I decided to go material shopping today and found this really funky heavy duty material. I've been wanting to try and make a messenger bag, so here is what I came up with. I put on a clip so that the strap can be adjusted and the flap of the bag shuts with a magnetic snap (1st time using them and they are really easy to put in....I don't know why I was intimidated by them before hehe) There is a zip pocket inside of the lining.
Yeah Saturdays!!! A whole day of sewing and relaxing
Thanks Guys!!Here is a pic of the inside (I knew that one day I'd get some use out of my old Intro to Marketing textbook LOL) The textbook is covering the interior zip pocket (which I learned how to install thanks to Craftster!)
I didn't even know that Ikea sold fabric until I was flipping through the magazine last night. I'm glad I went because they have some really funky designs....and the only other fabric store in my city is Fabricland.
I've been on a sewing kick this week! When I have a stressful day at work, I like to make myself feel better by thinking of things that I can attempt to sew when I get home (sounds weird I know!) Today I felt like telling off one of my co-workers for being ignorant. She was trying to tell me that kids in Canada are just as bad off as children in poor developing countries who are looking for sponsors through places like World Vision. It sounds like a ridiculous conversation, but she was quite adamant about it. Our company was going to sponsor a child together, but now it looks like it might not happen because two of my co-workers jumped in on the poor Canadian kids bandwagon,grr. Here is the purse design that I came up with after my argument with my co-worker.
It's basically a variation of the petite hobo bag that I posted last night. I thought I'd make it bigger so that it could hold more stuff. I showed it to my Mom and she asked me to make her one too
Here's a little hobo purse that I made tonight. When I was growing up I never used to like the colour brown....but now I love it! The inside of this bag is lined in aqua blue and the button of the front is a vintage button that I found in our old sewing machine stand.
Here is my first attempt at a dress. It's lined in a fuchsia pink material and I used one of those "make your own" button kits to come up with a matching button (the make my own button was more a function of the fact that the sewing store I went to didn't have a huge selection of buttons hehe) I made the bows detachable because I figured that they wouldn't do so well in the wash, and really, who likes hand washing?
As you can tell this is my new fav. fabric Here is a hipslinger that I made out of it.
I installed a tiny metal grommet into the side of the purse so that I can keep my ipod on the inside with the rest of my money and lip balm (ahhh I am obsessed with lip balm hehe) but still snake the headphones cord through the grommet so that it hangs out on the other side. Sorry bad explanation but I can't think of a better way to say it!
Here is my first attempt at a wallet! I finished the sewing at 1:30am last night and was determined to put in the last part, the metal snap before I went to bed. Luckily my whole family was still up, so I closed the basement door and laid the snap tool on a bath towel to try and muffle the noise. When I came upstairs my Dad said that I had made a good attempt at being quiet...but failed So I guess there will be no more after midnight hammering hehe.
Here's the outside:
I'm donating an identical one to be given away as the prize for the next purse challenge!
I've seen some really cute things made out of felt here, so I thought I'd try my hand at making something out of it. I cut out the cherry blossom and then hand embroidered it onto the sleeve. The fun thing about sewing with felt is that it doesn't fray!
This is my 1st post.I've been lurking for over a year now [this site kept me occupied for hours while I was sitting in my apt. in Japan not being able to understand tv or radio:) ]and now that I'm back at home and have access to a sewing machine again I've decided to try my hand at making some purses. Thanks to all of the people who put so much time and effort into making some great tutorials....I wouldn't have been able to figure out alot of this stuff without you!!
Here is a slim shoulder bag in a black and white flowered pattern:
A tote bag with an array of hexagons:
Finally, a hobo bag with cool black rings to attach the handles to the bag: