Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

To all of you on the US, have a happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours.

PD: Remember the sale going on my etsy shop.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Etsy Shop Sale

I started the Black Friday to Cyber Monday Sale in my Etsy Shop.

Visit and pick your gifts for the holidays. When checking out use Code: BLACKTOCYBER and receive a 10% discount of your total purchase. My prices are already low so this code will give you great prices. Sale includes everything in the shop (bags and polymer clay items) including sale items. Sale ends on Dec. 3, 2013.

I ship to United States and Puerto Rico only.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Two Alanis Clutches and an Emmaline Bag

I've been absent for a while. A few things got in the way but I kept sewing even if it was at a slower pace. Here's what I've done.

First the Alanis Clutch from Sue Kim of I think Sew.

Alanis in black:

This pattern is great for all those fat quarters I have around waiting to be transformed. You can also add a fancy buckle in the middle strap but this time I opted to keep it simple. I narrowed the strap for this black version.

Alanis Clutch in brown:

 I think both clutches look elegant. Maybe the brown a bit more casual but they are great to carry for a wedding or holiday party. They are easy to make. I used interfacings in them: ShapeFlex and Thermolam to give it shape. They close with a magnetic snap and have a small slip pocket inside.

Then I re-visited the lovely Emmaline bag from Emmaline Bags. I had used this fabric for this pattern before and loved it so much that I kept the bag for myself. Now I added some height since I see so many women carrying big bags. I love this large version. I don't use big bags but I can see this one having many fans.

Some Peltex was used to give the bottom for sturdiness and shape. The fabric is a home dec but I still added Shape Flex for strength.

Inside there are two pockets: one easy slip pocket and a zippered pocket. It closes with a magnetic snap.

Oh and I received my copy of Sara Lawson's book Big-City Bags a couple of days back. It's great! I already have plans to make a couple of the bags.

I also want to thank all of you who have congratulated me on my fourth place win in Purse Palooza 2013. I'm so happy!! I love this wallet and I just can't stop making them. Is from Emmaline Bags pattern The Necessary Clutch Wallet. This is one of the versions I've done. Have you seen her tutorial for an alternate flap? Go check it out here.

This was my winner: 

All of these available from my Etsy Shop: Norma's Bag Boutique.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Cute Elizabeth Paris Bag

Just before Purse Palooza 2013 comes to an end this Monday I was able to finish this Big Bag.
One side
The other side

The Pattern Cute Elizabeth from Sue Kim's book: Bags: The Modern Classics. Is the first time I make this bag. The sewing of that bottom part to the main panels is a bit tricky. Mainly where they all meet. But not impossible. I like that curious shape.

I thought the pattern was a good one to feature this Paris fabric which I still have some left from previous bags. Lots of Paris and Eiffel Tower fans around. And I used rivets again. I think it results in a stronger grip to the handles. The black fabric used at the bottom and handles is a black cotton twill.

The bag is available in my etsy shop:

Monday, November 4, 2013

Houndstooth Tote with Pockets

After sewing my previous tote (here) I wanted to keep going with leather handles totes. This time I wanted to add a zipper pocket outside. I repurposed the zipper from a bag that was hardly used. Before even cutting I folded some fabric and set up the design to be sure I will like the result:

And here it is:

A closer look at those pockets:

 An iPad fits in the slip pocket:

There's another slip pocket in the lining inside for a total of three pockets. For a tote that's a lot.

For the exterior zipper combination I was inspired by the Two Zip Hipster pattern from Dog Under my Desk. I played with the size until I got what I wanted. I can see College girls using a bag like this. It will fit books and notebooks on the main compartment and the personal stuff can go in the big pockets. I like it pretty much!! I want to keep it... Ooh! Maybe I'll sell this one and make one just like it for me!!
Of course this one goes to Purse Palooza too. I have a couple more bags cut that I should finish before Purse Palooza is over. Let's see if I get the time.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Leather Handles Tote

Recently I had the opportunity of getting a big piece of dark brown leather at a very good price. I plan to use it mostly for handles but who knows what kind of experiments I might do with it. So I used some canvas and the leather together on this tote.

It's my first time using leather handles and rivets. I used the Ethnic Fabric for the pocket.
I think I'm in love with leather handles!

 I love the clean look inside. I lined it and added an inside slip pocket.

This one I'll keep.
Of course it will be another entry for the Purse Palooza.