Category Purses

Diaper Bag Numero Tres

I made another one of Amy Butler’s Modern Diaper Bag’s from Little Stitches (which I am no longer borrowing from Ellie because I decided to keep it and give Ellie a new one, hehe)! But this time, it’s for me (it’s a rare occasion when I make something that I don’t give away)! I had been itching to use this fabric for something – it’s Anna Maria Horner’s Drawing Room Collection – Sketchbook in Blue. It’s pretty much my favorite fabric of 2008 – I adore it. I was waiting to use it on something that would show off the variety in the pattern and decided that a bag for me would be awesome. Little did I know that it would be MY diaper bag and not just a travel bag. I’m very happy with the way it turned out and it did get easier the second time around. I really think this pattern is really pretty easy to sew – it’s the cutting out of all the different layers that’s a pain!

Well, the completion of this diaper bag starts the beginning of my ‘create for baby’ sewing spree (which will hopefully include a sling, a quilt, some bedding and various other baby items).  If only the 26th would just hurry up and get here to tell us if it’s a boy or a girl I could start picking out fabric!

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Reversible Purse

I made this little purse for a friend of mine, whose birthday is today. (Happy Birthday Kristin! This bag is for you!) For this cute little bag, I used Martha Stewart’s free Reversible Purse Pattern. I love that the bag is reversible – if I make another, I may embroider something on the solid fabric before I sew it all together so it’s not quite so plain when reversed to the solid side. Oh and I love the little birdie fabric! It is a little reminiscent of fall in the colors (and I guess it still feels like fall here in central Texas), but I still just love it! Overall, this was pretty simple to sew – it only used 1/2 of a half yard (although you need the width of a half yard cut – just think of it as making two purses with one 1/2 yard) and it is big enough to use for a night out on the town although probably not for an everyday bag! I actually have a purse in this same style, in leather, that I got as a souvenir for my time in Italy! Kristin, I hope you like your little bag – hopefully I will see you soon so I can give it to you!

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Another Diaper Bag!

This bag is the first of a couple items I’m making for a friend of mine that is expecting her first (a boy!) in December. It is the Modern Diaper Bag from Amy Butler’s new book, Little Stitches (which Ellie kindly let me borrow). It was a lot of fun to sew, and again, Amy Butler’s instructions are pretty clear. This was my first time to use a magnetic snap and it’s very easy to install. I’ll be using them again in the future. I was a bit confused on the pleats for the interior pockets but figured it out after reading it several times. And I’ve got to say, DANG those pockets are HUGE! I would say the hardest thing about assembling this bag is 1 – cutting out all the fabric, 2 – ironing on all the interfacing and 3 – the very last step of folding in and sewing of the 1/2″ seam allowance on the interior of both handles (they’re left undone so you can turn the back right side out). Oh yeah, I left out the cell phone pocket because the one review I read about this pattern had said that she thought it looked like it was added as an after thought. . . I agreed. I think there are enough pockets in this bag that a cell phone pocket isn’t absolutely necessary.

I am completely going to make this bag again soon!

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The second of many. (And the AJ clutch is born)

This is the second clutch that I’ve made of my own design. The first was alright but needed some help. I decided to draft up my own pattern and see how it would turn out. I was trying another simple clutch. I’m calling this on the AJ Clutch (mainly because she had this fabric all over her walls when we came to visit but also because I think she’d like the simple shape). I know it’s hard to tell the size in these pictures, but the finished dimensions are approximately 15″ width x 7″ height and you only need 1/2″ yard max of each type of fabric.

You can’t really tell from the photo, but one side of the closure flap is curved and the other side is pointed. That flower was my first ‘yo-yo’ to ever make and I really like the way it turned out! It’s a fun embellishment that I learned about on Heather Bailey’s blog. There are some adjustments that need to happen to make this purse better – the biggest one is the proportions of the closure flap to the bag. And I want to learn how to install a magnetic snap (I’ve heard it isn’t hard at all) instead of using a regular snap or velcro.  I’m going to redraft the pattern and try another one soon.

So here are my questions to you. What do you think of the design? A – if you sew, would you buy this pattern (with some improvements) as a pdf on etsy for $6 (it would be printable on average 8.5″x11″ paper); B – if you don’t sew, would you buy this clutch (in it’s finished form) for yourself for $15? I think what I’m going to end up doing is redrafting this pattern, making it again (hoping that it turns out a bit more like I was expecting) and then posting the pdf of the instruction and pattern for free (maybe I’ll sell the several test runs on etsy, or just give them away as Christmas presents). I’m going to try and do a series of free purse patterns (all named after my friends :)) so that I can get feedback on how I draw up patterns and write instructions. Then once I can create more complex sewing patterns, I’ll start to sell them on etsy. . . we’ll see. I’d loved feedback. . .

Update: Oh yeah, this is my 200th post! Yay!

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Red and Aqua Amy Butler Clutch

I know, everyone is probably tired of all of my recipe postings. . . I’ve just been cooking so much and they’ve all been so good that I want to share! So to try to break up the monotony I will post about my win against my sewing machine last night! 🙂

I took my sewing machine completely apart and put it back together and then it decided to work! I’ll remember that when it acts up again (because I’m sure it will). After I put it all back together, I got to finish up this simple and quick free Amy Butler clutch pattern for the Red and Aqua Fall Swap. It was a lot of fun to sew and the instructions were very easy to understand. Now this won’t be the only thing that I include in the swap. The fabric that I bought was only $8 (and I think I have enough fabric to make another clutch purse that I can keep!) and the limit to spend for the swap is $20 so I have a few more things to do to finish it out. I’ve already made two pairs of earrings (one red and one aqua) to go along with it as well. . . and I have a few other ideas brewing in my head but they may have to wait until I know the name of the person I’m paired up with!

I have a couple other projects in the works that aren’t part of the swap that I just ordered the fabric for. I’m excited to get started on those to share them with y’all.

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Sewing, sewing, sewing.

So a couple nights ago, I made some toys for my cat. I know, he sounds spoiled (and he is sometimes) but I only have ONE toy that is truly a cat toy (not a foil ball) in my whole house. So I made these. I sprinkled in some cat nip as I was stuffing them for some added interest. It is hilarious to watch him play with these. He hoards them all, then throws them and chases them. Last night he just sat there holding one (of the four birds) and licking it’s head. Too hilarious. You can see in the pictures below that the birds are already well loved.

And then my other big accomplishment for the night was finishing up this purse (the Sew Everything Workshop Hobo Bag) for my coworker Amanda! I really like the way it turned out. The big graphic flower was perfect in the corner of the bag!

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Another Nappy Bag!

{Sorry everyone who came looking for a post – I was out of the office today and didn’t have internet access. I scheduled two posts to post while I was out but it never seems to work the way it should! But better late than never!}

So I’m sad because Jason is out of town in San Francisco on business 🙁 (dang I wish I could go with him) but instead of moping around, I’m determined to finish up some of the projects that have been accumulating on my sewing list. Tonight I finished up another Nappy Bag for one of my coworkers. The fabric is IKEA fabric, which I like for this bag because it’s a bit sturdier and helps the bag keep it’s form. I  think it turned out awesome – I left out the cell phone pocket because it always turns out WAY too small for a real cell phone. This bag comes together really quickly – it only took me 2.5 hours to sew it (more to cut it out, but we all know how fun cutting out fabric is. . .woo.) and I was surprised – I think once you sew one of these, it’s exponentially easier the second time around. Really though, I’m getting spoiled by Amy Butler’s patterns, they are so easy to read and understand. Someday, I’ll branch out, but for now, I’ll still to Amy Butler and Diane Rupp. 🙂 Next up, pot holders, an apron, a robe and a skirt. Hmm. I don’t know if I will be able to finish ALL of those this week. We will see.

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The first of many.

So, with sewing, I really would like to get to the point where I’m sewing my own designs. It’s much more fulfilling to know that you have designed what you’re sewing (in my opinion). Not to mention that if I ever choose to sell my creations, I will not be contending with copyright laws. So last night I embarked on my first self designed and sewn clutch purse. There are some things I would change if I made it again, (mainly changing some of the seams and reinforcing the purse with some chip board or extra heavy stablizer), but it was a fun little sew and I’m happy with the outcome!

Beth's Clutch

Beth's Clutch

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Liz's New Purse

So I made a new Amy Butler Kimberly purse for my friend and coworker, Liz. She picked out this fantastic Anna Maria Horner fabric that I think looks great as a purse! Every time I make this purse I think it gets better. I learn something new about the pattern and get a little bit more comfortable with the pattern. I love that for such a quick sew (although the cutting takes a bit of time), you get a high payoff!

Kimberly Purse

Kimberly Purse

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