Tag Archives: Bag Making

To-Do Tuesday 10-24-17 | Hitting The Wall

Hello, and Happy Tuesday, friends! How did you do with your projects last week? I have to admit, I hit the wall creatively and really struggled with getting my stuff done.

Stitch ALL The Things | Kitty Hyacinth Bag

I didn’t do any cross stitching at all, I just spent the evenings feeling a bit zoned out and tired. I managed to finish one Hyacinth Bag (better picture to come when all three bags are finished), but forced myself to work on the weekends. I didn’t feel like I was taking time away from Mister, as I barely spent two and a half days in the sewing room during the work week. Instead, we ended up running errands and I gave myself permission to rest a bit from the bag making. These Hyacinth Bags weren’t on a hard deadline, so I felt a little breathing room was okay. Especially because I didn’t have any other upcoming bag orders, other than my own intention to make extra bags to sell this week. Big mistake!

Stitch ALL The Things | Beauty & Brains Project Bag

The Mister and I decided to take a rare nap on Wednesday, and as we were drifting off to sleep I told him of my plans to stop taking commissioned orders by November 1st, as I really needed to schedule time to get my Christmas sewing done. I told him I had not received orders for two weeks via the website, so it was probably a good time to remove the order form from the web page and put up a notice that commissions would not be taken until after January 2018. He agreed, and when we woke up from our nap an hour later I found that I had two orders. I received two more that evening, and one more a day later. I had to laugh at that! I changed my plans from sewing extra bags to put up for sale, to finishing these last commissioned orders. I finished one of them, a zip top project bag in the Beauty and Brains print from Alexander Henry, on Monday. I love this bag! The rest of the orders should take me until November 1st, possibly the 2nd, to finish. Then it’s just me and my quilts and other handmade Christmas gifts. I. Can’t. Wait.

Do you have any sewing plans for the holiday season? Please comment below… I’m excited to read about them!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Work last four commissioned orders
  • Finish last Hyacinth Bag

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To-Do Tuesday 10-17-17 | Ship’s Manor Mystery Halloween Town SAL

Stitch ALL The Things | Ship's Manor Mystery Halloween Town Finish

Hello, and Happy Tuesday, friends! I hope you’ve had a good and productive week! I didn’t have much extra time to respond to comments or visit your blogs, but I will catch up on them this coming week. Since I was rushed with last week’s post, I’ve got several pictures to share this week. I had a big finish just over a week ago… The Ship’s Manor Mystery Halloween Town Stitch Along that I was participating in. This was a really fun project to stitch up. The DMC Light Effects floss (the neon green and yellow floss) was rather fiddly to work with, but really gives this finish some pop. Definitely worth the hassle!

Stitch ALL The Things | Ship's Manor Mystery Halloween Town Close Up

There are so many elements to this design, I took some close up pictures. There’s Mr. & Mrs. Ghosty at the bottom of the scene, and they both tend to blend in with their surroundings. There’s a little skeleton girl swinging from the tree, and a witch headed back to her hut, complete with bubbling cauldron. However, my absolute favorite part of this entire scene are the Skelewags… The skeleton pirates! Love the two in the ship, and the one shooting slime balls from the castle grounds. Such a perfect Halloween Town! This was stitched 2 over 2 on 32 count linen in Abracabra from Ship’s Manor and took 48 days to stitch.

Stitch ALL The Things | Burlesque Zombie Portrait

After I finished Halloween Town, I pulled out my girl, Ava, to work on. She was the third cross stitch project I started back in 2014, and is currently my oldest WIP. She is full of confetti stitches, so she feels a bit overwhelming to work on at times. I’ve decided to work exclusively on her for the rest of the month. She’s perfect for October stitching! When I started her I had about 1/3rd of the right side of the frame to finish, the bottom bat on the right side, and some of the blue background (above the top right bat) to fill in. It took me seven days to get that done, but now I am officially halfway done on her! I started working on the bottom portion of her face on Sunday night. I’m anxious to get her profile done, so rather than working the bottom left quadrant from the outside in, I’m working from the middle out. Not sure how much longer this will take for her to be completed. I’m curious to see how much I can get done in the last half of this month!

Stitch ALL The Things | Wonder Woman Hyacinth Bag

As far as bag making, two weeks ago I completed two clear vinyl front project bags. Last week I cut out the fabrics and interfacings for three Hyacinth Bags (pattern by Sew Sweetness), and fused or sewed the interfacings to the fabrics as instructed. I began work on one Hyacinth Bag on Thursday and finished it Monday afternoon. It was my first time sewing this pattern, and was a bit different in construction than what I have done before. I made notes on some things to change for the last two bags, mainly thinning the foam interfacing at the top seam allowance for when the bag is turned and top stitched. My machine handled most of the bulk perfectly, but the thickness of the foam interfacing and the glitter vinyl gave me some skipped stitches there. The picture isn’t the greatest as it was dark out by the time I went to take a picture. I’ll take better pictures when all of the bags are finished.

Stitch ALL The Things | Hyacinth Pattern Pieces

This week I will be working on the last two Hyacinth Bags. A friend also asked me to add purse feet to two new purses she bought. Keep your fingers crossed that will go smoothly for me, I’m a bit nervous ripping open the lining of a bag that I haven’t constructed… I’ve no idea what I will be running across!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Finish Hyacinth Bag Order
  • Add feet to friend’s purses

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To-Do Tuesday 9-12-17 | Santa’s Village Update

Hello and Happy Tuesday, friends! This past week I kept up with my goals of having 16 bags done by Friday for the large shop order, and three more bags sewn by Monday. I confess to having hand-stitched closed the linings of the 16 bags on Saturday. I wasn’t stuck out in the sewing room though, and since I enjoy hand-stitching so much, it was a very relaxing Saturday. I am not waiting until the end of this week to stitch the linings closed for the last half of the bags. I will be stitching them in the evenings so that I can take pictures of this order by Saturday and have it packaged and ready to mail before Monday.

Stitch ALL The Things | North Pole Post Office

This week my evening stitching time was spent working on the North Pole Post Office from Santa’s Village. I just love the letters hanging from the line. Such a cute chart! So far I’ve finished three of the twelve charts from the series. There are three rows of four houses and I will be stitching one house per month. Which means the top row will be finished in October. Here’s the progress so far…

Stitch ALL The Things | Progress on Santa's Village

This week I will be finishing up the large bag order, and back to work on Ship’s Manor Mystery Halloween Town cross stitch WIP. The sixth clue was released on the 6th, so I want to get that done before I fall behind again.

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Continue working on shop order.
  • Stitch Clue 6 of Mystery Halloween Town

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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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