Monday, July 6, 2020

Ana Cross Body Bag

This is the Ana Cross Body Bag from Bagstock Designs. It is a sweet style purse that would be suitable for nearly all ages.I really like this one and I enjoyed sewing it so much, I will be making more Ana's.

Ana measures: 7” W (11.5” wide at top) x 7.25” H x 2.5” D.

An adjustable strap to wear across your body or shorten it for a shoulder bag.

I like the shape of this bag.


There is a zippered pocket on the back of the bag.

Inside the bag is roomy for a smaller bag.

Slip pocket. Instructions also include credit card pockets.

A zippered pocket.

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Sunday, July 5, 2020

Self-Striping Hand Knit Socks

These socks were knit last year, but I hadn't posted them on my blog. I love the self striping and colors of this yarn. The yarn is thicker than other sock yarn I have used before. I used a sock yarn from Regia, which is German made. They are warmer, thicker and hardly pill, unlike most other brands of sock yarn I have used before, which pill horribly. 

I have a variety of brands, and colors of sock yarn to knit socks or scarves, etc. with, so I need to use up those yarns before I buy any more Regia sock yarn again.



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Saturday, July 4, 2020

Patriotic Gnome Wool Wall Hanging

Happy Independence Day to all Americans.

I made this cute little wall quilt using all wool for the applique and cotton background. I love gnomes and thought this one was cute holding the American Flag.


I hand stitched the gnome and flag and machine quilted the background.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Annette Satchel in Purple Echinacea (Coneflower) Print

I absolutely love Echinacea (coneflowers) and when I saw this print (long after it came out), I really wanted some, but I resisted. I kept seeing more and more bags and wallets made with this Echinacea Glow fabric from Free Spirit (designed by Anna Marie Horner), that I had to do a search to see if I could find any to buy. I found this colorway on Etsy. I think this print was made in 3 or 4 colorways. This color combo is my favorite.

So after making the Annette Satchel (Swoon Pattern) that I showed yesterday in the black and gold batik, I knew this was the pattern I wanted to make for me using the Echinacea print. I really love how this turned out!

Again, I didn't want to add the U-shaped strap connector because I didn't want to cover up the beautiful print, so I riveted the straps and added strap ends like I did with the black batik Annette Satchel. I also added purse feet and a slip pocket inside, only not a dimensional pocket this time.

The bag measures 13" wide x 9" high x 5" deep.

Purse feet and a quilted bottom. The purple fabric is a variegated fabric with medium to dark purples. I used this fabric for the straps, sides and pockets too, so you can see how the purple shades in this fabric changes. I think it tends to glow too along with the coneflower print.


I bought a few purse charms to add to some zipper pulls.


I added a stacked button on the zipper tab for a bit of bling.

Pull can be placed inside the pocket (or the bag).

Love a zippered closure on a bag too.

See how wide it opens? Zippered pocket and slip pockets inside.

I even added rivets to the top sides of this pocket.







This bag does make me Swoon, lol! Swoon Patterns has a lot of great bag patterns, but for now this is my favorite one.

Hopefully, I will be able to use this bag when I get out again. No place to go, so I have been staying home and sewing. Meanwhile, I can admire the bag and the print and that makes me happy. Oh and I found a couple other colorways of this print and I ordered a couple yards of each, so I will be making other bags in Echinacea Glow to sell hopefully next year if there are any craft shows happening).
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Monday, June 29, 2020

Annette Satchel in Black/Gold Batik Print

I had been seeing a lot of Annette Bags (Swoon Sewing Patterns) on some groups I belong to online, and when I saw that someone had left off the U-shaped strap connectors, it looked like a different bag to me. I really never looked close enough to realize that the U-shape was a strap connector, I thought it was some sort of pocket at first glance. So I bought the pattern from Swoon.

The Annette comes in 2 sizes, the Satchel (the one I made here measures 13" wide x 9" high x 5" deep) and the Commuter Tote (larger and great for commuting, measures 18" wide x 12" high x 7" deep).  I still made some changes to the bag. Since I left off the U-shaped strap connectors, I riveted the handles to the bag and added some strap ends (just bought straps ends recently). I added a slip pocket inside the bag in addition to the zippered pocket, and I added purse feet to help keep the bottom cleaner. I left off the adjustable strap that you can clip on and off at the sides (if you add a strap connector to each side, which I did not).

I really love how this bag came out! I have added this one to my Etsy Shop.

Then I immediately made myself an Annette in a gorgeous Echinacea fabric that I just had to buy (I had been lusting over the fabric for years and had to search to find some of the fabric, which I found on Etsy). Echinacea (cone-flowers), along with sunflowers are my favorite flowers. I already have a sunflower purse and a sunflower tote that I made for myself year ago. I will share the Echinacea Annette with you tomorrow.

Annette Satchel measures 13" wide x 9" high x 5" deep

I added a stacked button on the zipper end for a bit of bling.

Side pocket, you can tuck the zipper tail in here or inside the main bag if you want.

I love this bold zigzag batik print and paired with the black solid makes a stunning bag.

Side pockets are great to hold keys or a phone for quick access.

A zippered pocket and a slip pocket inside. This bag opens nice and wide, which I love.

I added a dimensional pocket, which would be nice for holding eyeglasses or sunglasses. And of course a pen pocket to the left.

I quilted the bottom of the bag mimicking the zigzag look of the batik fabric and added purse feet. 

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Friday, June 26, 2020

Selvage Tote Bag (MIY Tote)

Here is another MIY Tote that I made using selvages and a faux cork fabric print. I love using selvages  and this tote was a perfect way to use some of them.
This tote measures 15" wide x 13" high x 3 1/4" deep.

The gold selvage in the middle called, Uncorked, is the same fabric I used for the bottom and handles, only in a black colorway.

Slip pockets on both sides of the bag.

Slip pockets with a few pen (or knitting needle) divisions.

The back side with more selvages!





That is 5 MIY Totes I made for the challenge, which ends on July 4. Will I make a 6th? Who knows? I think 5 is enough and I did quite a variety of totes from this selvage one to using blue jeans, hot air balloon material scraps (ripstop nylon), poly/cotton fold up bag and one where I added a typewriter applique pocket in the front. I enjoyed making and playing around with each one making them all different and using up some fabric in the process.
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