Friday, April 28, 2017

Sewing Machine Covers

I needed a couple of sewing machine covers for a couple of machines I have that were cover less for too long! I had made a few blocks from the Splendid Sampler Blocks that were sewing related applique blocks and so decided these would be perfect one cover. I did a Mystery BOM from Deana's blog, Dreamworthy Quilts in 2014, and thought I should use some blocks from that BOM to make the other machine cover. I actually made these 2 machine covers double sided, so that when I pick them up I can just put them back without having to determine what side it the front. That way they look different once in a while.

Pat Sloan from the Splendid Sampler is having a contest using one block right now, so I am linking my cover there. I did use 2 blocks, so maybe I will be disqualified? I thought I would share them in her linky anyhow. I enjoyed making all these blocks and the sewing machine covers too.
I used 2 blocks from the Splendid Sampler to make this side of the sewing machine cover.

This is the other side of the cover. It is a block from Deana's Quilter's Garden Mystery BOM.

This block was also from Deana's Quilter's Garden Mystery BOM. Dresden rotary cutter.

The other side of this cover is the same Dresden rotary cutter in different colors.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Enlarged Sweet Pea Saddle Bag

I made the Sweet Pea Saddle Bag by Blue Calla Designs recently and loved the bag, but knew I needed to enlarge it for myself, so I enlarged it 25%, but could have gone to 35% larger because I had to leave out a couple of things I normally carry. This great pattern is also a FREE pattern, yippee!!! Here is the enlarged Sweet Pea Saddle Bag I made, with some extra pockets I added too.
I did not add the tassel on the front bottom of the bag as in the instructions. I am not that into tassels, lol!!!

Batik exterior fabric.

Side of the bag.

I added a large slip pocket on the back of the bag for my keys and more.

I also added a divided slip pocket inside. The pattern has instructions for the zippered pocket inside, but I also needed a pocket for a pen and paper, so I added a slip pocket. All my crap fits inside, but I did have to leave out a couple of things I normally carry, so I could have enlarged the bag another 10%.

Inside the bag when empty.

Cross-body style bag with an adjustable strap is my favorite style bag!

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Sweet Pea Saddle Bag & Ramona Mini Hipster Bag

I saw these 2 free bag patterns online and wanted to try making each one. The Sweet Pea Saddle Bag is a free pattern from Blue Calla Patterns and the Ramona Mini Hipster is a free pattern from Swoon Sewing Patterns.

 I was drawn to the Sweet Pea Saddle Bag because I love this style of bag. I wanted to make one first and see if the size was good for me. It's a smaller bag and while most women would like this size bag, I need something a bit larger for all the stuff I need to carry with me, so I will enlarge this pattern to suit my own needs and make this one again! I do love how it came out.
I made this bag with an adjustable strap.

I had a Southwest button cover, so I attached it to the front of this bag.

I added a Chicago Screw to each side of the bag. This is the first time I ever used Chicago Screws. I heard they were easier to install than rivets, so I bought some.

Inside is a zippered pocket. I used blue gingham for the lining.

The back of the bag you can see my main fabric better here. I love this fabric, but only had a small amount of it, so I had to use a different fabric for the flap and the strap. But all the blues worked so well together you would have thought I chose these fabrics on purpose, right? LOL!

Next is another blue fabric bag, the Ramona Mini Hipster by Swoon Patterns. This is a small bag and great for those women who love small bags. I have this one in a gift shop for sale right now.
This bag has 2 fabrics sewn to create an interesting design on the front and back. I added a fancy zigzag stitch over the seams.

The bag has a top zippered closure. On my zipper pull here I used a small key ring to make it easier to grab a hold of for zipping.

Here is the zippered top closure.

I used a pale green print for the lining and the bag strap. There is a hint of this same green in the blue fabric print on the outside of the bag. Again, I didn't have enough of the fabric to make the strap, so chose another fabric that went well with the fabrics on the exterior and then carried the same green into the lining too.

The strap is adjustable.
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