Friday, November 24, 2017

Sunshine Wristlet as a Cross Body Bag

The Sunshine Wristlet is a free bag pattern by Bagstock Patterns. I have never made any Bagstock Patterns before, so I wanted to try this one. The wristlet can be made with a wrist strap or a strap that is sewn into the bottom portion of the bag as a clutch; however I thought this would look better as a cross body bag, so I added an adjustable strap. I didn't even enlarge it as I thought it was a good size bag as is. In fact a bit too large as a wristlet, in my opinion. But that's what is fun about making bags, you can enlarge or reduce them, add things or subtract things as you wish.

This was an easy enough bag to sew too. I got creative with the strap, as I didn't have enough of either fabric to make a long enough strap, so I sewed the fabrics together and I like how it turned out!


This closes with a zipper on top. A lot of women love a zippered closure (I guess so things don't fall out). I like all closures, depending on the bag style.

Inside there is a slip pocket as well as a zippered pocket.
This one is for sale. If you are interested, email me. $30 + shipping. I invoice through PayPal.

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

I want to wish all my American friends a very Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you  all enjoy this American holiday with your family and friends.


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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Credit Card Key Ring Wallets

Wanting to use up the never-ending pile of scraps, I decided to make these key ring wallets. Holds an ID or credit card in the pocket and keys too. Free tutorial from Sew 4 Home. I didn't add the iron on letters or the other hardware to mine as that would get expensive to do for these little wallets. I just added the key ring.

I made 9 of these and have given some as gifts. Simple to make using one or more fabrics or scrappy.


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Monday, November 20, 2017

Arabesque Bag

I have been wanting to make an Arabesque Bag (from Sew Sweetness) for a long time and finally got around to making this one about a month ago. I prefer to use scraps of fabric (rather than trim like is mentioned in the pattern) and I thought the vertical strips looked better than horizontal strips. With horizontal strips there is too much matching to do at the sides as well as making sure that your horizontal strips stay perfectly horizontal and not slowly veer off into becoming a diagonal, lol! I was very happy how this bag came out with the vertical strips and I like the one horizontal line that goes across the top of the bag to cover up the strap bottoms too. To me and my eye this is a much more balanced looking bag aesthetically. (I sold this bag in mid-November at a small craft show).

This is a free pattern (free is always nice) and the directions are excellent, as Sara's directions always are! I will be making more of these bags because I really enjoyed making this one and love how it looks too. You could of course use one fabric instead of trim or scraps, but it's a great way to use up scraps of fabric to create something beautiful! Thanks for the pattern Sara!

Vertical strips with wavy horizontal quilting.


Side view to show the depth of the bag at the bottom.

The back of the bag looks about the same, only I used a few different fabric strips.

I added a zippered pocket inside to turn the bag.

A slip pocket in the opposite side of the lining with a pen pocket sewn at the side of the pocket.


After making this bag, I decided to reduce the pattern and make another one in a smaller version. I will be posting the smaller one too. Oh yes and I sold the smaller one at the same show, yay! Love the smaller size as well. Definitely will be making more of these bags in both sizes.


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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Della Wallet Clutch

This is the Della Wallet Clutch, by Swoon Patterns. It is an interesting pattern being both a wallet and a clutch too. It has 2 zippered pockets, 2 magnetic snap closures, a wrist strap for using as a clutch alone, or remove the strap and use as a wallet in a larger purse. It took me a bit of time to figure out the credit card slots, but there is also a video tutorial done by So Sew Easy for making this wallet which helped a lot for that part of the pattern. The rest of the pattern is easy enough to follow. I jotted down how to start the credit card slots so it will be easier next time I make one of these.



Fully opened showing the back and front.

2 zippered pockets for holding a phone, coins, keys, cash, etc.



Inside there are several slots for credit cards on both sides and cash pocket too, or for holding receipts.



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I sold this Della wallet clutch.
SOLD!
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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Simple Clutches

I wanted to try making several of these Simple Clutches (Imazz Pattern) because there are 8 different flaps to choose from. I made 6 of the flap styles here. You can buy the pattern with the 8 flaps for a few dollars or make one of these for free with her free Simple Clutch pattern (only one flap style). These are easy and quick to sew.

Here I used the same fabrics, but notice 2 different flaps. You can add the wrist strap or not.

Again, I used this hot air balloon fabric. I made several bags using this fabric for selling some things during the October annual International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque. Not everything sold though. I had to cut the balloon fabric so that the balloons didn't appear upside down! So I decided to sew just the flaps in balloon fabric and use an accent fabric for the rest of the exterior and wrist strap.

Opened up you can see the lining fabrics.

Here are the first 2 clutches I already showed and a clutch I made by painting with Shiva Paintstiks and texture plates. The painted one sold quickly.

Painted clutch.

Lining of painted clutch.

Here is the back so you can see the painted textured design better.

Lining fabric to the first 2 clutches. 
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Denim Cross Body Small Savannah Bag

I have made several of these Savannah Bags that I reduced in size to 75% and each time I tweak the bag a little differently. This pattern comes from ChrisW Designs and the Savannah is really a large laptop bag pattern (which I made the original size too years ago).

I made this one out of denim and added an applique flower to the flap. I changed the flap on this one a bit too, making it a bit shorter and adding a magnetic snap closure for this bag. I know some people don't like flaps on bags, but I like them and I especially like to be able to feature a fun fabric, applique, painted design or patchwork on the flap so I can add some creative touch to a bag. How about you are you a flap or no flap person? What is your favorite closure? Zipper? Magnetic snap? Twist lock? Or? Inquiring minds want to know.


I like to make a long adjustable strap so that it will accommodate nearly all body sizes.




I love the side pockets. Perfect for keys or a cell phone too.


I like to divide large slip pockets with a pen pocket down the center so you can have easy access to a pen or pencil.

Roomy interior with a zippered pocket on one side and the divided slip pocket on the other side.


I added 7 pockets in all to this bag (including the pen pocket). The laptop larger version has a lot more pockets, but there is no need for that many in a smaller version.

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