Thursday, October 17, 2019

The Allure Bag with Zippered Closure in Sunflower Print & Uncorked Fabric

I have made several Allure Bags (reduced in size), but I had wanted to try making one with a zippered closure instead of a flap with a snap closure. I had thought about this for some time and then gave it a try.

I used a cotton fabric that looks like cork along with a pretty sunflower fabric. I made a faux looking flap on the front. I think the real flap on The Allure bags does indeed look the best, however for someone who wants a zippered closure this is a good alternative.

With a flap you flip it up and can really see and get into the bag better than the zipper closure, but the zipper closure does keep things secured inside better. I know some women will only use a zippered closure bag and others like flaps or snap closures without flaps, so this is why there are so many styles out there because we all have our own preferences in closures and size and styles of bags.

Faux flap on the front of the bag.

This is the back of the bag.

Purse feet on the bottom to help keep it clean.

Phone pocket is located on the top of back exterior.

Inside is a slip pocket with a pen pocket.

Plus a zippered pocket across from the slip pocket.

Handmade charm for the zipper pull.

Recessed zipper to close the bag.
This bag hopefully will get sold this weekend at the craft show I am selling at. If not it will be going to the November craft show.
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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Halloween Mug Rug

Welcome to the Witchy Stitchy Blog Hop, hosted by Carol Of Just Let Me Quilt (and her side kick Creepy Bunny, lol!). If you've never been to Carol's blog before, you will have to pop over today and check out creepy bunny, who is always there during Halloween, right Carol? Carol is also showing her creation today as well, so I do hope you visit her.

This is the mug rug I made and since my applique group was also making this mug rug last month, I thought this would be great as my blog hop project too. It's called Spoolie Jack. It was fun to make and I only used my batik scraps (except for the background) for making this mug rug.

The heads of the pins are hot fix studs, which were perfect for this project.

I turned this one below into neon just for fun!

Here is the whole list of blogs to visit. Please be sure to leave them A SWEET comment.

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Sunday, October 6, 2019

Witchy Stitchy Blog Hop

Carol of Just Let Me Quilt has cooked up this Witchy Stitchy Blog Hop just in time for Halloween.
5 days of Halloween goodies are in store for you. Please visit all the participating blogs to see what "eye candy" treats await you. You just might get inspired to create something of your own for Halloween. It's even nicer if you could leave a sweet comment for each blog you visit too. Happy blog hopping!

Here is the schedule. I will be posting my creation on October 11, so please come back then to see what I have cooked up.

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Sunday, September 29, 2019

The Upgrader Bag

The newest bag by ChrisW Designs is called The Upgrader and it comes in 2 sizes, small and large. I tested the large bag here. It is available as a pdf or video course. There is also a Supplement B Pocket Pattern available to purchase too that you can add to almost any bag or use it as a separate clutch. If you join Christine's newsletter or Facebook group, you can get 20% off this and any new releases. But hurry the discount ends at midnight Oct. 1, 2019 Australian Eastern Standard Time and you must either join the FB group or her newsletter to get the discount code, which is only good on her website and not elsewhere.
And be sure to visit Christine's blog here to see all the tester bags too.

There were several things that Christine needed to get fixed to make this bag work and she finally got that done. You see Christine went off to visit her newest grandson who was just born and left all us testers to our testing and of course it's Murphy's Law that things would go wrong and that's what happened. So she spent a long time when she got back redoing the pdf and video to get it right. That's what I love about Christine and her bag patterns is that she does get them right by the time she sells them. So now that I have the corrected pattern, I can make another one of these bags and have no worries at all that it will come out great.

But since this was the bag I tested, I will point out where there were things that she corrected later in the pattern.

Purse feet to help keep the bag clean.

Here is something that Christine corrected was making a tighter fitting lining. I showed her how my lining was too baggy and so when you pop over and see some of the tester bags, you will see how nice the lining looks now. Since I tend to be one of the first ones done, I do find a lot of the problems. I should try and be one of the last ones done, so others can find the mistakes first and I can make the corrected version, lol! It's still a useful and functional bag though. The pocket with the flap is the Pocket Supplement B.

I love the fabrics I chose for this bag. The wide blue strip across the front and back of the bag are pockets, which are great for your phone and keys.

This is the back and the pocket is behind the blue horizontal strip.

Here is a photo of the pocket.
Don't forget to sign up for ChrisW Design's newsletter or Facebook Group to get the discount code for 20% off this pdf or video course. Offer expires Oct. 1, 2019 at midnight Australian Eastern Standard Time. Scroll back to the top for the links.
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Thursday, September 26, 2019

The Allure (reduced) in Gray & Black

Here is another Allure bag that I made at 85%. I went with gray and black for this one. The gray print is a home dec fabric and I just thought it was so pretty. As someone who normally loves bright colors, I really like this combination of gray & black.

The pdf is from ChrisW Designs and she has a video for making this bag as well. I have made so many of these now I am beginning to lose count. I have another 3 Allure Bags to show you another day that I have already made too. Trying to stock up for a couple of craft shows. I love this bag and love to try different fabric combinations. I even made one with a zippered closure instead of a flap to see how it would look. Will post about that one in a few days.

Zippered pocket inside.

Slip pocket inside with a pen pocket. 

Back of bag.

Cell phone (or keys) pocket on the top back of bag.

Purse feet to help keep her clean.

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Monday, September 23, 2019

Serendipity Hip Bag in Hot Air Balloon Print Fabric

The first weekend in October is the start of the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, (that runs for 9 days), so I love to make some purses and other bags with hot air balloon fabric. This is the Serendipity Hip (ChrisW Designs) with a straight top. It seems I sell the straight top versions better than the curved top Serendipity Hip, so that is why I make them like this. I love both looks.

The Serendipity Hip is a great little bag loaded with pockets galore and has a zipper closure to keep it all secure.

You can see the zippered pocket here, but right above this is a slip pocket with a phone pocket for easy access.

Side view shows depth of bag.

I only use these hot air balloon charms when I make a bag with hot air balloon fabric. 

The back of the bag.

This is looking down into the slip pocket with the phone pocket.

Inside the bag is another zippered pocket.

And some credit card and cash pocket too, so you don't even need a separate wallet!
I will be taking this bag to a craft show I am doing in October.
Update: This bag just sold.
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Sunday, September 8, 2019

Happy Hobo Bag in Patriotic Fabric

I made this Happy Hobo bag from a tutorial from Sew Can She. If you know me, you know I make changes to bags I make and usually add or subtract things from bags to suit my style. I made changes to this bag too. First off I am not fond of pleats on bags, so instead of doing the pleats, I used the lining pattern to make the exterior as well as the lining to avoid the pleats. Plus Caroline not only pleated the front (and back too) but divided the front into 2 sections with a seam down the center. I didn't see the need to do that either. She did a lovely embroidery on her Happy Hobo, but I don't have an embroidery machine and didn't want to hand embroidery either. I just wanted to try making this bag in a fabric. As I was going  through some prints, I found this one and decided I would make this a patriotic bag. I didn't have enough left for the strap, so I sewed 2 fabrics together to create a long enough adjustable strap and I really love the look of the strap! I had to get creative with the inside pockets too, which I actually love the look of those pockets. Funny how when I have to make do with what I have how I can be creative and end up loving the results even more.

So here she is~
The bag closes with a zipper.

The sides have a pocket. A cell phone would fit in just fine. However, if you have large hands, it might be hard to reach down into the pocket, so something like a cell phone where you can grab it from higher would what you would want to place inside the pocket and nothing like your spare change, lol!

On the back of the bag I added a zippered pocket. I love zippered pockets outside or inside to keep some things secure.

I make my zipper pulls and yes I do make everything with love.

Inside the bag the lining I used was the Pledge of Allegiance print. I had enough for the lining but not the pockets or the gusset. I didn't even have large enough pieces to make the pockets out of the exterior fabric, so I pieced the pockets creatively and love how they came out. Hard to get a decent photo inside the bag.

This is the pocket on the other side. I always try and add a pen pocket if the bag is tall enough for one to fit.

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