Friday, February 20, 2015

Tudor Bag

Have you seen the Tudor Bag by Sew Sweetness?! I was lucky enough to test this awesome "create your own adventure" style handbag a couple months ago. It's a beginner friendly tote style bag, that is chock full of optional features to make it uniquely yours. The finished size is 13.5" L x 12.5" T x 5"D it's a generously sized tote, but not so ginormous it couldn't be used as your everyday bag.

Depending on the features you choose, it's a super quick sew and can easily be done in an afternoon. For those looking for a challenge, add in a recessed zipper closure and extra zip pockets if you fancy.
I'm not a huge fan of zippered closures, only because I hate taking the time to unzip my bag when I want to get into it, so I left that out. The pattern calls for 1 yard of exterior print, but as I wasn't fussy cutting and added more accents in I was able to get mine out of about a 1/2 yard of the exterior print. (But I'm also psycho about conserving fabric when cutting...)

I loved this bag so much that I made a second one for a swap that I participated in, this time in a Cotton and Steel print I thought my partner would like.

This time I added a front slip pocket and omitted the accents along the bottom pieces. Also, I have fallen in love with gold thread! Look at the top stitching in the gold thread!!! I want to use the metallic thread ALL the time now. 


As with ALL of Sara's patterns, this is super easy to follow along with. Even though this bag is rated for a confident beginner, even an advanced bag maker would find it a satisfying with all the customizing that's possible.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Mabel Vintage Handbag

Last month I had the pleasure of testing the Mabel Vintage Handbag from Swoon Patterns. Mabel is a darling little handbag that is perfect for a night out, a little girl, bridesmaids gifts or, for a travel cosmetics case.

Mabel is a really quick sew and requires only a yard total of fabric, so she's perfect to use up those smaller cuts in your stash. Since I'm a BIG bag girl, I knew Mabel would make a perfect cosmetic case for me. With that in mind, this Frances Newcombe print was screaming to be used for Mabel.

Mabel was a very quick and satisfying sew, coming together in an afternoon. She calls for a turn lock closure, which I would highly recommend if using this as a handbag, as the closure will be supporting the weight of your bag and the contents. Since, I wasn't planning on using her that way, I opted for a magnetic snap so that I could showcase these lovely ladies on the flap. 

This is a beginner friendly project, even though it calls for a heavy stabilizer (Peltex 71) it's completely out of all seam allowances and none of the seams are bulky to get through. The only place you have to sew over it is when top stitching the flap. Mabel is a darling bag and is available for FREE over at the Pellon website.  

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Geranium Dresses

Holy Moly how has 2 months passed since I've posted?! Maybe it's the baby brain, or the lack of sleep. Either way, Gah!!!

Although I haven't been posting, I've still been working on projects here and there. If you follow me on Instagram, then you know I've still been sewing here and there.

We found out that we will be welcoming a GIRL this spring and that was the green light I needed to start working on some baby projects. I do love to sew for my five year old guy but, I'm so excited to get to sew some ruffles and pink! The first project was the Geranium Dress, which is a free pattern for the 0-3 month size by Made by Rae. It was a super quick sew and required less than a yard of fabric. In fact, I'm fairly confident that I could get the bodice out of one fat quarter.

It was such a quick sew, and oh so satisfying! The seams in the bodice are completely enclosed in the lining which makes me feel all fancy. I did do a some variation of a French Seam on the only seam inside the skirt so all the seams are neatly finished.

I sewed up the first one in a couple hours time (including cutting) and the second in about an hour. Little Miss might end up with a bunch of these by the time we welcome her home.

Friday, December 12, 2014

SMS Winner

Wow, I'm so blown away by all the entries for my Sew Mama Sew Giveaway!  All 537 of them! I loved reading each and every comment and please know that although I wasn't able to respond to every one, your kind words meant sooo much to me! 

I was surprised by the variety of movies people love (I apparently need to add a few to my list this year) and I loved the jokes and random facts. 

Thank you to all who entered, the winner is: 

Amanda @ What the Bobbin! 

Amanda go check your email :) 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day--Entries Closed

***Entries Closed--Congrats to Amanda @ What the Bobbin****

Happy SMS Giveaway Day!! For those of you unfamiliar with Sew Mama Sew's Giveaway day, it's a bi-annual event in which some awesome bloggers, shops and crafters come together to offer giveaways galore. You can find anything from handmade items to fabrics to book giveaways all in one place. Today I'm especially excited because I just reclaimed my sewing space yesterday, after having a house guest in my sewing area for the past 3 months. Yay for having my space back!this

For those of you stopping by for the first time, this is my little corner of the crafty universe. I love to create, most anything really but I have a particular love for sewing bags. I dabble a bit in lots of different crafts, with varying degrees of success (knitting is still hard!), and I love to try new things.

But, enough about me, on to the giveaway!

Since I am a bag maker at heart, I'm offered a custom bag to one lucky winner. You pick what tickles your fancy. Some bags include:

Betty Bowler, Pattern by Swoon Patterns

Rock Star Bag by Sew Sweetness

Emmaline Bag by Emmaline Bags

The Crimson and Clover Traincase by Sew Sweetness

Totes Ma Totes by Emmaline Bags

The Park West Bag by Sew Sweetness

Lapin Noir Bag by Sew Sweetness

Aragon Bag by Sew Sweetness

Tudor Bag by Sew Sweetness

Butterfly Sling Purse by Emmaline Bags

To enter, leave me a comment telling me what your favorite Holiday movie is, or a silly joke, or anything else that tickles your fancy!

For additional Entries follow me on Social Media, and leave an additional comment telling me how you follow, leave a comment for each platform if you follow.





Good luck and happy Giveaway Day! I will draw a winner after 5 p.m.PST on December 12th via Mr. Random Number generator :)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

30 minute Christmas coaters

Need a quick Christmas gift? Head over to Jamie Sews to check out a tutorial I did for 30 minute Christmas coasters!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Pattern Parcel 7 inspiration tour

Pattern Parcel #7: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win!
Are you familiar with Pattern Parcel?  It's an awesome program that allows you to buy some of the best patterns by indie designers while also giving back in the way of donating part of your payment towards charity. 

How Pattern Parcel Works:
Here at Perfect Pattern Parcel, we believe in supporting independent pattern designers. It’s our opinion that indie patterns are just, well, better than big box patterns, and we’re pretty sure our customers think so too. So, we allow customers to show their support in naming their own price for each Parcel.  We also encourage customers to allocate part of their Parcel price to the charity in order to help classrooms in need. Pattern Parcel donates all profits after expenses from Parcel sales to the charity as well. Its our goal to raise over $20,000 for Donors Choose this year.
You pick your payment, and when you choose a price of $32 or greater for Parcel #7 and you will automatically also be sent the Bonus Pattern! That's just over $5 a pattern. The Bonus Pattern for this Parcel is the brand new Daphne Bag pattern from Clover & Violet. The Daphne is a slouchy satchel that can be worn cross body or as a shoulder bag. The zip top keeps your gear secure and the internal pockets keep your accessories where you need them. This is a brand new, never been seen before pattern and is an exclusive opportunity for Parcel #7 customers!

Pattern Parcel #7: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win
This is the last Parcel for the year and includes the following patterns:
Barcelona Bag and Wallet by Pat Bravo
Butterfly Sling Purse by Emmaline Patterns
Evelyn Hangbag by ChrisW Designs
Midtown Messenger Bag by Betz White
Betty Bowler by Swoon Sewing Patterns

Pattern Parcel #7: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win
I'm so excited to be a part of the inspiration tour for Parcel 7. I was honored when Janelle of Emmaline Bags asked if I would like to participate in the tour, she is one of my favorite designers and I had been wanting to make the Butterfly Sling Purse since it came out originally as a pattern in the Bag of the Month club. 
I knew it was a pattern worthy of cutting into some Cotton and Steel that I scored at Quilt Market last month, as Janelle's patterns are always so easy to follow and give such a great results. This pattern was no exception!

The Butterfly Sling Purse is a deceptive little bag. It looks like its a tiny little purse, but on the inside there are lots of surprises. I love the twist lock on the front, it one of my favorite pieces of bag hardware. If you are intimidated by them (they are really easy, I promise) or can't get your hands on one, you can easily substitute a magnetic snap instead.

The bag itself unfolds to an ID pocket, a slip pocket and a roomy zippered pocket. the inside is kept secure by not only the professional looking twist lock it calls for, but also by two magnetic snaps. 

The bag also features TWO exterior zip pockets that open up WIDE to show a set of card pockets in each pocket. 

This would be the perfect bag to tote around on busy family outings, where you need to have your hands free but space to pack your essentials. There's no need to bring your wallet along, this doubles as your wallet. It's also great for those ladies that hate to carry around an oversized purse but NEED space to cart their items around. This can easily fit keys, make up, the contents of your wallet, your phone and more!

You will not be disappointed with this bag and would make some excellent holiday gifts...just sayin :)  It's got so many features and Janelle will walk you through step by step that it will come together like a dream. You'll be so impressed with the final result! 

Please check out the other talented bloggers on the Inspiration Tour!

Parcel #4 Inspiration Tour Schedule:

Friday, November 7 Stitched || Sew Exhausted

Saturday, November 8 Made by Sara ||Oliver's Fancy || Strawberry Patch Ramblings

Sunday, November 9 from a box || Mia's Creations || MOMENTS

Monday, November 10 owen's olivia || While she was sleeping

Tuesday, November 11 Nutta || Radiant Home Studio || La Pantigana

Wednesday, November 12 Sew Fishsticks || Stacy Sews || Stitching Insane || GnomeAngel

Thursday, November 13 Needle and Ted || Patchouli Moon Studio || Sprouting JubeJube || The Crazy Tailor

Friday, November 14 Casa Crafty || A Jennuine Life || 'So, Zo... What do you know?'

Saturday, November 15 Stitches by Laura || Rebekah Sews || Serger Pepper

Sunday, November 16 Blogs Like A Mother || Vicky Myers creations || Blossom Heart Quilts

Monday, November 17 Shanni Loves || So Sew Easy || GYCT Designs || Tiger In A Tornado

Tuesday, November 18 The Nosy Pepper || Keep Calm and Carrion || There & Back || Sewing Sober

Wednesday, November 19 Sew Like My Mom || Knot Sew Normal || Stacy Sews || sewVery

Thursday, November 20 Mimi's Mom || Our Family Four || shades of BOLD || Modern Handcraft

Friday, November 21 Shawnta Sews || Lulu & Celeste || Amanda Rose || Robin's Fabric Nest || House of Pinheiro