!