Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Backpack Purse

Backpack Purse - My weekend project

I have planned my commute so that I walk though the city each day.  This choice allows me to people watch,  interact with humanity and saves me a gym membership!

The only down side is that I REALLY need a hands-free purse.  I frequently walk while carrying an umbrella or coffee or any random thing you can think of.

About 5 years ago I ran into a pattern for a hideous quilted backpack.  It was the right idea with the wrong fabric. 

OBVIOUSLY I needed to make adjustments!

This weekend I sat down at my sewing machine and created a bag that works for me.  Here it is!

Basket Weave Backpack

Suede Lining

There are still adjustments I want to make, but so far I'm happy with the finished product!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

My new wrist rest

I have this terrible habit of destroying my wrist support thingy.  I'm sure there's some "official" name for these other than wrist rest, but I don't know that that name would be.

So here's the problem.  When I stop typing to think I rest my elbow on the wrist support.  This feels lovely and helps my brain get in gear.  The problem is that it ruins the wrist support. 

My pretty carpel tunnel preventer is turned into a clouded leaking mess in short order.  No matter what kind I buy they always end up leaking sticky goo all over my desk.  A bit of packing tape will keep the goo inside for a little while, but alas, I ALWAYS end up tossing these babies in the trash.

I've come up with a solution that I think will work for me.  Today is my first day trying it so I'll report back and let you know how it's going.

I made my own wrist support!


It's pretty, it's coffee themed and it won't slip around. 

This was a SUPER easy project to make and just took a few minutes. 

This wrist support has a cotton fabric top, a non-skid bottom and is filled with brown rice.  Non-skid fabric is the same stuff that little kids have on the bottom of there footy pajamas.  You can buy it at any fabric store.

This support is made entirely of fabric scraps I had around the house, so I have no idea how much it would cost to make.  Can't be too much.

If you decided to make this beauty, my best advice is to only fill it 3/4 of the way full with rice.  That way you can mush it around a bit to make it fit your needs.

Happy Sewing!!!!

This was a big cooking weekend for me.  I'll be posting my kitchen creations on my What's For Dinner Blog later today!  Be sure to check me out there!