Saturday, March 28, 2015

Mrs H's...Spring sale !!!

Mrs H is having a Spring sale !!

If you are sick of winter & need a little pep me up.... this is for you....

She has made up 3 bundles of her bag patterns  ...each bundle is £10!! Super deal!!

So if the winter blues are getting to you ...cheer yourself up with a little Spring sale!!

***The best part is ....For the next two weeks, there’s a 25% discount on your favourite bundle for blog readers only! Just use BUNDLEBONANZA at checkout and get an extra 25% off!!! ..that makes each bundle only £7,50 !

If that doesn't put a spring in your step ..I don't know what will ??

Happy Sewing,

Thursday, March 26, 2015


is in town & heads will turn!!
I had the pleasure of testing Ellory for Sarah of Cozy Nest Designs ....once again she has came up with another creative design.
Ellory is what I would call a normal size bag
14"W x 10.5"H x 4"D 
(36 x 27 x 10 cm)
But there is nothing normal about it has 3 zippered pockets!
One on each side & in the center ...they are accented with piping which gives it a professional  look.
If you are afraid of zippers this bag is not for you but then again...once you have sewn this you'll have gotten over your fear of zippers!
Just kidding aside...The pattern calls for 2 zippers for each of the front & back pockets..If you don't need a 2 way zipper, one long one will work just as well. I use zippers by the meter so I just added a second zip. I know a lot of people are afraid of sewing two zippers together. Sarah's instructions are loaded with diagrams which make it easy. 
Even sewing the piping onto the zipper wasn't a problem...actually I found it cool! ...I made my piping from the same faux leather as the handles & tabs.
For this bag I used a really thick upholstery fabric for the outer, linen for the lining, 5mm headliner for the batting & faux leather for the piping, handles & tabs. 
Since my outer fabric was a bit "boring", I decide to machine embroider a simple design on it to give it a bit of pffff! 
(Machine embroidery design is Husqvarna Card #205 Black & White Art)

 The back is simple & sleek....
Love how the sides fold in to give is a designer look
I even added cute little feet to the bottom...
 This is not a pattern for a beginner.  But its not as bad as it looks. The only problems I had was when I didn't follow the directions ! The lining of the front & back pockets are hand sewn onto the zipper and I thought I would be clever & do it by machine...I will tell you don't try sewing it in by machine...there is a reason the instructions say to hand sew yourself ripping it out and in the end doing it by hand. Thats what I get for thinking I am cleverer then the designer ! Sometimes you just got to do as your told! 

You can find the pattern on Craftsy 
Or in Sarah's Shop 
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Hope you liked Ellory?!
Be sure to stop you Sarah's Blog to see all the other tester beautiful bags!  
Sarah was even crazy enough to make the whole thing out of vinyl! 

Happy Sewing,
P.S: I have  linked up with RUMS & TT- Taschen und Taeschchen

Monday, March 23, 2015

and the Winner is....

I just realized I haven't pulled the name for the Winner of the Saddle Bag pattern....busy weekend!

I want to thank everyone for the lovely comments & for entering the giveaway. It was nice to read that everyone recycles, reuses...that no fabric gets wasted by us !

 I used the Random thingie...and it picked  # 26 !!!
that is .......karenp103 !!!

Karen can you please send me your add,  I'll send it to Samantha...she'll send the pattern directly to you :-)

Have fun sewing the bag...send me a picture when your done!

Happy Sewing !!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Sunday Smiley.....

having one of those days....

Happy sewing !

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Liliane Buckled Hobo Bag...

I have been dieing to show you this bag ! 
I am not very good at keeping secrets and it has been killing me ...
....finally I can show you the newest pattern by Maria at Delinda Boutique!

Here is Liliane....isn't she pretty !!!
I love this bag..I love everything about it ...the shape, the style & my pretty buckle. But most of all I love that it was fast & easy to sew .....the instructions are clearly written with tons of pictures! (which you know I love) The hardest part is deciding on which fabric to use since the possibilities are endless. This is not a small bag but its not huge (18 inches (46 cm) across the widest part, 12 inches (30cm) across the narrowest part and 14 inches (36 cm) high) 

When I got the pattern to test, my first reaction was...where am I going to find a nice buckle ?? Then Maria told me she used a buckle from a belt ...simple & brilliant!

After checking my Hubbys belts ( his are all boring) I stopped into a second hand store and found a belt with this buckle on it.  You should of heard my cries of joy in the store. I just cut the belt part off & removed the middle thingie ...the perfect buckle for my bag!
One of the things that I love about this pattern is that it is can use any fabric for of the bags that Maria made ( the gray one), she used one of her husbands sweaters for the front pocket ( my hubby doesn't have any sweaters but I am keeping my eyes open in the second hand shop) ... if you have any old sweaters you don't know what to do with...this is the perfect project for them.
If your like me and don't have a sweater to sacrifice ...don't worry ...any fabric will work. I used some kind of embroidered stretch denim fabric (I saw it & liked it...didn't care what it was made of) ...the charcoal fabric is a suiting fabric and the lining is some crazy outdoor fabric.
As you see I break all kinds of rules...if I like it I used it!
...the bag closes with a magnet that is hidden under the buckle tab part...if you can't find a buckle can always use a pretty brooch or make a fabric bow or just a loop.
The front has a beautiful pleated pocket that is accessible from both sides... great for dropping your keys into.
The back is also pleated the classy look.
I also just love how the handle strap creates an pretty V it, love it, love it!
The inside has a zippered pocket ... Maria instructions include a professional way of making the zippered pocket, it has a few more steps then the way I know but I like the finish better.
Since it is difficult to photograph the inside of the bag...I turned it inside out so you could see it better...
... there is also a slip pocket ( I raw edged appliquéd a piece of the outer fabric on it ..when I was done I realized it looks like an alien ! Guess he can live in my bag!
I have to admit I had a lot of fun sewing this went together quickly & easily. 
I like the pattern so much I want to make another one...maybe out of denim ...or faux leather ??? To many possibilities !!
Hope you liked my new bag ??

If you'd like to make you can find the pattern on Craftsy *here* or Etsy *here*
Happy Sewing !
P.S: ...sometimes the Gods smile down on me...this is my spool at the end of sewing the bag !

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Good Bye Oma...

today our Oma passed away....
Please don't be sad for her or us....
She lived to be 105 years old !!
Not many of us can say that !
Not all of those years were easy for her...
.....she had her ups & downs....
.... she saw & experienced things that we can only dream of....
...and some we are grateful we didn't have to live through ....
Her life was not perfect but it was an adventure.
Good Bye Oma...finally you can rest in peace.. was a honor knowing you!

Big Hugs,


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