It's been a busy week for me in my craft room! Not only am I working on some personal sewing projects, but I'm also working on getting my Etsy shop back up and running. In addition to the few paper items I have in my shop currently, I'm going to be adding a new line of handmade accessories in the next couple of weeks, eventually changing over exclusively to handcrafted bags, purses, and other small accessories. I'm excited! I enjoyed papercrafting to an extent, but that doesn't come close to the joy I have in sewing.
So here's what I've been doing this week . . .
I'm still working on the purse for my sister. I had planned to get it finished last night, but I ran into a snag and have to redo this tie. It was too short by just a touch . . . and I know what happened, so it's an easy fix. It should be finished before the weekend is over.
This is a reusable shopping bag I made for myself using a pattern by Keyka Lou. It's the size and shape of the plastic grocery bags you get at the store, which is why I like it. It's big and roomy and sturdy - all the seams are double-stitched and the handles are reinforced. It's also completely washable, and it can be reversible if I want it to be. I love this bag! It's one of the new items I'll be offering in my shop.
To try and get my shop back into the mainstream of Etsy, I renewed some of my papercraft items and added a few new ones - some tags and stickers.
Finally, I made some labels to sew into my new creations! I am so so so excited about these labels! I looked at two tutorials - Silly Gilly's and Patchwork Pottery's - to make these. I used iron-on transfer paper and ironed the image onto lengths of twill tape. I am totally satisfied with the results! My husband used the banner that our son, Andrew, made for my shop and made it suitable for labels. I literally couldn't have made these without my husband's help - thanks, Honey! :)
Once again, I'm linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict on her Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? Pop over there to see what's up with other crafters, and join in with us if you've made some progress on something this week. You don't have to finish - just make some progress!