About this blog

I am Amy, but here on the web I go by A.J. Dub. And hey, I like to craft!
Sometimes things turn out well so I will share with you how I did it.
Sometimes they don't turn out well and I will share that with you too!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Laptop Bag

I finally finished the commissioned laptop bag. What a process! I haven't done that much math in a long time.
 I did not get complete pictures like I usually do because the week I finished it I was just too darn busy to do it. I snapped a couple with my phone to upload to Instagram after I finished but did not take any of the inside.


Final bag and test bag. The test bag was WAY too large.

The carrying bag is a messenger style, with an exterior pocket and an interior pocket and an adjustable strap There are lobster clasps inside that clip to D rings on the laptop sleeve to keep it from falling out.The flap has a magnetic snap to keep it shut. I did a gathered fabric accent on the front flap that matches the lining.






 

The sleeve has an exterior pocket with accordion folds to accommodate the laptop cord/power brick and a hook and loop tape closure. The zipper is open ended to allow the laptop to go in more easily  and has a hummingbird charm attached like a pull. The next time I make one I am going to try the zipper that wraps around the corners to go down the sides a little bit. There are D rings on the sides to allow it to be clipped into the messenger bag. I may make another strap to send for times when she might like to just use the sleeve.

I had intended to make a matching cord wrap, wallet and zipper pouch, but ran out of time. I may still make them and send them for fun.



Friday, July 4, 2014

Set Cherry Salad

One of my favorite salads is called Set Cherry Salad. A yummy Jell-O concoction found in a church cookbook. (I don't put the nuts on.)

Set Cherry Salad 
Pg. 24 of Our Favorite Recipes compiled by Spanish Fork, Utah 18th Ward Relief Society (1989). Submitted by Julie Jenkins

Salad
2 small packages Cherry Jell-O
3 cups hot water
1 can cherry pie filling
¼ tsp salt
½ tsp almond flavoring   


Topping

12 large marshmallows
3 oz. cream cheese
1 cup whipping cream
½ cup chopped pecans


        Dissolve Jell-O powder in hot water. Add salt, almond extract and pie filling. Place in an 8x8 inch pan. Chill until set.
         When the salad has set, whip the cream and set aside. Then melt marshmallows on the lowest heat on the stove, stirring frequently. When the marshmallows are nearly all melted, in a microwave safe bowl, warm cream cheese for 10 seconds, and then stir vigorously. Microwave for another 10 seconds and stir again until no lumps are left. Add marshmallows in to the bowl of cream cheese and mix until smooth. Cool. 
        Add the cooled marshmallow mixture into the whipped cream. Spread over Jell-O and sprinkle with nuts.

 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Thinking about sewing and more!

I am taking seriously a suggestion to write about thinking about sewing. :) I have been thinking a LOT about sewing, trying to get my brain to engage and process the math and steps needed to complete the commissioned laptop bag. I lay awake at night almost obsessing about the problems and how to solve them.

I am also contemplating just how to quilt the last part of the robot quilt.
Truthfully, I am ready for both of them to be out of here. I want to play with some new block patterns, and make my red and white mini quilt. But there is this absurd guilt and pressure to finish the gifts and things first.

I have been sewing a bit. I finally made part one of the laptop bag; that being the laptop sleeve that goes into the messenger bag. It turned out really nice even though the fabrics are not really my style.
I just need to figure out dimensions of the bag, since it will need to be a little deeper than I thought.

I have had a friend and her daughter over to sew a few times this last week and that was really fun. I showed off the nearly done robot quilt and the laptop sleeve as well as the little tablet sleeve I did to test out the lining for the laptop sleeve. And I made a bag I promised to a fellow Band mom to wear at games when we are chaperones. So there has been sewing. Just sitting down to document has felt difficult to do. But now that I am going again, hopefully there will be a steadier flow.
And I did do a few more photos of the cord wrap process with the fabric tab so I hope to get those up soon.
That's all for now.
Happy sewing!

PS I am now on Twitter and Instagram both as AmyJoDubya. I hope you will come find me! 

 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Power Cord Wrap tutorial




Power Cord Wrap tutorial



Supplies for 3 cord wraps:
  • 1- 24” package of ½”-3/4” sew-in Hook & Loop fastener (Velcro) (I found mine at Wal-Mart for $0.84.)
  • 9”  grosgrain ribbon, twill tape or fabric (should be hemmed) of equal width to the Hook & Loop fastener
  • Coordinating Thread
  • Sewing Machine with sturdy needle
  • Ruler
  • Scissors (able to cut the Hook & Loop fastener)
  • Matches or lighter (to seal the ends of the ribbon)



Cut the soft side of the Hook & Loop fastener into 3- 7-8” strips
Cut the Rough side of the Hook & Loop fastener into 3- 1.5” strips (there will be a long piece left over that we will not use.)
Cut the ribbon into 3- 3” strips. With a match or lighter, heat-seal the ends to prevent fraying.

Fold the ribbon in half to make a 1.5” piece.  Stitch at 1/8 inch around the perimeter, backstitching at start and finish. Repeat with the other 2 ribbons.

Take one piece of soft side Hook & Loop fastener and with the back facing you, line up the ribbon with the raw edges (heat sealed ends)1/4” overlapping the top of the Hook & Loop fastener, and the fold extending past the end of the Hook & Loop fastener, by 1.25”. Baste or glue stick in place if desired.
Put the rough side of the Hook & Loop fastener on the back of the soft side over the ribbon, with the ends of the Hook & Loop fastener lined up.
Stitch at 1/8 inch around the perimeter, backstitching at start and finish of rough side of Hook & Loop fastener. Trim threads.





*If something doesn't make sense, please let me know. I intend to add a few more process photos soon. I need to get some more Hook & Loop first.


Saturday, May 31, 2014

Some projects during May-hem

I have been working on things here and there during "May-hem". The last month of school is always a little crazy.
I have been trying to keep my littlest miss occupied and she has wanted to make a Tooth Fairy pillow for a while. I saw a cute monster pillow on Facebook, posted by Erin Schlosser and it was a free tutorial on her blog. I showed it to my daughter and she loved the "robot" tooth fairy pillow. (We like robots around here; my husband works for a robotics company.) She chose fabrics, then she traced the applique parts and cut them out with some guidance from me. Then she sat on my lap and guided the fabric through the machine with a little more guidance from me. She drew the smile on and then I stitched across it. The most amazing thing to me was that she stuffed the legs. It was a bit hard and even I was frustrated doing it, but she stuck it out and did great! After I stitched the body together, she stuffed it and we put a little fabric heart in (like at Build-A Bear) and I stitched it shut. She LOVES it and sleeps on it instead of her regular pillow.

It has a little pocket for her tooth and a quarter from the Tooth Fairy.

 I have also been working on quilting the robot quilt. It is going well. The white is done and I am moving on to the yellow. I plan on leaving the pink un-quilted.

 



I have made some good progress on the laptop bag. I got the pouch mostly figured out other than I either cut the fabric too big or did the math wrong. It was HUGE. But that is an easy fix I think so I have one more test sleeve and a test bag just for sizing purposes and then I can get going on the real deal.





 I just had one teacher gift this year since my other 2 kids in school have multiple teachers which, I don't really do. I got my son's teacher an Amazon gift card and made a card and holder for it.