I did it! I created my first pattern. Officially, the feet lavender sachet was my first pattern but it didn’t involve a sewing machine so I am going to count the Chalkboard Wine Coaster Pattern as my official first pattern. I am horrible with names and frequently when at a party lose my wine glass. I am always too busy eating or talking with people to remember where I put my wine glass. Using these handy wine coasters I am able to find my glass AND if I can not quite recall the name of the person I am chatting with I can look at their coaster ;-).
These coasters can be made quickly and you can easily make a set of 6 in an afternoon. Perfect host / hostess gifts to add to a bottle of wine. The coasters are also reversible, so pick some pretty fabric to show off when using on the other side. You can download the Chalkboard Wine Coaster Pattern on Craftsy or on my Shop page.
I needed to find a cute little pink something for the 5th birthday of my friends wonderful little girl. I know that she likes purses and bags (who doesn’t??) so I decided to make her a monogram kid messenger bag. I had used this great kid sized messenger bag tutorial from Merriment Design to make my son a library bag. He was older and taller so I adjusted the measurements for him, but used the same basic design and instructions.
For my friends daughter, who is much smaller I kept the same measurements as the tutorial and instead adding something inside the flap I decided to applique her initial on the front of the bag using some Heat n Bond. I raided my stash of fabric from the thrift store and found a great flower and glitter fabric. I think she will love it!
I decided to use the Merriment Design tutorial because I had used this tutorial before, but I also found these other free tutorials online that I hope to try in the future. So many tutorials, so little time :-).