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A few sewing gifts completed

It’s nice to make gifts for others, but especially when you know that gift will be appreciated by the recipient (who is also very crafty). I recently finished a few sewing gifts that I’ve been waiting to share with you so as not to spoil the surprise for the recipient.

My oldest daughter, Kelly, had a birthday last week and I made her a Market Bag. The pattern is from the book, Handmade Style, by Anna Graham of Noodlehead. This book is full of great projects and the market bag was an easy one to make.

The Market Bag made by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter.  Pattern is from the book, Handmade Style, by Anna Graham

It’s big enough to hold plenty of fresh produce from the market or take it to the beach to hold your sunscreen and towels.

The inside has two pockets. One has a zipper to keep things secure and the other one I added is just a larger open pocket.

The Market Bag made by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter.  Pattern is from the book, Handmade Style, by Anna Graham
The Market Bag made by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter.  Pattern is from the book, Handmade Style, by Anna Graham

The exterior fabric is from the Nara Homespun collection by Sevenberry for Robert Kaufman. It looks and feels like a heavier decor weight with a linen texture, but the manufacturer says it’s 100% cotton. Anyways, it was perfect for this bag. The interior lining and pocket fabric is from the Origami collection by Janet Clare for Moda Fabrics.

I quilted straight lines about 3/8″ apart across the entire outer bag. The handles were made from “pleather” which is a fake leather and really easy to sew with.

The Market Bag made by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter.  Pattern is from the book, Handmade Style, by Anna Graham
The Market Bag made by Julie Cefalu @ The Crafty Quilter.  Pattern is from the book, Handmade Style, by Anna Graham

I also made a dress for my granddaughter, Amelia. She turned five a few days ago and we got to celebrate with her in person. I couldn’t get a good picture of her (she’s a moving target), so pardon the cropping I had to do.

A few sewing gifts include this sweet dress for my granddaughter.  New Look pattern S0186

The dress is NewLook pattern S0186 and it was really easy to make. I used a border print from Paperie by Amy Sinibaldi for Art Gallery Fabrics along with a contrasting polka dot print from the Les Petits collection from Art Gallery Fabrics. I think it’s barely long enough – I didn’t realize how tall Amelia has gotten!

I made a pillowcase dress a long time ago and I gave that to Clara. It’s a little too big for her, but she doesn’t seem to mind.

A pillow case dress for my granddaughter, Clara.

It was so nice to be with all of them; Amelia is 5, Clara is 2 1/2 and Ben is 7 months old. We were glad to give their mom and dad a little break for a few hours one afternoon. Staying home with three little kids during a pandemic is hard work as many of you know. I hope there is an end in sight soon.

Now that I’m back home, I have some projects to catch up on and a garden that is overloaded with tomatoes and cucumbers. It’s a nice problem to have. I’m working on a simple triangle scarf that will be an easy gift to make. I’ll share a tutorial for that soon. I’d love to start a new quilt project, but I have a few UFO’s that need to get finished first. And when I say “a few” that translates into something like ten twenty. Oh boy. Time to get moving!

Thanks for visiting today. I’ll be back for Sew Thankful Sunday this weekend. I hope you’re staying safe and healthy!

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  1. Hi, Julie, I looked into the book for the Market bag you made. And I was wondering if the pattern pieces were provided in the book, or if you have to draw them yourself? I don’t expect pattern pieces with quilts, but a clothing item, I prefer to have a pattern. I couldn’t quite tell from the information on the book. Kathy

  2. Such great projects! And I just love the pictures of Grandma’s little angels! Thanks for sharing Julie.

  3. I just happened to see your post. love the bag and dress!! I’ll be looking for you and your creations! stay safe

  4. I love your projects and granddaughter dresses are so cute! I am Sewing market bags for a charity project that includes feminine products wash cloth and cake of soap. Some are going to Native American population in New Mexico and Africa. The bags are lined and very easy. On You Tube

  5. Love these items! I have the Handmade Style book, also. And I have had this tote pattern sitting out since the Spring to sew a new beach bag for myself. I’ve had the fabric sitting with it, also. Of course, I have not even started it. Oh, well, such is life. I’ll get to it. I adore yours, though!

  6. That market bag is awesome but those dresses…so sweet. I saved the pattern so I could think about some for my new grand nieces. I love making things for them. What fun to see the 3 littles, and tiring too, but so rewarding. I have yet to meet my grandnieces (darn COVID) but hope to if the fall cooperates.

  7. Thank you for sharing all the information to go along with these lovely projects. The market bag would be a perfect gift for my daughter. The dresses you made for the girls are adorable (made all the more by the little girls wearing them!). I made one of your origami bags a while back and it turned out great. All the Best!

  8. Always fun to see what you are up to. Been busy with NICU pieced flannel blankets, 2 community quilts, and a Q o V. Need to finish a challenge project…and some dresses for Dress a Girl. No end in sight.
    Happy sewing,

  9. Julie, I’d love to be on the receiving end of your gifts! Wow! Love the Market Bag. The handles look so authentic. Your grandchildren are blessed to have you for a grandma and you are blessed to have them. Beautiful dresses, too by the way! I so enjoy your writings. Thank you.

  10. Love your projects, as always. I really like the neckline of the dress for Amelia. I’m starting to make a few clothes for my baby granddaughter. It’s a lot of fun. Ah- I have way too many UFO’s as well. Don’t we all? 🙂

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