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Embroidery Project – Wristlets – Kitty Cat Wristlet -Part 2

Back to the fun!

After posting here and questioning Email groups that I am involved with, I did receive several embroidery suggestions for the wristlet fabrics. Thanks for the great ideas!

  1. Dorset Buttons
  2. Elf
  3. Fairies
  4. Retro Cat
  5. Coloring book pictures
  6. Dover book outlines
  7. White cat chasing butterflies
  8. Fish
  9. Friends with hoola hoops
  10. Kids Playing Hopscotch
  11. 60’s flower child plucking daisy
  12. Cheshire Cat Face

After ironing on a little design of an Elf with a watering can, I just couldn’t bring myself to stitch it. I looked at the blue daisy fabric and kept seeing the little white cat chasing butterflies. (Thanks Raven!) So, I hopped on over to Hoop Love and found the little kitty transfer. It was the basis for the inspiration to alter it just a bit.

The kitty is originally stitched on white felt then appliqued onto the wristlet. The butterflies are done the same way, stitched on orange felt, cut out, then appliqued onto the wristlet fabric.

The flowers, grass, leaves and stems are all stitched directly to the wristlet fabric. The whiskers and the butterfly bodies are added after applique. I went ahead and used animal eyes for the little eyes instead of chancing the eyes to stitches. I used pearl round eyes because the smallest cat eyes I have are 9mm….WAY TO BIG!

The wristlet itself is a great purchased pattern/tutorial. The instructions are very clear. I won’t kid you though, this is actually a tough one to sew. Really. The zipper top is a great finish, but I had difficulty turning it right side out and fixing the zipper ends in the install. It is my first one, but I’m not new to sewing, so I was surprised that I had as much difficulty with it as I did.

It’s made from 4 layers of fabric! This wristlet uses cotton fabric for the main fabric and lining. It is interfaced with fusible lightweight pellon and I used a fusible fleece for the interlining. This little purse packs a LOT of fabric and has great heft. It feels really sturdy, not stiff…sturdy.

It’s cute, compact and feels good to hold on to.

The zipper opens to reveal a cute little pocket…probably big enough for a cell phone…

and the wristlet handle connects to the zipper to double as a zipper pull.

It was fun to embroider and fun to prep. There were some hard struggles with the construction, but overall the project is a success! Now, I wonder if it is a salable item?

————-Helpful Information———-

Hoop Love Vintage Transfers (Click Here)

Wristlet Pattern (Click Here)

Email me: alicia in Hawaii (curiosities808@gmail.com)



Filed under Bags/Purses, embroidery, sewing

Embroidery Project- Sewing Wristlets-Prepping for Embroidery-Part 1

Wristlets…just begging for embroidery!

A few days back I discovered a “new to me” blog, Oh Fransson. There I watched a few daily wristlets being created and my mind started whirling…thinking of how I could use these wristlets as canvases for embroidery.

I bought Elizabeth’s pattern and spent some time digging in my fabric stash. Her pattern is wonderful! Pages of a combination pattern/tutorial. The directions are clear and easy to follow. (Which I cannot blog here, you will have to buy the pattern. No affiliation, no profit for me, just an honest consumer. Although…always willing to accept a kickback…lol)

I just couldn’t decide which style of her 3 to create, so I am trying one of each in the larger sizes. I followed her directions, cut out the solid colored fabric for the wristlets, then stared at it a bit and decided I needed to mix it up a little.

I spliced other fabric onto the main bodies and created a second color ‘base’ for each wristlet.

Each wristlet has been prepped for finishing. The lining, interlining, interfacing, main fabric has all been correlated. The pocket is sewn in place in the lining, the zippers are prepped, the straps are ready and waiting. Now…all they need are some embroidery embellishments.

I see an elf watering these flowers. What do you see here? Any ideas?

I see maybe…a…fairy touching the flowers here. What do you see? Suggestions?

Maybe a retro cat? Ideas?

I am at a stopping point now. Wondering what to add to these cute little bags.

What do you think?

Your life needs fun. Go ahead, have some fun!


Filed under Bags/Purses, embroidery, sewing

I’ve Been Tagged!

It was a quiet Saturday…I was quietly cruising my Google Reader and visiting my bloglist…and I happened upon Sew~Amy …and learned that I’ve Been Tagged! Yikes?! *waving to Amy* -Amy has a really cute and crafty blog. She’s really nice too! [We are in some of the same groups together 😉 ]

What am I supposed to do?

Well here it is:

1. Link back to the person who tagged you
2. Mention the rules on your blog
3. Tell about 6 unspectacular quirks of yours
4. Tag 6 following bloggers by linking them
5. Leave a comment on each of the tagged blogger’s blogs letting them know they’ve been tagged.

Six unspectacular quirks…Hmmm…

  1. I am a diet Pepsi addict. 😉 I can quit anytime. Really.
  2. I like to organize my art supplies. (It counts as ‘visiting’ the supplies…)
  3. I look for new crafty blogs, daily. This whole blog thing is really fun and I really enjoy all the networking that comes with it. I need a little timer though to tell me enough is enough!
  4. I’m colorblind. Can’t see shades of color very well and rely on artsy hubby to select matching colors for me. 🙂 Thanks hubby!
  5. I just discovered Twitter and Plurk and am finding them rather difficult to have fun with. Plurk will not recognize my email addy and won’t find my friends. I am friendless there… 😦
  6. I lived in a hotel for a year after evacuating New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.

I now tag:

  1. Norma’s Needleworkz Norma is a great person from the Hand-Embroidery group I belong to. She showcases her wonderful crazy quilting and tatting. A must see.
  2. Honey Bee’s Bliss Melissa is another great person from the Hand-Embroidery group too. She has quilting, tatting…embroidery…lots to see here!
  3. Getting to Crazy Louanne is another great person from the Hand-Embroidery group! Lots of crazy quilting here… 😉 embellish, embellish, embellish!
  4. Bugs and Fishes A cute, creative, felt blog that is new to me. I really find it quite artsy. She has been crafting, and blogging for over 365 days! It’s a fun inspiring blog!
  5. Melly & Me I just found this blog too and I love it! Great quilt blocks posting right now and they have some wonderful patterns: whimsical dolls and WONDERFUL purses!
  6. Oh Fransson And how about a sewing blog?! This one, new to me, has wonderful photos, tutorials and great ideas involving sewing. You’re gonna be HOOKED I tell you…

Thanks for the fun! I really hope that everyone reading checks out all the great blogs in these tag games. I’ve found many to add to my reader this way! 😉

Your life needs fun. Go ahead, have some fun!


Filed under Blog Games, Tagged!