Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sunday Smiley....

Don't you just love winter!!!


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving ....

to my American friends ....


Monday, November 17, 2014


 I can't believe my little "red train case" has been nominated as one of the last 22 finalists in the Purse Palooza Contest!

I am so excited !!
From over 250 entries I made it to the last 22 !
I don't even care if I don't win ... I am happy to have been picked to this point! ( actually there are a couple I like even better then my own...shhh, don't tell anyone I said that)

If you like my red train case ...please go vote of me...If you like another one better...I won't mind!
...just vote that someone can be very happy to win!!



50% off sale......

Sarah at Cosy Nest Designs is have a 50% sale on all her pattens till November 20th !!
Now would be a perfect time to pop over and pick up a pattern or two .....

Wouldn't these Sweet Treats Gift Bags make great Christmas gifts??!!
P.S: I have sewn 3 of her patterns to date and love them all!..."Convertible / Reversible Bag",  "One Trip upstairs Basket"  & "Spectrum Tote".

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Friday, November 14, 2014

Lumberjack, eh!!??

Last Friday, the fabric market came to town and of course a few friends and I couldn't resist going.

One of the things on my "shopping list" was red /white plaid wool...I wanted to make the Ayra bag (the one I made in orange faux leather ) with it.

Unfortunately, I didn't find any red/white plaid wool but I found a red /white/ blue thick flannel ( almost like a blanket)....I was all excited ...then my girlfriend Alena saw it and said " that is butt a lumberjack shirt...yuck, toss it away" ( translated from german of course)
....I told her " I am Canadian...I like lumberjack shirts!! eh!!!

Those for you that know me...know that when you tell me not to do something, then I really do it!!...I had to prove to her that the lumberjack fabric would look good as a bag...

What do you think ???  
Ugly or cool !!

I quilted the fabric with a simple diamond grid so that the flannel would hold better to the headliner (5mm) ...Ikea cotton for the lining and I made my own faux leather handles...they were super easy to make! I will post a tutorial next week!
This is the middle size bag  .....  46 x 32 x 12cm ( 18" x 12.5" x 5" ) and it holds a lot!!!
Here you can see them both sizes for a comparison....I would say the small one is a normal handbag size...and the middle one is like those oversized bags. There also is a larger one in the pattern ( beach bag size)...for those that do carry the kitchen sink with them !

I love my Lumberjack version....besides it is nice proving a friend wrong!! 

I have had a lot of questions about this pattern since it is in german and my english speaking readers wonder if they will be able to understand it if they buy it....

-The pattern has step by step pictures (real photos) ....
-There are only 3 pieces to the outer bag ( if you place it on a fold; otherwise 4 pieces ) plus the front zipper pocket
- The lining is the same amount plus some interior pockets but you can design that as you wish.

The only problem I had was when I made the faux leather one was topstitching the upper edge ...but only where the leather tabs that hold the D-rings are was it to thick. Most home machines will have a problem at this point but if you don't topstitch over the tabs ( start & stop before & after) you will have no trouble. 
On the flannel one I had no problems top stitching, since the handles where placed on top! Hand stitching the handles on top took longer then making the bag!!

I believe if you have sewn a bag before and inserted a zipper in a will have no problem with this pattern even if it is in german....there are enough pictures to walk you thorough.

If you have any questions or problems are welcome to contact me...I will try and help you out.
Just remember ...the pattern does not include the seam allowance sure to add one..( I used 1cm) and the measurements are in metric!!


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