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To-Do Tuesday 4-25-17 | More Project Bags

Hello, my friends! This week’s post will be brief, as I am having to write it from my phone. For some reason my computer doesn’t want to load the back end of the website. Weirdness!

Last week I finished my last order of Project Bags before summer. I special ordered some Outlander fabric for this order. I was not thrilled with the plain cotton fabric from them. I will not be ordering that fabric again. It felt like Walmart fabric, but with quadruple the price. Ugh. If I do order from them again, it will only be printed on Kona cotton.

My customer requested Wonderland fabric for one of her bags. I am not a fan of Alice In Wonderland, at all, but really loved how this bag turned out. So adorable!

The third bag was also a special request fabric, and this one is called London Underground. She found it on Etsy. Such a fun fabric!

The fourth bag was from Tula Pink’s Tabby Road line in the Blueberry colorway.

Stitch ALL The Things | Sleepy Hollow WIP

I wanted to share a picture of my Sleepy Hollow cross stitching WIP. Other than the backstitching, I’ve completed the graveyard, Headless Horseman, and the horse. I stopped my rotation and am working solely on this one. I am having too much fun to switch to another WIP!

This week I am working on my final commissioned order before summer. Another 25 zip-top bag order. So I will be busy the next couple of weeks!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Commission for 25 Zip-top bags

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To-Do Tuesday 4-11-17 | Pile O’ Work

Hello friends! It’s time to check in and see how we’re doing with our To-Do lists. I sewed every day this past week, for about 7 hours a day. That’s not quite how I envision a work week, since I’d really like to take weekends off, but my workload was a bit too big for me to meet my deadlines without working over the weekend. The past two weekends, actually. The Mister is not thrilled about that, and frankly neither am I. Learning to schedule properly is high on the need-to-do list.

Stitch ALL The Things | Zip top bags

I began my large commissioned order for 25 zippered bag pouches of two different sizes. I am doing this assembly line style, so I cut out all of the fabrics and interfacings, did the fusing, and am now in the process of finishing the bags. I’ve got them sorted by thread color, since I hate having to constantly change threads.

Stitch ALL The Things | Bag linings

I only have seven bags completely finished, and I made six more today. One of those little bags is actually for someone else’s order, but I needed to finish that bag today since her order is being mailed tomorrow. So, in addition to the seven completed bags for the big order, I assembled five more bags today. I still have to hand sew the linings closed. I save that step for the evenings, since I can sit on the couch with the Mister while hand sewing. It goes into my cross stitching time, but it’s still hand sewing and I love that part!

This coming week will be finishing this large order, and then making four more project bags along with a coordinating tool pouch for another order. Once these bags are done, I think I will be done taking commission orders before our summer vacation. I am really at the point of burnout, and I don’t want to end up hating a hobby I love. Also, I need to find enough energy to make myself a new handbag before we leave, since my old one is starting to fall apart.

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Finish Commissioned orders

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To-Do Tuesday 1-17-17

Stitch ALL The Things | Slytherin Project Bag

Happy Tuesday, friends! It’s been a busy week of more project bags around here. I finished the Slytherin Bag and took two orders this week. One for a single bag set and one for three bags. I also did some research on selling these on Etsy. After calculating all of the fees from PayPal AND the additional fees from Etsy, I’ve decided to go a different route. I’ll see how selling them by posting via social media goes, and may eventually set up part of this website as my store. The website is capable of doing that, so I’ll see how everything turns out after some time passes.

Stitch ALL The Things | FoxfieldProject Bag

This Project Bag set was particulary fun to do. I had a customer ask for a small grime guard for a 6 x 6 Q Snap, and then ask if I could make an accessory pouch to coordinate with everything. I didn’t have enough of the accent fabric on the bag, but did have extra of the Chain Mail print from Tula Pink’s Elizabeth line that matched the Tula Pink Foxfield print.

Stitch ALL The Things | Foxfield Accessory Pouch

My customer gave me a specific size she wanted, so I first made a test bag that helped me know how boxing the corners on the bottom of the bag would work. I also learned that I did not want any of the fusible fleece interfacing in my seam allowances. My second attempt was this bag and it turned out exactly the right size and sewed up perfectly. LOVE it!!

Stitch ALL The Things | Crouching Tiger Project Bag

My second customer for the week requested three project bags. I had so much fun getting to use a couple of different prints for them. I’ve said it repeatedly, but Tula Pink fabric shines so brilliantly in these bags! Love the Crouching Tiger print and being able to use the green apple glitter vinyl!

Stitch ALL The Things | Fox Nap in Purple Project Bag

I got to play with the Fox Nap print from Chipper again, except this time in the raspberry colorway. So cute!!

Stitch ALL The Things | Sea Siren Project Bag

The Alexander Henry Sea Sirens made another appearance. The smaller 13 x 13 bag only showcases one of the mermaids, but I think this one is pretty saucy enough to hold her own!

Next week I will update on my current cross stitching WIPS. I think this post has more than enough pictures!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Sew Project Bags for two commissions
  • Sew extra bags to sell

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To-Do Tuesday 1-3-2017 | Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year!! I hope you all had a fun and safe New Years holiday!

Stitch ALL The Things | Mermaid Project Bag

This week was one heck of a roller coaster ride. I finished another Large sized The Project Bag and grime guard Q Snap cover for Danielle, aka Stitcherista. Love how this bag turned out! I also was working figuring out the correct pricing for the bags when I read some small verbiage in the pattern which read, in part, “This pattern is protected by copyright and is intended for the personal use of retail purchaser only… Permission is granted to make up to ten bags for gifts or for sale. If you want to make more than ten, please contact Annie Unrein for permission.” I can’t tell you the distress I felt for about 24 hours after reading that. Copyright law (in the U.S.) covers the pattern itself; the content and images. You can NOT copyright the end product made from the pattern when it is considered a “useful item”, as bags are. Which means you can make as many as you want to sell, keep or giveaway. However, some pattern designers attempt to control that by adding adding such wording to their patterns. Some even attempt to get more money by selling a cottage license. Which is not at all legally necessary. I struggled for hours with what to do, as my actions would not only impact myself but potentially the shop who contacted me for bags. The worst that could happen would be Cease and Desist letters and the threat of litigation. But really… who wants to deal with that sort of stress in their life even if they are legally in the right?! In the end, I contacted the designer and received such an amazing response from her. She said she includes that verbiage in her patterns to prevent mass production, but if it was just me sewing bags then I absolutely had permission to sew them. Also? She said if I sent her pictures and let her know when I had them available to sell, she would do some marketing for me. Sayyyyy what???!??!?!?! So, my crushing day turned out brilliantly! But, I must admit, it set me back this week.

Stitch ALL The Things | Project Bags in Tula Pink

After coming back from that rather rough day, I got to work on the two sets of bag orders. I completed three of the bags on Monday, one bag is mostly sewn (I’m just waiting for some Soft and Stable to arrive so I can quilt the main panel), and two more bags will be sewn by the end of Tuesday.

Stitch ALL The Things | Project Bag WIPS

One of the orders requested grime guards, so I’ve got four prepped and ready to sew Tuesday as well.

Stitch ALL The Things | Grime Guard WIPS

It’s been a busy week, and I’ve still got a lot of work ahead, but I am SEW excited about it!

What do you hope to accomplish in 2017? I can’t wait to read all about it!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Finish two Project Bag commissions
  • Work on shop commission

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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.
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