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The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Once, there was a man named Eric Carle. http://www.eric-carle.com/home.html

He wrote many books, and made kids very happy. One day someone got the idea to turn the books into felt pieces, so kids could make their books come to life. This is my take on Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

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New fabric

I am testing out a new fabric supplier, and these came in the mail today.

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What are you working on?

Purple, blue and green frog fabric

Fabric for my niece’s purse. She is bananas about frogs.

The weekend is almost here, and for me, it started today. But it is only a break from my day job. There is plenty to do for the store.

I have so many projects going on, that my head is spinning a little. This morning I have 4 lunch storage pieces to finish, before they and another order are shipped off. I need to head to the fabric store for more material for a commissioned project, then back home to work on felt story boards pieces, another lunch set, and a purse for one of my nieces.

Teal and orange fabric

Perry the Platypus x2, in the works.

Then there are the nativity sets for my sisters and cousins, and Perry the Platypus pillow pets for my boys, but these will have to wait  for a while.

So what are you working on this weekend? What do you have planned for fall crafting?

-MA

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So this happened…

Page 25 of Storage Fall/Winter 2012, a Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest Publication.

How awesome is this?? My designs are in a national magazine!!

Earlier this last spring, I was asked by an editor of Storage magazine to design and sew some lunch storage pieces. I have been making various homemade items for friends for years, but never “took it public.” I didn’t have an Etsy store. I didn’t have a website. I had a Facebook page where I posted my creations for my friends to see, but that was it. That has now changed.

My Etsy store is now up and getting a fair amount of traffic. It currently contains the sandwich wraps and snack bags that you will see in this issue of Storage (Fall/Winter 2012, Meredith Publishing), as well as an insulated lunch bag to carry everything in.

Cover of Storage Fall/Winter 2012

Cover of Storage Fall/Winter, a Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest Publication

But I won’t be stopping there. I also make felt story boards, purses and totes and costumes. I hope over time I will be able to offer all these things on my store, calicostrawberry.etsy.com. If you don’t see a pattern that you like, drop me a line. I take custom orders and we can find the perfect fabric for you.

If you are crafty yourself and would like to make your own wraps and bags, check out the instructions for my designs. I have since made some alterations, like adding more Velcro strips on the wraps, and dropping the Velcro down a bit in the bags. This link includes patterns if you are using Fabric Quarters.

http://www.bhg.com/crafts/sewing/reusable-sandwich-wrap?ordersrc=rdbhg1104719

And make sure you check out the entire Storage issue. There are several other amazing lunch storage items in the same story my pieces are in. And the entire issue is chock full of great ideas for storage and organization.

-MA

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Line drying

My lamp is pulling double duty, and acting as a drying rack.

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Why settle for one, when you can have both?

Avengers lunch bag

The bag is also lined with PUL and insulated with Insul-Brite.

Since my 8 year old couldn’t decide on one fabric for his lunch bag, we decided to use both. He is more than excited and can’t wait to use it tomorrow.

This is the same design that I will be using for the lunch bags that I will be selling in the store. They have plenty room for enough food, but are not so big that they take up a ton of room in a backpack. They are completely washable. Wipe with a damp cloth, or toss in the washer. So much better than the store bought bags that get gross after a few months.

Star Wars lunch bag

Flip side of the Avengers lunch bag.

Now to start working on the sandwich wraps and snack bags.

-MA

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School Time!

Fabric for my kids' lunch bags

My 8yo loves these characters.

Two of my three kids go to a year round school, which means their summer break ends today. Don’t feel sad for them though. They get three weeks off in the fall and another three in the spring. It is much nicer to spend your day playing outside when there is not a 112 heat index.

But this shortened schedule means that I have less than 24 hours to finish their lunch bags, sandwich wraps and snack bags. EEK! The little one also wants a bow tie to wear to open house tonight. No pressure.

Fabric for my kids' lunch bags

My 6yo love penguins.

The boys originally wanted store bought lunch boxes, but I just couldn’t stomach dropping more money on things that would be gross in 6 months. Yes, you can wipe them down, but you can’t get a really good clean when there is peanut butter crust after being forgotten over the weekend.

I will post the finished pieces once they are done and I will be using the extra fabric for things to sell in the store. If you have a fondness for any of the fabrics pictured here, let me know and I will try to get more. Below are other fabrics I have available, and can still be worked into any sizes you want. Let me know if you want something custom made.

– MA

Other fabrics I have available

Other fabrics I have available.
Other fabrics I have available.

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