Sunday, August 31, 2014

My August Bags

Here are the Bags I made during August. Wow! August really flew by.
I'm looking forward to cooler days. Here it has been very hot all month of August; high 80's but heat index of high 90's. That's Farenheit. And lots of thunderstorms as usual.

 The second Super Tote from Noodlehead Patterns I just finished today. Love the colors!! I listed it on my shop.

I also finished the test on Christine's Laptop Bag Pattern but I'll show you that after the release.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I Won The Nappy Pattern

Today I got the good news from Maria of Mia Creates that I won the pattern The Nappy Bag from At Home with Mrs H. Yey!! I'm so happy. I've won things before but it's been a while and I needed the boost!!

I won't be making one right away but I will get to it. I'm still not sure if I'll make it a diaper or nappy bag for sale (I don't know anyone that will need one) or just an overnighter. I'll let you know and show you the bag when I make it.

I already cut a second Super Tote from Noodlehead. Here are all the pieces:

But I have to set this project aside to start testing the Laptop Bag from Christine of Chris W Designs. You can read about it here. And while you're there there's still time (until August 30) to enter the "Name the Bag Competition". Check it out:

I have all my fabric cut already but still have to fuse. I thought I'll take a break for standing up and update you and share the good news about my winning!!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

My first Super Tote

I finally got the Super Tote Bag Pattern from Noodlehead. I've been meaning to get it and kept postponing it. I've seen it so much in different fabrics and it always looks terrific. I used the Dragon fly fabric from the Koi Canvas Collection by Rashida Coleman. This Tote will be a gift. I won't say who's going to get it just in case.

 I used some natural Canvas to coordinate. This tote is really big. Just perfect for someone to use for a knitting project, yoga or gym class, library bag, shopping bag, beach or pool bag, a night over bag or you name it. Look at that wide gusset. And the pleat looks so cute.

There's a very spacious front pocket. I made a faux piping effect on the top of it.

I've been browsing my fabric stash to see which other fabrics are ideal for this Super Tote. I'm already cutting another one. But I'm waiting on my interface to get here. I ordered it by the bolt at Joann's. I'm always checking for half price sale with free shipping and get a very nice deal.

I felt the urge ( you know what I mean, right?) to buy some fabrics the other day and I got some 1/2 yard cuts from Hawthorne Threads. They shipped very fast and have a very large and nice inventory. They are: Tribal Blanket in Sunset from Wild Horses Collection (Michel Miller), Bottlecap in Multi from Eclectic Elements 2 by Tim Holtz, Destination in Navy from Detour Collection by Bo Bunny ( I just love this one) and Sneakers in Black from Geekly Chic Returns by Amy Adams. I still have a nice stash from my purchases while in the US last April/May visit. So I'm trying not to buy too much. Wishful thinking?!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Up and Down

Hi! I'm still alive. Sorry for not posting in a while.

This month has been very weird. All kinds of things happening. I'm not ready to share all but let's say sewing has kept me sane.

Here are some fun backpacks I've made for the back to school season that's almost over. I used my previous modifications for the Edelweiss Backpack Pattern from Sew Sweetness.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Bye-Bye July

I've neglected the blog for a couple of weeks but I'm still here. Wow! July is over and I'm not sure what happened. I've been busy sewing. The last time I posted I showed you a backpack and since then that's all I've been sewing: backpacks. Since school starts at the end of August or beginning of September I have been stocking my store with them. Here are a few of the models:

 This one is made with a fabric with lots of eletronic connectors. I kept using a part of the print as an applique on the front top.

 And then the mustaches. I looked at them so much to pick the one for the top that I started seeing angel wings instead. Then I saw birds kissing. LOL

On this Polka Dot one I omitted the appliqué, increased the size of the flap and used a tuck/catch closure.

I kept using the pattern for the Edelweiss Bag from Sew Sweetness for the main shape and then played with the pocket size and design. It's been fun. Having the new Juki sewing machine sure helps. When you sew the sides to the front and back there are quite a bit of layers. My previous machine didn't like this and use to "spit out" the fabric, specially when adding the binding to the seam allowance. Now everything goes smoothly. I'm not even using the walking foot. Here's a view of the inside.

I received also got some fabric. The first picture has some Art Gallery Fabrics from Sara Lawson's Jungle Ave Collection and the bottom two from April Rhodes' Arizona Collection. These fabrics are really soft and have a nice feel to it.

The top fabrics from the second picture are from Tim Holtz' Eclectic Collections. The other two fabrics  Another Point of View - Born to Quilt - Sewing Machines in All Over and Rashida Coleman Hale, Koi Canvas, Dragon Fly Canvas in Teal. Most of them will be used in bags but I still don't know how I'll use the sewing machine fabric but I thought it was way cool. Of course a sewing machine is THE ULTIMATE POWER TOOL!! Don't you think?