Friday, January 31, 2014

An iPad Bag / Pouch

Here's an iPad Bag I sewed for my husband.



It has a front flap pocket with pleats for the charger and a zip pocket for pens, stylus, etc. When the main compartment is closed the zipper pocket is hidden behind the flap.




The strap is detachable just in case he wants to use it in his main briefcase.
Update: I forgot to mention that I design this bag (pattern) with the features my husband requested.

I also finished and listed on my shop this drawstring backpack made with a pattern from Dog Under my Desk.



I don't have much time now but wanted to post the pictures and show you.

Friday, January 24, 2014

My version of Uptown Girl Bag

Today Christine from Chris W Designs introduced her new bag pattern: Uptown Girl. I love that name! It really suits the bag. This bag has a very sleek look. Simple on the outside but very well designed to organize everything inside. Christine is a genius. The pattern is written with Pleather/Leather/Faux leather and Vinyl in mind as the material to use for it but you can also choose to use fabric. I think heavier weight fabrics are best, like jean, twill or a home decorator fabric.  I chose to fabric for my version.

I had the honor of testing the pattern for her. This is my version.


I used some black twill with some contrasting houndstooth print medium weight fabric. All the topstitching was made with beige thread for a big contrast. Since I couldn't find the grommets for the handles I made some tabs and used grommets to attach them and also in the handmade handles. The handles are 1-1/2" wide.



 For interfacing I used Pellon SF101. This is really my go to interfacing to give the fabric thickness and a crisp look. Over the SF101 I also used Thermolam Plus. Those two with the fact that the twill was strong gave the bag the strength to stand on its own. I also added Peltex on the bottom.
 

 As you can see in the next picture the tabs for the handles go around the top edge to the inner facings. I was able to do this because the rivets I used are double cap (nice on both sides). The recessed zipper holds your belongings nicely in the inside.


With all the pockets it has you can also keep yourself organized. There are two pockets on the outside on the sides. These are great for cellphone and keys. They are pretty deep. Then inside there's a zippered pocket that divides the interior in two big sections. Each side has a big pocket which is divided in two. In one of them I also made a pen pocket as Christine suggests. Somehow blogger is not letting me upload the picture with the interior of the bag. :-(


Go check Christine's blog to see all the other versions from the other testers and get inspired. This pattern is very versatile and you can achieve lots of different looks with it. Go get your copy here.
I still haven't listed my bag on my etsy shop. I'm still debating if I want to keep it for myself, give it as a gift or list it. I also think it will make a great teacher's bag. My usual dilemma!!

Update: The bag has been listed here in my etsy shop.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

January Bag Pattern from Bag of the Month Club

Here's my January Bag from the Bag of the Month Club: Bye Bye Love Pattern by Sew Sweetness.
I finally had the time and energy to finish it. It's been done for a couple of days now; but I was busy sewing another bag (you'll know about it soon) before I can post about it.


After I selected the fabric (home dec Premier Prints Hooty Owl) I decided to ommit the pleat in the pockets so that I can use an owl print on each and it will look nice. I also wanted to use leather handles so the whole handles section was modified. I made the handles myself with some leather I have. After I attached them I had an idea. How about making the bag a backpack too by adding a couple D-rings at the bottom?!! I was a bit scared so I slept on it and after consulting with my "staff" (hubby and daughter) I went with it. What do you think?




For the bag to mantain it's shape better when used as a backpack the handles have to be attached to front (not back) and bottom.


I used Pellon SF101 on all exterior fabrics and ThermolamPlus on exterior body pieces. I also changed one of the interior pockets dimensions to fit an iPad as I was thinking this bag can make a great school bag.



What do you think about my bag? Have you sewn yours?

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

My First Sugar and Spice Bag

I finally had the chance to finish my Sugar and Spice Bag. The pattern is from ChrisWDesigns. I used a beautiful black and white print that has a moroccan style. This time I skipped the piping and went for a simple look.



As interfacing I used SF101 which is a woven cotton fusible interfacing for all exterior fabric and I also used Thermolam Plus ( thin and dense batting) for the main pattern pieces. The shape is held pretty good. I also added a Peltex panel for the bottom to keep the beautiful shape.


 A recessed zipper keeps everything secured in the main compartment.


The pattern is very well written and I can see myself using this pattern again and again. The result is a medium well shaped bag with many pockets for plenty of organization. Inside I changed one of the two recommended slip pockets for a zippered pocket. So it ends up having one slip and one zippered inside and 4 slip pockets in the exterior. The D rings and rivets that hold the handles makes it look very professional.


The bag is available for purchase in my etsy shop. Here.

Now I'll keep working on my January Bag: Bye Bye Love; from the Bag of the Month Club. Is mostly cut. I have to fuse interfacings and start sewing.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Sharing some pictures

Sorry but I haven't sewn a thing these days. My younger sister came to visit for a few days and I was sharing with her. We had a break and visit a beach in Rincón, at the west of Puerto Rico to see the sunset. The weather here is always great for the beach but the water might not be the best to go in because of high tide. Which is great for surfers anyway. I took some pictures and wanted to share them with you. Enjoy!



 

I still haven't finish the Sugar and Spice Bag from Chris W Design and haven't finish cutting the January Bag from the Bag of the Month Club. I'll do my best to finish them this week.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Black and White Houndstooth Flap Purse and more

For Christmas I made this bag for my daughter. I've been so busy (and forgetful) that I hadn't taken a picture. So finally here it is.


She already had three of my bags but she wanted a medium size bag. I used this pattern that I've used before from Choly Knight's book Sewing Stylish Handbags and Totes. I love this pattern. She adores black and white houndstooth so it was easy to pick the fabric. This one is a home dec weight cotton. The black fabric is black cotton twill. I divided the flap with that wide black band to add interest.


 As you can see it has quite a gusset there. I added peltex on it so that the bag will keep it's shape. The rest has Thermolam Plus interfacing so that it's a bit padded for protecting belongings inside. The 1-1/2" wide strap is adjustable since she likes to use it shoulder or cross body. I made the same modifications as previously, I changed the under the flap double slanted pockets for one big pocket. I also added an inside zippered pocket which I always find very useful.


She has used it already and she loves it!! I also made a new wallet for her in her favorite color: purple. She inmediately moved her stuff to it. And I never took a picture. It's really a simple one.

I also made more zip pocket pouches (or cellphone wristlets) before the year ended. I used the Zip Pocket Pouch pattern from Michelle's Patterns but took the upwards flap off and used tuck closures.

 
These I made with the pattern's tall version. I also added some D-rings under the main flap so that they can be used with a wrist strap or a crossbody strap.
 
 

 



 These are available on my Etsy Shop: www.NormasBagBoutique.etsy.com

I've already cut the fabric for a Sugar and Spice bag from ChrisW Designs and will be cutting the January Bag from the Bag of the Month Club, Bye Bye Love Bag. I was very happy to receive it on my email on January 1st. It looks awesome and I'm sure it'll make a great college bag for someone. So stay tune for all the bags coming this way.