Bag of The Month Club

In December I had seen a post somewhere mentioning a club called The Bag Of The Month Club, and the name piqued my interest. I love sewing bags for myself for fun on the side, but some times I really get stuck when choosing a pattern or design I want to try next. This club said Each month, you will receive an exclusive and brand-new pdf bag sewing pattern from that month’s designer, delivered directly to your inbox. and that sounded perfect to me!
For January the bag was called The Companion Carpet Bag. At first I was a little worried, because the bag has a tubular frame, and metal bag feet, both things that I have never done in a bag. Of course the best part about the club is pushing myself to make things that I may have not ever picked, or I thought might be too hard. In the end the bag came together very easily. The only problem I ran into was hemming and hawing over straps. I didn’t buy a pair of sew on straps when I saw some, and then once I was ready to commit I was nearly finished my bag and too impatient to wait for some to arrive in the mail. In the end I decided on some straps that had come in a mixed bag of stuff from one of the previous Salvation Army fabric sales, and attached them with some grommets after the bag had been assembled (so now you can see them on the inside, but I don’t mind)

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I used my fabrics this one for the outer, and the coordinating fabric for the lining and inside the front pocket.
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I can’t wait to sew up February’s bag using some of this fabric so I can have an assortment of toy covered bags.

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I thought I would share a few of the bags I made this Summer that were gifts for other people. I created the first little bag to hold white elephant gifts for a crafternoon, and the second was made using the sew together bag pattern. I can’t wait to make another one!
You can find my sewing fabric collection over on Spoonflower, and if you’ve ever made something with one of my fabrics, wallpapers, or decals I would love to see!

Halloween Shopping Bag

You might recall a few years ago when I was looking for a good Halloween puzzle with gorgeous old fashion images, and didn’t have much luck that I decided to make one of my own. Well soon after I uploaded the puzzle image to Spoonflower (not to make any sort of seamless repeat) but just to print out so i could use it on some personal projects. Well I made myself a Halloween shopping bag, and hope to use the last of the fabric to make myself a Halloween purse. I actually have lofty plans to make myself 2-3 different Halloween purses that I can rotate during the month of September & October but we shall see how that goes! For now I am happy to have finished this shopping bag with plenty of time to spare!

Kittyloaf




You know those hair brained ideas that just come to you, in the middle of the night, or while you’re driving you car on a long winding road? Well that is exactly how these kitty loaf cozies were born. One morning around 4am I woke up and the idea just came to me for a sewn bread cozy that looked like a cat…a kittyloaf.
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The cat position referred to when a cat lays down with with all four paws tucked underneath the body; the position that resembles a loaf of bread.
My husband woke up a little too as I was rolling over in bed with this new idea rattling around and I made sure to tell him so I wouldn’t forget (I do this all the time). Then soon after I got to work using measurements I found online for bread, and voila my kittyloaf cozies are done!
The mama cat fits nicely over a loaf of bread, and the kittens work well for small leftover bags of bread, or homemade mini loaves. I think it would make a lovely gift to bake a mini loaf in a pan you want to give (around the holidays Michael’s Craft has cute mini loaf pans for $1 each) then cover your bread with some plastic wrap, pop a kitten over it and tie a bow around his stomach up onto his back! I’ve actually been thinking of creating a whole new fabric with just kittens for this very purpose, and then I could fit a few more colors too. Thoughts?
I’m finishing up a little tutorial on how to sew them up, I used a iron on interfacing inside my cats and lining to make them very nice and sturdy indeed.