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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Oxygen Tank Tote

I have been hoping to find time to develop my Oxygen Tank Totes, but time has been short.  (You can see my previous totes here.)  Thankfully, I have a wonderful customer, Mary, who loved my first bag so much she bought some different fabric and sent it to me to make another bag.

The tote is made using a double-faced, quilted cotton.  I used the contrast fabric for the straps and the outside patch pocket.

The straps are extra wide and extra long for shoulder comfort.

The bag is lined with a duck cloth for strength.  A small zippered pocket and a patch pocket are on the inside.

I have these listed in my Etsy shop if you are interested in having me make one for you.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Upcyced Scarf and Pillow Cover from Flannel PJs

I was asked to make a scarf for a three year old boy from his father's old flannel pajamas.  

Based on the usable fabric, I cut two pieces, sewed them together, turned inside out and topstitched. The finished size is about 6" x 57".

I had enough to create a 14" pillow cover. I had to add a border to get to that size.

I have listed these custom items in my Etsy shop.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Seasons of Life

As a custom sewing studio, Maiden Jane has evolved over the years. My Etsy shop opened six years ago with some headbands, aprons, and totes.  Some of my products have evolved over the years. Some have faded away. Mainly, I have evolved as a service provider to create what my customers envision. I still love to make bags and aprons, but have little time to produce inventory. Instead, I get requests to make bags in special fabrics, seat cushions with personalization, and memory pillows and blankets. I haven't had much time to reflect on the past year nor plan for this upcoming year as I have not recovered from the holidays, still have college kids home, and have had a high schooler with three snow days in a row! But what I have come to realize is that I am privileged to work with customers to preserve various Seasons of Life. Thank you for entrusting your precious memories to me! I plan to work my hardest to create quality products that meet or exceed your expectations.

And those seasons?

Anticipating the Birth of a Child

Celebrating the First Year of Life

Preserving Memories for Moms Whose Babies are Growing Up 

Celebrating Boyhood

Graduating High School

Celebrating the College Years

Honoring Accomplishments


Preserving Memories of a Loved One

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

2014 Handmade Holiday Roundup

I would like to share a few of the handmade gifts we gave this year. I think I am finally over the feeling that I have to make every gift that I give. I would love to do that. But, unfortunately, the holidays are my busiest work season and I'm usually under a time crunch. This year was no exception.  In fact, I'm still filling back orders. So thanks to everyone for their patience!

Our sweet little neighbor is 3 1/2 now. I thought a customized car play mat would be fun to make and give.  I bought iron-on vinyl and tested it on some duck cloth. It seemed to have a good bond, even though the fabric is not perfectly flat.  

The iron-on vinyl is only a little more than 24" high, so I used a piece of duck cloth that wide and about a yard and a half long.  I drew our street, house, intersections and all the main places that our neighbors frequent. Now that he is in school, I included his school, church, sports place, Panera.  I added a few stop signs and stop lights.  Annie decorated some of the locations. We simply used permanent markers and/or fabric markers.

We bought some cars at Toys R Us. I was hoping to find a mini van like our car, but it is very hard to find basic vehicles. I went up in our attic to get our "vintage" Matchbox and Hotwheel cars out and the boys proved to me that you are never too old to play!

I made a quick little drawstring bag to store the play mat and threw the cars in. Down the road I will have to make him one of those cute, car cases.

My daughters made quite a few of their gifts. I don't have photos of all of them, however.  Annie made this scrabble tile pillow for her sister. Her sister was laughing at the 7 points for "M" and that is when Annie realized that the tiles have different values!!!

It works well with the new IKEA letter duvet set I got her!

My daughter made my husband and son a chess set using nuts and bolts. It's really neat! My husband painted one silver and one gold.

My youngest son made coasters for all of us. He took photography last year and his "gift" is taking close-up portraits of anyone around him. (We have a hysterical collection of photos - mostly annoyed cousins - from our summer reunion.)

He selected and edited the photos. Don't you love the one with me and my big mouth???  He glued them on to a $ .15 tile and then used polyurethane to seal them. Two coats. He glued a piece of felt to the bottom and I have to say they look fantastic!

Annie made me this measuring tape bracelet! I love it! She added the scissors charm and I added the sewing machine charm which I had received as a gift.

 Annie also made me more eyeglass chains.

She made Billy a charging station made out of a hockey puck. My husband helped her and, essentially, stole the project from her (in her opinion....) They went through a couple pucks before they got it right.

Finally, Annie made this pencil holder for my husband. She asked him to cut the piece when we cut down our Christmas tree. She did the drilling herself and sealed it with modge podge.

It was a nice holiday. Everyone was home. The girls are still home and today we have a snow day! I am regrouping for the new year and will be setting my schedule. I don't have any major goals for the year. I want to continue to work hard. The kids got me a FitBit....so I hope to get fit....in a bit....


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