March’s Bag Of The Month

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Here it is nearing the end of April and I forgot to blog about the Bag Of The Month bag for March! As you can see I ended up having a sad photoshoot in my car one afternoon while I was waiting to pick up my son after school. I have actually been using this bag all month long. The fabric was one I saw on Pinterest and fell in love with Ring Around The Rosie by Michael Miller. When I found it about a year ago it had already been out for awhile, but a search of the name and there are still plenty of shops that have it for sale. I bought two yards and have been saving them for something special. March’s bag was designed by Anna of Noodlehead, she makes such great patterns and even has a beautiful fabric collection out now called Rain Walk. I haven’t even started my April bag, but it looks like its going to be a fun one to sew up!

February’s Bag Of The Month


February’s bag of the month all sewn up in my toy fabric. This bag was called The Hyacinth Bag, and was a smaller cross body type of bag. Although I liked the interesting flap feature on this bag, from the bag description- One of the main features of the bag is that underneath the flap is space to store credit cards and cash in the zippered pocket. I thought it might be handy for, say, if you were going to a quilt show (maybe QuiltCon) and needed to quickly take out cash to pay for all of your fabric purchases.
I found myself not using the feature for an everyday bag. I like to keep everything in my wallet because I change purses so often, so if I made this bag again I would just add a few zippered sections under the pouch instead. Ive already started on my March bag, I am just waiting on some hardware to arrive so I can finish it up.

The Paper Pieced Home

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When Penny asked if I’d like to review a copy of her new book The Paper Pieced Home, I was thrilled. Penny’s patterns are some of the first paper piecing designs I found when I discovered the technique. Her patterns have always been clear, and easy to understand even for a beginner. Penny has such a fun sense of humor and style when it comes to creating fresh designs. Check out her undies tutorial here. Can you imagine a whole quilt of cute undies?
Her playful designs carry over to her book, you can see she has this adorable viewfinder, and whimsical cakes that you can turn into a curtain.
The book is beautiful with color photos of every paper piecing pattern (the book includes 40 different designs), and also instructions for ten finished projects you can make using the designs. My favorite feature is the book comes with a disc for printing all the paper piecing patterns, so no need for scanning or photo copies.
I decided to make the saucepan pattern from the book first and turn it into a hot pad for my pots. I think my next project is going to be the sewing machine & sewing machine caddy you can see above.
If you’ve never tried paper piecing I urge you to give it a try. You don’t need any experience besides knowing sewing basics on your machine. You can get beautifully complicated looking designs without fussing with matching up and sewing bits of fabric.
The Paper-Pieced Home: Quilting a Household One Block at a Time
By Penny Layman
Interweave/F+W; $26.99

Accessories Bag


I recently took the plunge and invested in a Juki TL-2010Q sewing machine Even though I sew for a big majority of my work, and I’ve been doing this as a career for the past twelve years, I could never bring myself to invest in a proper machine. Instead I’ve burnt out motors on cheaper machines, and just made do over the years. I am so in love with my new machine! The first thing I decided I needed to sew for it was a bag to hold all the accessories and feet that came with it. The Juki doesn’t have an area to store them on the machine, so I knew I needed to take care of that first. Plus I was eager to dive in and sew something up as soon as I figured out threading & oiling.
I used this free pattern by The Sewing Chick for the body of the bag, but then altered it by adding a drawstring bag top because I didn’t want to knock the bag over, or lose anything if I moved it around the studio. This was my first time sewing with Cotton & Steel’s gorgeous fabrics too, such a treat! As you can probably tell I still need to work on getting my tension down for the top stitching, but I was very impatient so I didn’t spend enough time testing it out.
I added one of the little fabric tags I made a few weeks back. You can see a bunch of the ones I made here all together. I used a technique I found here for creating the tags. They were so easy to make and really add something extra to a project!

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.