I had a sweet friend who was in her 80s who passed away a couple of months ago. I visited her every week for a long time and I loved her.
We had a lot of things in common-we both loved being in nature and we both loved fabric and sewing. She had quite a fabric stash, and some of the fabric in her stash was her mother’s and was over 50 years old.
Her daughters asked me to sew the fabric into bags and so I will be working on doing that off and on until Christmas. I got one batch done and I think it’s a pretty neat thing to do with her fabric.
I needed a super big bag to hold all of my church stuff, and the Sloan Bag by Sew Sweetness looked very roomy and adorable too so I settled on that one.
I have been buying a lot of fabric at Walmart of all places! But we got a Super Walmart in our little rural area almost two months ago and compared to what we had before in my town, the fabric selection at Walmart is incredible. It’s all about perspective.
So all of the fabric for this bag came from Walmart.
I love all of the pockets in this bag: There are two zippered interior pockets plus two side interior pockets, and then there are two exterior pockets (with snaps!) and a big front zippered pocket.
Plus there is a cute little key strap.
You can see in that last picture the dreadful mistake I made-I accidentally sewed the top zipper in upside down! It was terrible! I misunderstood one step in the directions and that was the result. I didn’t realize it until I had already attached the lining to the bag and turned the bag right side out, and I just couldn’t bear at that point to take it apart to fix it. Besides, it reminds me that imperfect things can still be awesome, because I love this bag anyway.
I have two recent makes to put up here.
The first is another Parisian Top for me.
I like this pattern and I love the collar. I got the fabric from Mood awhile ago. I bought it thinking I’d make a t-shirt for Ezra with it, but it was too drapey for a boy’s t-shirt.
Then, I made the last bag in my Craftsy class I talked about in my last post. This one is the Bendy bag.
It was more fussy than the other bags and while I was making it I was thinking it was a pain, but I like how cute it is so I guess it was worth it ha ha.
I bound all the seams since they are exposed.
I gave Bendy to my mom for Christmas!
I bought some Craftsy classes during their Black Friday sale and one of the classes I got is called Zip It Up: Easy Techniques for Zippered Bags. I’ve made it through the first two bags in the class and I have one more to go.
So far I’m loving it! I’ve made a few. The Nickita bag (the brick looking bag) is pretty cute and useful.
Ezra saw the first one I finished and begged me to make him one for his stuffed owl. So I dug around for some boy looking fabric and made him one.
Swoops in his bag.
The only thing I didn’t like is that the class said the bags were lined, but they’re not fully lined. The raw edges show and I wasn’t smart enough to figure that out until it was too late to fix it in my first bag. But I’ve just been binding the seams in my other bags and I think that looks good.
I made this little basket using this tutorial.
It was for a baby shower.
I was going to make the larger size, but I might have accidentally got the sides and the top and bottom mixed up and sewed down the wrong sides. I wasn’t going to pick all those stitches out of all the layers of fabric and batting and fleece, so I just chopped it down and made a smaller basket.
I needed a new bag to haul all my church stuff around in and I really wanted a messenger bag. So I read a few free tutorials and settled on using this one.
I wasn’t super happy with this bag when I finished it. I wanted a bag that sits up by itself really well. I am inexperienced when it comes to making bags, and so I didn’t realize that this bag doesn’t have a wide enough bottom to sit up really well with books and binders in it.
Also, I got some weird puckers around the back of the bag where it starts turning into the flap. I didn’t know until I’d already turned the bag right side out, and I couldn’t bear to turn it wrong side out again to fix it because I didn’t leave a big enough opening and it was so hard to turn it the first time. The fusible fleece has some serious thickness!
I don’t even know if I could have fixed the puckers anyway. I think they might be because the back and the flap are all one piece. But I don’t know a lot about bag making, as I already said.
Also, I didn’t realize just how big the bag would turn out being! I used the measurements in the tutorial without giving it much thought.
However, I took the clock in the Relief Society room at church home with me so Jon could fix it, and I have to say that having a bag big enough to stow a clock in was pretty nice!
The bag has grown on me and I like it a lot now. It will suit my needs.
I am a little behind on posting my stuff. I love to post most everything I make for memory’s sake, so I need to get caught up on that soon!