Tuesday, March 24, 2015

My Second March Bag

A couple posts back I showed you my first bag made with the March Bag Pattern of the Bag of the Month Club 2015. The pattern is Campfire Messenger Bag by Noodlehead. All Club patterns are available only to members. If you don't have a subscription to the Bag of the Month Club 2015 you still have time. Click here for more information.

 As soon as I finished making the first I knew I wanted to make more so I cut two of them. So here's my second Campfire Messenger Bag.

For this one I used a dark gray twill as the main fabric, accents with a black quilting fabric and flap with a canvas print. I used webbing for the strap. I was visiting a friend the other day and she had a big piece of this Collage Fabric Canvas Print I used for the flap. I fell in love with it and she gave me a piece. Don't I have great friends? The fabric has different New York images like the Statue of Liberty, the yellow taxis, Christler building (sideways on the bottom right of the flap) and some subway signs. The weird thing is that it also included an image of Elvis and another of Marilyn Monroe!! LOL I decided to use just the New York images. Oh; and my friend gave me two other fabrics that are awesome too. You'll see them soon.

I used a 1-1/2" webbing for the strap since I have some in my stash. Gotta use what I have first! The strap holders were also made of the webbing.

I found out my electronic tablet fits in the back pocket laying sideways. So even if you have an iPad it will fit in that pocket. I used Pellon SF101 and Thermolam as interfacings again. Love the look of the snaps. I'm not afraid of them any more. This bag is available for purchase in my shop: www.NormasBagBoutique.Etsy.com

The third Campfire is halfway done but I ran out of 1"rectangles and I'm waiting for them.

 And if you want to see all the amazing bags the members are sewing check the Club's flickr page here.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Liliane Buckled Hobo Bag

I was contacted by a blog friend some time ago to see if I would test a bag for Maria Petrova from Delinda Boutique. I saw the bag and loved it. So of course I contacted her and agreed. Everytime I test a bag for a designer I end up learning a lot. Maria's bag designs are very beautiful. I already have my eyes on a couple. You can check all her patterns at her Etsy shop here or at Craftsy here.

So here's The Liliane Buckled Hobo Bag I tested.

Let me tell you that not only the design is beautiful but her instructions are very thorough. There are pictures for every single step. So if you are a visual learner you are covered. The pattern was just released today.

I searched for buckles to re-purpose but couldn't find anything so I ended up buying one. I used a black solid twill fabric and a canvas print. You can use and combine fabrics as you like. Maria shows you two examples she made so you can see how versatile the pattern is. It could be structured or completely relaxed depending on your fabric and interfacings choices. Your selection of buckle can also make your bag as casual or elegant as you want. I used a woven interfacing only since the fabric is a medium weight.

PDF Sewing Pattern to make Liliane Buckled Hobo Bag INSTANT DOWNLOAD large retro purse shoulder fabric knit pocket women slouch urban bag

Here's another couple of views of my version.

The front pocket is as big as the bag front with two different ways to access it. I raised bottom of the opening a bit so the pocket will be deeper. That buckled flap has a magnetic snap behind it to close the bag. It looks so awesome. Inside there are two pockets; a zippered one and a nice curvy slip one. You can choose to divide the slip pocket in two compartments or leave it as one big pocket.

The size of the bag is 12 inches across at the narrowest point and 18 inches across at the widest point.  It is 14 inches high. So I'll say is a large bag.

I had lots of fun sewing and testing this pattern. I'll say it could be done by a confident beginner. So go ahead and get your copy either on Etsy or Craftsy following the links above. Then use your choice of fabrics and you'll have a well designed bag to wear with pride. My version is available for sale here.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

March Bag of Bag of the Month Club 2015

I finally made my March bag for the Bag of the Month Club 2015. The pattern is Campfire Messenger Bag by Noodlehead. You can only get the pattern if you are a Club Member. Which is awesome! Click the link for more information.

From the moment I saw the pattern I loved it. As all the Noodlehead patterns the instructions are very well written and added illustrations show you how to accomplish a well made bag. I've never work with snaps before but really wanted to give it a try. So even thou you could use some other type of closure I went with the recommended with no problem at all. I used Dritz Heavy Duty #24 Snaps.  I bought a kit from a local shop. It included 7 snaps and the tools to install them. Behind the snap packaging there are instructions that helped identify the pieces and show the order in which to install them. It said to use a scissor to make a small hole and that's when my hole puncher tool came handy. I used the smallest hole.

I used a solid gray strong twill as the main fabric, some navy blue Kona solid for accents and strap, and the Viewfinder print from Cotton and Steel for the flap. I love this fabric as I spent quite some nice moments as a child playing with a viewfinder. I interfaced with Pellon SF 101 as recommended plus added Thermolam to the main exterior pieces, flap and gusset.

I like those front pockets so much! Depending on the fabrics chosen I say this will make a nice unisex bag for College students too. Many different models of electronic tablets fit inside plus a couple of notebooks.

I'm already cutting a second one. I'm not sure if I'll be able to sew it soon since my shoulder is acting up a bit. Let's see.

I've seen some beautiful versions of the bag on flickr. Have you sewn your March bag already?

I linked this post to "New to Me" link party at http://celticthistlestitches.blogspot.com.  Every 25th of the month you can share your "New to Me" in her blog.

Monday, March 9, 2015

A couple more Iris Bags and Some Wallets

After I Used the Blue Calla pattern Iris Bag for the last bag I showed you here I made a couple more. They are lots of fun to make and they have a very nice finished look. For both I used printed canvas fabric. The interfacings used were the recommended SF101 and a medium weight sew in.

For this last one I added a second exterior flap pocket on the back side. The instructions on the pattern have this option since both sides are the same.

Inside there's a zippered pocket and a slip pocket. The bag closes with magnetic snaps. For these bags I used some bag bling from Emmaline Bags. You can find the here.

I should also mention that the size of this bag is a very nice one. Not too small but not too big. They are both available at my etsy shop: www.NormasBagBoutique.etsy.com

I also took some time to sew some wallets and add them to my shop. I love to make these and soon I'll be sewing more. They sell well too. Here are the ones I made:

 Music print fabric

 Nice bold colors
 Antiqued Black Clocks Print

These are also available at my shop.

Happy Sewing!!