Sewing Project: V. Large Tote 2 (blog-a-day challenge, day 29)

Today I fine tuned the sides, bottom, and straps for the tote. I added interfacing to a couple of the thinner pieces and squared up the fabric, but I’ll probably trim each piece more before sewing them together. I also chose the liner fabric today – I’ll post pix of that another day. From leftContinue reading “Sewing Project: V. Large Tote 2 (blog-a-day challenge, day 29)”

Sewing Project: V. Large Tote (blog-a-day challenge day 28)

Today I sorted through the pile of material from yesterday and chose most of the fabrics for the outside of the tote. As the focus of my design, I decided on some elephant upholstery weight fabric scraps. I acquired these, as well as many of the other fabrics I’ll be using, a couple of yearsContinue reading “Sewing Project: V. Large Tote (blog-a-day challenge day 28)”

New Project (blog-a-day challenge, day 27)

Happy with the success of my swatch purse, I’ve decided to do something similar on a larger scale. Several years ago, I made this very large tote. It comes in handy when grocery shopping as it is roomy and the material is strong. It’s of a heavier material, albeit a somewhat loose weave, and lined.Continue reading “New Project (blog-a-day challenge, day 27)”

The swatch purse is done! (blog-a-day challenge, day 24)

It’s done and I’m loving it! The swatch purse, that is. Here are the 12 fabrics I used (all designs by me): Now available: front: monochromabstract purple back: fruity slices flap: meadow * strap and top: large scale intricate heart* sides: dotty liner 1: monochromabstract red liner 2: illogical checkerboard* interior pocket: whimsical creatures* linerContinue reading “The swatch purse is done! (blog-a-day challenge, day 24)”

What I’m working on 8 (blog-a-day challenge day 19)

So very close – but not quite done yet. It’s probably not noticeable from the picture, but I still need to do a few minor things to finish the handbag – add some edge stitching, including closing a seam under the flap and add the hook-and-loop closure. Very, very happy with how this is turningContinue reading “What I’m working on 8 (blog-a-day challenge day 19)”

What I’m working on 7 (blog-a-day challenge, day 18)

More on the swatch handbag: Today I decided to redo the ends of the straps – basically, to add a piece to make the strap the width of the handbag. First, I tried to make half circle additions and that didn’t work out (see right of picture below). So, I ended up making the angledContinue reading “What I’m working on 7 (blog-a-day challenge, day 18)”

What I’m working on 6 (blog-a-day challenge, day 17)

Getting there with the swatch purse. Today I finished sewing the body of the handbag together and sewed the straps and flap to the body. Then I realized that the flap wasn’t laying right, so I added a filler piece to both the outside and liner and then reattached the flap. I’m still not 100%Continue reading “What I’m working on 6 (blog-a-day challenge, day 17)”

What I’m working on 5 (blog-a-day challenge, day 16)

Today I got back to working on the swatch purse. I sewed most of the body pieces of the purse together. I sewed sides first then the bottom. I cut 1/4″ square notches out at each corner to make the bottom easier to sew. Below, the liner portion is pictured to the left and theContinue reading “What I’m working on 5 (blog-a-day challenge, day 16)”

What I’m working on 4 (blog-a-day challenge, day 14)

Today I worked more on the swatch handbag, focusing on the strap. Here’s what I did: Ironed the interfacing onto the wrong side of the strap. I realized at this point that I should have made it narrower – maybe 7/8″ instead of 1″ because it was difficult to fold back in half, but IContinue reading “What I’m working on 4 (blog-a-day challenge, day 14)”

What I’m working on 3 (blog-a-day challenge, day 13)

Today was my third day of working at the fabric swatch handbag. First, I edge stitched the flap and worked on the inside pocket. I used a magenta thread for the stitching on both. The inside pocket is meant to hold a pad of paper and a few pens. In the picture below, I’ve leftContinue reading “What I’m working on 3 (blog-a-day challenge, day 13)”

What I’m Working on 2 (blog-a-day challenge, day 12)

Today I continued with yesterday’s swatch purse project by cutting out the pieces and doing a little sewing. Below I’ve shown the cut pieces. The left picture shows the pieces for the outside and the flap; top right, the strap pieces; bottom right, the liner and pocket. The pieces for adding some depth to theContinue reading “What I’m Working on 2 (blog-a-day challenge, day 12)”

What I’m working on 1 (blog-a-day challenge, day 11)

OK, I might be taking a slight chance with this but here goes. I’ve been developing an idea in my head for a purse made entirely of 8″ Spoonflower swatches. I think it’ll work, because I have made up a few handbag designs before, but I’m not 100% sure.  I will probably have to makeContinue reading “What I’m working on 1 (blog-a-day challenge, day 11)”