Friday, January 16, 2015

Tiny Patchwork Sew Together Bag

I have been meaning to make a renowned Sew Together Bag by Sew Demented for a couple of months now. With the holidays gone and minimal deadlines to complete, I figured I had some time to spend on myself and make this bag that I have been lusting after for the past year.

When I did my initial fabric pull, I pulled very low volume fabrics and planned on having the zippers add the pop of color. As I started cutting it out I soon realized that this wasn't me, and that I am way too colorful to just go with one solid fabric for the outside. I have been making some good progress on using my scraps and so thought that this could be a great continuation of that resolution. After looking at several different options for the outside of the bag, I stumbled upon this beauty from Three Owls Handmade. OMG. I was sold. Hands down I am making that, right now, no stopping go, no collecting $200. I wish it was my idea, but it wasn't all credit goes to Three Owls Handmade.

She outlines the dimensions that you need to do and then points you to this great tutorial on tiny patchwork on the Sew Mama Sew blog by Elizabeth from Oh, Fransson!. I definitely see myself using this technique in the future.

A cutting away I went, rainbow style, my favorite, creating a stack of itty bitty squares to create this wonderous masterpiece. :)

1.25in squares for my first sew together bag!!!

The only part that was "hard", more mentally than technique wise, was the pressing open of the seams. So many open seams so close together means very delicate pressing. :) I spent more time pressing than I did making the rest of the entire outside of the bag.

Such a pretty pile of trimmings. :)

Once I finished the outside of the bag, it went together according to the pattern. I opted to hand stitch the binding down because: 1. I love hand stitching binding and 2. I personally suck at machine binding and personally prefer the look of hand binding.

Working on the side binding of my #sewtogetherbag this morning. Hoping to finish it by lunch!!

After an afternoon and the following morning, I had my dream bag complete.

My #sewtogetherbag is complete!!! I can join the cool kids club now!! #mplsmqg

I finished the inside with a low volume print and then added the pop of color in the zipper sections. :)

A peek at the bright pops of color on the inside of my #sewtogetherbag :)

Let's just say that I love this bag. I already have my hand sewing zipper section, my EPP zipper section, my business zipper section, my.... I could keep going. Love it. I could certainly see myself making another one but it would be for someone else, as mine fits everything I need in it. :) If you are intimidated by this bag, don't be. My machine did not have trouble will the bulk, I just went slow and hand cranked through the super thick parts. It came together without a single visit from the seam ripper, which in my mind is a success. Try it out if you haven't already, you would be surprised at what you can create. :)

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Friday, January 9, 2015

Improv Zippy Pouches and First Etsy Sale!

Welcome to the New Year! I had a great holiday with my girlfriend's family in Wisconsin and am now back in the grind of real life. :) I wanted to show you one of the projects I have been working on and share some exciting news as well. :)

This holiday I wanted to make most of my presents myself. I feel like if I can hand make things then they are more meaningful and unique. On the other plus side, they are "free." :) I wanted to make my girlfriend's sister a zipper pouch so I thought up a design in my head and went to work.

The design that I came up with incorporates small scraps and also the fun improv quilting technique that I have come to love so much. :) I drew it up and cut out the pieces, made the middle panel, and added a top and bottom piece to complete the front. I trimmed it to the size I wanted and made the back piece the same size.

This is the sketch. Let's see if it turns out anything like this. :)

It came together pretty quickly and it was super fun to make. Great project for an afternoon or some night sewing.


I posted a picture on instagram and my friend Veronica asked me to make one for her. Here comes the exciting news..... :)

I have been prepping to open an Etsy shop for about a year now, creating branding, moving to a real .com site, making business cards, etc. Veronica spurred me to get my act together and finally open it. She wanted to buy something from me. :) I took some pictures and wrote some postings and tada! I opened an Etsy shop!!

You can find the link to my shop here!

I made her a similar pouch with the same design and posted it in my shop the next day.


She bought it right away and was my first sale!! I am super excited about finally opening my shop. I have done lots of commission work over the years but have always been scared to put myself out there and actually sell my creations. I'm sure you can relate, as artists, we never fail to see the imperfections in our work.

I just got an order of zippers in this week and will be making many pouches for my shop. I would love to hear what kinds of things you would like to see in a shop like mine. Right now I have quilts that I have made that I had good pictures for and am waiting on good weather to take pictures of some more. I would love to put more pouches, journal covers, and tea cozies, but am also thinking of doing some yoga accessories, as I have a great friend, Kathleen, that has asked me to work some stuff up for her and her yogi friends.

Let me know what you would like to see and I will whip up some samples and would love to hear feedback on them. Super excited for what this year will bring. :)

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Happy Sewing!!!

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