Thursday, March 30, 2017

Four more to add to the pile

I was able to use some material I already had, so for three of the purses I only had to use 1/3 yard each. My favorite one is the first one.




I've got plenty of material like the last two pictured. I really don't like to sew with it because of the fraying. Someone suggested fray check so I'll try that next time. I think a purse with a light green liner would look good too.

Sewing for fun not profit is much more enjoyable to me!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

I'm on the hunt.

I'm in the hunt for fabric to be turned into purses. I've scoured my fabric bins and came up nearly empty. I should have known as I've been giving away fabric left and right and using up every bit that I had in other projects. If only I had thought to save what I had for the purses. But that's ok. I'm glad I shared with who I did. I needed to make room in my life for new things and that's one reason I was able to find this great group to sew for.

I'm really hoping to go to the thrift shop near my house to look for remnants that I can use. With what little scraps I found yesterday, I headed over to the quilt shop and bought these to use for the liners-


It took me almost the whole afternoon to just cut the pieces up. And then I started the sewing process. I'm almost halfway​ done and can't wait to share the finished pictures.

I've decided to sell all my pattern books that I'm not using, so that I can use that money to put towards fabric for future purses.

I'll try and list them in the Etsy shop soon. While my interest in selling handmade has nearly dwindled down, I did realize that if I want to fund the purse project, I'm going to have to make something to sell. I'm just not sure what it will be yet.

If there is an item in the Etsy shop that you want to trade fabric and/or elastic for, send me a pm.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Sew it begins.

Today I'm taking my sewing in a different direction.

I had been searching for a new direction for my sewing for a long time, but it wasn't until a woman posted a picture of some purses she made for a group called Sew Powerful on facebook that it clicked and I realized I wanted to be a part of it!

I finished my first purse tonight. I don't know why but I was so nervous to make it. I sweated nervously, ripped out plenty of stitches, sewed straps without realizing I had no bobbin thread, but in the end, I got it done! Yay!

My goal is to have 20 to mail out by the deadline in October. I'm really excited to be able to sew these purses.







Friday, March 17, 2017

Carrot treat bags and the changes I made

Every once in awhile I'll come across a pattern that looks like fun to make, but I never bother to make it, because I'm too busy filling orders.

This is one of those patterns.

I knew I had to try making one! Or a few!



The first one I made on the left I made almost exactly as the instructions stated. Unfortunately, the link I used is no longer! But here is a similar one.  I couldn't figure out why it said to zigzag the edges before sewing it up, so I did it last. Then, I realized why. Oops! It's hard to press seams open when you've sewed them shut!!

Before I forget, please be sure when you cut the carrot material into the carrot shape-- make sure the fold is on the left hand side. If it's on the right, you might as well throw the material away. Cut it that way and you'll see what happens. I've done it a couple times by accident. :/

I also had trouble sewing the casing lines. Bunched up it looks fine, but spread open and my lines are uneven. Grrrr! Plus, I didn't sew the casing further down so less top shows. Oh well...

I was determined to figure out how to make the casing part easier on the second one. So, I decided a way to sew it before I sewed it all up. I also skipped the zig zagging and used my neglected pinking shears for the edges. The only problem is that I made the casing too skinny on my first try.

By the third one, I figured it all out. Here's how I did it-
First, I sewed the green to the orange using a 1/4 inch seam allowance like the pattern said. I sewed them in assembly line fashion. I forgot to do the topstitching part. Oh well!


Then, I folded the top down so that the edge was touching the piece I just sewed and pressed it. 


In other words, I folded down the top wrong sides facing and placed the edge right on top of the edge where I sewed.


Then I measured 3/4 inch from the edge and drew a line to mark where to sew. From that line, I measured another 3/4 inch and drew a line. I was lucky that I could mark two at the same time. 







Then, I used my pinking shears on the edges to keep from fraying.




This is what it should look like. 

Now comes the easy part. Place right sides together and sew the edges together leaving the top open and sew with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. When you get to the casing part, don't sew over it. Shown below.


Just need to thread the ribbon or yarn in the casing section.


Turn right side out and draw ribbon or yarn through the casing part. When you put it in, you will have to separate the ends together to put in the casing section, otherwise you will just put the yarn on the inside. 

Clear as mud? Any questions, just ask! I much prefer to make the bags this way than the original way.  They came together very quickly. I bought the material by the inch. Orange 7 inch strip and green 6 inch strip. I was able to sew 3 🥕 bags for less than $3. I can't remember what the price was per yard. Still, I can't complain on the price, this was such a quick project to make. I'm looking forward to doing more fun projects like this soon! 





Friday, March 3, 2017

Scripture pouch part 2 of 10

Well, I finally figured out how I wanted to make the pouch...

Pics show the front and back. I do not have enough scraps to do the lining, so I'll have to buy that, but if I can make all the outer pieces with my scraps that will make me happy!



I really like to make the bottom of the bag with a boxy bottom so that's why I decided to do a border around it. I'm almost out of the two dozen zippers I ordered, so I'll likely have to make some drawstring pouches later on.

For now I'm having a blast with this fun challenge I created.

Finished bag-


And the back-



I've already got my third pouch idea milling in my head.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Scripture pouch part 1 of 10.

The other day I was at the local quilt shop learning how to do binding. (Again, because I had forgotten how!) and I looked over to see a quilt that was hanging on the wall. It was so pretty and it had words on it.

That's when I remembered that the shop sells verse panels. Of course, I had to google it when I got home to see what all could be made with them. Since I knew I didn't want to do another quilt right now, I started thinking about making pouches with the individual verses instead. This one formed in my head and I made it quickly.



This one is taking more effort. The idea was to use up only the scraps that I have without buying anymore fabric, but this is harder to do than I thought.





I knew I wanted to do a smaller border this time, but here is where I am stuck. I trimmed it down further but made it too skinny and now I am ripping it out and starting over. I want to make each pouch different and unique. (if possible) I'm not measuring as I go along, so I won't be able to recreate the same one twice. I like crafting this way whenever possible. It's so much fun!

I'll have to give this one more thought and work on it tomorrow...

Open wide pouches

Someone asked me how I make the tabs on these style bags. I'm currently working on a video tutorial showing how. Stay tuned!




I love the vibrant colors of this bag. 

Old Shale Scarf and fabric

I bought some yarn this week but could not bring myself to start another project until I finished at least one of my current WIP's. So, ...