Sewing into the New Year

Hello 2015 and a Happy New Year!

I’ve started the New Year with a bang and have been sewing like crazy! I’m determined this year to make time for the things I enjoy doing, namely sewing. Towards the end of 2014 I mastered the advice from fabric designer Pat Sloan to do 10 minutes of sewing a day and managed to finish one or two projects.

Like my second Bionic Gear Bag, which this time I quilted.

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Then there was the fleece version for my husband, this was a dream to work with, the fleece seemed to make it easier to put together.

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I took my Singer Featherweight sewing machine and my BGB, stuffed full of my sewing notions, down to my in-laws over the Christmas holidays and managed to find time to make the Glenda clutch from Swoon. The Singer was so lovely to sew on and is great to travel with, it looks cute too!

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I still need to make the shoulder strap for the Glenda, I guess that will be my 10 minutes sewing during the week!
My mother-in-law loved my quilted BGB and has requested one the same but slightly shorter in width, I need to give this some thought, I was thinking maybe 7″ zips instead of 9″. Not sure how this will turn out.

Yesterday I spent all afternoon sewing and made Swoon’s Ethel bag, this is a free pattern from Swoons website. I am really in love with this bag and the Robert Kaufman, Whose that Girl Paris City fabric which I bought from Patchwork Paradise

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I’ve also started Pat Sloans 2015 BOM, Vacation, and completed my first block. Now this was a challenge, first time I’ve tried Flying Geese and as you can see it was not easy! I’m considering making it again to see if I can perfect it. I also got to use one of my Christmas presents a mini iron press, great for pressing the seams on my block as I sew.

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I hope you can join me in 2015 with my make more time to sew challenge.

Happy Sew Year!

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Floridian vibes

My foray into making handbags had wained a little bit as I had been tempted by other crafty makes such as my Christmas runner and a flower cushion that is still at the petal making stage. However a post on the American designer, Jennifer Paganelli’s Facebook page made me go and have a look at “Hold it Right there Handbags“. Lots of lovely patterns for handbags!

The PDF downloadable patterns come with fully comprehensive instructions and the story behind the pattern. I liked the look of the Coconut Grove Handbag and thought it would be great to make one that matches my Sunhat. I can see me walking along the beach collecting shells, sunhat on, sarong tied around me and my valuables nice and safe in my matching handbag.

I was even more taken with the bag when I learned of the story behind the pattern. The designer, Suzanna McKeon tells of memories of a trip to Miami and how it inspired the bag. It seemed so fitting to make a bag with Floridan vibes as its a place where I’ve had a lot of happy times, it’s where my husband proposed and it has the wonderful beaches where I can go shelling.

So the Coconut Grove bag in Jennifer Paganelli fabric was born! This will definitely be accompanying me on my next trip to Florida.

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A bag lovers dream

As someone who is slightly obsessed with buying handbags, the idea of making my own was too much of a temptation. My first bag was an Amy Butler Tulip bag using some liberty print fabric as the trim and lining. I followed the instructions religiously until I came to the magnetic closure which I didn’t have, it was time to improvise and a rummage in my gran’s old button box, which is an Aladdin’s cave full of treasures and worthy of a blog post in it’s own right, produced the perfect yellow button

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I embarked on my second bag using the same pattern but this time using some FQ’s from My Fabric House and another button. Improvising again I put a little detail on the back of the button tie

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Now I was starting to get ambitious and decided to have a go at my own patten and design. I was pretty pleased with the results.

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I shall never be short of a bag again, not that I could ever be accused of not having enough handbags!