Back to designing…Sew Sharky!

November 3rd, 2014

Sew…this is the prototype for my new downloadable sewing pattern design (coming VERY SOON to SewThankful.com).

Sew Sharky! is a shark hot pad with a pocket mouth for your hand to wear him like a mitt.  He will look awesome sitting on your table, waiting for a hot pot of food to rest upon him…or, hanging on the wall of your kitchen.

Sew Sharky is a Sew TracyLee original design!

I’ve got just a couple minor tweaks to make (mostly in the instruction/editing process), but I like him quite a lot. What do you think?

A dear friend from Jr. High School was my inspiration.  She loves sharks.  LOL.  This one will be a great one for any shark/ocean lover in your life.

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Sew BikeChicâ„¢ — Sewing a Recycle/Upcycle Bike Tube Coin Purse

May 29th, 2014

Today I spent the day playing with rubber…rubber bicycle tubes that I recycle into usable items.

So I decided to try making a cute little zippered coin purse that is fully lined. I used my I-Zip Wallets sewing pattern as a guide for determining size and basic construction (note: sewing with rubber instructions are not provided in this pattern).

Here is what I came up with:

Recycled Bike Tube Zippered Coin Purse -- fully lined

Recycled Bike Tube Zippered Coin Purse — fully lined

Here’s a peek inside:

Inside the coin purse

Inside the coin purse…see, fully lined! :-)

 

Working with recycled rubber–especially recycled bicycle tubes–presents a number of challenges.  One must collect it, clean it (many bicycle tubes are filled with SLIMEâ„¢ or other sealants), cut & prepare it (it curls, stretches and bulges in places due to the circular shape of the tube) and you need to know how to sew it.

Sewing rubber can be tricky in a number of ways.  For example, once the needle goes in, there WILL be a hole (that will be seen if you have to remove stitching).  Additionally, the rubber likes to “grip” and stick to many sewing machine beds as well as the presser foot.

I find it extremely worthwhile to make the effort in order to keep the tubes out of landfills.  It’s especially rewarding to turn toxic trash into an attractive, functional item that is super durable and FUN to carry.   :-)

If you like the style of this coin purse and would like to make one for yourself out of fabric, you may be interested to learn more about the I-Zip Wallets sewing pattern by clicking here (note: sewing with rubber instructions are not provided in this pattern).

I-Zip Wallets — Sewing Pattern Download from Sew TracyLee Designs

May 11th, 2014
I-Zip Wallets sewing pattern

I-Zip Wallets

 

I’m sew excited about my newest pattern.  I spent a lot of time writing and testing and re-writing and testing. :-)

I hope you enjoy making these cute little zip wallets as much as I do.

The pattern includes lots of pictures and step-by-step instructions to make 3 sizes of I-Zip Wallets.

There are options for interior and exterior pockets (a pieced pocket option is provided) as well as an optional removable wrist strap.

Instructions to make the optional braided fabric zipper pull are also included.

 

 

 

Take a closer look at some of my models:

Clutch wallet size I-Zip

Clutch wallet size featuring pieced exterior pocket, removable wrist strap and braided fabric zipper pull.

 

Cell Phone Wallet size I-Zip featuring wrist strap and braided fabric zipper pull.

Coin Purse size I-Zip featuring single fabric exterior pocket and braided zipper pull.

SewThankful for Inspiration EVERYWHERE — Geyser Field in Chile Images

April 22nd, 2014

What inspires you?  Where is the most unusual place you’ve found inspiration?

While surfing facebook, I found this!  It’s so gorgeous and reminds me of fiber art in so many ways. Chilean geyser fields – surreal.

 

SewThankful for Yummy Food Art — Pretty and Tasty

April 22nd, 2014

I showed this to Jacob (13) and he thought it looked VERY cool.  It’s now on our ‘to do’ list!
Food Art-FUN!