Sunday, August 9, 2020

Scrappy Little Fabric Totes

I made these scrappy bags quite a while ago. Wanting to use up some of the never-ending fabric scraps, I thought making these bags would help reduce the pile of scraps (they didn't reduce it much at all). I made these to give to the first 10 people who had signed up for the Selvage Class I taught over a year ago. I put their selvage kit for the class into these bags.

Using fabric strips of all widths I had on hand, I sewed the exterior of the bags.

I sewed a little button on the front that says Handmade.

On this one I sewed buttons on the handles to the bag, instead of sewing the handles into the bag.

I added a contrast strip at the top on this bag.

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Thursday, August 6, 2020

Wine Tote

This Wine Tote is a free pattern from Around the Bobbin and has been on my to make list for quite a while. I happened to have the perfect wine bottle/glasses fabric too. I paired the fabric with a purple faux cork fabric.

I did make a couple of changes. I sewed the center of the handle smaller by folding it over and that made the handle a bit smaller, but easier to hold on to. I also riveted the handle in place on the outside instead of sewing the handle into the the top. I used foam to help make the tote more rigid and quilted the lining to the foam.

Miss Bunny is thinking about having a sip of wine.

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Monday, August 3, 2020

Tower Cross Body Bag in Pink/Purple Batik Print

I made another Tower Cross Body bag (a free Sew Sweetness pattern). I made a few changes to this bag, even more than the first Tower I made.

I didn't add the accent top part of the bag at all. I decided to make a snap closure instead of a zipper closure (mainly because I sew my zipper pockets differently and that changed something in the construction of the bag), I boxed the corners instead of sewing darts, I made the strap with 2 fabrics, I added a divided slip pocket inside the bag.

The bag measures 10" wide x 9 1/2" high x 3 1/2" deep.

I just listed this in my Etsy Shop.

I boxed the corners instead of sewing darts.

Zippered pocket on bag (this was the front of the bag, but could be worn so it is the back of the bag).

I put in the zippered pocket and added a divided slip pocket with a pen pocket too. I like the magnetic snap so you can open the bag really wide. 

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Saturday, August 1, 2020

Reduced Jade Bag

I reduced the size of the Jade Bag (from Moments by) so that it now measures 11" wide x 9 1/2" high x 3 1/2" deep. The original size measures 12" wide x 10 1/2" high x 4 1/2" deep.

The pretty Hawaiian hibiscus print is a batik fabric. I added a back zippered pocket because I felt this bag really needed an outer pocket. Inside has both a divided slip pocket as well as a zippered pocket. The strap is 2 fabrics which adds interest. It is a shoulder bag so the strap is fixed, but could easily be made with an adjustable strap. The first Jade I made I did make with an adjustable strap.

Zippered closure is recessed.

Slip pocket with several divisions and the back pockets are slightly dimensional.

Outside zipper pocket inside,

Just listed this bag in my Etsy Shop.
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Thursday, July 30, 2020

Vegetable Seed Packet Quilts

I made these individual quilts of Vegetable Seed Packages. The quilt is called Grandma's Garden Quilt from Suzy's Sitcom, which was a block of the month for 9 months, but now all 9 blocks are available at once.

I didn't want to make this into one large quilt, so I made each block separate, which does make them look more like a packet of seeds. I used batik fabrics, mostly scraps, and then added the batik border around each quilt. I machine blanket stitched and then did hand embroidery for the lettering and other things like stems, tendrils, etc.

Each quilt measures approximately 14" wide x 18" high.

I made corner triangles on the back of all of these little quilts so they can be hung with a dowel inserted into the corner triangles.

Carrots come in more than just orange. Carrots are also white, yellow, purple and red. I didn't make my bunch in all those colors, but mostly in various shades of orange and one yellow.

I love the look of Crookneck Squash because it's interesting. Tastes good too!

I made my radishes Easter Radishes instead of red and white radishes like the pattern shows. I remember the first time I saw Easter Radishes at a Farmer's Market, I was amazed by the colors of red, pink, white and purple in the bunch of radishes and I loved the colors! I grew my own Easter Radishes after that.

I am not sure what I will do with all 9 of these because I don't have room to hang them all unless I hang them up high on the wall above my dining space and kitchen, which is a short wall in height coming down from the ceiling. I will see if Mr. P wants to climb up and hang them there.

I loved making these! Thanks Suzy for your wonderful patterns!
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