Wednesday, March 4, 2015

WIP/UFO Wednesday - Planning for My "Next Big Thing"

I am soooo close to having the My Little Pony hobo bag finished, I just need to add on some snaps, try to iron it one more time, and take some (much) better pictures!  Then I can finally mark it off my list from sometime last year...

(Front of the Laney Hobo bag by Swoon - Free pattern!)

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Next Sew Along - Lombard Street Bag

Right now the ChrisW designs Facebook group is doing a sew along for the Lombard Street bag.  I'm not participating in this one (too many other patterns waiting to be done!) but if you ever wanted to try it, now is a great time to jump in and get lots of support while you make it!  I love mine, but there are a lot of steps (and a million pockets!) so it helps to have a cheer squad encouraging you to finish!

(There are 4 pockets alone on the front panel!)

Monday, March 2, 2015

Giving Birth...to a Purse. Almost As Painful as Real Labor.

When you are almost finished with a purse, there are a few different ways to attach the inside to the outside.  One method is called "Drop in" where you put one inside the other and VERY carefully sew over lines you have already sewn, usually having to do some hand stitching to close where your machine refuses to reach.  My hand sewing is...special, so I prefer other methods where I can hide my stitching.

Another method I call the "Birthing" method.  It involves sewing the right sides together, leaving a small hole, and then forcing the purse right side out through that hole.  Usually the hole is in the lining or on the top and it will be closed with either hand stitching or top stitching.  And of course the hole never seems quite large enough.  For the latest purse I'm working on (The Laney Hobo bag by Swoon) I think I made the hole even smaller than I was supposed to.  Usually I measure and mark so I leave at least as much as they recommend, but not last night...

(about 5 minutes into the birth)

Thursday, February 26, 2015

UFO/WIP - Where did February go??

Somehow February has FLOWN by, and while I have some things finished, not nearly as many as I hoped to get done. 

WIPs on the sewing table: 

Crayon rolls - need to be marked and sewn. 
My Little Pony Hobo bag - Using the Laney pattern by Swoon, actually pretty easy but I just haven't had time to sit down and finish it!
(This is going to be centered on one side of the purse, and there are 2 other MLP fabrics that will show up!)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Teeny Tiny Tins of CUTENESS!

I've always loved small stuff, in high school I even collected miniature ceramic figures we'd find on vacation.  I had a tiny pail of spilled milk with a kitten lapping it that was one of my favorites.  I haven't seen those around much lately (Maybe because I don't seem to go on vacation to places that have them?) but I still love 'little' things.  These tins fill my 'teeny' need and they are something that can actually be played with, not just admired and dusted!  Using my embroidery machine to make them is just a bonus because I just pick the materials and read a book while it goes to work!  I found the patterns at Sewing for Sarah on Etsy.

(Three of the designs, next time I think the finger puppet animals and mermaid might need some applique!)

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Betty Bowler by Swoon (better pictures!)

I really do love how this bag turned out, simple yet so pretty!  I may have to make a few more - I have some glitter canvas begging to be used on a purse!  The Swoon patterns are so elegant, and this one was MUCH faster than the Stella diaper bag!
(Front of the bag with zipper pocket)

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Giant Library Tote of Holding - Nancy Drew Style!

A while ago I discovered they made Nancy Drew fabric.  I LOVED those books growing up, so I had to have some!  Unfortunately I didn't find out about it until it had been out for a while and was getting scarce.  I was able to find a charm pack of the fabric, but then I faced the dilemma of what to make with it!  Not enough to make a quilt, didn't really NEED another purse, hoarding it was an option, but really, I should use it.... but then I had a brilliant (even if I do say so myself) idea of making a library bag!

(Book Fabric!! It was meant to be!)