Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Happy Bags

Yesterday I showed you Jane's Basic Clutch so today I'm going to show you the Happy Bag I made that matched the clutch and also some other Happy Bags I made during March.
The Happy Bag is designed by Rahimah at Imazzpatterns and she's another designer that makes bags for beginners. Her designs are simple and easy to make and the patterns are very well written with loads of photos.

Here's Jane's Basic Clutch I tested to match the bag.
I love this fabric.

The pattern for the bag has a magnetic button closure but as my customers want zippers in their bags I added a recessed zipper which is very easy to do and can be added to practically any style bag.

Inside has a couple of slip pockets. If you're a confident sewer you could add a zipper pocket on the other side.

As usual I quilt my bags as I don't have fusible fleece so this is a good way of keeping all the layers together.

This one I made with upholstery fabrics. This colour is really in this year.

This is another one I made in the same fabrics just that I positioned the front pocket to show the flowers differently.

Another one in upholstery fabrics. I love these large floral fabrics and they are proving to be really popular.

I also made matching makeup bags for these but I'll show you those another time.

Thanks for stopping by.

~ Maria ~

Jane's Basic Clutch

Boy have I had one crazy month. Actually it's been longer. It all started before the 21st Feb when I was sewing like mad for an upcoming craft fair, you can see that post HERE. Shortly before I was leaving disaster struck when my sewing room ceiling fell down which meant I couldn't make the craft fair, you can see that post HERE. If that wasn't enough to deal with, me and my daughter decided to be the sole suppliers to a shop and if all that wasn't enough we were published in a magazine but more about that in another post.

With all my time spent sewing for the shop and not knowing when workmen would turn up I had to put testing bags on hold, I just wouldn't be able to concentrate. Then Jane from Projects by Jane asked if I wanted to test a clutch and I couldn't refuse becasue her patterns are perfect when they come for testing plus her creations are quick and easy to make. The day after she sent the pattern I had finished it and sent her photos. I told you it was quick.

Here it is, Jane's Basic Clutch. I knew instantly which fabric I was going to use becasue I had just finished making a Happy Bag in the bird fabric which was sent to me by Samantha and thought this clutch would be a perfect addition.

This is a basic clutch but can be made as a conventional clutch like I did with the body in one colour and the flap in another or you can make it like Jane's. She made hers with the back of the clutch and the flap in the same fabric and the front main bag plain.

Inside there is a single slip pocket. Although this may seem like any other clutch Jane has a very clever way of putting the whole thing together which was a new technique to me.

 I used a light denim for the body of the bag and decided to quilt it

 I'm really happy with the way it turned out. Jane's patterns are perfect for beginners with loads of photos and detailed instructions, you just can't go wrong. The pattern is available HERE on Jane's Etsy and while you're there check out the rest of Jane's patterns, they're all fabulous.

I have loads more bags to show you that I've been sewing while you thought I'd disappeared. I've already fallen asleep several times while writing this post so I'll leave the Happy Bag till the next time to show you. For now it's goodnight from me.

Thanks for stopping by.

~ Maria ~

Sunday, March 15, 2015

'Must Have' Shopping Bags

Oh my goodness!!!!!!!!! it's been so long since I last posted and so much has been going on that I haven't had one minutes rest since then. It's a long story so I'll try to make it quick so as not to bore you but I had intended on going to the craft fair with all my things but one night I had dozed on the sofa and was woken by a loud crashing sound. My son was in the kitchen cooking something for himself and the first thought that came to my mind was the cooker had exploded LOLL. After checking on him and seeing everything was fine I heard the loud noise again only this time I noticed it came from my sewing room. I then thought I had left the iron on and it had exploded, a bad habit I have. I went to check and was horrified to see that part of the ceiling in my sewing room had fallen down. The mess was everywhere, on my cutting table where I had been working in my thread draw, everything was a mess. The wet room is above the sewing room and a leak had caused it.

Luckily I have a large sitting room upstairs that was empty and never got used except for a treadmill in it so I set upon the task of moving everything up there. It took a couple of days and left me exhausted. Thinking this was Gods way of telling me to have a rest from sewing I resigned myself to the fact that I should take a break. Well that lasted less than 24 hours and I was back at my sewing machine again. Since then I've been waiting on workmen to show up and my sewing room still needs to be repaired. When it is I don't think I'll be moving back down there again though as I have twice the space in my new room and can't be bothered to move everything again.

Because of this I've had to put testing bags on hold for now as I can't concentrate with all that's going on. Having said that I did accept to test a clutch which is so cute and becasue I know that the designers pattern is so good that it would be easy and quick to test.

Back in February before all this happened I was over the moon to be accepted as a tester by Geta Grama of Geta's Quilting Studio. I've been a follower of her blog for ever and admire her beautiful quilting. She has loads of great tutorials and also makes wonderful bags which are very simple designs but so striking and beautiful. These that I tested are shopping bags, again very simple to make especially compared to what I'm used to making but I believe there is always something that can be learned no matter how simple a project and this was the case with these. Check out the above link where you can see Geta's shopping bags and also a tote bag which is gorgeous and you can buy that pattern too. I can't wait to be able to make one of those.

These are supper quick to make and really easy. The one standing up is made from a waterproof fabric that is from Spain. I bought the fabric ages ago becasue it's in the colours I love and it's from my home country. This one has boxed corners where as the other one doesn't. I've been using them ever since and they are really strong and so handy. I never leave home without them. I just fold them up and put them in my bag.

These bags have no interfacing or lining just an outer fabric but what makes them really nice is all the seams are neatly finished off so there are no raw edges. This is the part that was new to me. I had seen these seams before but had never made them.

This is the inside of the bag. Even the boxed corners have no raw edges. I love how tidy the inside of the bag is. The pattern was really easy to follow with good instructions and clear photos of the steps.

These are great to keep in the car when you go shopping. You could make a whole bunch of them so you don't have to put things into plastic carrier bags. Good for the environment. You can find the pattern HERE. Geta has also made these in faux leather in various colours which you can also see in the link for the pattern and the colours she's used are gorgeous. Also check out all the TUTORIALS. I'm really looking forward to be able to test more bags for Geta in the future. She was looking for testers for her quilt pattern but that was a bit out of my league but who knows maybe one day I'll be good enough to test one of those too.

Thanks for sticking with me to the end of this post. What started out as a disaster has all been for the best. I have a new bigger sewing room and a shop is now selling mine and my daughters work and nobody else's. I'll post about that another time with some photos for you to see. More good news is my daughter has been published in a magazine and her work is on the cover of the first issue. She's been doing tutorials for the magazine and I also did a tutorial for my fabric hearts which has also been published in the same magazine. For those of you who've sent me emails I'm sorry if I haven't managed to get back to you. I'm not on my laptop much these days with all the sewing I have to do but I think in about three weeks to a months time things will slow down a bit.

I've really missed visiting all the blogs I follow and hope to find the time soon to visit those and see what I've been missing out on.

Again thanks to all of you for stopping by.

~ Maria ~

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Craft Fair Sewing

Hi again. This is a photo heavy post so if you plan on sticking around you might want to grab a cuppa before you start.

Here is my latest collection for the craft fair. It took just under a couple of weeks to put together. It wore me out but it's so nice to see them all together now. I want to keep the lot.

I made these using the Open Wide Zippered Pouch tutorial by Noodlehead which you can find HERE. The tutorial gives three different sizes. I used the medium size and it's pretty big. I sure don't have enough makeup to use this size, the smaller one would suit my needs and the large one must be huge, I guess you could use it to hold brushes and hair products when going away. It would be great to have all three sizes for different needs.

After making the five above and taking the final photos at the top I finished off another two.

I love the pink and grey.

Next up was 28 key holders using the tutorial by Dog Under My Desk HERE.

In between sewing for the craft fair I also had a custom order to complete for The Happy Bag by Imaz Zaman which you can find HERE. 
This is the second one I've made. The first one didn't have a zipper closure and the lady that saw it asked if I could make one exactly the same but with a zipper. 
I love this bag. It's very easy to make, great for a beginner.

This kind of recessed zipper is so easy to add to any bag pattern.

Inside there are two slip pockets. You could add another two to the other side or even a zipper pocket.

Custom order out of the way it was time to get back to the craft fair sewing.
I love making these. Another easy and quick make. These are made using the Reversible Lunchtime Pouch by Projects by Jane. You can find the pattern on CRAFTSY or ETSY.

This is the reversible side.

Last of all but by no means least are these Sanitary Towel Holders which sell really well here.
These are designed by Yasemin who blogs over at Nachnuch. Yasemin very kindly gave me the measurements for these and sewing them up was easy. You can also see Yasemin's lovely creations on her FB page HERE.

Here's 29 of them. There is one left to make. I have to unpick the end of it becasue I forgot to add the elastic closure. Some of you will be laughing saying 'ahah she made a mistake' LOL, I'm allowed one mistake out of all of these surely.


Next on my list is a custom order for a Necessary Clutch Wallet and another Reversible Lunchtime Pouch like the ones above but this one has to be in a black fabric for and evening bag. 

See you soon and thanks for making it to the end of this post.

~ Maria ~