Saturday, January 31, 2015

Organizing my Fabric

Hello Everyone! Is everyone satisfied with their accomplishments during the first month of the year?

I did something very important. I organized my fabrics. I read some recommendations on the internet and I got inspired. Plus I had a huge mess. Most of my fabrics are in some shelves by my sewing area. I have others in plastic drawers in my closet. But there was also a lot just over the table waiting to get a place. So here's the before.

I have boxes with zippers and other hardware, some quilting fabric prints, my sewing books, etc. So I bought some Comic Book Boards (which several people recommend on internet) and followed the tutorial.  Click here to see the tutorial I followed. I'll explain what I did. This is the boards I got at amazon.

First you flatten your piece of fabric with the fold on top and the selvage at the bottom. Then you fold it bringing the selvages up to the fold. Now you have a thinner (22" aprox.) length.

You place one board over your strip of fabric.

 Then you start folding the fabric around the board.

 When you finish you can place a pin to hold the fabric in place. I left the point inside the fabric so there's no pinching myself!

 See how cool it looks? They are mini bolts of fabric. I only did fabric cuts of fat quarters or more. The ones with less I put in my plastic drawers.

I had some wide fabrics of canvas prints and solid twills. For those I used some cardboard I cut from boxes. For some of them I just wrapped them in my 6" x 24" ruler and then slid the ruler out. They are not going to be standing on the shelf but laying down so they don't need to be sturdy but at least uniform. Here are the shelves afterwards. I have much more fabric on it now and it looks so much better. It's much easier to see my stash so I can select which one to use. My stash is not as big as a lot of people but with this I have enough to keep me busy and my creative juices flowing.

Here are some canvas prints I got recently, mostly geometrics of course (I love them) and owls. I already started a bag using the navy blue dotted one.

I also finished this purse yesterday. Is a medium size messenger bag made with the pattern Medium Messenger Bag from Michelle Patterns. I changed the way it closes to a magnetic snap instead of some straps and a hook with D ring. Is available at my Etsy Shop.

So now I'm ready to keep sewing and sewing and sewing!!! Yay!!

Friday, January 23, 2015

My January Bag 2015

I finally made my January Bag from The Bag of the Month Club: The Companion Carpet Bag by Samantha at Sewing Patterns by Mrs. H. I was obsessing over which fabric to choose. I wanted the bag to have a certain feel... a bit classy but still modern. Then I ordered the tube frame a bit late. But even after I got it I still wasn't sure which fabric to use. Until I finally decided on this fabric. Here it is:

I made some decisions as I went along, like adding the tab on front. Then I was sure I wanted to use some bag bling from Emmaline Bags right on the tab. This bag really needed the bling to say "Classy".

After that, I started to play with ideas on how to add the straps. I have some brown leather (genuine) and I wanted to use it but wasn't sure if I wanted tabs for the handles. I even took a look at some ready made online. I discovered that if I wanted to use brown ready made handles they only come with antique bronze hardware, no nickel or silver color was found. Did you notice that? I mainly checked on Etsy. So that made me go forward with my own handmade leather straps with my brown grommets. I installed purse feet as instructed in the pattern.

I just love the final result! Samantha did a great job designing this purse and writing the instructions and pattern. After the Bag was made I looked at it and smile thinking: "Wow, look at what I just made!!" I'm very proud of it. Thanks Samantha. Is so cute when you look at it opened!! I used a 12" tube frame so the bag is quite roomy.

 I really think this one is a keeper. I'll use it when I travel as one of my "carry-ons". I just finished it a while ago and I can't wait for my hubby and daughter to get home to show them. Yey! I finished before February. I'm ready for the next bag pattern!!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Some Wallets and Hobo Bags

First, I'm so sorry I've neglected the blog. I just noticed this will be my first post this year.

I'll show you some wallets I've made. During the holidays I sold a few of the one's I had and the shop was missing some so I went on a wallet making spree.

There's something about making wallets that when you make one you keep going and can't stop. I can tell you that by now I can make them pretty fast. There's another one I made for my daughter with a skeleton keys fabric and I forgot to take a picture before giving it to her. She loaded it inmediately. I'll be making another one of those so you'll see it eventually. The wallets have a removable wrist strap to make it easier to carry by themselves. They are all available at my shop here. Here's how they look inside:

Other than the wallets I also made a hobo bag for my daughter. She loves skeleton keys so this fabric was perfect. Now she has a wallet and bag both with skeleton keys fabric (not the same fabric).

This is another hobo bag I made. They were both made with a pattern from Napkitten. I left the knots details from the pattern out again.

I still have to make the January Pattern from the Bag of the Month Club. So I'll be busy and happily sewing if I don't get interruptions with household things. ;-)