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2015 Dia de los Muertos Blog Tour {Sugar Skull Wine Bag}

To celebrate the Day of the Dead this year on the Dia de los Muertos Blog Tour with Rebel & Malice, I stitched up a wine tote with a machine embroidery sugar skull.

Just to remind you of the purpose of Day of the Dead … it is an opportunity to remember your loved ones that have died.  This is not intended to be a ghoulish Halloween occasion, but rather a sweet event to show respect and honor.  I like this depiction of the day from Mexican Sugar Skull the best:

Although it is a holiday from far away in southern Mexico, it’s a holiday one can personalize and integrate into their own religious and cultural beliefs. It is more of a cultural holiday than a religious one. It is a wonderful way to celebrate the memories of our loved ones who are now gone… through art, cooking, music, building ofrendas, doing activities with our children, we can recount family stories, fun times and lessons learned… not how the person died, but how they lived.

I find the sugar skulls irresistible… the colors are amazing!  I selected an embroidery design from Otketo on Etsy HERE.  The design stitched out on Varnie (my Husqvarna Topaz machine) beautifully!  I am very impressed with her machine embroidery design and will try her other designs!

I made the sugar skull and then attached it to a self-designed wine bag.

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Of course, I attached the golden yellow pom-pom trim cause I LOVE it so much!  and it resembles the marigold flowers that are traditional for Day of the Dead.

This is a wine bag or wine tote with a fold over band to size to a wine bottle and a handle for carrying.  I made box corners in the bottom of the bag to hold it sturdy and standing up.  The outside is a red cotton fabric, and the inside is a black and white chevron canvas print fabric.  I finished the fold over band with pom-pom trim.  And the handle includes interfacing in the center to add a stiffness to the turquoise cotton fabric topstitched in yellow thread.

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The machine embroidery design was stitched separated and then appliquéd onto the outer side of the wine tote.

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LOOK at those colors… i love it!

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The wine bag holds a regular sized bottle of wine… ready to carry to the neighborhood party this weekend.  Or, it could hold a bottle of sparkling wine or a bottle of booze… perfect for gifting to the neighborhood party host & hostess.

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Thank you Melissa for hosting the 2nd Annual Day of the Dead (or Dia de los Muertos) Blog Tour… this is my favorite season of the year!

If you want to see last year’s celebration of Day of the Dead – see HERE and HERE.

I hope you will enjoy all of the creativity to honor those that passed on…

Meet the bloggers who are joining the 2nd Dia de los Muertos tour. They will be bringing you a variety of inspired crafts, stories and a few freebies.


Here is the full schedule:

Monday October 26

– <a href=”http://rebelandmalice.blogspot.com/“>Rebel &amp; Malice</a> – <a href=”https://from-a-box.com/“>From a Box</a> – <a href=”http://www.sewsnbows.com/“>Sews n Bows</a></div>

Tuesday October 27 – http://www.callajaire.com/“>Call Ajairehttp://www.hattieluhandmade.com/“>Hattielu Handmadehttp://www.madewithmoxie.com/“>Made With Moxie



Wednesday October 28 – http://www.paisleyroots.com/“>Paisley Rootshttp://madebyamandarose.blogspot.com/“>AmandaRosehttp://phatquartersblog.blogspot.com/“>Phat Quarters



Thursday October 29 – http://www.luluandceleste.com/“>Lulu & Celestehttp://www.calmandcarrion.blogspot.com/“>Calm and Carrionhttp://www.craftyladyabby.com/“>Craft Lady Abby



Friday October 30 – http://whiskem.com/“>Whisk ‘Emhttp://www.wildandwanderful.com/“>Wild & Wanderful http://www.goldenrippy.com/“>Golden Rippy



Saturday October 31 – http://justaddfabric.blogspot.com/“>Just Add Fabrichttp://www.fillesamaman.net/“>Filles a Maman



Sunday November 1 – http://www.houseofestrela.blogspot.com/“>House of Estrela



Monday November 2 – http://rebelandmalice.blogspot.com/“>Rebel & Malice






Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter. There will be a small giveaway for a copy of the DVD “The Book of Life”  and a copy of the book “http://www.amazon.com/Rosita-Conchita…/dp/0982715307“>Rosita y Conchita” by Erich Haeger and Eric Gonzalez. They are not affiliated with this website or giveaway.



Due to the nature of the giveaway, the book and DVD will only be available to residents of the United States and Canada. There will be a separate giveaway for any digital items such as PDF patterns or gift cards.  


www.From-a-Box.com Milk Money Pouch

Back to School Zipper Pouch

{S is for Sewing e-book, featuring the Milk Money Pouch}

I’m back with another goodie from the Sewing With Boys latest e-book.  This is a zippered pouch perfect for those boys to carry their milk money to school.  Or it could be used to carry notes for the teachers, or little erasers, or a pencil sharpener, or a bike lock key — so many options.  And you know how much the kids like a little pouch to carry their specials.  The pouch is sized 3″ by 4″, but can be made in any size really.  And is a super quick sew!  So quick, I timed myself making 5 pouches for all the little guys.

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The S is for Sewing e-book is available now HERE.  It features 4 full patterns (see the Quad T-Shirts for my little cousin HERE), plus plenty of extras.  One of the extras is the Milk Money Pouch.  It is a fully lined zippered pouch with options to customize with coordinating ribbons, bias, and multiple fabrics.  I followed the pattern instructions exactly and found them to be easy to follow such that I completed 5 pouches (except for stitching closed the inside bottom, because I forgot about that step) in less than 2 hours.

Working with a variety of fabrics sources, including my scrap drawer, a charm pack, and my overflowing stash closet, I selected coordinating fabrics for the 5 pouches.

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Milk Money Pouch #1 is from a charm pack that hasn’t made it to a quilt yet.  The zipper matched perfectly – it was meant to be.  While the charm pack size is larger than the pattern specified, it still worked just fine.  As long as you cut the 2 outside pieces and the 2 inside pieces the same size, you can make any size pouch following the pattern instructions.

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Next is a Milk Money Pouch is in scraps from my little cousin’s romper made last year.  Those cute frogs, monkeys, and puppies are adorable.  This little zippered pouch will be sent to him.

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It’s a Milk Money Pouch.  Or to my son, it’s a lunch money pouch to carry the check that we still write to fill his account for the lunch line.  He is going to be in the 5th grade.  Nothing says 5th grade boy better than chicken wings and Ritz crackers.  So this is his zippered pouch.

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The Milk Money Pouch pattern is from the creative team at Sewing With Boys, so I wanted to keep with the boy theme.  That means the next Milk Money Pouch is baseball!

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Taking clues from the Back to School e-book, I present the 5th Milk Money Pouch in  science fabrics inspired by a bright kid at the dance studio who likes all things science.

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Now… I am ready to cut the pieces for the pouches.  I completed in 31 minutes!  Yes, 5 zippered pouches cut in 31 minutes – including having to move the cat at least 3x off the fabric.

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For me, the most time consuming step making a zippered pouch (or a zippered anything for that matter) is installing the zipper.  My “Make It Easy” trick for installing a zipper is Wonder Tape.  I used to keep an emergency pacifier hidden in the cabinet when my kiddos were babies… now I keep an emergency roll of Wonder Tape.  I don’t ever want to run out of this stuff.  It makes sewing a zipper easy!!!

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And to personalize the zippered pouches, I added my From-a-Box label to the lining fabric before assembling the edges.

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So, how long did it take my to sew all 5 Milk Money Pouches???

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In total, 2 hours of work for 5 cute and gift’able zippered pouches.  I think that is pretty good especially when you look at the results!!!  It’s a great pattern, and definitely a pattern that will be used again.  I have 5 girls that each want a zippered pouch too.

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To see more about Sewing With Boys e-book called “S is for Sewing” and to see other items made from the patterns, visit the SWB site HERE.

www.From-a-Box.com Soho Bag

New SOHO Totes {Pattern by Around the Bobbin}

FAVORITE Bag Pattern (yet)!!!

It’s the Soho Tote from Around the Bobbin.  This bag has it all… stylish shape + fully lined interior + just right sized handles + magnetic closure + sturdy pleated bottom + inside zippered pocket & inside divided pockets + shows off awesome fabric combinations!’


www.From-a-Box.com Swansea Bag & Adventure Belt Time to Travel e-book

Boy’s Swansea Bag & Adventure Belt {Time To Travel e-Book Tour}

It is finally my day to share on the Time To Travel Blog Tour, presented by Sewing With Boys.  The blog tour has been going on since last week and is coming to a close… make sure to see all of the WONDERFULLY creative travel bags and accessories for those Boys (and Girls too!) on the tour.