Category Archives: Bags and Wallets

Finished Friday | The Reisende Bag

I am so excited that I can finally share the secret sewing project that I was working on in April! Sara, of Sew Sweetness, is releasing The Reisende Bag Pattern today (Yep, that’s an affiliate link… that’s some Sew Sweetness pattern money for me!!) and you can read about it and see all of the other tester bags HERE.

Reisende Bag

I really enjoyed being able to test Sara’s pattern, and this time it served the dual purpose of being a birthday gift for my oldest daughter, Megan. My youngest daughter, Callie, helped me pick out all of the fabric for her. I bought the exterior and interior print at Hobby Lobby and do not recall the name of the print or the manufacturer. I made the piping with Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton in Curry. It was a perfect match to the gold vinyl. The vinyl is my favorite Glitter Mirror Canvas (TM) Vinyl in Gold from MiKri World Supplies. If you ever consider working with vinyl, THIS is what you want to use!

Reisende Bag Inside

Sara’s pattern was the most detailed I’ve done as far as hardware goes. Buckles, grommets, and rivets…Oh My! Her comprehensive instructions and pictures are done so well that making, and attaching, the straps and handles was easy. It did take more time to assemble the bag because of them, but these details really make this bag look professionally crafted and they are well worth the time it takes to add these details.

Reisende Bag close up

I made the small version of this bag and it finished at 14” long x 9” tall x 4” deep. Sara’s pattern also includes options for medium size (17” long x 11” tall x 5” deep) and large size (19” long x 12” tall x 5” deep) bags. The pattern features two interior zippered pockets. In the future I will add a slip pocket or two as well. I usually like a little pocket to slip my cell phone.

Megan

Megan, I hope you like your bag! Thanks for being patient about not being able to post pictures of it when I gave it to you. I love you forever and always and I can’t wait to see you again! Love, Mom.

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Finished Friday | A Tudor Bag for Mom

Tudor Bag Front

Recently my mom asked if I would make her a Tudor Bag from fabric she already had. Of course I said yes! I made this same bag for myself when I tested the pattern for Sara of Sew Sweetness in November of 2014. I’ve used it as my main purse ever since. (Although now I’m switching it up with the two Polaris Bags I made last month!) The Tudor Bag is so roomy and has lots of pockets; It’s the perfect bag for me.

Big Roomy pockets for large sheet music!

Big Roomy pockets for large sheet music!

Mom and I decided to make a few changes to the bag. She needed a bag to hold her sheet music while going to rehearsals with the Mariposa Symphony Orchestra. Her sheet music is large, so she needed the bag taller than the pattern called for. I increased the height of the bag from 12-1/2″ tall to 15″ tall. Mom also wanted to omit the zippered top in case some of her sheet music was longer than 15″. Mom wants to use the interior pockets to divide her various music pieces, so I did not sew a dividing line on either pocket to make two slip pockets on each side; Instead there is one large pocket on each side of the interior. Since that effectively reduced her four interior pockets to only two pockets, I added an interior zippered pocket.

Key

Another addition to the bag was a Key Holder. Mom said she likes having a place to hook her keys just inside her bag, so I made sure to put one in there for her. It was my first time making anything like that, and I think it turned out nice!

Back of The Tudor Bag

Back of The Tudor Bag

I purchased some black sparkle vinyl from Fabric.com about 6 months ago, and I decided to use it for the accent fabric. That also required a modification to the bag handles because I did not want to piece the vinyl to make one long strap for each side. I like the way the handles look with the rectangular rings.

Mom with her new bag!

Mom with her new bag!

All of these pattern modifications were fun! I’ve submitted them as a Pattern Hack to Sara of Sew Sweetness since she accepted my request to be part of her Pattern Hack Posse. We’ll see if she accepts the pattern hacks and posts them!

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To-Do Tuesday 4-12-16 | Quilt Blocks & Tudor Bag

The Mister was gone for most of last week and I was not anywhere near as productive as I hoped I would be. He and I spend so much time together that I found myself a bit lost and wandering during his absence.

Tudor Bag in Progress

Tudor Bag in Progress

I did manage to start the Tudor Bag I had on my list for last week. I didn’t notice that I only had two 1.5″ rectangle rings until I started to attach the straps to the bag, so I had to stop working on the exterior while I waited for some more rings to be shipped. I continued working on the interior, and the bag is about 75% complete at this point. The rings arrived in the mail on Monday, so I should be getting that finished and mailed off by Wednesday or Thursday.

Pink Stepping Stones Block Units

The Mister returned on Sunday and I have since regained my sewing mojo. I may have been very slow working on the Tudor Bag in his absence, but once I knew he was just in the other room I whipped up the block units for the Stepping Stones QAL. Sunday I completed the Pink block units and Monday I completed the Batik block units. I may have barely completed last week’s goals, but I got it done!

Batik Stepping Stones Block Units

This week I need to finish up my Tudor Bag, keep up with the Stepping Stones QAL, and test a new bag pattern. I won’t be able to show any pictures of that bag until after the pattern is released.

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Complete Thursday’s Stepping Stones QAL assignment: Assemble blocks
  • Finish Tudor Bag
  • Begin testing a new bag pattern

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Finished Friday | Window Shopper Tote #2

This week’s finish is my second Window Shopper Tote. This bag is my very first commission work!

Window Shopper Tote 2

The fabric was provided for me to use, and I just love it. Riley Blake Geekly Chic Glasses and Voltage Dot in black from Denyse Schmidt’s Chicopee line. I also used black vinyl/faux leather for the gusset, adjustable strap, zipper bridge, and upper part of the lining.

Window Shopper Tote 2 Back

The foam interfacing in the previous tote I made was a double sided fusible. The bad part of that was ripping off the muslin I used to protect my ironing board (I only needed to fuse one side), and as a result I created permanent creases in the bag. Turning the exterior right-side out also deepened the creases. So for this bag I used a sew-in foam interfacing, as the pattern instructs. But I’m not as happy with how the exterior looks. I really like the exterior fabric fused down, but dislike the permanent creases. Ugh! I need to experiment with this more, and may need to make another bag for the commission work. My husband thinks I’m far too critical of my work, but it’s not hard to see the fabric isn’t as crisp as it could be in these pictures.

Window Shopper Tote Inside

The one thing I absolutely adore about this bag is the interior! I am so thrilled with how the Denyse Schmidt fabric looks inside, and the little pop of Geekly Chic fabric in there too! I could stare inside this bag all day. That’s weird isn’t it? Probably. It may be a bag lover thing. I dunno.

Window Shopper Tote 2 Zipper Bridge

I also like how the vinyl zipper bridge looks. The scariest part when making this bag is working with the vinyl (also… inserting those handles!!). You get no mulligans here if you mess up stitching… and my sewing foot was definitely slipping on the top stitching. I had to wrestle with my machine to switch feet (with the needle down in the vinyl) when I realized my stitches were super tiny and my foot wasn’t feeding properly. After trying a different foot, the stitching was much better, but I couldn’t fix the smaller stitches without ripping apart the bag and making half of it all over again. I’m not sure what the problem was this time, because I used the same foot on the last bag with no issues. I’m confident my sewing machine just likes to throw out a daily challenge to mess with me. I’d appreciate it if I could make some sort of deal with it to only do that on my personal projects in the future.

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