Monday, November 30, 2009

Holiday Palate... Quilted Fabrcs.

Here is the holiday palate that I have decided on.  I wanted to go with quilted fabrics to compliment our tree-skirt that is solid red, same as the darker tones in each of these, but is broken up with the texture of the quilting.  

Now I just have to decide what to do with these.

I will probably do the oven mitts to dress up the kitchen a bit and would like to find a way to tie these into our family room.

The wife is not at all happy with our new Christmas Socks, which looked great at the store, but we should have just made the sock so she could get exactly what she wanted.  These fabrics might get used to fix that problem.

I'll keep you posted.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Oven Mitts for the Holidays!

Looking for a quick and easy way to spice up your kitchen for the holidays without getting cinnamon everywhere?

6.5st (Six and a Half Stitches) has a simple oven mitt pattern that you can make in less than 30 minutes.

So if you have not found the perfect holiday oven mitts yet, you can easily find a great piece of fabric and some cotton wadding at your local fabric store and throw these together to compliment any holiday style.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Tote Bag Bottom Supports.

If you are looking for ways to improve the quality and feel of the hand bags/ totes you are designing, Lazy Girl Designs recommends a range of bag bottom supports called Bag-E-Bottoms that come in a range of sizes and most for around $9.

Many of the homemade bags that you can find for sale are kind of limp, and that is fine if that's what you are looking for.  However if you want your bag to retain its shape and look a little bit more crisp and professional, this might be the solution that you are looking for.

Personally, when I need to add some serious stiffness without having to drop a few extra dollars on a project, I merely just swipe one of those Plastic/Acrylic 3 ring binder inserts, and then cut it to shape.

Don't use your good Gingher's to cut this stuff as you will certainly need a trip to the sharpener's, but with an old pair of scissors this is usually not that big a chore.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Sewing Community - BurdaStyle

If you haven't found it already, BurdaStyle is great resource site for sewing projects, patterns and advice.

BurdaStyle site allows you to view other people's projects, submit patterns, download patterns (some of them have a small charge) and interact with other hobbyists and even some professionals.

I have seen a lot of quality projects out here, but mostly on the apparel side.  So if you are looking for some catchy one of a kind shirts/ skirts, this is a must see.

Most of the bag projects I have seen here have left a lot to be desired.

The site allows you to create a profile and a personal space to showcase your own projects.  It also allows you to link to your Etsy site if you have one.  So if you are a serious seamstress/tailor or just a casual hobbyist and want a place to share your work and get tips from others, this is a great site.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Beauhunks Launches 11/21/09

Beauhunks is a project that I have wanted to launch for a long time, I just didn't know what to call it.

Now, thanks to my wife, I now have the perfect name for my guy-inspired design oriented project.  This blog will showcase the best in design from multiple industries and sources as well as feature many of my own projects.

Although I am not what many would formally call a "designer", I am an extreme design hobbyist.  I work with several mediums including furniture and technical climbing gear, but my specialty is designing bags, or modifying the design of commercially available bags to suit the needs of non-conventional users.

With this blog, I am also launching my Etsy site at  Etsy is where I will co-showcase and sell my newest projects, although feel free to drop me an email at if anything you see here catches your eye.