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Finished Friday | Ana’s Hippo Hobo Bag

Stitch ALL The Things | Hippo Hobo Bag pattern by Emkie Designs

This week’s Finished Friday is my second Hippo Hobo Bag. I made this for my sister-friend, Ana. I made her mom the 49er Hippo Hobo Bag about a month ago for her birthday. I know I’ve mentioned these two women before on my blog, but I just can’t say enough how special they are to me. Always encouraging, motivating, and cheerleading me on. They’re just the best!

Stitch ALL The Things | Hippo Hobo Bag pattern by Emkie Designs

Ana loves the color pink. She saw a picture I posted somewhere on social media that included the Chain Mail print in Plum from Tula Pink’s line, Elizabeth. She made a comment about how she loved the print, and I knew right then that I would use it in a bag for her. I wasn’t sure about the interior and accent cotton fabrics at the time, and I chose them later. I knew that I wanted MiKri Glitter Mirror Canvas Vinyl for the vinyl accents. If you’re into making bags, this stuff is bomb! It’s super thin and goes through a sewing machine very easily. I was thinking about using the glitter canvas in pink, but realized that would just be too much pink (Ana might disagree). I decided on the white as it gave it a clean feel, but also a place to rest your eyes when looking at the bag.

Stitch ALL The Things | Hippo Hobo Bag pattern by Emkie Designs

Most people who know me will tell you that if I’m using Tula Pink on a project for you, then you KNOW I love you. Because I really do hoard my Tula fabric. Tula has the best colors, and all of her lines coordinate so well together. I chose Deity in Mojito (the elephant faces) from Tula’s Eden line for the flaps. The color is a perfect match to the aqua green in the Chainmail print. It pops against the fabric so nicely!

Stitch ALL The Things | Hippo Hobo Bag pattern by Emkie Designs

The interior fabric is Pearls of Wisdom in Plum from Tula Pink’s Elizabeth. It is also the fabric I used in all of the pockets. This bag has a hidden zippered pocket under the front bag flap, in the back of the bag, and in the interior of the bag. I also added my favorite zippered pocket panel that is part of The Epiphany Bag pattern by Chris W. I’ve mentioned it before, but I am a huge fan of pockets. If a bag pattern doesn’t have a lot of interior pockets, I add this panel in. It has a pen pocket, a pleated pocket, and two slip pockets. You have got a place for a pen, your sunglasses, your phone, and a notepad. Or a place to store your gum. Whatever you need to stow (or grab) quickly… this is your pocket panel. I’d buy The Epiphany Bag pattern over again just for the pocket panel!

This bag was so much fun to make, and I was so happy to hear from my sweet friend that she loved it. Now I think I’ll be making one of these bags for myself!

Linking up with:
Devoted Quilter hosting TGIFF
Can I Get A Whoop Whoop hosted by Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finish It Up Friday hosted by Crazy Mom Quilts
Finished {or Not} Friday hosted by Busy Hands Quilts

Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts


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.

Linking up with:
TGIFF hosted by Leanne of Devoted Quilter
Can I Get A Whoop Whoop hosted by Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finish It Up Friday hosted by Crazy Mom Quilts
WHOOMP! There it is hosted by Zenia Rene of A Quilted Passion

A Quilted Passion


To-Do Tuesday 1-26-16 | The Backgammon Bag

Oh, happy day! I had two finishes this past week and I am happy dancing all over the place! My first finish was the Grungy Windows quilt. I won’t be showing pictures of that today; I’ll write all about it in a Friday Finish post later this week. But, as requested, I did have the Mister take a picture of me while quilting. I never take good pictures, but this does give some perspective on the size of my sit-down quilting machine and the room I have to maneuver the quilt around. And there is A LOT of room, to be sure!

Quilting on Josie the Juki

Quilting on Josie the Juki

My second finish this week was the January Bag of the Month by Betz White: the Backgammon Bag.

The Walking Dead Backgammon Bag

The Walking Dead Backgammon Bag

I decided to use The Walking Dead fabric and red sparkle vinyl as the accent. This was not the bag to go mixing those kinds of fabrics together, but I loved the idea of the red sparkle vinyl as the accent so much that I was determined to make it work.

TWD Backgammon Bag close up

The most difficult areas to sew were where the vinyl was so thick. I did a lot of trimming down on it in the seam allowances. Especially on the vinyl points, and on the vinyl strap tabs. My walking foot machine really got a workout, and I learned quite a bit from my mistakes. I realized that I definitely need to bulk up the lighter fabrics with more interfacing so that when I do any top stitching I am not running across unevenness, like I did with the outer pockets. I added piping, which was not called for in the pattern, and I learned the hard way to make sure that the cord does not go into the seam allowance. Even an industrial walking foot will balk at having to go through 10 layers of fabric, 4 layers of interfacing (thankfully I cut the fusible fleece smaller than the seam allowance!), and 2 thicknesses of cording. I spent a goodly amount of time taking out 3/8″ of cord from within the seam allowances.

TWD Backgammon Bag Angled

This was my first time inserting a twist lock, as well as making an adjustable strap. The twist lock is crooked, and hopefully my next attempt will go a little easier than this one went. As far as the adjustable strap, I can not believe I was so afraid to make one of these before now! It was much easier than I expected. Since the vinyl was 8 layers thick when folded over, I opted to use rivets to secure it rather than sew it. I could have spaced the rivets better, so that’s another area I need to work on in the future.

TWD Backgammon Bag Inside Pocket

The only interior feature I made was the zippered pocket that the pattern called for. After the challenges of sewing with the vinyl I decided not to get fancy inside. The bag already has two pockets with magnetic closures on the outside of the bag; one on each side the full width of the bag. I remembered to sew my label into the bag. I have to say, I’m not entirely thrilled with the looks of these woven labels. The font feels like it’s 1989 and from a DOS screen. Blech.

Well, that was a busy week, but I have one more project to go before my January goals are complete. This week I’ll be making the Vivian Handbag by Swoon Patterns. This is a pattern I am hoping to make many more bags from for selling.

How did your week go?
Are you close to accomplishing your January goals?

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Make Vivian Handbag

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To-Do Tuesday 12-15-15 | New Bag Making Book

Happy Tuesday! There are only a few weeks left in this year. Can you believe it?! It seems like 2015 just arrived, much less is already over!

Windy City Bags and the Appaloosa Bag pattern by Sara Lawson

Windy City Bags and the Appaloosa Bag pattern by Sara Lawson

I didn’t do any sewing this week, and wasn’t planning on doing any sewing related things. However, a couple of days ago I received my pre-ordered signed copy of Windy City Bags, a book by Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness. I spent an entire evening poring over the book. I loved it so much I wrote a review of it over on Amazon. Since I pre-ordered the book through Sara, I also received a free paper pattern of one of her bags and it happened to be on of her newest releases, the Appaloosa Bag. Yes!! I am ready for some time to become available so I can sew bags!

Bag of the Month Club

Another thing I did was to sign up for the 2016 Bag of the Month Club. From now until the end of December the sign up fee is $35. After December 31st the fee is $40. The club includes 6 bags, one released each month from January through June. If you’re interested in learning more, you can find additional information HERE.

At the end of this week we take the kids to their Dad so they can spend the holiday with him. Before they go for Christmas we are planning on some fun. We’ll be taking them to a local temporary ice skating rink. Hard to believe we have one here in Lake Havasu, but we do! We’ll also do our annual drive around town to see the Christmas lights. I’m excited to watch the kids fall all over themselves on the ice (they’ve never ice skated before), and to see the lights. It’s the most wonderful time of the year!! 🙂

Do you have any pre-holiday plans this week? Any last-minute holiday rushing you have to do? Or are you savoring the season? I know I am!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Relax and continue to enjoy the season!

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