Thursday, March 27, 2014

My Edelweiss Backpack

Now that I just published a post today I can finally show you a Bag I tested for Sara from Sew Sweetness. So for the first time I think I have two posts on a day. The Backpack Pattern is called Edelweiss and is already available in Sara's shop here.

This pattern is really well designed and written. As usual you'll have plenty of step by step instructions and pictures to help you finish the backpack with no trouble. Well, if you print the pattern correctly with no scaling. Someone didn't and the bag ended up being another size!! ? ;-)

I used a home dec fabric from Premier Prints. You know I love geometric prints. Instead of using Soft and Stable I used Pellon Thermolam Plus interfacing and I'm satisfied with the structure it gives the backpack. Another tool that helps a lot is a walking foot. My sweet sister gave me one for Christmas and I love what I can accomplish with it. Handling layers is much easier.

The size of the backpack is great for school. The flap provides a space to feature a nice print and the pockets give you easy reach for small items. I added a top loop or handle to hang it. After I finish the test I ended up making three more, one of them smaller, one as a gift. That's how much I love this pattern.

My first Get Carded Wallets

These wallets I made using the Pattern Get Carded by Dog Under my Desk.

This pattern is Erin's most recent release. And this one, as well as the others I have from her, are really well written and designed. All the pieces can be cut using your rotary cutter and pad because all pieces are rectangles. Her instructions are like taking you by the hand and walking slowly.

All measurements are precise to give you a great finish result. The ruler is your friend for a well finished product. There's no hand sewing to close it up. And it takes only two fat quarters of fabric.

 The pattern gives you three options on the front zippered pocket: gathered, pleated or plain. She also encourages you to try your own twist on the pocket. It also has two options for the back pocket: vinyl ID pocket or fabric. I went with the pleated for both although a bit different. I used clear vinyl for the ID pocket. And if you have never tried clear vinyl don't be afraid. Is very easy with her method and instructions. When you finish making the wallet you realize how much work was making this pattern. All the details were thought of very carefully.

Other than the outside zippered and slip pockets it has 5 more pockets inside: four for cards and a deeper one for bills. The D ring outside can be used for attaching a wrist strap; instructions included. I used a 3/4" size D ring and noticed my finger goes thru it like a ring and I can carry it like that. I'll sew some wrist straps later anyway with some 1/2" flat cord I have. I give this pattern an A+.

 I think this will make a great gift. Maybe it's time to get started making mother's day little functional gifts. Or just making them to have and save for when you need a little gift for someone unexpectedly.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

My March Bag

I finished the Convertible Bag which is the March Bag Pattern for the Bag of the Month Club. I love the size of this bag! The instructions were easy to follow with plenty of pictures. Even though the bag is small (11"high by 9-1/2" wide by 2" front to back) it has plenty of pockets to get organized. There are two pockets on the exterior and two inside. A great feature is that an iPad feets inside!! And as the name says you can use it as a crossbody or a backpack when using the "tunnel" in the back. Isn't that awesome!

I used an amber polka dot quilting fabric and a brown solid as the contrast, straps and lining. I used 1/2 yd of the polka dot and one yard of the brown. The interfacings used were Pellon SF101 woven fusible and Pellon Thermolam Plus.

The front pocket is quite big and is interfaced with the Thermolam Plus which makes it padded. For the slip pocket inside I used the polka dot exterior fabric. I think this makes a great college bag.

I also made my niece a bag she ordered. She loves damask print and she chose to feature it in the Flap Crossbody Bag I've been making these days. I think it turned out so elegant! I added a bit of the black fabric bt the tuck/catch closure to help keep the white clean. She's very happy with the bag.

I also made another bag but that one was as a tester so it has to wait to be shown. I loved it so much I'm going to start another one today to give as a birthday present at the end of the month.

I'm so happy with this Bag of the Month Club. All three patterns that have come out are great! And both my first January and February Bag have sold on my shop. So I better list this March Bag soon to see if it has the same luck. I'm planning on sewing more of the January and February Patterns but I need more hours than the days have!!! LOL.


Thursday, March 6, 2014

Green Geometric Drawstring Backpack

Here's another Drawstring Backpack I made using "Bigger on the Inside" pattern from Dog Under my Desk.

I used a print from Cloud 9 House Designer - GeoCentric Canvas. I just had to use half a yard since the straps are not from the fabric. I used a black zipper to match the straps, which are adjustable.

This Backpack is light on weight but roomy and strong. It has a big zippered front pocket and an oval bottom. Inside there's another pocket.


I'm entering this bag on the Travel Handmade: The Crafty Travelers Series from Ellison Lane. Go and check all the links.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Chevron Flap Navy Blue Bag

So I finished the bag I told you about on my last post.
I used a pattern from Choly Knight's book "Sewing Stylish Handbags and Totes: Chic to Unique Bags and Purses That You Can Make". She calls it "Customizable Crossbody Bag".

I should mention that on the versions I've made I changed the front slip pocket under the flap. It's supposed to be two slanted slip pockets and I only made one tall slip pocket. I like how is hidden under the flap. I used the same main pattern front and back piece and cut it a bit lower. Inside there's a zippered pocket. I also added a couple of inches to the gusset pattern since I don't clip the seam allowances when I attach it to the main pieces and I found it to be short.


I like to use the flap to show off a beautiful print fabric and make the rest solid. A niece saw these bags and ordered one with a specific fabric pattern that she likes on the flap. I'll show you when is done. You might get tired of seeing the same bag pattern so I'll switch to another one after that one. Maybe the March Bag from the Bag of the Month Club. I should say that I love it!! I don't only like that is a convertible bag but the shape, the size, the pockets... well, all of it. You haven't seen it? go here and take a good look.

This Chevron Flap Bag is available in my shop here.