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Thursday, November 5, 2015

A few Zip and Go bags

I have discovered a new pattern and I'm in love (again!) It seems like I always love my most recent finishes the most, and this little Zip and Go pattern from Dog Under my Desk is no exception. Erin Gilbey created this pattern and she is self-proclaimed to be meticulous with her instructions. This bag looks simple, and the construction really is pretty easy...but it's amazing at the same time.

One of my favorite things about a meticulous pattern is that details matter. So these zippered pockets are clean all the way around. I know that no one "sees" the inside of a zippered pocket, but I know when a raw edge is there or when it's carefully concealed like this....

Isn't that pretty???!

I think it took more time to cut and interface this bag than actually sew it. The end result is a very cute cross body bag that has two separate zippered compartments. I think it would be perfect for just the essentials:  wallet, keys, phone, lip gloss; but it's big enough to hold a passport if needed. I'm quite in love with the design and the end result...I liked the first one so much, I made 2 more...and I can now check 3 Christmas gifts off the 2015 list. Woo-Woot!

A trio of pretty bags

With zips open

Inside view

Inside view

My favorite one!

Linking up to Purse Palooza 2015...go check out the great bags for more inspiration. 

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Handmade Style Zip Top Tote

Today I have another Christmas present finished! Wo-hoo!!! 2015 presents are coming right along and this tote is a real beauty! Say hello to the Zip Top Tote from Anna Graham's fantastic book Handmade Style I highly recommend this book. It is full of wonderful items to create and enjoy and it's beautifully written. This Zip Top tote is my first creation from the book, but all the items are on my sewing bucket list.

If you've ever made a Noodle-Head open wide zipper pouch, this tote will feel very familiar. It feels like a jumbo sized open wide pouch with handles and some fancy pockets, but the general construction is exactly the same....and the result is awesome!!!

This tote is huge! It would be a great overnight bag, all day shopping bag, keep all the kids stuff for the car trip bag....anything really. It opens nice and wide so you can really fill it up and it has several pockets. The outside features a "hidden" pocket on each side that is 6X8 inches and is constructed into the exterior where the two fabrics meet. The inside has one large zippered pocket, but you could easily add more if you\d like.

The instructions include optional leather handles, or you can make fabric ones like I did. My tote features cotton and steel mustang canvas and a fun print from Valori Wells that I found in my stash, I think they made a really gorgeous combination. One word about the front pocket lining. It is only visible on the inside of the hidden pocket, but it is a pretty large cut of fabric since it makes up the bottom half of the tote front. So, you don't need to use a special fabric for this piece, a not-my-favorite piece would work fine.
The inside is huge!

The hidden pockets are tricky to photograph

Pretty proud of this zipper tab!

For size 4 1/2 year old

This tote will be gifted to my mother-in-law as she is an epic horse lover. I'm hoping she loves it as much as I do!

Linking up to purse palooza 2015

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Swoon Olive

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I have finished another bag today and it's adorable! This vanity case is the Olive pattern from Swoon. I made it for my niece, so the Christmas surprise is ruined, but I couldn't wait to share because it's just so cute! I think every woman I know needs an Olive. This little bag has a great round shape with a patch pocket on the front and piping details. 

I think this bag would be perfect for hair or makeup accessories or even for a traveling sewing kit. The only drawback is that there are no inside pockets. However, with the curvy opening, inside pockets may be kind of hard to access. I may try to add some pockets next time though, just to see...I'm thinking elasticized mesh pockets may work.

Overall this is an adorable little bag. I love the vintage feel of the design and I think this classic camera print suits it perfectly. The fabric is from a Kanvas line called "That's Hollywood" and the pink is Michael Miller's mirror ball dots, which I will always love. A great sew, I have yet to be disappointed by a Swoon design.

I did lose a friend while making this project little ripper took a tumble while trying to rip those metal bits off of this zipper....RIP little ripper. You served me well!

linking on to purse palooza 2015....go check out the great bags!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015


Hello blogging world...I am still around! I have been sewing and attending to other life necessities...but blogging has taken a backseat to all of that jazz.

What better time to get back into the habit than Purse Palooza 2015 organized by Sara Lawson at Sew Sweetness! Purse Palooza really lit my fire for bag making two years ago and I look forward to it each fall. If you happen to follow me on Instagram you know that I have been sewing a lot. I've been making for gifts and swaps consistently. I decided to slow down on my swaps with the holidays coming up so I can make some great bags to gift this year. I have declared 2015 the Christmas that I actually get all my handmade gifts done on time! A promise I hope to keep.

So, with that first bag is done and it's a beauty. This Blanche bag from Swoon patterns is heading to my mom. I made a Blanche over the summer for an aunt and my mom had commented on how much she liked the shape. I finally found some time and got this pretty sewed up.

This is really a "just because" gift...mostly because it's too pretty to wait around for Christmas. It's a great pattern and the fabric is "Skopelos" designed by Katrina Roccella. She is my favorite designer, hands down...I love her prints so much!

I'm quite happy with this bag overall...I'm still perfecting making my own piping and getting it "smooth" around curves. I'd also like to add some more pockets to the inside of this bag. It has side pockets on the outside which are great, but I'm going to try putting an elasticized divided pocket on the inside of the next one...which will be mine...and may include some of my hoarded wonder woman fabric...stay tuned!

P.S. I think I may have crossed the line between stash builder and fabric hoarder at some point in the last year....hard to tell though, it's a thin line.

Front of bag, super fun plastic handles I found in my stash! They matched so well. 

Inside, pink per my mom's request

Side view 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Winner Winner!

WoW!! Thank you for all the fun comments about your favorite fabric lines, new and old! It was really fun to read all your comments and to look up the new to me lines. In case your curious, Doe from Carolyn Friedlander appears to be the most anticipated line along with the new Cotton and Steel and Elizabeth from Tula Pink. You all have great taste, I'm excited about all of those too!

And the winner chosen by the random rafflecopter was Mary D! I've sent you an email Mary and thanks to everyone for stopping by, see you all next year!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!

It's that time again...time for Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day! I was trying to decide what to do for my giveaway as this year has been all about new types of creating for me. I've learned lots of new tricks and met some great new quilty friends as well. I started swapping and using Flickr and Instagram, I'm quilting and making things other than bags (really?!?!) Yea, really...although bags are still my favorite, hands down.

But what really stuck in my head this year, is the fabric selections! I had never really followed designers prior to 2013. I usually just shopped at JoAnns or Hobby Lobby and assumed that was all there was in the fabric world. My local quilt shop is geared more towards the traditional quilter, so it's rare that I find any fabric there that I like. But, once I jumped on the IG wagon, I really saw how amazing and beautiful the fabric world can be! I quickly became obsessed with Alison Glass, Katrina Roccella, and Jeni Baker to name just a few. I'm pretty much in love with all the Art Gallery Fabrics designers. My husband came across this meme the other day and it is totally fitting...

There is always new fabric and it's all amazing! I have definitely splurged a bit this year, and I'm really going to have to tone it down after Christmas...I mean, the house can only hold so much fabric and I can only sew so I figured I could share some of my goodies with my online friends. International entries welcome too.

I have a fat quarter bundle of fun up for grabs today, it includes prints from Arizona, Gleeful, and Dreamin' Vintage plus some texty scraps from my previous projects.  To win, just leave a comment telling me what fabric line was your favorite this year or which line you are most excited about that is coming soon. 

I'll start, and it was an easy choice for me. By far, my favorite line this year was Utopia by Frances Newcome. It is so gorgeous, my favorite colors, and bright and cheery. I really love it!

Priory Square by Katy Jones was a very close second. I'm hoping Santa has some of this stashed in his bag for me :) 

As for next year, I might just pass out from excitement when Melody Miller's Playful releases. The viewfinders are returning! If you don't know about the viewfinders,  go Google them. Then get a box of tissue, because they are almost impossible to find, and you will want them. I discovered them late and paid an unreal amount for just 1/2 yard that is going into a super special swap project. Thankfully we can all get some when this line releases in January.

I'll look forward to reading your responses and I'm guessing I'll probably be wanting more fabric when it's all over. Rafflecopter will be running through Saturday night. Please leave your email address or Instagram name so I can contact you if you're the winner.
Good Luck!

A pair of matching bags

Last weekend my mom visited and was kind enough to watch ours boys for a while. I think that deserves a new bag! I don't know what we would do without her, she is so helpful in our lives. I had made her a bag for mother's day and she requested something similar, with a light lining so she could see inside easily. I let her browse my stash a bit and she picked a great floral print with a navy background.

I dug through the patterns and thought I might give Date Night a try. I have loved this pattern ever since Erin from Dog Under My Desk started prototyping it, but I hadn't had a chance to make one. Overall it is a great pattern! The zipper installation is very different from what I'm used to, but it's not difficult and makes a nice smooth top. Erin's patterns tend to be flawless. It's no surprise to me that the pockets are perfect in this bag. They are just the right size and placed in just the right spots. The handle is a great length so you can carry on the shoulder or not. I really love the bag!


Inside, full of my stuff!

Only problem -it's a bit smaller that I had anticipated. I didn't think my mom would care for the littleness of it. I decided to keep it for myself. I'm using it now and it really is fabulous. I'm pretty excited to make another one...but I still needed a gift for mom.

So I decided to give The Steph in the City bag a try from Emmaline Bags. Janelle is another flawless designer and her bags are always spectacular. I bought this pattern ages ago, but felt is was a little too advanced for me at the time. I've progressed enough now that I had no trouble with it.  And it's awesome! This bag has an adjustable strap and an optional zip top or magnetic closure. I went with the zipper for the extra security. There is a divided patch pocket inside plus an inside zippered pocket, I do love me some pockets! It's big without being too big and has really fun pleats on the bottom for character. It also has a "belt" that wraps around the bag and connects to a shiny o-ring. I also love shiny things on my bags. This really is another great pattern that will be repeated by yours truly when the holiday sewing slows down! And we finally saw the sun for a snippet of time this morning, so I got some semi-decent pictures! Hope mom loves it.

Such a fun print!

A little Alison Glass on the inside (be still my heart!)

Zip top
I've been busy with some other goodies, but can't share until the holiday gifting is all done. Expect one giant post about holiday sewing in January!

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