Friday, December 19, 2014

Take off Bag...

I can't even tell you how happy I was to be able to test Erin's ( Dog Under My Desk) newest bag pattern.

Here is the "Takeoff Tote" ...it is perfect for traveling!
 Your gonna love this pattern...it is fast, it is easy, it is practical and most of all it looks good!

This is a good size bag...bigger then it looks ( 16″ wide x 12″ tall x 5.5″ deep)

What I really love about this bag is on the back is a luggage handle pocket...it slips right over the handle of your suitcase...this way it says put...no more purse falling left & right when your running through the airport ! Brilliant!!
If you don't travel..you can always sew the bottom of the handle pocket closed and just have a pocket...double brilliant !

The inside has a big pocket divided into compartments ...I made one big enough to hold my iPad...the other side is great for your passport.
The front also has a quick zippered pocket...perfect of your ticket or boarding pass?

I love the triangular sides...
I had a lot of fun sewing the bag...the instructions are so well written ( with 1000's of pictures) there is no way anyone would have trouble making it.
Whether you travel or not...you need this bag!

I used denim like fabric for the exterior.... faux leather handles ...cotton interior and headliner for batting. I also used a metal zipper for the top ( which I wouldn't recommend, its to heavy ) but I didn't have a purse zipper in turquoise. It always amazes me that no matter how many zippers in various colors I have ..I ever have the one I want!

You can find the pattern *here* ...its on sale till Dec 25th, 2014!

Happy Sewing !!




Thursday, December 18, 2014

Faux Leather Handles #3

Today I am going to show you how I  make this type of handles...these are super easy!
My handles are 24" long ...actually the tubing part is only 19" since the ends are sewn on the bag...you can make these any length you like.

What you need is:

- 36" of 9mm ( 5/16") plastic tubing or rope ( couldn't find 9mm rope so I used 8mm)
- 2 pcs  - 2" x 24" faux leather strips
- Zipper foot
- thick thread
...and sharp scissors...thats it!

I found it interesting that at my hardware store... the plastic tubing in the aquarium department was way cheaper ( 70cents a meter)  then the tubing in the garden department (1.20€ meter) feels the same to me. The rope was approx 1.80€ a meter....it makes a softer handle.

 Lets start....make a mark 2.5" from each end of the faux leather strips...this is the beginning /end of your handle.
 ....cut your tubing ( or rope) into 2 pieces ...you can adjust the length here to match your needs...I like a longer handle so I cut them 19".
...Trim the ends of your faux leather to a point ( or a curve) 
 ...Lay the tubing in the middle of the faux leather strip...starting at your marking ....clip it in place. Do not worry if the edges are not 100% even since we will be trimming it off anyways...**it is only important that the ends before the markings are even***
 ...Move your needle position all the way to the edge of the zipper foot....we want the needle to be as close as possible to the tubing ( kind of like making piping !)...stitch length should be 4.0
 ..Start sewing at your mark and stopping at the second mark....remember to leave the ends free and not to back stitch!!!
Viola...your handles should looks like this! 
..now lets tie off our threads so they are not in our way...I know some of you will want to just cut the threads off but don't ....this will give you a nicer finish... ..*click* on the picture of a bigger view
...at your marking line ( start and stop of stitching ) ..make a little snip approx. 1(8" from the stitching line...be careful not to cut your stitching !!!
 .. With sharp scissors....trim all of the extra faux leather away between those two snips...I trim it down to about 1/8" from the stitching ...try to cut nice & straight & even!
 ...you can also trim off the pointy edge.....

Viola ...your handles are done !!!


If you don't like the raw edge of the faux leather showing....
...color the edges with a permeant marker ...the color of your faux leather of course! 

On the end of my handles....I pre-made small holes ( approx 1/8" apart) with my awl...makes it much easier to hand stitch. 
I had no luck machine stitching the handles on ( tubing was in my way) I tried but I just made a mess of the handle and had to remake it) ..so hand stitch it on
***...if you do try to sew it with your machine and it works...please let me know what tricks you used!.. I wanna know! 
You can try using double stick tape to hold the handle tab in place as you hand sew it onto your bag but the tape wouldn't hold on the flannel fabric for me, so I had to carefully pin it on; making sure I used the holes I pre-made with the awl.

Now comes the hard part...hand sewing them on.
...do a back stitch with thick thread ( or double, if using normal thread) to make sure you sew then securely on.
...don't forget to pull your threads to the backside and knot them off before you trim it.

Now, wasn't that easy?? ( except the hand sewing part) 

After the holidays I will show you how to makes these kind of handles & snaps....( can't show you the bag yet, its a secret)

Hope this tutorial was helpful ?!

Happy Sewing !






New & old

I was going to post a another faux leather handles tutorial today but instead I have decided show you what I bought yesterday ...a pink cutting mat!!

Is this bright pink or what!!???
One side has inches & the other centimeters! 
Its 24" x 36 " ( 60 X 90 cm)
 ( those are the supplies for the next tutorial)
My old green mat was all chewed up and it was time for a new one...I guess you could say I am helping Santa out; so he doesn't have so much to carry next week!

To make the day better.....I stopped into the second hand store by us (they never have anything I am looking for but it doesn't stop me from checking every once in a while) ...to my great surprise, they had this old Singer sewing machine for 15€ !! ...I just had to scoop it up !
...it reminded me of my first Singer sewing machine that I had for over 30 years ( it would still work if I hadn't forgotten to plug it into the transformer, causing it to blow the motor )...dumb, dumb, dumb...
The machine works like a charm...is heavy like heck, came with all kinds of feet...even a quilting foot
 ...check out these interesting bobbins..I ever saw anything like it ...the bobbins wind through needle right in the bobbin case...is that cool or what ??!!
It even had the original case...its huge ! 
The receipt was still in the box...1979 ! that makes me feel nostaglic !

After being sick for almost 3 weeks..it was nice to have the gods smile down on me!

Hugs,
PS. I should work on the faux leather tutorial...but I think I will play a bit more with my new toys! 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Posts....

have been cancelled due to the Flu season.....


As soon as I can drag my sick butt out of bed I will do the next tutorial on faux leather handles...

Grumpy sick, 


Monday, December 8, 2014

Bag of the Month 2015....

In case you haven't heard already...next year Bag of the Month is taking early-bird sign ups. 


This is a great Christmas gift !! Tell your Hubby!! Way better then getting socks!

Last years "Bag of the Month" was fabulous...so many beautiful bags ..there is no way I can miss next years!
I already signed up for my subscription!

The Details:

6 of the best bag sewing pattern designers in the business are teaming together to bring you a 6-month membership club. The club runs from January-June of 2015. Each month, you will receive an exclusive and brand-new pdf bag sewing pattern from that month’s designer, delivered directly to your inbox.
If you are familiar with even one of the designers, then you know that you can expect a high-quality and easy-to-understand sewing pattern each month! The bag designs will be a mystery until each pattern is revealed every month. We promise, they will definitely be worth the wait! The patterns will be exclusive to the club for the duration. Each pdf pattern will be delivered on the 1st of the month, and will include detailed instructions, illustrations/photos, and templates needed to make the bag pattern.
If you join after the club begins, you will receive all patterns released to the club up until that point (for instance, if you join on February 14th, you will receive the patterns for January and February automatically).
We are all so excited for you to join us! The one-time fee for 6 months of Bag of the Month Club is $40, during which time you will receive 6 pdf bag sewing patterns. HOWEVER, if you sign up during the month of December 2014, you will receive an early-bird membership fee of only $35!
The club runs from January through June of 2015. The club is a great value; pdf bag sewing patterns usually cost around $10 each, and you will be receiving 6 patterns for only $40 (or $35 in December)!

The Designers

BOMCLong
January - Samantha from Sewing Patterns with Mrs. H. is a Welsh pattern designer with a group of pretty yet practical bags in her pattern library. I heard about January's bag design and I was very excited, as it's a piece of purse hardware that I have never used before, but always wanted to. Look out for January's bag, as it's going to be amazing!
February - Sara of Sew Sweetness. Sara likes bags with a lot of pretty details, and since we had a lot of requests last time for smaller bags, she is going to see what she can come up with! Sara has lots of fun, modern bag patterns in her pattern shop here.
March - Anna from Noodlehead has many versatile free tutorials and paid patterns on her site, many of which are wildly popular with quilters! Anna's first book is due out in February, called Handmade Style: 24 Must-Have Basics to Stitch, Use, and Wear.
April - Janelle of Emmaline Bags. Janelle has a thriving pattern business, where she also sells all the hardware, handles, and interfacing needed to make the bag patterns in her shop. Janelle's first book is coming out in 2015.
May - Betz White is a bag designer and textile artist, and she is the author of three books, most recently Present Perfect: 25 Gifts to Sew and Bestow. You can find her patterns available on-line in her pattern shop, as well as her video classes on Creative Bug and Craftsy.
June - Christine of Chris W. Designs I have yet to decide just what I am designing for June ....mysteries are such FUN, don't you think? LOL

Go to anyone of the designers mentioned above and sign up!!
I can't wait!!
Happy Sewing 


Sunday, December 7, 2014

Sunday Smiley....

Happy 2nd Advent!!

Hugs,

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