Sew Fancy!

May 19th

Backtack Bunny Bottom, africankelli

Here’s a sneak peek at my BackTack III softie. She’ll be dropped in the mail Monday, along with a few other goodies. Once received by Kerry, I’ll post more details!
As always, these sewing challenges are such fun. They stretch my creativity and push me to learn new techniques. I look at domestic art a good bit differently since last year when I entered the first Backtack project. The once unconquerable (double pointed needles, sewing zippers, embroidery) are now small hurdles I can get over with enough patience. I realized how crafty/nerdy I’m becoming when recently shopping for a basic protective cover for my digital camera. After going from one specialty shop, to eBay, to catalogs, I finally decided this week, “Hell! I can make that!” So, camera bag has been included to the craft queue.

Speaking of domestic nerdiness, did anyone else hear the special Thursday morning on NPR about American sewing machine sales? The reporter spoke about how sewing machines used to be standard in each American home, but now manufacturers are making “super” machines that embroider and thread your needle automatically and cost $5,000. Oy. While my $100 Singer works just fine for the time being, I’ve seen what the gamut of machines can do. My mother owns several — one of which she’s never used. (Hello, Mom. Hint Hintaroo. Send your serger to me! I promise to use it! Love you.) The report was enjoyable to listen to, although I’m happy to still be doing my embroidery by hand.

In other sewing news, remember when I found Nappy bags to be a complete and total pain? Well, I’ve gotten to the point to where I can build these babies without looking at the instructions, modifying in my own strange ways here and there. I’ve finally gotten the hang of this thing.
The latest nappy:

Tiffany Nappy

The happy recipient. She’s due with her first baby mid-July.

Tiffany, with 8 weeks to go

Happy weekend y’all,

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12 Responses

  1. Wow, they look great.

    I love the color combination.

  2. Great bag! It matches her outfit perfectly!

  3. Love the bag…and the added “ya’ll” 🙂

  4. Excellent job mastering the evil nemesis Nappy Bag. I, still, have yet to fully tame this beast. One day. I can’t wait to see your Softie!!

  5. Hi Kelli – I’m curious about your embroidered label on the softie. Did you buy those and if so could you tell me where? I’d love to get some embroidered labels. Thanks!

  6. Michelle May 19, 2006

    Love the bag, it looks awesome!!!

  7. You are so good! You’ve become quite the sewing diva, Kelli. Keep up the good work. By the way, nix on the serger idea. When I’m old and gray, I’ll take up serging.
    So much sewing, sew little time!

  8. i don’t really want a $5,000 machine, just a bernina. but they start around that price right? and a serger… oh i’ve wanted one and asked for one for several christmases to no avail. your softie looks great. what a neat sneak peek!

  9. very cute nappy bag!

  10. the bag is so cute! LOVE the fabric! and i am embarrassed to admit that i still have not started on my first nappy bag…

  11. love the bag and I am sure she did too! The colors are perfect! Great work!

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