Monday, April 12, 2010

More Stuff:

I actually made this tee pee for Nadia last summer... or was it the summer before that? Heck, I don't remember. Anyway, for one reason or another, I never got around to posting any pictures of it. I had actually spent like 2 weeks online looking at other people's tee pees trying to figure out how to make one. Then I purchased a pattern. I got anxious waiting for the pattern to get here and decided to just wing it. I still have never opened the pattern. I kinda want my $15 back. We've gotten a lot of use out of this thing. It collapses to be put in the corner, a closet, under the bed, etc. And you can put it up ANYWHERE. It's large enough to be an outside fort, but not outrageously large enough that it can't be used inside too. We've even taken it to the beach for the kids to have a little extra shade.

I made this shoulder bag today for my Mom. She has been asking me for a bag since.... Christmas? Thanksgiving?! Despite countless attempts to get her to purchase a reusable tote for like $1 (they are seriously everywhere, even Bath and Body Works had some super cute fold-able ones for $1.50), she insisted she would just wait until I made her one. I used some of the left over fabric from making Nadia's outfit. I LOVE these prints. Especially the yellow and white one. I still have a good bit left over of both fabrics. Who knows what I'll do with them. ANYWAY, I used This Tutorial, sort of, to make it. I changed the dimensions and stuff, but used that shape and her instructions. Mom came over just as I was finishing it up. She pretty much snatched it as soon as I pulled it off the sewing machine. I had to distract her with the baby to be able to snap this photo of it, and obviously I didn't get time to iron it to make it look more finished. Oh well, at least I know she likes it!

The sewing thing is keeping me busy without breaking the "no long time on your feet" rules. I just do a little bit, in between spurts of sitting with my feet up on the couch or propped up in a lawn chair outside. That pretty much allows me one project per day, or every two days. I've also been spending an obscene amount of time on the internet looking up free tutorials. I am going to send the hubs to Glenn's(my favorite discount fabric store)to get me a yard of muslin on tuesday so I can make some of those heat therapy rice bags. I want one for my lower back and shoulders, and I want to make one of the cold therapy ones for a "boo boo" bag. I'm thinking I might do an eye pillow too. I'm going to break out the aromatherapy oils and scent them too. That's my project for this next week, along with making two outfits similar to the one I made Nadia with the pillow case top and shorts. My friend wants one for her little girl, and my sister wants one for my niece. I should have known better than to ever make a pillow case ANYTHING.


Karen said...

I LOVE the teepee. Love it. I need to make one ASAP. Did you do anything special to the poles at the top to make them stay together?

Hearing about your bed rest is giving me serious flashbacks. I'm glad you're keeping sane (and very productive!).

Theresa said...

Karen- I had my dad drill a hole all the way through the pipe about 2 inches down from the top on each pole. Then I treaded rope through the holes and tied them together. I've also seen people use heavy duty rubber bands, but I found tying it with the holes works great and makes it pretty sturdy. I also used non-skid rubber caps for the other ends of the poles so that if I set it up on like tile, wood, or linoleum the legs won't slide around.

There is also a tutorial on Sew Mama Sew for a more Native American style tee pee. But I kinda like the four sided ones. Both are fairly easy to put together though!

Tammie said...

that is my favorite shoulder bag tutorial, and ive played with it numerous times in different sizes and incarnations. i LOVE the fabrics you chose.

Theresa said...

I really liked the style of the bag too. I had bought one that was very similar and had been trying to figure out how to make one. I love the big button on the side. I think I'm going to have to make me one too.

Aleta said...

Cute tee pee - neat idea to bring it to the beach too!

Do you have an Etsy shop for the bag? It's adorable!!

Theresa said...

Aleta- No, I don't have an Etsy shop. I haven't figure out if it would be worth the effort to open one since so many people on there are selling the same types of things. Plus, I'm TERRIBLE at trying to do the whole pricing thing. Right now, most of the stuff I make is kinda "made to order." And like the outfits for my niece and my friends little girl... It's more like a favor than a job, i.e. they won't pay for the stuff. LOL

I am trying to get a little something going locally by advertising on facebook that I can make things and am willing to do so for other people for a price. I'm just having a hard time coming up with fair prices without selling myself short.

Linds said...

That bag is so cute...bah you're such a crafty person. If i had a talent for making things i would be going buckwild hahahah