Category Purses

A Diana Hobo Diaper Bag

I haven’t had much time to sit down in front of my sewing machine lately. At least, not as much as I would like. I have one project I would like to finish and two I would like to start. Sadly, I think they may have to wait until the next sewing retreat. Sewing machines just don’t transport to the playground the way a sock and knitting needles do.

But I did grab a moment to sew up one of my Diana Hobo bags as a diaper bag for a good friend expecting her first little one. The fabric is Amy Butler’s Nigella, Starflower Tiles in Spinach here. I hope she enjoys it!

Diana Hobo Diaper Bag

WIP Wednesday: shower gift, quilt basting and more

Can you say, easily distracted by instant gratification projects? Well, I needed a gift for a friend’s baby shower! I had fully intended on making something for her since she is the sort that appreciates hand made. . . enter the free infant peasant dress pattern. Oh did I mention she’s having a girl? It’s so fun to get to sew little girl things. This little peasant dress was no exception, and it was so fast! It’s sized for an infant but I’m thinking it could easily turn into a tunic shirt and last for longer than the infant stage. The fabric is cheery and fun: Brook Yellow Sunshine Dots CP Designs for Studio E.

Infant peasant dress with crochet flower embellishment

I added a little crochet detail, well, you’ll see why in just a second. I mean it’s cute, but there’s totally another reason.

Peasant dress

Embraced the yellow and grey for the color theming, whipped up a bib and burp rag. Thought the ruffle would make the bib a bit more girly and fun.

Ruffle bib and burp rag

And here’s everything in completion. Oh yes, those little simply summer sandals were a part of the whole ensemble. That’s why there was a necessity to add the little crocheted flower to the dress. So adorable.

Baby shower gift

In other news, the scallop quilt top is pinned and I have begun quilting. I’m excited about the outcome of this one. You will have to wait and see for the results!

Scallop quilt pinned...

This week’s stats:
Completed projects – 3
New projects – 3 (well they were last week’s new projects that got completed)
Currently in progress – 1 getting quilted (4 waiting on the sidelines – Macaron dress, purple dress, swimsuit, stripped bag)

What’s on your WIP list this week? Head over to Freshly Pieced WIP Wednesday to link up and see what everyone else is working on!

noodlehead clutch

First of all, Happy 4th to all of you. I hope you are doing something relaxing and fun as we reflect on the birth of our nation and what it means to us.

At the last Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day the way to gain entry into my giveaway was to tell me a favorite recipe or favorite free pattern or tutorial and I believe that the most common favorite sewing pattern was Noodlehead’s Gathered Clutch! Now this pattern has been on my radar for awhile. I mean, c’mon, it’s super cute, simple to put together, requires very little fabric and yet would be a perfect gift! So, at the last Sewcial, I finally took the time to sew one of these little clutches up.

Noodlehead Gathered Clutch

Of course I had to use some scraps of some of my favorite fabrics. You might remember seeing them in a new mama set awhile back and I held onto the scraps of Patricia Bravo’s Paradise – Pond in Twilight and Oval Elements in Green Apple. I just adore them together. I mean, look at this fabric:

Noodlehead Gathered Clutch

It reminds me a little bit of paint by number. But better.

Noodlehead Gathered Clutch

The inside has some spots for the essential cards and a little more. And just to give an idea of the size of this little clutch:

Noodlehead Gathered Clutch

It is great for a little date night, but maybe not an everyday purse (although your ‘everyday’ may look quite different than mine!). I think it could be a great little wallet as well – just add extra card pockets. All in all a great little sew – would be a great gift.

CH:H My Listings

In light of the last post, I whipped up a few things to add to Craft Hope’s etsy shop to raise money for Haiti. I got permission from Rebeka (aka artsycraftbabe) to use her free Phoebe Bag pattern to list in the esty shop, so if you’ve always liked that bag but don’t sew, now’s your chance to grab one! They are all made from Ikea canvas fabrics.

Remember this post where I mentioned that I had made another empire star quilt block? Well, here that one is in tote bag form. I like this a lot.

And then just a few earring sets because they’re quick to make and it’s looking like jewelry is selling fast!

And just a quick note to all you seamstresses out there, if you would like to use my Diana Hobo pattern to make something to donate to the Craft Hope etsy shop, you have my blessing. Just remember to add your photos to the pool!

Updated: All of the photos are linked to the etsy listings!

Some of the same sewing. . .

My sewing machine recently kicked the bucket beyond repair. Stinks, right? I just got her in February and she did some good sewing but she was a refurbished machine. I think I’ve learned that you should not buy a refurb. Thankfully the machine is still under warranty and we’ll be contacting the seller to get all of this straightened out.

Before she died, I did a little sewing, some of which is already in the shop, and some were presents. The first bit of present sewing was a nursing cover and sling for a friend at church. The fabric is Recipe for Friendship designed for Moda by Mary Englebreit. Here is the nursing cover:

Sadly, the photo of the sling disappeared in transfer between the camera and the computer, but it was the same fabric and you’ll just have to take my word that it was very cute. 🙂

In making those items, I decided I would indeed make ‘new mama sets’ for the shop. I have three ‘new mama sets’ cut out and ready to sew up and add to the shop (hopefully very soon). The sets will consist of a nursing cover, sling, two burp rags and a bib – all in the same fabric. What do you guys think that I should call the set? Is ‘New Mama Set’ a good name? ‘New Baby/Mama Set’? I’m kinda drawing a blank on naming this.

And the one and only gift that was sewn this Christmas was a Diana Hobo that I sewed for my sister-in-law. I modified my free pattern just a little bit by top stitching the bottom to create more of a flat base instead of a rounded one. I really like this simple modification.

I have one bag in each style in the shop right now – with the bottom rounded and the bottom squared off by top stitching. I’m not sure which I like more so I’ll do both for now!

Phoebe Bag, repeat

This free pattern may quickly be turning into the one I choose as a go-to girl gift item. It’s such a classic shape, and as I mentioned the last time I made this, it’s a good size and fits nicely under your arm. I was able to sew this up during one of Jude’s naptimes, so it’s a great quick project. Definitely went quicker the second time! I made this Phoebe bag as a birthday gift for a good friend of mine. I love this fabric… It’s been sitting in my stash waiting to be used and I love it in this application. I also love the yellow interior!

I may need to make a few more of these as holiday gifts! Holiday sewing, here we come!

Phoebe Bag

I don’t want you guys to think I’m not sewing! I am! And I have some great projects that I’m going to be starting soon…. I mean, Christmas sewing is starting now!

I whipped up this little beauty as a gift for my mother-in-law’s birthday. The clarity of writing in this pattern is fantastic although I think it helps to have sewn a few purses already to understand where the steps are taking you. Best of all, this pattern is free from artsycraftybabe! Click here for the free PDF pattern for the Phoebe Bag.

I really like that this bag fits perfectly under your arm when you wear it on your shoulder and I think it’s a good medium sized purse, just perfect to carry what you need, but not big enough that things get lost. The thing I would do differently if I made this again… I think it might be nice to add a zipper to the opening in addition to the flap and magnetic snap. Overall a fun little sewing project! I hope she likes it!

A month of celebrations. And sewing.

May is definitely the month of celebrations. I have 8 birthdays on my calendar, our anniversary, mother’s day, plenty of weddings, and not to mention all of the graduations (from college and since we work with high school students, tons of high school graduations!). I’m trying really hard not to spend money right now since well, we’re about to have a baby, so I’ve been turning to my overflowing sewing stash to get me through this month of celebration (and if you haven’t received a gift, and it was your birthday, my apologies – it’s difficult to get to everyone!).

Most recently, I’ve whipped up a little jumper from Amy Butler’s Little Stitches for my friend’s daughter who turned one this past weekend. I’m really hoping that it will fit since I just went by the sizing in the book that said 12 months! It looks nice and summery, doesn’t it? I really enjoyed sewing this and it came together so quickly! Little people clothes are dang fun to make. . . too bad making dresses and skirts for little girls are kinda more fun (and probably easier) than making little boy clothes. This was also my first time to use my automatic buttonhole stitch on my machine. Amazing, I tell you. So simple! I’m going to be putting buttons on everything now. . . . I just need to get more buttons because all the buttons I have don’t match. Heh. (The picture on the left is the front, and the picture on the right is the back, although I don’t see why you couldn’t wear either side as the front. . . )

And for a birthday gift for a friend this weekend, I made the Buttercup Bag from a free pattern by Made by Rae. It came together in a matter of about an hour and a half! Very very fun to sew and see the results so quickly. It is a fairly small bag so I think the thickness works alright as it is but if I made it again, I think I would use heavier weight fabric or some iron on interfacing to give it a little more weight. It would also be fun to size the pattern up and make a larger style of this same bag. . . Hmmm . . . I might have another project for one of the other birthdays I know that are coming up . . . 🙂

Tote Bag Lunch Time

Super fun lunch today! I met with my ‘Little Sister’, Amy (through Big Brothers, Big Sisters) and I taught her a bit about sewing. We sewed this great little tote bag that she is modeling below:

She’s going to be the talk of the school when they all find out that she sewed that nifty little bag! We didn’t follow any pattern, just sewed together the rectangles, made handles and put it all together. She did such a great job picking up how to sew in a straight line, I’m pretty sure we’ll have to do another little sewing project soon! Way to go Amy!

Diana Hobo – Free Pattern

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Gosh, wouldn’t it be great if I could do a ‘free pattern Friday’ every Friday?

So Anna Maria Horner just released a new purse pattern that reminds me a lot of my new free pattern just without straps! I thought I’d show it to y’all because it seems easy enough to make a few small modifications to my pattern to emulate her new clutch!

So remember this purse and my promise to give you a free pattern?

Diana Hobo Bag

Download the Pattern on 11×17 Format

Download the Pattern on 8.5×11 Format

If/when you do make a bag from my pattern, please post it in the flickr group!

Diana Hobo

Also this should go without being said but I’ll say it anyways: please do not sell items made from this free pattern and do not claim it as your own design!