Category Archives: Bags and Wallets

To-Do Tuesday 10-17-17 | Ship’s Manor Mystery Halloween Town SAL

Stitch ALL The Things | Ship's Manor Mystery Halloween Town Finish

Hello, and Happy Tuesday, friends! I hope you’ve had a good and productive week! I didn’t have much extra time to respond to comments or visit your blogs, but I will catch up on them this coming week. Since I was rushed with last week’s post, I’ve got several pictures to share this week. I had a big finish just over a week ago… The Ship’s Manor Mystery Halloween Town Stitch Along that I was participating in. This was a really fun project to stitch up. The DMC Light Effects floss (the neon green and yellow floss) was rather fiddly to work with, but really gives this finish some pop. Definitely worth the hassle!

Stitch ALL The Things | Ship's Manor Mystery Halloween Town Close Up

There are so many elements to this design, I took some close up pictures. There’s Mr. & Mrs. Ghosty at the bottom of the scene, and they both tend to blend in with their surroundings. There’s a little skeleton girl swinging from the tree, and a witch headed back to her hut, complete with bubbling cauldron. However, my absolute favorite part of this entire scene are the Skelewags… The skeleton pirates! Love the two in the ship, and the one shooting slime balls from the castle grounds. Such a perfect Halloween Town! This was stitched 2 over 2 on 32 count linen in Abracabra from Ship’s Manor and took 48 days to stitch.

Stitch ALL The Things | Burlesque Zombie Portrait

After I finished Halloween Town, I pulled out my girl, Ava, to work on. She was the third cross stitch project I started back in 2014, and is currently my oldest WIP. She is full of confetti stitches, so she feels a bit overwhelming to work on at times. I’ve decided to work exclusively on her for the rest of the month. She’s perfect for October stitching! When I started her I had about 1/3rd of the right side of the frame to finish, the bottom bat on the right side, and some of the blue background (above the top right bat) to fill in. It took me seven days to get that done, but now I am officially halfway done on her! I started working on the bottom portion of her face on Sunday night. I’m anxious to get her profile done, so rather than working the bottom left quadrant from the outside in, I’m working from the middle out. Not sure how much longer this will take for her to be completed. I’m curious to see how much I can get done in the last half of this month!

Stitch ALL The Things | Wonder Woman Hyacinth Bag

As far as bag making, two weeks ago I completed two clear vinyl front project bags. Last week I cut out the fabrics and interfacings for three Hyacinth Bags (pattern by Sew Sweetness), and fused or sewed the interfacings to the fabrics as instructed. I began work on one Hyacinth Bag on Thursday and finished it Monday afternoon. It was my first time sewing this pattern, and was a bit different in construction than what I have done before. I made notes on some things to change for the last two bags, mainly thinning the foam interfacing at the top seam allowance for when the bag is turned and top stitched. My machine handled most of the bulk perfectly, but the thickness of the foam interfacing and the glitter vinyl gave me some skipped stitches there. The picture isn’t the greatest as it was dark out by the time I went to take a picture. I’ll take better pictures when all of the bags are finished.

Stitch ALL The Things | Hyacinth Pattern Pieces

This week I will be working on the last two Hyacinth Bags. A friend also asked me to add purse feet to two new purses she bought. Keep your fingers crossed that will go smoothly for me, I’m a bit nervous ripping open the lining of a bag that I haven’t constructed… I’ve no idea what I will be running across!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Finish Hyacinth Bag Order
  • Add feet to friend’s purses

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To-Do Tuesday 10-3-17 | October

Stitch ALL The Things | Potions Bag Set

Hello, friends. It’s October already. I can’t believe it. I am about two weeks away from being done with all current bag orders, and that means I can see some quilting time in sight. Super happy about that, as Christmas will soon be here and I have three quilts to have finished by then. I’ll be temporarily disabling the order form on the website at the end of October, and won’t be accepting any orders until January of 2018. If I keep taking orders, I will never get to my Christmas sewing. Or get it finished, anyway. That’s not an acceptable outcome for me this year.

As far as last week’s list goes, I completed four bag orders. I love the zip top pouches, and especially the Sugar Skulls print. Also, it’s a good thing I love the Potions print so much, since I made three bag sets from that print last week, and have one more to make from that print this week.

I had one customer ask for a Potions Bag, some Grime Guards and an ORT container. If you aren’t sure what an ORT container/jar is, here’s a great post by The Stitching Corner that explains it well: ORT Jars. I looked up a tutorial online and was able to make a simple ORT container in matching fabric. I hope she likes it!

This recent week of sewing was definitely October themed. I’m ready for Halloween now! This bag was made from the last of bit of this beautiful fall fabric. Just looking at this bag makes me want to go bake a Pumpkin pie!

This week I have two more project bag orders, and then I had a request from my cousin to make three Hyacinth bags for her as Christmas gifts. I am not sure how long each bag will take to make, I’m estimating 3 days per bag. So I’ll probably only have one finished by the time next week rolls around.

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Complete two project bag orders
  • Begin sewing Hyacinth Bags

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To Do Tuesday 9-26-17 | Stitchy Progress

Stitch ALL The Things | Happy Birds Project Bag

Hello, and Happy Tuesday, friends! Last week’s list was to finish bag orders, and start a third. I did just that! I made a cute bird print bag (I can’t remember the name of the print at the moment), and a bag set out of the very popular Potions print. I also scheduled a couple of days off to hang out with the Mister on a long weekend, and we had a great two days off. The other two days were travel days, and so I woke up Monday morning feeling pretty worn out. I actually had planned to finish the third bag order on Monday, but was feeling too poorly to complete the bags. I have a good head start on them for Tuesday.

Stitch ALL The Things | Potions Bag Set

I caught up with Clue 6 of the Ship’s Manor Mystery Halloween Town SAL. I really love how this pattern is turning out. Only one clue left! It won’t be released until October 6th, so I have five free stitching days before working on the next house in Santa’s Village, which I have scheduled for the first week in October.

Stitch ALL The Things | Ship's Manor Mystery Halloween Town Clue 6

Since I have five days until I work on Santa’s Village again, I prepped for a new start and it is ready to go! Last week the Halloween Quaker chart I ordered arrived, as did the called for over-dyed flosses I ordered from 123Stitch. Today, I just received some beautiful over-dyed 36 count linen called Green Poison from xJudesign. It works perfectly with the flosses, so I loaded it up on the scroll frame and I’m ready for a new start! I will probably get a few stitches in after I get this posted. I’m too excited to wait until tomorrow!

Stitch ALL The Things | Halloween Quaker

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Complete three bag orders
  • Begin stitching on Halloween Quaker

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To-Do Tuesday 9-19-17 | Bags, Bags, and Some Grime Guards

Happy Tuesday, friends! Time to check how we did with last week’s list, and decide what we want to accomplish this week! I had hoped to finish stitching Clue 6 of the Ship’s Manor Mystery Halloween Town SAL last week, but I barely spent any time stitching. I did make some progress, but most of my evenings were busy with other work, and my hand stitching time was spent sewing bag linings closed.

Stitch ALL The Things | Project Bag Collage

Speaking of bag linings, I did complete the large bag order I had been working on for three weeks. I finished it all one day before I anticipated I would be done, and because of that I was able to mail it out on Friday. It was a relief to have that completed a day earlier than expected! I didn’t have time to take pictures of the entire group of bags, so I made a collage of the individual pictures I took for the shop who ordered these. The collage above is all of the large sized zip top bags.

Stitch ALL The Things | Project Bag Collage 2

The top two rows of the picture above are large zip top bags. The two bottom rows are the accessory pouches. I really loved the fabrics we chose for these bags. Several bags almost didn’t make it out of the house because I wanted to keep them here with me… forever! Haha! These bags will be listed for sale at Down Sunshine Lane in next week or two.

Stitch ALL The Things | Grime Guards

On Monday I finished an order for a set of five grime guards. These are fun fabrics too, and I am definitely in the fall and halloween mood after making these! The Christmas fabrics are some favorite of my holiday fabrics, and the blue ornaments grime guard is made of a beautiful fabric that has silver metallic all throughout.

This week I have two additional orders scheduled to complete. I will be taking Thursday and Friday off of work for a long weekend, and I’m hoping to spend some great quality time with the Mister! He’s ready for me to come out of the sewing room for a couple of days.

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Continue working on shop order.
  • Stitch Clue 6 of Mystery Halloween Town

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