Thursday, January 22, 2015

Mabel Vintage Handbag

Holy Moly how has a month past since I've posted?! Maybe it's the baby brain, or the lack of sleep. Either way, Gah!!! Although I've been slacking on posting, I've still been sewing here and there.

Over the weekend, I had the chance to test the Mabel Vintage Handbag by Swoon Patterns, which is now available as a free pattern on the Pellon Site.

Mabel is a darling, vintage style hand bag that is perfect as a small bag for those who don't like large bags or as a travel case for us BIG bag lovers. When I saw the pattern, I immediately thought this would be a fab cosmetic case for traveling so I paired it with this awesome vintage lady print from the Cherie Line by Frances Newcombe. It totally reminds me of a retro travel case.

You can either use a twist lock closure or a magnetic snap closure. I opted for the magnetic snap because I wanted to make sure the faces of these lovely ladies were front and center. The whole bag only requires a total of one yard of fabric so it's a great small project to use with any smaller cuts you might have in your stash. It's very structured due to the use of Peltex and she holds her shape beautifully.

She is a pretty quick sew as well and could easily be done start to finish in an afternoon. Anyone who is intimidated by the idea of using Peltex, this a great bag to try it with, there are no complicated techniques and is a very beginner friendly bag. 

Friday, December 12, 2014

SMS Winner

Wow, I'm so blown away by all the entries for my Sew Mama Sew Giveaway!  All 537 of them! I loved reading each and every comment and please know that although I wasn't able to respond to every one, your kind words meant sooo much to me! 

I was surprised by the variety of movies people love (I apparently need to add a few to my list this year) and I loved the jokes and random facts. 

Thank you to all who entered, the winner is: 

Amanda @ What the Bobbin! 

Amanda go check your email :) 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day--Entries Closed

***Entries Closed--Congrats to Amanda @ What the Bobbin****

Happy SMS Giveaway Day!! For those of you unfamiliar with Sew Mama Sew's Giveaway day, it's a bi-annual event in which some awesome bloggers, shops and crafters come together to offer giveaways galore. You can find anything from handmade items to fabrics to book giveaways all in one place. Today I'm especially excited because I just reclaimed my sewing space yesterday, after having a house guest in my sewing area for the past 3 months. Yay for having my space back!this

For those of you stopping by for the first time, this is my little corner of the crafty universe. I love to create, most anything really but I have a particular love for sewing bags. I dabble a bit in lots of different crafts, with varying degrees of success (knitting is still hard!), and I love to try new things.

But, enough about me, on to the giveaway!

Since I am a bag maker at heart, I'm offered a custom bag to one lucky winner. You pick what tickles your fancy. Some bags include:

Betty Bowler, Pattern by Swoon Patterns

Rock Star Bag by Sew Sweetness

Emmaline Bag by Emmaline Bags

The Crimson and Clover Traincase by Sew Sweetness

Totes Ma Totes by Emmaline Bags

The Park West Bag by Sew Sweetness

Lapin Noir Bag by Sew Sweetness

Aragon Bag by Sew Sweetness

Tudor Bag by Sew Sweetness

Butterfly Sling Purse by Emmaline Bags

To enter, leave me a comment telling me what your favorite Holiday movie is, or a silly joke, or anything else that tickles your fancy!

For additional Entries follow me on Social Media, and leave an additional comment telling me how you follow, leave a comment for each platform if you follow.





Good luck and happy Giveaway Day! I will draw a winner after 5 p.m.PST on December 12th via Mr. Random Number generator :)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

30 minute Christmas coaters

Need a quick Christmas gift? Head over to Jamie Sews to check out a tutorial I did for 30 minute Christmas coasters!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Pattern Parcel 7 inspiration tour

Pattern Parcel #7: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win!
Are you familiar with Pattern Parcel?  It's an awesome program that allows you to buy some of the best patterns by indie designers while also giving back in the way of donating part of your payment towards charity. 

How Pattern Parcel Works:
Here at Perfect Pattern Parcel, we believe in supporting independent pattern designers. It’s our opinion that indie patterns are just, well, better than big box patterns, and we’re pretty sure our customers think so too. So, we allow customers to show their support in naming their own price for each Parcel.  We also encourage customers to allocate part of their Parcel price to the charity in order to help classrooms in need. Pattern Parcel donates all profits after expenses from Parcel sales to the charity as well. Its our goal to raise over $20,000 for Donors Choose this year.
You pick your payment, and when you choose a price of $32 or greater for Parcel #7 and you will automatically also be sent the Bonus Pattern! That's just over $5 a pattern. The Bonus Pattern for this Parcel is the brand new Daphne Bag pattern from Clover & Violet. The Daphne is a slouchy satchel that can be worn cross body or as a shoulder bag. The zip top keeps your gear secure and the internal pockets keep your accessories where you need them. This is a brand new, never been seen before pattern and is an exclusive opportunity for Parcel #7 customers!

Pattern Parcel #7: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win
This is the last Parcel for the year and includes the following patterns:
Barcelona Bag and Wallet by Pat Bravo
Butterfly Sling Purse by Emmaline Patterns
Evelyn Hangbag by ChrisW Designs
Midtown Messenger Bag by Betz White
Betty Bowler by Swoon Sewing Patterns

Pattern Parcel #7: Choose your own price and support DonorsChoose. Win/win
I'm so excited to be a part of the inspiration tour for Parcel 7. I was honored when Janelle of Emmaline Bags asked if I would like to participate in the tour, she is one of my favorite designers and I had been wanting to make the Butterfly Sling Purse since it came out originally as a pattern in the Bag of the Month club. 
I knew it was a pattern worthy of cutting into some Cotton and Steel that I scored at Quilt Market last month, as Janelle's patterns are always so easy to follow and give such a great results. This pattern was no exception!

The Butterfly Sling Purse is a deceptive little bag. It looks like its a tiny little purse, but on the inside there are lots of surprises. I love the twist lock on the front, it one of my favorite pieces of bag hardware. If you are intimidated by them (they are really easy, I promise) or can't get your hands on one, you can easily substitute a magnetic snap instead.

The bag itself unfolds to an ID pocket, a slip pocket and a roomy zippered pocket. the inside is kept secure by not only the professional looking twist lock it calls for, but also by two magnetic snaps. 

The bag also features TWO exterior zip pockets that open up WIDE to show a set of card pockets in each pocket. 

This would be the perfect bag to tote around on busy family outings, where you need to have your hands free but space to pack your essentials. There's no need to bring your wallet along, this doubles as your wallet. It's also great for those ladies that hate to carry around an oversized purse but NEED space to cart their items around. This can easily fit keys, make up, the contents of your wallet, your phone and more!

You will not be disappointed with this bag and would make some excellent holiday gifts...just sayin :)  It's got so many features and Janelle will walk you through step by step that it will come together like a dream. You'll be so impressed with the final result! 

Please check out the other talented bloggers on the Inspiration Tour!

Parcel #4 Inspiration Tour Schedule:

Friday, November 7 Stitched || Sew Exhausted

Saturday, November 8 Made by Sara ||Oliver's Fancy || Strawberry Patch Ramblings

Sunday, November 9 from a box || Mia's Creations || MOMENTS

Monday, November 10 owen's olivia || While she was sleeping

Tuesday, November 11 Nutta || Radiant Home Studio || La Pantigana

Wednesday, November 12 Sew Fishsticks || Stacy Sews || Stitching Insane || GnomeAngel

Thursday, November 13 Needle and Ted || Patchouli Moon Studio || Sprouting JubeJube || The Crazy Tailor

Friday, November 14 Casa Crafty || A Jennuine Life || 'So, Zo... What do you know?'

Saturday, November 15 Stitches by Laura || Rebekah Sews || Serger Pepper

Sunday, November 16 Blogs Like A Mother || Vicky Myers creations || Blossom Heart Quilts

Monday, November 17 Shanni Loves || So Sew Easy || GYCT Designs || Tiger In A Tornado

Tuesday, November 18 The Nosy Pepper || Keep Calm and Carrion || There & Back || Sewing Sober

Wednesday, November 19 Sew Like My Mom || Knot Sew Normal || Stacy Sews || sewVery

Thursday, November 20 Mimi's Mom || Our Family Four || shades of BOLD || Modern Handcraft

Friday, November 21 Shawnta Sews || Lulu & Celeste || Amanda Rose || Robin's Fabric Nest || House of Pinheiro

Monday, October 27, 2014

Crimson and Clover Train Case

I was lucky enough to test the latest pattern by Sew Sweetness: The Crimson and Clover Train case. You guys, this pattern is so, so awesome. There are 3 sizes available: small (6" long x 4" tall x 5" deep), medium (8" long x 5" tall x 6" deep) and large (10" long x 6" tall x 8" deep). I tested the medium version of this bag, and I think it's the perfect size for holding your cosmetics (or toiletries for the guys) for an overnight trip, or just to sit on your desk to hold some of your notions.

Here is my warning to all: always check your test squares when printing out PDF patterns. I forgot to do this and AFTER I cut my exterior I realized I had not checked my test square and when I did so, it was off by a quarter of an inch, which meant my cut pieces were completely unusable :(
Luckily, I used the medium size, so I should be able to still use these pieces for the smaller train case.

It all worked out, because I cut into some Ghastlies instead and I think I am happier with this than I would have been with the floral print I had originally picked.

Isn't she just awesome?!

The ladies on the bottom.

The interior has a slip pocket around the entire lining, that you can customize and decide how many pockets you want and what size you would like your pockets. You can make more narrow pockets to hold items like brushes, eye liners and lipsticks, or larger ones to accommodate bigger items. The zip pocket on the lid is perfect for stashing compacts, or toiletry items.

This pattern came together quickly, in just a few hours of sewing and there aren't a whole lot of pieces to cut, which makes this a pretty satisfying little project. The only part that was a bit frustrating was the last few steps, in which you basically have to squish a bunch of layers through the machine, not a complicated step though, and I'll bet if you have a nicer machine than I do, you'll have a much easier go. For the last few steps, I opted to actually baste my pieces on before sewing the seam accurately, as even my wonder clips were failing me in holding it together. I don't think this would have been as challenging in the bigger bag sizes. These bags would make PERFECT Christmas presents, head over and get your copy!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Purse Palooza 2014

I'm excited to be a part of Purse Palooza this year over at Sew Sweetness! Pop on over to check out my review of the Betty Bowler by Swoon Patterns!