Wednesday, July 15, 2015

I'm back & the Motherload Tote....

it is time I get off of my "Summer Vacation" butt and get back to blogging!
I have been doing a lot of testing lately, that combined with the heatwave, a sick FIL.. it all just burned me out a bit so I took a break...I didn't realize how long of a break till I was looking for a picture and I realized I haven't blogged about a lot of the stuff I made...so here we go.....
Let start with "The Motherload Tote" by CozyNestDesigns...this design started out as a yoga bag in the testing forum but those that know me, know I don't do yoga (with my bad knees you could never get me up off the mat)    So I decided to make it into a Swimming bag... I swim!
I used a water resistant fabric ( which I actually bought to make my Hubby a swimming bag ...but he can wait ..LOL)
Since the fabric was a bit plain for me...I machine embroidered a seahorse on the front...the design is by Urban Threads...I used webbing for the handles ...also water repellant
...and I used the same water resistant fabric for the inside...I didn't want a wet towel or bathing suit ruining the bag. 
The interior has a cool divider pocket for your shoes or bathing suit ...a zipper pocket for money, keys or cards & a netted pocket for your water bottle &  a big section for everything else.
This really is a Motherload of a tote ( hence the name)

I almost forgot ...the  back also has a big zipper pocket 
This is a good size bag .
21 x 13 x 5 1/2" (53x33x14cm)
....this bag has a lot of possibilities...whether it be a sports bag, swimming, yoga or a mother schlepp everything bag! You will enjoy making it!
The instructions are well written with lots of diagrams ...you shouldn't have an problems...the testers hammered them all out ! LOL
You can find the pattern *here* or *here*
 Speaking of the testers...be sure to check out all the other versions...they are fabulous!! 
I just love the red polka dot one...why didn't I think of that ??
Happy Sewing!

P.S: I'll be linking up with TT- Taschen und Täschen
  • I used a water repellant fabric of the exterior & interior
  • 5mm Headliner foam for the batting 
  • netting for bottle pocket








Sunday, June 28, 2015

Monday, June 22, 2015

Sharona Hobo Bag...

I  love the designs Maria of Delinda Boutique comes up with ...the Sharona Hobo Bag is no exception.

When I saw the pattern, I knew which fabric I wanted to use...I had this rust colored upholstery suede I was dieing to try...the only problem was I didn't have a print to go with it ..then I found this giraffe  fabric in my stash ( not my usually fabric)  & knew it would be perfect for a girlfriend that is an Africa fan...a new bag was born!
I really like that the front has a BIG pocket...
 I also love how the gusset has a squared off look...originally I wanted to make the gusset in faux leather but in my euphoria of cutting, I forgot!!!...so the bag is made all in one fabric. Which I think also looks good.

  The back has a zipper pocket...I think it looks so classy!
 The inside also has a few pockets ( which a girl can never have enough of) The pattern has a slip pocket & a zipper pocket on the inside....I left off the zipper pocket & instead used the pattern piece from the exterior pocket & added it to the interior...divided it into a couple of sections ( for iPad, pen & anything else she might need?) viola tons of pockets!!
The only other change I made was I added 2" to the shoulder strap...my girlfriend has " healthy breast" so she needs longer straps ! 

When Maria ask me to test the pattern she said it was a quick sew...I didn't believe her since I sew slow...but I have to admit, it was a quick sew. The pattern is well written with every step explained ....TONS of pictures!! A beginner would have no problem sewing this bag!! 
Even though this is an easy bag to sew  I love the classic simple look. I can see this bag is all kinds of colors & a great showcase for pretty big bold prints on the pocket or machine embroidery...tons of possibilities!

***The bag is 14 inches (36 cm) across the widest part, 13 inches (33 cm) across the narrowest part, 3 1/2 inches (9 cm) deep and 10 1/2 inches (27 cm) high*** ..a good size bag!!

If you would like to make your own Sharona Hobo bag...you can find the pattern ...**HERE** ...be sure to check out the other testers version! 

Happy Sewing !
P.S.I didn't use any batting or headliner since the faux suede was thick enough.



Sunday, June 14, 2015

Sunday Smiley...

With Summer vacations upon us...I thought this was perfect...
Gotta love the Dutch for their honesty ! LOL

Happy Sewing 

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Saturday, June 6, 2015

The Varuna Bag...

is the newest pattern by Sydney of Cloudsplitter Designs.
When Sydney had a callout for testers I applied because when I saw the bag I knew right away what fabric I would use... I had just gotten this turquoise faux leather and I thought
 it would be perfect to  show off the pleats. I think it does that!?.
The bag is a good size ( 13" x 11" x 3" )

The back has a nice divided pocket.

The inside it filled with pockets..I love pocket dividers ( these are really easy to do !)

....the top has a recessed zipper so nothing falls out.
The bag goes together much easier & faster then I expected. The instructions are filled with pictures & well written...the pattern is rated Intermediate...which I find is correct ( if you have made a few bags and are not afraid of zippers you would have no trouble ..a very confident beginner wouldn't have a problem! )
If you like the bag...now is a great time to grab the pattern ..
Sydney is having a 50% off sale on the pattern for 48hrs...so hurry up an get your copy...you won't regret it !!

Happy Sewing !

....I used  faux leather for the exterior.
...cotton for the interior and no batting of any sort. 
...I did add a few rivets for "bling -bling " 


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