Friday, February 25, 2011

Challenge - Complete!

As you know, I got 10 items cut from the single yard (actually it was 35 inches once I evened the ends up) and I finally got them all sewn up.

Here's a composite picture of them all together:
Look for them to be listed in my etsy shop soon!
That was fun, but I know that a single yard of fabric doesn't let me get even one of each item made that I keep in my inventory, so I'll have to be selective with the smaller cuts to get the 'right' items made!
Happy Sewing,

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

One Yard Challenge - Cutting

So, I think now that I'm trying to decide what all to make from this yard of fabric, why I started buying two yards when I'm not sure what I'm going to do with a piece.

I can't get everything that I want to from a single yard. Here are the ten items I did get cut from this yard:

Large Cell phone case with flap
Large Cell phone case with zipper
Wrap Around zipper gadget case
Regular Box pouch
Small Box Pouch
Zipper wallet/change purse
Mini pack purse (hipster)
Round top flat bottom wristlet
Small Flat Bottom zipper case

Here is what's left:
Not much that's usable. I have containers of scraps like this - anyone interested?
Next time I'll show the selection of finished items.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

One yard challenge

I make a variety of items for my etsy shop and for craft shows. Often when I work with a fabric, I make several items from that fabric. Depending on how much fabric there is, what the pattern is, how I feel that day, and what Mimi cat thinks (ok, that part isn't really true) I may get from 5-10 of my smaller items from it.

So today I am challenging myself to see how many items I can get from a one yard cut with as little waste as possible.

I'll make a list of the items that I've been making, and work on some cutting layouts and then go from there. Should be fun!

Just to clarify, the one yard will be the exterior fabric only, I will use a coordinating fabric for linings.

Here is the fabric I selected to work with.

Check back later this week to see how it worked out.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Zip Around Success

I made the first prototype of the zip around case back at the end of December. I've been using it for my iTouch and love it. I keep the earbuds in one side and the ipod in the other side. If I plan to go anywhere and need to include the USB, I can include that in the outside pocket.
I made a few more (three to be exact) until I felt like I had a good solid process, and I did list the three prototypes in my etsy shop at a reduced price ($15). The regular price on this size will be $22. Before I could get the first one listed at regular price, I sold two!
My next plan is to make this in a larger size for ereaders and perhaps iPads. I also plan to make them more in a regular wallet style - large enough for unfolded paper bills, a couple of credit card slots, etc.
Let me know if there are options that you would like to see, and specific fabrics also!