First off, we had the third meeting of our sewing club last Saturday night. Hooray! We’re planning another one for the end of May and maybe I can convince everyone to come on a field trip to our nearest “fabric district” with me in June. It’s been so much fun getting together with everyone and being able to talk all about SEWING!  I still can’t get over how fun it is when you find people who enjoy doing what you enjoy doing!

For this meeting those who wanted worked on making a Peek-A-Boo Toy Sack. I recently talked about Toni’s great tutorial from Make It Perfect here. These bags are addictive! I cut enough fabric to make 3 of them and it was amazing how quickly they came together (it helps that I have made 6 or 7 of them in the past!)  Here are all of our finished products!

This camouflage print is really fun. We all kept talking about how it reminds us of G.I. Joe. It would be perfect to hold the figures as well. Love the retro feel with the brown dot fabric Laura used on the casing.

Love this print too! fabricworm happens to have this one on sale (go and get it!) – it is Birch Fabrics Organic, Mod Squad, Rally in Pool/Grass. Oh, and it comes in Cream/Coral too! The bag looks great with the stripes on the back. Jenn was able to make the whole thing with several fat quarters.

Just as an aside – this (below) is my all time favorite scooter print. I used it to make a lunch bag, and I’ve got a tiny bit left just waiting for the perfect project. Can you find the bird sitting on the scooter seat? Too CUTE! And it is still available at fabricworm – here.

Image courtesy of www.monaluna.com

My toy sacks need a bit of explaining because it looks like I forgot what “trendy fabric” is! The black dot is a large piece from my stash that I hadn’t been able to find a project for as yet. The binding and casings are happy scrap busters from the finished edge of a piece of fabric, folded just the right way. The elephant fabric is a print of one of my favorite childhood  Little Golden Books – The Saggy Baggy Elephant. I finally found a project for it, and I really like the stripey casing.

The third is special, and has a story. My husband took the girls to our local fabric store at Christmas and each picked out a “fabric for Mommy”.  This one is made out of the fabric my youngest picked out! Despite it’s dubious beginnings – I actually like the bag. It turned out okay, and might be the perfect place to store our dress up clown costume! I can’t wait until our next meeting in May!

And… new and exciting things are happening at Thread Riding Hood!

I’ve finally signed up for a Thread Riding Hood Facebook page. Come on over and like me (pretty please?!) Follow along (click on the logo below for the link)and get updates on posts, questions and answers from tutorial comments and great links to other wonderful sewing stuff going on around the web.

And, with a sad goodbye to Google Reader – which is going to shut down on July 1st, I signed up for Bloglovin. Turns out I didn’t need to be sad at all! This is a great little invention that emails you when your favorite bloggers put up new posts. The emails are really well designed with photos from the new posts and arrive based on your settings – once a day, or whenever a new post shows up. It’s a really good way to keep track of all of your reading. And (bonus!) it will import your blogs straight from Google Reader if you’re already on there. So, click the logo and follow Thread Riding Hood (you know you want to)!

In other news, my husband is having knee surgery tomorrow. So I may or may not be posting anything this weekend – family trumps all! I will be back for sure on Monday with something fun! Have a wonderful end of your week. Lately I have been feeling that “happy spring” feeling you get when the weather starts to warm up! (thank goodness!)