Lina and Vi

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Make It: DIY Sewn Felt Cloud Mobile

DIY Cloud and Moon Mobile - baby nursery - linaandvi.com

If you follow our Facebook page, you will know by now that I am expecting a baby girl in August. As I gear up for everything new ahead, I am trying to find ways where I can create something handmade or buy handmade to decorate our nursery. Today I want to share a short DIY that I worked on a couple of weeks ago for a felt cloud baby mobile. 

I spent a couple of days searching for ideas on Pinterest, and I landed on this DIY post for how to make a cloud mobile on Apartment Therapy. I decided to make a couple of modifications, but all in all, I am happy with how it turned out. I won't spend time walking through a tutorial here since you can find the tutorial in the link above but I will share a couple of highlights on how I modified the design slightly.

First of all, I did not hand-stitch the felt. I busted out my sewing machine and switched to a small zigzag stitch. I do not have the patience or talent to sew well by hand, and I knew the machine would be much faster and easier for me to control.

DIY Cloud and Moon Mobile - baby nursery - linaandvi.com

Second, I opted for stars in lieu of raindrops, since I had yellow scrap felt already on hand. I searched for a quick rounded start template, printed it out, and traced it onto the felt. I used metallic gold thread for the zigzag seams on the stars which gives them a bit of sparkle. I also added a peach moon shape so that I could incorporate some peach in the mobile. 

DIY Cloud and Moon Mobile - baby nursery - linaandvi.com

Last, I used an embroidery hoop to hang the plush items. I painted it in a light peach to match the nursery's color scheme and used clear fishing line to tie everything together. It took me a couple of nights to get everything sewn up and hanging just right. I stuffed these with small bits of polyfill and cotton balls. I am now in search of a hanger to place the mobile, which will be much easier than trying to hang it using another method from our ceiling. I'm excited to have this handmade mobile in our baby's nursery, and I'm equally glad to have been able to flex some of my sewing skills to create it!

I hope you enjoyed this sneak peek in my nursery and found some new inspiration for sewing for a new baby in your life. Enjoy the rest of your week!

Erica



Saturday, May 13, 2017

Springtime Purple...and Cats!

Handmade upcycled coffee burlap sack zipper case by LinaandVi Plymouth MI

What do purple, cats, and burlap have in common you may ask? Well, they are all included in two of our latest burlap zipper bag designs! This past week, I was busy sewing up two new large burlap cosmetic bags. I must have had purple on the mind because both of these fun new zipper bags feature a pop of this color mixed in with the warm tan tones of the upcycled coffee bean sack burlap and faux leather. I'm loving the way these new bags turned out, and they are examples of exactly what I strive for with all of the Lina and Vi designs - simplicity on the outside and fun on the inside!

While both of these burlap zipper bags feature the same buttery faux leather bottoms and bold black printed burlap, they each are lined with unique fabric. I decided to take a risk (those are good to take every now and then, right?!) and opted to use a kitty cat printed purple fabric from Cotton+Steel's collection for the first bag. These cats are so much fun with their little white faces scattered about the fabric. And this burlap zipper bag is purrr-fect (I had to ;-)) for cat lovers!

Handmade upcycled coffee burlap sack zipper case by LinaandVi Plymouth MI

Handmade upcycled coffee burlap sack zipper case by LinaandVi Plymouth MI

Handmade upcycled coffee burlap sack zipper case by LinaandVi Plymouth MI

The second larger burlap zipper case is lined with a tan, white, and purple wave abstract pattern that I have used in past designs and is my go-to for lining burlap bags. This fabric is thicker, like a twill, and it has a nice, soft hand that is a great contrast against the rough text of burlap.  Both of these new designs are available in our Etsy shop and ready to ship! They are completely handmade in Plymouth, Michigan using upcycled coffee burlap sacks.

We're having another busy weekend around here, but we are making progress with our garden, our nursery, and sewing! Tomorrow is mother's day here in the U.S, and I hope that every mother is able to enjoy her special day with her family and friends.

Thank you for your continued support!
Erica

Friday, May 5, 2017

USDA Organic Burlap Zipper Large Pouch

https://www.etsy.com/listing/185312144/usda-organic-printed-burlap-zipper-pouch?ref=shop_home_active_2

Where is the time going? I spent the first few days of May on a short babymoon to west Michigan, where my husband and I stayed at a local B&B in Saugatuck. Although the weather was a bit cold and rainy, we hopped in the car and drove the coast of Lake Michigan to visit the downtown area of Holland and the beautiful, large beach in Grand Haven. It was much needed rest and relaxation - a few days away from work, email, traffic, our pup, and the daily rush. We enjoyed some amazing food in downtown Douglas and fantastic shops in Saugatuck, as well as gourmet breakfasts. If you need a B&B recommendation in Saugatuck, I have one for you!

With a baby on the way, it feels like we are busier than ever. My mind is constantly running with projects and to-do's, and although the progress feels slow, I think we are right on track. I'm still feeling good, and everyone is healthy, which is most important.  On that topic, I recently completed a new DIY for our nursery that I plan to share in the next couple of days. This one involved my sewing machine, some felt, and a bit of fishing line, so if you have a baby on the way or need a gift, stay tuned for my upcoming DIY post.

Last week, I wrapped up a brand new burlap zipper pouch that is now available for purchase on Etsy and ready to ship. I decided to focus on sewing a larger zipper pouch, as these are so versatile and can be used for a variety of things. Please welcome the USDA Organic burlap zipper pouch featuring Cotton+Steel red and gold striped cotton fabric! This zipper pouch has a buttery soft faux leather bottom that sharpens the bag's style and provides a structured balance against the fuzzy burlap panels. The USDA Organic original print is big and bold, perfect for anyone looking to make a statement with this eclectic accessory. You can find this bag in our Etsy shop here.

USDA Organic burlap zipper pouch by Lina and Vi Plymouth MI

USDA Organic burlap zipper pouch by Lina and Vi Plymouth MI

If you saw our recent Facebook post, the local Plymouth Farmer's market opens this weekend, tomorrow Saturday May 6th from 7:30 - 12:30. Although we will not be participating tomorrow, I encourage you to stop by to see the local artisans and shop everything from plants to coffee, to baked goods. I'll be joining the crew one upcoming Saturday when the weather is a bit warmer, so stay tuned to our Facebook page for the dates.

I hope you have a great weekend!
Erica

Thursday, April 20, 2017

New in the shop: Burlap Zipper Pouch Sets

burlap zipper pouches by linaandvi.com

Hello and happy Thursday! It's been another busy week around here, but despite the packed days, I have had some time to sew and update our Etsy shop this week. First, I finished up several new sets of burlap zipper pouches. We now have sets of two and singles available in the 4" by 6" size. Visit our Burlap Zipper Pouches and Burlap Zipper Pouch Sets shop sections to see the latest designs. With Mother's Day coming up in a couple of weeks, these handmade, upcycled burlap pouches are a great gift alone or wrapped up in a gift basket. If you choose to fill it with someone's favorite goodies, you will have the gift and packaging all tied into one!

Speaking of burlap zipper pouches, our friends over at Bundled Michigan were kind enough to feature our pouches in their recent Facebook post. They are now restocked with several new Lina and Vi burlap pouches. Their ladies bundles make unique gifts for Mother's Day with the added bonus of handling the shopping, packaging, and shipping for you. It is a super simple way to give a thoughtful gift to show how much you appreciate that special someone.

Second, I updated all of our Etsy listings to make them more reader friendly. You will notice that the descriptions are split into multiple sections, making it faster to pinpoint the information you are looking for rather than having to skim the info in whole. Even after three years, I am still learning more how to best present the Lina and Vi handmade items so you can find it easy to shop our products, despite not being able to physically touch them.

Lastly, many of our burlap pillows are restocked and ready to ship! I have stocked up our most popular burlap pillows for the spring. Shop our burlap pillow section to see the latest ready to ship options.

I am looking forward to sewing a new custom crossbody burlap bag for a local customer this weekend. While it seems like everything is high gear right now, I know that in a couple of months, I will need to slow down and prepare for this little one to enter the world. I am spending as much of my free time preparing for the changes that are coming ahead. It truly is a season of change in my life, and while I admit that I am nervous, I am just as excited to enter a new phase.

I hope you enjoy the rest of your week - thank you for stopping in!
Erica


Monday, April 10, 2017

April Update + New Certified Crossbody Burlap Bag

Certified Burlap Crossbody tote bag by Lina and Vi, Plymouth MI

Welcome to April! I realize I am over a week late with this sentiment, but things have been moving fast these past few weeks. Although I've been pretty quiet here on the blog, I have been busy in the background working on restocking a number of our burlap stenciled pillows, designing a new burlap bag, filling custom orders, and preparing for a new baby! The best way to describe it is a feeling that things are moving fast but the day to day is slow.

With the new month comes warmer weather, so it is more of a decision now to stay inside to sew when the weather is nice. I do feel that when I am at my sewing machine, I get the best of both worlds as I am facing a big, bright open window with the afternoon sunshine filling the room. I am looking forward to the start of the summer craft fair and farmer's market season ahead, and I'm hoping that you will see me again at my local Plymouth farmer's market on an upcoming Saturday. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for more updates on the schedule if you are local to the Plymouth, MI area.

Certified Burlap Crossbody tote bag by Lina and Vi, Plymouth MI

Certified Burlap Crossbody tote bag by Lina and Vi, Plymouth MI

Last week, I introduced a new burlap crossbody bag to the Grounds Collection, the Certified burlap tote. Crossbody bags are some of my favorites, as I am a big fan of the no-hands bag especially during the warmer months when I tend to be outdoors on a walk and want to keep my hands free of stuff. This medium zipper bag was fun to make and features pops of blue with the polka dot Cotton+Steel cotton fabric lining. I keep gravitating to a fun interior balanced with a subdued exterior, so that my designs can work with any style any day, which is my overall design goal. You can shop this new burlap crossbody bag in our Etsy shop now.

I started to sew for my little one, although I have been focused mainly on updating our spare room and cleaning the bedroom closet this past week. I am looking forward to sewing more handmade baby items in the next few months. If you have any recommendations for baby patterns, please send them my way!

This week I'll be focused on sewing up a handful of new burlap zipper pouches for our friends over at Bundled Michigan, while hopefully still making progress on wrapping up the final steps of cleaning out the closet for baby.  I hope you have a great week ahead as well as a fantastic Easter! I will be back shortly with more updates about what is happening behind the scenes and new sewing projects!

Thanks for reading,
Erica





Friday, March 24, 2017

New! Oakland Burlap Shoulder Tote Bag

Oakland burlap tote bag by Lina and Vi Plymouth Mi

I'm wrapping up another busy week sharing a short update about our latest burlap tote bag - the Oakland! It's been many, many months since I last created a shoulder bag for the Grounds Collection. Burlap pouches and pillows have been popular orders lately, but I was glad to be able to jump back into the bag-making process and sew up this new medium burlap tote bag for spring.

The Oakland is sewn from upcycled burlap that features black and green bold industrial text, which is authentic to the original burlap coffee bean sack. There is a green stripe down the center of the burlap panels which consists of woven green jute threads, so it is completely embedded into the burlap itself rather than printed. The bold text features the words 'Oakland, CA', inspiring the name for this new bag. You will notice that the print appears at a slight angle, and that is due to the fact that the text was applied without being aligned to the thread grain. Rather than ignore the grain to preserve the text alignment, I opted to ignore the text alignment in order to follow the thread grain, which prevents the burlap from fraying and strengthens the entire bag.

Oakland burlap tote bag by Lina and Vi Plymouth Mi

This burlap bag's exterior bottom features a sleek faux black leather outlined in white top-stitching. On the inside, the lining is sewn from a beige cotton canvas that provides more structure and balance the bold exterior. I added a small pop of interest and color on the interior bottom using a woven yellow and cream fabric perfect for spring.

Oakland burlap tote bag by Lina and Vi Plymouth Mi

Oakland burlap tote bag by Lina and Vi Plymouth Mi

This tote is a classic design - one that is very similar to the bag that I have carried myself for the past 1.5 years and still going strong! It's large enough to fit a few extras while I'm on the go, but it's not overly large to where it's too heavy to carry. It's quick to grab what I need without having to unzip a zipper but at the same time, I can snap it shut to keep the major contents from rolling out. I am tempted to keep this Oakland burlap tote all to myself but I want to share it with someone else who is looking for a new go-to everyday bag for spring and summer. Maybe I can swing a new bag as part of my growing list of things to sew? Hmm, maybe so! Seems like I will need to adding a diaper bag to my everyday load before a new bag....

I hope you are having a great start to the weekend! Spring has started, and I can't wait for the warmer season. You can find this Oakland burlap tote bag for sale in our Etsy shop here.

Enjoy!
Erica