A Bag Full of Questions and Answers

I made a cute little bag last week. I found it at Make It and Love It. I am using it to hold makeup cloths I made from extra receiving blankets. I use the cloths in lieu of toilet paper or disposable sponges. It was a super simple project that took me about an hour to create. That included time out to feed Ellen. (I had a photo for you, but I also have a sweet, sick baby over here. No time for uploading. Sorry!)
Speaking of sewing, it is a new year, and with a new year comes new predictions. So, I am participating in Sew Mama Sew’s Reflections and Predictions for 2012. It’s a great way to document past trends and look at what is coming up for the future of sewing!
Looking back at the 2011 sewing scene, what trends stand out in your mind?
Chevron, color blocking and repurposing
What were some of your favorite things related to sewing this past year?
Finally taking the plunge and starting to learn. I am mostly teaching myself, but I’ve had help from wonderful teachers and bloggers. Getting a new machine really gave me the inspiration to pick it up.
What did you make that you’re most proud of?
I love the dinosaur tails I made for my nieces for Christmas. They were a huge hit!
What sewn projects have you seen this year that you absolutely love?
I love the dinosaur tails. I also love these zippered aprons from H is for Handmade.
Do you have a favorite sewing book or pattern from the past year to recommend?
I just started using Sew It All Magazine. It is an annual publication that has plenty of unique and exciting projects that take you from winter through fall.
Are there any trends you’re over and done with?
Honestly, I know chevron was a big hit this year, but I never really jumped on the Missoni bandwagon.
What are your thoughts about social media? How is it going for you? What do you love or hate?
I love what social media can do for small businesses and blogs, but there is a balance between using it to your advantage and letting it use you. It can be addicting. Right now, my favorite social media has to be Pinterest. I love how it inspires me, and I really do accomplish a lot of ideas I get from there.

Did you have a favorite fabric collection or print in 2011?
I love Thomas Paul fabrics, but my favorite place to get fabric? The remnant bin!
What do you predict for 2012 in the sewing industry?
I predict that Call Her Happy will make its way into the sewing market. I’m just looking for my niche…
Can you tell us what to expect from you in 2012? Any big projects or life-changing goals? See above ;)
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