Inspired by a Mouse

I’ve been sewing again and making a couple of small bags that remind me of Mickey Mouse in a red, white, black, and yellow theme.

I asked a friend of mine to make a wreath for me. All she wants in payment is a bottle (or two) of wine.  I decided to add to her request by making these…

She is a fan(atic) of Disney World and is headed there sometime early next year.  She usually travels with her sister-in-law so two bags would allow her to share one if she wants.

The red and white polka dot fabric was from iPad Aunt’s stash and made me think of Minnie Mouse.  It was the perfect fabric for the outside.  I also added some black blocks to one side just to make them a bit different.

The bright yellow zipper and lining really brighten up the inside.  The zippers are from stash and were an inch too short.  The yellow fabric ends on the zippers helped stretch them out and made them work.  Did you notice my sewn-in tag inside next to the pocket?

As soon as the clip/hooks arrive by mail, I’ll make some wrist straps that can be attached to the little D-ring on the outside tab. We probably won’t see each other till after Christmas so there’s still time. I hope she likes them! 

So do those fabrics remind you of a particular mouse?

 

 

 

HD bag

Most hotels offer hairdryers in their guest rooms.  But many times when staying with family or friends, a hairdryer might not be available when you need it.  So when Mr. Aitch and I traveled across the country this past summer, we bought a small hairdryer to take with us for those times when we didn’t stay in a hotel.

The hairdryer was attached to the wall in some hotels but some were in a cloth bag on or under the sink area.  That gave me an idea for our “travel” hairdryer.

I made a simple drawstring bag to protect it in our suitcase and make it easy to find.

Two fat-quarters and a length of cotton cord later and I called it done.

Cotton for the outside and a piece of heavy flannel for the inside.  French seams keep it neat (no exposed seams).  A piece of batting sandwiched between the outer and inner fabrics and/or quilting would offer more padding but I didn’t think of it at the time.

This will stay in our guest bathroom when we’re home but can go with us at a moments notice.

Guest info

Do you have guests coming to your home during the Thanksgiving and/or Christmas holidays?

I do.  So I made up an information sheet with our WiFi password, home phone number, and address so if they need access to these things, they can find it quickly. In case of an emergency, the home phone number and street address is right there.

It fits in a 5 x 8 frame I got from the dollar store and sits on the nightstand in the guest bedroom.

Click WiFi-Phone-Address to print your own information.

 

Align mitts

Focusing on something other than itching, burning, and general discomfort is great pain therapy!

The Align Mitts are finished and on their way.

This was a fun pattern and used less than a ball of Knit Picks Stroll fingering weight yarn.  This Duchess Heather is a rich, royal heathery purple.  I probably used a bit more than half.  (I so need a scale!)

The finished mitts look rather nondescript until on the hand.  The ribbing adds a nice vertical detail. 

Since both mitts are the same (no difference between the left and right ones), it’s quite easy to get into the rhythm and finish them quickly.