Category Archives: Bags and Wallets

To-Do Tuesday 4-4-17 | Back to work

Stitch ALL The Things | Commissioned Project Bags

Hello, friends! Things have settled back into a routine after our spring break vacation. I began working on a commission for six more Project Bags, and some matching accessory bags. I finished five of the project bags; the fabric for the sixth bag is being shipped. I am working on the accessory bags, but wasn’t able to complete them. I ran out of hot pink glitter vinyl, so I was unable to get the exterior pieced for one of the bags. That should arrive in a couple of days, so I am hoping to complete this order by the end of the week.

Stitch ALL The Things | Accessory Bag WIPS

I also received a large order for accessory bags and larger zip pouches. I did the fabric pulls for those over the weekend and started cutting fabrics for two of the bags. These are going to be a lot of fun to make, and I will be showing pictures of them finished in a later post. There’s one particular bag I am very excited to make, and share with you!

Stitch ALL The Things | Fabric Pulls

I hope you all had a great week of crafting! I look forward to reading your posts!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Bag Commissions

Now it’s your turn! Write up your post and link up using the InLinkz linky below.

Rules:

  1. Link up to this To-Do Tuesday blog post using the InLinkz linky below. Don’t forget: you can link up Instagram photos! The link up is open all week, and you can link any post for the week even if it’s written on the prior Sunday or Monday. It simply needs to be related to setting, working on, and/or completing your weekly goal(s).
  2. Try to visit at least one or two other blogs and leave a nice comment.
  3. Include a link back to my blog. Feel free to grab the blog button from the sidebar to show that you’re participating in To-Do Tuesday.
  4. You do not have to follow my blog to participate, but if you do decide to follow me… thank you! I appreciate it!
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To-Do Tuesday 3-7-17

Hello, friends! This week went by so fast. I wanted to take pictures of the status of my current cross stitching WIPs, but I forgot. I will try to remember for next week.

Stitch ALL The Things | Gingerbread House Project Bag

This week I had a commissioned order to make a Christmas themed Project Bag with this adorable Gingerbread House fabric. I LOVE the combination of the mint and pink for Christmas colors. I originally bought a red with white polka dots fabric as the accent for this print, but when I had the fabric at home I spied the pink striped print in my stash. When I pulled it and placed it next to the Christmas fabric…BAM! It was a perfect match. And now I wish I had ordered more than a half yard when I bought this a while ago. It’s out of print now. Bummer. I have enough of the striped fabric to make one more bag like this. If no one requests it, a bag just like this one might end up with me!

I have three more bags to make this week. The orders are trickling in, and at a manageable rate for me. I have to admit to feeling a bit burned out, so it’s nice to only have a couple to make per week, rather than two per day. I foresee some quilting time in my future. The Mister’s quilt needs to be done! We also have our fingers crossed that the weather will be nice for us to drive to Oregon for Spring Break. I am so looking forward to seeing the house again! We’ll have a bunch of work to do in a short amount of time, but that’s fine by me!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Work on two commissions

Now it’s your turn! Write up your post and link up using the InLinkz linky below.

Rules:

  1. Link up to this To-Do Tuesday blog post using the InLinkz linky below. Don’t forget: you can link up Instagram photos! The link up is open all week, and you can link any post for the week even if it’s written on the prior Sunday or Monday. It simply needs to be related to setting, working on, and/or completing your weekly goal(s).
  2. Try to visit at least one or two other blogs and leave a nice comment.
  3. Include a link back to my blog. Feel free to grab the blog button from the sidebar to show that you’re participating in To-Do Tuesday.
  4. You do not have to follow my blog to participate, but if you do decide to follow me… thank you! I appreciate it!
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To-Do Tuesday 2-28-17 | Sewing For Myself

Howdy, Friends! It’s Tuesday and time to check our lists! This past week all of the sewing I did was for myself. It was great! I was still sewing project bags, so I did heave a bit of a sigh about that, but I was beyond happy to get some project bags made for my own cross stitching WIPS.

Stitch ALL The Things | Alexander Henry Skulls and Roses Tattoo Project Bag Set

I decided to make myself a travel project bag. My current cross stitching car project is I Cross Stitch So I Don’t Kill People by Clouds Factory. I was stitching this chart on aida fabric, and was constantly making mistakes and having to rip stitches out. My black floss was so old that it was shredding. I hated stitching on the aida, so on our recent trip to pick up the kids I stopped stitching and decided to start over. I had some 28 count Jobelan fabric in Antique White by Wichelt in my stash, so I cut that to size, serged the edges, and put it on my Q-Snap. Then I made the travel Project Bag to match my Grime Guard, using my absolute favorite Alexander Henry print I think I’ve only mentioned it 5 bazillion times. I also used black glitter vinyl, but that’s not popping out in the photo. I LOVE this bag! Super thrilled with this finish!

Stitch ALL The Things | Project Bag Stitching Set

The best sewing accomplishment for me this week was to make this Christmas Village project bag set. I previously purchased the entire Country Cottage Needleworks Santa’s Village cross stitching pattern set as well as all of the coordinating Just Another Button Company buttons and called for specialty flosses. I have been chomping at the bit to get started on this, but decided to finish my current weekend stitching WIP before I had a new start. Otherwise, I’d have no room in my rotation for stitching Santa’s Village. In the meantime I found the perfect coordinating fabric to make a matching project bag, Christmas Village by Fabri-Quilt. I patiently waited until I had some free sewing time to get this one done, and as soon as that time was available I got to work! I am so happy with how this one turned out!

Stitch ALL The Things | Christmas Village Accessory Bag

I decided to add some glitter vinyl to the accessory pouch to bling it up a bit. Love the reindeer on the back of the bag!

Stitch ALL The Things | Filled Project Bag

As soon as I finished taking pictures, I filled that baby up! I fit my 11 x 11 Q-Snap, all twelve charts, flosses and buttons inside the bag, and I still have some room to spare! Not that I need it, but if I’m headed out for a doctor’s appointment (and the inevitable wait in the waiting room) I can throw my keys and wallet in there and go.

I have to admit to feeling like I’m floundering this year with my sewing. I have some free sewing time, and I’m just not sure what to do with it. I’m worried that if I start a new quilt, I’ll get stopped half way through (like with the Mister’s quilt) to make more project bags and then lose steam on the quilt (like with the Mister’s quilt). I’m not sure if the Great Project Bag Sewing Spree of 2017 is over, or if I should dedicate time to making a bag per day until I get enough stock to launch a store on the website. Or if I should just let it die down and only sew them as requested so that I have time to quilt. And then, summer is coming up shortly and I plan on not doing any consistent sewing then since we’ll be at our Oregon home and spending our time working on it. Sigh. Like I said… floundering. I think with maybe another week or two passing that I will have a better idea of what I should do.

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Work on two commissions

Now it’s your turn! Write up your post and link up using the InLinkz linky below.

Rules:

  1. Link up to this To-Do Tuesday blog post using the InLinkz linky below. Don’t forget: you can link up Instagram photos! The link up is open all week, and you can link any post for the week even if it’s written on the prior Sunday or Monday. It simply needs to be related to setting, working on, and/or completing your weekly goal(s).
  2. Try to visit at least one or two other blogs and leave a nice comment.
  3. Include a link back to my blog. Feel free to grab the blog button from the sidebar to show that you’re participating in To-Do Tuesday.
  4. You do not have to follow my blog to participate, but if you do decide to follow me… thank you! I appreciate it!
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To-Do Tuesday 2-21-17 | A Lazy Weekend

Stitch ALL The Things | Conversation Heart Project Bag

Hello, friends! A quick post tonight as the Mister and I just returned from a 9 hour travel day picking up the kids from their holiday weekend visitation with their dad. I did finish sewing a few bags this past week. Another Mermaid (love her!), a navy and a purple tiger bag, and this adorable Valentine-themed conversation heart bag. I also quickly whipped up an 8 x 11 grime guard for my travel cross stitch WIP. I love Alexander Henry Roses and Skulls Tattoo fabric, and since this WIP is “I Cross Stitch So I Don’t Kill People”, this is the perfect fabric to protect the work. It also matches my needle minder!

Stitch ALL The Things | Skulls and Roses Grime Guard

I finished all of my work by Thursday afternoon. I was so happy to have Friday morning to catch up on emails and blog posts. Friday afternoon was a travel day to bring the kids to their dad. Saturday and Sunday were LAZY days. The Mister and I slept in, and then vegged out on the couch. I stayed in my jammies ALL DAY on Saturday and worked on the Stitchrovia I Love You So Very Much WIP. I felt guilty on Sunday for staying in my jammies on Saturday, and so I got fully dressed and made up. By noon I was back in my jammies chillin’ and stitchin’ on the couch. It. Was. Wonderful. I made some decent progress, although I took the following picture when I moved my QSnap, so it doesn’t show the bottom banner and words “So Very” that I was working on.

Stitch ALL The Things | Stitchrovia I Love You WIP

I have a few bags scheduled this week, but not much else. So I may have an easy week of sewing. That can change pretty quickly though, so we’ll see!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Work on Project Bag commissions
  • Create Project Bag page

Now it’s your turn! Write up your post and link up using the InLinkz linky below.

Rules:

  1. Link up to this To-Do Tuesday blog post using the InLinkz linky below. Don’t forget: you can link up Instagram photos! The link up is open all week, and you can link any post for the week even if it’s written on the prior Sunday or Monday. It simply needs to be related to setting, working on, and/or completing your weekly goal(s).
  2. Try to visit at least one or two other blogs and leave a nice comment.
  3. Include a link back to my blog. Feel free to grab the blog button from the sidebar to show that you’re participating in To-Do Tuesday.
  4. You do not have to follow my blog to participate, but if you do decide to follow me… thank you! I appreciate it!
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