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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Did you see this special little bag that I made for my blog friend Carmella

Justttt in case you missed my guest post from last week-----I had a chance to go over and "sub" in for my wonderful blog friend Carmella from the one and only blog Creative Carmella because she just had a new baby boy---Liam!

My craft project and tutorial was completely and totally inspired by Carmella.
I thought it would be a nice gift for her and her new little one!

Here is the final product!

and here is how I made it!
I started out with a canvas tote that I had picked up from a scrapbook convention for $1.00 each.
I have done a few projects with them but this might just be my favorite because it is a gift for Carmella!

for the L had fun doing a kind of messy type quilting together of old scraps of fabric that I had laying around from other projects....
I tried to keep the color palate a bit more baby boy-ish....buttt I think it may have ended up a little girly still---sorry little baby L and Carmella!

after I stitched everything together I trimmed up the excess fabric and then cut the L freehanded. 

Then I ironed the L and the bag and just attached the L with my sewing machine.

I just outlined the letter---it gave the L an embroidered look.

I used my scraps from the L to make a little bow to add to the tote handles. 

I added the words using a citra solv technique I use all of the time over at my blog----here are a few links you can check out if you are interested in doing something like that wording.
Bicycle canvas tote

I used the quote that Carmella used awhile back when she showed us--her blog friends a sonogram picture of little L 

Anyways I have some fun projects that I finished over the weekend to share----
& I cannot end this post without reminding you to go and get entered into the Fresh Picked Whimsy giveaway!!!!!!!

I may be linking up to a few of these wonderful linky parties!


Blogger Lindsay said...

This is so sweet. Thanks for the 'how-to'. You always have such great little projects!

October 3, 2011 at 6:37 AM  
Blogger Darby Hawley said...

awww you're a great bloggy friend! Question, I've been asking for a sewing machine for Christmas, could you recommend one for a novice?

October 3, 2011 at 7:23 AM  
Blogger Kim@todayismysome-day said...

Another great bag! I'm still working on mine, and I have to get my hands on some Citrasolve!

October 3, 2011 at 11:35 AM  
Blogger Carmella said...

You are the best! And I feel like I should make you Liam's honorary aunt :) Hope you have a great week Aunt Jamie...hehehe

October 3, 2011 at 11:49 AM  
Blogger Jen @Sadie Inspired said...

Oh my gosh...SUCH a cute bag! I love the citra solv technique you used. Thank you for sharing it & putting the links. I have never seen that before and have been wanting to do some projects with that "look"...this now adds about half a mile to my mile long project's list. :) There are never enough hours in the day to paint, craft, redo, find inspiration, etc!! Thank you ALWAYS for your sweet comments on my blog. You are so encouraging & inspiring - my favorite combination. I am off to hunt down some citra solv!! lol

October 3, 2011 at 1:38 PM  
Blogger Jill @Two Yellow Birds Decor said...

That is so cute!! I adore this! I think I just might have to make it:) Thanks for the idea!

October 3, 2011 at 9:22 PM  
Blogger I am LOVD said...

Wonderful idea, turned out great. For me, I see a sewing machine and I freeze - eeekkk!!!

October 4, 2011 at 6:22 AM  
Blogger said...

How cute. A perfect gift for all those busy Moms.

October 4, 2011 at 3:52 PM  
Blogger Deborah March said...

Aaawww...and ANOTHER fabulous personalized project from the dental doc!! You ROCK doc!! Deborah ♥♥

October 5, 2011 at 11:35 AM  
Blogger Maria Matter said...


October 6, 2011 at 6:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this bag! It is super cute and I would love to receive one of these. It make such a great gift! I have a party going on over at my blog that is dedicated to using your craft stash items. The link is open for most of October and I would love to have you join! Here is the link if you are interested:

October 7, 2011 at 6:17 AM  
Blogger weissbunt said...

This bag is so beautiful, love it and I'm sure Liam will too!

October 7, 2011 at 1:24 PM  
Blogger Whit said...

This is so cute and such a good tutorial. Thank you so much sharing and for linking up to our party Show and Share this week! Come on back this Wednesday to link up your current projects.

A mommy's life...with a touch of YELLOW

October 9, 2011 at 11:25 PM  

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