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!





This bag is for sale for $70.00 + $8. shipping. ($78 total).
Contact me if interested. I invoice through PayPal.
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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

MIY Tote in Hot Air Balloon Ripstop Nylon Fabric

Another MIY Tote (Moments by Liz) that I used scraps leftover from hot air balloon making. I had to get creative and sew scraps together to make a front and back large enough to create a tote. The tote measures 17" wide x 15" high x 3 1/2" deep. I love the bright colors.

Here is one side all pieced together.


Liz calls these Danish corners, which show on the outside of the bag.

This is the other side of the tote.

I lined the bag and used the balloon material (ripstop nylon) for a bag facing.

Added a pen pocket on each side of the main pocket.


As I pieced the balloon material together, I topstitched in a variegated thread throughout.
Location shoot around my yard~




I really like how this bag looks and feels with it being lined. It is still so light, but sturdy and makes a great shopping bag or beach bag too. But I need to be careful because it would act as a parachute in a strong wind and get blown away, lol!

I am going to make some more and line them too. The unlined ones I made last year are nice, but the lining just makes it even better.
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