Darla Bennett Designs


 
I haven't had a lot of sewing time lately.  The school year is winding down and there's always a ton of stuff to fit in before it gets here.  I did make a special purse for my friend Teri's mom.  I named it the "Marilyn" after her.  It was based on two of my favorite bags, but I designed the pattern myself.  Took way longer than I thought it would!  It's a small shoulder bag with a large outer pocket for cell phone and keys and a nice sturdy, stand-on-it's-own bottom.  Also, since I have the buy three get one free program going on, I made a denim tote for Teri to take on her "girls only" weekend.  It doesn't photograph well, but it can fit everything she needs for a weekend away.  Mega cute denim with little butterflies embossed on it!
 
I made myself a new little bag for Spring.  It's much smaller than I'm used to, but I really like it.  I'll make a few changes on the next one, but I will definitely make it again.  The pattern is from ithinksew.com.  Also, I'm trying to fit in a few sewing projects for the house.  I made a couple of throw pillows and am hoping to make a couple more.  I forgot how easy they are and they add so much to our newly decorated living room.  :)
 
Here's a little cutie that I made with my new ruffler foot.  I plan on giving this bag to my friend, Kelly B. at GVSU.  She was kind enough to hand deliver a printer to me when I desperately needed it.  Kelly wants to start making wine, so I'm going to put a pretty blue  wine bottle in the bag to encourage her to get started.  :)  This little bag is made with grosgrain ribbons and uses a nice stiff interior fabric so that the bag behaves and stands on its own.  It was a fun and quick project to work on.
 
My friend Teri ordered two purses for special people in her life and I finally finished them.  She has been very patient as my life keeps getting in the way of sewing!  The brown and tan purse is made with dark brown vinyl crocodile and cotton material.  The denim purse is embossed with little silver dots in an all over diamond pattern and features a ruffled top edge (which I made with my new ruffling foot).  The lining in the denim purse is a real pick-me-up with cowboy hats on the pockets.  :)

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    I have a busy family life, a couple of different jobs, and so many creative ideas going around in my head.  I really am pressed for time....

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