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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Pop the Clutch

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Also known as the wristlet, here are 4 in fabulous POPular colors, new and fresh fabrics. Fun to make and the tutorial is on Sew4Home here. http://www.sew4home.com/projects/storage-solutions/wristlet

I did a few things different than the pattern: I used fusible fleece on the outside pieces and nothing on the lining instead of all that interfacing, I used a longer zipper to make it easier to insert (12″), and I zigzagged around the last seam to avoid ravels.

The black and red one there was a gift and the blue&white&green one I’ve used just recently. So liberating!! I’ve been carrying a tote bag for stuff all summer and this was just so light and easy. The red one will be wonderful for the fall and the other blue one in that snappy Australian print goes perfectly with jeans.

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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!

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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.

Just One More…

English: A box of 52 gallon Ziploc bags.

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I couldn’t resist showing you the bag I made today. I wanted one to take the place of the plastic ziploc bag I use when I take Laura’s meds and liquids with us anywhere (especially dr office). The 1 gallon ziploc bag can fit inside this fat bottom bag if I need it to be waterproof. It’s soooo cute and Valentineee!

I appliqueed the red hearts on top of the fabric design. And it has that cute fat bottom!

It is intended to slip inside the Laura’s wheelchair backpack after it is filled with the sundries I mentioned above.

Then I found that, totally a happy accident, the handles of the bag fit over the wheelchair

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handles and the bag could be used by itself! Woohoo! Quite the invention. Now both Laura Angel and I have a present!

This Fat Bottom zip bag is made the same way as the others found here. The materials were cut at 12″ x 12″ and the zipper was 16″ (14″ would work too). I’m thinking that this bag should win a prize over at the Sew Mama Sew blog in their True Love contest!

Don’t you think so?

Fat Bottoms

 

Fat bottom zip bags!! What did you think I meant??

These cute bags with sleek zippers have unusual fat bottoms. Most bags I see have narrow bottoms (very stylish but not user friendly). These bags can hold larger items and still hold their shape. They are fully lined of course.

Each bag uses one fat quarter of fabric. For the 4 bags you see here I used 4 fat quarters and mixed them up a little. Gray and yellow is such an IN color combo these days. See that one on the left, I put a retro bow on it.

See that bottom? No, that’s not a butt crack, but there is a full 4 inches of width there for all kinds of sundries. I made a turquoise one to store my assortment of pins and needles, IN THEIR BOXES! Then I went wild with this pack of coordinated fabrics. I found a great place online to buy zippers cheap, Stan’s Sewing Supplies, and received them in the mail quickly. I plan to write the pattern for these cuties so stay tuned. I bet you’ll want to make a couple.