Tuesday, May 27, 2014

A tisket, a tasket, a blue and yellow...purse!

I had a great time working on this fun purse!  I used the same pattern for this purse as I have done for 2 before it, yet, each one is just a little different.  Go figure!

This purse is a commission purse.  All she asked for was yellow and blue.  I found this fabric at JoAnn.  I love that it isn't white/white, and that it has several variations of blue and yellow!

Here I am adding the accent fabric to the strap.

You can see that I did an outline quilting of all the flowers.  I love the dimension it gives the outside.

Here I'm making the blind pockets for the front and back of the outside of the purse.  You can go HERE to read a tutorial about installing blind pockets!

Here she is, waiting for her lining.

Fitting the lining into the bag, right sides together.

The lining is in, the zipper is in and you can see the two inside pockets. 

A top shot of the zipper.

And here she is in all of her glory!  I sure hope that she likes it...keeping my fingers crossed!!

It measures: 8 1/2 in high x 12 in wide x 5 in deep.  It is definitely a good size.

Linking to: Let's Bee Social! with Lorna as our hostess with the mostess!!

Monday, May 26, 2014

A simple flimsy!

The center piece was such a great find in amongst some donations.  The sayings are great. 

I found some contrasting and coordinating fabrics to help make this a really fun find.

Here you can actually read some of the sayings.

It is now ready for some great tying or quilting from the NFQ group!  It measures.44x44.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Mine...all mine!!

I just finished a purse for myself!  Yes, I know I said that the last one was for me, but I decided to gift  it to Deborah from Simply Miss Luella for her birthday!  Happy birthday Deborah!!!

This purse is made from fabric given to me by Deborah and Cindy from 'Road to California'.  Thanks guys for the great fabric bundle!!!

I made a new pattern for this purse.  I wanted something shaped just a tad different.  I accidental erased  most of the progress pictures.  But you can get the idea of how the outside of this bag was quilted.  I made the sides slanted for more room at the bottom of the purse.

I also added purse feet to the bottom of this bag.  It protects the bottom when you set it down on the floor.

At this stage, I pinned the lining down to top stitch around the top of the bag.  The zipper has not been attached as of yet.

I used a woven belting for the strap.  I had to figure out a way to enclose the ends so that they would not unravel.

There is a zipper pocket on one side of the outside....

...and a slit pocket on the other.

There are two pockets on the inside.  One zipper and the other slit.

I ran out of any one fabric, so the inside is also pieced!  I just love all the colors and fabrics.

Here she is!!!  I just love this bag.  She measures 10" high x 12" wide x 6" deep!  I'm sorry I can't tell you the manufacturer or the designer of this line.  I'm not up on all of the great designers out there.

Thank you again Deborah and Cindy!!! 

Linking to Fabric Tuesday at A Quilt Story!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

A new pattern that is so easy to make!!

My friend Deborah texted me the other day with a link for a great 2 zipper pouch that she really liked!  hint-hint!  I managed to find my way over to this blog Fili & Lino and they are crafting wizards.  I love this pattern and it is FREE!!

Sorry this photo is sideways, but you can see their header.  They say it was designed to hold a cell phone on one side and sunglasses on the other!  It's perfect for a ton of uses.  I used a lot of little scraps to piece the outside.

First thing you do is sew your two zippers together.  I used two different colors, but both the same would work too.

You can see that I used about 1/8" seam.

Next came the little end tab.  This will fall just at the pull for the zippers.

Now it is time to square the corners.  And just like that, the outside of the bag is done!

Then came the time to attach each pocket and square their corners.  The pockets are quilted for extra softness and protection.  I think that next time I will quilt the outside of the bag also.

Here it is complete!  I have my camera inside the first shot and my cell phone in the second.  This little pouch would have plenty of room for the larger iphones too!  The hardest part of making this bag was turning it.  If you have a chance to visit their blog and get this tutorial.....DO IT!  measures 7 w x 4 h x 2 d.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

A few fun teeny tiny gems!

I was doing my usual blog hopping the other night, and ran across the absolute cutest "Teeny Tiny Zipper Pouch" pattern at So-Sew-Easy.com!!  It is a free pattern, so make sure to get one for yourself!

These teeny tiny pouches are addictive.....so don't say I didn't warn you!!

These tiny treasures only take 4 pieces of 5 x 3 1/2 in and 2 pieces of 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 in fabric, so it is a great scrap buster!  I have been using feather weight interfacing on the outside pieces.  You could piece them and quilt them if you wanted.

Here is one with my chap stick on my cell phone...this gives you an idea how small they actually are!

They measure 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 1 1/2.  They only take a few minutes to make, and are useful in lots and lots of ways. 

Think kids' lunch money, pacifiers, keys, credit card and lipstick, candy......  The end of the school year is coming, and this has no calories for the teacher!

Linking to Needle & Thread Thursday over at My Quilt Infatuation!  Can I Get a Whoop? Whoop? at Confessions of a Fabric Addict!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Gotta love this purse!

Last week I took my new purse to NFQ, and one of the gals commissioned me to make one for her!  Her request was varying colors of gray from light to dark, and that it look just like mine.  Here is what I heard her saying...

I went to JoAnn and purchased 3 different colors of gray, gray zippers, gray belting and antique silver 'D' rings.  I came home and dug out my original purse pattern.  She requested that it be exactly like this pattern.

I got all the pieces cut, labeled, and the first layer of interfacing ironed on.  I always use feather weight Pelon for the first layer.  On the body of the purse I also use a layer of batting and some ultra heavy stabilizer.  That is what gives my bags such great body!

This is the outside pieces.  You can see how I quilted it and the pockets.  One on front and back.

Here is the lining.  A zip pocket and a slit pocket.

Here I am boxing the corners.

And here is the end result!  I am please with how it came out.  I used a webbing handle with a fabric overlay.  The handle is one yard of webbing.

Here you can see both inside pockets!

It measures 9" high x 12" wide x 5" deep.  A great size for around town.  Now let's hope that she likes it!!

Linking to: Anything Goes Monday! at Stitch By Stitch.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A bright and happy "Sew Together" bag, for me!

I made a "Sew Together" bag for myself...finally!  I love these little bags, they are quick and easy.  You can buy the pattern at your LQS.  These fabrics were among the scraps I won from Christa at Christa Quilts!  Thank you soooo much Christa.

Quilting with a simple elongated triple stitch zig-zag.

Everything is cut out and ready to be sewn together.

Inserting the three inside pocket zippers.

And there you have them!

Getting ready to sew the outside to the inside.

And here you have it.

So fun to use a lot of different fabrics.

Fun to make and fun to give....or keep!  Pattern by Sew Demented at

Well, I ended up selling this little beauty, so I STILL don't have one of these great bags for myself!

Linking to: Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts!!  WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced Modern Quilting!

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