Hello, again! I realized that I have more things to share that have been completed in the past few months. I am always busy making things.
Back in an earlier blog post, I shared some WIPs that I was working on finishing. I have finished the Coffee Quaker piece by Heartstring Samplery. I love this piece so much. I framed it myself giving it the padded treatment with batting beneath the stitched piece and it hangs in my kitchen where I can admire it daily. It certainly does speak the truth. I MUST have a cup of coffee before I do a thing. This has always been the case with me and will likely always be!
But what does this Coffee Quaker have to do with bags, you ask? Well, I always keep my projects in various bags, that is true. But these projects I’m about to share below are simply bags. In fact, I purchased the sewing pattern, Simply Chic Bag, from Geta Grama at www.getasquiltingstudio.com. Her instructions are very clear and there are several photos to go along with the instructions so you can make a wonderful bag (or 3) for yourself.
The first bag I made was to incorporate some English paper piecing I worked on featuring some fun fabrics I purchased at my local Tuesday Morning, which is sadly closing. I really had fun making the bag because I could feature the panel that was paper pieced. I purchased the black and white honeycomb fabric from Joann Fabrics. The interior plaid fabric may have been given to me. I really cannot recall!
What I love the most about this bag are the sturdy interior pockets. The magnetic snap is also a nice touch. I used to think that making a lined bag was so complicated! But it really isn’t. I don’t consider myself a really good seamstress but these bags turned out so nice, it has boosted my confidence a great deal. Give this bag a try for yourself. It’s a great way to showcase favorite fabrics.
Here is the next bag I made, using a heavy canvas that I adorned with yarn using my sewing machine and a technique called couching. I am currently using this bag to carry the baby blanket I am knitting for my great niece, who is expecting her first baby this summer. Once that project is finished, I’ll post about it here.
This next bag featured below is made with some fabric I pieced together using the quilt-as-you-go hexagon method. These hexies are made on the machine, so no hand piecing here. The hexagon fabrics also came from Tuesday morning. This bag is for my father-in-law’s wife, who loves animal prints. She will receive it for Mother’s Day. Each hexagon is made on the machine then I used invisible thread to piece them together using a zig zag stitch. You can likely see this in the photos.
So, go sew yourself a bag or two. There are many many patterns out there available for purchase, or you may find a freebie out there, too. Thanks for stopping by to read about my projects!