Thursday, April 27, 2017

Enlarged Sweet Pea Saddle Bag

I made the Sweet Pea Saddle Bag by Blue Calla Designs recently and loved the bag, but knew I needed to enlarge it for myself, so I enlarged it 25%, but could have gone to 35% larger because I had to leave out a couple of things I normally carry. This great pattern is also a FREE pattern, yippee!!! Here is the enlarged Sweet Pea Saddle Bag I made, with some extra pockets I added too.
I did not add the tassel on the front bottom of the bag as in the instructions. I am not that into tassels, lol!!!

Batik exterior fabric.

Side of the bag.

I added a large slip pocket on the back of the bag for my keys and more.

I also added a divided slip pocket inside. The pattern has instructions for the zippered pocket inside, but I also needed a pocket for a pen and paper, so I added a slip pocket. All my crap fits inside, but I did have to leave out a couple of things I normally carry, so I could have enlarged the bag another 10%.

Inside the bag when empty.

Cross-body style bag with an adjustable strap is my favorite style bag!

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Sweet Pea Saddle Bag & Ramona Mini Hipster Bag

I saw these 2 free bag patterns online and wanted to try making each one. The Sweet Pea Saddle Bag is a free pattern from Blue Calla Patterns and the Ramona Mini Hipster is a free pattern from Swoon Sewing Patterns.

 I was drawn to the Sweet Pea Saddle Bag because I love this style of bag. I wanted to make one first and see if the size was good for me. It's a smaller bag and while most women would like this size bag, I need something a bit larger for all the stuff I need to carry with me, so I will enlarge this pattern to suit my own needs and make this one again! I do love how it came out.
I made this bag with an adjustable strap.

I had a Southwest button cover, so I attached it to the front of this bag.

I added a Chicago Screw to each side of the bag. This is the first time I ever used Chicago Screws. I heard they were easier to install than rivets, so I bought some.

Inside is a zippered pocket. I used blue gingham for the lining.

The back of the bag you can see my main fabric better here. I love this fabric, but only had a small amount of it, so I had to use a different fabric for the flap and the strap. But all the blues worked so well together you would have thought I chose these fabrics on purpose, right? LOL!

Next is another blue fabric bag, the Ramona Mini Hipster by Swoon Patterns. This is a small bag and great for those women who love small bags. I have this one in a gift shop for sale right now.
This bag has 2 fabrics sewn to create an interesting design on the front and back. I added a fancy zigzag stitch over the seams.

The bag has a top zippered closure. On my zipper pull here I used a small key ring to make it easier to grab a hold of for zipping.

Here is the zippered top closure.

I used a pale green print for the lining and the bag strap. There is a hint of this same green in the blue fabric print on the outside of the bag. Again, I didn't have enough of the fabric to make the strap, so chose another fabric that went well with the fabrics on the exterior and then carried the same green into the lining too.

The strap is adjustable.
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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Two Southwest Zippered Pouches

I made some more zippered bags. One I appliqued some "Christmas Chiles" on the front of the bag. If you are from New Mexico, then you know that when you say Christmas, you get both green & red chile. The other bag is a smaller one using a Kokopelli print and a plaid print.
Appliqued Chiles.

Inside the bag has some slip pockets.

Bottom of bag.

Plaid lining too.

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Happy 9 Year Blog Anniversary to Me!

As they say time flies and holy cow it's been exactly 9 years ago today that I began this journey sharing my creations through this blog of mine. I learned a lot about writing, photography and creating and I am still learning. My goal was to document what I created, since a lot of what I do was given away as gifts and some things later I sold or gave away to charities or thrift shops. All those years before this blog I had taken some photographs, but then that was before I owned a digital camera and before digital cameras had even been invented!

I have had followers come and go over the years, but I have also made a lot of blog friends and enjoy so much having a little chat now and then through email. A lot of bloggers I had followed left blogging for Facebook and Instagram, etc. and I understand that is much faster way of showing their creations and communicating, but I still find it less personal. If you have a bazillion friends on Facebook, you cannot have enough time to keep up with it all either. I only browse on there once in a while. I too have slowed down with visiting blogs I follow. I still might take a peek, but don't always take the time to comment. I know how valuable time is and trying to keep up with everything is impossible. I do need and want time to create after all. :0)

I want to say thank you to everyone who continues to follow my little blog and thank you to anyone who has been a follower in the past (there must have been something here you liked to give following a try), and thank you to my new followers and thank you to those of you who pop in just to take a peek at my blog too. Thank you to those lurkers out there as well, lol!!! I know a lot of you do not follow in any official way and just pop in from time-to-time to see what's new.

I hope I can continue this blog for a few more years. As long as I can still create I would like this blog to continue. It takes time here to post as well as time to create and photograph what I create and as long as I am able to do all that I would like to keep this little old blog going. Thanks for all the lovely comments and encouragement these past 9 years. Cheers! And please have a slice of virtual cake on me! It's fat-free, calorie-free, sugar-free, guilt-free, so go right ahead and indulge!
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Geometry Bag

I made the small version of the Geometry Bag by ImazzPatterns. It is a cross body bag with an adjustable buckle, so that you can carry the bag across your body allowing your hands to be free, or shorten the strap and wear it on your shoulder. Both sizes have some interesting pockets on the front of the bag. I found the bag to be easy enough to sew, that is until I got to the gusset. I don't know why but sewing the gusset gave me fits and puckers! I had to rip it out twice. I decided I would sew my gusset differently or else all my work so far might end up trashed and it was looking nice up to this point, so I really wanted to finish this bag. It looks better now, although not perfect. How do you sew your gusset so nicely Rahimah? I think I learned something about myself and bag making and that is I prefer rounded/curved bag bottoms when sewing a gusset or boxed corners when the bag bottom is a rectangle.

Okay the rest of the bag sewed very nicely and I love my fabric choice. I am pretty good at choosing colors if I do say so myself, lol!!! That's my favorite part, choosing the fabrics for quilts and bags. Here is my version The Geometry Bag~
Here is the front of the bag with a zippered pocket and a pocket with a snap flap.

Side view.

The back view where my keys are hanging out of the pocket. This is a good pocket for easy access to keys or a cell phone.

Top of bag with a zippered closure. I added zipper tab ends on both sides of the zipper. The instructions show you to sew a zipper tab on the end opposite where the pull is, but I like to grab onto either end, so I made a little change here.

I attached my felt lip balm holder on the side of the bag. It just happened to match this bag too.
Inside there is a slip pocket, so there are 4 pockets in all.

Oh yeah and here is all the crap I put inside the bag. I wanted to see what would fit and the only thing that wouldn't fit was my large sunglasses case. It holds quite a bit for a smaller bag.

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

More Knit Owls on a String

I knit 3 owl puffs and hung them on a string with beads. I made a few of these owls on a string several years ago, using branches and leaves. I wanted to use up some yarn and these use a small amount of yarn and are easy and fun to make. The owl puff pattern is free on Ravelry and Craftsy.
I used felt for their faces.

I hung the top with a cork and key ring.

The bottom has a jingle bell attached.

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Strawberry Tote Bags

I sell this pattern on Craftsy for making this Strawberry (fold-up) tote bag. I had a lot of this home decor weight floral fabric and wanted to use it up, so I decided I would make several of my Strawberry Tote Bags. Then I found some other fabric to use up too, so I got busy making even more bags. These bags fold or more accurately scrunch up into the strawberry part of the bag, so that you can easily keep a bag in your purse or car for when you go shopping. Why use plastic bags from the store when you can use a prettier and more practical bag? I always keep on in my purse and use it all the time.

I used different reds and greens for these bags for the strawberry part, so that's why I took so many photos, because the strawberry part is different.
I made several more bags with this floral print that I am not showing if the strawberry fabric was a duplicate. I think I made 18 bags in all, including the other prints below too.

The bag is stuffed into the strawberry here.

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