Thursday, May 30, 2013

Happy Birthday Bag!

I made this bag for my friend's birthday.  She's actually more like a sister because she's been in my life for a long time.  Let me put it this way, we have children that are the age we were when we first knew each other.    :)
Anyway, she told me the size of bag she wanted and said to use "spring/summer colors." 
Bag front with flower
So, maybe these aren't  the pastels of spring and summer, but they are still spring/summer colors, right?  I was in a BRIGHT mood when I bought the fabric.  :)  I made the bag and thought it needed something a little more.  So, I made a ruched hot pink flower. I found this tutorial on how to make ruched flower. The flower was great but it wasn't working on the bag for didn't seem like the right size and style. So, I put the flower away and decided to make a hot pink bow.  (pic below)
Bag front with bow
I put the bag--with the bow--in a place where I could look at it for a few days.  Again, it just wasn't right.  So, I went back to the ruched flower and decided to add petals.  I searched for fabric that I had to match.   I found the yellow fabric.
up-close of flower
WOW!  That is a fun bright flower!  :) 
bag back
After finishing the bag, I thought to myself "all this yellow can get dirty quick." So, I sprayed the bag and flower with ScotchGuard. 
For the inside I used grey/white POLKA-DOTS!!!
This bag is made from a Waverly pattern for Butterick (B5658).
I hope she enjoys this bag.  Happy Belated Birthday my friend!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

The Prilly Bag


I have several other bags that I should be making.  I even have another bag completely cut out.  For some reason, I can't get myself to sew together that bag.  I also have several other non-sewing things I need to get done.  So, why is it NOW that I feel inspired and creative?  I HAD to make this was in my head.  :)  It's been a while since I've made my own bag pattern.  I started it last night and finished it this morning.  I made this bag out of muslin because I wanted a shabby chic kind of look.  I wanted it to be pretty, a little rustic and very feminine.    I had fun playing with my sewing machine ruffle foot.
I decided to call this bag "Prilly"  as in pretty frilly.  :) 

I created a paper template for the bag body.   I cut this template out of muslin and heavy weight interfacing.  I tore several 2.5 inch strips of muslin.  I measured up 3" from the bottom of the bag and marked a line.  I measured and marked 3" from that line....I kept doing this until I reached the top.  I used the ruffle foot to attach the torn strips to the front and back of the bag.  After I had finished adding the ruffles, I decided I wanted the ruffles to be fuller.  I added more rows of ruffles in between the other rows. 
The side gusset of this bag was originally the handles, but I didn't like how it looked.  I ripped the bag apart and restructured it. 
It took me a little bit to figure out how to do the handles.  I wanted something a little different...and still very feminine.  So, I played with some scrap fabric trying to figure out how to make handles.  I decided to take a strips of fabric turn each short end under 1/4" then sew strips of fabric in a tube to hide the raw edges. I turned the tube right side out, pressed and edge stitched.   I gathered the handles and sewed them to the top of the bag.   I then added the bows. 


Friday, May 24, 2013

Hoedown #116

While searching on the Internet at some point, I saw a picture--I think of a book--that had "change the way you see everything."  I decided to use it for this card. 
 I used Reading Boy Digital Image from Hambo Stamps. The alphabet is Cricut CraftRoom Basics. 

Monday, May 20, 2013

Hambo Hoedown #115

 I haven't been making cards lately.  I've barely kept up with my sewing, but it's all good.  At least I had quite a stash of cards to use. 
I wanted to make a card for my friends birthday, which is tomorrow.  Happy Birthday! So, I checked out this week's Hambo Hoedown Challenge.  It is to use punches.  I decided to use Candles-Digital Stamp from Hambo Stamps.  Since, this is a "milestone" birthday for my friend--the BIG 29, again-- I decided that allll those candles would catch the paper on fire!  So, I burnt the edges.  :)
For punches, I used McGill's Burch Leaf, EK Success's Daisy and Scalloped Tag, and Sunburst from Martha Stewart Crafts.

Friday, May 17, 2013

ReLoved Clothing Backpack Project 1

A neighbor brought over a backpack that she liked and asked if I'd make a similar backpack for her and each of her children out of the clothes the children have outgrown. 
 I started by making a pattern for the backpack.  I decided to test the pattern using an old pair of my hubby's jeans.  The lining is an old duvet cover. 

Once I had the backpack pattern the way I liked it, it was time to get to work on the backpacks using reloved clothing. 
Check back later and I will post pictures of the backpack I made for her daughter.