Sunday, May 3, 2015

Friday, May 1, 2015

May Day ...

may you dance the day away.....

if you have rain like we do anyways!!
Happy May Day!!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Campfire Messenger Bag...

When I think of Campfires I think of denim & red check ...don't ask me why ..must be my early hippy days ??

So I decided to go with those colors for the Campfire Messenger Bag ( pattern by Noodlehead for March - Bag of the Month club )

(Machine Embroidery design is Official Rubber Stamps by Kreations by Kara)

The pattern is loaded with pockets...I especially like these folded ones on the front. I did topstitch along the folded edges so that the denim kept its crisp shape.
On the back is also a large drop in pocket
Inside are a few more slip pockets
This is not a very wide bag ...only 2.5" wide ...actually I find it a bit thin for a messenger bag but then again with all the other pockets you may not need a wider bag.?
The top closes with a recessed zipper or you can leave it open...I went for the zipper version.
 The bag was fun to sew, if I made it again I wouldn't use the snaps on the tabs I find it a bit of a pain to open & close but I think it looks cool ! ....I'd use Velcro or thumb catches like Marilyn of Shades of Bold did.
When my Hubby saw the finished bag...the first things he said was..."Why didn't you use the thumb catches, they'd be perfect for this bag?" ( don't you hate it when your Hubby is smarter then you are !?) Next time!
The bag went together fairly easily .... I would call it a normal size bag ( 9.5" x 11" x 2.5")
It was fun to sew, the instructions were well written, I only made a couple little changes.
I used denim for the exterior, cotton for interior, faux leather for tabs & straps but I only made them the double thickness not the 4 fold like in the instructions..the faux leather would of been way to thick to sew. I also used a 3mm headliner for the batting( just on the front & back). on to making Februarys bag ! 

Happy Sewing !
** I have linked up with RUMS #18/15

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Sophia Beach Tote....

they tell me that Summer is I figured I better get ready in case it actually does come !!

What better way then with a new Beach / Swimming is Sophia !!
The pattern is by Swoon Patterns
This is a big bag !!! (18" x 18" ) 
I have two beach towels in there & there is still lots of room!
Just to show you how is the outer fabric on my cutting table! I was worried at this point  but in the end it turned out to be a good size.
What I found cool about this pattern is that the straps are one long piece & they weave through little tabs & buttonholes which allows them to move to hold a towel or in my case Aqua-jogging belt.
Tabs along the bottom ...
 Buttonholes or oval eyelets for the top...I opted for the eyelets because I was dieing to try them. I have to admit it took a bit for careful cutting ( a few prayers) to get them in ....I found stitching a few millimeters wider around oval marking, helped keep the 3 layers together & I could cutting the hole out easier...this is a test of quickie here!
The exterior normally has a pocket on the front but since I didn't want to take away from my cool hippy fabric...I put the pocket inside instead. 
The other side has a zipper pocket.
Since I had a little bit of fabric left over...I made a small pouch to go with it  ( for lotions & things)
I machine embroidered a little design on it...sorry I don't remeber where I got it from was a freebie from somewhere ??
The pattern was easy to sew. I used faux leather for the handles & bottom,  deco fabric for the exterior ( I got it a the Fabric market in March), cotton for the interior & thermalan for the batting (Bodenvlies) 
Summer can come..I am ready !!
( this would also make a great yoga bag for those that can bend their bones! )
Happy Sewing !

*** I am linking up with TT- Taschen und Täschchen

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Manhattan bag ...

is a wonderful pattern Janelle of Emmaline Bags designed for the "Bag Of the Month" Club. This is April's bag and I am pleased that I got it actually done in April !! I  am behind on the Feb. & March's bags but I'm working on it.

When I first saw the pattern I was a bit leery of the round zipper. I have never sewn a round zipper. Was it going to be easy or cause me gray hairs. I am happy to say it was easy gray hairs!! Actually, it was way easier then I expected. I should of know since Janelle's patterns are well written & tested ( even if I don't test for her ...I'll have to work on that..:LOL ...I still love her patterns )

Here is my version of The Manhattan bag....
 ( embroidery design is by Urban Threads - Stylish Swirls )
I used a charcoal gray faux leather, purple leather for accents & cotton for the lining. I didn't add any headliner or batting to the exterior, but I thought the bag might need a bit of structure so I ironed-on H630 to the lining fabric. Iron-ons & I don't agree...for some reason I get a light cellulite effect on the fabric ( I don't know what I do wrong??)...good thing its on the inside so its not as noticeable.

This faux leather was such a pleasure to sew...I did't even use my teflon foot. I even got fancy & topstitched the side seams...I love the look but I can't do that with all faux leather. ( not all play nice)
The front has a drop in pocket ....drop your cell phone / keys in there!
and the flap is also a cool is that ???
The back of the bag has a zippered pocket...
The interior has a slip pocket ( you could also add a zippered pocket, which I didn't do since I thought 2 zippers were enough..wrong! )  ... after I was done making the bag,  I decided since the bag is a good size I need a divider in it
.....yes, I opened the lining up again & added a divider...Isn't that better ??
The pattern also includes a eye glass case that attaches to the inside of the flap pocket but I forgot to add the velcro to the inner side of the flap ( no I wasn't going to open it up again) so I decided my eye case was just going to go inside my bag
*this embroidery design was a freebie I got somewhere ?
* for the eye glass case I spray basted a 3mm headliner to the faux worked great..I will try that next time on the exterior)
I love this was fun & easier to do then expected. The instructions are well written, filled with great diagrams...a pleasure to sew! Also the pattern comes in two sizes...Miss & Mama..this is the Mama. If you don't belong to the Bag of the Month club...then you'll have to wait it'll July for the pattern to be released ( or you can join up now)
Be sure to pop over to  Janelle's Blog...and check out all the testers bags, it is worth  a look...lots of beautiful examples!

Happy Sewing !!
** Info ...I don't use leather needles...I used a Schmetz Universal #90 needle, a 70 wt thread, topstitch stitch length set to 4.0 ..

*** I've also linked-up with ...TT - Taschen und Täschchen


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