Red Lunch Bag – DIY

My son has wanted a red lunch bag for so long. I wasn’t going to make him one but since he has lost his quite a while ago it was time. Red is his favorite color and he lucked out that I am a sewing mama! I have to say that I have wanted to make one of these for a while but there wasn’t really a reason to make one until now.

So starting off…

Pattern pieces

Pattern pieces

Click on the above picture and you can see my pattern pieces and measurements. I ended up lopping off two inches from the side panels so that would be 6 x 10. I eyeballed the bias binding since I already had it on hand and the hook and loop tape as well.  As you can see there are three layers. I had my outer layer which is Duck cloth, my inside layer which is an insulation layer. I found this at Joann’s and it is like polyester batting with super thin sheets of foil on the inside of that. The third layer is the vinyl cloth. I wished that I had oilcloth but didn’t have any, I did have however, an iron on matte vinyl. So I used that instead. You just follow the directions given on the package.

Rounded Edges

Rounded Edges

Before doing anything I had to round the edges off on the end that would be my closing.

Held together with bobby pins

Held together with bobby pins

I wanted everything to stay together but didn’t want to make holes in the vinyl. The bobby pins worked O.K. By the end I was using the binder clips and they worked great. I wished I had used them from the beginning.

Binding the inside seams

Binding the inside seams

My next steps were to sew on the hook tape onto the front and up the side seams so that I could plan to bind the top edge, but before doing that I wanted to bind the inside seams too. I didn’t want them to be showing and ugly looking even though it is on the inside and is just for my son who doesn’t care.  Before binding the outer edge I partially bound the inside seams. I ended up having a hard time in getting all those layers through my machine so decided that I would just do part way, bind the top and then once everything was done glue down the rest using Fabritac.


The outside front binding

The outside front binding

Then I bound the front edge. The sewed the bottom seams.

Handle folded and ironed

Handle folded and ironed

At this point I made the handle and attached it. I took my long piece sewed down the long edge, flipped it inside out and ironed flat.

Handle folded again

Handle folded again

Then I folded and sewed just the middle to make a bit smaller grip. I really like the handles like this. It works because if they were any wider they would just end up crumpling up and your hand and getting wrinkly. Now they are smaller so fit in your grip and still look nice. No wrinkles.

Flap with handle

Flap with handle

I mostly eyeballed everything. I don’t tend to mark where everything is supposed to be because it doesn’t usually work out for me when I do that. I always do something that is  off just a bit. Keep with me and you will see what I mean.

Had to remove two inches

Had to remove two inches

As I was getting ready to sew up the last of the side seams I came to realize that my flap wouldn’t have closed over the top once completed. I had to remove two inches from my side panels.

sewing up the back/flap

sewing up the back/flap

I put the clips on to hold everything in place. There was still fabric that wiggled around and I had to really manipulate the layers but finally got everything just right. Those binder clips are awesome by the way.

side view of the back/flap

side view of the back/flap

I then sewed up the seams and then glued on the bias tape to the inside edges and let it dry. Once dry I flipped it all out and there you have it.

Finished closed

Completed Red Lunch Bag

Inside binding

Inside binding

Finished side view

Red Lunch Bag finished side view

Finished standing open

Red Lunch Bag finished standing open

Ok. Do you see it? Take a minute and look at the bag, do you see what I ended up doing? I, some how, ended up having one side taller than the other. I have no idea how that happened. See what I mean…something always happens.  At least this is for my son and he thinks this is awesome.

Thanks for hanging out with me for such a long post. If you have any questions let me know in the comments below.

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Miniature Teddy Bears

I think that these miniature teddy bears are the best birthday gifts. My daughter has been invited to a birthday party and we were trying to come up with good birthday gifts to give.

I have had this miniature teddy bear pattern for years. I got it a long time ago when I was younger. I think that they are adorable.

Teddy Bears

Blue fleece and Yellow lemon fabric were the fabric choice for these.

I had a whole stack of cute novelty fabric that I thought that my daughter would choose from. So she chose the blue fleece and yellow lemon fabric.

Lemon Teddy Bear

Before stuffing the bear it is in pieces.

I really took my time going around the curves. And taking the time to stuff really good.

Blue Fleece Bear

I love the buttons.

In order to hinge the arms and legs I used buttons and upholstery thread since it is thicker and stronger than normal thread.

I used the same upholstery thread to sew the buttons on for the eyes and embroidered the nose with regular embroidery thread. Such a cutie.

Leave me a comment down below and tell me what you think!

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Camo Bowling Shirt – DIY

My husband had been wanting a Camo Bowling shirt for a long time, I figured Christmas would be a great time to finally make it for him. The Man, that is what I call him, has loved the bowling shirts or panel shirts since watching Charlie Sheen in Two and a Half Men.  I have to say that those were awesome shirts. And since I sew he thinks that I should make him more clothes than what I have.

This was his idea to make a shirt that had a panel of camo in it. He loves camo and was very happy that he finally got his camo bowling shirt.

I wanted to put up a kind of DIY on how I put it together when I realized that I didn’t take enough pictures for all the steps. So instead I am going to post how I made the paneled front.

Front and side panels of shirt

This is the pattern piece laid out and cut out of the fabric for the shirt front.

The above picture shows the front pattern piece of the shirt that I cut into thirds. I figured out where I wanted the panel to be and how wide I wanted it. I cut straight down. If you look closely you can see the fabric poking out from underneath the pattern. I did not add seam allowances to the pattern pieces but measured seam allowances as I cut.

Front of shirt cut out of fabric

The fabric has been cut and laid out to match seams to sew.

Once I had everything cut out I then laid it all out to match up the seams and sew the pieces together to create the front of the shirt.

Front of shirt

Here is the front of the shirt ready to be sewn together with the rest of the shirt.

At this point the rest of the shirt was ready to be put together.

Here is the completed shirt.

Completed shirt

I had to add a half inch just because he likes his shirt fronts a bit longer than what would normally be so the above picture shows it just a bit shorter than what he has now. I just took the hem out a half inch and it worked just fine for the front. I kept the back the same.

What do you think? Leave a comment below and tell me.

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Blue Jean Skirt – DIY – Refashion

When I was growing up I really loved blue jean skirts. Once I learned how to sew I could make my own and it was great. Now having daughters I can make blue jean skirts for them.

This is how I created it.

I took a pair of jeans that my daughter doesn’t like and cut the legs off to about knee length. Then picked out the seam in the front all the way to the zipper and on the back all the way to the  yoke on the back. I then laid everything out flat and pinned it together.

Front of the BJS

Here is the front. As you can see the length has been cut, seams picked out , laid out and pinned down.

Close up of front of BJS

Here is a close up of where I pinned the seams down.

Close up of the back of BJS

Here is a close up of the back. In this picture I had already sewed down the center seam and pinned down the rest of the seam.

Once those seams are sewed down then you take the legs that you cut off and cut those open to create the fabric that you will use to patch up the blank area between the legs of the jeans. There is a little finagling in getting the fabric to fill the area in and making sure that it lays right and  then pinning it down. I neglected to take pictures of where I pinned.  But you just lay it down so that it looks nice. Then you pin and sew down the seams. I tried to keep in the stitching lines that I had picked out prior.

Almost completed front of BJS

Here you can see the skirt is almost complete. I just need to trim and sew the hem.

Almost completed back of BJS

And the back. All sewed down except the trimming the bottom and hemming.

Close up of front of BJS seams

I just wanted to show up the close up of the seams on the front .

Once I get my daughter to try it on and see where it falls on her and then I can trim it to the correct length and hem it up.

Close up of the back of BJS seams

Close up of the back patch. All seamed up and ready to be hemmed.

And there you have it. All done. Now you just need to trim and hem. Here is what I did for one of the skirts.

Inside hem of the first skirt

Here is a sneaky peak of the inside of the skirt.

I chose to hem the skirt, this is hemming lace, to give a little pinkness to my daughters skirt. She loves it like that.

Hem of second skirt

I hemmed the second skirt a bit differently.

The second skirt that I made for my second daughter, instead of using hem lace I used a bit of leftover purple bias binding and just bound the edge.  My youngest loves this too.


Front of first skirt

This is the first skirt that I made .

I know that the skirt is slightly dirty in the above picture. I was only able to get pictures once she came home from school.

Front of second skirt

This is the second skirt.

As my second daughter wears this skirt it flips up to just above her knees. I think I am going to move that hem line up just a bit.

Back of first skirt.

I like this one better than the second one.

I found that I shouldn’t have used a pair of skinny jean for a skirt on that second pair. It just doesn’t hang right.

Back of the second skirt

I don’t like this one as much as the first one.

See what I mean about hanging right?



Tell me what you think.


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Coffee Filter Wreath – DIY

I saw this awesome Coffee Filter Wreath on Pinterest here and this one here.  I loved how it looked so I decided to make one for myself. Ok. So it wasn’t as great as the one in the first link but I do liked how it turned out. I used the tutorial found in the second link. I think that my piece of pipe insulation was a bit long. I also had to use 2 1/2 packs of coffee filters to complete it.  And had to use a low temp glue gun because the high temp melted the pipe insulation tube.

Coffee Filter Wreath

I really liked how it turned out.

It is slightly oval and I like that too. I wanted to put it up on my mirror in my living room but was unable to hang it there.

Coffee Filter Wreath

I like how it looks.

Coffee Filter Wreath

I like this angle too.

So I loved how this project turned out and check out the links above to find the tutorials on how to DIY.

leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

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Halloween Costumes – 2014

I make my kids Halloween costumes every year. I know that one day they won’t want me to make their costumes anymore because store bought costumes are so much cooler. But this year is one more year that I was able to make my kids costumes.

My son wanted to go as Ray Man from Ray Man Legends.

The Boy as Ray man Legends

Here is my son as Ray Man of Ray Man Legends. He is the hero of the video game.

The hero of the video game has no legs or arms or neck. I was trying to figure out the best way to make this costume. I have seen other costumes that wore black that wanted to blend in the background. So I made the shirt and had the boy wear black on the legs and arms. I took a purple shirt and cut off the neck and painted the “O”. Then I took a sweat shirt and cut off the hoodie of the sweat shirt and sewed it onto the neck of the purple shirt.  After that I had hair color spray and sprayed the boys hair with Orange and Yellow paint.

Ray Man Legends Necklines

Here is a close up of the neckline.

Then my daughter wanted to be the Tooth Fairy. So here is her costume.

Number 3 as the tooth fairy

My daughter is a tooth fairy.

For her costume we used bits and pieces from last year’s costume when she was a regular fairy, which is the tutu skirt. She had a pink shirt that had some stains so we covered them with felt applique teeth to cover the stains. Then I made her a headband teeth crown, and a magic wand.

Tooth Fairy Crown

Here is the Tooth Fairy Crown for my Tooth Fairy.

Magic Tooth Fairy Wand

Can’t have a Fairy of any kind without a magic wand.

It was cold this year so all my kids had to layer up really well. My second daughter wore a store bought witches costume this year. She loved it and that is all that counts.

Tell me what you guys think!


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The Cheater Sweater finished!

The Cheater Sweater is finished! Well it is finished…I think.

I worked on the sweater with the leftover bits of yarn that I had from crocheting beanies for my Etsy shop. I really loved how it turned out because I can have it on my shoulders when I am about the house and then lay it on me like a blanket if I wanted to snuggle with a book.

I debated on whether to continue and make it longer or smaller or even add a cuff to the arm holes. I decided against it since I normally wear it with a pull over underneath anyways.

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The Scuba Diver – Peg People

Just before Christmas I received a custom request for a Scuba Diver Peg People. I love getting unique requests like this because is pushes my limits of what I can do or think that I can do.  I think that he turned out really well.

Here is the front of the Scuba Diver Peg People

Here is the front of the Scuba Diver Peg People

I love the fish!

I love the fish!

Side Scuba Diver

And the bubbles coming up.

Back of the Scuba Diver peg people

Here are his tanks.

So tell me what you think? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts with me.

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Swashbuckling Pirate – on Etsy

Finally, The Swashbuckling Pirate and friends are up in my Etsy shop. It took forever it seems like to get them up there. The photo shoot was horrific because a Mermaid took forever getting her hair right. And then the First Mate lost his eye patch…what a mess.

Swashbuckling Pirate

He is a swashbuckling hero! He loves to do good deeds even though he is called a pirate.

First Mate

Our Captain can’t go on his adventures alone. So comes along his one eyed First Mate.


These mermaids love our Captain desperately! They will stay and talk to him long before they get bored of him.

In the Lagoon

Our Captain decided he needed a break and wanted to talk to the Mermaids to see if they need anything


These fabulous peg people are up in the Emily Guerra Designs Etsy shop. Go check it out here  and let me know what you guys think by leaving a comment below. Also, check out my Facebook Page at



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Pirates and Mermaids – Peg People

I finally finished this set of pirates and mermaids – peg people. I am very happy with how they turned out. I have to say that I was a bit worried about how my pirates were going to turn out. I was told that they look very much like Errol Flynn. Which is good. I wasn’t trying to go for Pirates of the Caribbean.

Pirates and Mermaids peg people

Here are our pirates and mermaids together.

Side view of pirates peg people

Here is the side view of my pirates. They both have cutlasses. Our One eyed side kick has a patch over one eye and our Captain has a pony tail.

Our mermaids - peg people

Here is our lovely mermaids. They love the Captain from a distance in their little lagoon.

Curly haired mermaids - peg people

Our lovely mermaids love to show off their long and curly hair.

Please excuse my camera phone pictures. My real camera has been lent out.

I am going to put these up at my Etsy shop by the end of the week. There are only three sets of peg people. You will get two pirates, the swashbuckler and sidekick, and two mermaids. Each set will come with mermaids with different colored hair.

Check back to see when they have gone up into the shop! I will post on Facebook as well once everything has been put up.

I love peg people. Tell me your thoughts about peg people too!

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