Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Sandra Saddle Bag

Well Hellooo! It's been awhile. My poor neglected blog is still here, and now after the arrival of Miss E 9 months ago, life is finally entering a "new" normal which means I have been slowly able to start sewing again (YAY). This is Sandra, one of the first bags I have sewn since last spring. 

For Christmas, my amazing husband bought me a new machine (a Janome HD3000, which is a whole post in itself, but I adore her). As this machine is a mechanical machine and much more heavy duty, I was able to start playing around with some vinyl.

Using my walking foot (which is a cheapie from Amazon) and remembering not to pin the vinyl, I was very happy with the results of my first vinyl strap!

I can honestly say it was so much less difficult than I imagined. Isn't that how a lot of things are? Much scarier in your head than in real life. 

The pattern is the Sandra Saddle Bag by Swoon Patterns  she was a fairly quick sew, with fairly straight forward directions. I was able to complete it in about an evening. The fabric is an Art Gallery print from the Jungle Ave line by Sara Lawson and the vinyl was from 

Overall, I was happy with the end result, but I am hopeless at reading the finished dimensions of bags and actually translating them to real life terms. I was disappointed in the final size, as Sandra is at best a medium size handbag, and I am forever a big bag lover.

Now that I've finally conquered some of my fears with vinyl, I am anxious to continue to use it in future projects. Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Babies don't keep

Wow, it's been such a long time since I've posted. To be honest, I haven't done a whole lot over the past few months but be pregnant and snuggle this puff of sweetness. I have sewn some here and there and eventually I'll get around to sharing those and sewing on a regular basis again, but for now, babies don't keep. 

Meet Gabrielle "Ellie" Rose, here's a dose of cuteness and my excuse for not getting anything done :)

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 :)