Monday, February 25, 2008

My version of the weekender bag

I love the overall shape of the Amy Butler Weekender bag, but I wanted to tweak the design a bit to make it more functional.

- added D-rings and an elastic side pocket
- extended the shoulder straps to serve also as pocket dividers
- added additional zippers on one seam so it will open as a suitcase
- added a vinyl bottom

For more excessive details and photos, please visit my blog here.

(I'm trying to post this from Flickr -- my first time -- so I hope it works!)

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Bag Contest

Hey Bagaholics! I found this bag contest through Robert Kaufman fabrics.

Click above. Scroll down for the link to the entry form that includes all the details. Make sure you read the rules carefully. You gotta use RK fabrics, but the prizes are quite nice!

Monday, July 02, 2007

Bag Month!!!

Woo hoo! It's bag month at Sew, Mama Sew! Great prizes, lot of inspiration.

Click here for more.


Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Are you really a bagaholic?

I'm a bagaholic

This is my bag collection. I've made many more and have given away too many to count. I want to know how many bags YOU have. Visit my blog here and let me know. Whoever has the most will get a little handmade prize!

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Japanese Pattern Bag finally finished

This is my first post here, and I want to thank Linda for extending me an invitation.

It's made using the Japanese Bag pattern, in Amy Butler(Ginger Bliss) and other fabrics.
This bag was a UFO for a while as I couldn't decide on the fabric for the handles. I had seen these leather handles in many Japanese books, and had looked for them endlessly in bag supplies. Luckily Linda enlighted me as to them being saddle strings, and sold me these to get my on my way.
Originally I had the bag sides open about 3 " from the top and then I put the handles in. I'd love to hear anybody's thoughts on this, but I've found that if you keep the sides open the handles need to set on the corners. I was happy with the handles placement so I unpicked the sides and sewed them up.
My machine handled the straps fine, but I thought that topstitching might be pushing it.
Anyway, sorry if that was too much information, but the good thing, is that I am actually using the bag now.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Peace grocery bag

I make cloth grocery bags that I donate to my church which they sell as a fund raiser. I thought putting a peace symbol on a bag would be fun. Here's how it progressed...I stitched the center with a machine satin stitch but I wanted the outside circle to be more scrappy so tacked down the pieces with little bits of stitch witch and then did a serpentine stitch down the center and straight stitching along each edge. I am hoping this will fray nicely with use.

If you want to see how I make these grocery bags you can visit my modest blog entry here where I attempted to share a tutorial.


Sunday, March 25, 2007

Crazy Quilted with Attitude Museum Bag

I have been making bags from More Crazy Quilting with Attitude by Barbara Randle. This little bag she calls a museum bag as it is a bag shape she saw at the Smithsonian Museum of American History. My version is all black and white fabrics and has predominately machine embellishment. I also added some beading and one white vintage button. It closes with a magnetic snap. I just love the size of this little bag, very fun for an evening out.

Here is the web link to Barbara's web site.