It appears as though it’s becoming a new tradition for me to sew myself a new bag before a trip. My trip to Chicago was no exception. Since I have already sewn a couple of tote bags from the perfect quilted tote
pattern, I didn’t do any measuring for this bag and just made it in a similar style.
I had a piece of Ruby Star Sparkle
that I have been saving for a purse, and then wanted to use a different fabric for the reverse side (like two bags in one) I decided to use a piece of Pennycandy’s King Of Cups
fabric since it has a similar theme, and I have been saving it for something special. Now it’s my ode to vintage dishware purse, and I love it.
I used the info found here
to add a zippered closure to the top, and it worked out so well that I will use it again in the next bag I make.
The photos on the bottom are while the bag was in use on my Chicago trip. To the left are amazing cute things I bought at Mitsuwa Marketplace outside of Chicago, and to the right is a Rayola plush by Travis Lampe
which I’ve wanted for awhile and finally bought at Rotofugi.
I was going to save all this for September (ya know a little closer to Halloween) but my fabric
arrived and a few people have purchased it on Spoonflower, so I wanted to post the instructions so anyone who wants to make a Halloween bunting can get it done in plenty of time for Halloween decorating. You can purchase the fabric here
. It is designed to be printed on a fat quarter and I ordered my on Kona cotton.
1. Once your fabric arrives cut your triangles out leaving extra white fabric around each triangle (this will be cut off later) Choose a backing fabric, and to make it easiest to sew cut these pieces larger then your bunting triangles (like the photo above on the left). It’s easy to see the design through the wrong side of the fabric, stitch along the design on either side leaving the top open. Trim the sides only (leave the top area long for now) and turn right side out.
2. Once your triangles are all sewn and turned right side out, iron them flat.
3. Now take some double fold bias tape (I used 1/4″ wide in black 4 yards) Open the bias tape up as pictured and pin in place so the edge of the bias tape lines up with the edge of your design.
4. Now stitch along that pinned area, and then cut off the excess fabric.
5. Once stitched in place and the bias tape is folded back around you’ll see how the stitches are all hidden.
6. You can either stitch across all the bunting with black thread once all the bunting are attached, or (as I did) use some fabric glue to adhere the bias tape to the back of each bunting triangle.
You’ll notice there is some silly characters at the bottom of the fabric featuring the same characters. I hate to print up fabric with a strip of white fabric, so I added this for fun. I used mine as stripes on a little storage bag for my bunting. This way while it’s all stitched up in time for Halloween, I can keep it safe and sound in between the holiday.
While I have not been a good blogger this Summer, I had completed a bunch of sewing projects. One of my goals this Summer was to work through some of my stash fabric. While I haven’t really made a dent in the fabric stash, it is nice to have some 100% finished projects to show for my effort.
Deer pattern from here
, I wanted to try and find some vintage soft toy patterns to make as gift toppers for this Christmas. I’ve been experimenting with little sew-in frame purses, here is a helpful tutorial
I decided right before I left for Florida for The Golden Years show that I needed to create a new purse for myself out of Golden Book fabric. I purchased the it’s a cinch tote bag pattern here
. At first it bothered me that I could only find the connecting rings in a size that was too big for my webbing straps, but then it hit me that I could just turn the rectangle rings sideways! I didn’t get a new photo, but I hope you can see what I mean. I also made myself a little Halloween handbag using my Halloween fabric
and a frame purse that I have had for months.
I used the same fabrics to make another coffee mug-rug, I use these little things for pot holders, hot pads, and underneath my coffee mugs to catch any spills. I used this paper piecing pattern for the sawtooth star
I finally dug out all my halloween fabrics and made a quilt-as-you-go strip quilt, which I was able to finish in just a little over one day! I used this tutorial
for guidance. Now I’m considering making a second Halloween quilt, but using the sawtooth stars instead.
And lastly I made myself a wallet! I didn’t use a pattern and it has a lot of silly mistakes, like it opens the wrong way. But it work well for me now until I find a wallet pattern I really love. Have you finished any sewing projects this Summer? I’d love to find some more things to sew before the Summer is over!
This year I’ve been thinking about stash-busting and trying to use up some of my fabrics. I have a lot of really great fabrics, sitting on shelves and they need to be turned into cute things!! Recently I came across Elizabeth Hartman’s perfect quilted tote
and decided I was going to buy the pattern and make myself a bag or two. I’ve made tote bags before, but they are just simple bags with out pockets, or magnetic snaps and I decided a pattern would be the best thing to force me to make something a little nicer.
I loved the pattern, it has lots of photos, and is very easy to understand. It comes with two sizes and the absolutely only thing I didn’t love about the pattern is that some of the instructions are geared for the taller tote-and then some photos will say “do this for the wider tote but using these measurements” and it was fine, and I was able to do it. I would just prefer it had separate instructions for each one because occasionally I would read the wrong fabric size and get mixed up.
The first bag I made was patchwork, and still has a bit of mistakes. Your supposed to sew down the top band with stitching along the inside and as you can see I messed that part up royally! So when I gave away this top purse and decided to make myself a second bag, I hand stitched down the top band to avoid screwing up the stitching line, and it looks so much better. I’ll try and get a photo of the inside soon to explain what I mean.
For the second bag I also decided just to use up this adorable snow white fabric (which I got here
) Which I’ve been hoarding for awhile. It makes me so happy to use it. Next up I’d like to sew myself a wallet, but I am looking around for the perfect pattern.
Making some dolls with super sad song lyrics. I am a complete sucker for depressing songs, I can’t explain why–they are just always my favorites.