just because

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

A new zippered case for Libby's colored pencils because, well, because she asked for one.
A new zippered pouch for me because, well, because I can never remember how to sew a zipper and when I googled it I found this great tutorial. (I broke three needles trying to sew in that zipper.)
A stack of new fabric for a quilt for each of the boys because, well, because I saw the one Larissa made for her son and my Charlie has been asking for new "covers" for years. AND because Larissa puts together some of the best tutorials around.

(All fabric purchased from JoAnn Fabrics.)

A little break from this space because, well, because it's that time of year again. Spring break.

See you soon!

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65 comments

  1. I love the one with the birds, so pretty and sweet!

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  2. I always shy away from things with zippers because I can't seem to get them right, so I'm looking forward to trying the tutorial. Thank you. Have a blessed day!

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  3. Oh I so needed that zipper tutorial. I was laughing at myself the other day that with as much as I love to sew, zippers just freak me out. Thanks for the wonderful link, it is much appreciated

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  4. Leslie, are the zippered pouches from Two Bags Full? They are very cute and different.

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  5. Cute! I used that same fruit fabric for a quilt for my son (an out-of-this-world fruit lover!). :)

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  6. Have a great time1 We go in two weeks...can't wait!

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  7. thank you for linking to that zipper pouch tutorial! i have had one on my mind for a while now and this was just the push i need to bring it into reality :)

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  8. I love the fact that you don't need a reason for the special little things that are not only creative but giving in the very fact that they are simple and so apparently ordinary. We know it's so much more than that!

    I'll definitely be checking out the tutorial regarding the zipper. I've only put in one successfully and that was during a class. The second one I tried was nerve wracking. Thanks for sharing!

    And I'll look forward to the quilts in progress as well as completed. I love the fabrics and colors you selected.

    Wishing you and your family a very happy Spring Break! Know moments of love and laughter.

    Peace out!

    xo...Ana

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  9. So cute! Oh, and did you get a life yet? LOL Give Moose a hug for me!

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  10. enjoy your spring break!
    i love your zippered cases. n what's inside yours? :)

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  11. Can I just tell you how much I love you?! I know we've never met but I do so enjoy you! :-)
    I appreciate your life, by the way! You have given many of us inspiration in your "every day"!
    Love,
    Wendy

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  12. I love the pleated zipper pouch, thanks for the link. Enjoy your time away!

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  13. It's all beautiful! Wonderful colors and fabric! Craft, craft, craft... ;-)

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  14. We just got a JoAnn in our town and I went this weekend to get new fabric for a window seat cushion. I LOVE that store. Your projects look adorable as usual. Have a wonderful Spring Break!

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  15. I could not sew a zipper if my life depended on it. Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

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  16. Have a wonderful break!

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  17. Even though there's not a knitting stitch in it, I thank you for this marvelous post ... just because, it is always a delight to visit here. (Don't remember which year it was that I actually did my last sewing requiring a zipper. Well done, you!)

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  18. LOVE that bird fabric! The puches are darling =-)

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  19. LOVE that you added pleats to the pouch! They are lovely and super useful.

    All that awesome fabric is going to make beautiful covers for your boys! Thanks for all the tutorial love. You are the best.

    Have a safe and wonderful Spring break!

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  20. Very nice...now, I could use a new pencil holder too! ~Kelly

    unDeniably Domestic

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  21. Have a very happy Easter.

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  22. I have most of those fabrics! Zippers and button holes always get me--I feel like I'm a new sewer every time I try to put one in. I'll have to give that tutorial a try on my next project

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  23. Leslie - gorgeous fabrics! I love the colors for the boys' quilts!

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  24. Isn't it nice to craft without a reason whatsoever? Have a great day.

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  25. I love your pouches - they're so pretty! Happy Easter and have a wonderful spring break!!

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  26. Love them. And thanks for the link to the tutorial. I might have to pouch it up myself.

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  27. Ohhh, i particularly love the pleated pouch you made for you. Lovely. Have fun on spring break!

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  28. I love the zipper bags!

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  29. thanks for the link! i, too, am afraid of zippers. that fabric you made your pouch out of is BEAUTIFUL! what is it?

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  30. have a great time! I want to see more pictures of libbys room!
    I love those cases too. now i want to sew!

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  31. Good job on the pouches. I haven't conquered zippers yet :)

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  32. cute pouches! I can't wait to see how the quilts turn out.

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  33. Lovely little pouches. Do enjoy your spring break. x

    http://leafgreenknits.wordpress.com/

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  34. Have a restful break -- but do come back!

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  35. oh I know!!!! I fiddle forever, then once I get it, it seems easy....then if I don't do one for a while I forget how to do it and have to fiddle all over again!! I'm still collecting cashmere sweaters to make that beautiful quilt you featured last year...I almost have enough! Now I'll have to find some Pendleton wool on ebay for the back :) As always...thanks for your inspiration :) Have a great break!

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  36. I've been on vacation, and am so behind in the blog reading! As a result, I find myself with a lot to say.
    1. I LOVE your new sweater. And the line "... I just made myself a tutu," made me laugh out loud. It looks gorgeous on you. Good job!

    2. You so totally and most clearly have a life. That commenter is a bit of a dingbat, I'm afraid. That's not a very loving thing to say, is it? Well, I feel it needs to be said, regardless.

    3. I, too, am a cautious zipper-sewer. I've sewn enough of them to know all that can go wrong. I've never broken three needles sewing one in, though. My mishaps go more like this: sew in zipper. Realize the seams are uneven and the zipper is creating an unflattering bulge in the garment. Re-sew zipper. Repeat realization. Re-sew zipper. Repeat... you get the idea. So glad you got your zipper confidence on. That tutorial is a keeper.

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  37. Yay for zipper tutorials! Love it! I dig the bags too - love that pear and apple fabric...

    Happy spring break!

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  38. Thanks for the wonderful link, it is much appreciated
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  39. Thinking of you on spring break. Hope you are all having fun.

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  40. Just because you had to do it, as it's beautiful*

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  41. i really love that fabric you made your pouch out of. adorable!
    have a great spring break. ;)

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  42. have fun on your break. Spring is almost here

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  43. That pleated zipper pouch is too cute. I've tried a couple times with no success on a zippered pouch - maybe that tutorial will be the one that works for me.

    I really should make Will a quilt too. Thanks for the links and inspiration.

    Have a great Spring Break!

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  44. O Great Crafting One, have a great vaycay!

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  45. You chose some really great fabrics. Have fun sewing.

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  46. hmmm,... my birthday has recently passed, ....I already have a baby sweater on order....now, how on earth am I going to get one of those darling little zippered bags???
    xox M

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  47. I have just returned from a spring break - it was wonderful and relaxing and I feel refreshed and ready to go - hope yours has the same effect - Enjoy! :D

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  48. have a great spring break! enjoy! love the pencil case!

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  49. I never could do zippers either. I see the word, and move away.

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  50. your "just because" gifts are so special.
    I love all your fabric choices! and can't wait to see the new boy covers.
    have a great day, just because...

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  51. oh, please, do dish on that apple/pear fabric!! i ordered a mouse pad on Etsy covered in it, suspected yardage is available somewhere, need it seriously/badly, but have found nothing yet. (oh, and the links, thanks for those!)

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  52. Bummer about those 3 needles, but those pouches turned out soo cute!

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  53. Too cute! I love the fabric.

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  54. That's so cute :) I love the patterns.

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