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November 7, 2021
Double Zip Gear Bag from Quilting and More...

I really like my Martelli rotary cutters; I have a 45mm version as well as a 60mm version. The thing that makes them so comfortable for me to use is that they have offset handles — which is what makes them awkward to take anywhere, given that they aren’t flat. (Note: I see that they’ve […]

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September 30, 2021
Ruffle Duffle from Alamosa Quilter

 I found an adorable duffle bag pattern! It's a free tutorial from Bernina. Click the link to go to the tutorial:

  Ruffle Duffle Tutorial

Ruffle Duffle 1

Ruffle Duffle 2

Ruffle Duffle 3

The finished size of this duffle is 14.5" by 8" by 8" tall. I have kitted this project in case you want to make one too. The kit includes the laminate, the cotton webbing and a black zipper.

Ruffle Duffle Kit

You can click the link above to go directly to the item in my online shop. Or you can go to AlamosaQuiltCompany.com and click Shop>Kits and this one is probably the ...

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August 25, 2021
Draw String Bags from Romany Quilting

I’ve just completed stitching six little drawstring bags for the charity Foster Hope.  These are given for children in foster care, amongst with other items, and they use them to keep their toiletries or pens and pencils in.  Just so you don't thinks I'm Wonder Woman, I have to confess that the bags were stitched, bit by bit, over a period of several weeks – I’m still pacing myself sitting at the sewing machine after my spinal surgery.  Then I had to go and purchase some suitably coloured cord, and the final job was threading it through ...

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July 27, 2021
Island Batik - Unboxing Part 2 from Sew Preeti Quilts

As an Island Batik Ambassador, I receive fabric from Island Batik and other supplies from industry partners (Hobbs Batting, Aurifil, Bags by Annie, and Studio 180), twice a year. The first set of boxes were received in January 2021.

Island Batik Boxes and the Video Shoot Setup

The second set of boxes were received in July 2021. Here is my home video showing the goodies as I unbox them.


For the August Challenge (Try a Tool) and Blog Hop, I will be working with Island Batik's Butterfly Blooms collection.


Butterfly Blooms

Foundations to Match Spring 2021 Bundle


Matching Yardage ...

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July 14, 2021
Open wide pouches from Espritpatch

 It has been long time since I made an open wide pouch (pattern by Noodlehead) so I made 4!

More end of year gifts, this time for the Brownies leaders for my youngest daughter. 

I used faux leather for the outside and cotton for the inside, one with the sports print


and the other 3 with an IKEA print that I rediscovered when I emptied one of my cupboard!


For the zips I had to raid my stash, they are not colour matching but I think they are complimentary


4 more OPAMs and off my Q3 FAL list. 

Linking ...

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July 10, 2021
Pencil cases from Espritpatch

 More end of year teachers' presents on my list but I took a break from the bags to make some pencil cases. I can't really make bags for men I think. 

I started with 10'' squares for those pencil cases and added a 1'' square of faux leather on either side of the zip.

First step is to sew the zip to the outside and lining so it is "sandwiched" between the 2 layers.


Next I turned the tube inside out with the right side out


and top-stitched alongside the zip to avoid the lining sticking out. With faux ...

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July 4, 2021
More bags from Espritpatch

 I have taken some time to sew this week-end and although I had planned to do a lot more than I have, I have managed to make 6 more Zero-Waste Wave Bags. 

My first series was with this gorgeous raspberry faux leather. 

It was all going so well until I realised I forgot to sew one strap....

Thankfully after a little bit of unpicking, I could fix it and have 2 more bags

One for my daughter's form teacher and one for one music teacher


Next series was the lavender ones

One for the French teacher and one for ...

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June 28, 2021
(Nearly) zero waste bag from Espritpatch

 I hadn't listen to a podcast for a long time but a few weeks ago I listen to the Love to Sew episode on zero-waste sewing. I checked the links from the episode and was intrigued by the ZWWave bag pattern by bag.uettes. The shape is beautiful and I figured it should be easy straight forward enough to try this pattern for end of year gifts, especially this year when I have lots to make.

I duly bought the pattern and printed it to try my first bag. The instructions are very clear and the pattern pieces are ...

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May 31, 2021
Drawstring Backpack from Expect Moore

When we go from spring to summer, I want to ditch my everyday purse for a quick and simple option, like this drawstring backpack! You can whip one up with 3 half yard cuts of fabric and about 90 minutes. The perfect summer backpack to toss in your necessities all summer long! This drawstring backpack […]

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May 17, 2021
Make Do and Mend from Becca's Crazy Projects

I bought a simple tote at one of the big box stores several years ago. One of the handles decided it was giving up. Of course, it did this while it was full of charity quilts. 
That failed strap became this tangled mess. That's okay, I have all the tools needed to fix this bag so it can get several more years of use carrying charity quilts around. 
Step one: measure the width of the strap. We will multiply this by four to determine how wide to cut our fabric strap. 
Step two: use this amazing tool from Bucklebee ...

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May 8, 2021
Market Bags from Jean's Quilting Page

 

I made some market bags using the Vinyl Mesh Market Bag pattern by Cut Loose Press a couple of years ago. I still had some of the mesh left, so paired it with some pretty fabrics and made them last week. I like them for gifting...they are fully mesh and can be used as swim bags too. 
I used the commercial belting for the handles, but you could make handles yourself if you wanted them to match better. Not sure where these will go yet, but they are ready for whatever I decide!

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April 11, 2021
Quilting frame bags from Espritpatch

Not exactly exciting sewing today but I am happy I have done it. After finishing my quilting, we took the frame apart but I didn't put it away. I have been meaning to make some bags to keep the parts of the frame together for quite some time but never got around to it. I guess it is quite a boring and easy project so it has not been top priority. 


And I knew that if I put the parts away I would still not make them. So this afternoon, I went into my stash where I found a ...

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March 12, 2021
Computer keyboard bag from Espritpatch

 Just before Christmas, one of my daughter's teacher asked her if I was still sewing and making bags, to which my daughter gave a positive answer. She then asked her if I could make a bag for her computer keyboard that she carries from one classroom to another.  I agreed to it but told her she wouldn't have it until the New Year. I also asked for her brief and wishes and all I received was the dimensions of the keyboard. So this has been on my to-do list for a little while and I put it off ...

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February 3, 2021
Dayna Pack from Becca's Crazy Projects

I've had this amazing embroidery for a while now. I stitched it out on my embroidery machine a while back. The design is from Urban Threads Embroidery. I really like their designs and I've stitched them out successfully on two different brands of embroidery machines. They also offer their designs as hand embroidery designs for about $1. This was the perfect project to use that stitched out design. 
The Dayna Pack is a simple design that works up quickly with good results. I made mine with an adjustable strap that did not include the hardware called for in ...

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January 26, 2021
Guadalupe bag from Espritpatch

 I saw so many of these gorgeous Guadalupe bags on Facebook over the Christmas holiday that I really wanted to try it too! 

Everyone was saying how beautiful and easy/fast it was to make. Plus that came as a free pattern from the designer Sammie Valencia, so I was sold.

I had cut all the pieces on New Year's day and starting the assembly shortly after. 


As often, I was put off by picking/cutting and using the interfacing so I parked the exterior pieces while I was constructing the lining. 


The pattern doesn't have instructions to ...

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January 12, 2021
super tote from Charm About You


I am just so THRILLED with this bag! I searched for a long time for just the right pattern to sew, as this was a Christmas gift for my mum. Like me, she is particular in what she wants in a bag - a good size, big enough to hold A4 documents/files, a zip closure, pockets and long enough handles to be worn over the shoulder. This hit every need and it was a joy to make. I've honestly learnt so very much making it (read on for the specifics), I'm really happy with the combination of prints ...

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January 11, 2021
More pouches from Espritpatch

 l had cut all the 11 pouches I was planning to make before Christmas together and finished 5 before the day, my hope/goal/dream had been to make all 11 of them at the same time.... 

When it became obvious that it wasn't going to be the case, I moved on to other equally urgent projects and set those 6 aside. Finally last week, I felt it was time to pick them before they fall right at the bottom of the UFO basket. Well, I guess first week back at work but even worse, first week back in ...

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December 29, 2020
Wee Billow Bag from Charm About You


I have long been a fan of Sweet Cinnamon Roses and her pattern the Wee Billow Bag is utterly fabulous! It was the most fun choosing fabrics and making something for myself with all the brown and florals and leopard - all beautiful Anna Maria Horner prints. Recently I have been USING my favourite fabrics and it's really lovely to be able to see them all around me rather than stored away in a cupboard or basket. Especially for every day items like this bag, it's happy inducing. Mine is a pouch version but you can see Laura's ...

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December 22, 2020
Japanese rice bag from Charm About You


This adorable Japanese rice bag was another #justjudecollaborates make, this time it was the turn of lovely Stuart Hillard and his handy bag tutorial! I have made drawstring bags before but nothing like this style or shape of bag so I was really excited to learn how to make it. I'm not always brilliant with making 3D items, thankfully Stuart has a YouTube tutorial that shows every step to making this bag, so easy to follow!


And this is why I should always blog when I actually make the project not months later... I can't actually remember what ...

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December 21, 2020
Two in one pouches from Espritpatch

 Every year I plan to make Christmas presents, and every year I run out of time! Well, this year I have managed some. I finally finished some Two in one pouches last night. I had cut them about 2 weeks ago and was tried to make them all in batches. Well I split my batches in two and I have managed to finish pouches so far. I first saw them on Instagram on Charlotte's feed and well, let's face it, masks are the new accessories of the season really.

So I made mine with a tick for clean ...

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