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!!


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!!