Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy 2015 !!!

I'm looking forward to 2015.

I thought of sleeping through the end of 2014 but I know I won't be able because of the firecrackers (I believe that's the name in english). I also have to take care of my poor mutt doggy who gets all shakey with the loud noises. My husband is trying to get something that will keep her calm.

Anyway, I hope 2015 will be better than  2014. I'll keep sewing bags and taking care of my shop.

Here are a couple of bags I made for clients as custom orders. This first client brought me a pair of jeans to transform to a Big Tote. I didn't like the experience but she was very satiusfied with the results. I added a recessed zipper on top and some lining with a zipper and slip pocket. I used leather straps.



This second client asked for a Two Zip Hipster (from Dog Under My Desk) with the mustaches fabric. She also wanted a Paris, France wallet.


I like how the purse looks. I might use the pattern again this way; with an accent fabric on the pockets. Some people are a bit afraid of an all print purse.


I wish you a very happy New Year and may you be blessed with health and lots of fabric to sew.

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2015!!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas


Hi!
I wanted to wish you all a "Feliz Navidad" or Merry Christmas!!

Thanks for following my blog  even when I disappear every now and then.
Norma

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Two Serendipity Hipster Bags

I forgot to share with you these bags I made recently. They were made using the Serendipity Hipster Bag pattern fron Chris W Designs. You can get your copy here. This is a great design and the instructions are very thorough. Lots of pictures are included with the instructions.




The design is very appropiate for teens so I used these playful fabrics. They are available at my shop: www.NormasBagBoutique.etsy.com.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

My Purse Palooza 2014 Prize

Hi,

I've neglected the blog for a while. I really was feeling a bit blue and didn't feel like sharing. I think is because of the Holidays, and being away from family. I might make a trip after Christmas. But finally here I am.

I wanted to show you my prize from the random chosen winner of the Purse Palooza 2014. I got two gift certificates, one from Zipper Island on Etsy and the other from Fat Quarter Shop each for $25. That was a great prize. Here's what I got with it.


Somehow blogger turns the pictures 90 degrees every now and then but you can still see my goodies. I picked some sale fabrics from the Fat Quarter Shop to maximize my prize. :-) You can see my beloved chevrons there. Then from Zipper Island I got a size assortment of handbag zippers. They carry many different sizes and they do have colors but I chose all black since it's the one I use the most.

I've been invited to a small craft show at my daughter's job next week. A friend of hers already bought some stuff and showed it all up. So it might go well by what my daughter says the reaction was. Let's hope so!

I'll try to come back to you soon and let you know what I'm up to.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A Totes Ma Tote and a Tudor Tote

Sorry I haven't post lately. Here are some bags I've made.

First the Totes Ma Tote. This one is done from a Emmaline Bags pattern. You can find the pattern here. I was saving this canvas fabric because I really love it. After purchasing some metal labels from Janelle at Emmaline Bags and some zipper metal ends I thought I tried them with this bag.


 I used a bit of leather under the metal label so it'll be more visible since the fabric is so busy. It also looks so chic! I added a zipper pocket at the back. For the straps I made a modification using some rivets and some strap holders.


I used some purse feet as recommended.


The inside lining is a gray cotton fabric. I used  Pellon SF 101 and some Thermolam for the exterior fabric. For the bottom I added some Pellon Peltex as recommended.


This other Tote is made using the just released Tudor Bag pattern from Sew Sweetness. You can find the pattern here. I was one of the testers.


 I used a fabric with some Paris landmarks print and did a bit of Fuzzy cutting. The black fabric is a black canvas.

This is a very roomy bag. I say it will be great for shopping or for a teacher. Is pretty easy to sew. Sara's instructions are great, as usual. With lots of pictures and step by step instructions.


Both Bags are available for purchase on my etsy shop: www.NormasBagBoutique.etsy.com

Among other news I won the randomly chosen prize in Purse Palooza!! Isn't that great! The prize is a $25 gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop and another $25 gift certificate from Zipper Island at Etsy. So I'll be browsing aroung to see how I can spend these. Pretty lucky, right? It took me by surprise. I'll show you what I get.

For those of you at the United States I hope you spend a nice Thanksgiving Day with your family.

Monday, November 17, 2014

My Bag is a Finalist

Woo Hoo!

I just found out that one of my bags submitted to Purse Palooza 2014 is a finalist. Is one made with the Serendipity Hipster from Chris W Designs. Actually is the very first I made with the pattern.

There were 250 entries and they chose 22 finalists. It makes me very happy!!!
So, please, please, go vote at: http://sewsweetness.com/2014/11/purse-palooza-voting.html
Mine is #15 Serendipity Hip; just in case you want to vote for mine.

There are many great bags! But I will love to win one of those gift certificates to get more fabric!!

Hugs!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

One more Hipster and Two Wallets

I've been trying to finish all my previously cut projects and I'm done with these:

Get Carded Olive Wallet:


Get Carded Brown Wallet:


Serendipity Hipster Bag with Blue Ikat Fabric

The wallets were made using the Get Carded Wallet Pattern from Dog Under my Desk. The Hipster Bag is from Chris W Designs Serendipity Hipster Bag. That will make my number 6 Hipster Bag.

This is a short post just to share the pictures. My sewing machine is calling my name for therapy!!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Two Get Carded Wallets and a Sale

Here are two wallets I made this week. I used the pattern Get Carded Wallet from Dog Under My Desk. This pattern is very well made with lots of instructions, hints and pictures like all of Erin's patterns. The way to finish it is very clever. I've made these before. You can see them here.

This is the front. You can choose to make this zippered pocket pleated, plain flat or ruffled. I like the look as pleated. There's also a D ring on the side for a wrist strap. I noticed that using this size of ring I can just put my finger through it for carrying it.


Here are the backs. You have an option of using vinyl or fabric for this ID pocket. I chose vinyl and it wasn't difficult at all. I had no problem with the vinyl sticking to the sewing machine or foot.


Here you can see them opened.


 A view of the inside. There are three card slots in on side and two slots on the other side. The slot for paper money is deeper than the one for cards.


Other than the wallets I spent some time learning on the Etsy forums. I wanted to start a Black Friday sale early in the month and I chose to use EtsyOnSale as a tool. It helped me put all my items on sale with 15% off without me having to go item to item. And this time is free as I got a referral code which gives me some credit plus some credit you get when opening an account with them. I don't do too many sales so I think the credits will last me for a while.

If you or someone you know is buying gifts for Christmas already, browse my shop: www.NormasBagBoutique.etsy.com for great high quality bags at a great price.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Serendipity Hip Bags from Chris W Designs

Ok, I did get a little obsessed with Christine's ( from Chris W Designs) new pattern Serendipity Hip. This pattern has just been released. There are some fabulous features on this bag. You can see other testers versions and more information on Christine's release blog post here. She asked me to test it and I made this one.


I used quilting fabrics. The print is from Bo Bunny's Detour Collection. I was waiting for the right bag for this fabric and I thought this one was very appropriate. The truth is I only used a fat quarter of the print. I used a black Kona cotton for the contrast. The interfacings used were Pellon Woven Fusible SF101 and Pellon Thermolam Plus.

As you can see the bag has some very useful exterior pockets: one zippered, one slip, and inside this one there's a cellphone pocket. So you'll have space for keys, cellphone and any other stuff you want to have very accessible. The 1" strap is adjustable so it can be used as a shoulder or cross body bag. The main compartment closes with a zipper to keep your belongings secured. I decorated the zippers with some polymer clay beads I had around.

Inside there are even more pockets, a zippered one and two card slots with a small pocket behind. So there's no need to take the whole wallet with you. This bag is great for a fast outing or when you want to go out light with essentials. Although it will fit a bit more than essentials and everything will be very organized.
So after I was done with the first one and gave Christine my recommendations as a tester, I thought I'll make a few more bags, since it took so little material and it's so easy and fast to make; at least for me. So here's the second one. I used a fabric from Jay McCaroll City Center's Collection. I had just received this fabric from Pink Chalk Studio, who sadly is going out of business and has a good sale going on; check it out. For strap I used a 1-1/2" wide webbing and some canvas fabric at the bottom.

 

While cutting this second one I got carried away and cut some more. Here they are:
 Third Hipster Bag: Fabric from Fox and the Houndstooth Collection
 

 Fourth Hipster Bag: Word on the Street Fabric from Jungle Ave Collection by Sara Lawson

 Fifth Hipster Bag: Fabric from Nightshade Collection by Tula Pink
 Look at the beautiful Bird on the back:

 Wow! Lots of pictures here. I guess you can tell that I love this bag. The second one I kept to give as a gift but all the others are available at my Etsy shop: www.NormasBagBoutique.etsy.com.

I've given some TLC to my shop and have a new banner. New business cards are ordered. I'm trying to increase views and sales by working on my tags and titles and participating in the forums. It's hard to be seen with so many bag shops. No sales since September but my views have gone up. Let's see what happens and when. I need to sell to buy more material of course.

I hope you enjoyed my bags.
Happy Sewing!!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Two Fast Bags I Made from Nap Kitten

I bought a pattern from Nap Kitten. It's The Zippered Hobo Bag with Knots. I just noticed is not on her shop right now. Maybe it needs to be restocked. It's been on my list for a while now because I wanted to make bags with that kind of zipper closure. So I've made two of them already.



This design is a simple one with no pockets in the exterior. Both bags I made using canvas fabric interfaced with Pellon SF101. I like the relaxed feeling the bags have. I omitted the beautiful knots for now because I used prints. I think the knots work better with a solid exterior fabric. Here's a picture of the bag shown with the pattern. Aren't those knots beautiful?


Although it's a very nice bag the instructions can be a bit tricky if you've never made a bag before. The pictures help a lot. There's no mention of opening the zipper before closing off the exterior main pieces after the zipper is already attached. That can lead to a bit of a problem when you can only access the zipper from the back and is closed!! On the first bag I opened it first but on the second I forgot. Maybe I got too confident. I just reached to it through a little hole where the strap tabs will go. :-) I just need to make a note for the next time. I also opted to use a leather strap for these. The pleats on the bottom are very nice and give the bag to such a nice rounded bottom.



In the interior there's the usual zipper and slip pockets. I lined both with quilting weight fabric. This one is a bag you can make in a day with time to spare.

 Both bags are available in my etsy shop: www.NormasBagBoutique.etsy.com

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

An Uptown Girl and Olivia Bags

Hello my Sewing buddies,
Sorry for being away for a bit too long. I've done some sewing but not a lot. My house needed a bit of TLC and I ran out of Pellon Woven Fusible Interfacing SF101.

I like to buy it by the bolt at Joann.com specially if I can get it at half a price because is on sale or using a coupon. So I waited too long to place the order and the horror.... being without it.


I gave my etsy shop some TLC meanwhile and started cutting the Olivia Bag Pattern from Christine at Chris W Designs. Quite some time ago I won a giveaway for 2 of her patterns. I picked The Abigail and the Olivia patterns. This was before I started testing for her. I'm sure those were the most complicated ones she had at the moment. Then, after reading the instructions and printing the pattern pieces, I was just a bit afraid and felt like I wasn't prepared to sew one of them. So now I finally thought it was about time to tackle them and I started with the Olivia.


 This is for sure an advance level pattern. This bag is much bigger than what I thought. There are many pieces to cut. It took me quite some time to finish but the results are great. I just had to follow the instructions given carefully. There are many photos included in the instructions that help a lot. Every single piece has a paper pattern so you just have to keep yourself organized. I chose a quilting cotton even though Home Decorator weight was recommended. I used Pellon SF101 and Thermolam Plus in all exterior main  pieces. For the bottom I used Peltex.


 I'm not too sure the fabric selection was the best. There's something about this bag that bothers me and I'm not sure what it is. Asking around the house my husband and daughter say that the fabric makes the features disappear a bit. I'm not completely sure if that's what bothers me. They say it could be that since the lines on the print are a bit curvy it looks wrinkled. They really don't like the fabric at all. What do you think? Don't get me wrong; I know is not the design. The features are awesome since it gives you a lot of pockets and details. Maybe next one I'll do with a solid canvas fabric.


There are 5 pockets outside; two with flap and magnetic snaps, two at the sides with elastic and a zippered at the back. Inside there's a big zippered pocket and a slip pocket divided into two sections. The main compartment closes with a recessed zipper.


My niece has an Uptown Girl Bag (Pattern also by Chris W Designs). I made it last January and she loves it. You can see it here. Someone she knows asked her about it and checked it up thoroughly. She fell in love! So she wanted one exactly the same but since I had ran out of the tiny beige houndstooth fabric I offered her the option of a bigger black and white houndstooth fabric. And here it is. I just finished it. Well, except that my husband needs to hammer the rivets securely. That's his job! :-)


It looks a lot like the first one, but that's what she wanted. It took me less time to make this second time. Maybe because the first time I was testing the pattern, I'm sure. This bag is very sturdy. I used canvas fabric and still interfaced with SF101 and Thermolam Plus. The bottom base has Peltex and some nice bag feet. I made the straps out of the same fabric but didn't use grommets to attach them; just some rivets.

Recently I was very lucky and won three patterns from Emmaline Bags on the Craft Buds Craft Book Month giveaway. Since I have many already I got to pick the ones I didn't have; The Steph in the City, The Spring Sling and Boyd St. Bowling Bag. Wow! I have all except the Quarter Note Clutch. I also bought a couple more bag patterns. I think I'm addicted to bag patterns! Oh my!!!! I've started making a "match making" list with patterns and fabrics to use. This helps me keep focus on which bag to make next. I should include some Get Carded Wallets just to use those small pieces of interfacing I keep saving. You'll be seeing them soon....