Thursday, March 3, 2011

Easter Tote Bags

I am really excited about my newest project. I took a variation of the large tote bags I have been doing and made super cute Easter bags for my kids.

These are awesome, because they are the perfect size for an Easter egg hunt and they will stand up on their own. You don't have to worry about the eggs falling out and some other kiddo swiping them :) I also love the small handles. I debated on this for a while, as to whether they should be short or long and I finally decided short was best. They are perfect for holding and still big enough to slide an arm through. I am working on some ideas for other appliques, but these were my first two ideas.

The bags are natural canvas which is nice and sturdy, a must when it comes to little ones. The chick is made with fleece, so it is soft and fuzzy, and the egg is flannel. I used embroidery thread for the face. Of everything, that was the hardest part only because the material is so thick.

This one took a little more time, only because it has a lot of decoration. The egg is flannel with ribbon and button accents. I think I am ging to make another one with pink, yellow, and purple designs. Some other design options in the works are bunnies, flowers, and maybe even a chocolate bunny :).

The finished size on these is 12 inches wide at the top (with the base being slightly smaller) by 8 inches tall.

I am planning on embroidering the kids names on the back and putting a small piece of velcro on the inside to help keep the eggs in when the fun is done.

I am thinking about selling these for $10 each. If you are interested in buying one, please comtact me at

Monday, February 14, 2011

Canvas Tote Bags

This is an exciting time for The Jennuine Article. I recently completed my first custom order. A family friend got married this weekend and asked me to make toe bags as gifts for her bridesmaids. Such a great idea, by the way. I made four identical tote bags with custom embroidered monogramming. As a side note, I am in love with my new machine :)

I don't have the greatest pictures, because of course I was in such a rush to make sure they were done and to her in time, that I didn't take photos of them all when I finished. So, the best I have is some pics taken with with my phone.
Here is a close up of the embroidery, and yes I did that with my own machine. You can also see the custom tags I made with my logo on them.

I have had so many people already wanting to buy one, that I will soon be taking orders an putting them up for sale. Here is a preview of the next bag I am making. This one is for my grandmother.
I love these fabrics together. I will keep you posted on my progress.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Baby Doll Accessory Set

I found this really cute tutorial for a baby doll kit. I did make a really cute bag for it, but forgot to take a picture of it. I can't believe I did that. Here is the link to the original tutorial. I am going to be making Chloe one once I get some down time. (Does that ever really happen?)

Sissy is doing such a great job modeling isn't she? The set includes a changing pad, wipes case with wipes, three diapers, powder and diaper cream.

I know the diaper cream looks more like lipstick, but hey it was my first time! Next time I'll make the wipes case a little bigger so the wipes are easier to get in.

The diapers fit a medium size doll. I think she is a 15 inch doll. Small than the large Cabbage Patch doll, but bigger than the small one, if that makes any sense. Does that show my age that I use Cabbage Patch dolls to reference doll size? These were actually pretty fun to make. I'm looking forward to making the next batch.

Car Cozy

I decided to make these for all the little guys this year. Of course, I didn't get them all done, so some of them will be getting theirs for their birthday instead. Head on over here to see a tutorial on how to make it yourself. I love this idea for taking to restaurants. My little guy is almost 18 months and doesn't stay interested in crayons for long. Not to mention they end up in his mouth at some point during the visit.

These can be made with any theme too. I made a dinosaur one for my nephew's birthday. I forgot to take a picture to show you though. I did that several times with gifts this year. I guess I get so excited about giving them their gift that I forget. Oh well. This is what it looks like all rolled up. You can easily throw this in a diaper bag or keep it in the car.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Puffy Christmas Ornament

 For MOPS this year, we had an ornament exchange and I decided to make something special. It came out exactly like I envisioned it, but I originally planned to put decorations on it. However, every time I tried to add something to it, I didn't like it. So I decided to let the design speak for itself.