Monday, March 30, 2009
This makes me especially happy as I can purchase, download and use. No postage fees and no waiting! If you are an Amy Butler fan, go check the above link out.
Although I prefer full aprons, this design is also fantastic!
In the Kitsch 'n' Cute section there are several apron designs that I really like.
Such as this one. I can imagine this apon in the soft blue denim fabric I bought recently with some lovely pink gingham fabric. This one is first on my list but I might add a bib.
The Fun and Function section has more practical designs in. Many aprons for men, gardening and kids crafting.
It also has one of my all-time favorite apron designs in. Last year I purchased a vintage apron pattern from Etsy with almost the exact design.
The Country Charm section has lots of frills and girly aprons in. Although really cute, I don't find it practical in the kitchen. The woman in me wants one though!
Like this romantic apron. Really nice!
As if all these devine aprons aren't enough, the back of the book shares some really nice tips on pockets and other basic sewing information. And best of all, right at the back of the book - FULL SIZE patterns! I highly recommend this book if you love aprons!
This is the pink bag, now with a lovely cotton pink gingham lining and handles. I also sewed on the roses my sister knitted and felted.
A closer view of the pockets I sewed on in the lining. Not a large bag, but enough room for your purse, cellphone and other daily must-haves.
This is the blue bag - my favorite! It came out really pretty with the polka dot blue lining.A close up of the lining and roses. I did this bag first and forgot to add pockets to the lining. I read on another crafter's blog that her daughters refuse to get the "prototype" of anything she makes as this one always has all the mistakes! So true. I always forget something with the first one I make! Still happy with the results though.
A really cute idea that allows you to see what new fabrics the store has. Many of the fabrics co-ordinate so you can use the squares in patchwork projects. I have already planned a few. Wish I had more time to sew!
The book is divided into 5 sections: Pretties; Totables; Nest; Kid Stuff and Crafties. All yummy projects that are easy yet very effective. The first section, Pretties, consist of personal items such as a hairband, a cuff, jewelry and even sewing a few pieces of fabric to your clothing. Really simple, but nice.
Monday, March 23, 2009
I saw a picture of this bag on one of my favorite blogs http://nicoledesign.blogspot.com/. Nicole is an amazing bag designer! Her metal frame purses are different from the usual you see on the internet. In a few words, I would describe her designs fresh and new. This bag is one of her patterns called the "Flat Bag". I saw a picture of it on her blog and made my own pattern.
I just love everything about this bag. As with Lola's Mystery Bag, it plays on the contrasting fabrics and shows it off so stunningly. I have a variety of bamboo, bead and wooden handles I bought last year and never used. This is actually my first bag using these handles.
I bought this new home dec Amy Butler fabric from an Etsy shop at a great price recently and have been keen to use it. It goes so well with this bright orange moda fabric I bought locally. How clever to put the magnetic snap just below the handles. I did forget to add pockets! At least it has a large outside pocket. I also love the effect of the covered buttons on the outside pocket.
I then decided to make another bag with this pattern. This is a fun, pink bag for a colleague at work, Cindy. I promised her a bag months ago! This delightful brown fabric with the pink butterflies and flowers was a gift during a Swap I participated in last year. Fabulous fabric! It goes so well with the pink polka dot fabric. This time I did remember to add pockets inside. I also added some velcro to the outside pocket.More views of the pink bag showing some fabric detail and the placement of the magnetic snap. It is well worth paying a visit to Nicole's blog and shop for inspiration.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
This is where I am at the moment. The lining is done, complete with pocket sewn in as well as the flap with the male part of the magnetic snap inserted. My thoughts so far? Lola gives GREAT instructions! Clear and easy to understand. Lola has posted several free tutorials on her blog and I highly recommend all of them.
The cutting took quite a while. Lola has managed to squeeze this large bag into 1 yard of fabric and even gave us the layout of the pattern pieces to ensure 1 yard is enough. What I forgot is that I work in meters, not yards. This made my layout a bit different. I had to convert everything to centimeters, make the pattern pieces and then do the layout on my meter of fabric. The bag also cleaned out my little stash of interfacing! It is quite a large bag, in fact, the largest I have ever made so I am quite excited to see the end result.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
I used my current favorite fabric from the Amy Butler Daisy Chain range. I have already cut out a bag from the same fabric mixed with chocolate brown vinyl in a new style.
A better view of the inside. When I took the pictures I have not cleaned the excess glue off yet. I bought the metal frames from Cottontouch on Etsy last year when I wanted my sister to knit and felt me some bags for these frames. I have ordered a few more frames from Cottontouch recently to try some other style bags, like bigger bags with a chain handle and some coin purses.
UPDATED: Lessons learnt:
Use CLEAR drying glue! I used white craft glue and this messed on my fabric big-time! Do not use too much glue! Wow, did I plaster the glue in there. What a mess! NicoleM from Australia suggests you use a matchstick to put the glue in the frame. That's what I plan to do with the next one. I also need to make some adjustments to my pattern as the gap between the hinges and the fabric is too big. Even with interfacing ironed on both the outer fabric and lining, there was still a gap when the fabric was in the frame so I used some of the string I use for piping to fill the gap. Worked like a charm! Patience! Wow, do you need lots of that! Give the glue some time to dry. Overnight. Now I just need to find out Nicole's secret to crimping the frame without a crimping tool and NOT using pliers! I went on Etsy today and ordered plenty more metal frames and even some chain handles. Lots more metal frame purses coming soon!
Monday, March 16, 2009
It took me several days to select the fabric I will be using to make this Mystery Bag, but here is my final choice: Amy Butler Daisy Chain and the gree polka dots are from Moda Fabrics, Daydreams by Deb Strain. It makes a lovely combination, don't you think?
I am 2 days behind at this stage on the Sewalong due to internet problems and my current workload, but I will catch up soon! The progress can be followed on the Gracie Lou group on flickr and I will be posting here too!
I also made a pouch for my new mobile phone. Not the best effort but at least I got going again and felt so much better.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Look at this lovely fabrics I got there! I am delighted as it is closeby and Colleen has great taste in cotton fabrics. I cannot decide which ones are my favorites, but I can see some lovely bags coming from these...
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
I used beautiful fabric from the Olive Rose range of Valori Wells to make this bag. I love Valori's fabric and the big pattern requires a bigger bag to show it off the best. These colours are so stunning.A view of the inside with a contrasting fabric in the same range and the pockets, using the same fabric as the exterior. Can't wait to take this bag shopping this weekend! I received some great vouchers this week and plan a little shopping spree this Saturday!