Recent Projects 11

I made this padded zipper pouch for my sister-in law! Definitely planning to add something similar to the shop in the near future.

I FINALLY completed my longest outstanding project to date: A t-shirt blanket for my friend Lauren. She let me hold her undergrad shirts captive for over 6 years. The blanket is double sided with a zipper on the bottom so she can tuck a comforter inside and make it extra cozy.

My old boss asked if I would make a travel car mat/carrier for her son! It was pretty fun to make, but I’m not planning to make any more of them. There are pockets under the parking spots, and the it folds into thirds as a small carrier.

I’ve been working on UV activated color-change earrings! These go from white to a deep fuchsia, depending on how much sunlight they’re getting. I have a few colors in the works, and just cast a glitter set last week. I’m still working on getting all the bubbles out, so it might be a little while before these show up in the shop.

I’ve got a couple more projects going that I’m excited to share when they’re done. Have you been working on anything new lately?

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Fluff Friday 07

Just wearing a sewing machine cover!

Fluff is getting really good at blending in with the stairs.

Catris Queen over here.

Acting like she didn’t tip over that little alpaca.

“Where have you been. It’s past dinner time. How could you do this to me.”

Somekitty ate a bunch of catnip, pushed all the shopping bags off the counter, and made a little bag nest.

New in the Shop: XL Makeup / Project Bags

When I first introduced makeup bags to my shop, I made the bag patterns for 5 sizes: XS to XL. My original idea was to sell them as a nesting set (bet you didn’t know these were nesting bags!) but it seemed easier to categorize them by size and the Extra Large never made it to the shop. Until now!

I’m making them EXCLUSIVELY in my own fabric designs! I know this will limit the variety of them at first, but eventually the section will grow as my design library increases.

They can hold a full can of dry shampoo and a standing bottle of contact solution. They comfortably fit a skein of yarn with supplies. With that much room, there’s so much you can use them for!

Find them in the XL Makeup / Project Bag section here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheTragicWhale?section_id=24823650

Fluff Friday #6

Got out the Halloween decoration this week!

Whatcha up to?

Keeping an eye on the Turkey situation.

Even when she naps, she’s ready to go!

Me: Look, I put the cat in a box! Take our picture!
Fluff: I hate you.

Big yawn!

This was just days after her first haircut. She was still very upset about it.

So comfy.

Recent Projects

I turned an XLT button up shirt into a dress. I mentioned it in this comic.

I designed some fabric for my husband’s cousins featuring their cute little pup, and made laptop sleeves with it!

A trio of travel bags for my friend’s mum:

And a couple of bags for my friend! I found this sweet fabric at a cute little store in Littleton, NH and picked up a fat quarter bundle with every color :D

I got a custom order request at the farmer’s market last weekend for, essentially, a much larger version of my zipper pouch pattern with a handle. So, a wristlet! I made a prototype immediately, and I’m trying to decide if I want to re-introduce wristlets back into the shop.

I hilariously forgot to order more bag labels before I ran out, so I’m kind of at a shop stand still right now. Oops! I have about ten which I’m saving in case I get any special order requests before the new ones come in. The good news is that I’m completely wiping out my “Outstanding Projects” list! Completely. Everything is getting done. And I’m working on developing a few new items for the shop :)

Fluff Friday #5

Clearly, the most comfortable way to lounge.

Is there a more perfect place to nap?

Fluff had an emergency bath last week! Complete with a modified shower cap to protect her ears.

Got her this little security sweatshirt. She loves it. She definitely doesn’t pretend that her legs don’t work when she wears it.

Just watching Star Trek as a family.

Checking out the first printing of Fluff fabric!

I tried to clean my sewing machine and broke it.

My primary sewing machine is a Brother DZ3000. My parents got it for me for Christmas 5 years ago and it’s been amazing to work with even though I don’t usually use any of the fancy functions. But a couple of years ago, it started making a squeak noise. And today I decided I should open it up and check it out. While in the middle of a project. Because, why not?!

The inside looks like this:

It was a real piece of work to put back together when I was done, but I got all the screws back in, set it right side up, turned it on, pressed the foot and… Error message. Also, the needle seems to have shifted.

I BROKE it!

The good news is that I have another one. Well, I have a couple of other ones but I need one that works properly / I know how to use. Enter: the Brother LB6800:

My father-in-law sent this to me right after I moved in with my husband (Thanks again, Norman!) and it’s even fancier than the fancy one I was using for basic sewing! And now I get to learn how to use it. And NOT open it up. Ever. For any reason. No matter what.

Plus, there is a quilt shop a few towns over that offers sewing machine cleaning at the end of each month, so DZ3000 will be going on a field trip!


Hello, I’m Kerry! Maker. Sewist. Fan of all things bright.

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