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 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 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)”

Sometimes I Sew 2 (blog-a-day challenge, day 7)

Same idea as yesterday’s post, but using Spoonflower fill-a-yard fabric (6″ squares). In this case, I didn’t have 10 that I thought looked good together, so I used 5 squares of my designs (outside) and 5 squares of a fabric I had on hand (liner). I also used even heavier interfacing and sewed a lipContinue reading “Sometimes I Sew 2 (blog-a-day challenge, day 7)”

Sometimes I Sew 1 (blog-a-day challenge, day 6)

At Spoonflower, one of the typical ways of proofing a fabric/surface design is to order an 8″x8″ swatch. Anyone can order these swatches, though, not just designers. Their prevalence has led some clever people to develop alternative uses for them. Here’s one of my attempts. My mission was to create a case to temporarily holdContinue reading “Sometimes I Sew 1 (blog-a-day challenge, day 6)”