In my last post, I was rather down about sewing. But today I report a win that I am very happy about.
I got the iconic Sew Together pattern from Sew Demented. I feel really comfortable making zippered pouches, so I wanted to give this a shot.
Although there were some parts that took some thinking, this must be a wonderfully written pattern because I was able to follow it quite easily with very few mistakes.
It also served as a great skill builder for different sewing techniques. It didn’t take nearly as long as I thought it would- I imagine if I did it all in one go a second time around, I could do it in less than 2 hours.
I used essex linen on the exterior, cotton and steel for the binding, and thoroughbred on the interior, and more cotton and steel on the pocket linings. I love love love it. I am probably going to have to make another. 🙂
I follow some amazing artisans on instagram and facebook, who are real inspirations. Bookhou is one of those.
She designs and screen prints beautiful fabrics, does indigo dying, makes great bags. I have one of her bags. I used her bags as inspiration to bring life to an idea I needed help fleshing out.
I found some great dark denim with a golden sheen and wanted to make a bag out of it. I’m going across the country next week so I thought I’d make a bag that could serve as my carry on/purse. I used this tote from Bookhou as inspiration:
And here is mine.
I used the denim for the exterior and handles, gold thread, and Ikea canvas for the interior. It’s nice and sturdy. I gave it a 3″ gusset so it can hold my laptop, kindle and wallet.
The photos aren’t great, but it tuned out exactly how I wanted it to. Isn’t that a good feeling?
On my Sooner Centric post, I shared two quilt squares I had made to start a crimson and cream quilt.
After letting the quilt blocks sit and stew for a while, I decided to take these blocks and make a quilted tote bag out of them. I figure it would be perfect for game days in Norman!
I loosely followed the Friendship Bag tutorial from ps i quilt. I mostly used it to see how to incorporate the batting into the bag.
It went pretty easily, and I’m quite pleased with the result! I is much cuter as a bag than as quilt blocks.
Also, the craft fair is less than a week away now! I feel pretty good about my inventory and am ready to see how it goes.
… when you don’t have to look at a pattern every 30 seconds. I guess I have the concept of a reversible tote down, because I was able to freestyle this one by combing several different tutorials into one project to get exactly what I wanted. This is definitely my favorite bag. It’s big, but not wide, and has the single shoulder strap.
The bag pieces are 16.5 ” x 12″ , and the strap is 34″.
Perfect size for books or magazines.
Of course this is going into the OU craft fair. 🙂