Sew Together bag- a win!

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. šŸ™‚

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Traveling tote

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:

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And here is mine.

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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?

Quilt squares to tote- making ugly things better

On my Sooner Centric post, I shared two quilt squares I had made to start a crimson and cream quilt.

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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.

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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.

You know you’re getting better…

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… 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. šŸ™‚