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Friday, February 24, 2017

Two more cat boxy bags

I sewed these last night with my last two zippers. And good news my zipper order arrived today. Looks like I'll be sewing three more boxy bags tonight.

Sewing has really been a good form of therapy for me lately. I've been struggling with depression and making these bags has helped lift my spirits. The evenings are so long and drawn out sometimes that I find myself counting down the hours until my beloved is home again.

Here are the bags I made-






The first one sold before I could even list it in my shop, but the second one is available in my Etsy shop. 

And good news, I plan to sew another blue one time since my zippers have arrived. 

The liner material reminds me of scratch marks or fur flying. You'll have to check back to see a pic! 




Wednesday, February 22, 2017

More boxy bags on the way

Sewed this one last night and it already sold.



I've got five more boxy bags in the works. I'm hoping my zippers arrive soon so I can start sewing them.

Here's the fabric I got today.



I've got one more sheep print cut out too.


It will look like this one. 

If all goes well, I'll have 5 more boxy bags listed in my Etsy shop soon. When I run out of zippers, I'm going to work on drawstring style ones. 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Boxy bags done

I couldn't wait any longer to sew up my boxy bags so I cut out and sewed these last week. I made the mistake and cut the pattern piece out on the 18 inch side rather than the 22 inch side so now I've got a lot of pieces that are too short for a boxy bag but will make excellent notion pouches!

With the material leftover, I'm thinking of making a drawstring style bag with a zipper pocket on the outside. But I haven't decided yet...









I've got these bags up for sale in my etsy shop if you want to take a look.

I will have other notion pouches for sale coming soon, but this one above will go with the matching boxy bag.




Friday, February 3, 2017

So long ago.

I started blogging in 2005. Seems like such a long time ago. Hubby and I had a blog together at first. Some of the older posts are from those times. I used to have two blogs. One for crafts and one for personal stuff. Many years ago, I combined the two. I try to keep this blog balanced but I tend to write more about crafts as they are a big part of my life. But I hope to write more this year on other subjects.

Sometimes it seems like we have taken many steps backwards because we don't live as simple as we used to. I don't regret where we are now and I don't regret the experiences we endured back then. I'm thankful for each adventure we shared.

I do hope this year to return to some of my simple living principles but it's going to take awhile to get to that point. I've gotten spoiled and set in some of my ways.

One of the things I have gotten into this week is growing microgreens. I had such a failed attempt at growing anything edible last year and it was a huge disappointment to me. But I have hope.



More later!

Crayon bag part 2

Ok. I'm very disappointed with the pattern I tried. Granted I used interfacing instead of felt or batting, but I was not expecting this-

This is with a book inside. The pockets are way too floppy. I should have made it double thick. And added interfacing. That would have driven up my cost though.

I had great plans for this material and ended up using almost all of it on this bag. Now it's useless. I'm cutting it up tomorrow to salvage as much as I can. :/

And next time I will just make the smaller version.

Even without the coloring book inside, it flops over.

This is the orange one.

I'm torn on thing to figure out which way I want the coloring book pocket to be. This way on the orange one it doesn't allow the book to fall out hanging up, but it slides out when the bag is put together. It doesn't fall out though. Maybe I should make a flap of some sort. 

Back to the drawing board...