I have been excited for Ruby Star Wrapping to come out since I saw a little preview at Spring Market in May. I was so happy when I walked in to lunch one day at Sewing Summit and saw one at each place for us!
The projects that Melody Miller and Allison Tannery have put together are so versatile – and incredibly cute. Seriously, the styling of the photos is worthy of a coffee table book. I also love the great conversational style of the writing. It’s like I’m sitting at a cafe with the two of them discussing the projects as I read.
When Amy asked me to join the wrap-along I could hardly narrow down my choices. Finally I settled on the little snack sacks. I can think of so many good uses for them, and they’re super easy to make during a busy holiday season.
My niece is having a birthday party today. I picked up a copy of Crafty Chloe for her… because I have already used it for three other little girls as birthday presents, and why stop a good thing, right? But I thought it would be fun to include a few little extras with it this time, since I was prepared ahead of time for once.
The little snack sack with no alterations was perfect to fit in a package of googly eyes. Because everything is cuter with googly eyes on it. Remember I said it was easy to make? I timed myself. From getting the fabric off the shelf, cutting, ironing, sewing, and stuffing in the googly eyes this project took 3 minutes and 42 seconds. Faster than running into a store and picking up a gift bag if you forgot to wrap a present!
Also, I would like you to notice that purely by accident through careful planning on my part, Chloe’s legs lined up perfectly once the folded fabric was wrapped back around to the front of the bag. I hear it’s easier to do handstands if you haven’t been cut in half. I wouldn’t know, since can’t even do a somersault cartwheel, let alone a handstand.
It was such fun to make a quick simple bag, I decided to pull out some vintage trim I inherited from my Grams and add a little flair to the next one.
I made this one a little bit bigger. I didn’t measure or anything, I just cut so it was about twice as tall as it was wide. How amazing would it be to present a hand-knit shawl to someone in a little sack like this. Then they would have a bag to store it in their drawer so it didn’t get snagged!
I’ve pulled fabric for several more, and started pairing it up with my vintage trims and buttons. Once I finish sewing five hot pink bridesmaid dresses, I see lots more of these in my future.
There’s one more week of posts as part of the wrap-along. Here’s the full schedule in case you missed anything.
11.7.12 Anna of noodlehead
11.9.12 Amanda of A Crafty Fox
11.12.12 Elizabeth of Oh, Fransson!
11.14.12 Brooke of Pitter Putter Stitch
11.16.12 Erin of Two More Seconds
11.19.12 Jennifer of BettyCrockerAss
11.21.12 Rochelle of Lucky Lucille
11.23.12 Sukie of Sukie – don’t you know who I am?
11.26.12 Elizabeth of Don’t Call Me Betsy
11.28.12 Gina and crew of Bolt Neighborhood
11.30.12 Ellen of the Long Thread
12.3.12 Katie of Swim, Bike Quilt
12.5.12 Faith of Fresh Lemon Quilts
12.7.12 Lee of Freshly Pieced
12.10.12 Maureen of Maureen Cracknell Handmade
12.12.12 Sara of Sew Sweetness
12.14.12 Colleen of The Busy Bean
12.17.12 Amy of Diary of a Quilter
12.19.12 Monica of The Happy Zombie
And don’t forget to head over to Sew Mama Sew and enter the contest with your projects from the book.
And head over to Sukie‘s and enter for a chance at other cool prizes, like an Octopurse featuring Melody’s fabric and a gift certificate to Pink Chalk Fabric!