Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Midtown Messenger - Perfect Pattern Parcel #7

I finally finished the bag!  If I wait for 'good' light to take the pictures, not only will my friend never get the purse, it will be sometime in the spring!  Sorry for the not as good as usual pictures!  Check out the post here for all the info on how to get your own copy of this pattern, plus more!

(The strap can be worn cross-body or over the shoulder)

Monday, November 17, 2014

Perfect Pattern Parcel #7 - Handbags Galore!

I was recently able to join a great group of bloggers in promoting indie pattern makers AND helping a charity for classrooms -  I scoured my friends to find someone that needed a new bag.  (Ok, I asked one and she jumped on it, sorry guys, you'll have a chance for a purse soon!)  She was torn between the Midtown Messenger and the Betty Bowler, but eventually settled on the Messenger.  Of course I then took on several other projects and craft fairs, but I'm almost done on time!  Burning the wee hours of the night led to a big mistake last night (does the flap REALLY need to be attached?) so here's a sneak peak of the nearly completed bag!

(Almost done!  Front of the bag)

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Serendipity Hip - Cross-Body Purse Pattern Testing

Once again I was lucky enough to test ChrisW's newest design, the Serendipity Hip.  It's a smaller bag, worn cross-body or over the shoulder and perfect for quick trips where you need to be hands free!  I'm thinking I need to make another one for Black Friday shopping....  But my youngest has been patiently waiting for me to make her a purse of her own.  The oldest got the last bag I tested, the Gizmo Garage, so it was her turn. 


Friday, October 24, 2014

This and That...Random finishes

Some weeks/months it seems like I never finish anything, but I really do!  These are just some pictures of random things I've been finishing up in the past week or 2.  I'm trying to build up variety for all the upcoming craft shows, but I have no idea what is going to be popular, so I am doing little bits of a lot of stuff.

Lots of ITH items...

Owl hand sanitizer holders, these fit the Bath and Body Works ones perfectly!  Pattern is from Embroidery Garden.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Ravenclaw Purse, or all things Potter

My friends and I try to make gifts for each other's children, when possible.  Usually we double check their interests, and try to find something fun to make. (And then we run out if time so only about half the time do the handmade gifts get finished.)  This last birthday was for a Harry Potter fan. She was sorted into the Hufflepuff house, so yellow and black became the colors or choice.

(Hedwig and purse)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Boxy Cross Body Bag

After making several totes and purses from patterns and tutorials, I decided to try my own.  I based it off of a few I had seen around the internet, they looked pretty simple, but still had a few good features.  My first attempt I planned for my IPad, so I lined it with flannel for protection, but since it was my first one, I made it with less expensive material I found at Wal-Mart.  I made matching bias tape to hide where I sewed the zipper straight onto the sides of the bag, something I fixed in later versions.

(The fabric has glitter on it and is very bright and bold.  I had someone ask if it was a Vera Bradley!!)

Friday, September 19, 2014

More ITH (In The Hoop) Embroidery - pouches

One of the catchwords thrown around by the embroidery crowd is 'ITH'  (I say the letters, I-T-H, like how my oldest actually says "Shrug" as she shrugs, or my kids will say "LOL!" instead of laughing).  It only took me a few days to figure out what that meant, and now that I know, I feel super special. 

Anyway, my latest ITH projects are these super cute and fun gift card/business card holders.  There is no sewing anything shut (although I may fray check the one opening for turning) and I've had some good luck changing the design to match the recipient.  The pattern come with each letter of the alphabet, but the size is perfect for a little design too!  I plan on making a few for the teachers this year, so much nicer than just a plain gift card in an envelope!

(Pouch for my Sister-In-Law, forgot to put the ribbon on during the initial construction!)