I'm very excited other people want to see how to make the Pixie Moss. When I showed it to my neighbor she said: "Michelle, you are a kook. I mean that in a nice way." We are friends, so I know she appreciates my funny craft adventures. I have many other slightly off-the-wall ideas that I will probably share over time. I'm just warming you guys up for now. So I'll start on the tutorial in the next few days.
Today I want to share some places to find the hardware for the messenger bag strap and one idea that might be really interesting, but I haven't tried it out yet...
First, let me just say you can make the strap less than 1.5", but I find the 1.5" width most comfortable. 1.25" would probably work ok too, but 1" seems to start digging into your shoulder if you put a few heavier things in the bag. For this bag, don't go wider than 1.5" or it won't fit the sides.
Many fabric stores will carry the two pieces you need (slide and rectangle ring). UPDATE 9/25/12 - I carry slides/rectangle rings in both black and nickel. The slide might be called a strap adjuster, buckle, tri-bar. The rectangle ring could go by rectangle loop.
Ok, about that idea--what about using a vintage belt buckle for the slide? If you can get the metal thing off in the middle, a belt buckle would probably make a really cute slide for your bag strap. I think these buckles would be fabulous on a strap!
When I've been thinking too much I like to check out by doing a little embroidery. I find it easy to just concentrate on the stitches and not think about much else. It is nice.
For the last three nights I've been embroidering this fake moss and I must say I'm delighted by it! Perhaps I'm being a bit delusional about it, but it looks almost real to me.
I added a few flowers and some tiny glass beads to look like water droplets. Real moss does not have flowers, but there is a sub-shrub (think that basically means low growing shrub) called Pixie Moss that looks like moss and has flowers.
While I love real plants, I'm pretty excited this terrarium doesn't ever need water!
I will write a quick tutorial for it if people express some interest. Leave a comment if you want to make your own faux moss terrarium.
The messenger bag pattern is ready! Click here to read the full description at keykaloupatterns.com or here to check it out on etsy.
I'm working on a few more really quick and easy patterns and hope to have them available before the holidays for those of you making gifts.
Now I'm running over to Goodwill to find the last piece I need to complete a very special project I've been working on the last few nights. This project was fun for me and a good break from pattern making. Come back later today to check it out...
Yesterday my computer died. So now I have a new laptop and need to make a carrying pouch. I like this pink print quite a bit and think it would be very fun to use for the pouch!
I plan to make it with a zipper at the short end and maybe some handles, but I'm still pondering the design. Does anyone have a favorite pouch/case/bag for their laptop? For me, I just need something to stash it in when it is in a larger bag.