International Messenger Bag of Mystery

Ok, that’s a bit of an exaggeration.  I guess there’s not really too much mystery to it. But this new  bag is exciting because it’s my first international, off the North American continent order! Free Rose is going abroad!

And…to make it even more exciting, it’s a new style.  I would like, if I may, to show you the lovely messenger strap option.

The bag shown was created especially for Jess, a lovely gal “across the pond,” as they say.  She just had her second baby and needed all the space she could get in a diaper bag. Since she is out and about with 2 under 2, a messenger style strap was a must! Like the Daycare Diaper Bag, it features two outside drink pockets and a large exterior pocket in the front.  I added some button detail in both the aqua and contrasting orange color.

The sturdy 100% cotton strap is 2″ wide, and is hand dyed to match the color scheme of the bag.  Brown cotton bias along the edges finishes it off and ties it in with the coordinating trim on the rest of the diaper bag.

Lovely coordinating hardware polishes it all off. The extra long strap adjusts for Mom or Dad.

A zippered section across the top keeps everything out of reach of tiny hands…

…but separates when needed to allow full access to the interior.  This is helpful when getting everything packed and unpacked.  The coordinating Aqua and Brown cotton interior is crisp and clean, and each Aqua pocket is trimmed in narrow brown bias trim. A snapping clip keeps a toy, paci, or keys handy.

Interested in ordering a messenger style oversized  bag? It’s not just good for baby supplies, with customizable pockets this would also make the ideal travel bag, beach bag, or school bag.  Email me at Susie@FreeRoseStudio.com, or visit my Etsy store. All bags are one of a kind, custom made to order; you choose the main fabric from my current availability and I will create something wonderful just for you.

I can’t wait to see pics of Jess and her darling angels out and about with her new satchel!  As always, thank you for checking in at the Free Rose Studio! Any ideas of something you’d like to see here? Please comment or email them to me!

What’s up in the Studio…

I have been very lucky to be very busy working on lots of different projects for my wonderful clients over the last month.  So busy, I’ve fallen behind on sharing some of the great projects that get sent my way!

Today I would like to share with you a bedding set I sewed with love for a gorgeous little girl named Marley.  Her mommy contacted me about making a toddler quilt and pillow around some unique japanese fabric she had ordered.  I jumped at the chance once I saw how adorable the print was; and knowing Marley’s mommy isn’t scared of bright colors I knew it’d turn into something really exciting!

I chose a bright pink cotton and ocean blue cotton to compliment the animal printed fabric. Pink and blue stripes were quilted together to make a coordinating pillow sham.

Each block of color was separated with cotton bias trim in a rich mocha brown. The edges of both the quilt and sham were finished with the same mocha brown cotton, but featured a crisp white edge of rick rack under it as a decorative border, as shown in the photo below.

I used a natural bamboo and cotton blend for the inner batting, which is excellent for both warmer and cooler seasons.  Cotton batting also provides a nice weight to quilts, in my opinion; they lay nicely on the bed, fold neatly, and have a heirloom quality to them.  The back was finished in a complimentary 100% cotton pattern, making this blanket reversible. I kept it all together by machine quilting it in a diamond pattern using white thread (on my trusty Juki industrial machine…the BEST for long straight lines!).

This project was a fun break from the bags and diapers I’ve been working on, thank you for allowing me to share it here with you!  This type of work is available to everyone on a custom basis, as always I can be contacted at Susie@FreeRoseStudio.com with any questions regarding this project or any others. Thank you for following my adventures in sewing and design!

Mother’s Day is just around the bend…

…and wouldn’t a custom bag be a thoughtful gift? Give the special mom in your life a gift card to receive her own hand-made-just-for-her-because-she’s-awesome bag!

How does it work? Simply purchase the “Custom Oversized Bag” listing in my Etsy store, and  I will send a handmade card to the recipient (or to the giver if they would like to present it themselves), letting them know to contact me to choose the fabric for their bag. After they have notified me of their choice, I will create their gift and mail it to them (gift wrapped, of course) within 2-3 weeks.  Imagine the delight Mom will experience knowing it was created just for her! And imagine how easy this amazing gift will be for you-just an email and a few clicks and you’re a hero.  If you would like to send a smaller gift, gift cards for custom pouch slings and ring slings are also available. Smaller bags of the same excellent quality are available at a lower price, please email or contact me to discuss! There’s a way to meet most any budget.

Still not sold? Then let me share with you what your gift could look like…

I just finished up this beautiful bag today, and can I say I am in L-O-V-E  LOVE?! This one is going to be hard to part with!!

The floral pattern is complimented with a whimsical leaf pattern on the side pockets-notice the tiny squirrels and foxes. I just couldn’t resist using that print somewhere.

A zip-top option was added to this order, as shown below.

The top can be unzipped completely to allow full access to the interior. Inside you’ll find the standard pockets included on the base bag: 2 Large cloth diaper/blanket/change of clothes pockets, one cosmetics/”Mommy” pocket, a divided pocket, and also a snapping key/toy loop. The slings (laying inside) are not included but can be added to coordinate with any order.

If you need to know one thing about me, it’s that I adore rick rack.  You’ll find it popping up every once in awhile…ok, maybe more than just once in awhile!  It’s going to be a recurring trend here, you’ll see. 🙂

And of course, the back….I would love to make another similar to this for a special someone because I just can’t wait to sew with this floral print again.  Is it wrong to love a pattern?

Until next time…Happy Sewing! And Shopping! 😉

Oversized Daycare Diaper Bag

Parents with children in daycare know that the list of things you need to take with you-besides the baby-can seem endless.  Make your mornings a little easier with this oversized diaper bag, it will help keep you organized with a place for everything.

Made with your choice of fun cotton print and lining, a hidden inner layer of water resistant canvas give the bag it’s shape and adds durability. Measuring 17″ tall 15″ wide, and 7.5″ deep, it’s roomy but easy to carry.  The outside features a large zippered pocket (optional embroidered name), and two side pockets, each of which can easily carry 2 bottles or sippy cups.

The interior of the bag has a sturdy divider, perfect for dividing blankets and sheets from extra clothes and bibs.  Two extra large side by side pockets are large enough to hold cloth diapers, or to store changes of clothes, disposable diapers, burp rags, etc.  2 more pockets add extra storage space, perfect for snacks, pacis, or your wallet.  A snapping loop is perfect for keeping your keys handy, or keeping track of small toys.  Contrast trim edges the tops of the pockets, adding a beautiful contrast and making them easy to find.

Soft and sturdy cotton straps wrap around the bag to distribute the weight and keep it comfortable on your shoulder during long trips.

Not just for daycare, this oversized diaper bag is perfect for the beach, long trips, flying, and moms with more than one child.  Adult prints are available, this would be a great overnight  or carry one bag as well.

If you would like one of your own, please click on any of the pictures to view the etsy listing, choose the “Shop” tab above or email me at Susie@freerosestudio.com!  I will provide you with many beautiful choices of exterior fabrics, which I will then beautifully match with two contrasting fabrics for the interior and trim.

If you have other pocket needs, I will be happy to accommodate them, available options include a cell phone pocket, waterproof water bottle pocket, insulated bottle pockets. This bag can also be made as a messenger style bag, with a single adjustable strap.  This one-of-a-kind bag will be made to your specifications, you’ll receive a bag hand patterned and crafted just for you, with one line of professionally embroidered text, for $72 plus shipping.  Please contact me for more information or to start the order process, this beautiful and functional bag is perfect for upcoming summer travels!

Just wrapped up a custom diaper…

I enjoy making custom order diapers for clients, because it gives me a chance to do some fun combos I might not ordinarily offer as a stock item.  I just mailed off a great AIO, and it came out so cute I had to share it here! Please use the comment section to let me know if you love it too! All styles can be created as an AIO (all in one) or as a cover; it’s worth noting that cloth diaper covers make excellent swim diapers to coordinate with your child’s suit.

Here is is, check out this awesome Red Ruffle Bottom diaper!  What a great compliment to any modern girl’s wardrobe.

This Ruffle Bottom AIO featured an organic bamboo fleece soaker, covered with cotton to coordinate it with the cotton lining the inside of the diaper. My semi attached soakers are securely attached at one end (at the back for girls, at the front for boys), and a generous length, allowing for them to be folded to double the absorbtion in your babies wettest area, without adding bulk to the entire diaper. This soaker is 2 layers is the lower 2/3, allowing for 4 layers of bamboo fleece (and plus 4 additional layers of cotton) in the wet zone, while keeping it trim elsewhere.

10 columns of snaps across the waist give a close fit, and horizontal rows of snaps create 3 rise options. This picture shows it on it’s smallest settings.

To order a custom diaper in this combination, or to see what colors are currently available to make a unique cloth diaper or cover for your son or daughter, you can contact me using the form below. I also can be reached through my etsy store, or via email at Susie@FreeRoseStudio.com   As always, thank you for taking time out of your day to support Free Rose!!

Custom Pillowcase Dresses

A few weeks ago, I posted about some fun I had making bows to coordinate with a dress project. Today, I’d like to share a classic custom item with you: Pillowcase Dresses for little girls!

Available as a custom order, I’ll work with you to find a fabric, theme, or color scheme for your little girls dress, then create it in her size.  These loose dresses will get plenty of wear: alone as a sundress, or in other seasons layered with a short or long sleeved shirt, not to mention first as a dress and later as a peasant top.

As an example of possible themes, take a gander at this Army themed dress.  Red and White ribbon accentuate the patriotic theme, while a full ruffle along the bottom keeps things fun.

Maybe you’d like something special to commemorate and remind your little one of an upcoming special vacation? Then something like this special Mickey Mouse dress might be just the thing!  Cut on the bias for extra movement, it has not only a ruffle along the hem, but a flirty one across the neckline as well.  Add some fun bows and this look is a hit in and out of the theme park!

These are just some ideas of the limitless themes available in this style of dress.  If you’d like to collaborate with me on something for your favorite girl or two, please fill out the form under the contact tab or email me at susie@freerosestudio.com.  Prices start at $22, and will vary depending on fabric choice, size, number of ruffles and added accessories.

Want some instant gratification, with vintage bonus points? Snag this ready-made pillowcase dress, crafted from a vintage crocheted hem pillowcase.  Not just for little girls, this would make a great summer top on a woman too!

 

http://www.etsy.com/listing/54276407/vintage-girls-linen-pillowcase-dress

Tote Bags are here!

Just in time for summer, Free Rose is proud to offer oversized, reversible tote bags with a hidden water resistant inner layer. Use them as a large purse, travel bag, diaper bag, beach bag-so many uses and you’ll always be stylish!

What makes them even more exciting for moms of young ones is that our pouch slings fit perfectly in either of the two oversized pockets And to make sure the most important small things don’t get lost, a snapping loop is included to keep track of your keys, or even a pacifier! This bag retails for $26.

Check the Etsy store for in-stock bags.   The Pouch Sling and Tote Bag combo shown below is an example of a beautiful custom set, and a  steal at only $50 for the pair! Custom orders are encouraged, and requests can be made by completing the form in the “Contact” tab above. Many fabrics and color combinations are available, please contact me for availability.