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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Productive Time Off, And Back To School Too Soon!

This is my last free weekend before jumping into my last semester of nursing school, so I thought I'd share with you some of the things that I made while on my winter break. The first item had been requested for some time by my 11 year old Grace so it was the first thing I made as soon as I was secure in the fact that I had passed my final exams before Christmas! It's a train case for her American Girl doll hair supplies. She is very much into doing hair these days, and at the time she asked for this she did not know that the American Girl doll Mary Ellen, with long hair, would be under the Christmas tree for her. She was content doing Kit's short hair, and my hair now and then, and her friends' hair at recess in school. She found some patterns and tutorials on Pinterest and picked out some fabric from my stash, and this is what we made...

Isn't that just the cutest little case? The tutorial I used for a guide was this one from a craft blog I had never heard of. It was good for a guide, but I changed a few things to suit my way of sewing. It was the simplest train case design I could find with all straight seams and no curved zippers or three dimensional sewing. It really is a clever design which turns flat sewing into a double-zippered square case, with a handle even!

You can see here that the method of turning the flat sewing into a square case is by boxing the corners, just as in many tote bag tutorials you'll find out there, or in here for that matter!

It's a quilt-as-you-go design, so no lining to deal with, which makes it even easier. I quilted the layers together using straight lines about 3/4 inch apart, and I also used fusible fleece fused to both the outside fabric and the inside fabric so that it would provide a good amount of sturdiness to the finished bag.

Grace just loves it and uses it for all of her new hair supplies for Mary Ellen.

I'll come back tomorrow and show a few more things I worked on over this break, and then after that I will have to disappear for a few months again. Graduation is set for the middle of May and I am so excited for it to come! But between now and then, lots of studying and hard work! It's all worth it though, no question about that!

Happy Stitching!

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  • It is so good to see your post - have been thinking about you and wondering how you are doing. It sounds like you are doing great! I cannot believe you have just one semester of school remaining - how exciting! I know you will be a wonderful nurse Mary Grace. Your family must be so very proud of you. I wish I were a little girl again just so I could have an American Girl doll - what fun that would be. I know Grace will have many hours of enjoyment from her doll and train case. You did a wonderful job. Can't wait to see what else you have been working on!

    By Blogger annemarie, At January 17, 2016 at 8:59 PM  

  • Well done! I think any girl would love it. Maddy

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At January 17, 2016 at 9:05 PM  

  • That is a lovely case. X

    By Blogger Sarah Keeling, At January 19, 2016 at 12:14 PM  

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