They're Picnic-tastic!

The poll closed yesterday for my blog name and the votes were tied. I loved Fancy Buttons the night I thought of it, but I was missing Thread Fancy. So, It's going to remain Thread Fancy (but I'm not changing the address, it will stay here). Okay, on to the project of the day! I made 2 more Picnic-tastic Lunch Mats! I switched the fabrics so they are opposite from the first 2 I made.
Here's a picture of all 4 of them:

I have to say that they work really well. We took them for a test drive today on our little picnic date today.

They're Picnic-tastic!!
Yum!! That was an awesome picnic! Thanks for looking!


Fancy Shirred Top

I finally got around to try shirring. It was much easier than I thought it would be! You just load elastic thread on the bobbin by hand and use regular thread on top. Also, I used a longer stitch length. I tried it out on a piece of fabric that I wouldn't be too sad if I messed up horribly. I made a simple top out of my practice fabric.

My new shirred top!:

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(I looked really tired, so my head is missing). I really like this top...I plan on making more. And maybe a sundress or 2! I'm going to be ready for warm weather. I might make this a Spring Top Week entry. I see what I have made when Rae starts accepting entries. Click on the Spring Top Week button in the side bar for more info.

It's supposed to be nice tomorrow, hopefully it is, because I want to play outside!
Thanks for looking!!


Picnic-tastic Lunch Mats and Fancy Fabrics!

If you are here then you have found my new blog home! Welcome! I figure I can change the title any time I want until I have found the name I like the best but I don't have to change the web address. Okay, on to more exciting things!

I made a couple of the picnic place mats form the book One-Yard Wonders: 101 Sewing Fabric Projects; Look How Much You Can Make with Just One Yard of Fabric! The original pattern makes 4 place mats out of a single yard of fabric. I only made 2 and I made them from 2 different fabrics. They have a pocket for silverware and a loop to hold a napkin so it doesn't blow away. I want to make a matching lunch box/cooler bag so that we are ready for picnic season! I'm excited!!
Picnic-tastic Lunch Mats!:

I need to get started on my spring tops for Made by Rae's Spring Top Week! I am really excited!!
Here's some fabric I might use:
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Well, I better get started!! Thanks for looking!!!


Fancy new name?

A new blog name just came to me...Fancy Buttons! What do you think? I like buttons and I like fancy things. I already made a new header, but I have not changed the name of the blog yet. Here's both headers to compare:

Which name is better? Vote over there <----. Leave a comment if you have any other suggestions. Thanks!!


1 Buttercup Bag + 2 Works in Progress (WIP) =Fancy!

Just to warn you, this is a picture heavy post!

Will you be upset with me if I don't use the word Fancy in every title post? I almost didn't but I caved. I have discovered that WIP stands for Work in Progress in the blogging world, and maybe in real world too! It took me a bit to figure that out. I updated my blog layout! It has a header now. I used a program that I wasn't that familiar with and I was having trouble moving the buttons, so I stopped. I'll probably change it when I have more patience to mess around with it. Rick is working on some logos for me. I would love to get some tags made up to put in my projects. I'm trying to decide if I should keep it as Thread Fancy of if I should use something else. Any suggestions?? I like Thread Fancy, as I am the original Fancy Girl, but I don't know. Okay, maybe I should move on to my WIPs...

I finished my cousin Carlie's Buttercup Bag last night. It's speckled and blue! The lining fabric was a little thinner than what I am used to, but I think it worked out, I just had to adjust the tension. I top-stitched twice on the top edge because for some reason the insides were being fussy and didn't want to do what I wanted them to do. I like the look of the double line, so it's all good! (yeah, I said it)

First here's the zipper with a fancy purple zipper pull and the interior:
And here's the bag (click for a larger image if you want to see the double top-stitching)!

I mentioned that I was working on a wrap around skirt in an earlier post. The pattern is called the Yard-Sale Skirt. It is in the book Weekend Sewing by Heather Ross. I haven't done any more with it since I mentioned it. To fix the lack of an overlap in the back, I either need to add another panel or 2 OR make it shorter by removing the waistband, hacking off the top portion of floral material and reattaching the waistband. Here's some pictures to show the two options (oh, please note, I have not hemmed it yet, so the bottom edge is still rough)

Here it is as it is now. I took pictures with my shirt tucked in to show off the waist band and my shirt not tucked because I never tuck shirts in:

And here it is if I were to make it shorter (I rolled it up under my shirt). The second picture is me being sassy! Please ignore my white white legs!:

So what do you think? Long or short? I have time to decide as this is definitely a summer skirt!

I have another WIP. This one will probably take me forever to complete as I haven't decided on a definite pattern. What is it you ask? I am going to make another denim quilt! I made one back in high school, and it is falling apart (I should really fix it). I have been cutting out 3 inch strips out of old blue jeans when I feel like it. Some day I will make it into an awesome quilt.

Here's what I have so far:

If you are still reading, I got my 2 new sewing books in the mail a few days ago! And I bought some new fabric. I have some projects a churning in my head. I'm thinking Spring! Some picnic place mats out of some blue/green material I got out of the clearance bin and some spring tops of of floral material! I want to participate in Made by Rae's Spring Top Week this year. I'm excited. I'll put a button in my sidebar. Okay, I think that is enough for now. Here's one last picture before I sign off...

Twirling FUN! Weeeee!

That made me dizzy!! Thanks for looking!!!

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Fancy Shining Star Purse!

I completed my first custom order! My sister had me make a Buttercup Bag for her friend's birthday. I think she is giving it to her today or tomorrow. It's the larger, longer version of the buttercup bag. She liked it so much that she wanted to keep it.

Here it is!!:

Here's a detail shot. Awesome button choice, Rebbie!:

The inside:

Another view of the bag (I'm really pleased with the top-stitching in the strap!):

I have another custom order in the works, my cousin Carlie picked out fabric for a bag. I hope to get started on it tonight. I ordered 2 sewing books from Amazon that I am really excited about. I have them checked out from the library, but I want to own them. I ordered Weekend Sewing: More Than 40 Projects and Ideas for Inspired Stitching by Heather Ross and One-Yard Wonders: 101 Sewing Fabric Projects; Look How Much You Can Make with Just One Yard of Fabric!.
Weekend Sewing: More Than 40 Projects and Ideas for Inspired StitchingOne-Yard Wonders: 101 Sewing Fabric Projects; Look How Much You Can Make with Just One Yard of Fabric!

They should be here soon. Oh, yeah I made a wrap around skirt, but I think my seams were too big, so there isn't much wrap around. I will post it as soon as it is wearable. It's very summery, so I'm not feeling the fabric choice right now, maybe I will soon. OK, I'm rambling now. Thanks for looking. :-)

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