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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

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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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Finished Friday | Two Polaris Bags

I have really been enjoying participating in the 2016 Bag Of The Month Club. The Polaris Bag by Sew Sweetness is the bag for March and I had an interesting time making this one!

Polaris Bag Alison Glass Art Theory

When I saw the pattern I decided to cut out fabric for two different bags. This is a smaller bag pattern, with only one zippered pocket installed in the lining. For the first bag I chose to use my Art Theory panel by Alison Glass and Glitter Mirror Canvas vinyl in Gunmetal from MiKri World Supplies for the exterior, and Chainmail in Plum from Elizabeth by Tula Pink as the lining. I figured I would bust through one bag in a day, easy! And I would have, too, if I had not been distracted binge watching the final season of Downton Abbey. Also from feeling overconfident in my bag making abilities, but we will pretend it was all Downton Abbey’s fault. (Did you cry? I totally cried at the end of the series!)

Nice tucks. Right on top of the bag. Good job, Christine! High five!

Nice tucks. Right on top of the bag. Good job, Christine! High five!

My first issue was when I sewed the bottom of the piping (where the seam is) to the top of the bag. Front and center! Out came my trusty seam ripper. My second issue was when I went to sew the zipper and attached bottom piece to the side ovals. For some reason I had at least a half an inch gap! Hello again, my friendly seam ripper. I had to rip out the top stitching, and the seams that connect the top zipper piece to the bottom piece, cut off a quarter of an inch from each side, and sew it all back together. I still had some gapping, but figured I could ease it in. I did, too, along with a lovely set of tucks right on top of the bag! Argh!

This bag has a drop in lining, so instead of attaching the edge of the lining by sewing over the top stitching on the zipper, I decided I would do a second row of top stitching. Double top-stitching lines always look great, right? And I AM a bag maker so I totally know what I’m doing, right? Um. Yeah. Did not turn out as expected. My stitching was so far back that I didn’t catch the zipper panel seam allowance at all, so it pushed the lining out and then it all just looked completely ridiculous.

Since the pattern instructions mentioned that you could hand sew the lining down, guess what I did? I hand sewed the lining down. It looks so much better, and I could have saved a lot of time and wrestling the bag under the foot of the sewing machine had I done it that way to begin with. Oh, and to top it all off, I attached the handle with rivets and, after checking at least three times, still ended up twisting the handle! I called the Mister to the rescue before I got to the point of throwing the whole thing in the trash. This bag maker is now humbled after being schooled by that bag.

Skull Engine Polaris Bag front

The fabrics I selected for the second bag were Mindblown Skull Engines from Alexander Henry and orange Glitter Mirror Canvas vinyl by MiKri. I don’t really like orange very much, but the flames on the print and the sparkles on that vinyl work perfectly together. I kept with the orange theme for the interior of the bag and used Textured Basics by Patty Young for Michael Miller.

Skull Engine Polaris bag interior

Having learned several lessons with the first bag, I started the second bag after having finished watching Downton Abbey. I cut off 3/4″ from the bottom piece and it fit my bag perfectly when assembling. I still ended up with a tuck (darn it all!), but it’s on the bottom of the bag so I’m okay with that.

Skull Engine Polaris Bag back

I really loved the motifs on this fabric, so I chose two different ones to showcase a different skull engine on each side of the bag. I opted to use the script “handmade” tag by Emmaline Bags since that seemed to fit the bag best.

Skull Engine Polaris bag interior

I did opt to machine stitch down my drop in lining again, but THIS time I tried a different method. I top stitched the zipper panel down a scant 1/4″ away from the edge (and caught about 95% of the zipper panel seam allowance…whew). When I set the lining in, I made sure to use my wonder clips and aligned it so that when I top stitched about 1/16″ away from the edge of the zipper panel it caught the lining as well. And it worked! My lining looks great and I didn’t have to hand stitch it down.

Skull Engine Polaris Bag side view

The second bag was a breeze to make compared to the first one. Other than the one tuck on the bottom of the bag, my only other error was to forget to switch my thread back to the top stitching color when attaching the lining panel. So the two top stitching lines by the zipper are dark orange (which blends), and light orange (which doesn’t blend so well). That’s okay, I’m calling it a planned design element. A little humility and no distractions are good for the ‘getting-to-big-for-her-britches’ bag maker.

Linking up with TGIFF hosted by Jen of A Quarter Inch From The Edge
and with Can I Get A Whoop Whoop over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict


To-Do Tuesday 3-15-16 | Polaris Bag

Have you ever had a sewing project where you made mistakes pretty much every step along the way? This week’s project was ‘THAT’ project for me: The Polaris bag, a pattern by Sew Sweetness for the March Bag of the Month.

First Polaris Bag in Alison Glass Art Theory Fabric

First Polaris Bag in Alison Glass Art Theory Fabric

It is a smaller bag, and a simpler pattern, so I cut out fabrics to make two bags. I figured I’d be done with both bags in a day in a half. I probably would have been, too, if I hadn’t had to take the bag apart repeatedly to fix stupid mistakes because I wasn’t paying attention when sewing. The bag is 99% finished, I just have to finish stitching the lining into the bag. Despite all of the struggles I think it turned out nicely, and I have a list of make-sure-not-to-do’s for the second bag!

Alexander Henry Mindblown Skull Engines for second Polaris Bag

Alexander Henry Mindblown Skull Engines for second Polaris Bag

The first Polaris bag I made I chose pretty Alison Glass fabric and Mirror Glitter Vinyl in Gunmetal. The second bag is more my usual edgy style; Alexander Henry Mindblown Skull Engines and orange Mirror Glitter Vinyl. Hopefully I’ll have less trouble with this bag. I’ll write a Finished Friday post after both bags are done.

What have you been working on? Any new finishes?

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Finish Skull Engines Polaris Bag
  • Work on commission Window Shopper Tote
  • Take pictures of clutches and write Craftsy class review post

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