Monthly Archives: June 2011

Contemplating a name change


Ok, so I’ve been thinking: Tiny Sewing Empire is kind of pissing me off. I’m not sure why. I’m thinking of overhauling my name/website/everything about my sewing to something that pisses me off less. I know this doesn’t make much sense, but I’ve been thinking – T is pretty low on the alphabet food chain. For example, when I was doing the Sew, Mama, Sew giveaways, by the time I got to the letter “L” I was getting tired, and it was FREE STUFF we’re talking about here. I can  imagine someone scanning a bunch of site links and passing out before they get a chance as to where to start. Also, I want to get little tags for the stuff I make and TinySewingEmpire is just too big.

Therefore, I’m thinking of a name change to something shorter, and earlier in the alphabet. Luckily I have been lazy about branding so it’s not like I’m changing my name from Oprah to Annie or something. What do you guys think?


Video Tutorial: Boxy Cosmetic Bag


OK, guys! I have finally made a few video tutorials and will be posting them as they’re ready. This video shows how to make a boxy cosmetic bag. Please let me know what you think of the video. It was my first time doing this, so it’s not super-duper awesome, but I’m still really happy with it.

The materials you will need for this project:

  • 2 fat quarters of fabric: cotton is easiest to sew but you can use whatever you like. I used cotton for the outside of this bag and vinyl for the inside
  • batting: optional. Makes the bag nice and thick so that it can get knocked around a bit without breaking the stuff inside
  • d-ring: one or two. D-rings give the bag more utility so that you can hang it up or attach it to the inside of a larger bag.
  • obviously, you’ll need a sewing machine and some thread.

The fabrics/materials I used:

  • Fabric: No clue. I picked up both of the fabrics from a thrift store and have no idea as to their origins. However, I am in LOVE with the brown fabric that I used in the tutorial. At first I bought it simply because it was $1.00 for like a bajillion yards, but I didn’t really like it. But once I started using it, I realized that it looks better as a finished product than in it’s boring, basic, yard-y form. Now its one of my favorite fabrics! (P.S. if you recognize the fabric, please tell me what it is so that I can find more 🙂 ).
  •  I used a 16″ brown (nude, if you want to get picky) invisible zipper.
  •  I picked up the d-rings from Walmart.

I will be selling bags like these at the Farmers Market this summer, so if you like the bag but don’t want to make your own, you should stop in and see me! Or, take a look at my Etsy shop. 🙂

And now, without further ado: