More bag sewing

I just realized that I never posted about the other bags I made using the patterns from the Craftsy class Zip It Up I took a couple months ago. The two bags on the left are the Nikita Bag and on the right is my Bendy Bag. I Thought they turned out pretty well! My mom had given me some old ghutras, so I cut one up to make the Nikita and gave it to her.  She loved it!  The fabric is thin cotton with the red embroidery, so I lined it with iron-on interfacing before I quilted it. Worked great!

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The Runaround Bag

IMG_3286So I saw a facebook post from Joan Hawley at Lazy Girl Designs saying that Craftsy is offering a special deal on her new class. Since the price of the class is now $20, which is less then the price of the three included patterns, I decided to gice it a shot.  I spend more than that on 5 trips to Starbucks. I have made several zippy bags, but I have been seeing an awful lot of Bendy Bags on Instagram. I figured Joan might be able to give me some new tips. Yesterday I made the Runaround bag, which is a simple cute purse with one outside pocket. The design is similar to what my 12 year old wants in a “satchel” (not a purse, thank you), so I made one with my fabric choices as practice.

Overall, I like the design of the bag and class segment I watched (I still have yet to make my bendy bag). The bag is very similar to the zippy pouches I made in the the other craftsy class I watched. The major difference is that Joan’s Runaround bag has exposed seams inside, which is a consequence of the method of construction. In the future, I might combine the patterns to allow for seams that are not exposed.

I used linen, because I REALLY like it. So instead of a pretty design, I appliqued some english paper pieced hexies on the IMG_3287front.  I even fussy cut the puppy dog on the blue hex! The back pocket I randomly pieced and added some crochet lace as trim. I could have really gotten crazy with some embroidery and such, but I really wanted to just make the bag.  Maybe one day I’ll combine bits and pieces of several skills – embroidery, quilting, sewing – to really have a jazzy bag.

Wee Mouse Tin House

I blog I haven’t checked out recently (I don’t know why) is Larissa Holland at MMMCrafts. Her designs are VERY cute.

IMG_3241So I found this tin (with chocolate inside) at World Market.  Had to buy it and use for SOMETHING.  Fortunately I found just the thing!  The original pattern used an Altoids tin, but this on is exactly the same size.

IMG_3242Look who lives inside!  I love this guy!  And he even has an even tinier teddy to sleep with!  A fried was over with her little girl awhile ago and she spent quite awhile putting him to bed and waking him up. She was as cute as the mouse.IMG_3243

Zipper Pouches

IMG_3234Before I discovered this pattern, I hated zippers.  My mother, who has been sewing for much longer, still hates zippers.  This kind of pouch is EASY.  It is a free class on craftsy, and the designer, Kristin from Sew Mama Sew, posted instructions for additional sizes from coin purse/id card holder to ipad case here.

I did some mix and matching with most of these.  I con NOT through away any scrap, no matter how small, so I just keep sewing them together to make bigger pieces!  You can’t tell from the pictures, but I also added some lace trim to some of them. I might make some with embroidery sometime.IMG_3233

Itty Bitty Bunny

IMG_3229I love Wendi Gratz at Shiny Happy World!  She designs the coolest toys and gives good instruction in her patterns.  I am a member of her Dress Up Bunch Club (the doll has been sent on to my niece).  She is very generous with her free patterns as well. This is one of her free patterns, and I got it here. I’ve made a few of these little guys.  Sold a couple and given a few away. They make great gifts and are a stash-buster.