Sharing a bag, now that I’ve gifted it.

P1090791I told you I’ve been making things, now that this bag has been gifted, I can share.

I love this printed canvas and I had the perfect green in my stash, then to make matters even better I found the perfect green leather handles, they are the exact color of the apple.P1090790Sorry the picture is blurry but I just have to prove that yes, I sewed the handles on by hand, with the help of a plier. Waxed linen thread and book binding needles – I did manage to break one of them.P1090772I used a zipper pull from my treasure trove of buttons.P1090793Made a small pouch for extra goodies.P1090792Voila purse and pouch finished, gifted and very well received.



Caravan Tote

The Caravan Tote pattern is very popular right now. People are making in it all kinds of pretty fabrics.P1090407I LOVE owls and these are not the cutesy ones, but nice fierce ones. So this was my starting point, but what fabric to combine it with?P1090403I want classy, not crazy quilt. It wasn’t easy finding the fabric. Be open minded, don’t just look at other quilt cottons. So I went to the sale rack at JoAnns and found this faux suede for $5  a yard.  Good thing I bought a yard since my attempt at ironing showed me why it’s on the sale table. It is backed with webbing, when ironing, the suede crinkles. So I was very careful to use a warm iron or a seam roller. As a bag, it’s not getting ironed.Caravan ToteDetails make the bag!  The brass zipper and brass snaps.  The perfect matching seams of the printed fabric.  The red leather handles, with the matching red fabric on the zipper tabs.  Ok, I ran out of brass snaps, so used black snap heads on the handles.  The handles are too thick to attach, so I sewed them on and punched a hole in which I glued the snap heads, sometimes it’s not functional – just beautiful.

Love how each small detail adds it’s own oomph.  Oh and I can’t forget using the beads as a zipper pull.

PicMonkey Photo5,jpgI played around with lining and pocket fabrics,  this is where the quilty fun happens, inside the bag.  I very carefully sewed the handles on with topstitching thread and a leather needle. The problem is there is always a mess on the back side. Solution,  serge some tabs and glue them over the stitching.PicMonkey Photo7The front has both a snap pocket and an internal pocket  – so much useful space! And room for more pops of color.PicMonkey Photo8An internal pouch, here I reversed the fabrics but used the same zipper pull.PicMonkey Photo1And added another fabric for the lining.zipper pullLoving the nice neat topstitching I get with the new Juki.  Probably could get the same with the old Juki, but I am really enjoying getting used to the new machine.Caravan ToteLOVE!  Sinple shapes, simple fabrics, a very balanced placement of colors.Caravan ToteSide by side, while normally the small pouch would be inside the larger one. The tote was designed as a project bag, so I will be putting some basic tools in the pouch.  I am using this as my summer bag, but it’s nice and roomy to just include my knitting and not need to bring another bag.PicMonkey Photo3Its’ June already but this belongs in memadeMay, the skirt, the shirt and the wonderful bag.


LAMQG Weekender part 1

IMG_0475My quilt guild is having a sew along for Quilt Con, we are making Amy Butler’s Weekender bag, using Elizabeth Hartman’s quilt as you go technique. Elizabeth will then judge our bags, choose a winner and offer a prize!       Here are the fabrics I started out with.IMG_2848This has been a group project, we have worked on this at our weekend sew.  This was my bag panel, the large section will be covered with a pocket.  But then I went home and I felt it just was too messy. So back to the drawing board.P1050611I decided to be more structured with my patches. It also just sort of happened one side  is green/yellow and the other purple/orange.P1050698With front pockets and straps attached.  The pattern is the same, the colors are different.

P1050699One problem I notices is that the front pockets gape. Maybe when the bag is assembled this isn’t a problem, but I didn’t want to take any chances.P1050702I had these magnets from a quilt show. Much thiner than the metal prong kind. They are available online here StudioKat DesignsP1050776For the top/side straps I made one to match each side of the bag.P1050616The two side pockets are identical.  And now, on to the lining and putting it all together.


A friend is having a big birthday this month, one of those ending with a zero.  She spins fiber into yarn so she falls into the category of ‘handmade worthy’, someone who appreciates a well crafted item.

There is a wonderful pattern out called Sew Together Bag, available over at Craftsy.Fabric for Sew together bagYou can see I’m a quilter, I have a lot of fabric on hand that at first glance looks like it clashes, but will work together beautifully.

This is a fun multi pouch bag,  anyone can find a use for this. Come on women, we always need another fun storage item!
zippers closedAs you can see, three inner zippered pouches with a nice surprise when you open them.P1020202A pop of bright red inside.

The instructions were very good and clear, I like how the raw edges are enclosed with binding.

P1020210I also love the way the zipper frames the bag and can be used as handles.Sew together bagsew together bag, top viewI know I’ll be making many more of these.IMG_2368Birthday girl was so thrilled with her present. She immediately turned around and gave me one.Handspun yarnSome of her incredible handspun two ply yarn. The black has silk in it, the brown in 100% wool. Both soft and lovely. I think this will become a hat for Joel.



Handmade handbag

I tend to use one handbag for a season, changing only between winter and summer. Once I started making bags, that changed somewhat. I am particular, I don’t want  the loving hands at home look, or  even just another quilted bag.. The finishing details matter.                                                                                                             At a quilt show last year I found this patternPattern, Bag BostonianSince they were also selling the hardware,  I bought this Korean pattern. Don’t you just love name: bag bostonian.                                                                                        When I travel I like to buy fabric and yarn as mementos, that way when I am working or enjoying a completed project – it reminds of the trip. I found this charm pack of fabrics in Oregon. Creating the bodyThe instructions were wonky, but other people have made this bag, thank God for the internet. I used not only batting but a layer of canvas as well as the lining fabric. This bag had good body and doesn’t flop around. I also like the combination of simple squares with circular quilting.P1010610Unclipped the bag is very spacious, I probably won’t use it often like this.Moda charm packWhen piecing the fabric, one never knows for sure if the conversation piece will be in the correct location. Luckily it worked out for these typewriter keys.P1010623A final touch was these little feet. But something was missing, I had used a sturdy zipper, but the pull was typical, small and not easy to use. fish zipper pullBack when I was making Jewelry, I wire wrapped this fish. The necklace came apart long ago, but I held onto the fish. Perfect, now it has found it’s new touchmodeling bagAnd final shot, looks very good in action.