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February 1, 2019
Minikins: Metro Double-Zip Pouch from Liz Makes Crafts

In January, I decided to participate in the Minikins challenge run by Sew Sweetness. Last year I made a few minikins (and they turned out really well) at my own pace, but since the January challenge is the Metro Double-Zip Pouch, something I'd been wanting to make anyway, I decided to do it in time for the challenge.

And can I just say, yowza. That was really, really hard. But it wasn't the zippers that gave me trouble. Or the hardware. Or even thick layers this time. No. It was the fact that there were parts of this ...

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January 14, 2019
Little baskets from Espritpatch

My first finish of 2019 is also a UFO, which makes me very happy! I cut 2 rectangles of this cute linen fabrics years ago to make some fabric baskets. At the time I sew the side seam and for whatever reason at the time, I left them at that point. The 2 pieces of fabric have been sadly sitting on my sewing table ever since!

But finally I picked them up again last week and decided that they would be finished by Sunday. I picked some fabric from my stash for the lining and bought a lovely soft grey ...

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December 14, 2018
White Elephant Sewing from Becca's Crazy Projects

At my workplace, we do a white elephant gift exchange every year during the December holiday party. We do a big potluck, eat lots of shared food, exchange gifts, and have a great time outside work. I really enjoy the white elephant gift exchange. It's competitive good fun. We set the limit at $20 but you can really stretch that if you are crafty and use fabric you got for free (see this great video from Professor Pincushion about Aunt Betty to learn how that happens).

Making things often goes quickly if you're making more than one of ...

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December 12, 2018
Travel Knitting Kit from Becca's Crazy Projects

When I travel, I usually take along a simple kitting project to keep my hands busy during flights or long drives. This means I may need a few knitting tools. I want to share my kit so you can see what I have and carry regularly. I've never had a problem flying with this kit in my carry-on bag. I only fly domestically in the United States, so your mileage may vary. 

I always have a project bag dedicated to my travel project. It helps me keep the yarn, needles and kit separate from the other things in my ...

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December 11, 2018
One book bag filled with a little comfort from Espritpatch

Back in October I cut 3 book bags for the Monthly Stitch indie pattern competition and although I worked on all 3, I only finished 2 because the third one needed a lot of unpicking  (which of course I hate). So the bag sat under a pile in my sewing room,  unfinished and unloved... until earlier this month when I finally picked it up again and finished it. And here it is!

I filled it up with some goodies (cosmetics, toiletries, chocolates) and gave it for the Love in a bag scheme and a lady who is either homeless or ...

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November 14, 2018
Houston Quilt Festival from Quilting and More...

I absolutely love going to the Houston Quilt Festival, and I’m very lucky to be able to do so. I left home last Wednesday and returned home on Sunday, and it was so much fun to meet up with old friends and see the gorgeous quilts and the amazing vendors! Since Bernina is celebrating their […]

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November 7, 2018
MQG Pouch Swap from Becca's Crazy Projects

The DC Modern Quilt Guild and the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild are doing a bag swap at the next Baltimore MQG meeting.

As one would expect, partner assignments went out weeks ago and I just got around to constructing my swap bag. The recommended pattern was the Open Wide Pouch by Noodlehead. It's a free pattern with a great tutorial. I dug around in my stash for the appropriate colors. At least I hope they are the appropriate colors.
Then I fiddled with Electric Quilt 8 until I had design I liked. The block finishes at 12" by 12 ...

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October 26, 2018
Fremont tote bag from Espritpatch

For the first time this year I have completed the #Sewmystyle project and on time too! I wasn't really sure about this project at the beginning but I think the leather straps and all the hardware sold it to me. Although sourcing everything in the UK was a little challenging until I found the Artisan Leather website. I ordered some waxed canvas from Fabric UK. After a little mix up on the colour I was finally ready to start assembling the bag this week.

Sewing the bag together is relatively easy and fast if you've made bags before ...

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October 22, 2018
Open Wide Pouches from Becca's Crazy Projects

The Open Wide Zippered Pouch tutorial designed by Anna of Noodlehead is my favorite pouch pattern. It is so easy for me to change the basic measurements to fit the fabric and zippers I have on-hand.

I decided it was time to use this fun trick-or-treat fabric to make something. The Open Wide Zippered Pouch was perfect. This is made using the medium size bag with a minor modificaton to make the perfect knitting project bag. Instead of cutting the fabric panels only 9" tall I cut them to 12" by 12". That way I get a deeper bag. I ...

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October 14, 2018
Book bags from Espritpatch

The Indie Patterns Month challenge this week on The Monthly Stitch is "Anything but Clothes". My first plan was to make the Fremont Tote Bag by Klum House, which also happens to be this month pattern for #SewMyStyle. I ordered all the necessary supplies last week-end and they arrived during the week but unfortunately I received the wrong colour of waxed canvas. I had ordered the golden colour and received the copper chestnut which wouldn't necessarily go well with the leather straps I had. So I put this one on the back burner and picked the book bag/tote ...

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October 8, 2018
Like a Monster from Becca's Crazy Projects

I saw a cute monster themed tote while we were in Miami. That gave me the idea to make up one of my own.

This is the first stitch out of a design I made using a couple images from The colors are questionable because I was trying to figure out a thing or two about my embroidery machine. I used a woven cotton for this test because I wanted to check the stitch-out and the size. Knowing a design measures x number of inches by y number of inches doesn't help when you're trying to ...

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October 7, 2018
Bag Making: Commonly Used Interfacings & Stabilizers from Crafty Gemini


I really enjoy bag making! It’s always fun to make functional projects you can show off or gift to loved ones. I have designed and taught a lot of bag and wallet projects over the years. Unfortunately, many people are lost as to why we use a specific interfacing/stabilizer in a project.  So, in this video I want to talk about the most commonly used products in bag making projects– think handbags, wallets, pouches, organizers, etc.

I am getting ready to release my next bag of the month club soon. So, I thought this would be a perfect ...

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October 4, 2018
Sometimes all you need is a cool new bag! from Quilting with Claire

Cause sometimes all you need is a cool new bag right? That’s this week’s tip to get you motivated to go to your studio and whip up something new. If you live in canada, you are about to have a long weekend!  This means you have an extra day to do whatever you want. I … Continue reading "Sometimes all you need is a cool new bag!"

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October 2, 2018
Happy Camper Bag from Polka Dots and Butterflies

I am obsessed with campers. I want one, I want to camp in one, I want to travel around the states in one.  For now I will just have to settle for this adorable quilted camper bag.  I saw this pattern at the Santa Barbara Quilt Fair and fell in love - Happy Camper by Jennifer Jangles.  They had a sample and I thought for sure I can make this.
I made it but it was hard.  I learned so many new things.  First off - piping.  I had never heard of it or used it. I love it.  What a nice ...

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September 20, 2018
A new thread catcher/pincushion from Quilting and More...

I like to keep a pincushion with an attached bag next to my sewing machine so as not to end up with a zillion threads all over the floor for my dog to eat.

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September 2, 2018
Zippered jewelry bag from Quilting and More...

Years ago I made a jewelry bag for travel, but I’ve always thought it was far too large for my needs, though I really liked all of its features. However, I recently saw a pattern from Indygo Junction for the Store & Go Zipper Case and thought it might work better for me. The pattern […]

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August 12, 2018
A couple of quick projects from Quilting and More...

The other day I ran across some adorable patterns for zippered bags at the Disorderly Threads site, and I couldn’t resist making them for a couple of equally adorable young girls, one of whom is our granddaughter (of course!). The other is the daughter of our younger daughter’s boyfriend. Our granddaughter is very active in […]

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August 7, 2018
Dragon Chow Dice Bags from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've shared my use of the Dragon Chow dice bag pattern a time or two. I'll say it again, it's a great, free pattern! With even a little bit of sewing experience you should be able to make one.

I picked up this fun fabric at the big box fabric store. It was too fun to pass up. I wasn't entirely sure what I was going to do with it when I bought it.
I also bought a yard of coordinating Kona cotton solid for the lining. Overall, this was a very satisfying project. These little ...

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August 1, 2018
Shopping Totes from Becca's Crazy Projects

On a rainy afternoon I dropped by Spring Water Designs to share my Get It Done UFO Challenge Quilt and to do a little shopping. I do try not to buy a bunch of fabric throughout the year because I really do have enough fabric. But... I've been wanting to try out one of the Dream Big panels by Hoffman Fabric. So I picked on out. Then, of course I needed some backing fabric.
And, this fun cat print on black was back with the sale fabrics so I had to buy the almost 2 yards they had left ...

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July 29, 2018
Renegade Bag from Liz Makes Crafts

Some girls like shoes, but I've always been a bag lady. After making some pouches and totes, I'm super proud to say that I've finally made a handbag that I'm proud to carry for my everyday life!

I first discovered the Renegade Bag designed by Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness while watching Sara's Sunday night live shows, and I was immediately drawn to it. It looked structured and professional, and I especially loved the cork details she used. The next day, I bought the pattern and ordered some cork from her website. But it took ...

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