You can always use another purse

Yes you can. You know you have this weakness for a cute purse. They are fabulous accessories and you have to have different styles and colors to go with your wardrobe. What? Did I hear you say that your wardrobe is bland and one purse or pocketbook or bag goes with everything? Well that’s a topic for a different blogger. I am here to show you how you can spiff up your presentation with a lovely variety of purses.

I have a new pattern for a Pocket Clutch that is soooo cute I am in love with it. DSC00593It is based on my Fat Bottom bag, not so fat bottomed, and has a zippered pocket on the outside. Same zip across the top. Added a lovely detachable wrist strap. And it’s easy to make. Here’s another one where I did some quick machine fancy stitching on the solid brown to add some pizzazz.

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Here is another black beauty (to go with everything in the winter)!DSC00523

Very cute, right??

You can get a pattern for this adorable clutch on Craftsy.Craftsy.com

That’s right. For a mere pittance you can download the pattern and make one today (or tomorrow if you’re busy).

Go here to look at the pattern.

And I wish you a very Happy New Year, filled with sewing and happy projects, and purses.

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More pouches than a kangaroo

This is a cute pouch! Was taught how to add pockets with zippers and tab ends on zippers with this project.DSC00393
This is the Triple Zip Pouch and you can find the directions at A Quilter’s Table. She ran a Triple Zip-Along on flickr and I participated. DSC00394

I am going to make myself a new bag with these same fabrics. This cute pouch will be an important insert where I will have more places to store (lose) my important stuff.

At the end of the directions I found a slightly easier way to finish the sides and then I squared off the bottom like I like to do. But that’s the only difference that I made.

A separate note about logistics, just to get it off my chest. Don’t you just hate Smartpost? I also hate that companies use it for shipping without letting you know before. I ordered some fabric from Connecting Threads online and they did it. The package started its journey A MONTH AGO!!! I am still trying to find it. The tracking info says its been in the regional post office for 10 freaking days. Called them this morning and they will look into it. I will never order again from CT.

 

Little Pouches

I have been busily sewing in November. Just because I haven’t posted doesn’t mean I haven’t been sewing. Almost every day. Here are my projects…

Made Laura 2 more skirts. One already has a hole in it, discovered this morning. Looks like a couple of sharp fingernails went through when wrestling her into it. I am contemplating some applique ideas to cover it up.

I finished a big bunch of Fat Bottom Bags for an order from one of L’s nurses. Made all from Christmas fabrics. She’s putting a couple of things in them and giving them as gifts. Soooo glad I bought those fat quarters and half yards at Keepsake’s sale a couple of years ago.

I finished the top for that curvy quilt. It is Kathy Alyce’s from her book, Flip Flop Quilts. And its all in modern fabrics, coral, pink, and navy. The curves were a good challenge but not too hard. A departure from my comfort zone. This is half the quilt folded over the quilting frame. Not quilted yet. No surprise there. I’m thinking about what the back will be. I have lots of scraps.

And I’ve also had some fun with making some small zippered pouches. I took out my Christmas fabric scraps. And I mean scraps! Small pieces that I saved, now I know why. I did a sew and flip, quilt as you go, on scrap batting. Lots of fun! They are intended as gifts. Try it some time! I put in the zippers and finished the bags just like in my Fat Bottom instructions. Only one of them has a fat bottom, the rest are flat bottoms.

So pretty. This one might be for me!

Cutie bag

I made another cute bag!

I plan to use it for toiletries and sundries. I don’t travel much, except for the unexpected and surprise visits to Children’s Hospital. Anyways… it holds a lot.

And it was not hard to make. I bought a pattern (horrors!) download from Connecting Threads called A Little Duffle Do It. It uses 2 fat quarters of coordinating fabrics.

This is the large size. I made some changes to the instructions. I didn’t use the interfacing and whatnot, I used fusible fleece. I added the handle which is absolutely essential. I didn’t use ribbon for the zipper tabs I used fabric. And I quilted the bottom of the bag with straight lines.

I like the wild fabric. It catches the eye for sure. I don’t think I will misplace this bag.

I also found another blog with a tutorial for making a bag like this but not exactly the same… sew4home.com. It’s worth a visit to the site.

Fat Bottom Workout!

HAHA!! I crack myself up! I held a morning workshop on making Fat Bottom Zip Bags and called it a workout. Love it! I invited members of my guild to learn for free, except… one of the bags they would make they would donate to the guild to sell at our quilt show in April.

We had a fun time. And didn’t those bags come out CUTE? They have a lot of good ideas to make more with larger or smaller sizes, embellishments, fun fabrics, and handles. Once you get the hang of it, it only takes about an hour to make one. Fun gifts too.

If you want to make one, go to my DIY page for the pattern.

And workout that Fat Bottom!! 🙂