I'm not big on crazy costumes, but figured I'd at least make some effort with a spooky bag for Halloween night. Not sure if it would look better if I made it bigger (like tote size)... Any thoughts/suggestions?
Been doing a bunch of custom sized bolster pillows, and I'm pretty happy with how this one turned out. It has a hidden zipper on one end and a separate, natural muslin interior case so the cover can be removed for washing. The woman sent me her own fabric all the way from London. A huge pain in the neck to stuff these monsters and I'm sure I look like a crazy person carrying this beast to the post office all wrapped up like a giant body bag.
Was needing a big ol' roomy tote bag for my purchases from the Saturday Farmer's Market in Union Square (NYC). Roomy enough to hold a few ears of fresh corn and sturdy enough for potatoes and onions. That was my inspiration to create this market tote.
The natural burlap was a bit messy to work with as it tends to 'shed' little burlap-y hairs all over the place but I'm happy with the result! Used the extra fabric to make mini change purses.
I got a little tired of turning things inside out and sewing with "right" sides together. Hard to see what you're doing that way and easy to get confused and end up with your lining on the outside of your bag! Sooo...I just stitched this baby face up. Right up the sides and over the edges of the zipper (no more broken needles this way either!). I helped the fraying process by rubbing the edges with the scissor blades.
Usually only make small bags and zippered pouches, but had a request for a large, zippered tote that someone wanted to take on a trip to Mexico as a flashy, stand-out item. I was so concerned about getting it right and making it nice that it is so reinforced it'll probably last 20 years! It took me a lot longer than I thought it would (mostly making the canvas handles from scratch). Anyone got any tips on making canvas handles without all the measuring and ironing? (the two things I most despise).
Wanted something easier to carry than a clutch to go out at night but I didn't want a big, flowery patterned wristlet. This wristlet seems more like a pretty bracelet to me (huh -- that gives me an idea..). Is there a 'standard' measurement anyone uses when making a wrist strap? I think I have really small wrists cause no one else can seem to get this on their own wrist...
Proof of lack of a Valentine = I sewed 5 pouchy-zippie things this weekend and cleaned out my refrigerator (sorry, no pics of my clean fridge). Anyway...thought something bright and sparkly might cheer me up (it didn't, but there's always chocolate and wine!)
Thanks for looking...comments and critiques are welcomed.
[02-22-09 >> ok, made 3 more this wknd, I need to get out more]