I've been working on some bags lately. I love ruffles if you couldn't tell! I also am loving burlap. This first is a simple tote bag dimension 12 1/2" tall by about 10" wide. (this is not seam to seam but the usability of the space). The ruffles are 2 1/2" wide and are pleated ruffles. Easier to do than hand ruffling!! There are no inside pockets because I was lazy.
This next bag has more ruffles but I used a red cotton sheet from walmart! That's a LOT of fabric for just $5. I accented it with ivory and lined it with ivory. Inside has two pockets and it closes with a zipper. Outside has 2 more pockets on the back, 3 ruffles on the front and for added decoration, there's a large red and ivory bow tied around the handle.
The last bag is a navy and natural print that I love! I had enough scrap left over to make this. It is a simple messenger style with an adjustable strap. There are two pockets on the back of the bag and 2 pockets on the inside.
I am officially in love with a bag!! 2 years ago I saw an awesome bag while out and I recreated it. That bag is worn out and was in need of being replaced. A part of that bag that I loved was that it had ruffles. Here's a link to that first bag
I kept the ruffles, shortened the bag and added a zipper closure with a single adjustable strap. Instead of the shabby flower, this one has a tied on bow scarf. Bag is made of a linen look 100% cotton fabric in bleached white although it appears more antique white to me. Not pure white at all. Bag is large enough for a small diaper bag. It fits my RT tablet just fine!
Back where I added two slip pockets
Bow sash up close
Inside... pen pocket, and four slip pockets. Large enough for cells, etc.
With leftover scraps, I did this cell phone and CC wristlet to match.
I do enjoy a good messenger bag!! Here's a grey/white chevron print with hot pink trim. I added pink piping around the flap and the pink lining comes up adding a nice trim along the pockets. There are 2 slip pockets under the flap and the two slip pockets just like the others on the back.
The inside has a large zipper pocket and across from it are two more slip pockets. The finished dimensions of this bag are 16" across the top, 14" across the bottom, 12" top to bottom, and 4" deep. I love grey fabric prints with a nice pop of color!!
My laptop died a few weeks back and it was replaced with my first ever tablet: the Mircrosft Surface RT. Sorry to all my Ipad friends, but I really do love it! I desperately needed a protective sleeve for it so I got to work using some fabric that I had had my monogram put on recently. The monogram was placed oddly: as if it were on an afghan...right in the corner of the fabric, which does not work well when you need to cut rectangles from fabric! So I cut it on the bias and was able to create an angle flap for my sleeve using the monogrammed portion. And I am loving it!
This would also make a great envelope clutch except it has no pockets inside
If I'd had more time, I wanted to include a hole for the charger to go run through so I could charge while in the sleeve...but time wasn't on my side!
Velcro closure as I'm not sure how magnetized snaps may interfere with the workings of electronics? I also didn't need a button disrupting my monogram so velcro it was!
I do love a good hands free crossbody bag!! I ended up with this bag after I realized I couldn't box the bottom well (too much bulk). So instead, I rounded the corners, clipped the seam allowance, and ended up with this.
This is the second version where I added a zipper/slide pocket on one side instead of the same two slide pockets as seen in the first photo.
Inside has no pockets and there is an adjustable and removable strap. I used silver swivel clasp hooks to make the strap removable.
This is a pattern I drafted and designed when I was trying to copy a VB bag a few years back. The original bag had gussets and was ridiculously difficult to put together! This is much simpler and I love the lines! It's a simple pattern piece with darts for space in the bottom. I added an adjustable strap so I can have the crossbody option. There are three in er slide pockets.
I would love to make the pattern available but I don't know how to load it into my computer!!
It is exceptionally easy to follow and you end up with a beautiful bag afterwards! I had someone ask if it could be made larger to accommodate a mom and her many baby items. So, I followed all the same steps except I added 2" to each of the pieces: length and width to create a roomier bag that will hold much more!! I also added pockets to the inside, a zipper pocket on one side for Mom's essentials and two bottle pockets on the other side. And if you don't have a baby, these pockets ares till great for water bottles or sippy cups. These are NOT elastic but could easily be changed to that. I personally do not like elastic pockets so I stay far away from them!
The front/side view showing the drawstring and accent stripe on the flap.
Adjustable straps to fit Mom or Dad!
And another front view:
The backpack has a magnetic snap and drawstring closure with one of those sliders on it to keep it tight. I like the yellow and grey
I have had this lace curtain panel for 9 years: and I only had the one. In our first house, I had an upper bedroom that had one single window that was narrow. After our first baby came, the curtain was packed away and never used again. I almost sent it to the thrift store but this thing was gorgeous. I have always secretly had a love affair with lace so...it stayed.
As I was packing our home last summer to move, I found this curtain and had a picture in my head of turning it into a piece of clothing. There wasn't quite enough to make a maxi dress, but by george there was enough for a skirt! It's a basic elastic waste band maxi skirt and I love it. It has such a romantic feel and look to it.
A backside view...
Overall, this was an easy reconstruction. I measured where I wanted the skirt to fall on me. That was 36". I cut from the bottom up (there was the beautiful long ruffle on the bottom I wanted to use). I then put right sides together and pinned it. I sewed the single seam. I had purchased a really nice ivory knit for the underskirt. I folded it in half then laid the lace overskirt on top. I cut out around the lace skirt to get the pattern for the under skirt.
Pin down either side and sew in place. Then I baste stitched the lace overlay to the under skirt by turning the under skirt right side out and sliding it inside the lace overlay skirt. Pin the wastes together and stitch all the way around. Then just attach to the elastic waste band and you're home free with this gorgeous skirt!