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Finished Friday | 49er Hippo Hobo Bag

Stitch ALL The Things | 49er Hippo Hobo Bag

The Hippo Hobo Bag pattern was released by Emkie Designs in April and I knew I wanted this bag pattern as soon as I saw it. I bought it not long after release, but did not have time to make a bag from it until recently. I knew I wanted to make a bag for one of my best friends for her birthday, and this was the perfect bag pattern. Cristal is a 49ers fan and I ordered the fabrics from Fabric.com for this bag before we went to Oregon for the summer. I already had the antique gold faux leather, and it turned out to be the perfect color to match the gold in the print. I was glad to have all of the materials on hand and ready to sew up when we returned for the summer and I got started on the bag as soon as a few WIPs were done.

Stitch ALL The Things | 49er Hippo Hobo Bag

I would classify this bag as intermediate to advanced. I normally use Annie’s Soft & Stable to give sturdiness to a bag, but because this was a hobo bag, I opted to go with what the pattern called for… SF101 and Fusible Fleece. The only thing I did differently was to use one extra layer of SF101 on the outer main panels to give the bag a bit more structure. Thankfully, this bag gave me few problems with top-stitching. I did have to make the top flaps three times because I thought I’d be smart and change up the interfacing options there. I went back with what was called for in the pattern, but the fusible fleece was to thick in the seams for top-stitching. My third, and final, time making these I cut the fusible fleece out of the seam allowance and the top stitching was perfect!

Stitch ALL The Things | 49er Hippo Hobo Bag

The pattern calls for three zippered pockets. There’s a hidden zippered pocket under the bottom flap in the front, a zippered pocket on the back of the bag, and a zippered pocket in the lining. However, that wasn’t quite enough pockets for me. I am a huge fan of having a slip pocket handy when you need to quickly put away your phone or keys or sunglasses. The Epiphany Bag pattern by Chris W Designs has a fantastic pocket panel in it that includes a pen pocket, a pleated pocket, and two slip pockets. So I incorporated that pocket panel into this bag. I love how the pocket lining is also a faux binding on the pocket panel.

Stitch ALL The Things | 49er Hippo Hobo Bag

I really enjoyed making this bag. It took longer than expected, unfortunately. I had a few events with my son come up that required 2 – 3 hour blocks of time working with him that I would have spent sewing the bag, and then I became sick for about a week. I was one week and one day late giving Cristal her bag, but since we chose each other as “family” (and she loves me), I don’t think she cared about a late present. Cristal, if you’re reading this, I love you so very much! Thank you for being an amazing friend! xoxo

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To-Do Tuesday 8-16-16 | Birthday Week!

What a week this has been! My birthday was on Sunday the 14th, but on Wednesday the 10th I found myself being massively surprised with a surprise party! My friends, who are like family to me, worked with Brad and the kids to really get me good. I can usually see surprises and/or presents coming, but not this time. I was had! Also, I should note that if you are a Pinterest user and have awesome friends like I do, there will be a Pinterest test. The theme of the party was All About Christine, and they went through all of my pins to decide on the menu for the evening. The fact that I had not pinned one vegetable was noted. Although, I did pin quite a few potato recipes, so that counts… right?!

Birthday lovelies

On Sunday I was spoiled rotten. No cooking, whatsoever! Breakfast at my favorite hole-in-the-wall diner, an afternoon showing of Suicide Squad, Pizza for dinner, and delicious cupcakes from a local cupcakery, Smallcakes. I had to share the amazing presents the Mister and the kids got for me (Yay for Amazon wish lists)! Mister picked out The Quilt Block Cookbook and the Round Up tool for me, Josh picked out The Ultimate Guide To Machine Quilting, and Callie found this adorable Les Amis print and a bunch of face masks (not pictured). They know me so well!!

Instant-Pot-Lux-60-500x600

One day before my birthday I added the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker to my Amazon wishlist for Christmas. I was blown away to find that the Mister had purchased it for my birthday the week before! I am super excited about this, but my first use of it was an epic fail. I tried cooking rice according to the book directions, but it was a gummy, mushy, ucky mess. SO GLAD I had Minute Rice in the pantry!! I have done some research and realized it either cooked too long, had too much water, or both. I hate to “play” with food to find what works right since that is so wasteful, but I am going to make another batch tomorrow and my fingers are crossed that will cook correctly. If you have a pressure cooker and some favorite recipes, I’d love it if you’d share!

Churn Dash Flimsy

I did get the Churn Dash quilt assembled and put the borders on. Up close I really love how it all works together, but it looks very soft and almost pastel because of the print used for the snowballed corners and the border. I have grown to love it though, and while it probably won’t work as I envisioned in the living room of the Oregon House, it will go great in the upstairs bedroom. I am excited to get this one done and start on another quilt with some of the new fabrics recently purchased. This week I will make the backing, baste the quilt and begin quilting. It would be awesome if I could finish the quilting by next week, but it’s hot here and I’m not sure how much quilting I will want to do in this heat.

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Piece backing
  • Baste Quilt
  • Begin Quilting
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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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Happy Birthday, Mom! | The Epiphany Bag

Today is my mom’s 30th x2 birthday. Happy Birthday, Mom!!
Mom at the Ahwahnee Hotel photo by S.L. Morgan, used with permission.

Mom at the Ahwahnee Hotel photo by S.L. Morgan, used with permission.

Several months ago I decided that I wanted to make a special purse for her birthday present. My mom is a violinist in the Mariposa Symphony Orchestra, so I went on the hunt for musically themed fabric. I found Kanvas Concerto Tossed Instruments in Cream and Timeless Treasures Music Words in Linen and knew they would be perfect for a bag along with some black vinyl.

Front of The Epiphany Bag

Front of The Epiphany Bag

It took me two weeks to find the right bag pattern. After searching through several of my favorite bag designer websites I found The Epiphany Bag by ChrisW Designs. When I saw it I knew it was the one!

The Epiphany Bag Back

The Epiphany Bag Back

It took me a bit of time to read through the pattern and understand all the various parts and figure out which fabrics I wanted where. It took a day to cut all fabrics and interfacing out and then another half day to fuse the interfacing to the fabric. I made sure to sew slowly and carefully, because I wanted this bag to look as perfect as possible.

Side View

Side View

My only real issue, other than sewing the bottom, was the top stitching. This bag broke two titanium top-stitching (100/18) needles! That was more user error as I would get a little too quick with putting my machine into reverse and the thickenss would skew the needle to the side. Needle breakage was inevitable given my carelessness in that regard. I was having a difficult time when trying to stitch over the strap tabs. Not even my walking foot, with full pressure, would give me good stitches. I tried every trick I knew to sew through bulky material. I was sewing through 4 layers of soft and stable, 4 layers of SF101, 1 layer of Peltex, 4 layers of fabric, and 4 layers of vinyl (where the strap tabs were). I was in tears over all of the skipped stitches. I decided to pull out my tiny zipper split hinged foot as a last resort. There’s hardly any surface area to the foot, so I had a feeling it wouldn’t press the fabric down enough for the needle to go all the way down and have the hook catch the thread. I WAS WRONG. And so glad for that too! That zipper foot worked fantastically! The only trouble I had with skipped stitches was when my foot came down off of the strap tabs. I would stop stitching, tie off my thread tails, bury them, and then turn the bag around so that my foot would sew up the strap tab and meet my completed stitches. It took several times to get some of those stitches right, and there are a lot of buried threads in that bag. All in all, I think the top stitching was a success! Thank you tiny little foot!

Top of the Bag

Top of the Bag

The pattern came together nicely. The instructions were easy to understand, however I would recommend that you have some bag making experience before tackling this pattern. My previous experiences sewing with vinyl and sewing through thick seams really came in handy with this bag.

The Epiphany Bag Bottom

The Epiphany Bag Bottom

I had a particularly difficult time sewing the bottom piece to the body of the bag. My problem here was the vinyl was several layers thick and I used some Wonder Tape that the needle had to go through. In retrospect, I should have used a rubber mallet to flatten the whole piece. I ended up with skipped stitches in several spots, and after attempting to fix them three times I decided it was good enough as it was. It’s the bottom of the bag… Who is going to look there and critique my work? Definitely not my mom. If she notices it she’ll pretend she didn’t see it! That’s what moms do!

Inside Front

Inside Front

The inside of this bag was pretty detailed. I love the three pockets plus the pen pocket. I did forget to put my “Stitch ALL The Things” grosgrain ribbon tag on it and had to undo half of the pocket to fix it. It’s just not a Christine bag if I don’t forget something and have to rip work apart!

Inside Back zippered pocket

Inside Back zippered pocket

The pattern was written to put a zippered pocket either on the outside back of the bag or on the inside lining. I prefer my bags to have an inside zippered pocket, so that’s how I made this bag. The outside of the bag already has a slip pocket on the front panel, so I thought that would be good enough to toss either keys or a cellphone. It’s roomy enough for both, actually.

Custom Made Musical Charm Fob

Custom Made Musical Charm Fob

One thing I spent quite a bit of time on was making Mom a charm fob for the purse. I found lettered charms and put M, S, O on the chain as well as a violin. I attached a keyring that has a dove, a cross, and the word “Love” on it. The bottom of the fob is a large treble clef. I wish the letter charms could have been bigger, but it was difficult to find the letters in a gold tone. The whole fob blends together, but I think it may something neat for someone to discover about the bag.

Emmaline Bags "Handmade" Hardware

Emmaline Bags “Handmade” Hardware

As usual I used Emmaline Bags hardware and bag bling. I can not say enough about what her hardware adds to a bag. It really gives it a professional look. Emmaline Bags added these new “handmade” tags a month or so ago and in gold tone. As soon as I saw them I knew they were going on the bag. She also had matching gold tone “handmade” zipper pulls in stock, so I put one on the main zipper and one on the inner zipper pocket. I also used her gold purse feet on the bottom of the bag.

Rivets!

Rivets!

This bag has actual rivets in them! This was my first time using rivets, although I didn’t install them. Let’s just say I was a little freaked at ruining what I worked so hard to make, so I asked the Mister to install the rivets. First, we tested them out on a scrap piece of vinyl the same thickness as the strap tabs. He put one rivet in and then I asked him to try his hardest to rip it apart. I was worried the rivets wouldn’t hold and was thinking I should add stitching to reinforce the handles and the tabs. The single rivet held. Color me shocked! I then marked out all the rivet spots and punched the holes for them. He set all the rivets for me. After using them in this bag, I am definitely going to add them to all of my bags. They really add strength to the bag as well as make it look store bought.

Emmaline Bags Zipper End

Emmaline Bags Zipper End

One other thing I added to the bag was this zipper end that I purchased from Emmaline Bags. It is the only thing that is silver toned on the bag. She doesn’t have them in gold tone, but since it tucks down into the bag and isn’t really seen, I figured the different metal color would be okay. Plus… professional looking, right?!

My mom called me about an hour and a half ago. All she could say was… “Oh MY Gosh.” “OH. MY. GOSH.” “OH MY GOSH!!!” I take it she liked it! Also, I’ve been instructed to hurry up and start selling handmade bags. I guess that means I need to start sewing some purses right away!

Happy Birthday, Mom! I am glad you like the bag! Love you!!