Purging and Purses

I FINALLY created a bag pattern that I can call my very own. Soon they’ll be available in my shop. I’ve got just a few things to change. I’m going to make the bag itself slightly deeper and possibly add a snap of some kind. I’ve been using this one to test it out and it gets a Homespun Haley stamp of approval!

IMG_3765 IMG_3769 IMG_3774I also deep cleaned my craft room this week. I had a whole dresser filled with old decor, frames, and old crafting items that I emptied. We’ve gone through every room in the house and have purged what we can. We’re having a yard sale on Saturday!

IMG_3764Any advice? This is the first yard sale that we’ve had…

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Book Bags for the Kiddos.

When you’re a kid, nothing beats not having to share having your very own something. Nothing makes it yours better than plastering your name right on it. So this Christmas, I made my nephew and niece their very own book bags. Thanks to my cousin Penny who sent me this inspiration pic:

Library Tote ExampleThis is what I came up with:

Book Bag Book bagI knew I wanted to make my own tote so I could add some pizzazz. I find that knowing how to make a solid, standard tote bag is a skill that always comes in handy. So I appreciate the practice. Adding a liner allowed me to lazily pay attention to only the outside prettiness of the bag. The liner covers the interior part that looks disastrous  With reinforced handles (made from strapping), this bag should be able to withstand haul after haul of library books and/or other kiddo necessities.

While I don’t have a step-by-step photo tutorial for you, as I was crazily finishing these in the middle of the night, the eve of Christmas eve, I can give you some details that might help if you’d like to make your own.

I started with measurements of 17 1/2″ (h) x 16 1/2″ (w). I folded the top down two inches so ending measurements were probably something like 15 1/4″ x 16″. I simply hand cut out flannel letters and sewed them in place. This took forever and I’m sure had I left myself more time, I could have found a less time consuming method.

book bag book bag Book bag Book BagThey were a success. Especially since hidden inside was a book to add to their sprawling collections. “Skippy John Jones” for Giana and “The Secret Identity of Awesome Man” for Samuel. It was great watching these two open presents. They were delighted in each one and willingly gave out lots of thank you hugs…

…of which I gladly accepted.

Owen, Samuel and Giana

ARKG! (excited giveaway noise)

My lovely friend Beth, who is a super blogger of awesomeness at 5 Kids Is A Lot Of Kids, is feeling thankful. So she’s featuring her own little shopping spree this weekend, though it won’t cost you a dime.

Starting today, through Sunday, Beth is going to feature a different friend/artist who has donated an item for a lovely giveaway.

And guess what?

Today you’ll find some Homespun goodness over there!

So follow THIS LINK, simply leave a comment on her post, and you’ll be entered to win this:

More pictures here at the shop, if you’d like to scrutinize. But really, you need this bag.

Bigger, badder, stronger.

I love making clutches. You can whip them out fast and add fancy detail. But I’ve been getting lots of requests for a bag that meets the everyday needs of a lady-on-the-go (It holds a ton of crap). So here it is! In the next few months I’ll have some different options available for those of you who are afraid of color and stripes.

These are surprisingly fun to make. It’s an adaptation to a Simplicity pattern I got eons ago.  I was hard pressed to reproduce it, since I didn’t write down my changes anywhere or indicate on the pattern what I did differently. I tend to do that kind of thing, which is one reason I avoided doing this earlier in the summer. But alas, I figured it out, and here it is.

Check it out in my shop.

Happy Thursday!