Saturday, May 28, 2011

Zipper Bags for a Good Cause

Today I was downstairs stitching fronts for the bags we will be making next Saturday at the Sew-N-Save in Westerville, Ohio. Its been rather rainy so I didn't mind spending the day in the dungeon. My daughter will be selling the bags to earn money towards her ride in this year's Pelotonia in Columbus. This ride raises funds for cancer research at James Cancer Hospital among others. Kim works for and will be riding with the Huntington bank team. It was her idea to make the bags, not mine. I am really impressed because she is actually making a lot of them herself. My girls rarely touch the embroidery machine. They are too busy working and decorating their mavelous cakes and cupcakes. Kim and I picked out several fabrics in Huntington green the last time I was there to visit. They are going to be really cute. The bags are large enough to hold your id and some spare change. You can have just a coin purse or one with a wrist strap or elastic arm band.

I expanded her idea a bit and offered to do a class and donate all funds to her cause. Susan at the Sew-N-Save is generously allowing me to the hold the class at her store next Saturday, June 4th, 2011. We'll be making one of my new iCases in the morning. The cost is $35 and includes the designs, and all materials except thread. Just bring your machine and embroidery unit, some thread, and some extra needles to class. We'll provide the rest. Call Susan at 614-523-0602 to sign up.

Starting at 1PM, we'll be offering a zipper bag workshop. We will be making the special bags for Kim. Bring your machine or drop by and use one of Susan's. For $5 you will get to make yourself a bag - and one for Kim's stash. You will also receive a $6 credit towards your design purchase at Pegboard Crafts for the first bag you make for Kim. You will receive a $1 credit for each additional bag you make for her. We also need volunteers to trim and turn the bags for us. We are going to have a few drawings throughout the day - you must be present to win though! I think this will be a really fun time. We'll be working from 1 PM to 3:30 PM, so if you are in the area, drop in if only to say Hi! All proceeds from this workshop are also being donated toward her ride. I have donated all the fabric, zippers and thread. Terradon Embroidery has donated a large roll of stabilizer. Thanks Terri and Don!  I am thinking we will have to have a special price on zipper bag sets for the day too - but you'll have to be there for those specials!

If you would like to donate towards Kim's ride you can do so by clicking on this link - Kim Severt's Pelotonia Fund, If you would like to learn more about this great fund raiser to help with cancer research, the link is 

Hope to see you Saturday!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

New Zipper Bags

I've been working really hard the last few months and the results are finally ready.

The Kindle/Nook case took the longest. I wanted several options that would cover the different versions of Kindle and Nook - but not have so many options it became confusing as to which one to order. have a Kindle 3 so that was pretty easy to make a case for - I had something to play with. My mom's Kindle is in a leather cover, so again, that one was pretty easy to make sure it fit well. The rest I had to make some intelligent guesses on. I've been using my Kindle case since late February and love it. The pocket on the front holds my charger so I don't lose it. The padding I used is just enough to protect it but not make it too thick.

I adapted my popular Shoulder Bag to make the new Jr Varsity and Varsity Purses. These have several options not available on the Shoulder bag - quilting and a 2 fabric pieced front and back. The Jr Varsity fits the Designer 1 and ULT hoops while its big sister, the Varsity purse, is sized for the Brother Innovis 4000D and PR600.

Last, but not least, are the 3 new iCases. I needed a 4x4 size for our local embroidery meeting so the Nano 6 was born - it its the iPod Nano 6th generation but is a good coin purse too. I was also asked for a case to carry an iPod Classis 120GB. The 3rd one is for my iPhone. I used transparent vinyl for one side of my case. Surprise! The touch features work right through the vinyl. I suppose one could even cut openings near the top and bottom for the speaker/microphone so you could actually talk on the phone with it in the case. I use mine on a neck strap when I walk or ride my bike.

All the new bags are on sale at the great introductory rate of 50% off from now until midnight EDST on May 26, 2011. Details on my website